Reviewing the finer points of a fine image
Gail Rust provided an interesting overview of image building during our meeting on Nov. 9. A professional image consultant, Rust stated that we have just three to seven seconds to make that positive first impression. A polished image builds credibility and trust, improves our confidence, and can lead to a better income, she says.
According to Rust, 55% of the image we project is nonverbal, while 38% is based on the way we speak. (Only 7% of that image is related to content.) Therefore, 93% of your message is relayed "before you open your mouth," she says.
We don't have any control over our race, gender or age, Rust reminds us, but we can control our appearance and actions, such as handshake. To that end, she offered suggestions for the proper handshake also. It should be firm but not overpowering, and no pumping.
Rust handed out copies of her points-based dressing system for men and women. Each item (tattoo, belt buckle, bracelet, and so on) is worth one point. Rust suggests men keep their point totals to no more than 12 for "best dressed" and social occasions. Women should strive for a value of 14 for a professional look.
Dressing well and acting confidently help us project that the image we strive for. "Wow factor happens when the beauty on the inside matches the beauty on the outside," Rust says.
Also during the meeting we reviewed upcoming volunteering opportunities. On Nov. 12, the Weathertstone subdivision is holding its annual buckthorn removal program at Weatherstone Park.
Rotarians have two opportunities to help on Dec. 3. In the morning, we're welcome to sort and stack food items at New Berlin Food Pantry. Residents of Weatherstone subdivision are holding their annual food drive that day. It's a big event--the second largest the food pantry sees--and will be larger this year due to a food drive held at New Berlin High schools.
New Berlin's Christmas parade will take place at 3:00 p.m. that day. Our club will again have a float; Rotarians are encouraged to walk along.
Studying the characteristics of good managers
We've all had good (and bad) managers. But what makes a good manager? In a word, character. That was the heart Robert Beezat's message to our club on Oct. 27.
We began by reviewing traits of best and worst bosses. In surveys, employees used terms like liar, autocratic and demeaning to describe a bad boss. Good bosses are honest, they treat employees with respect, and they want employees to succeed.
Beezat, who has more than 40 years of experience in management, management consulting and teaching, notes that "character greatly influences the quality and effectiveness of our decisions and the success of the people and organizations we manage." Rotary's Four Way Test (shown on our home page) helps build character by encouraging ethically and morally strong behavior.
Improve your character, Beezat says, and you can enhance productivity, effectiveness and job satisfaction. "If you want to be better," he says, "you have to work at it." One way is to take advantage of the free Character Based Management app
offered on his website. The app allows managers to track and focus on characteristics so they can remain good leaders.
This management tool includes a 10-point self-assessment checklist. Among the characteristics addressed:
- Listening: How well do you listen so that you understand what the person is saying?
- Involving employees in defining and solving problems.
- Helping your employees grow. Honestly assess their strengths and weaknesses.
- Being friendly and genuinely respecting and caring for employees.
"Managing people is something we are called to do in one way or another," Beezat says.
Rotary overview from District Gov. Julie Craig
We were treated to an interesting review of Rotary activities during our meeting on Oct. 12.
Craig began by reviewing Rotary's five Avenues of Service--Vocation, Community, Club, International, Youth--and encouraged members to get involved. "There are so many amazing things you can do in Rotary," she says.
A member of Rotary Club of Kenosha West
, Craig's term as our district governor runs from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 (the Rotary year). District 6270
is comprised of 54 clubs throughout eastern Wisconsin.
Craig recalled fondly the international conventions she has attended, the 2005 convention in Chicago and the 2009 convention, held in Birmingham, England. They provide a great opportunity to establish friendships and connections near and far, she says. Craig encouraged us to participate in next year's International Convention. It will take place June 10-14 in Atlanta. "Rotarians are really the friendliest people you will meet," she says.
Another good opportunity is our district convention, June 2-3, 2017, in Milwaukee. Rotary Vice President Jennifer Jones, the first woman to hold that position, will pay a visit. Potowatomi Hotel is offering a special room rate for Rotarians who wish to stay overnight.
Now in its 111th year, Rotary International is comprised of 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. Craig calls Rotary a "one-stop for volunteers," providing opportunities to do good deeds locally and internationally. These can include "random acts of kindness" and community events, among other initiatives.
Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. Started with just $26.50, the foundation has received more than $3 billion in donations since. During fiscal year 2014-15, the foundation granted more than $162 million for humanitarian projects around the globe (including $123.4 million for polio eradication). "If you want to be a part of an organization that is changing the face of the world," Craig says, "we are it."
A Rotarian for 15 years, Craig is amazed at her rise to position of district governor and participation in corporate functions. "You never know where your Rotary journey will take you," she says.
We are happy to once again make a donation to New Berlin School District. Here, club president Pat McLaughlin presents a check for $1,500 to Natalie Baertschy, Director of Choirs for New Berlin Eisenhower. The funds will be used to purchase a digital piano. This donation is the result of our KIDS From Wisconsin concert in August. "Thank you for your support and generosity," Baertshy said.
Joining in the celebration are Rotary District Gov. Julie Craig and Joe Garza, Superintendent of New Berlin School District.