Carole Hyatt is the founder of the Leadership Forum whose mission is to create economic viability for women. Carole has been addressing career subjects in her best-selling books, lecture tours, and television appearances for the past 40 years. She is an acknowledged leader in the work field, specializing in designing programs for women in senior leadership roles. Her books, The New Woman’s Selling Game, Shifting Gears,When Smart People Fail, and Lifetime Employability have helped millions of people throughout the world effectively identify and accomplish their goals. Her works have been reviewed as seminal and she is frequently quoted in the media.
In 1996 she founded the Leadership Forum’s “Getting to Next” workshop, which is attended worldwide by top executives, professionals and creative women interested in assessing and advancing their careers. She has created mentoring, leadership and relationship building programs for Fortune 50 companies and acts as senior advisor for executive leaders. She has been called “The Guru’s Guru.”
She creates business relationship building programs for major corporations to increase their bottom lines. Her workshop attendees have benefited from the support and skills she provides through an analysis of their needs and examination of alternative means of meeting them. Ms. Hyatt is also a powerful facilitator conducting idea generation groups for Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and entrepreneurial businesses.
The Leadership Forum's Getting to Next Seminars
During a two-day interactive seminar at Caroles New York City home, executive women, all leaders and potential leaders in their fields, learn and apply proven strategies designed to reveal hidden gifts and business skills. The experience is enriched with knowledgeable feedback from fellow attendees, placing the discoveries in the context of practical new career directions for their businesses. Most important, it also provides a powerful network of contacts to help launch new careers and life plans. Find out more at www.carolehyatt.org
Competition, the single most important American gift we have
What a pleasure to be invited to write a monthly column for Cheryl Benton. I have long admired the creativity, up to the minute information and wit that Cheryl brings to the Three Tomatoes Newsletter and feel honored to be a part of it. This column will be predominantly about our careers, and our contemporary livelihood. We will look at the needs that we women and (our) men share while creating new uncharted paths. When pathways are new, we sometimes look at them as the glass half empty. I’m of the strong opinion that we have a half full glass particularly for women right now. I feel so positive even though we are now in the most difficult times of our lives. Corporations are still cutting back, starting a new business is still difficult for bank loans, ageism and sexism are still alive and well, we are still getting 77 cents to a male dollar and yet there is one arena that is wide open, COMPETITION.
Competition is the singular most important American gift we can have. Competition pushes us to faster, better and smarter ideas. Competition is the twin of innovation. It inspires us to think about our lives, our future, and our world.
I never liked competition; it could make me angry and upset. For 18 years I partnered with a wonderful woman named June Esserman. We pioneered in the market and social research youth arena, and then followed women into the work force. For the first five years we were fabulous partners. She had her area of expertise, brilliant analytical research skills, and I was the outside person creating new methodologies and bringing in clients. After five years we learned each other’s skill sets and the competition began. I wrote a book, so she wrote a book. Because she wrote a book, I wrote two books. I brought in a client, so she brought in two clients. She added a staff member, I added two staff members. Each time I was filled with jealousy and upset. June passed away in my office in her very early 50s from a heart attack. When I was writing her memorial eulogy, it dawned on me how ironically our competition was the mother and inspiration for our company’s success. June was my pacer, who is yours?
Think about it, are you in a competitive battle with someone? Someone who makes you think new thoughts in order to compete better? Is he or she really bringing out the best in you? What has he/she inspired you to become? Once you realize what took me 18 years to get, you will know that your glass is really half full. Congratulations, competition is pushing you to be more creative, and smarter.
Find your pacer now. I would love to hear from you. Send me your career questions, problems and upsets. It would be a pleasure for me to answer you.