Friday, December 04, 2009

Milla Mathias' New Book "Quem Disse que Você não Tem Nada pra Vestir?" (Who Says that you Have Nothing to Wear?")

(BR Press) – Every morning, millions of women confront their closet and the mission of choosing the right piece of clothing to wear for one more day of work, a professional event, a personal encounter or some other occasion. It is in this hour, with little time and the clock ticking that they grumble and yell out the famous expression “I don’t have anything to wear". The closet is full of course, including full of possibilities.

To show that there is always something to wear and how to always use the right clothing for each occasion, taking age into account, physical type and using correctly what one has at hand, the image consultant Milla Mathias wrote the book “Who Says You Have Nothing to Wear?—How to Have a Closet that Enhances your Image” (Matrix Editora, 127 págs., R$ 27,00 and available only in Portuguese at the moment).


The author shows that the best piece for any determined situation, whether it is a normal day or workday, a business lunch, party, or romantic encounter, is within reach. “The truth is that the majority of people jam up their closets with pieces that are often not right for them, and for that reason, they think that they really have nothing to wear”, affirms Milla.

The book explains that people need to understand their biotype to buy the right pieces. The author says that it is possible to be impeccable without necessary using the most expensive brands.


Full of photos of people with diverse biotypes, with a lot of humor and levity, the book serves as a basic guide for day to day and how to use the right pieces to favor your body and hide weaker points that do not benefit your wardrobe, all with the support of the most competent image and style consultants in Brazil.

Milla Mathias is a Paulistana (from Sao Paulo), image and personal style consultant, collaborator in diverse print and digital media, aside from being a media star and Presenter in image and fashion segments on radio, TV and diverse channels.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Run for Kids Who Can't, A-T Children's Project

Ataxia-telangiectasia, or "A-T," is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects a startling variety of body systems. Children with A-T appear normal at birth, and the first signs of the disease usually appear during the second year of life. These first signs are usually a "wobbly" lack of balance and slurred speech caused by "ataxia," which means a lack of muscle control.

A-T is presently incurable and unrelenting. If they are lucky enough not to develop cancer, most A-T children are dependent on wheelchairs by the age of ten, not because their muscles are too weak, but because they cannot control them. Later, A-T patients usually die from respiratory failure or cancer by their teens or early twenties. A few A-T patients live into their forties, but they are extremely rare.

The A-T Children's Project, located in Coconut Creek Florida, raises money to fund medical research that will hopefully find a cure or treatment for A-T.

Why not put together a team of Globonders and join Olympic Triathlete Hunter Kemper run or walk to help find a cure for a rare, fatal genetic disease that affects kids? Join the A-T CureTeam and make a difference!

The A-T Children's Project has teams of runners at some of the country's most popular races, including the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, and the Inaugural Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon.

Imagine sparkling blue water - pristine white sand beaches - lush rainforests. For the first time, all of these features and more will be seen from a runner’s-eye view during the inaugural Kauai Marathon. Kauai’s tropical paradise will become the backdrop for this world class event. All team members who meet their fundraising minimums will receive coach airfaire and three nights at the Grand Hyatt at the magnificent Poipu Beach on Kauai. And, we give you all the tools that you need to raise the funds, including personal fundraising webpages. Scheduled over Labor Day weekend, the event will be an amazing way to connect with friends and family, recharge, run a great race, win an inaugural medal, and most importantly, help make sure that kids with this rare disease get the first-rate research that they deserve.

The A-T Children's Project is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for first-class research, scientific workshops, and a clinical center, all aimed at finding a cure or life-improving therapies for ataxia-telangiectasia, or A-T for short. A-T causes progressive loss of muscle control, immune system problems, and a strikingly high rate of cancer, particularly leukemia or lymphoma. Kids with A-T are born seemingly healthy. Yet, they usually rely on wheelchairs by the time that they are 10, and it is often fatal by the late teens.

To find out more about putting together a team of Globonders for the Kauai marathon or any of our other race weekends, or to learn more about our cause, please visit our website at and click on the A-T CureTeam logo, or call 1.800.5.HELP.A-T. Or, you can email me directly at We look forward to seeing you there!

Jennifer Thornton,
Executive Director
A-T Children's Project

Globond and the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce

Globond is very proud to have the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of NYC, headed by President Sevil Ozisik and Executive Director Safak Dogan, as a Globond corporate member.

Since they joined recently we have already organized an event together on October 22 and a Globonder was a featured speaker at a regular TACCI seminar. Then on January 21, 2010 Globond and TACCI will hold a Power Dinner Gala at the New York Athletic Club to start the year off strong. Details of these events are here below:

October 22: Pre-Gala Event, Power Dinner/ Sponsor Meeting

Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI) organized a Pre-Gala/Power Dinner - Sponsors Meeting with Globond International at The Marmara Manhattan Hotel. President of TACCI Ms. Sevil Ozisik and Globond Representative Kirstin Myers both gave a speech about the upcoming “Gala” event of TACCI. Following their remarks, all the guests were introduced by Mrs Ozisik and Ms Myers. Our special guest Globonder Philip Berry, who is also the President of our newest member at TACCI, the “Philip Berry Associates LLC”, gave an outstanding speech about the “Four Qualities of Leadership”. The speech delivered by Berry was a huge success with the audience, and attendees also had the chance to enjoy top-quality Ancyra series of the Internationally renowned Turkish wine “Kavaklidere”, in their “Pasabahce” wine glasses (Pasavahce is the most prestigiousTurkish glassware brand)

We would like to thank all the attendees who shared the beautiful ambiance with us that night.

Our special thanks to the generous sponsors of the night:
  • The Marmara Manhattan Hotel – Ms. Nur Ercan Magden – Acting General Manager (Also one of our Premium Members at TACCI)
  • The House of Burgundy, Inc – Mr. Mehmet Yorukoglu - President
  • Pasabahce-Sisecam USA – Mr. Neil Orzeck – Managing Director
See images from this event here.

November 19: TACCI Executive Seminar

"Negotiating Business Contracts - The Future of the Organization" seminar was held by Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI), on November 19th at the Turkish Center, featuring Mr. Mark Meirowitz and Dr. Domenico Lepore, PHD. . The event kicked off at 6 pm with approximately 40 guests who had the chance to mingle and do networking enjoying the delicious treats, compliments of Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine, a member of TACCI.

After the networking session, both speakers of the night were introduced by the President of TACCI, Ms. Sevil Ozisik.

Globonder Dr. Lepore, who is also the author of "Deming and Goldratt: The Decalogue with Oded Cohen", started his speech about "Translating Knowledge Into Action: the constraint to growth". He talked about the three faculties of the intellect: intuition, development and execution. He also talked about his past experiences in business world, the importance of sustainability and interactivity in reaching the goals set by all kinds of business entities.

Mr. Lepore's session was followed by Q & A's

The Annual Power Dinner
Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry & Globond

January 21st, 2009, New York City (Location: Manhattan TBA)

Meet The Modern Face Of Turkey… A Face That Will Dazzle You…

From a regional power to a global actor, Turkey is one of the hottest emerging markets and the 15th largest economy in the World. Come to TACCI's Annual Power Dinner where Turkish business and government leaders, journalists and celebrities will meet their peers from the US and other countries to establish strong relationships, advance mutual interests, and get the new year off to a strong start. Turkish President Abdullah Gul has said the "Global economy is on the brink of a radical change" and TACCI wants to do its part to reshape the World through Global Business Collaboration. Dinner will be elegant black-tie, and attendees will enjoy delicious Turkish food and wine, a live musical performance, dancing and a silent auction. Invitees have been hand-picked one by one based on background and synergy with other attendees.

To get an invitation or for sponsorship opportunities and further details please contact Mr. Safak Dogan at

End of the Year Party in Boston and Sao Paulo

December 17 is the date on which Globond will celebrate the end of the year in both Boston and Sao Paulo. Globonder Milla Mathias and her business and life partner Cesar are the organizers in Sao Paulo and details are in this flyer which is in Portuguese. If you are in Brazil and would like to attend but do not speak Portuguese, just ask for our help. The location for the Boston party, being organized by Globond will be posted here as well by Friday, December 4 but go ahead and put it on your calendar.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Wine & Cheese and a Winter Sale of the Worth Collection

Monday, January 25, 2010 - Worth Showroom, Manhattan - Wine & Cheese and a Preview of Spring trends

Globonder Grace Vandecruze cordially invites Women Globonders & Friends to a Wine & Cheese and a Preview of Spring trends

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Grace says: “ WORTH COLLECTION is a private-label, designer-quality, line of distinctive clothing for women who require service, quality and value for their clothing. This line is ideal for working women but also offers beautiful casual wear as well. You will be really impressed with the quality and style of the fabrics and the size range of 0 through 20 including Petites. The sale is by appointment only. We will also give you a preview of the Spring 2010 trends.”

