Thursday, October 28, 2010, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, noon Central, 1 pm EST, 2 pm Atlantic, 7 pm Zurich, 8 pm Istanbul
Passionate Women Entrepreneurs: Creating an Internal Locus of Control
To become successful entrepreneurs, women can change a victimized mindset to a mindset of control. Learn the value of exposing yourself to multiple cultures. Discover how to make changes in your life and career and how to implement what's important to you.
Joan Marques, Ed.D.
Joy at Work
Personhood Press, 2010
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Do Joan Marques's Self-Reflection Exercise: Finding Meaning for Passionate Women Entrepreneurs
This exercise is an important step on your way to wakefulness. It is not a one-timer, but a deep contemplation, which you should engage in at least twice a year. And, as mentioned before, it is applicable to various areas of your life.
Step 1-- Ask yourself: What is my purpose here?
Step 2-- Am I content with this purpose?
- If yes, proceed to step 3
- If no, start working on a change of direction immediately, be it through obtaining additional education, networking, applying for new jobs – anything to get yourself out of the current slump.
Step 3-- Is the purpose that I ascribe to my being here the same as the purpose others see for me (particularly employers, supervisors and other key individuals)
- If yes, proceed to step 4
- If no, you should ask the conscious questions: Do I care about this disconnect between perspectives? Is the purpose I see for myself still rewarding to me in spite of the incongruence?
- Remember, there can be dissimilarity in perceived purposes while everyone is still okay with it. In that case you can also proceed to step 4. However, if you sense that this incongruence can lead to future troubles, start looking for alternatives.
Step 4-- Would I still want to do this if I earned half of what I earn now? Am I proud enough of what I do, to the point that I would also feel great if it were to be printed in tomorrow’s newspaper?
- If yes, proceed to step 5
- If no, you might still decide to stay in this situation for a while, but you should start working on your options, because you are clearly not all that content with where you are. Also, keep in mind that
- even if you are entirely satisfied now, circumstances may change in the future.
Step 5-- How can I improve the gratification of my purpose
- For myself?
- For my colleagues?
- For my employer?
- For the customers I serve?
- For the planet?
As a consequence to this probing analysis you should wonder: Is there a feasible way to serve all constituents, even if not through one single act?
- If yes: that’s great and you can proceed immediately to step 6.
- If no, are you still satisfied with the improvements you can bring about? If satisfied, proceed to the next step; if not entirely satisfied, you should wonder what matters more to you: staying with a relative dissatisfaction, or moving on. You may not be able to keep all the people happy all the time, even if that’s your intention.
Step 6-- As things seem now, would I still want to do this 5 or 10 years from now?
- If yes, then Meaning at level A is achieved, and you’re still on the right track.
- If no, continue looking for alternatives: educate yourself, read, network, surf the net, keep your eyes and ears wide open to explore potential future purposes.
This 6-step self-reflection exercise (see figure below) can be applied in any setting: to your personal life, your circle of friends, the social clubs you frequent, etcetera.
Point of attention: Even if you achieve level A meaning today, you should repeat this little meaning exercise at least twice a year, in order to verify for yourself if you’re still at the right place, and if your current life still matters to you. After all, whom should it matter to, if not you?
1) Reclaim your life in joy and work:
2) How to Handle Difficult People:
3) Using Social Networks to your Advantage:
4) Think like an entrepreneur:
Joan Marques is a 20th century business entrepreneur, who redefined herself into a social entrepreneur in the 21st century. Her work life started as a radio announcer in the seventies for the State Radio in Suriname, South-America. By 1979, she had co-founded her first business venture, Cojo Advertising. She successfully headed this company for 20 years, supervising the production of regular television and radio programs, and hosting them as well. In the early nineties, she learned scenario writing, interview techniques, and media production under guidance of the Dutch Media Academy and the Belgian Radio and Television Network. As a result, she decided to shift gears from hard-core advertising to the production of constructive programs, thus creating over 200 highly successful media productions and documentaries between 1992 and 1998.
While managing Cojo Media Productions, Joan also co-founded and managed several other ventures, such as Cojo Import and Export, which exported fish and shrimp products to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao; and Nelson Fisheries. She was further intensely involved in co-managing two farms specialized in poultry and livestock, and even went into the restaurant business for a few years. Throughout all these activities, she earned a B.Sc. in Business Economics, and raised her three children.
In the mid 1990s, Joan decided to explore the non-profit sector and started the foundation “Vrouwen voor Vrouwen” (Women for Women), which presented regular radio and television productions with the aim of educating women about their options and opportunities. She took a grant-writing course and successfully obtained grants for the production and publication of her foundation’s programs.
In 1998, Joan moved to California for yet another phase of reinvention. She earned an MBA and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, and started teaching at Woodbury University, while also engaging in multiple other activities, such as leading awareness programs for a non-profit organization in West Los Angeles, writing for scholarly and popular sources, and co-founding the Business Renaissance Institute, BRI, as well as the Academy of Spirituality and Professional Excellence, ASPEX. She is the co-founder and chief-editor of 4 journals focused on scholars and practitioners, co-author of 8 books; more than 70 scholarly articles and over 200 popular articles. She writes a weekly column for Suriname’s largest Newspaper, De Ware Tijd, and presents a weekly radio show in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, through Mart Radio and Television Network.
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Joan Marques started out as a radio announcer in Suriname, South-America and has continued running radio shows that are broadcast throughout the world. In 1998, she moved to California, earning an MBA and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, teaching at Woodbury University, leading awareness programs for a non-profit organization, writing for scholarly and popular sources, and co-founding the Business Renaissance Institute, as well as the Academy of Spirituality and Professional Excellence.
She is the co-founder and chief-editor of 4 journals focused on scholars and practitioners, co-author of 8 books; more than 70 scholarly articles and over 200 popular articles. She writes a weekly column for Suriname’s largest newspaper and presents a weekly radio show in Amsterdam.
I met Joan through Eugene Muscat, former Associate Dean of the University of San Francisco McLaren School of Business. Joan published two of our peer-reviewed articles, on "Slow Career" (with a third author) and "Integral Aging."
I would like to take a moment to honor Eugene, who tragically passed away this past summer. Like Joan, he was a very service-oriented entrepreneurial professional, who started the family business program at USF and has presented with Bob Chope and me at the NCDA annual conference and other career conferences. Plus, he introduced me to Joan. Welcome, Joan!
- In your video, Passionate Women: Creating an Internal Locus of Control, posted on your Careerwell Web Page, you tell a story about an old lady to illustrate how we create our reality out of our perceptions. Could you tell the story for the benefit of those who have not seen your video?
- Could you describe five mindsets that can get you back on track when you are about to lose your focus? In your descriptions, please give a real-life example from your own experiences or those of your students, clients, or others (i.e., movie or tv stars, politicians, etc.).
- What does "entrepreneur" mean to you?
- Have you always been an entrepreneur?
- How did you become an entrepreneur?
- How did you become such a wizard with video graphics and sound? Why do you use these media to get your message out?
- Have you personally experienced discrimination because you are a woman? because you come from another country? Please explain.
- How can one become an entrepreneur when one is working for someone else or a larger entity?
- How can one think like an entrepreneur?
- If listeners have any entrepreneurial challenges they'd like to bring up, please do so we can listen to Joan's words of advice.
- Could you describe your academic journal business? Do you see a way that listeners can tap into that business for their own career development (i.e., write juried academic articles)?