According to a study from Catalyst, 65 percent of women who were mentored became mentors themselves. Youth.gov also claims that mentorship leads to higher college enrollment rates, improves interpersonal skills and decreases the likelihood of using drugs and alcohol. But there are good reasons why you should find a powerful female mentor or encourage new staff to become mentors!
Finding a female mentor who is in your corner rallying for your success motivates you to set goals, understand challenges and embrace the diversity of women in the workforce. Here are some insights into the power of female mentors, especially in the Irish communities, and how to find one:
Learn to Take Calculated Risks
Former First Lady Michelle Obama credits her mentor as someone who encouraged her to take chances. She tells More Magazine that her mentor was a single mom who inspired her to open a daycare program for some of her faculty members’ and staff members’ children while at Princeton.
Are you looking for the perfect job applicant? Someone who understands and respects your Irish-American background? When you bring in talent to join your start-up, there are certain traits that you should keep an eye out to form a stellar team. You’ll want people with the same values you hold to develop a fantastic company culture. So let’s see what to look for when hiring for your Startup.
Though no one is the perfect employee, there are certain qualities in each of us that are an asset to a team. Here are 5 traits to look out for and techniques on how to spot them.
Taking initiative is important, especially for a start-up, which is all about initiative. You need someone on your team that is going to put their best foot forward and do so without asking. One of the key things you should look for is someone with drive. Continue reading “What to Look For when Hiring for your Startup”
The blog concept – deliver content, build community, and conduct commerce – seems deceptively simple. And it would appear to lend itself well to myriad niche markets, from photography buffs to heart surgeons to naval architects. The problem isn’t with the notion of targeting niche markets; that’s a keeper. The issue is that running a successful website has become difficult.
If you want to attract customers and transactions, building a blog/portal may not be your most effective strategy. If you build it, they won’t necessarily come. Instead, you need to go to your customers and prospects. Syndicate your information and your products, let customers and prospects get your information, products, and services from a multitude of websites, digital markets, and aggregators.
Don’t chase ad dollars – The leading mass consumer portals such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, or Pinterest were predicated on an advertising-supported business model and they generate approximately 90 percent of their revenues from selling ads.
You can’t compete with these portal giants; don’t even try. Sure, you may be successful in building a niche portal catering to a niche market. And you can certainly draw advertisers to your site with your more focused appeal. But the chances are good that the ad revenues you reap from a niche portal strategy won’t come close to covering your expenses.
As an aspiring entrepreneur, there are many things in your head. Probably the most important is: how do I get (and keep) clients? At any given time when communication over the internet in the social field strongly improves (consider social media like Facebook, Twitter) business Internet interaction cannot be left behind: a website is important for any business. Interesting is also the following Silicon Valley Girl video with tips (even though she even isn’t Irish):
A very important factor is certain: without a website, you will discover that much of that 73% of the Internet (practically) daily use will not get to you as a client. An internet site is a good investment – which comparatively not has to be costly – and quickly pays for itself. Here are 5 tips for setting/getting a website for entrepreneurs.
Select your domain carefully
A brief, powerful and easy to keep in mind domain name is the brand’s “offline” and “online” image. Google will probably recognize your company name quickly. Search engines are internet sites with the exact search phrases in the domain rather allocating a higher placement.
Why change? When I hear people talk about a change in their lives, it always strikes me how different people think about themselves.
The two extremes are easy to notice. On the one hand, I meet people close to being perfect but relentlessly striving to further improve themselves. On the other hand, I come across people who think they are perfect, but … you know what I mean ;-).
I think it’s not necessary to change if you genuinely are happy with every aspect of yourself. Read that sentence again.
What I just said is critical, because most people are not happy with who they are or with the way they live their lives. If you are unhappy with a certain aspect of your life, then you have two options, accept it or change it.
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! I’m one of those moms that love tradition and creating family memories though, through all my hard work, there’s all too often too little time left! It’s so cool to watch the kids as their faces light up when they see that we’re about to do something fun for an upcoming holiday.
