Women quotes for team building

Women quotes for team building: The glass ceiling is broken. Women are leaders. Use these quotes for your team building meetings.

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base. ~Dave Barry

Women like silent men. They think they're listening. ~Marcel Achard, Quote, 4 November 1956

Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece. ~Author Unknown

Some men know that a light touch of the tongue, running from a woman's toes to her ears, lingering in the softest way possible in various places in between, given often enough and sincerely enough, would add immeasurably to world peace. ~Marianne Williamson, "A Woman's Worth"

Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them. ~Bill Maher

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who has never owned a car. ~Carrie Snow

You start out happy that you have no hips or boobs. All of a sudden you get them, and it feels sloppy. Then just when you start liking them, they start drooping. ~Cindy Crawford

Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away. ~Laurence J. Peter

The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think. ~Author Unknown

A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. ~Arnold Haultain

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. ~Charlotte Whitton
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Women are always beautiful. ~Ville Valo

The two women exchanged the kind of glance women use when no knife is handy. ~Ellery Queen

Curve: The loveliest distance between two points. ~Mae West

Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women. ~Nicole Hollander

Women get the last word in every argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument. ~Author Unknown

Next to the wound, what women make best is the bandage. ~Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly

A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is a man who hopes they are. ~Chauncey Mitchell Depew

The rarest thing in the world is a woman who is pleased with photographs of herself. ~Elizabeth Metcalf

There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women. ~Madeleine K. Albright

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction. ~Oscar Wilde

There's something luxurious about having a girl light your cigarette. In fact, I got married once on account of that. ~Harold Robbins

When a man talks dirty to a woman, it's sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it's $3.95 a minute. ~Author Unknown

Men get laid, but women get screwed. ~Quentin Crisp
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The most popular image of the female despite the exigencies of the clothing trade is all boobs and buttocks, a hallucinating sequence of parabolae and bulges. ~Germaine Greer

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked. ~Ovid

Howiver, I'm not denyin' the women are foolish: God Almighty made 'em to match the men. ~George Eliot, "The Harvest Supper," Adam Bede

Women are like elephants to me. I like to look at them, but I wouldn't want to own one. ~W.C. Fields

Women really do rule the world. They just haven't figured it out yet. When they do, and they will, we're all in big big trouble. ~"Doctor Leon," drleons.com

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

I expect Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man. ~George Meredith

Men who don't like girls with brains don't like girls. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed. ~Cornelia Otis Skinner

Lovely female shapes are terrible complicators of the difficulties and dangers of this earthly life, especially for their owners. ~George du Maurier

Every woman is wrong until she cries, and then she is right - instantly. ~Sam Slick (Thomas Chandler Haliburton)

The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms, under the shadow of cosmic boredom. ~Guy de Maupassant
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I have an idea that the phrase "weaker sex" was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm. ~Ogden Nash

When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. ~Gail Sheehy

The torment that so many young women know, bound hand and foot by love and motherhood, without having forgotten their former dreams. ~Simone de Beauvoir

They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken. ~Author Unknown

Be to her virtues very kind, Be to her faults a little blind. ~Matthew Prior

They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or some such bagatelle; but to me a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation. ~Oliver Goldsmith

A highbrow is a man who has found something more interesting than women. ~Edgar Wallace

It upsets women to be, or not to be, stared at hungrily. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

You see, dear, it is not true that woman was made from man's rib; she was really made from his funny bone. ~J.M. Barrie, What Every Woman Knows

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. ~Aristotle Onassis

Men will always delight in a woman whose voice is lined with velvet. ~Brendan Francis

Men really prefer reasonably attractive women; they go after the sensational ones to impress other men. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

I married beneath me - all women do. ~Nancy Astor, speech, Oldham, England, 1951

Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women. ~Elsa Schiaparelli

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weakness. ~Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, Marquise du Deffand, Letters to Voltaire

If President Nixon's secretary, Rosemary Woods, had been Moses' secretary, there would only be eight commandments. ~Art Buchwald, 1974

