“Women have always been the strong ones of the world,” said fashion designer Coco Chanel.
Being that we’re a women-owned business at The Inkandescent Group, and because March is Women’s History Month, we’re dedicating this edition of Be Inkandescent magazine to Women in Power.
“Women have always been the strong ones of the world,” said fashion designer Coco Chanel.
November 2012: How Empathetic Are You? And Why Is Empathy So Important? Ashoka's Bill Drayton Gives Us Insight
How important is it to be empathetic? Business experts agree that it’s the key to success.
Social entrepreneurs across the world agree, especially members of the Millennial generation. They are not simply talking about the value of being empathetic—they are making it the mission of their companies.
Consider the Holstee Manifesto. Pictured below, this treatise was written by three 20somethings in 2009, and has since has gotten millions of hits online, and sales of thousands of posters and greeting cards bearing the empathic, optimistic message: “This is your LIFE. Do what you love, and do it often.” Interestingly, the founders of the Holstee had no idea they were writing what would become the Desiderata of their time.
We had the opportunity to interview Michael Radparvar, one of the authors of the Manifesto, who is also the co-founder of the Holstee design firm that has the tagline: “Design with a conscience.” Check out his three Tips for Entrepreneurs, and our podcast on the new Inkandecent Radio Show. Plus, our Generations columnists explain why Millennials are so inspired by this Manifesto.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
- We shine a spotlight on Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, who gives us an international perspective on how 3,000 Ashoka Fellows around the world are making important global changes using the power of empathy. Our November Entrepreneur of the Month invited us into his corporate headquarters in DC to talk about Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative—and why it could be devastating to a child, and society at large, if kids aren’t empathetic by age 12.
- Here’s a first look at our upcoming Inkandescent Book for parents: The 10 Big Ideas: How to help your child think bigger, imagine more, and do better in school, by Dr. Carol Horn. Inkandescent Books is proud to be publishing it, for we know parents will learn much from Horn’s wisdom. Want proof? Meet her daughter, Kathryn Horn Coneway, who grew up living The 10 Big Ideas, which inspired her to co-found Art at the Center.
- With November being election month, we asked Forbes.com columnist Ken Krogue, Why did you vote entrepreneur? And, we had the privilege of interviewing international human rights expert Karen Hanrahan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Human Rights and Democracy about the work she is doing under the Obama administration.
We leave you with this parting thought from Daniel Goleman, psychologist and New York Times science journalist, who said, “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships—then no matter how smart you are—you are not going to get very far.” — Here’s to your success.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Gerber’s blockbuster book for entrepreneurs, “The E-Myth,” we had the pleasure of interviewing the world-renowned author, who is our July 2012 Entrepreneur of the Month.
This entrepreneur-extraordinaire has not only sold many millions of books—and made millions for himself—he has spent decades helping us figure out why most businesses don’t work—and what to do about it.
And, like many entrepreneurs, there came a point in his career when he wanted to create something new—something that leveraged the insights he had gleaned over the years, and captured his imagination. In 2008, his new big idea, called “The Dreaming Room,” was born. Scroll down to learn more.
Also in this issue, our columnists offer a plethora of ideas to awaken the entrepreneur within you:
- Take the BizQuiz.
- Find out how to tap universities to test-market your business idea.
- “Don’t miss our review of Guy Kawasaki’s Reality Check.
And remember: “It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.” — from The First and Last Freedom by Jiddu Krishnamurti
You know that stress can make you sick. But can being in a beautiful environment—
and connecting with the things that make you feel balanced, alive, and happy—make you well? Those are the ideas we investigate in the June 2012 issue of Be Inkandescent magazine.
If this topic intrigues you, you are not alone. According to the research firm Marketdata Enterprises, sales of healing-related books, CDs, seminars, coaching, and stress-management programs were worth $776 million in 2011.
In this issue we have interviewed some of the top researchers in the healing field:
“Healing Spaces” author Dr. Esther Sternberg is our cover story. Her PBS Special, The Science of Healing, airs all month on PBS stations around the country. So we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview her about the impact that our environments have on our health. Scroll down for our Q&A with this medical researcher, physician, author, and healing activist. And to find out when “The Science of Healing” will appear on a PBS station near you, click here to view the listings.
Dr. Gary Beauchamp shares his research on the connection between olive oil and ibuprofen in our Research column. Don’t miss the Q&A he did with Dr. Esther Sternberg, who brought Beauchamp to the Embassy of Greece in DC last year for a lecture on his findings. Click here to read their Q&A.
Dr. John Sarno, author of the controversial book, “The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain,” offers his insights in our Books column regarding what has plagued the Western world for decades: pain, disability, misinformation, and fear. Click here to read more.
As Dr. Sternberg concludes in her book, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being, “Wherever we find ourselves in this world, at any moment in the interstices of our busy lives, we can create a place of healing—for the most powerful of healing places is in the brain, and in the mind.”
Richard Carlson’s “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff About Money” is a book that has been on my shelf since 2001, the year I made the leap from full-time journalist to entrepreneur.
Making any career change is nerve-wracking, at best, so the simple, sage advice provided in the pages of Carlson’s book made me feel better every time I picked it up.
When I launched Be Inkandescent magazine in January 2010, he was tops on my list to interview and feature as an Entrepreneur of the Month. Needless to say, it came as a shock when I learned that Carlson had died of a pulmonary embolism on Dec. 13, 2006.