Who Cares?

Sao Paulo Globonder Mara Morao is an award-winning Brazilian filmmaker, whose previous film “DOUTORES DA ALEGRIA” was recognized in Brazil and abroad and considered by UNESCO as a movie which promotes a “Culture of Peace”.

Mara has just made her most recent film “Who Cares”, about social entrepreneurs in 20 ONG’s in 11 countries. One of these entrepreneurs is the beloved Wellington Nogueira the head of Doutores de Alegria who are clowns that visit Brazilian hospitals to cheer up sick children and adults. Others featured in the film are Ashoka founder Bill Drayton and Nobel Prize winner Muhamad Yunus. Mara is in the final stages of this film production and has already raised $1.25 million from sponsors such as Bradesco, Natura, Kraft and CSN in Brazil. These companies used funds from the Brazilian Lei Rounet and the Lei Incentivo Audio Visual, which give corporations tax write offs for sponsoring the arts. She is looking for an additional R$ 240,000. to complete the film and an additional US $300,000 for post-production and global distribution for educational purposes. IF you do have Lei Rounet or Lei Incentivo Audio Visual Funds available, or if you are an international company looking to do CSR and good PR at the same time, this is a great opportunity.

Please let get in touch with if you or anyone you know is interested in this project!

Hong Kong/Dubai/Melbourne Globonder Brett King & Globond Founder Kirstin Myers in Athens

The International Academy of Financial Management (IAFM) presented this Thursday (26th November) in cooperation with SBC TV (Satellite Business Channel), the very first ANNUAL LEADERS ROUNDTABLE in Athens.

Key speakers presented their positions for the upcoming conditions on global and local markets to an audience consisting of 80 of the top businessmen and executives of Greek industry.

IAFM has a long history of pioneering such events with respect to professional and social development, but this event brought to the Greek capital members and affiliates from across the globe to participate in this executive exchange. Panel members included Globonder Brett King from the Board of the IAFM, Remy Cohen of Cohen&Co, Kirstin Myers of Globond and Alkis Magdalinos advisor of the HEPO.

The conference focused on the development of the global economy emerging from the financial crisis, along with strategies and tools for adapting to the new market. Discussion on innovation, corporate diplomacy and change management were also presented and discussed with the bankers, industrialists and presidents of professional associations that were in attendance.

Brett said “The financial crisis is just the beginning for retail institutions. The toughest challenges are yet to come. Continued technology innovations, Web 2.0, social networking, app phones and mobility are stretching traditional banking models to the limit. Customer behavior is rapidly changing, why cheques are disappearing and your mobile phone will replace your wallet – all within the next 10 years."

He mentioned his upcoming book Bank 2.0 and his findings that "90-95% of bank transactions are executed electronically today. Internet, ATM, Call Centre and Smartphones have become mainstream for customers, while banks still classify these as ‘alternative channels’ and maintain an organization structure where Branch dominates thinking."

When Kirstin asked how many attendees were on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, she was surprised to learn that only 2 of the Greek attendees were using any of those social media. She urged them to get connected with rest of the world on these platforms and spoke of a new world which has resulted from “Tectonic Shifts”. The world needs Tectonic Leadership she explained while pointing out that the word Tectonic means not only destruction but creation; the origin of word is the Greek “Tektonios” which means builder.

Kirstin also spoke about the huge opportunity for emerging players like Greece to take their proper place on the world stage and to help lead the new world via their excellent relationship skills, priority on the family and balance between their personal and professional life. She reminded them that Greece was the birthplace of democracy and that it was in Sparta where 300 brave men fought to their death to defend their principles and way of life.

The roundtable was moderated by Athanasios Papandropoulos, emeritus President of the European Journalists associations.

The Deputy Minister of Finance, Ph. Sachinidis was the sponsor of the event representing the City of Athens and the Greek government.

Earlier that day, Brett and Kirstin were interviewed for an hour on SBC, Athens’ financial channel and Bloomberg partner.

Globond Founder Kirstin Myers Speaks at Social Media Networking Conference

(Adapted from a International Executive Resources Group press release) With the widespread use of the Internet in the late 1990s, businesses began to explore new ways of conducting and connecting with business opportunities both on a national and international level. Now with greater access to social media networking, the fundamentals of human connections and relationships (the basic elements that are hard wired in all of us) have become a vital business strategy for companies to embrace to connect cultures with new business opportunities.

To understand the basic principles first hand, the International Executive Resources Group, Inc., featured four experts offering their insights into the opportunities with international social media networking, November 23, 2009, at the Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag in Waltham, MA. Among the experts was Kirstin Elaine Myers, founder of Globond International.

Kirstin provided insight into her journey along the way of building international business relationships. Globond, founded in 2002, provides a resource where she connects interested, ethical, talented and humble business people with a social media support system. The company was developed to offer a unique global membership club for tectonic leaders who boldly create business models and social change in today’s profoundly shifting world.

Kirstin had found a way to connect to professionals across the generation gap as well, including the Gen Xer’s who have profound technical knowledge and the baby-boomer generation who were new to this medium. As she put it, “I was now able to connect on a business level with a multitude of generational influencers that opened a great portal of business connection. These connections helped provide me with market research, new technologies and ways to improve my overall business.”

The four experts’ unique perspective and insights provided tangible references and tools for business people to consider utilizing social media networking as part of their overall business strategy. The predominate theme of the event emphasized the importance of allowing a company’s employees to explore the human connection that social media offers in a business setting.

Angela Montgomery’s Love-Story-in-Italy Novel

Globond-member Angela Montgomery’s first novel, Title to be announced in next issue, will be available soon. It is being published through a POD initiative for new writers funded by the Arts Council of England. Set in the scandal-ridden Milan of the early 1990s, it is a story about life choices and falling in love. She wrote it to speak out about the insidious daily compromises that society, in particular contemporary Italy, can create, and to celebrate our constant ability to choose a better way. She hopes readers will find the book entertaining, moving and inspiring. Globond will be assisting her to market the book.

Angela has lived in London, Salerno, Milan, New York and is now looking forward to relocating to Toronto. Her professional life started in theater, and spans education, writing and translation. She is writer, editor and researcher for the Sechel Intelligent Management project. This project was created by her husband Dr. Domenico Lepore, an organizational scientist. This systems-based management approach fosters higher intelligence by connecting three faculties of the intellect: intuition, understanding and knowledge and thus enables organizations to generate robust and powerful solutions and practice. It is a management methodology for the increasingly interconnected and interdependent world of the 21st century.

Raising the Bar: Effective Communication Pointers

By Larry Rosenberg

Every one of us can do a better job of communicating – face to face, by phone, and in writing – especially in the workplace, where professional and personal feeling tend to get mixed. To improve our communication performance to get the outcomes we desire starts with taking in the constructive feedback from one or more persons, who we trust and who respects us.

You may want to regard this constructive feedback as less about asking you to stop or change what you have been doing, and much more about inviting you to broaden and deepen your communication repertoire – for greater flexibility, adaptability and creativity. In this way, you can be even more successful in the future – in a wider range of business and social situations, and with a larger variety of important people.

Below are several ways to communicate more successfully. Only you can identify the ones that you need to work on.

Slow down and vary the speed of your speaking. And shorten your longish flow of words before making a genuine pause.

It tires people to hear a speaker go on and on, and at top, almost super-human, speed -- which does not feel natural in conversation (although it might has showmanship value). The result may be that they are hearing you, but actually not listening to all you are saying. This listening editing may mean that they do not get the key points you really want to convey.

Listeners need more time -- just a few second of quiet -- to take in, digest and consider your new, creative and sophisticated statements. This we cannot do easily or well when you jump from idea to idea. We do not always believe that you are thinking things through. It may come across as more force of performance than power of thought; and not always realizing the nuances and consequences of your ideas.