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat. ~Oscar Wilde

She wore a short skirt and a tight sweater and her figure described a set of parabolas that could cause cardiac arrest in a yak. ~Woody Allen, Getting Even, 1973

It is only rarely that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman. ~Alexandre Dumas, fils

I'd rather have two girls at seventeen than one at thirty-four. ~Fred Allen

When a woman comes to her glass, she does not employ her time in making herself look more advantageously what she really is, but endeavours to be as much another creature as she possibly can. Whether this happens because they stay so long and attend their work so diligently that they forget the faces and persons which they first sat down with, or whatever it is, they seldom rise from the toilet the same woman they appeared when they began to dress. ~Joseph Addison

All women are basically in competition with each other for a handful of eligible men. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

A woman should soften but not weaken a man. ~Sigmund Freud

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Women are in league with each other, a secret conspiracy of hearts and pheromones. ~Camille Paglia

No woman will ever be satisfied because no man will ever have a chocolate penis that shoots out money. ~Author Unknown

When I glimpse the backs of women's knees I seem to hear the first movement of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony. ~Author Unknown

A woman wears her tears like jewelry. ~Author Unknown

If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody. ~J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

No woman wants to see herself too clearly. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

I prefer the word homemaker, because housewife always implies that there may be a wife someplace else. ~Bella Abzug

The basic Female body comes with the following accessories: garter belt, panti-girdle, crinoline, camisole, bustle, brassiere, stomacher, chemise, virgin zone, spike heels, nose ring, veil, kid gloves, fishnet stockings, fichu, bandeau, Merry Widow, weepers, chokers, barrettes, bangles, beads, lorgnette, feather boa, basic black, compact, Lycra stretch one-piece with modesty panel, designer peignoir, flannel nightie, lace teddy, bed, head. ~Margaret Atwood

Women go to beauty parlors for the unmussed look men hate. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Women polish the silver and water the plants and wait to be really needed. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

You have to have the kind of body that doesn't need a girdle in order to get to pose in one. ~Carolyn Kenmore
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A woman's hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them. ~George Eliot

There are women who do not like to cause suffering to many men at a time, and who prefer to concentrate on one man: These are the faithful women. ~Alfred Capus

No matter how good she looks, some other guy is sick and tired of putting up with her crap. ~Author Unknown

Physically, a man is a man for a much longer time than a woman is a woman. ~Honoré de Balzac, The Physiology of Marriage

The girls that are always easy on the eyes are never easy on the heart. ~Author Unknown

Men enjoy being thought of as hunters, but are generally too lazy to hunt. Women, on the other hand, love to hunt, but would rather nobody knew it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

I've reached the age where competence is a turn-on. ~Billy Joel

A man gives many question marks, however, a woman is a whole mystery. ~Diana Stürm

In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on woman. ~Nancy Astor, My Two Countries

God did it on purpose so that we may love you men instead of laughing at you. ~Mrs Patrick Campbell, in reply to a male acquaintance who asked why women seem to have no sense of humor

Men at most differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson

A woman asks little of love: only that she be able to feel like a heroine. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
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The chief excitement in a woman's life is spotting women who are fatter than she is. ~Helen Rowland

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason. ~Stanley Baldwin

I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out. ~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

Men look at themselves in mirrors. Women look for themselves. ~Elissa Melamed

If your husband expects you to laugh, do so; if he expects you to cry, don't; if you don't know what he expects, what are you doing married? ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen. ~Compton Mackenzie, Literature in My Time, 1933

One is not born a woman, one becomes one. ~Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 1949

Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination. ~Marcel Proust, Albertine disparue, 1925

Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty-eight and forty. ~James Thurber, Time, 15 August 1960

Dramatic art in her opinion is knowing how to fill a sweater. ~Bette Davis, about Jayne Mansfield

A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. ~Washington Irving

The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

After about 20 years of marriage, I'm finally starting to scratch the surface of that one. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate. ~Mel Gibson, about what women want

Women who make men talk better than they are accustomed to are always popular. ~E.V. Lucas