“He was on an airplane bound for home in California when he fell asleep and died,” explained his wife, Kristine, when I interviewed her in April 2012. “I’ll never forget getting that call with the news. In the beginning, I thought I would be in deep grief forever. But now I know differently. Richard had such an extraordinary way of seeing the world, and an extraordinary way of expressing it. In some ways, he’s still here.”
Kristine admits it took time, and courage, but she is proud to release the first addition to the Don’t Sweat series since Richard’s death: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms. It hits bookstores this month in celebration of Mother’s Day. Because Richard’s goal was to help entrepreneurs, Kristine gave us permission to run the introduction to “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff About Money,” in our Tips column.
As you read on, consider these words of wisdom from Richard Carlson: “I’ve learned that there is often a fine line between success and failure. So often, the difference lies in overcoming worry. So, please, don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s all small stuff.”
“In the chaos of everyday life, it’s easy to lose sight of who you are and what you want,” writes O magazine columnist Martha Beck.
That’s why we interviewed Beck for this issue of Be Inkandescent! A sociologist with three degrees from Harvard, Beck is the author of several bestselling books that help readers map their way to a more joyful life: Finding Your Own North Star (2002), Steering by Starlight (2008), and her latest, Finding Your Way in A Wild New World.
Beck was named one of the country’s first life coaches in 2002, thanks to an article by USA TODAY. It explained that life coaching guides “give clients the confidence to get unstuck—to change careers, repair relationships, or simply get their act together.” In the last several decades, her national and international workshops, and sophisticated coaching training program, have helped millions bridge the gap.
Sound New-Agey, hippie-dippie—or, perhaps impossible? Decide for your yourself. Below is our interview with Beck, and in our Tips for Entrepreneurs column, she offers ideas on how you can reclaim your true nature to create the life you want.
Ready to pull back the curtain? Click here for more.
What does it take to truly be successful? Abraham Lincoln said, “Your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” Albert Schweitzer believed, “A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.” And Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova noted: “To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”
Of course, the answer to that question is a highly personal one, as Maria Bartiromo insists in in her thoughtful book, The 10 Laws of Enduring Success.
In addition to offering her thoughts on the local, national, and global economic picture for this year and beyond, she talked about her experiences interviewing some of the world’s top business and political leaders.
When it comes to penning the Great American novel, the autobiography of your accomplishments, or a how-to tome that shares your professional expertise—almost everyone has a book struggling to burst free.
That’s why our February 2012 theme is dedicated to the love of books. Our goal is to help that story go from idea to published manuscript, so check out our Tips for Entrepreneurs column, where more than 20 authors offer their Publishing Rule of Thumb.
For more insight into the publishing world, we talked with New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson. Among his 28 titles is the book he penned with renowned humorist Dave Barry (pictured right, with Pearson in the foreground), “Peter and the Starcatchers.” Scroll down to read all about it.
Also in this issue:
- Our Book of the Month, “Write That Book Already!,” by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark, will get your creative juices flowing.
- Our new client and videography columnist Andrea Keating, CEO of Crews Control, explains why The E-Myth Revisited guides and inspires her.
- Ever been to Kramerbooks’ Afterwords Cafe? The next time you are in DC’s Dupont Circle, stop by for an inspired meal.
We part with this thought from E. L. Doctorow: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see to the end of your headlights; but you can make the whole trip that way.”
We kick off 2012 with an interview with Reebok International’s president, Uli Becker, our January CEO of the Month.
Responsible for the Reebok brand’s business around the world, Becker has since 2008 been at the helm of the U.S. branch of the firm owned by the Adidas Group. The German-born athlete has big plans on how he and his team will keep the company in its place as an industry leader. Here’s a hint: CrossFit. Click here to read our interview.
What will it take to help you stay on top of your game in 2012? Here are a few ideas to run with:
- Exercise will make you smarter. “It’ll also make you stronger, healthier, and could help you grow your business,” says Harvard professor John Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.
- Exercise will make your kids smarter, too. Kathleen Tullie, the head of Reebok’s nonprofit, BOKS Kids, knew that from observing her own kids. But after reading Dr. Ratey’s book, she was inspired to start an organization that Reebok has invested a few million dollars in to help parents and teachers in schools around the country get kids moving. Join the revolution.
- Consumers are shifting how they spend their money. Reebok is one company that is paying close attention to this trend. How can your organization adapt to the shift? Futurist Andy Hines offers insight in ConsumerShift.
Here’s to kicking off 2012 with fresh and fabulous ideas, well-considered resolutions, and much joy! — Warmly, Hope Katz Gibbs, Publisher, Be Inkandescent Magazine
Webber is the author of, Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self. He insists: “The time has come to rethink, re-imagine, and recalibrate what is possible, what is desirable, and what is sustainable. It’s time to rewrite the rules.”
That wish is our command. Our columnists, all experts in their fields, know that before you can break the rules, you have to master them. So click around the articles on the Inkandescent homepage to view their insights, including advice from:
- Financial whiz and author Herta von Stiegel, who shows us how we can climb to new heights by facing The Mountain Within.
- Rachel Renée Russell, author of the bestselling young-adult series, “The Dork Diaries,” and our Truly Amazing Woman of the Month. After a nasty divorce, she rewrote the rules of her life and landed on the New York Times bestseller list—three times.
- Alice Waagen, founder of Workforce Learning, and author of the upcoming book, “Management Rules,” teaches us How to Cast Off Three Bad Work Habits.
And consider this quote from the Talmud, which Webber offers in the introduction to his book: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man. This is the law: all the rest is commentary.”
Here’s to writing your own perfect set of rules! Happy holidays to all. We’ll look forward to talking to you more in 2012! — Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Be Inkandescent Magazine