REPRESENT

Point number one: Your reputation matters.  In professional environments we call this personal branding.  In family circles we call this the family name.  In church or spiritual environments we call this representation.  Regardless the angle, having a good name is valuable. A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1 What others know about you, what others think about you, and what others think they know about you matters.…

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Are You at Peace?

For the first time, I have a child old enough to understand what is going on at Christmas time.  The last three years, he was just too young to really put all the pieces together, but this year he has been full of questions and excitement, much to my delight.  We have discussed all of the different parties we’ll attend, gifts we need to buy and cookies to bake.  We have marked the advent calendar for important dates and the…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the year…except when it’s not.

Personalities: the good, the bad, and the downright ugly (excerpt from my monthly newsletter – November 2011) If you have attended a Wired that Way training, then you may recall me saying that any strength you have, carried to the extreme, becomes a weakness.  I’d like to show you how people can quickly transform from Christmas angel into a person so difficult to deal with, you could scream.  Allow me to introduce you to each personality functioning in three different…

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What is wrong with people?!

I have been traveling this week and am utterly amazed by how many people obviously hate their job and, more importantly, appear to hate people as well.  Ordering a meal from a fast food restaurant, I didn’t know whether I should laugh, cry or start lecturing the young lady attempting to take my order.  She was clearly unconcerned about how I felt about her or if I ever returned to that restaurant again. A few months ago, I joined a…

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Economic Feast or Famine: How to prepare for both.

This post is for entrepreneurs or those who work in small business.  Last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Women Inspiring Entrepreneurship conference, and I was asked to speak on this topic. My goal in posting this is two-fold: 1) to recap for the audience who attended and 2) to share some valuable ideas that will help business owners make progress regardless of the economy. As I told the audience…

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GROW YOURSELF SOME ROOTS!

There once was a soy bean farmer who was interviewed for his great harvest.  Despite difficult growing conditions, he had managed to cash in a remarkable load.  When asked about his success the old farmer replied, “well, my plants have deep roots.”  The reporter, a bit disappointed by his answer, went on to ask him why that was so significant.  The farmer went on to explain that when a soy bean plant gets too much water, the roots never have…

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Personality Run-down

I was sixteen years old when I was first introduced to the topic of personalities. I remember thinking, “why hasn’t anyone told me this before now?!” I had no idea people were actually born with a personality that affected nearly every area of their life and that they actually could not help how they were wired. I just thought people should try to be more like me. 🙂 After a few years to mature, I have realized how important it…

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SOWING SEEDS FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Just for a moment, reflect on the key relationships in your life.  Perhaps your thinking of a spouse, child, in-law, sibling, parent, co-worker, boss, ministry partner, volunteer co-worker or others.  How would you describe the state of those relationships?  Perhaps they are all terrific.  Or, perhaps you are honest and you recognize some of them are…well…not so great. I hope you are convinced that you need solid, healthy relationships in order to accomplish all that God has intended for you.…

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Accepting the Challenge

Last week I had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker for Missouri Community Betterment at their 48th annual awards luncheon in Jefferson City, MO.  I spoke on the topic of accepting the challenge of community leadership. I’m sure many of you are in positions of leadership — volunteer leadership — in your communities, churches, etc.  It can be exhausting to keep things moving and to keep people happy.  Here is a summary of the tips I shared with them…

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Jaclyn Rowe – My first blog post

Hello friends, I’m so excited about entering the world of the blogosphere.  It has been a busy and exciting fall speaking season, and I can’t wait to share the things I am learning with you.  I hope you will check back every now and then to see what’s on my mind. If you haven’t signed up for my free monthly personality newsletter, please do so at www.jaclynrowe.com/contact.html.  And, can you believe it, I have joined the rest of the civilized…

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