I'm not against half naked girls - not as often as I'd like to be. ~Benny Hill

A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman is as bad as she dares. ~Elbert Hubbard

You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment. ~Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"

The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them. ~Robert Graves

What men desire is a virgin who is a whore. ~Edward Dahlbert

Women are afraid of mice and of murder, and of very little in between. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

A woman should be an illusion. ~Ian Fleming

There are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature. ~Stephen Stills

It is because of men that women dislike one another. ~Jean de La Bruyère, Characters, 1688

If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt. ~Thomas Carlyle
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Women who feel naked without their lipstick are well over thirty. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Women are like dogs really. They love like dogs, a little insistently. And they like to fetch and carry and come back wistfully after hard words, and learn rather easily to carry a basket. ~Mary Roberts Rinehart

It's the good girls who keep the diaries; the bad girls never have the time. ~Tallulah Bankhead

A husband only worries about a particular Other Man; a wife distrusts her whole species. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful. ~Karl Kraus

A man chases a woman until she catches him. ~American Proverb

Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem. ~G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions, 1910

There's just something about letting a girl have her way with you. ~A.C. Van Cherub

Brains are an asset, if you hide them. ~Mae West

With men, as with women, the main struggle is between vanity and comfort; but with men, comfort often wins. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Once a woman has given you her heart, you can never get rid of the rest of her. ~John Vanbrugh, The Relapse, 1696

Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate? ~Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch, 1970

A woman can look both moral and exciting... if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle. ~Edna Ferber

Women have very little idea of how much men hate them. ~Germaine Greer

Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak. ~William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good excuse not to play football. ~Fran Lebowitz

You're booty-blinded. You know what that is? It's like being snow-blinded only it ain't no snow, it's a cute little piece of ass. ~From the movie I Spy

Women are never landlocked: they're always mere minutes away from the briny deep of tears. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

To get to a woman's heart, a man must first use his own. ~Mike Dobbertin, quoted in A 5th Portion of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Through sources, we have obtained the following alien assessment of the human species: The male wants to be valued for what he pretends to be. The female wants to be overvalued for what she truly is. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention. ~Cornelia Otis Skinner, attributed

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. ~Samuel Johnson

Women speak two languages - one of which is verbal. ~William Shakespeare

Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more. ~James Thurber

I hate women because they always know where things are. ~Voltaire

Good-looking girls break hearts, and goodhearted girls mend them. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman's weapon is her tongue. ~Hermione Gingold

The people I'm furious with are the women's liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket. ~Anita Loos, New York Times, 10 February 1974

Women always worry about the things that men forget; men always worry about the things women remember. ~Author Unknown

No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not. ~H.L. Mencken

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The New Golden Rule for Women
Oil For Your Lamp, According to Lisa Hammond and BJ Gallagher, the "Golden Rule for Women" should be this: "We need to do unto ourselves as we do unto others." My wife is a convert! She has endorsed their new "Golden Rule" and she loves their book, Oil For Your Lamp...Women Taking Care of Themselves. In fact, she said, "Of all the Simple Truths' books, this is my favorite!"

Today, I'd like to share the Introduction to a great book. If you're a woman, it will speak to your soul. Enjoy!
An Excerpt from Oil For Your Lamp
by Lisa Hammond & BJ Gallagher Virtually every woman we know has the same problem—she knows what's good for her, but she often doesn't do it. She knows she should eat less and exercise more, but still she doesn't make healthy choices. She knows she needs to spend her time and money more effectively, but good time and money management elude her. She finds herself always putting others first, while neglecting her own needs and wants. She doesn't get enough rest or sleep and her endless to-do list hangs overhead like the sword of Damocles. As our friend Brenda Knight laments frequently, "Why am I always riding in the back of my own bus?"

We don't do the things we know are good for us because we are so busy taking care of others that we neglect ourselves. The problem isn't lack of information—we have plenty of information about the importance of sleep, healthy foods and exercise. The problem is how we prioritize our lives.

