Thursday, December 13, 2012

BOSS TELE-SERIES: Featuring Dr. Kamala Uzzell As Seen On Oprah's (OWN)

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Free Your Mind!
(Prepare For A New You In 2013)
Change and activity provide excitement in life. Without the stimulation of change, such as new experiences and new relationships, life would be pretty dull.  However, too much change can lead to stress.Stress is an emotional and physical response to events in our lives, resulting in unpleasant feelings such as anxiety, tension, and strain.  Stress can take a heavy toll on our mental health and overall well-being.
Join me for this informative tele-seminar as I discuss some of the causes of stress and outline for you 7 sure-fire ways of effectively managing it and taking care of yourself!
Meet Dr.Kamala Uzzell, Ph.D, LPC, NCC, DCC, ACS
Dr. Kamala Uzzell, a licensed therapist, professor, motivational speaker, and life coach, is the President and CEO of SOLAY Counseling & Research Center, P.C. As the CEO of one of the leading mental health practices in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park area, she provides services to residents at both SOLAY’s corporate location in Durham, NC and in SOLAY’s additional established practice in Goldsboro, NC.
Dr. Uzzell has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, stress management and workforce and career-related issues. She also has expertise in facilitating seminars that foster empowerment and motivation. Dr. Uzzell has also implemented a number of programs that focus on mental health issues that largely affect women and racial minorities in hopes to alter the negative perceptions surrounding mental illnesses and psychotherapy.
 In addition to providing psychotherapy services in her practice, Dr. Uzzell currently serves as an adjunct professor of Counselor Education at Campbell University and has formerly been an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University, Mount Olive College and Durham Technical Community College. 
Dr. Uzzell has been a guest speaker at many institutions of higher education, such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Voorhees College, Shaw University and North Carolina Central University School of Law. She has also made various guest appearances including an appearance on Dr. Walter Sims’ blog talk radio show, The Motivator. Tune in to the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in January 2013 to catch Dr. Uzzell as a guest therapist on Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal!

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Wednesday, December 19th, 7pm CT/8pm ET

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Four Steps To Being A Great Leader From Chief Brand Officer of "Jamba Juice" Julie Washington

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 As Chief Brand Officer of Jamba Juice and President of Talbott Teas, Julie Washington is responsible for the strategic development and management of Jamba’s marketing and the leadership of Jamba’s newest company acquisition. It’s a big job with long hours, but at the root of it all is Washington’s passion and commitment to serve others.

 “In marketing anything can change. The consumer changes, the economics changes, the product offerings change. Change is constant so you have to have a passion for marketing,” she says. “You have to be consumer-centric.”

 Throughout her longstanding career, Washington has climbed the ranks, allowing her intuition to guide her and making sure she learns lessons along the way. Washington shares her advice on becoming a great leader with The BOSS Network:

Find a great mentor

“One thing that would have been helpful is if I had a mentor early in my career. I am a strong believer in mentors. Other people might have been able to helped answer my questions. People who have faith in you and invest in you is something you cannot put enough value on.”

Learn how to respond

“Reacting and responding are two different things. Reacting is more impulsive. Responding is ‘I stopped and thought then I took action’ because there was some reflective moment in the response. Set the stage for the information you are going to give-not just give a reactionary answer to it."

Embrace critisim                                                                                                           
 “You have to be aware of your strengths and your weakness. Be open to the gift of feedback. To be a really good leader, you have to be able to look in the mirror and deal with the reflection you see.”

Discover your passion; discover your career

“What are some things that get you excited? You have to be a good student who is always learning. Be open to being taught from one of the least likely of experiences and conversations. You have to a passion for what you do... Every career  opportunity isn’t one you should pursue; I don’t care how much money they offer you. It has to fit with your purpose and passion.”

Lenora Houseworth is a writer, editor, and social media strategist in the New York City area. She can be reached at lenora.houseworth@gmail.com or on Twitter at @LenoraTheScribe.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Failing Forward - How to Bounce Back in 4 Steps: Recover from Failure with Class and a Smile By Dorothy Enriquez

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Have you ever noticed the closer you are to your dreams or goals the more scared you become? Fear of failing is crippling for many people.

     Failure was one of my biggest fears. As 2012 comes to a close, I realized I've come  face to face with every single type of failure I used to worry about endlessly. My mind constructed the worst case scenario. With every failure I faced, it was never as bad as my imagination had depicted it. I realized there were two things paramount in every failure, mistake and downward spiral: my faith and tenacity. I don’t just fail and roll over. I go kicking and screaming. What does that mean? It means I fail forward. If I keep getting back up after every fall, I feel like I haven’t really failed. I’ve made a mistake. And to err is human.
    My dad says throughout the course of life everything that happens, good or bad, has consequences. My job is to learn from every scenario. If it’s good, keep repeating whatever I did to make that event occur. If it’s adverse, try my best to avoid it like scurvy and the bubonic plague. Dads are great aren’t they!