Pauses would be welcomed as they would better enable us to take in every one of your substantial ideas and respond to or ask a question of you. And they would better allow you to consider your previous statement (do you want to modify it?), and to reflect momentarily on your next statement (considering its implications, exceptions, consequences and/or risks).

Machines, such as robots, now or someday, will speak long and quickly. But that is not the affect (the root of affection) that people feel comfortable with and trust. The human touch – smiling, empathy and connection – is what really counts, rather than the quantity and rapidity of information.

Inevitably in a long/fast performance, there is the increased presence of gratuitous information. Aldo, a running-on speaking approach increases the repetition of points, which are not necessary and can become annoying.

Put another way, in conversations too much quantity (your tendency) can overwhelm and obscure genuine quality.

While not your conscious and explicit intent, the tour-de-force, long-and-fast statement style at can comes across as pushy (rather than engaging and inviting), selling (rather than explaining), and desperate (rather than poised, confident and sincere).

The long/fast speaking delivery approach may result in an immediate and apparently positive outcome, but may just as well be a reflection of a forced agreement – which later is regretted, resisted and rescinded.

In a long presentation done at a fast speed, it is more difficult for the listener to discern which are your major and which are your minor points. An effective way to make the major points stand out is to speak them at a slower speed – and with a heightened smile and leaning forward.

When the goal of your presentation/persuasion is for people not just to hear your points, but to understand, remember and act upon them, then pausing after each point, with the major ones having been spoken at a slower speed, would be a desirable speaking strategy.

It is believed that most top-of-the-food-chain persons (VIPs) appreciate class, finesse, quality, conciseness and precision. Following the recommendations outlined above can better convey this impression.

Looptworks is Rocking with the Black Crows

Also last month, Scott Hamlin was happy to report that the Black Crows lead guitarist Luther Dickinson was seen wearing on stage one of the company’s new casual jackets.

The Black Crowes is a rock and roll band from the U.S. that has sold over 20 million albums since it began in 1984. According to Wikipedia, "In 1990, the readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted the band “Best New American Band.” The Crowes is listed at #92 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock."

Luther Dickinson has been a member of The Black Crows since late 2007. He comes from Memphis, born in 1973, and grew up in a musical family. He is also the lead vocalist and guitarist for the North Mississippi All-Stars, which has been nominated for three Grammies in the Best Contemporary Blues category. He was featured in Rolling Stone as one of the new gods of the guitar. He follows in the footsteps of guitar legends, such as Jimmy Hendrix and Duane Allman, with a true blues-rock southern style.

To celebrate these recent successes and include all of us, Scott has graciously extended his 30% off of Looptworks product for Globonders & Friends to December 31, 2009. Click here to go the special page for this offer.

Raising the Bar: On Becoming a Vegetarian

By Larry Rosenberg

For years I was aware that important people to me were becoming vegetarians. Some gave the explanation of better health (or less weight and disease), better for animals (who will now be more at ease with you), or better for the Earth’s sustainability. I also realized that the definition of a vegetarian was flexible, sometimes strict in banning non-flesh foods or even eggs and dairy, and other times more inclusive.

As I have aged (I am now 66), I have recognized that the path to optimal health and longevity involves diet, exercise, stress management, relationships, environment and life purpose/fulfillment – or what I call the “Agenda of Six.” Over the decades, I have observed that many people I know are not aging well and even “crashing and burning” – getting diseases as immune systems weaken, losing mental clarity and memory, declining in energy and joy in living, and drifting without life purpose and vision. I have been doing my best to enhance my Agenda of Six to live well and long (with my goal being a modest 100).

Slowly my diet has improved over the years. But I came to realize, from friends and websites, that I was risking my health with some risky eating habits. Among them were comfort foods (wheat bread and pastas), white sugar (in pastry), prepared foods (full of unpronounceable ingredients), and chicken and fish (raised under questionable circumstances; I had given up red meat long ago).

I was also told of the vitality gained from raw foods and how they deprived prospective cancer cells of fuel (too many people I know have suffered from cancer). As my mother was such a bland and cautious cook, when getting my first apartment at 23, I have been dedicated to being a gourmet cook, which meant I prepared foods from exotic ingredients and in diverse combinations – too often of dubious health value. I also became conscious that I compensated for unconscious-based emotional swings by eating too much of this or too rich of that – with bloated, tired and gaseous results.

When I learned that America’s average health span ends seven years before the average life span, I declared that I wanted to be healthy – in body, mind and spirit – until the day that I passed on. I decided to take the Big Step – and undoing an eating style of decades is a Very Big Step – and become a vegetarian! But my own version of one.

I believe in the benefit of ritual, and saw the value of clearing out the old (past) before transitioning to the new (future). The result was my seven-day cleanse – including digestive herbs in pill and powder form, fruit and vegetable smoothies, and a series of colonics (using water to flush the “gunk” out of the intestines and adjacent organs). While not an easy regimen to follow, this preparation nicely readied me for a new way of eating.

I am now happily my own model of a vegetarian. I said good-bye to fish and chicken. I prepare more raw foods, especially salads (created from 20 or so ingredients in my refrigerator). I buy virtually all-organic ingredients. I avoid wheat and dairy products. I reject food in cans. I make soups from fresh and organic ingredients. And I cook up healthy grains, some from Peru and Ethiopia, which until recently I had never heard of, adding various spices, soy sauce, nuts (soaked overnight to aid their digestibility), and vegetables (especially onions and garlic).

I was aware of the wise saying, “Sometimes you have to feed the wolf to save the sheep.” To me this means having occasional eggs, which I adore; and enjoying raw chocolate, which I now make myself and amaze others with its deep, natural and alive taste – it is simpler to whip up than I ever imagined and fits into my passion for creativity. And I reserve the right on special occasions to consume – in very small quantities to avoid shocking my body – that are no longer on my acceptable list, such as pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream.

If you are considering becoming a vegetarian, let me share this advice with you: Do a seven-day digestive system cleanse to make the transition from old to new eating habits. Find an expert in the vegetarian, raw and healthy cooking realm to teach you how to genuinely enjoy, not just cope with, this new world of eating. Come up with your own definition of being a vegetarian – what you give up, what you follow, and what treats you will allow yourself (in moderation). Remove the forbidden foods from your larder (donating them to food banks), and stock up on fascinatingly healthy foods, such as Himalayan salt and coconut oil.

Select restaurants that have several vegetarian options on the menu, particularly exciting salads. When invited to meals in people’s homes, gently explain to them in advance what you now can and cannot eat; be somewhat flexible to consume in polite moderation foods placed in front of you that are now off your list. When people ask you why you are a vegetarian, respond with diplomatic precision and brevity, and without boosting and judging their old-paradigm foods.

So go ahead, consider becoming a vegetarian – to boost your health, control your weight, love farm/ranch animals, or save the planet. Plus, learn to creatively prepare foods from the Earth’s garden that contribute to your joy of life!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tectonic Leadership Summit

Presented by Globond International, Inc.

About Tectonic Leaders, June 2009 Summit Summary, & April 2010 Summit Preview
Contact: Larry Rosenberg ( or Kirstin Myers (

Tectonic Leadership Is the Answer

The question: What type of leaders do we need to make a difference in our hard-pressed world? Tectonic Leaders are those who address today’s global humanity-and-Earth-threatening problems, by developing innovative, bold ways to understand them, enroll others, and solve them. The poster-person of a Tectonic Leader is President Barack Obama.

Here is the bind that leaders of nations and organizations find themselves, and what they need to move forward:

  • Leaders’ problems appear to be unsolvable – large, complex, changing and difficult. They need to find new ideas out there to see and solve these most-challenging problems.
  • Leaders’ opponents keep a distance, and become more polarized and shrill. They would benefit from meeting with their opponents to find common ground and turn adversaries into allies.

  • Many of leaders’ followers flip flop easily and quickly – from lionizing to demonizing them, or simply giving mixed signals. Followers should receive continual communication, care and connection to keep them on board.

  • It is lonely at the top. Privileges and handlers surround leaders, giving them little access to new ideas. They would gain from an open forum of diverse people, listening more than speaking, and exposed to innovative ideas.

