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Random Acts of Kindness

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“How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank

I am off to buy a coffee on this icy morning, and buy one for the person in line behind me.

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Carson Employee on front page of Business Section!

B2B ID Wendy Lane Wright, Gazette - Business Page

Daily Hampshire Gazette
B2B ID: Wendy Lane Wright
(Published in print: Monday, July 7, 2014)


 How many on your staff: 400

 

What you do: I cultivate relationships with our supporters and donors as well as raise funds that enable our agency’s mission to serve and improve the lives of 7,000 people each year.

 

I’ve also supported the mission of our agency as a human resource professional, inspiring, coaching and training staff in the programs that strengthen individuals, families and our community.

 

Experience: A native Berkshires girl, I connected with nonprofits when I lost my parents at an early age, attending the local YMCA, which stabilized my life and made me smile when my life got rough, giving me a passion for charitable work.  Early in my career as a wife and mother of three small children, I worked on finding a sustainable way to put food on our skinny table. To make a better life for my family, I became a community volunteer.


 My passion for leadership started when I became an award-winning speaker and community leader as an Extension Specialist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This work fostered a deep desire to help underserved members in my community make positive changes in their lives. So, I decided to attend college, receiving my bachelor’s degree in governmental studies from Smith College with a focus in behavioral psychology, community organization and change.

 

This experience changed my life for the better, and as a life long learner, I have spent the last 24 years in various nonprofit and volunteer capacities sharing that transformational experience with others.

The Market: Carson provides mental health and rehabilitation services. Today, mental illness afflicts one in four adults and one in ten children.

 

How you reach out to it:  Traditional media, radio, publications, email marketing, presentations and social media. I raise visibility by creating a wider network of support in the Greater Springfield area and beyond through community outreach and collaborative partnerships.

 

What financing hurdles have you faced and how have you handled them?  Carson is primarily funded by state contracts, Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. These sources don’t cover the full cost of services, so I seek funding from foundations, businesses, community supporters and annual fundraisers.

 

Key to success:  I care about people and use my skills and professional abilities to improve their lives.

 

Challenges:  Carson went from serving 4,500 people a couple years ago to serving 7,000 each year, in 40 communities, from Pittsfield to Ware.

 

Misstep you learned from:  The first federal grant I worked on was initially declined, so I quickly learned to forge successful funder relationships to successfully get that grant.

 

What others could learn from you:  How to inspire groups with a call to action and to make positive change.

 

Who helped mentor you professionally?  Ella Hewins, a former colleague at Old Colony Envelope, is a humble lady who cared for her family during the Great Depression, and now in the era of an ever changing service industry, shared, “show up every day, do your best, and make it happen.” Today her words still inspire me.

 

Top goals for 2014:  I have a deep desire to leave my community more stable, one where my neighbors flourish and grow, by doing everything in my power to provide access to the resources and education that they need to accomplish this.

 

Advice for others seeking business success:  Find a great mentor, who empowers you to grow, encourages you through your failures and celebrates your successes.

 

Parting thought:  Believing that we all belong to the family of humanity, and life is finite inspires me to listen to others and work toward lasting change for good.

 

The B2B ID is compiled by Janice Beetle of Beetle Press in Easthampton, a PR and communications firm.  www.beetlepress.com.

http://www.carsoncenter.org/newsandevents/carsonstaffonfront/

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“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. ~Dr. Seuss

Pink Rose, Wendy Lane Wright

Beanie, you must be a rose!

 

Recently, our life-long friend, Beanie, who baby sat three generations of my family, underwent Hospice Care.  This strong lady full of life, smiles, laughter, compassion and great empathy, now lay helplessly.  Her body ravaged with cancer.

 

With wide resolute eyes, Beanie looked at me and asked, “Why me Wendy?  I go to church, and I live my life by always giving to others.  I have always done the right thing. “

 

I leaned in closer to her and held her hand.  I gently smiled as my throat constricted, and tears flowed down my face.  Beanie, you are such a rare and beautiful soul-one in humanity.

 

I am inspired by the flowers in my garden.  By tending to them, they grow and blossom.  A symbol of our relationship I hold dear to my heart.

 

Beanie, you are like a vibrant rose in full bloom with soft and fragile pedals. I tend to the roses in my garden as they grow and blossom.  I cut a handful of my best flowers to bring into my home and enjoy.

 

Beanie, you must be a rose!

This spring, I will plant a rosebush outside my front door in your honor.

Rose Tips

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson

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April 23, 2014 · 10:58 am

With hope, inspiration is possible!

