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July 2012
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What kind of role models had you had in your life? What kind of a role model are you to others? Having at least one great role model can make all the difference in attaining success.

Role models are someone that you can look up to. They can help you determine how you do or don’t want to behave.  They can help you achieve certain results in your career. 

You can have role models for a variety of different purposes and you can have positive and negative role models (negative role models are those you do not want to be like….believe me, I have had plenty of those in my life, too). It may be difficult to find one person who embodies all the characteristics you ideally want to be like.  You may find that you will have many different role models throughout your life who each offer a particular trait you admire and aspire to be like.

Just because you reach a certain stage in your career does not mean you no longer need or desire to have good role models. I am lucky to have many fabulous people around me who are each wonderful role models in a variety of ways. I doubt will ever stop finding ways that I can refine and improve, thanks to the many role models in my life.

I find I spend more time these days thinking about the kind of role model I am to others. I stop myself more often now to think about how my actions and reactions serve and influence others. How about you?  No matter what your age or stage in life, your actions do influence others. Are you getting the kind of results and making the kind of impressions you intend to?

If you are looking to refine your style or simply need some help navigating through a difficult situation, check out some of the workshops we have coming up over the next few months, mentioned below. And invite your friends and co-workers to join you. Together, you can really make a difference in our own lives and for others.

For more on “Role Models” read our recent blog post on Herspectives:5 Questions On The Need For Role Models in Business


Until next time, be the kind of role model you wish you had.

Deb Boelkes
CEO, Business World Rising and
President, Business Women Rising

Newest addition to Business World Rising!

We would like to welcome Jacqueline Dandan to our Business World Rising team! She is our new social media coordinator, helping us get our word out to the world.  Jacqueline is a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University where she majored in Business Marketing and minored in Spanish.  We are so excited to have her as a vibrant and vital new addition to our growing team. “Jackie” looks forward to hearing from you!

With Jackie's help, we are excited to announce that we are now on Facebook and Twitter! We are posting photos from BWR events along with interesting articles and blog posts.  Now you can“like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Collaborating Within the Politics:

August 23, 2012 - 9:00AM to 3:30PM

Brandman University -16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Room 120, Irvine, CA 92618

Most of us encounter politics in situations every day. Understanding and being able to collaborate with others and create alliances within the politics of any organization is a key success skill we must all master. This session is designed to provide you with strategies to create alliances, identify and understand potential allies and develop your interpersonal influence effectiveness. You will leave the workshop with an action plan to use specific tools and techniques to handle a politically-charged situation more successfully.

Collaborating Within The Politics is specifically designed to hone your influencing skills. You will learn more about:

  • The components necessary to be politically savvy
  • Building an alliance mindset
  • Identifying and understanding your potential allies
  • Developing a success strategy for a real, politically-charged situation'


Managing Project Conflict:

September 19, 2012 - 9:00AM to 3:30PM

Brandman University,16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Room 120,Irvine, CA 92618

The work environment inevitably creates conflict situations. Project conflict occurs because teams are made of people who must interface with other, people both inside and outside the organization. Conflicts can be about the work (e.g. my approach versus yours, schedules, priorities) or about the relationships (e.g. I don’t trust you, your style is different than mine). Conflict can be a source of creative solutions, but only if people understand both the value of conflict and how to resolve it. This workshop is designed to help participants understand how they naturally respond to conflict and to will provide you with options you may  use to successfully handle future conflicts. Participants will leave with specific strategies for managing conflict. Topics include:

  • Your own contribution to conflict
  • 5 response styles to conflict
  • Assessing your response style
  • Flexing your style to match the situation
  • Strategies for dealing with others in conflict
  • Conflict strategies and planning


Difficult Conversations Workshop:

October 10, 2012 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Room 120, Irvine, CA 92618

Many of us find ourselves in situations where we need to have a difficult conversation with someone, and rather than have the conversation, we avoid it. This session is designed to provide you with strategies to holding productive conversations that can result in desirable outcomes. You will leave the workshop with an action plan to use specific tools and techniques to handle difficult conversations successfully.


13th Annual SoTeC Conference:

October 26-27, 2012

Long Beach Hilton

ABSTRACT OF DEB'S PRESENTATION:  Infinite-Win Leadership: Innovative Secrets for Success:

In our competitive win-lose society, forced rankings, sabotage, backstabbing, cutthroat politics and character assassinations are just a few of the many conventional weapons of business and beyond. It’s no wonder that the workplace has become a battlefield strewn with casualties and crushed spirits, where workers are held hostage by paychecks and the survivors have surrendered to disengagement. The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way and the fix is easier than you might think.

In this eye-opening session, you’ll learn powerful and unconventional, yet common sense strategies that will enable you to create conditions for enduring success, where joyful engagement and winning outcomes can become the norm for you, your team and for many others in your infinite network of influence. Find out how easy it can be to bring out the best in just about anyone, including even some of the worst offenders, regardless of your level or role within your organization. You’ll discover battle-tested techniques to transform your world at work, at school, at home and beyond, into a thriving universe that can deliver extraordinary results each and every day.

For the latest information on the conference, visit the web site at:

Leadership Vistas Update

We will be launching our new Bella Vista group very soon in Orange County, CA for CEOs / Presidents / Managing Partners of companies between $2M and $20M.  We are offering very special pricing for founding members for the first three meetings. As with each of our other Leadership Vistas forums, Bella Vista will meet monthly for half a day.

Just a reminder that our other Leadership Vista groups are ongoing in Orange County and are soon to launch in LA and San Diego, including our Prima Vista, Monte Vista, Grande Vista and Stella Vista groups.

The Leadership Vistas are designed to accelerate the development of more self-aware, high-potential and high-achieving men and women.  The Vistas enable you to develop the innovative and collaborative leadership skills needed to attain your fullest career potential, as you deliver more impactful business results to your organiztion. Each Vista chapter is limited in size to ensure the highest level of participation and interaction among the members.

Check out our Leadership Vistas program today

Stay tuned for an insightful new leadership book series!

"Unconventional Weapons for Infinite-Win Leaders” is the new three-book series that our CEO, Deb Boelkes, now has underway with her very accomplished co-author, Col. Deb Lewis (USA, ret.), who graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in the first class with women. Stay tuned for the first in the trilogy:CARE - Discover the Secrets to Build Trust, Unite and Engage with Passion".

This three-book series will provide you with insights into what it takes to be the best leader you can be. If you're anxious to learn more, Deb Boelkes and her co-author are available now to speak on these topics. Contact us to arrange an inspiring keynote presentation for your next corporate gathering, conference or executive retreat at"


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