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28 October 2009 @ 03:29 pm
Notes from IAAP meeting October 19  
Speaker: Joan Cronan, Athletic Director, UT Women's Athletics

Be positive -- talk up your good points without slamming others

Anecdote -- was recruiting an athlete, said something about how women athletes have so many more opportunities now than they did when Cronan was entering college and said, "I'd love to be in your shoes now." The athlete said, "I don't think you could fit in my shoes." Cronan was a bit taken aback at the apparent arrogance. Then the athlete said, "Ms. Cronan, I wear a size 14!"

She said she was told once that to be successful, a woman needed Three Cs:
  • From birth to 18, she needs Compliments,
  • From 18-30, she needs Confidence, and
  • From 30 on she needs Cash [/Checks / Credit Cards]

She prefers three other Cs: Competitive, Confident, and Communicate.

She defines competition as trying to be the best you can be, setting high standards and meeting them.

She defines confidence as having a body of knowledge and a mentor / coach.

She defines communication as the ability to listen and the willingness to say thank you.

She sets her daily goals according to what she calls her BELLS:
  • read from the Bible
  • Exercise
  • write a Letter for pleasure (and email doesn't count)
  • Learn something
  • and complete a Special Project

She encourages people to surround themselves with people who have good attitudes and good body language to express their positive attitude.

She says if you have Pride and Passion, you will succeed.

She quoted Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys on his definition of leadership: "A leader is a person with a vision and the sphere of influence to make it happen."

My thoughts

I think you should add a fourth C, Cooperation.

Quoting from somewhere, "I'll believe in truly equal opportunity not when a brilliant woman can do as well as a brilliant man, but when an average woman can do as well as an average man" -- and get paid the same amount!
hedwig5221hedwig5221 on October 28th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Well done, Janet. Would you write this up and submit for the newsletter?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 28th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
*blink, blink* Okay, sure.
Stephen Harrissweh on October 28th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
IMAO she's only got half of communication; not only should you be able to listen but you must also be able to express your views in the appropriate language. This has two benefits; 1) you help the other person understand your position/view/misconception/whatever and thus they can tailor their message to better target you. 2) you can pass on _your_ valuable information to others in a manner that they'll understand.

Managers at my place reckon I'm one of the best Unix people around. Yes, OK, I'm good, but what I think sets me apart from the others is my ability to explain things in a way that they think "Oh, yeah, I get it now!"

But that's just my opinion :-)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 29th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
I agree. And it may be that she mentioned that and I didn't write it down. (I was busy passing notes with the woman I was sitting next to. Shades of high school!)
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on November 3rd, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
On the BELLS thing, I say YKIOKBINMK. Items 2 and 4 make sense to me, the other three don't.