Psychologists tell us that some people are inner-directed and some are other-directed. That is, some people focus on their own internal guidance system for making choices about how to spend their time and energy. Their own self-interest ranks very high on their list of priorities. "What's best for me?" is a key guiding principle in determining where they focus their attention and how they make day-to-day decisions.

And some people are other-directed, which means that their primary focus is external, not internal. They are primarily concerned with relationships, especially people they care about. "How can I help others?" is a key question in how they spend their time and energy. Building and nurturing relationships with loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and coworkers is the guiding principle in their lives.

Research indicates that, in general, men tend to be more inner-directed, while women tend to be more other-directed. There are exceptions, of course, but as a group, men are focused on themselves while women are focused on other people. Men like to build things while women like to build relationships.

This difference in psychological orientation goes a long way toward helping us understand why we women often do such a poor job of taking care of ourselves. We run around filling others' lamps with oil, but forget to fill our own lamps first. Then we wonder why we're often exhausted, frazzled, stressed-out, anxious and/or depressed!

Awareness is the first step toward solving a problem. So the first section of Oil For Your Lamp is devoted to helping us acknowledge the problem and understand the reasons for it. Chapter 1 looks at how girls are socialized, growing up to be women who put others first. Chapter 2 examines the values women have adopted in the past 50 years, beginning with the feminist movement—leading us to believe that we can have it all—all at once. And Chapter 3 explores the corresponding myth that we can DO it all.

But don't be discouraged. Help is on the way—in Section II, we'll get into solutions for the problem. We'll learn the value of doing nothing, how to play again, how to become more inner-directed, and most importantly, how to ask for help.

The McDonald’s (MCD) boss behind the healthy upgrade to its U.S. menu is practicing what she preaches: She recently lost 90 pounds.

Jan Fields, who started at McDonald's 33 years ago cooking fries and is now the fast food chain's U.S. president, was soon to turn 55 when, she says, "I woke up one day and said, "Oh my God, how did I gain this much weight?"

Like millions of her customers at the 14,000 restaurants she oversees, Fields added her weight gradually--"10 pounds at a time: 10, 10, 10 and all of a sudden, I looked and I said, 'Oh, my God, I’ve gained 90 pounds. How did I ever do that?"

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Of course, McDonald's tops critics' hit list for compounding America's obesity epidemic, but Fields insists that her own culprit wasn't food but lack of exercise. "I didn’t exercise," she confesses. "I worked all the time, went home and went to bed."

Fields, No. 25 on Fortune's Most Powerful Women list, has always been easy to underestimate: The seventh of eight children raised in tiny Vincennes, Indiana, she grew up skinny and dreamed of being a nun, then a lawyer. But she met a guy, married young, had a daughter, and was driving to an interview for a secretarial job at a construction company when, at 23, she stopped at McDonald's for a Coke and spotted a "Now Hiring" sign. It was, in fact, the first time Fields ever ate in a McDonald's. She and her husband, who had enlisted in the Air Force, were so poor that they couldn't afford to eat out.

Accepting a job on a whim and starting at $2.65 an hour, she went home that first night and cried -- "a disaster" until they moved her from cooking fries to serving customers at front counter. "Never quit over one thing or one person," she advises. Rising rapidly through the ranks, she was propelled by a remarkable discipline and a down-home, inspirational leadership style.

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Along the way, Fields was working so hard that she never had time to get a college degree or take care of herself. Until she visited a nutritionist and committed to do something about her weight gain. "I started with going to the gym and getting on a treadmill," she says, noting that all you need is a walking path to begin a fitness routine. "I didn’t hire a trainer."

She started drinking a lot more water. And no soda, not even the diet kind. Fields still eats at McDonald's every day--but different foods and smaller portions than she used to. Breakfast is McDonald's oatmeal or an Egg McMuffin or a fruit and yogurt parfait. Lunch, at the McDonald's next to her office in Oak Brook, Illinois, is usually a grilled chicken sandwich or a cheeseburger, with a few French fries and iced tea.

Dinner is not at McDonald’s -- she does get away from work. Typically, she has pasta, or, she says, "I’m big on tomato mozzarella salad. That’s my favorite all-time food."

