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  • Brigit Law 4:57 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bullying, , ISUBD,   

    Bullying: It’s a world wide challenge! 

    In the lead up to the International Stand-up to Bullying Day (ISUBD), the 5th graders of Mrs Zychal’s class at Scotland Elementary in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, did a great job in identifying the powers one needs to combat bullying. Laser vision, super hearing and transforming were some of them. (More …)

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  • Brigit Law 12:21 am on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Purpose Gets Personal’: The New Way at Edelman PR 

    The world’s largest PR firm Edelman has launched a new website, focusing on two of my favorite professional themes: [leadership through] complexity and diversity (‘Life In Color’).

    I got completely hooked up to their Purpose Around The World study, resulting in the ‘Purpose Gets Personal’ and ‘Me in We’ outcomes (see image below). These are outcomes I see around me too and I feel completely connected to them as a communications professional and hobbyist. It seems that Edelman employees are spot on with their revamped company strategy and offering of PR solutions.

    However …. , I also see a short coming (More …)

     
  • Brigit Law 6:12 pm on August 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    What’s Your Slogan? 

    It’s amazing, that feeling when you hit on a slogan that is really you.

    For me, it’s this one of Dr Seuss, that sums up my whole life since I left home at eighteen.

    “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
    ― Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    What slogan says it all for you?’

     
    • themysticmom 5:14 am on August 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great question! I think I have several. One of my favorites came in an anniversary card from my in- laws: “Everywhere you go becomes a part of you somehow.”. This is so soothing for those of us who like to grow “deep roots,” but are all too often uprooted and transplanted again! 🙂

  • Brigit Law 5:46 pm on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Leadership: In three or four steps? 

    As an Storyteller & Leadership enthausiast, I like to work with script writing structures in my communication work, in particular the three-step approach: Beginning , Middle, and End.  

    As an Equestrian & Leadership enthausiast, however, I have recently started to work with the four-step approach: Request, Pressure, Response, and Reward.

    Why?

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    • Ashkuff 3:44 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I totally feel people’s complaints that the gov’t “did not inform well enough.” During the 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season, my disabled grandmother wasn’t able to evacuate very well, so my mother and I trailed behind with her.

      A State Representative I spoke with in 2011 scoffed at our behavior, and told me that the Red Cross could’ve outfitted my grandmother with a free wheelchair.

      Although that’s a pretty cool rescource, we weren’t informed about it until seven years after we needed it. Lolz.

      — Ashkuff | http://www.ashkuff.com | Bored with reading about others’ adventures? Burning to venture out yourself? Let this applied anthropologist remind you how.

    • Brigit Law 6:18 pm on August 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, crisis management is something people don’t want to communicate about until it is (too) late. A compulsary download of a Red Cross App would be no luxery in today’s world.

  • Brigit Law 11:20 pm on May 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , leiderschap, neurologie, sportmanship   

    New Leadership is a Sense that stimulates the Mind 

    I guess no one can write, talk or think about leadeship without making synergies with sportmanship from time to time. Especially when you live in the USA.

    This evening I read this poem to my eight year old daughter which reminded me of the real status of leadership: that of a human Sense that stimulates our State Of The Mind. A sense that can be developed just like a sense for sportmanship. Just listen to this pro’s advice…

    PRO’S ADVICE
    If you want to play tennis, I’ll give you a tip:
    You must practice your stroke,
    You must tighten your grip,
    You must straighten your shoulders
    And swivel your hip
    And develop your sense of sportmanship.
    (Poem by Shel Silverstein in Every Thing On It)

    It is the status of the mind. Like sportmanship, leadership is not the end or the beginning of something. It is the State of the Mind that steers our behavior to getting something done.

     
  • Brigit Law 10:32 pm on May 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Summer Reading Program   

    Summer Reading improves Creative Minds at Scotland Elementary 

    Dr Seuss, Walt Disney and Shakespeare: these are the three protagonists in the new Summer Reading Hand Book 2012 that I created in my new capacity of PTA chairperson for the Summer Reading Program 2012 at Scotland Elementary in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

    Over 400 copies are ready to go out to all students during this week’s Scholastic Book Fair.

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    • themysticmom 1:50 pm on May 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So proud to know you and all this hard work! You are AMAZING! (Plus, thinking on a grand scale might be another thing we have in common! Remind me to tell you THAT story another time… :))

    • DeniseDenkt 2:50 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful and inspiring project is this! We should have that here in Holland too.
      I’m sure that all children will like this!