The purpose of the Tectonic Leadership Summit is to provide a stimulating place for established and emerging leaders to hear new solutions to big problems, speak directly with opponents who want genuine dialogue, and get support from other leaders. Rather than deliver another speech to polite applause, the Summit is where Tectonic Leaders can feel at ease, take in new thoughts, update their strategies, and strengthen their leadership competence.

Background on Tectonic Leadership

Today, the success and even survival of humankind is in jeopardy. Our specie’s impressive progress from hunting to deeper meaning has culminated in global warming, dwindling resources, polarized differences (ethnic, religious, cultural and political), continual wars, and weakening of economic systems and social relationships. Our vaulted progress may well be causing our imminent demise.

So can anything be done? Looking the big issues facing humanity today – all global in scale – it would be easy to feel cynical and hopelessness. But many leaders around the world are instead searching for ways to bridge seemingly impassible ruptures between peoples of differing ideologies, close the growing gap between developed and developing nations, and create sustainable solutions regarding shared natural resources.

Globonders, who themselves are leaders with these issues, requested a forum where those at the forefront of change can be fed with innovative ideas, and tangibly supported in taking action. After discussions about the paradoxes that exist in global challenge, the notion of a leadership summit took shape.

Tectonic Leadership is a metaphor for what is starting to happen in our world, and needs to happen even more.

Tectonic Leaders can be informed by this metaphor: Recognizing how the Earth's tectonic plates interact at their boundaries, understanding the parameters of those boundaries, and appreciate the mighty results. Earthquakes occur as rock elasticity is exceeded, and volcanic eruptions spring from deep tension. These concepts help us comprehend future outcomes. Similarly, human systems can create fault lines and cracks of fear and conflict between groups; until we go beyond our differences, and instead create common intent and commitment to resolve our global challenges.

Attributes of Tectonic Leaders

These are the nine qualities that Tectonic Leaders need to possess:

  1. They comprehend the astoundingly changing conditions of the Earth and humanity, with profound catastrophes on the horizon, and the urgent need for transformation strategies and actions.

  2. They take 100% responsibility for everything in their lives as having been created by them. They make no excuses, and focus only on results.

  3. They are willing to step in the cracks – by taking a 360-degree view of the situation, making themselves vulnerable, and doing things innovatively and boldly.

  4. They are always personally transforming – always learning, changing and growing. They are open to new possibilities. They constantly monitor their egos, and be guided by the greater good and their higher selves.

  5. They know that they must enroll others. They consider all perceptions as valid, honor every view, and seek to negotiate a win-win situation for all parties. They roll up their sleeves and listen with their hearts and heads.

  6. They see the paradox in everything. They use paradoxical thinking to remove the notion of right answers vs. wrong answers. This helps them reverse the distrust, and discover the solutions beyond the paradoxes.

  7. They understand that intention creates manifestation. They focus the group on what needs to be created. If they set an intention that is aligned with their belief systems, they know that they can manifest it.

  8. They go beyond advocacy and favor acceptance, self-responsibility and negotiation. This involves being open to new ways of resolving conflicts. The solution must involve letting go of control to bring about change.

  9. They take bold action. They operate in the real world and the here and now, and devise strategies and implement them systematically and powerfully.

About the First Tectonic Leadership Summit, June 2009

The First Annual Tectonic Leadership Summit, held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington DC area, June 25-27, 2009, was a groundbreaking event that brought together 30 prominent speakers and enthused participants, including mainly prominent Globonders (members of Globond International, Inc.) and Friends of Globond (mainly the networks of Globonders). Globond ( is a global membership community for Tectonic Leaders, which since 2002 has facilitated its members achieving enhanced reputations, valued relationships, and increased revenues.

The goals of the Summit included:

  • Establishing standards for Globond’s members, all Tectonic Leaders, and share them with the world.

  • Raising their consciousness regarding change, problems and leadership responsibility and conduct.

  • Providing them with a common language and practical methods of tectonic leadership.

  • Linking them to take action, individually or collectively, to practice tectonic leadership with new projects.

Results of the First Summit

At the Tectonic Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, the participants aligned their intentions, understood who the tectonic leaders were and who they were not, and raised the standard for Globond International to become a powerful global membership community. Speakers from the world over shared their wisdom – in the areas of economic restructuring, personal/professional integrity, health for peak performance, connecting for world change, organizational transformation, media and communications, governmental change, venture capitalism, among others.

The Summit’s participants, Globonders and Friends of Globond, set a new standard as Tectonic Leaders, who are now more able to create opportunities for new projects for world change. Thanks to this Summit, Globond International as a business and social community is becoming a powerful force for the betterment of humanity.

Previewing the Worldwide Tectonic Leadership Summit, April 2010

As a result of the first summit, Globond plans to host the Worldwide Tectonic Leadership Summit, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington DC area, in April 2010.

Added to the goals of the June 2009 Summit are these goals for the April 2010 Summit:

  • Gather 300 participants who want to learn and practice tectonic leadership.

  • Have a larger group of world leaders, from many sectors and nations, who are committed to positive change through new leadership approaches.

  • Set up private conversations between Tectonic Leaderships and their opponents after the Summit, when sets of opponents or potential allies have gone through the Tectonic Leadership process.

  • Encourage Tectonic Leaders to work together on solid and world-changing projects that contribute to solutions.

Globond’s Summit will become a vehicle for facilitating face-to-face meetings to create synergy between parties in mutual need or disagreement. A businessperson would participate to form business alliances for marketing innovations. A politician would attend to learn how to disagree with his opponents in a way that allows them to find common ground and both make progress. Globond will work on behalf of participants to arrange and facilitate such meetings of genuine sharing, with win-win goals in mind.

If you are keen on participating in the April 2010 Summit, believe that you are a Tectonic Leader, or are interested in becoming a Globonder or Friend of Globond, contact Larry Rosenberg ( or Kirstin Myers ( All candidates to be Globonders are assessed according to rigorous criteria and must be referred by someone in Globond and ratified by its Executive Team.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What You May Not Know About Turkey

by Globonder Kenan Saatcioglu, New York City

Turkey, my homeland, is the Land of Homer, King Midas, Herodotus and St Paul. The country is the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, a major historical power which lasted for more than six centuries on three continents, controlling most of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Turkey’s largest city Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. It was the capital of three empires: Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire. Turkey introduced coffee to Europe. Yogurt is a Turkish word.
A Turk, Orhan Pamuk, won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. Some say that the first man to fly was Turkish, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, whose flight of 1.5 km was recorded by eyewitnesses in 1683, more than 200 years before the Wright Brothers made their first flight.

Two of the seven wonders of ancient world stood in Turkey, and the oldest human settlement was formed in Turkey in 10,000 BC. The first Christian church was built in Turkey and the seven churches that St. Paul visited were in Turkey. The first coins were minted in Turkey.
The Turkish people have always been tolerant of other religions, including Judaism. In 1942, after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal, Sultan Beyazid II (1481-1512) issued a formal invitation to them and they started emigrating to the Empire in great numbers. The Sultan is said to have remarked about the Spanish Monarch’s anti-semitism, “Ye call Ferdinand a wise king, he who makes his land poor and ours rich!”

During the tragic days of World War II, Turkey managed to maintain its neutrality. As early as 1933, Ataturk invited numbers of prominent German Jewish professors to flee Nazi Germany and settle in Turkey. Before and during the war years, these scholars contributed a great deal to the development of the Turkish university system. During World War II, Turkey served as a safe passage for many Jews fleeing the horrors of Nazism. While the Jewish communities of Greece were almost completely wiped out by Hitler, the Turkish Jews remained secure.
Several Turkish diplomats, Ambassadors Behic Erkin and Numan Menemencioglu; Consul Generals Fikret Sefik Ozdoganci, Bedii Arbel, and Selahattin Ulkumen; Consuls Namik Kemal Yolga and Necdet Kent, just to name a few, spent all their efforts to save from the Holocaust the Turkish Jews in those countries, and succeeded. Salahattin Ulkumen, Consul General at Rhodes in 1943-44, was recognized by the Yad Vashem as a Righteous Gentile ("Hassid Umot ha'Olam") in June 1990.

