“When individuals recognize their God-given uniquenesses and live accordingly, life takes on new purpose and meaning.” – Cheryl Smith
And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women. (Acts 17:4)
How are you shaping culture in your sphere of influence?
About two weeks ago I listened to a BlogTalkRadio show hosted by Erik Olson. During that Erik talked about the huge transfer in power and wealth that is taking place from the corporate world to entrepreneurs. When I shared that with Jerry Graham, he told me there is a simultaneous transfer of power and wealth to God’s Kingdom builders, fervent disciples of Jesus who are advancing the Kingdom of God on this earth. I agree.
But there is another major trend taking place – the transfer of power and wealth from men to women. That’s apparent in many arenas of the marketplace, including the political one. During recent correspondence with Jack Serra, he told me that 80% of the people who buy and read his book “Marketplace, Marriage, and Revival” are women. I see something similar in Relationship Marketing (Web 2.0).
It’s no wonder that many women are thriving with Relationship Marketing. In general, they tend to be much more relational than men. The mantra for Relationship Marketing is “Relationships first. Business second.” For women this is usually natural. While many men are clinging to the “security” (and power) of the corporate world, women are getting a jump start establishing their own businesses on the web. It’s neat to watch.
Recently I got connected with Cheryl Smith, founder of CultureSmith Consulting, through Twitter (there’s that word again). I plan to interview Cheryl on BlogTalkRadio in the next few weeks. Here is what Cheryl says in her online bio:
“As a young girl, I often sat on my back porch steps waiting on the garbage truck to come so I would have someone to talk to. I’m pretty sure it’s because I’ve always loved meeting new people. “Never met a stranger,” some say. I have this uncanny ability to get to know others quickly and easily.
I grew up in Georgia in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s. My parents taught us (I’m the youngest of five) to treat others with respect. I spent a lot of time with the Etheridges, an African American family who lived across the street. Jeanine Etheridge was my best friend and her family’s influence helped shape me into the woman I am today. Before I ever heard the term “core value”, respect was already one of mine.
My faith is also very important to me. I find it both challenging and rewarding to consistently follow Christ in all aspects of life. I’m forever on this journey and am thankful for an intimate relationship with a loving God.
I wrote my first diary entry on January 1, 1976 as an 11 year-old girl. During those days and since, I’ve written about the things that are important to me – faith, family and relationships.
Today I’m living my dream and I want the same for others! That’s the message I convey to corporate and non-profit audiences alike. When individuals recognize their God-given uniquenesses and live accordingly, life takes on new purpose and meaning. Personal satisfaction abounds. Teams function more effectively. Customers are more engaged. Organizations grow and prosper.”
I’m impressed with how transparent Cheryl is, how she is living her life on purpose with passion, and how she openly shares her faith. On the home page of her business blog, Cheryl says,
“Blacksmiths work with iron, forging tough metal into strong, beautiful tools. Likewise, CultureSmith Consulting’s President, Cheryl Smith, helps businesses and non-profit organizations identify, develop and harness God-given people potential. After all, culture is more than environment. Culture is people!
Positively impact your culture today. Whether you’re looking for employee training, project or meeting facilitation, or a speaker for your next event, choose CultureSmith Consulting. Contact CultureSmith Consulting to work with your business, association, chamber of commerce, church group or other non-profit organization.”
Heavenly Father, thank You for women like Cheryl Smith who are positively shaping culture. Bless Cheryl and CultureSmith Consulting with UNCOMMON favor with You and man. May some of my followers choose to contact her and avail themselves of her services. Thank You Jesus. Amen and hallelujah!
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Blessings to reach out to positively shape culture in your sphere of influence!