  • Brigit Law 2:06 pm on May 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    How to make sense of the second half of once life 

    I was warned about the challenges of moving internationally while being pregnant and the advice was ‘Don’t move if you are pregnant’. But advice is there to be ignored, so I ended up moving internationally with every single pregnancy, which was four times round. However, there is one other challenge beside begin pregnant, which I did not know about and should never be ignored.

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    • theridingwriter 3:35 pm on May 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think it’s just moving to a new country. I wonder the same things myself. What did I accomplish in the first half of my life. Is that it? What do I do now? I think a lot of us struggle with these same questions. So take comfort in the feeling that you are not alone!

    • themysticmom 4:12 pm on May 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      That’s the spirit, Brigit! You are a talented and amazing woman, with much to show for your hard work. You’ve earned a good night’s sleep and then some! Enjoy it!

    • by Quipa | Maris (@greatID) 5:25 am on May 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wat een eerlijke blog! Elke keer is het dus weer anders.. Ik merkte zelf dat verhuizen als je jezelf redelijk gevestigd hebt je confronteert met zaken waar je nooit over nadacht. Het impact van (het missen van) je netwerk bijvoorbeeld. Het verhuizen is niet moeilijk, maar het vestigen is de ware kunst.

      • Brigit Law 11:49 am on May 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Je hebt absoluut gelijk. Verhuizen is een ware kunst en een kunde!

  • Brigit Law 2:29 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: noaberschop, , TCTubantia, Twente   

    Noabershop geeft Revlon gevoel 

    Afgelopen week rapporteerde de Twentsche Courant Tubantia met een blog van Laura Smit over de gevaren achter het uitsterven van het noaberschop.

    Noaberschop is het Twentse woord voor nabuurschap: de gezamenlijke noabers (buren) in een kleine sociale gemeenschap. Een belangrijk fenomeen, in het verleden maar ook in de toekomst (denk Sociale Media!).

    Het verhaal van Laura raakte mij. Vooral omdat ik, sinds ik 20 jaar geleden Twente heb verlaten voor stad en buitenland, overal gevraagd of ongevraagd het noabershop invoer. De noaberplicht zit blijkbaar diep geworteld in mij. Eerst onbewust maar nu bewust, gebruik ik bij elke verhuizing voor het werk van mijn man – die voor een groot internationaal bedrijf werkt – de Twentse kunde van het oprichten van een noabeschop. Het geeft mij de broodnodige veerkracht om als persoon en gezin internationaal te kunnen opereren en overleven. Het noaberschop is voor mij een overlevingsdrang.

    Deze investering in noaberschop levert veel op. Het noaberschop geeft mij namelijk: …

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  • Brigit Law 3:16 pm on March 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Gender Balance, , Muna Abu Sluyman   

    Balancing Out The Corporate World With Quotas 

    Last week a post from the Economic World Form showed up on my Facebook with Muna Abu Sluyman from Saudi Arabia sharing her ideas about gender and equality at the work floor.

    In her blog ‘Balancing Out The Corporate World’ she explains why mandatory quotas are needed to ensure that women join the decision makers in this world. I couldn’t agree more with her.

    Indeed, quotas are a crucial step to female empowerment in business with the end goal to achieve a better balance in decision making and, hence, finding solutions to the needs of a community or society at different levels of emotion. The latter – the goal – is often forgotten in the debate about this instrument, what a quota merely is. That is why we all, men and women, need to force ourselves to look beyond the instrument and understand better the goal we want to reach. This important worldwide debate should not be belittled or slowed down by some of the less flattering details of the instrument.

    In many instances, quotas are not very popular and stir up a lot of emotions. You only have to look as far as the Dairy and Fishing industry to see how quotas give people the creeps. But is that a reason not to use them?

    Don’t get me wrong, working with quotas is not a concept that I favor in principal and like to think we don’t need them. Regularly, my husband – a decision maker in industry – and I have tough discussions about it. On the other hand, why is it so difficult to accept that quotas help? Many woman – and I am one of them – just need that extra push get a sound and respectful female leadership community to look up to. Why? Because there is an urgent need for people and profiles we as women can more easily:

    • identify with,
    • admire, and
    • get inspired by.

    The key emotional ingredients for moving up and forwards in business, wouldn’t you say?