Turkey continues to be a shelter, a haven for all those who have to flee dogmatism, intolerance and persecution. In June 1940, Behiç Erkin did, as had several other Turkish diplomats – such as Necdet Kent in Marseille and Selahattin Ülkümen in Rhodes – making remarkable efforts to save from the Holocaust the Turkish Jews within his mission's reach. In practical terms any Jewish person who could document a Turkish connection, even the slightest, was saved, similar to the better-known actions taken during the same period by Oskar Schindler. Also, Namık Kemal Yolga (1914–2001) was a Turkish diplomat and statesman, known as the Turkish Schindler.

Here are the main Turkish products, rooted in its imperial history: Organic and dried foods, cuisine as world class as Chinese and French, rugs and carpets, fabrics and textiles, organic cotton, and ceramics and glass. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more or to do business with Turkey!

New Globond Team Structure

Globond International is pleased to announce a new Management Team structure to operate the organization in order to raise the bar on how we connect and serve our Members, making them even more successful and fulfilled. About the new structure:

First, the main innovative feature of the new team structure is that all the principals are CEOs. Look at the list of titles below and see that the C and O mean what you think, namely Chief and Officer. It is the E that differs for each manager – to convey a sense of her/his primary job focus and orientation.

Secondly, the designation of all managers as CEOs points to their commitment to taking the 100% responsibility that goes with the conventional CEO (Chief Executive Officer) position. Each player on the team is ready to do what she/he has to do to advance the organization and thus help our Members to improve and prosper.

Third, the multiple CEO arrangement dramatically marks Globond as a horizontally aligned organization, with a real management team approach. The conventional hierarchical/vertical structure – too often with one hard-pressed, overburdened and out-of-touch CEO at the top – is showing signs of faltering and even fading. More and more, the future of organizations belongs to flatter structures, thus closer to the customers/members and more agile for responding to changes in the world. And that is where Globond wants to be!

New Globonders

Barbara Joyce Frank

Great Falls, VA Globonder Barbara Joyce Frank, Ph.D., has been a trailblazer and advocate of humanity’s profound connection to Nature and the Earth, for the past 40 years. Today she is Grandma Rocks.

Barbara considers herself lucky to have been raised near the Atlantic Ocean and at a very early age felt a mixture of joy and awe, and a deep sense of connection to the Natural World. Throughout her life, she has personally derived inspiration, guidance and comfort from Nature, and found ways to share it with others worldwide.

In her career, Barbara has encouraged people to embrace the great outdoors, and to bring Nature into their workplaces, schools and homes. She is dedicated to using her special knack to help people to see the Earth in new and exciting ways, with strong and multifaceted relevance for their everyday lives. Her mission is to weave Nature’s wisdom into everyone’s life.
Barbara was green decades before it was cool: In the late '60s and early '70s, her academic studies led to the first green Environmental Geology doctorate. In the '70s-‘80s, her pioneering work in experiential green learning helped thousands of students, teachers and military personnel to develop a green awareness. In the early 90s, she championed federal government efforts to promote green partnerships with academic institutions, industry, nonprofits and local governments. In the late 90s, she established a green meeting center in Great Falls, VA, for nonprofit, government and corporate teams to tap into the calming and creative benefits of training in a richly natural setting. Since ‘00, she has facilitated innovative green team-building exercises to foster green leadership, green workplace and green teams, in order to promote the sustainability of organizations.

At a time when men considered the study of the Great Outdoors their realm, Barbara took her first Geology course. She loved the study of the science and wonders of the Earth, and immediately switched majors to become the first female geology major at Binghamton University, completing her undergraduate degree in just three years. She discovered the Earth during this first Geology course – amazed at how streams carve their valleys, glaciers dumped Long Island, and gigantic tectonic plates moving Los Angeles north toward San Francisco. What began as a way to fulfill a science requirement became her life’s passion, especially when she took field trips to sites of incredible natural beauty, as part of the Geology curriculum.

The Geology Department at the University of Arizona encouraged Barbara in her studies and arranged for her to receive a National Defense Education Act Title IV Fellowship to complete a doctorate in only three years, bypassing the master’s degree. Also, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to attend the Juneau Icefield Research Project in Alaska. In 1968, as the sole female participant with 39 male participants, she found the two-month field experience to be life changing. Her fellow graduate students insisted that the great outdoors belonged to men, and she had no right to be there. Their words’ effect was to make her even more determined to be a geologist. She considered it absurd to believe that only one gender should be allowed to study the Earth. On this field course, she found herself surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. She loved learning experientially on a glacier about its power to sculpture the landscape. Since then, she has inserted an active experiential component in all her academic and training courses.

When determining her doctoral dissertation research focus, Barbara forged into areas where no geologist has gone before. She conducted an interdisciplinary environmental project on the effects of urbanization on the stream flow of a river in South Carolina; this was when environmental geology was not yet a specialization in Geology. While researching the river system, she became more intimately connected to Nature. While the river struggled with the impact of the urbanization of its drainage basin, at the same time she found herself in a bad marriage with two small children. She turned to the river for help in deciding whether or not to divorce. From the river’s edge, she saw how it handled the construction material: The river moved the added load as best it could, picked it up when it had the energy, and let it sit until a stronger flow moved the material. She felt that she could do the same, and decided to raise her children on her own, carrying her load the best she could.

After completion of her doctorate at the age of 26 in 1973, Barbara received a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship to study glacial melt-water streams in Norway.
University of Maryland University College hired Barbara as a faculty member to develop a Geology program for its Munich, Germany Campus. Her 15 years of teaching was marked by the unprecedented attendance of 25% of the student body in her classes and on her study tours (field trips). She led experiential learning courses throughout the year to Italy to explore active volcanoes, Yugoslavia for its extensive cave system, and Austria and Switzerland for glaciers. These courses attracted undergraduate and graduate students, and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent School teachers. Her undergraduate students gave her the nickname of Doc Rock, which accurately reflected her intimate knowledge of earth systems, deep love of the Earth as a living organism, and appreciation of the need for humankind to stay closely connected to Nature.
Since returning to the United States on a American Academy for the Advancement of Science Congressional Fellowship in 1989, Barbara has worked on the international science and technology initiatives of the U. S. House of Representatives Science and Space and Technology Committee, environmental education initiatives at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and nuclear waste clean-up for the U. S. Department of Energy.

In the course of her work as a senior manager for the Federal Government, she earned a Masters of Science at American University in Organizational Development to best facilitate the major change management initiatives required so that more people could deal more harmoniously, responsibly and creatively with the pressing issues affecting the Earth as the only home of humanity.

Convinced that better decision making with regard to the Environment will only come from an awareness and appreciation of the fact that we are part of Nature, Barbara has undertaken the responsibility of teaching people to experience the joy of natural connection through teaching, writing books, giving speeches, leading tours, and developing a line of natural products for homes, schools and offices.

When training teams, Barbara provides natural supportive environments and engages team members in low-impact and creative natural experiential learning activities. She gets great satisfaction from helping teams to work more effectively by understanding the natural personality preferences within their group and learning to honor the differences between individuals. She takes pride in helping organizations to deal more effectively with chaos, change and creativity with her approach based on organizational principles active in the Natural World.
Barbara helps individuals, groups and organizations to deal innovatively with change in their professional and personal lives. She draws on her uniquely sensitive understanding of the way the Earth has responded to change throughout its 4.6 billion years of history. Her current concern is for the rapid disintegration of family bonds and the estrangement of many children from their parents and grandparents, which results in alienation, which in turn undermines the quality of our society and planet.

Barbara has recently changed her nickname to Grandma Rocks to better articulate her current mission to teach grandparents around the world to connect with their grandchildren through the sharing of Nature. Being a grandmother of five grandkids, she is discovering the joy of introducing them to the Earth’s fascinating and intimate story. In the process, she is developing her knowledge base and teaching approaches to be used in a variety of old and new media to inform and inspire grandparents worldwide to show and explain Nature to their grandkids, who are the future stewards of our precious planet.

With plans and passion to connect grandparents and grandkids with each other and to Nature and Earth, Barbara is contributing to solving these problems: (1) Loneliness and isolation among baby boomers and empty nesters, (2) shortage and lack of emphasis in our hurried society of role models and mentors for children, and (3) the increased distance between modern humankind and Nature, because the spread of new technologies is eroding social behavior. She contends that we need to incorporate the Nature Factor in all that we do in order to lead genuinely balanced and healthy personal and professional lives.

