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Monday, July 30, 2012

Committed Managers or Passionate Leaders?

Committed Managers or Passionate Leaders?
Thousands of Manager Jobs post across the country each day. Many of the job postings say they want a committed manager. Let’s break this down and decide what employers are really looking for. I venture so far as to say that most organizations are seeking passionate leaders and NOT committed managers, and yet many business men and women would say there is little difference between the two.

First, the word committed, by definition means: To put in trust or charge.

A Manager, by definition is: A person responsible for controlling or administering all or part of a company or similar organization.

Combining the two definitions above helps define what a committed manager is. A committed manager is someone in charge who controls those people who answer to them. Take a few moments to think about each word in that definition. The more I think about words like manage and control the less I like the title of manager. I truly believe that animals, and especially humans, were not meant to be controlled. Take the story of Adam and Eve or if you prefer to stay away from the religious side of things, look at how a horse is broken. The key to breaking a horse is to teach them to respond correctly and work with a rider. When training a horse, the goal is to break the horse but not break their spirit. There are countless examples of this: raising children, team sports like football, etc…

None of us want to be controlled. So why do so many of us aspire to be managers. If I don’t want to BE controlled, I should not aspire to control others. This is where the term: Passionate Leader becomes so important.

First, the word passionate, by definition means: having, compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling.

A Leader, by definition is: A person followed by others.

Combining the two definitions above helps define what a passionate leader is. A passionate leader is someone who has an intense emotion for their profession and someone who others follow. This sounds like something I could aspire to be. I can love what I do and can share that emotion or common goal with others through my own example. No breaking or controlling involved. I am who I am and others want to be like me….hmmmmm….

I guess I know what title I would prefer, and more than just a title – I know which person I would prefer to be.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Register today - Women in Management Event August 14th in Two Rivers, WI


Date:July 23, 2012

RE: Manitowoc Women In Management Chapter -
Garden Tour and Luncheon at Aurora Health Care in Two Rivers,
on August 14th

Publicity Contact:        
Crystal J. Casavant
Phone: 920-645-7529
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For Immediate Release: WIMI Manitowoc - Tuesday August 14th Garden Tour and Luncheon open to all professional women


The Manitowoc Chapter of Women In Management has partnered with Aurora Healthcare to provide a fabulous opportunity for all area professional women on Tuesday, August 14th with open networking and lunch beginning at 11:30am.  This event is a great chance for WIMI members and local professional women to network and learn more about WIMI while touring the Aurora Healthcare Healing Gardens located at 5000 Memorial Drive in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. We will tour the peaceful, serene healing gardens located across from beautiful Lake Michigan. To help ease stress and improve wellbeing for patients and their families, the gardens include waterfalls, dedication bricks, blooms, birds, and more. Open networking and lunch begins at 11:30 with the tour and presentation at noon. The cost to attend includes lunch and is only $10.00 (come for as little or as much of the event as you wish).

Please RSVP or send questions/comments to:manitowocwimi@gmail.com by Friday, August 10th.

Check out our Membership Specials!
WIMI is offering their “Early Bird” Specials until August 31st. Get $10 off membership and save on program fees when you sign up or renew membership before Friday, August 31st. Membership information is available online at: www.WimiWi.org/chapter/manitowoc

Contact Connie Thimmig, Vice President/Membership chair, for more information. 920-284-6584 connie.thimmig@azuramemory.com

Women In Management, Inc. (WIMI) is a dynamic group dedicated to the professional growth, development, and success of women. The group strives to promote higher standards for and increase the status, authority, and influence of business and entrepreneurial women. Programs are presented monthly at each chapter for the WIMI membership and guests. More than 350 members belong to one of seven WIMI chapters throughout Wisconsin including Fond du Lac, the Fox Cities, Oshkosh, Manitowoc, Ripon/Green Lake, Sheboygan and Green Bay. For more information about the Manitowoc chapter of Women In Management, Inc.: www.WimiWi.org/chapter/manitowoc


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fabulous Friday includes Fabulous Recipes Now!

Last Fabulous Friday was a bust (no submissions), so this Friday we will include recipe ideas and here's the first one:

Apple Pear Poppyseed Salad!

Salad Ingredients:
16oz lettuce (spinach or romaine)
6oz cheese - shredded (we like swiss)
1c roasted cashews (salted)
1/2c craisins or dried cranberries (if in door county, substitute with dried cherries)
1 large apple thinly sliced (we like keeping the peeling on)
1 large pear thinly sliced (same as above - we like the peeling)

Dressing Ingredients:
2/3c light olive oil (extra virgin)
1/2c sugar
1/3c lemon juice
2T poppy seeds
2t chopped onions (the finer the better)
1t dijon mustard
1/2t salt (sea salt is best)

combine salad ingredients in a bowl
combine dressing ingredients in a separate bowl
toss salad and dressing together just before serving (chilled plates are a nice touch)

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Women in Management - Manitowoc Chapter - Membership Special!

    Women in Management ~ This summer, the Manitowoc WIMI Chapter is offering July and August socials to stay connected as well as some GREAT MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS, such as our ‘Early Bird” special– Get $10 off membership and save on program fees when you sign up or renew before Friday, August 31st.  Add your name and your business to Manitowoc Counties WIMI group for powerful networking opportunities with well-connected women.  Contact Connie Thimmig, Vice President/Membership chair, for more information. 920-284-6584 manitowocwimi@gmail.com

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

    Women in Management Networking Event July 10th at the Manitowoc Public Library

    Join the Manitowoc Chapter of Women in Management for the July 10th Networking Social at the Manitowoc Public Library and learn about the "Library's Best Kept Business Resources" and take a behind the scenes tour!

    *Open to all area professional women
    *Starts with lunch at 11:30am
    *$10 to attend - RSVP To: manitowocwimi@gmail.com

    11:30AM Tuesday, July 10th - Manitowoc Public Library (707 Quay St. Manitowoc, WI 54220)