Here’s the process I go through when I fail forward:
1. Acknowledge what happened. Don’t sit there and act brand new. A mistake was made or something happened that was out of our control. No matter whose fault it was, it happened and we need to admit it in order move forward.
2. Put it into perspective. When bad things happen, we get pissed, hurt, sad or devastated. [Insert whatever emotion here.] We can cry ourselves a river for a night…maybe two or three depending on how large the failure was…but then it’s time to put it into perspective. Goalsetting.com advises treating the experience as a learning opportunity: Identify what we learned and how we can grow from the situation.
3. Make a plan. No matter the failure, create a detailed outline on paper of what ‘bouncing back’ looks like. Lost a job? Update that resume! Then write down what the dream job will look like. This process helps us to focus as we move forward.
4. Gratitude and grace. We need to pat ourselves on the back and extend ourselves a little grace. We can be our worst critic. Mantra to selfI lived through it…I’m not dead. Every waking day is another chance to get back on the wagon and try again. Purchase a small notebook and every single day write down at least 10 things to be thankful for. According to psychcentral.com gratitude fosters happiness, making it easier to cope with stress and trauma. Failure is traumatic if you ask me. Can I get an amen!?
    Failure is also a part of life. We can’t expect to get through life without making any mistakes. I can boldly say I’d rather fail with God on my side than fail without God. To all of my DOT-Nistas who have fallen off their little red wagon: Girls, we’re too cute to do the ugly cry. Let’s dust ourselves off, have a glass of wine, phone a friend and then get back to it. We’ve got a whole world waiting for us to succeed. Take note girls: Failure ALWAYS comes before the success.
Did you fail forward in 2012? If so, how did you bounce back and what did you learn from the experience? Leave a comment below!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Beauty Does Lie: The Untold Stories of Autoimmune Diseases By Courtney G. Smith

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Courtney G. Smith is a woman who taken her diagnosis of the autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis (MG) and used it to empower women. Courtney was first diagnosed with MG in April 2001. She founded Control Your Auto Productions, Inc. in April 2006 and began filming the award-winning documentary Beauty Does Lie: The Untold Stories of Autoimmune Diseases June of that same year. Beauty Does Lie explores the lives of 7 African American women living with various forms of autoimmune diseases including lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), Sjogren's syndrome, pernicious anemia and myasthenia gravis. The women explain their emotional and physical difficulties of living with chronic, potentially debilitating diseases while dealing with the ignorance they encounter in society due to their healthy outer appearances. In spite of their daily battles with their autoimmune diseases, these women are able to triumph and live fulfilling lives. Beauty Does Lie also features commentary by highly regarded medical professionals in the Chicago community including, rheumatologist Dr. Adrienne Burford Foggs of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL and neurologist Dr. Tonya Fuller of Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL.

In 2007 Courtney was selected to be a workshop speaker for the Minority Women’s Summit in Washington, DC and was also quoted in Essence magazine. Beauty Does Lie was picked up for distribution in July 2007 by Fanlight Productions, Inc. The film has received several accolades, including being selected for presentation at the 2008 Western Psychological Association Convention, receiving a 2008 Merit Award for Video at the National Health Information Awards and being selected for presentation at the 2012 Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America National Conference. Courtney currently distributes the film through Control Your Auto Productions, Inc. You can get your copy today for $24.99 at www.courtneygsmith.com.

How To Feel More Energized At Work By Althea McIntyre

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None of us want a career where we are dragging ourselves to work each day, wishing we could just stay in bed and under the covers because we’re bored, exhausted, drained and lack motivation to do our jobs.
When you are not energized by your work, you are not as effective, productive and impactful as you can be.
When we are energized by our work, our careers are more fun and fulfilling. If you want to feel more energized at work, the first place for you to start is to notice your energy throughout the day.
Notice your energy
It’s important to begin to notice your energy levels while at work because it will tell you where your natural gifts and talents are, where you’ll succeed most in your career, and the career success plan that will work best for you.
You need to know the aspects of your job that have you come alive and produce your best work.
Notice which work activities get you excited and you want to work on immediately. Notice the days you jump out of bed because you are looking forward to the projects you’ll be working on that day. Notice the tasks that come easily to you with the least amount of effort, strain and struggle. Notice the assignments that you’re passionate about and you don’t dread spending a large amount of time working on.
You can begin right now by just looking at your calendar or to-do list. You’ll receive instant energy feedback of what you want on and off your plate. The ones you want to stay on your plate are the ones that play to your strengths.
But the real meat is to notice and document your energy level for a consistent period of time. Here’s the information you want to really pay attention to. The tasks, assignments, projects and meetings that:
• You truly enjoy doing.
• You find yourself laughing and having fun while working on.
• You feel empowered by, in service and of purpose.
• You are naturally creative, resourceful and effective in.
• You produce high-level results.
• You consistently receive high praises for.
• You love learning, growing and developing in.
• You experience a sense of joy, peace, contentment and fulfillment.
• They reflect your core values and most authentic self.
There are several habits and behaviors you’ll need to incorporate into your life to increase and manage your energy, but first you need to find out what energizes you in your career.
A career or executive coach can help you through this process, but you can do this on your own with a simple pen and paper and a commitment to notice and track your energy at work for 30 days.
In doing so, you will become more aware of the changes you need to make and where exactly to make the changes so you are more energized and successful in your career.
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