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First-Time Leader

How to be a leader? There are guides that can help you put your best foot forward.  The BRAVE model is part of the strategy outlined in the business book, First-Time Leader by George B. Bradt and Gillian Davis. The book centers around the BRAVE leadership model which stands for Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment. These are the tools new leaders need to transition into their new roles.

The BRAVE Leadership Success Framework is comprised of five parts:

1. Behaviors encourage leaders to delegate and create value for the team. Leaders can add value by listening and fostering leadership abilities in others.

2. Relationships help leaders and teams understand the mission and vision of their companies, and lead through actions. Leaders can build an ADEPT team by acquiring, developing, encouraging, planning, and transitioning talent into new roles.

3. Attitude is “a pivot point between values and environment, and relationships and behaviors.” This feature can be tricky for new leaders because they are trying to adapt to a new work culture. Smart leaders will figure out the best way to interact with the new team.

4. Value helps leaders to align their teams with the organizations’ missions and principles. The leader must be very clear and express the mission in ways that engage the team and add value for the organization.

5. Environment provides a wider context to help leaders develop clear messages. The context directs new leaders to listen to others, understand problems, and make decisions based on relationships, attitude, and values.

In any organization, teams or individuals determine behaviors, and leaders can guide others by focusing those behaviors on successful outcomes. Organizational culture can be summed up with the following: *Be: The organization’s core beliefs *Do: The behavioral norms *Say: An expression of the culture

What? Are You an Imposter?

It happens to people that you or I might look at and say Wow – they make so many great contributions…. but they feel like they don’t fit in. 

Yes, like imposters.

It can happen for many reasons, feeling socially limited, not being part of the same community, not having the income, feeling like a misfit or not validated in your team. It can be subtle, something hard to identify. Not being recognized takes a toll. Not being able to make a meaningful contribution is a handicap to your career. How you feel about your accomplishments can make the difference between sucess and oh-hum job blues.

It is not uncommon for successful people to feel that they are imposters. They often think they are the only ones who feel this way, but this could not be further from the truth. In The Empress Has No Clothes, Joyce M. Roché and Alexander Kopelman discuss the impostor syndrome in detail in hopes of helping people manage and conquer their fears. They explore the complex reasons why the syndrome exists and the situations that trigger it in different people.   — the Business Book Summaries 

What to do?

  • Write or talk with friends about your paradoxical feelings
  • Know that you can achieve the levels of success that you aspire to
  • You may find themselves in unfamiliar territory with promotions and new assignments
  • New challenges stimulates new fears of being “discovered”
  •  Individuals can learn the difference between the stress associated with new responsibilities and the dreaded “imposter feelings”

UpGlo – our Global Workforce

In the USA over 1.8 million college-educated, skilled immigrants are under-employed or unemployed. While these talented people may work in ‘survival jobs’ they are trained and motivated to perform the jobs they know – the jobs they are passionate about.

Why is this a problem?  We need skilled diverse workers. We want these people to integrate into our communities where they can add so much value. There are shortages of skilled workers in many of the areas where they can provide skills.

You know them! They live and work in our SF Bay Area and all over the USA.

Check out Upwardly Global to find out more – for Employers and Job Seekers.  Located in downtown San Francisco and serving the global marketplace!


Overloaded and Out of Energy

It happens, and in our culture many employers reward the uber-busy. It is commonplace to brag about getting no sleep, not being able to exercise or go to a doctor’s appointment. But what are you really saying?
I am too busy to take care of myself.
I am too busy to be creative. (because that skill is wiped out when we are over tired.)
Too busy to WORK SMART.

Take a look at your priorities. Try for a balance. Take time out to walk, decompress, step away from your computer. Burn Out makes everything stop. So pace yourself and take time out for YOU!

I Choose To Be Happy, Lizzie Velasquez

This powerful message is given by Lizzie on kindness, acceptance and staying true to yourself. She speaks about bullying and has been called many names, among them “The World’s Ugliest Women”.  She has a nutritional disorder that stops her from gaining weight, so she looks different, different enough that she has experienced cruelty first hand. Her strength and perseverance shine through in this TED talk. Take a Look.  (12 min.)

“Every nasty comment motivates me to work even harder. They are not going to define me, they are not going to win.”  – Lizzie

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20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

yes there are 20, but here are a couple to motivate you to read the full article – -

1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.

4. You let go of things that don’t make you feel good.

14. You love deeply and open yourself up to be loved by others.

20. You are happy.

I’d say, “You Choose Happy” but this isn’t my article!
I’d like to complement the author, Carol Morgan, on a great list – I got something out of each one… which will provoke more thoughts and conversations. Now, go read all twenty!

