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Kudos to Eliza Barclay of NPR for raising the Girl Scout cookies issue. Except, everyone continues to miss the point. Girl Scouts is about teaching girls, not about selling cookies. Three years ago approached my local cookie table and ask if they had a healthy cookie. The experience so shocked and saddened me, in response, I wrote this story for the book, reprinted for anyone interested in different possibilities for future girls.

Cookies – the story

What if different leaders really led differently?

Last year, 2012, the mothers and daughters were out again in force selling boxes of cookies. I buy cookies faithfully every year and this year was no exception. Neither was the fact that I typically spend the previous months trying to manage my weight. Unfortunately, most, if not all, of the ingredients in these cookies are on the bad-for-me list — processed white flour, check; unrefined white sugar, check; hidden artificial flavor, check. As I like to support what might be budding female entrepreneurs, this year, as I went to purchase the cookies, I thought I’d go and find out if they finally had a cookie I could happily eat. Continue reading

My Crystal Ball

CrystalBall_7_10_13Last week, I had an absolutely wonderful, unexpected, fabulous, and all other superlatives, visit from my cousin and her family, three kids aged 11, 14 and 15 (or there abouts). Catching up on all of their activities and interests, at some point I realized I they were expressing a large dose of what I call the ‘neggies’ (I don’t wanna, I’m too tired, that’s wrong, you shouldn’t, I’m/it’s not good enough). Addressing one particular incident they were telling me about, I suggested that good coaches will work on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses.

Lo and behold, this week’s HBR conveniently reinforced this. Positive serendipity in action – don’t you love it!.

Three Myths About Your Strengths
by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman | 8:00 AM July 10, 2013 Continue reading