Wth hope inspiration is possible

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle”. ~Albert Einstein

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April 16, 2014 · 12:31 pm

“The earth has music for those who listen.” ~ George Santayana

Winter Garden Bird Bath

The light powdery snow outside my window is beautiful!  It’s a great day to grab a cup of tea as I begin to write out my 2014 goals.

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A few of my favorite tools that I previously blogged about in 2013 are:

  • Nonverbal communication that’s useful for personal and career transformation!  Inspiring TED Talk – Your body language shapes who you are, by Amy Cuddy: http://bit.ly/1bEdio8

 

 

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Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

 

Autumn ReflectionsMy late sister used to say, “I love Autumn because every year God paints the earth for my Birthday!” To celebrate we would arrange a free afternoon together.  We would take a ride and enjoy the local Autumn view, and the companionship of our sisterhood.  We always finished her day with a maple flavored cup of coffee.

 

She chose to share her gifts of compassion, empathy, humility and gentleness as a nurse.  She also volunteered at her local church as treasurer of the World Missions Committee.  She took pride in accounting for all the donations that would be sent oversees to help provide missionaries and their communities with food, shelter, medical supplies, including Band-Aids.  World missions was a cause she felt deeply compassionate about.

 

As I made my journey through town today, I passed the church my sister attended her entire adult life. Although she has been gone for more than a decade, I reminisced for a moment about the people who helped our family carry out her final wishes.

 

At her passing we learned that the funeral could not be in her church.  The back steps and ramp were covered in snow.  They had rotted out and could not support the weight of a casket.  Our community made my sister’s final wishes a reality.  A kind soul plowed out the entrance, and a small “interfaith community build” began.  New steps and a ramp were installed by volunteers, including the owner of our local hardware store, along with family, church and community members.  All materials were donated at cost.

 

This freed my soul, so I could grieve and write her eulogy, including this excerpt: “As my body began to weaken, I as you, realized that my “Golden Surgery” would never come to pass.  I am now home in heaven.”  “My life here on earth mattered because of the relationship I shared with each of you.  My sorrow is for you, as I am now in a far better place.”

 

Today, as I turned to walk up the hill, a gentle breeze brushed my face, and then I noticed the sun glistening over my sisters final resting place.  Daisies placed delicately by her side in remembrance of her mind, body and soul. Gone but never forgotten!  Her gentle and humble spirit continues to inspire her family, friends and community.

 

This day will only come once for you and I, so be sure to enjoy it, and help someone else enjoy it, too!

 

Now, I will indulge in a cup of maple coffee.

 

Articles, resources and tips.

Network for Good posted some resources and inspiration for the next 90 days: http://bit.ly/1fgTQF0

 

Harvard Business posted this quick but good read: http://hbr.org/product/hbr-guide-to-coaching-your-employees/an/17065-KND-ENG

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A Great Mentor Inspires Positive Growth!

Honey

Meet Honey!  She is now 14 years old.  When I first got her, she fit in the palm of my hand.  She makes me smile!

 

During the past 14 years, one manager invested in me and helped me move into the next level of my career.  We learned from each other through upfront conversations, even in difficult times.  An excerpt of what he wrote “A great deal has been accomplished during a very problematic year.  As we review these accomplishments and plan for the future, we need to be realistic and optimistic.  It has been great working with you Wendy.  I look forward to planning for the future and putting our plans into operation.”   He set realistic benchmarks, performance expectations and mutually agreed upon goals.

 

Prior to my evaluation, I had to rate my performance on 37 benchmarks and goals; he would separately complete the evaluation.  Then we had a two-way conversation.  Prior to those meetings, I recall my hands feeling cool and clammy like a cucumber.  Though I dreaded those conversations, I grew.

 

Our discussions often gave us  different perspectives and ideas that got results.  Why?  We had a meaningful professional relationship based on mutual respect.  I valued his opinion; he valued my effort, ideas and feedback.  My work had value!

 

Under his leadership, as noted in a performance review I “established meaningful professional relationships, respected by clients, funders, staff and other area professionals”.  Within six months of being employed, I was promoted me to his Senior Management Team.  I stayed on his team, until he retired.

 

A great mentor inspires positive growth!  When you do find the balance of a mutually beneficial relationship it inspires profound growth, engagement and results.

 

Everyday, I am inspired by all the meaningful relationships that empower me to care, have empathy, continually learn, grow and change.  That is what inspires me to make a difference where I live, work and play.

 

The Human Service Forum shares a great read by Forbes: 6 Reasons Leaders Make Bad Decisions https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/1411231666bde2b6

 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. ~ Helen Keller

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