Barbara points to an opportunity for grandparents to help their grandkids’ overall health. She observes how young people are getting more and more caught up in using the new electronic technologies. She believes that life is too precious to waste huge amounts of one’s time on Planet Earth staying indoors or getting lost in cyberspace and thus separated from Nature. It is now known that many people are suffering from Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD), with diminished use of senses, and attention difficulties, and elevated rates of physical and emotional illnesses. In leading her Connecting with Nature workshop, she sees NDD’s symptoms replaced with curiosity, creativity and overall wellness.

Keep your eyes open and you will start to see Barbara’s dream of a Grandma Rocks TV show to help grandparents and grandchildren tune into Nature, around them and within them.

Brooks Greene-Barton, Los Angeles

"I love to be at home in the forests and the mountains though recently I realized that I had to be further inside the jungles of cities to help Earth open to being natural."

Brooks grew up in Los Angeles where his father was a professor of surgery at UCLA with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California. At the age of 17, he was introduced to a life changing opportunity as a Congressional Intern for the number two leader of the Ways and Means Committee for the House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. and also became a close friend of the Turkish Ambassador's family.

"I attended events at the Turkish Embassy, where the wife of the Czechoslovakian Ambassador to the US, who was well known for her daily regime of eating one orange a day as her only meal for thirty-eight years, would walk into formal gatherings with a radiant energy that had the effect of opening everyone to physically feel why they were on Earth at that time. All of the invited world leaders who met this unusual woman would talk about how important that experience was for them, again, again and again. That was a beautiful gift of life opportunity for me. Also, I was introduced to several uniquely integrated world leaders of that time period. One was when I was in New York City. I connected to a real estate broker who sold large properties for corporations, non-profits and governments and he never allowed money to be paid to him. He lived in a multi million dollar apartment, always had limousines and private jets organized for him, none of which he owned, and had whatever supported him paid for directly by foundations, board of directors and private banks, at their insistence."

When Brooks was in the US Military Intelligence, during the Vietnam War, he was Liaison Officer between the Turkish General Staff and the Pentagon (American Generals). He was appointed this position by interview with a US Army General at the age of 19. During this time, having previously been declared "legally blind" by the State of California, he took full responsibility for why his eyes could not see and now has not worn glasses for over forty years.
“ I had to learn to take responsibility for my reality even when I was only 1 year 4 months old. My mother had to pull me out of my crib when I was yelling at two evil eyes forcing energy out of my body one evening. Because she and my grandparents denied my reality experience, even though I offered five times what actually happened to me, I honored that I had to adopt them by my becoming their parent. I related with them only as I felt they would be able to receive. I became autonomous to honor relationship itself.”

After receiving an MBA (USC) and before the age of 30, Brooks married, was Managing Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and then reorganized what today is Washington Mutual as a principal of the largest retirement investment program of any bank in the US. After that, he became First Vice President of Coldwell Banker Real Estate and completed transactions of some of the most expensive real estate in the world, as well as representing billionaire clients (Sir James Goldsmith, Johnny Carson, etc.) and governments (US, UK, CA, NY, etc.).

"Relating with world leaders as a peer invited prominence for me to become a principal beyond how middle class society structures."

Since the age of 41, Brooks has been an international teacher helping to raise the opportunity of life for people in many ways. He began as a shaman leader, bought a public park and transformed it into a retreat sanctuary. He invited people to come into their authority as a spiritual presence in nature, through an orientation called "Wizardry". When 9/11 happened in New York, he reorganized his direction for leaders of the world to own their authority by his founding and creating "Art of God". Full alliance with his daughter Riven and his wife/ally Alison has opened and inspired Brooks to organize "Guide of Society", as an opportunity to advance strong leaders into their full capacity, as well as, to encourage human society into sovereignty with Mother Nature and God.

"The 21st century is the opportunity for relationship for everyone to change. Having been raised by daughters, I deeply appreciate the reflection that women can give to men. Ladies organize how Lords prioritize and Lords support the authority of Ladies. It is said in Africa that at least six lionesses are needed to raise a lion king, though what is not honored is that the lionesses are in general more advanced than the lion king simply to hold space for him."

Brooks is now reorienting his direction and focus with government leaders and industry innovators as a way to organize growth in society from the inside out. He supports a new world of Earth to become authentic in making leadership in the world available to everyone.
"I am here with Mother Earth to help her open her future, for who she is to be unlimited and for her humanity to become her ally. When she is so honored, she will be unique in leadership beyond the universe".


Scott Hamlin

Portland, Oregon Globonder Scott Hamlin was born and raised in that city where he has always been a big lover and enthusiastic participant in outdoor sports. He managed to find a way to make a living from his passion: 15 years ago, after retiring his spikes from track and field at Cal Poly Pomona, University of Oregon and the Nike Oregon International Track Club, he launched his business career at Adidas International.

Along the way, Scott married Lisa Creamer, and they had two sons, Flynn Hamlin, now seven, and Liam Hamlin, now five.

During his time at Adidas, Scott acquired skills in a wide range of areas, from product research and innovation to overall business management. In his 10 years with the company, he served in roles overseas as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Adidas Argentina and the President and Managing Director of Adidas Brazil. In both countries, he oversaw all operations and realized more than a 60% increase in revenue and a return to profitability.

He continued his career at Jockey International as the Global Director of Design, before moving to Royal Robbins as the Global Director of Product, responsible for the design, development, product marketing and sourcing of the 40-year-old outdoor apparel brand, which experienced significant growth during his time with the company.

Scott joined Globond in 2002, shortly after the sudden birth of his oldest son in a Brazilian beach house during a weekend get-away (learn more about this amazing story in a separate article in this Globonder Journal). While he was active with Globond in its early days, Globond was new and not yet large enough to help him. In the past seven years, Globond has expanded and reached critical mass, so he has eagerly returned to the fold. Currently, Scott is the Founding Partner of Looptworks, a company that creates meaningful products from upcycled materials. It is an innovative business that repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products. The company is re-imagining product creation with the groundbreaking upcycling process, creating limited-edition clothing and accessories from excess materials. Its socially responsible designs are made from pre-consumer excess materials. By re-using the world's pre-consumer excess, the U.S.-based company aims to rid the world of waste, while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet.

Looptworks will target an active lifestyle that brings together elements of board sports (surf, skate and snowboard) and outdoor activities (hiking, climbing, mountain biking, etc.), while adding a sophisticated, urban flair for style. Initially, its products will be sold exclusively online at, starting in August 2009. The intent is to expand into specialty retailers in the future.

In addition to running a new company, Scott is involved in his Portland, OR community, serving on the Surfrider Foundation as a Chapter Volunteer, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and Board of Trustees of Cedarwood Waldorf School. He is a Volunteer Track and Field Coach in Pole Vault.

Deborah Kearney

Deborah Kearney, Ed.D., is a Globonder who is based between Pittsburgh, PA, and South Hadley, MA, and wherever speaking engagements take her. As the founder and CEO of Job Smart Enterprise (JSE), she is committed to changing the way the world works. As a management innovation that builds data into decisions, JSE has the power to transform the effectiveness of health care, service and manufacturing, on a global scale.

The foundation of this world-at-work change is competency-based job descriptions, which assures what employees need to know: Through JSE, Deborah has innovated an elaborate and powerful consultative software strategy that substantially increases productivity, safety and international quality for organizations that want to achieve their mission and numbers. Rather than seeing employees as a sunk cost, she views them an organization’s best source of yielding an impressive return on investment (ROI).

The Job Smart System (JSS), which Deborah developed, is a new means to raise the ROI of organizations by recruiting, selecting, and retaining only its valued employees. Job Smart Recruiting (JSR) focuses on recruitment by competence, and reflects the seven domains of highly successful people. JSR enables the resume to rise from the ashes in the form of competency-based summaries of candidates’ genuine expertise. From the boiler room to the boardroom, JSR provides organizations with candidates defined and compared on this set of competency dimensions: knowledge, psychology, biomechanics, sensory, strength and stamina, safety and quality. Higher ROI is achieved when firms hire people who can become team members, and apply their education and experience. At the same time, the organization realizes a lowered risk of worker compensation outlays, and higher work productivity, safety and quality outcomes.

