Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Good Leaders- What NOT To Do

Today's blog is from Carissa Byers. I liked it so much, I thought it was worth passing along. Tell me what you think...

The Good Leaders

Citibank's Advice to Women copy

I found this in a blog post at "Easily Amused."

This list makes me sad. Our society often fails dramatically when trying to empower women. First and foremost, you do not empower a woman by teaching her how to be like a man.

Sitting around with your legs spread, always getting the last word, doing whatever you want without asking if anyone minds, never apologizing, playing unfair, always needing credit for every last thing (which I personally find really obnoxious) and firmly pumping everyone's hand, etc. is just ridiculous. These are not qualities of a good leader or a good man, for that matter.

No person can fake their way to be a remarkable leader through learned gestures. Learned gestures are what we teach monkeys to do for our amusement.

What erodes a woman's self confidence is not apologizing, it's buying this book.

Good leaders of all genders will be genuine people who lead because they are good at it. Because they are smart and passionate and compassionate and better at it than any one else. They will be good leaders because they believe in the goal and the message and because they can communicate and motivate people. They will be good leaders regardless of how many pats on the back they get or how much they get paid. The Good Leaders will be successful regardless of their hand strength and regardless of what hangs or does not hang between their legs.

The Good Leaders are equipped with good grammar. Especially when publishing a book so as to avoid "not get taken seriously."

Monday, September 6, 2010

Spark Art & Writing- New Mixed Media Art

We finished another round of Spark, the Art & Writing Challenge. This time around I had two partners. After reading Kim's poem, I created this piece, called "Friendship."
The girl's eyes were what captured my attention in this vintage photo. With her hands on her heart, she seems the essence of love and loyalty.
I had a lot of fun cutting out images for her crown of flowers.
I used silver thread and emerald colored beads for her necklace.

And using Rus' short story, I created this mixed media piece, called "Flow."
I started off painting the ocean, then added papers and more paint.

Finally, I drew a woman in deep reflection, hair flowing in the breeze. My daughter suggested that she needed a necklace, and I think it adds a lot. I loved using watercolors to enhance the subtle colors of the woman. The way they pool in certain areas and mix with other colors makes the result always a surprise.

You can see more art and writing from Spark here.
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