    I know, quotas feel like putting an elephant in a china shop. However, it is not unusual in business to put an elephant in a china shop in order to get things moving and shaking and more importantly, to get people to change their believes that are hidden far back in their mind and steer their unconscious behavior. So, quotas could be the hammer on a fragile nail that refuses to go in. Now, the challenge is to use the hammer in a subtle way.

    Back to the challenge of inspiration and perception. When I searched for images to go with this article I noticed how difficult it is to find images that portray the essence of this subject . If you Google on let’s say ‘Board Woman’, you get girls in bikini. Online magazines like Spiegel Online lack imagination with an awful image of a lake and mountains when covering the Norway Case in their article ‘Norway’s Experience Shows Compulsory Quotas Work’

    And another very sad image of a woman alone in a meeting room was shown alongside the article Norway’s New Quota: Corporate Board 40% Women Or Else!

    And what do you think about this awful image alongside another article from Spiegel Online ‘Gender Equality’.  The Dominatrix looks like a nicer person to work with than this woman …!

    And perhaps wort of all are magazines and blogs that do not even have an image with their articles on gender equality, such as Ignore the doubters. Norway’s quota on women in the boardroom is working

    Sadly it looks to me that the media wants us to believe that we have a long, muddy and indefinite path to go. Of course, it is nothing like that at all. It are all man who wrote these articles.

    What we need is a tsunami of contemporary images of women in this world doing their leadership job on a daily base. Women like the Principal of my kid’s elementary public school, Scotland Elementary School (PA), who steered the school into the top three ranking of public schools in the area.

    Windows of opportunities are opening for women, but for how long will they stay open? I am sure that this era of social practices and emotions will be followed up by a new one where men will claim their positions in leadership back, whether in a traditional or new format. The changing of the wheel goes fast. Change in business and society lays around the corner, all the time.

    And THAT, my dearest reader, is WHY we need QUOTAS as a mean to enhance Female Leadership.

     
    • gromykl 4:00 pm on May 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Couldn’t agree more! 🙂 Just wrote a similar blogpost a little while ago. Found this blog through twitter searching on expat, just started off as a expat spouse myself with a small child and are trying to find my way

    • Mike 1:38 pm on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Your first error is think that for start much people support female empowerment like something good for our society. Your second error is think that the end justifies the means, and it turns worse when you understand that the last objetive is not shared for most of the people. If you dare to break one of the few principles that is really accepted for most of the people like valid, like is formal equality, to be able to favour women ¿how would you defend yourself if appeared a new social-engineer ideology that conclude that its better for the society, men and women, return to the traditional sketch, and that the state must break the formal equality in order to get that?

      • Brigit Law 4:54 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Mike, female empowerment, – or a women’s gateway to equal participation in working life as I prefer to call it – is not something one supports but merely confirms. It is like potty training a toddler: you need to give the toddler a potty to succeed. For woman’s equal participation you need to give her a quota to succeed.

  • Brigit Law 11:54 pm on February 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Trot, And You’ll Lead! 

    It’s not new when I say that horse riding contains many metaphors for good, creative leadership. You may know many yourselves.

    I started horse riding four years ago at the same time I started my own business. I am not a very demanding and egocentric by nature and – therefore- not natural leader. I neither feel the urge to proof something to my friends or family – a proven help in successful leadership -, so I was well advised by a Swedish friend to take up horse riding to get the hang of good leadership.

    And it pays off, in particular because of my wonderful American instructor Judie.

    Here are a couple of equestrian principles she thought me which I like to share with you as food for thought in business leadership:

    1. Post Bigger when trotting, not smaller. In English riding one is tempted to post smaller in an effort to stop a horse going t0o fast, but the opposite is true. When you want a horse (or organization) to go more slowly and in controlled manner, start posting bigger.

    2. Don’t Focus, just Be Aware. Whilst many management gurus and alpha-male leaders advocate that ‘Focus’ is the key to success in business, equestrian leadership will tell you that ‘Being Aware’ is a better key to good leadership. Putting a strong focus on something particular means that one does not see or sense other important signals (in an organization).

    3. Use Your Space. Horse riding is a mirror to how we cut short our corners if we are not conscious of all the free space around us. Cutting corners short means more difficult turns and more stress. In communications & leadership this is also explained by (not) using ‘white space’ in writing or by getting active in the ‘complexity quadrant’ of Dave Snowden’s  Cynefin. There is much to say for showing leadership where the situation complex, though much less crowded.

    These are my favorite thoughts that help me to keep my leadership skills in form. What are yours?

     
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