JSS supports the selection of candidates using a quantifiable interview process. Rather than used to discriminate, the process supports organizations and individuals from the world over and is well matched to the mission. With built-in training and accommodation plans that meet all fair employment law-based practices, more talent becomes available that is fit for duty.

Deborah was the first to realize that the most frequently used documents in business – job decryptions, resumes and strategic plans – were poor predictors of business success. Also, she was the first to recognize that job descriptions could serve as the foundation for continuous improvement – if there was a sequential synergy between a competency-based resume and a competency-based strategic plan. Thus, she has demonstrated that there can be a cooperative compact between labor and management to attain mutually beneficial goals.

JSS can increase ROI and contribute to corporate growth. Its competency management system is a manager’s personal human resource assistant. Performance appraisals can be quantified for comparison to organizational values and goals. Pay for performance is fully unbiased. Corrective actions plans build on employee strengths and take them from good performance to great potential.

Deborah’s JSS was the first technological strategy to quantify the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), enabling employers to realistically accommodate without undue hardship to their organizations. She adapted JSE to respond to the powerful efficiencies of Information Technology (IT). As a statistician, she believed that IT could improve ROI to a dramatic level.
Work for Deborah began at age nine. She is the oldest child in an Irish-American family, where her hands made light work. She relates that being responsible for babies builds many skills when little people are depending on you. She has been an entrepreneur since age 11. Her first sales job was selling fresh eggs to her neighbors. Baby sitting and cleaning came easy to her. These revenues paid for her education at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which was her home from the bachelors to doctorate degrees. She also is Board Certified in Rehabilitation Engineering.

As an avid student of psychology, Deborah studied the entire mental health spectrum, which includes the special needs and circumstances of what people are born to and about which they can learn to adapt. While not believing in labeling people, she sees learning from their perspective. Her entire career has been devoted to helping people who have disabilities, physical and mental, to be contributors, especially through employment. She was affected by her father’s death of alcoholic malnutrition, brilliant and battered by self-destructive depression. By contrast, thanks to her efforts, her adopted daughter with dyslexic triumphed to graduate from college with a 3.2 average. Having lost a sister to leukemia and herself having recovered from cancer, she has developed an astounding sensitivity to people, dignity and health care that have propelled her professional path.

Deborah learned in her graduate clinical career that asking people in therapy to “say more about that” rarely resulted in improvement. In her view, people need structured guidance to find their way, as do organizations. She formulated this process: understand their perception of the problem, next set a goal, and then provide the means to create progress through clear objectives. Even successes in small increments, as defined by either a person or an organization, eventually build into increasing successes.

Deborah has been a consultant with a mirror, but without the smoke. She focuses on problems and uses a solution to success approach with clear plans for achievable increments. Her clients have included organizations in all areas, especially manufacturing, healthcare and government. Her short list includes Yankee Candle, Raytheon, Polaroid, State of Massachusetts, State of Pennsylvania, SEB (producers of AllClad Pans), Mon Valley Hospital, Greenville Hospital in North Carolina, Berkshire Medical Center, and Physician and Therapeutic Practices. She is an expert witness for litigation involving the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Deborah’s passion is to develop and disseminate best practices for efficient, effective, timely, safe work. It is not enough to be good enough. There is an ethic to having the means to being the best. In this context, she filed a lawsuit holding the State of Massachusetts accountable for the education of special needs children in licensed private schools. In winning the case, she set a legal precedent that private schools should be held accountable to individual educational plans as a contract of service.

Deborah developed and patented one of the first height-adjustable workstations for people with wheelchairs. She has invented more than 20 products for people with disabilities. For 20 years, she has engineered out the risks to safety for employees in many industries.

Deborah has written reference/solution texts on Ergonomics and the Americans with Disabilities Act. In her public speaking, she tells a good story and interacts with audiences to evoke the wow factor of learning through participation. She addresses a variety of topics, such as robots, healthcare quality, manufacturing process control, safety, ergonomics, and, of course, competency-based job descriptions.

Deborah is patriotic for peace, and committed to not just watching the world, but being a working part of changing the world. Her current initiative with the World Health Organization is to support the growth of competence in all cultures and deliver health care where needed and with nurturance.

Deborah has created opportunities for leaders to launch new businesses innovations, managers to maximize the value of existing businesses, and change-adept leaders to rescue businesses that have fallen into decline. She seeks ways to optimize cooperation across cultures. Her commitment is to globalize JSE to give organizations a greater sense of opportunities, and capitalize on them by harnessing the power to combine innovation and labor. She understands the pressing need for innovations in healthcare, education, service and manufacturing. She is determined to apply what she knows to profoundly influence world health and world economic leadership.

Deborah is a hiker who loves the White Mountains, NH. She practices Bikrams (Hot) Yoga. She loves to write; she has created 11 plays, a novel and several screen plays for the independent audience that wants to feel deeply. In tribute to her dear friend Peter Viereck, acclaimed historian and poet, she wrote The Poet, interweaving his complex poetry and the lives of four exceptional persons.

Kenan Saatcioglu

Turkey Globonder Kenan Saatcioglu was born in Istanbul, the only city between two continents Europe-Asia and the capital of three Empires: Roman, Byzantine & Ottoman. Shortly after graduating from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul with a degree in Civil Engineering, (1995), he began his career as a professional tour guide. This position allowed him to indulge his passion for world travel. Since he had graduated from an Italian high school, he led various groups between Turkey and Italy, providing information about life, culture, history and archaeological sites. At the same time, he was a simultaneous translator for businesspeople during their conventions and meetings.

After leaving the tourism industry, Kenan’s next ventured into the world of innovation and inventions, becoming the R&D Assistant Manager at Atasay Kuyumculuk San. ve Tic. A.S, in Istanbul. His role was to search for new technologies and improvements in various countries, and then propose the best ones to the management who then applied the project to production.
Atasay recognized Kenan’s contribution and he was continually promoted to various positions within that jewelry company. Reporting to the CEO, he set up the Los Angeles office, established new relationships with Atasay’s US customers in the wholesale and retail market, increased the customer base and added catalogue companies to the portfolio. As a result, sales increased by 450%.

Kenan spent seven years in operations and sales/marketing management positions with electronic retailers, department stores and mall stores, and importers and wholesalers. He worked with management to develop action plans and recommend new trendy product development. He organized new divisions and worked closely with various manufacturers overseas, with additional responsibility for the control and logistics to the customers. Always an innovator, hr developed an application for consumer-based quality assurance and application. Kenan has been given an award from Sears known as Partners in Progress.

He is currently the Executive Director of the Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the leading Turkish-American independent business support and networking organization in the U.S. TACCI functions to help its members improve their success, gain business expertise, and introduce them to potential customers and suppliers.

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and Under Secretariat of the Turkish Prime Ministry for Foreign Trade (DTM) are both represented on TACCI's Board of Directors and are the strongest supporters of the organization. TACCI has over 100 established companies in its membership body. Kenan has always dreamed of globetrotting and exploring history. He likes to approach people strategically; chess has been his passion for more than 10 years. He loves innovation and creativity, especially when they help people to reach their business goals. His biggest goal is to help the 1.3 million Turkish companies become big and respected brands, as well as profitable.

Kenan’s personal interests are reading, travel, chess, and electronic gadgets. He is fluent in English, Italian and Turkish, and a beginner in Latin. He is married and has a five-year-old daughter.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Welcome New Arrival

Globonder Brett King and his wife Rebekah have just welcome the arrival of their third child, Thomas Patrick King, born the 8th of July, 2009 in Australia, his parents’ native country, though they have been living in Dubai for 3 years and were living in China for some years before that. After spending time as a family with their newborn and children Hannah (9) and Mark (6) the Kings will move to Hong Kong from where Brett will manage The International Academy of Financial Management Training as its CEO. Globond extends its heartfelt congratulations to the King family and wishes it a wonderful respite back in Ozzie!

Just a day at the beach . . .

On Thursday afternoon Oct. 11th, 2002, we got the dreaded word for Lisa´s OBGYN (Dr. Carlos) that entering her 8th month of pregnancy she was 2 centimeters dialated, a natural occurence he assured us, but that she would have to STOP EXERCISING! I said to myself, now here is a Doctor who does not know his patient. Asking Lisa to stop exercising is like asking the Amazon river to suddenly stop the water from flowing. However, firm in my belief that I was not ready to have this kid popping out any time soon, I asked him to reenforce this need to stop being active with her, to the point of beating her senseless with it if need be.

