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Month: February 2018

How do you tackle a complex problem? With all the help you can get.

By Sue Krey
February 12, 2018 Category: Leadership, Spotlight

Ending homelessness. That sounds like a lofty goal, doesnt it? Its an idea so complex that it doesnt seem like it can be done. However, at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, weve already seen a drastic drop in the number of people experiencing long-term homelessness in our county. In fact, community partners recently announced that long-term homelessness in Cuyahoga County is on pace to end by 2020. How is that possible? For us, the key was recognizing that it couldnt be done alone. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland addresses health, education and housing for vulnerable populations, and we rely heavily on our ability to convene, collaborate and be a voice at the table. We find community connection is just as important to our success as our grantmaking. So when we, along with others in the community, set our sights on ending homelessness in Cuyahoga County, we knew we needed to get strong community partners on the same team we needed collective impact. I know

Building Stronger Connections and Communities - A Call to Action

By Barb Smith
February 12, 2018 Category: Leadership, Spotlight

Networking. How can one word turn my knees to jelly and make my stomach flip flop? The mere sight of the word makes me ill. I hate networking. In my book its right up there with anchovies, cold calling and root canals. Not a fan. However, I do love people. I am always interested in learning more about them, their stories and what makes them tick. My kids will warn their friends before they introduce me with a roll of their eyes, Get ready to be grilled. Or let out a breathless sigh followed by, Oh, Mother Please. when I am in the midst of a particularly good line of questioning. Have you read the book Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham or taken its associated test to uncover your strengths? I have had the opportunity to take the test a couple of times in the past couple of decades and one thing has remained consistent- my towering strength is woo which stands for winning others over. Yep, I am the one who makes friends effortlessly, easily strikes up a conversation, and tries

Loving and Leading: Why You Should Bring More Love into the Workplace

By Raquel Eatmon
February 07, 2018 Category: Raquel

To handle yourself, use your head: To handle others use your heart. ~Eleanor Roosevelt We arecelebrating Valentines Day and love is in the air, or at least it should be. I know, it might seem awkward to talk about love and leadership but hear me out. Love, as most of us know it, is an expression we reserve for family (this includes our beloved pets) and friends. We excitedly embrace the warm and fuzzy feelings these people bring. Why cant we stir up warm emotions for our team and clients? Why wouldnt we want them to feel that same kinship for us? There are degrees of love. You can love one person more than others, you can experience romantic love or feel love for humanity- we all have so much love to give. A humanitarian love in the workplace can influence your leadership. It fosters compassion, integrity, empathy and a host of other healthy emotions. When your colleague feel a sense of love from you or a supervisor, she/he is more likely to transport caring feelings to others on the

5 Things I LOVE About Being an Entrepreneur That You Can Do Too

By Elizabeth Brooks
February 07, 2018 Category: Entrepreneurs

After 18 years of big corporate jobs, I took the plunge and became an entrepreneur. I knew life and work would be very different. Now, after 6 months, Ive found there are a few things that I absolutely love about my new work-life mix that I didnt anticipate. In retrospect, most of these things were attainable in my old jobs I just didnt know how much better they make my day. Heres the good news - you dont need to change your job and start your own business to enjoy most of these things. You just need to change your perspective a little. Working from Everywhere Youve probably heard that variety is the spice of life. This is so true for me when it comes to where I physically work. BEFORE: Most of my jobs had me going into the same office every day. Yes, I travelled some. Yes, Id be in and out of meetings in different conference rooms all day. But mostly I was in the same physical space day after day. NOW: Technically, I work from home. I love my office - it has huge windows, my

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