Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:38:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 3 Behaviors to Elevate Your Leadership Skills Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:38:34 +0000 What elevates a good leader to one who is exceptional?

Have you ever noticed that certain leaders have the ability to create environments where people are self-motivated, highly engaged, passionate about their work AND achieve desired results?

While many factors contribute to strong leadership, I believe there are several qualities that set great leaders apart. I refer to this as …

Above PAR Leadership.

par:  [noun] the usual standard or condition. [adjective] average or normal

above par:  [adjective] going beyond what is expected,

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This Mom’s Prayer for Her Kindergartener Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:48:58 +0000 I thought I’d be fine, perhaps even unmoved, by my daughter starting Kindergarten. Every year, I would see parents posting photo after photo of their little ones on the first day of Kindergarten and I would think, “That so won’t be a big deal for me. After all, I went back to work when she was 11-weeks-old – that was tough. This? This will be a walk in the park in comparison.”

And then, this past Spring, I got that first letter from my daughter’s …

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Pema Chödrön on the Role of the Spirit when Facing Illness, Pain or Aging Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:36:35 +0000 There have been many beautiful books written about people whose bodies just gave out on them or who had chronic pain or something, and about how they turned that into their path.

I know a little about this myself because I’m nearing eighty and I have all kinds of physical things. It’s like what Leonard Cohen says, “I ache in the places where I used to play.” But in terms of aging—getting older—that’s just one thing; that’s different from an illness that happens to you …

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5 Ways To Protect Yourself From Harmful Chemicals in Make Up & Hair Products Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:27:27 +0000 Are your cosmetics harming you? Unless you are using makeup and other beauty products that are free of chemicals and heavy metals, chances are you are jeopardizing your health every time you use moisturizer, lipstick, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, blush, toner, foundation, mousse, hair spray, concealer, lip gloss or nail polish.

Did you know, for example, that you can find the following toxic heavy metals in cosmetics?

  • Arsenic in eyeliner. Arsenic is associated with cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease
  • Lead
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What Financial Chaos Can Teach Us: 7 Ways to Build a Strong Personal Balance Sheet Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:20:27 +0000 In light of what happened in the markets earlier this week I wanted to speak a little bit about our personal balance sheets.

Sorting out the vital from the urgent seems to be the call of the day for everyone from the Fed to the banks and companies who depend on the result. Everyone wants the chaos to end, but the path from here to there is not always so clear. Do something quickly, the markets demand. Do something that is sound, the long-term stakeholders …

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To My Daughters: The Words You Choose Are More Powerful Than You Can Ever Imagine Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:13:19 +0000 I drove home tonight, drained from the conflicts of the day, reflecting on all the conversations I had and the emotions for all involved. My mind kept coming back to you.

The world is a challenging place. As I watch how people carry themselves, respond to things and communicate … I wonder if I’m doing enough to prepare you for what lies ahead.

You are growing up quickly, and as you prepare for the start of school, I’m reminded of how hard it can be. …

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Lessons on Courage & Caregiving From Growing Up With a Differently Abled Brother Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:24:26 +0000 On July 25th, I had the extreme honor of witnessing the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics World Games 2015 live from the field of the L.A. Coliseum.  Listening to the crowd of over 40,000 people cheer equally for each and every country as they walked/wheeled down the red carpet, and eventually seeing the torch make its way to light the cauldron was one of the most inspiring nights I’ve ever experienced.

I alternated between tears of joy to laughter from simple happiness as I …

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4 Ways to Detox Your Body for Better Health & Energy Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:10:25 +0000 In an interview with Life Extension magazine, Dr. Michael Galitzer discussed his book “The 6 Essential Keys to Maximize Your Energy and Well Being.”  These are excerpts from the interview.

I’ve developed a program that consistently helps people look and feel younger than their actual age. The sad truth is that poor health is something most people in this country are struggling with. They may not necessarily be suffering from specific illnesses, but they certainly lack the energy they had when they were …

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Who in the World Do You Think You Are? Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:45:04 +0000 At the Closing Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, Marc Roberge of OAR ended the games with his version of the great John Lennon hymn, “Instant Karma.” By the time he sang, most of the spectators had left the LA Coliseum but 6000 or so athletes were still there, dancing, taking pictures, hugging. As I watched them, I couldn’t help wonder how they would answer Lennon’s question in the song: “who in the world do you think you are?”…

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