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A new report issued by the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) shows growing numbers of women board nominees for S&P 500 companies. The increased percentage of women nominees, up from 15% in 2008 to 30% in 2014, is a positive indication that companies are seeing the value of gender diverse boards. As we continue to celebrate the incredible performance of boards with both men and women, more companies will follow suit and we will see higher conversions of nomination to board seats for women.
What can we do to keep the celebration going?
First, remember that our economy will flourish with full participation of our talent. That means men and women working together! Warren Buffet said it best: “we’ve seen what can be accomplished when we use 50% of our human capacity. If you visualize what 100% can do, you’ll join me as an unbridled optimist about America’s future.”
If you are a women- throw your hat in the ring! Share the contribution that you bring to the table the way that only you can. Thank you to all the women who have paved the way and those that continue to take the road less traveled so that others may benefit- men and women!
- In 1937, Napoleon Hill released his all-time bestselling book Think and Grow Rich which outlined the thirteen principles of success. It was the result of over 20 years of research where Hill interviewed the leaders of his time to synthesize a common philosophy of success.
- What is your definition of success?
- Has there been a time in your life when nothing could stop you or get in your way? How did that feel? What were the circumstances surrounding that time?
- Written by Hill in 1938, hidden from the public until this year and only known to exist by a handful of individuals, Outwitting the Devil identifies and confronts life’s greatest obstacles – fear, procrastination, anger and jealousy – which stand in the way of success. The following questions create a discussion around these obstacles.
- Define some of the ‘road blocks’ or ‘temporary defeats’ you have experienced on your road to success? How did you overcome those obstacles?
- Has there been a time that you have been your own worst enemy? Have you gotten in your own way?
- Fear is often used to motivate people – what impact does fear have on you? Is it motivating or paralyzing?
- Have you ever reacted to a situation and surprised yourself by your reaction (not knowing where it came from)?
- Have you ever talked yourself out of doing something that you knew was good for you? How did you justify it?
- Have you ever felt your creativity squashed or stifled? What got in your way?
- In contrast, have you ever had a “gut instinct” that saved the day or kept you from making a mistake?
- Along with identifying life’s greatest obstacles in Outwitting the Devil, Napoleon Hill also reveals the seven principles that can help you conquer those obstacles and attain spiritual, physical and mental freedom.
- The first of those principles Hill defines is “Definiteness of Purpose”. Do you know your purpose? Do you share your purpose with others?
- Another principle that Hill defines is learning from adversity. Can you identifya time you went through a life change? Maybe it was a ‘wake-up call’ a ‘tap on the shoulder’ or a ‘slap in the face’.
- If you could identify something that prevents you from creating the success you deserve, would you deal with it and conquer it?