Wanderlust through the Banjo in China

An inspired story about the BANJO, China and the story everyone has to tell. This TED talk, will wake up your imagination and joy of coming home or finding a new place: Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations … by banjo  It all starts with Doc Watson and Shady Grove.
TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations — until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she’s formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.

Our Military Heroes – Happy 4th of July, America!

Learn more about these great exhibitions, web sites and the history of our military service that keeps the USA safe and proud.

Soldiers to Summits – This climbing expedition is designed to help wounded veterans overcome barriers in their lives. This year, the expedition will take place on Mt. Whitney. Located in California, it is the tallest peak in the contiguous U.S. with a top elevation of over 14,000 feet (the exact height varies depending on how it’s measured). Visit their website to learn how you can get involved.
Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse, How the Military Shaped San Diego Exhibit – This exhibit runs from April 26, 2014 to January 4, 2015. There are several special events this July, with speakers.
“It was an honor to be one of the first to see this exhibit and its fantastic documentation of the long standing tie between San Diego and our military,” said Captain Curt Jones, commanding officer, 32nd Street Naval Base San Diego.
Blue Star Moms & Blue Star Mothers Blue Star Mothers FaceBook here, a discussion of issues to military families, Moms in uniform and more. Blue Star Moms have chapters all over the USA, and provide support and service to our military.
There are also often campaigns to send postcards and letters to our Active Duty soldiers. It is a wonderful thing to do as a team (gather postcards) and sending an encouraging word is wonderful to receive. Look at all these bundles of postcards on their way to remote spots overseas.
The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center is primarily an oral history program that collects and preserves the firsthand interviews of America’s wartime veterans. VHP relies on volunteers(both individuals and organizations) throughout the nation to contribute veterans’ stories to VHP. In addition to audio- and video-recorded interviews, VHP accepts memoirs and collections of original photographs, letters, diaries, maps and other historical documents from World War I to the present. For more information or to learn how you can participate, visit the Veterans History Project website. There is no deadline for participation.
Fourth of July
Did YOU Know?? 
When the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists wanted complete independence from Great Britain. By the following year, hostility toward Great Britain had grown along with the desire for an independent country.
On July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted for independence from Great Britain. Two days later, Congress signed and adopted the Declaration of Independence, and the United States has celebrated the Fourth of July every year since (Independence Day was officially declared a holiday in 1941).
Since 1776, millions of men and women have fought in multiple wars and served in peacetime to protect the United States and keep that independence.
There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States. 9.2 million Veterans are over the age of 65 and 1.9 million are under the age of 35. 1.8 million Veterans are women. Five states have veteran populations over 1 million: California, Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania. (Information in this section was collected from
As we celebrate Independence Day this month, thank a veteran, active military member and military family members for all he or she has done to keep the United States “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Did You Know?
  • In the Roman calendar July was originally called Quintillis, meaning fifth, because it was the fifth month. However, Julius Caesar added two months at the start of the year, and July became the seventh month. It was then named after Julius Caesar.
  • George Washington did not sign the Declaration of Independence; he was in New York City with his troops on July 4, 1776. John Adams believed that July 2 was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4 events in protest.
  • In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence to later serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the declaration.
  • A women’s rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York in July 1848. Topics discussed included voting rights, property rights and divorce. The convention marked the beginning of an organized women’s rights movement in the U.S.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2, 1964, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race in public accommodations, publicly owned or operated facilities, employment and union membership and voter registration.
  • The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up U.S. skies each Fourth of July.
  • The famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place on the Fourth of July at Nathan’s flagship restaurant on Coney Island. It has been held every year since 1916, except 1941, as a protest to the war in Europe and 1971 as a protest to civil unrest and the reign of free love.


mise-en-place, yes, Everything in its Place!

This is a great article, easy to get the gist of it – just from the title. But really, how many of us do this? Setting your intention is done is yoga & meditation, is that similar for you? You may be doing a form of this, a way to organize and prioritize. That’s the point – It’s not just for chefs!

Read More. (in the Harvard Business Review…. read the extensive comments / conversations that follow the article, also enlightening.)

The “Meez,” as professionals call it, translates into “everything in its place.” In practice, it involves studying a recipe, thinking through the tools and equipment you will need, and assembling the ingredients in the right proportion before you begin. It is the planning phase of every meal—the moment when chefs evaluate the totality of what they are trying to achieve and create an action plan for the meal ahead.  – Ron Friedman 


Visual Aid: Tips for Running Effective Meetings

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REALLY NICE JOB Jeevan Varughese Cheat sheet for an effective meeting.