The focus on healthy eating has been good for Fields -- and the company. New products like smoothies and oatmeal have helped expand McDonald's customer base and profits, and the stock recently reached an all-time high. Meanwhile, McDonald's announcement last week that its restaurants will serve fruit or a vegetable with Happy Meals and cut the portion size of French fries signifies "our first step toward creating serious change," Fields says.

Fields, who loves to mentor young people, contends that her story proves that people "can do anything that they can set their mind to." And what, as she turns 56 this month, is she setting her mind to next? The Bank of America (BAC) Chicago Marathon, on October 9. Though she never ran a mile until this past February, Fields is now training vigorously. On Sunday, she emailed me: "This past weekend, I did 13.1 miles," she wrote. "It was so hot (got to 90), it took me 3 hrs and 12 minutes. So I will not be qualifying for any Olympic trials any time soon...but I made it :)”

Jan Fields' career began as a fry cook. Help others find jobs to launch their careers. Written by By Patricia Sellers, Fortune.

TIGERS Team Wheel Game

For more than 20 years, Dianne Crampton has helped companies reach their next levels of success by changing work environments. The founder and president of TIGERS Success Series, Crampton shares her secret to creating motivated and enthusiastic employees through focusing on six values: trust, interdependence, genuineness, empathy, risk, and success.

Her system isn't just for the corporate world. She and her team have been called upon by nonprofits, church groups, and families who need help changing their dynamics. Internationally recognized, her work with Native Americans was featured at a United Nations conference, and her company received honorable mention in Inc. magazine’s entrepreneurial awards.

Crampton lives in Bend, Ore., where she enjoys organic gardening and hiking with her husband, Bill.

Womenetics: You've said before that there is a need for a business renaissance in this country. What do you mean by that? Dianne Crampton: People in the gen X and boomer generations were raised to be competitive. If you think about it, in our education systems, we had the bell curve. There were going to be certain people who passed and certain people who failed. We were all being trained to be good people on a manufacturing line, connecting this cog into that widget. As a result, we were trained to be very individualistic, meaning we kind of look out for ourselves. We're very competitive, and based on our skills and talents and the tasks we accomplish, there would be a hope of being promoted.

Well, there has been an entire shift in how business is done and in the world as a whole ever since the information age has taken hold. We're moving into the relationship age, using our technology in terms of building relationships. You can see this in social networking, for example. So we are learning and having to learn very quickly how to be more collaborative and cooperative in building relationships with co-workers in the workplace and in other organizations, but also in building a base of cooperation in our social networks. As a result, there is a shift in how we do business, from “I'm in it for myself” and “It's a dog-eat-dog world” to one that is truly collaborative, to where we know we're working together and we're stronger working together. As a result, we look for ways and means of being more productive and more effective in working together. That includes how we talk to one another, how we listen, and how we understand.

This business renaissance that I'm referring to is one that is more collaborative and team based. This type of work environment that speaks to the heart and soul of the generation that follows gen X, which is gen Y. They are all about collaborating and working together. They prefer that over other methods. It's not so much being better than others as it is being great with others who have different skills and talents that are recognized as being important.

What we find in highly cooperative and collaborative organizations that have more of a team-based culture is that it takes fewer employees to get exceptional work done. In fact, in our book TIGERS Among Us: Winning Business Team Cultures and Why They Thrive, we feature a woman-owned business. She has 10 employees, and they generate $10 million in annual revenue. It's this type of business that I believe will create a renaissance in this country not only in innovation, but in actually how business is done, even to our supply chain that is based more on cooperation than internal competition. That's what I mean by a business renaissance.

Womenetics: Your TIGERS model has stood the test of time, nearly 25 years. Tell us about how the model works. Crampton: I wanted to know what makes a good group of people truly great. And by “great,” I meant that they were ethical, quality-focused, productive, and very successful. I took it a step forward to qualify success to mean that not only were people achieving goals, but that they were excited about them and that when they achieved them, there was a sense of personal satisfaction. They actually bloomed and blossomed in achieving those goals, even if they were really tough to accomplish.

