Yesterday was a holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, a person who enabled so many to believe in and eventually live their dreams. I’ve learned of his work and the civil rights movement through books and documentaries. But I’ve had the honor to understand this through the stories of my mother-in-law, who is a heroine of the civil rights movement and embodies the spirit of Dr. King’s work.
Dreaming is an act of faith and courage. Making dreams come true is about perseverance and passion. Dare to be a dream trekker.
It’s the end of the year, holiday is in the air. For many companies, job placement activities are slowing down. It’s a perfect time for job searchers to take a break, review the effectiveness of what you’ve been doing so you can make it really work for you in the new year.
Yet during these holidays, when a year is about to end, it is such apt time to reflect on the year that has passed. Its moments — big and small, the ups and downs. To understand the current that flows. To draw learning and meaning from our life this past year,our personal and professional. To be present with these 365 days that have passed, that make up who we are, yet will never be, again.
During this Thanksgiving, when there seems to be a pervasiveness of darkness, is an opportunity to find the light in our lives. To use this day to let this light shine ever so brightly.
The TV shows I’ve “happen upon” this week have been very telling of the need for senior executives and university deans to understand the imperative for organizations and universities to embrace excellence in multicultural talent development.
As I advise executives, professionals and business students, it’s clear that each individual possesses a personal brand, even if (s)he has never given it a second thought. Being oblivious to our brand can be the single most overlooked area of our professional development.
Acculturation is a process. To succeed at it, we need to first understand ourselves more deeply. To ask why we do what we do? Why we assume certain things and actions are good or bad, acceptable or unacceptable? When we have greater understanding, we have the opportunity to discern rather than judge.
Sometimes, the most terrifying aspect of change arrives when we are ready to be at one with who we really are. When we dare to accept the grandness of who “I am” and actually live that truth.
I’ve had the opportunity to take part in Orientations and Acculturation programs at various universities in the last month. I always admire the young cross-cultural pioneers I meet on campuses, ready to step forward.