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Leadership thoughts from Maxine Clark

by Lee Nadler of thesherpapath.com/blog

I have found that one of the keys to achieving a goal is trusting that your teammates can be counted on to do the right thing.  And thay they trust you.

In many organizations you must meet certain criteria, which are often not clear, to earn trust.  At Build-A-Bear Worksop, this is turned upside down.  You are immediately granted trust. Maxine Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Bear believes, “When you grant people trust they have to be accountable for their actions and use both their head and their heart.”

I learned that lesson as Chief Marketing & Interactive Officer at RIDEMAKERZ where I worked closely with Maxine and the fine folks at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

In our discussion, Maxine shares several other characteristics of leadership which I have also found to be present in Sherpas:

- Listening: “When you are truly listening, sometimes you can find the little things that matter and have an opportunity to make a difference.”

- Empathy: “How people treat each other from the heart is where the magic happens.”

- Empowerment: “You don’t just walk by people in life – you have an opportunity to make a difference. Leaders help people see their full potential.”

- Self Confidence: “People often give in to the impression others may have of them instead of building their own vision of themselves. Who is someone else to tell you that you can’t do something? It’s a competition with yourself.”

“I’m my own kind of Sherpa” says Maxine.  Indeed she is.

Listen, apply the insights to your Path, add your comments and share with others.


Memories of Beary Old Friends

by Angela Roy from MommyPR.com

Dictionary.com classifies a friend as “a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.”

In that case, I think I could call my husband my friend, my kids, my dog, and even many of my facebook friends.

But, I want to go way back to the early 90′s for this one. I was in the 5th grade I believe. Wild child and knew everything right?  I was a more quiet kid, I liked school, and I had friends in every clique. But I had one friend that I don’t think I will ever forget. She was someone I never separated with. If she was in a class, we found a way to end up in there together. Finally, teachers just got the hint and we were seated together everywhere. After school I would help her to her bus, and then we would spend the weekends getting into as much trouble as we could in her golf cart. She was something else. We talked boys, music (she was really into Jimmy Buffet, and I just discovered Amy Grant & Micheal Jackson) , and gossip.

I remember my mom thinking she was bad influence on me because she found out we watched scary movies. The scary movie- Stand By Me. Best movie ever, but I guess at that age and time, everything seemed scary.

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Building friendships, One Champ at at Time

-by Julia Roberts

Quinnlin is 10 years old. The bear she is holding is a new friend, Champ – or Champerina, as Quinnlin has renamed her. They’re on a special journey. This journey involves doctors, therapists, special educators, resilience and a sense of humor.

More than just a furry friend, Champerina goes everywhere with Quinnlin.

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