July 2009

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Message from Pat - Just Say "YES!"

"The True Joy of Life" Quote from George Bernard Shaw

How Volunteerism Shapes Professional Success

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Message from Pat - Just Say "YES!"

"Service to others is the payment you make for your space here on earth."

~Mohammed Ali

About three months ago, I received an email from a friend who was looking for a few good women to help her lead a leadership program at a girl's camp. I read the email and almost skipped right by it until I saw it was called "Camp Cinderella." Now, what girl, no matter what her age, could miss an opportunity to attend "Camp Cinderella?"

Not only that, but it was held at Pepperdine University, in Malibu, Ca. Now, what girl, no matter what her age, could miss an opportunity to visit Malibu?

The Bigger Game
Photo by: The Alieness Gisela Giardino

I had been looking for a place where I could volunteer a few days and this opportunity brought me together with some of my brilliant colleagues, as well as an opportunity to help these girls, aged 15-18, discover the leader within themselves and help them believe they can lead others. The organization that brought the Catalyst Leadership Program to these young women is called the HerShe Group.

The HerShe Group empowers young women in foster care and those that have been recently emancipated (turned 18 and now out of the 'system') to make a successful transition from adolescence to adult independence and to realize their full potential by exposing them to extraordinary experiences through the arts, mentorship, discovery and training.

I don't often work with this age group, but I just felt at a gut level, this was the right thing for me to do at this time. I just said "Yes!" without knowing the program and exactly what I was getting myself into. I had the time available and wanted to volunteer.

And, I am so glad I did.

"The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have."

~ Leonard Nimoy

It was an amazing week.

I learned so many things in a very new, and sometimes uncomfortable, environment. Here are my top learnings from working with these young women:

  1. Young people need guidance and need to be caught and acknowledged for doing things right.
  2. Young people want someone to listen to them and to ask them direct questions that help them open up.
  3. People need to believe there is hope.
  4. Young people need to have time to just play and dream and giggle.
  5. Young people need to be told they are loved for who they are and that they matter.
  6. The above also applies to adults.

My most valuable lesson was to just say "Yes!". If I did not act on my gut feeling I would have missed out on loving and being loved by the amazing women in this program...the young girls and the other adults.

Having your heart broke open is a wonderful feeling.

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

~ Booker T. Washington

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life...don't wait...model leadership...the World needs us to do this.

Lead strong!


"The True Joy of Life" a quote from George Bernard Shaw

"This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one: being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is not 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

- George Bernard Shaw

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How Volunteerism Shapes Professional Success

Photo by: H Kippdelany

Leadership, communications skills, and resource development - often termed "power skills" in a business setting - are linked to early experiences in community service and non-profit volunteer activities. According to Power Skills research, "How Volunteerism Shapes Professional Success", a study conducted for Womens Way, these and other critical business skills, like problem solving, coaching/mentoring, and public speaking are developed and improved through volunteerism.

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"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong."

~ George Washington Carver

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Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!

Pat Obuchowski
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer

Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".

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