Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nurture Your Passion. Increase Your Social Impact. Enjoy Yourself.


Allow us at The Center for Social Leadership to learn directly from you and your staff about what your organization needs most. Then work together with us to tailor a conference or workshop series that speaks directly to your staff and your organization’s needs.

With a training program fit for YOU (Your Organization Uniquely) you can expect to get your needs met in any area of nonprofit development from team building to strategic planning, from reducing burn out to increasing financial resources. President and lead facilitator for The Center for Social Leadership, Anthony Silard, has been coaching nonprofits for over seventeen years. Anthony, along with our team of consultants, will work diligently with you and your staff to make sure all training is poignant and relevant to your current situation.

To see a full list of workshops and conference models, please visit our website at www.socialleaders.org or contact Executive Director, Lauren Berg, 202-241-6721 / Lauren@socialleaders.org

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Monday, July 25, 2011

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Build Meaningful Relationships




He who angers me controls me.
--- Chinese proverb

He or she who causes me to feel insecurity, or resentment, or fear, or jealousy, or envy, controls me. Yet here’s the news: no one else “causes” you to feel any of these emotions. No one climbs a ladder and steps into your brain and forces you to feel anything whatsoever. You choose to feel all of these emotions just as you choose to feel happiness, lightness, inner peace and grace. While others do stimulate certain emotions within you, the centerpiece of self-control is recognizing that you are the sole proprietor of your feelings. Pick a situation in your life and ask yourself whether you are practicing self-actualization or “actualization by others.” If you are having The Same Old Argument in a long-term relationship, or launching one in a new relationship at home or at the office, what is your role in perpetuating it? You are most likely very strategic when it comes to achieving your work goals. If you were to apply this same strategic thinking, combined with a healthy dose of love and empathy, toward the person in question, how might you act to defuse the tensions you are both experiencing and help bring the issue to resolution, or, if this is not possible, to a peaceful state of “Let’s agree to disagree”? Design some strategies this week to bring more harmony into this relationship.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Monday, July 18, 2011

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Become Your Greatest Fan




I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
--- Thomas Edison

When you were a kid and were learning how to ride a bicycle, you probably fell off at least twenty times before you could even ride a block. Each time you fell off, did you stop and sulk for a few hours or days about how much of a ‘failure’ you were? I doubt it. Instead, I bet you got back up, dusted yourself off, and tried again. This time you had the benefit of just a little more experience and knowledge of how to ride (or at least how not to ride) which, with much repetition and openness to learning, finally enabled you to take off and ride like the wind. Now you hardly ever fall off your bike. I hate to break it to you, but it’s not because you are especially agile now. It’s because you went through the necessary trial-and-error period to learn how to ride gracefully. Pick an important goal in your life, such as trying to find a new job, or meet the right person, or launch a new product, or manage your employees more effectively. Imagine – right here in this moment – if you could stop getting down on yourself when you discover a way that doesn’t work. Instead, start seeing it for what it truly is: one of your many attempts – like those of the famous inventor of the phonograph and the light bulb – to find a way that does work. Each of these attempts enhances your cumulative experience, edges you up the learning curve a little higher, and brings you closer to successfully achieving your goal.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Monday, July 11, 2011

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Create the Intimate Relationship You Desire




Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering
as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.

--- Spinoza

The only path to loving another person as they truly are is to confront your demons – the insecurity, self-doubt, guilt, remorse, and, of course, fear of being hurt again, and let’s not forget the worry about growing old alone – and say to them, “I know you guys are all here for a reason. Please tell me what that reason is.” Each of your emotions – even and especially those you label ‘negative’ – has shown up to teach you something. Believe it or not, they are each making themselves present for your self-preservation. Your worry about growing old alone may be there to say, “Stop fooling yourself and dating people who are emotionally unavailable. It’s time to choose someone who actually reciprocates.” Your self-doubt may have shown up to say, “You have to confront me first before you reach out to another person. I’m here to remind you of the importance of believing in the beautiful person that you are.” Every time a difficult emotion starts to consume your mental attention, ask it what it has shown up to teach you. Make some time during the week to go for a walk in the sunlight, or to meditate in a serene, comfortable spot in your home, or to just sit quietly somewhere, and identify the tough emotions you have been facing. Give each a name (e.g. “Fear” or “Self-Doubt” or “Grief”) and visualize it as a real-life image. Ask it why it has come into your life, and what the much-needed benefit of it hanging around is to you. Befriend these self-imposed obstacles to loving yourself, and the entire world will start to appear different. You will see others not for the need they can fill in your life, but for their intrinsic qualities. Once the lens through which you see potential partners shifts from need to want, you will see them as they are, perhaps for the first time.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bringing Strategies from the For-Profit Sector to You in the Nonprofit Sector


The newest trend in the business world is peer education groups. Senior staff from across a spectrum of corporations meet in small groups to discuss best practices, learn from real-life successes and failures, and get support from others that experience similar demands on a day-to-day basis.

The Center for Social Leadership is now making this model available to the nonprofit world. Peer Leadership Groups allow senior nonprofit leaders to learn from each other’s experiences and expertise. They create a trusting atmosphere where one feels at ease sharing the hardships and stresses of the often over-demanding, under-appreciated nonprofit sector.

Expect to gain:
• New ideas and best practices to implement in your own organization
• Genuine support for your unique situation
• Opportunities to collaborate with organizations outside your
usual circle
• Innovative fundraising strategies
• And much more!

To learn more about peer leadership groups in your area and how to enroll visit our website www.socialleaders.org or contact our Executive Director, Lauren Berg, 202-465-7447 / Lauren@socialleaders.org

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).

Monday, July 4, 2011

Smile, It’s Monday (Independence Day): Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Live the Life You Have Imagined




Your passion is most likely the only thing you produce that can never be outsourced.
--- Anthony Silard

Whether you have been laid off or are no longer motivated in a dead-end job and fear the consequences of making a transition, here’s the question you have to answer: What do you offer to the world that uniquely emanates from your heart? Why? Just about anything else you do with your productive time can be easily reproduced by someone who charges much less. Consider it a given that jobs comprised of tasks involving your mind and hands will move to countries where other minds and hands (and microprocessors) can perform them more cheaply. Your true calling, however, does not stem from your mind or hands. It originates in your heart and, for this reason, cannot be generated elsewhere. It’s your unique stamp, your signature product, and no one else can produce it any more than they can write a letter to your beloved as you can. The key to career security, then, is to connect your passion with what others value. Ask yourself this question: “When have been the two or three moments in my life when I have been the happiest?” Reflect on your answers, and consider what you truly enjoy doing with your time that could be put to good use toward a greater purpose you deeply believe in.

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Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday each week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).