And now that my kids are getting a bit older, I think it’s a good time to start finding some great family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day activities. Age appropriate, of course.
Now I have some traditions from my childhood that I carry forward to my own family, but in the grand scheme of things, there really aren’t that many to choose from. Maybe that’s why I’m so adamant about having those special traditions or activities in place for my own children to enjoy.
So when it comes to finding ideas for new family traditions and fun, I tend to be an internet junkie. I could surf the web for hours looking for free coloring sheets, various printable crafts, decoration ideas, fun holiday recipes, and other great ways to get my children excited and into the spirit of pretty much any holiday.
Here’s something about me you may not know. I’m a business entrepreneur but I also love to bake! And I’m always on the lookout for great recipes to try. The problem with baking – CALORIES! Because we try to eat reasonably healthy, I end up NOT baking as much as I’d like.
Sure I can freeze the goodies for another time. And of course, I can always alter the recipe for healthier low-calorie ingredients. But why? Why not just enjoy splurging on the good stuff every once in a while. Especially when it means creating wonderful family memories of Springtime traditions with my girls!
My daughters REALLY love baking too. It’s the measuring, the pouring, the mixing, the licking of the utensils. They love it all. So there are certain times of the year when I make a command level mommy decision and allow guilt-free baking to take place.
Many Irish people are trying to speak with an American accent. There have been many times that the Irish poked a bit of fun at folks from across the Atlantic who tried, but miserably failed, to put up a convincingly sounding Irish accent.
This has particularly been true when some Hollywood star was put in some Irish film role and was apparently unable to even get some basic accents right, despite all the classes they went through for building up their acting skills. Today, the tables may have turned slightly, however, as is shown in a new YouTube video that is showing some Irish people who do their utmost to copy a few North American accents. Don’t be surprised, they’re faring just as shockingly and don’t forget to check our resources.
While most people on our side of the big pond are quite capable of identifying one American accent from the other, would most Irish people not be able to tell a California accent from a Boston one or even a Canadian from a New Yorker. Things get a bit funny the moment the video begins, and we can hear one lady say that she’s really afraid she’s going to offend all Americans, and probably the Canadians as well…
For our family Christmas party this year (the one involving my Mom and siblings—one family Christmas party of many), we conducted a neighborhood food drive to benefit the Pennsylvania Food Bank.
We were aiming for a repeat of the year the homeless person crashed our party. Not a repeat of the event, of course, but of the mood and the lesson. It didn’t quite work out that way.
Two days before the party we distributed fliers in the neighborhood, telling people what we were doing and inviting them to leave donations in bags on their porches. That project was our first hint that the thing wasn’t going to go as planned.
Boy 12 was pissy the whole time as we walked from door to door spreading Christmas goodwill with our fliers. Because of our Irish ancestry, we decided to explain to our kids a little bit about Christmas being a 2-day feast in some countries.
The Emerald Isle: a fitting name for a place that gets nearly 55-inches of rain per year, just shy of the 68+ inches that would classify it as a rainforest. Although we came expecting rain and were content with a little moisture falling on our trip, the weather as a whole wasn’t too bad.
Highs around 65, lows around 55; pretty ideal temperatures for biking considering most of the U.S. was pushing triple digits. It seemed that this year was actually one of the driest they’ve had for a long time. Bad for agriculture, but pretty nice for us.
In fact, if you can get over the rain, Ireland is set up perfectly for bike touring. In general, the topography is mild (although we did curse a few of the steep hills), the back roads have little to no traffic, the locals are extremely friendly and very bike conscious while driving (although most still think you’re mad for cycling around the country).
Compared to the U.S., the towns are located fairly close to each other and the entire country can be biked in a few weeks fairly easily. And most importantly, EVERY community has a pub, even if they don’t have a single place that serves food. If you’re looking for something new to do, bike touring in Ireland will not disappoint.