I studied all the group-dynamic research I could find in business education and psychology. What I learned from these studies is that there are principles that are found in any organization. And these principles are anchored by behaviors that can be seen daily in how people treat one another, the organization, and, if they have customers, the customers as well. These principles are trust, interdependence, genuineness, empathy, risk, and success.

So when these principles exist in organizations, the predictable outcomes are a very engaged, motivated, entrepreneurial, cooperative group of people. When any one of those principles is absent, there are also predictable outcomes. Generally, these outcomes are behavior related. We see a lot of this in conflict, fear of repercussions, not trusting the organizations, and all of the behavior that comes from that, including the low engagement that we see today.

So how the model works is we can go into any organization including a family – in fact, we had one TIGERS trainer whose business was improving family dynamics, who could actually go in and survey that group and from the results of the survey know exactly what that group needed to improve its behavior. So the TIGERS model works very fast. When an organization corrects at a behavior level the dynamic that is causing chaos, everyone feels safer. When it's maintained and monitored by management, change happens very quickly. The TIGERS model looks at the work environment and the behaviors that make that environment a very productive, safe place, and enjoyable place to be, or one that is less than that. And based on that, it helps leaders understand how to put in place what we call a work force development plan that changes the dynamic in a measurable way very quickly. We do that by measuring the level of trust, interdependence, genuineness, empathy, risk, and success on teams.

Womenetics: How does your model help women, specifically? Crampton: Work morale and engagement is all about the emotional environment at work. Morale is a symptom of the work force community itself. I believe women understand community building much better than our male counterparts because, historically, we were the people who built our families and raised our children and built relationships with people in our neighborhoods and who grew our children into responsible adults. We know that employees, like our children, are each different. There is no one-size-fits-all dynamic with kids or with our employees.

We know that each individual is unique, just like our children, and that each brings unique skills and talents to the productivity effort within an organization. When we are connected to our feelings as women, we also understand that the emotional quality of our organization is extremely important. We are more likely to have those tough conversations – heart-tugging conversations – that deal with the emotional quality of our environment.

Let me give you an example of that. The woman entrepreneur with the 10 employees that I spoke about in the other question had 12 employees, and she's down to 10 – she had to let two of them go. She recognized that there would be a grief process in doing so. She recognized the fact that her employees had built relationships with these two people. Their leaving was nothing about them – it was the fact that she had lost a major contract, which decided not to do more advertising during the recession. This made it more difficult. She allowed for a grief process.

She allowed employees to really express how they felt about it. She let employees come up with ideas on how to bring those employees back from time to time and work potentially as independent contractors until the business shifted. If they were still available, she would bring them back in to the company. So the sheer fact that she acknowledged the emotional reality of a downsize was huge toward building trust and a real sense of family in her work environment that stimulated all her employees. It built trust and all the other TIGERS elements. Essentially, what she did is she moved forward with empathy, which is the “E” value in TIGERS.

It truly builds teams and the ability to assess the reality of the environment, and it's a power tool when clearing team chaos. I think that women understand this. Then there's trust, and how we build and sustain it, as well as community development and how we build collaboration and cooperation between people. We know that if we're building competition between our kids, there's going to be a lot of bickering and anger expressed. We can transfer what we know of our family dynamics and how we have raised our families to the workplace in an emotional level that is very effective.

The model helps women particularly in that it reinforces what we know to be extremely important in community development. It gives us the language and the tools to facilitate rapid change in our companies very quickly. In many woman-based businesses that have employed TIGERS in their organizations, other people just cannot offer the employees more money for them to leave – the employees are so loyal to their companies. So TIGERS is a great tool that I think is most readily grabbed at an understanding level by women. I think when it comes to how does the model help women specifically, we understand how important it is for people to feel a sense of satisfaction and celebration in accomplishing our goals as well, that oftentimes, we are willing to pause and recognize people for their achievements. This makes a huge difference in the success of our operations and especially as we begin to on-board more veterans coming back from overseas.

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