The good Doctor obliged and Lisa left the Dr.´s office distressed about what she was going to do for the next 4 weeks with out any type of physical activity. Before leaving, the Doctor suggested that we schedule the birthing classes and the how-to class for caring for a newborn baby with his nurse/midwife, get all of the emergency numbers for his staff, and schedule a visit to the hospital. In the back and forth attempt to schedule the classes, we finally settled on Tuesday, Oct. 16th and Thursday Oct. 18th and then left the office to go to lunch.

Being that Friday was a holiday in Brasil, we had planned months in advance to rent a house at the beach with our friends Mark and Katie. However, on a three day weekend, everyone from São Paulo (a city of 20 million people) leaves town at the same time, and many go to the beach. To avoid spending 6-9 hours in a traffic nightmare, it is best to make the 2 and a half hour trip very late at night. Our excuse to do this came in the form of Eric Clapton, who was in town on Thursday night to give a concert. This was a concert that Lisa had very much wanted to attend. So, the plan was hatched, that Lisa, Katie, and I would go to the concert (Mark having enough good taste not to want to attend) and then we would meet Mark outside of the concert at 11:30pm with all of the dogs (our one and Katie and Mark´s three) and we would caravan down to the beach.

The concert turned out to be, just what the Doctor ordered, literally, a real snore. Lisa and Katie sat together in the row in front of me, as I was unable to get 3 seats together in the same row. In typical Lisa and Katie style, they chatted through the entire concert. I on the other hand, sat directly behind them, sandwiched between a 65 year old man and an 18 year kid. The 65 year old was with his wife and they felt the urge to practice there best Saturday Night Fever moves to the Clapton oldies inadvertently jabbing me in the ribs every time his John Travolta meets Lawerence Welk dance move required a pointed finger, arm extension for emphasis.

The 18 year old kid was with a group of 4 other friends who had all spent entirely too much time in one of their bedrooms, getting high under black lights while looking at old album covers and practicing Clapton air guitar moves while screeching the worst impression of english lyrics know to man. With their recently purchased Eric Clapton headbands in place, it was clear that they were waiting for Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison Janis Joplin and Bob Marley to all come out on stage with the deceased members of Lynrd Skynrd and let Clapton lead a guitar filled, earth – shaking medly of “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Free Bird”. “Eric Clapton rocks!!!!!!!!” They screamed at the end of “Layla”.

Lisa and Katie continued chatting, with Lisa sliding in the comment, “Oh, I like this song.” as everyone around them was on their feet doing a standing ovation, with lighter in hand, and the flame extended toward the evening sky. At 11:30pm we left the stadium, just before the first encore, in order to meet Mark and head to the beach.

We still hit traffic on the way to the beach, but the trip only took the standard two and a half hours. After unpacking and settling in, we crashed into bed about 3:00am.

The next day, Friday, October 12th, was spent surfing (me), reading, napping, walking on the beach and generally taking it easy. After the Doctor´s visit, I had made it a point to get caught up in the pregnancy book I was reading as I had left off in month 7 and what the Doctor had said scared me enough to try and get caught up to month nine.

In the evening, we sat down to play cards. Lisa was winning when we took a bathroom/drink-mixing break. When Lisa called me into the bathroom, I commented to Mark, “This couldn´t be good”, and indeed it wasn´t. Lisa had a larger than normal vaginal discharge (sorry for those weak of stomach).

It was at this moment that we realized that we had forgetten to get the emergency telephone numbers for the Doctor´s staff. Because our cellular phones do not get service at the beach house, I loaded Katie and Lisa into the car and we drove towards town to get phone service and to call Katie´s sister Abby, in the US, who is a doula. We were able to get ahold of her and explained the situation. Abby informed us that it sounded like Lisa´s mucus cap had broken, which is ok and that as long as her water didn´t break, she would be ok. She said that Lisa needed to stay in bed and rest.

After getting back to the house and getting Lisa settled in on the couch, she remebered that her friend Leen had her baby with Dr. Carlos´s partner and that she might have the emergency numbers. So Mark and I trekked up to the highest point next to the house and managed to get cell phone service. I got a hold of Leen and her husband Sascha gave me all of the emergency numbers.

I called and spoke to nurse Rosalee who said the same thing that Abby had told us. As long as the water didn´t break everything was ok and that Lisa would have to stay in bed and rest. She added that if the water did break, that we would need to go back to São Paulo and have her looked at by a Doctor because she was one month early and the baby could be at risk.
Mark and I returned to the house and had something to eat and the four of us watched a very funny Ben Stiller movie on Mark´s DVD player/laptop. Unfortunately, the events of the evening had distracted us all too much to concentrate on the movie and Lisa and I went to bed worried.
At 4:30am Lisa woke me up saying that she could not sleep and that she was uncomfortable. I gave her a back and shoulder massage, and she managed to go back to sleep for a little while. At 6:00 am she got up to go to the bathroom. From the bathroom I she yelled to me:

“Scott, my water just broke!”

With those five words, the chase was on. I had read in my pregnancy book that the worst thing that “expecting fathers” can do is panic after hearing these words. I had also read that after the water breaks, labor can last anywhere from 4 hours to 5 days. I was hell bent on maintaining my calm knowing that we were 2 and a half hours from the hospital and there was no immediate help available.

So, I got up and started packing the car. At 6:15am, Lisa, still on the toilet, had her first contraction (she called it a cramp). I woke up Katie and Mark to tell them we were headed back to SP. Lisa wanted Katie to come with us in case something happened on the way and I couldn´t help her and drive at the same time. At 6:20 am Lisa, Katie, Canela (our dog) and I left the beach house. Mark was going to stay to pack up and close up the house.

The roads on the North Coast of the State of São Paulo are characterized by lots of curves, speed bumps and potholes. However, they are heavenly in comparison to the dirt roads that run into and through the small towns that dot the coastline. Some of these roads take 20 minutes or more to navigate to a specific point in the town.

Bearing this in mind, I had to go at a snail´s pace, as Lisa was not taking the bouncing and jostling well. At the same time her contractions were coming more frequently, about every 3 minutes, and she made me stop every time she had one. In the back of my mind I was trying to do the math of how long it would take us to get back to SP,having to stop every 3 minutes.
The distance between Point A and Point B is 180 kilometers. Car One is traveling at 100 kilometers an hour, but has to reduce that speed down to 0 every three minutes, how long will it take car one to arrive at the hospital?

Multiple choice: A) Before the baby arrives B) After the baby arrivesC) Impossible to tell without knowing the duration of the contractions and the number of centimeters dialated, but it doesn´t look good.

At about 6:35am, we called Nurse Rosalee and told her what was happening. She informed us that we would not likely have time to return to SP and that we would have to do something else. At that point, she remembered that Dr. Carlos was in Juquei, the beach town only 20 minutes from where we were. She said she would call him and see if he was indeed there and then call us back.

During Lisa´s pregnancy, we had both read that women who had music playing during the birth had more relaxing births and that the babies seemed to adapt to the real world better, than those who did not have music. Subsequently, I pulled out the Crash Test Dummies CD “And God Shuffled His Feet” and put it on. It was the mellowest CD I had in the car and thought it might calm Lisa a little.

I was shot down during the next contraction as she screamed, “Please turn that music DOWN!”.
At about 6:45am, Rosalee called us back and informed us that Dr. Carlos was indeed at his beach house in Juquei a mere 15 minutes away and off we went.

If the road out of Camburi was long and bumpy, the road into Juquei made it look like the Autobahn, and Dr. Carlos´house was at the VERY END of the road. At this point and time, two things happened that made me realize we were in it deep. The first was that I missed my turn for the main road to down the beach, which forced us to take an even bumpier road. Lisa screamed at me, “Get on the main road to the beach, it´s OVER THERE, TURN LEFT!!!!!!!” The second was when I hit a really big pothole and Lisa screamed, “This baby is coming, I WANT TO PUSH!!!

“Whatever you do, don´t push, keep that thing inside of you,” I retorted. Pretty good I thought, remembering that this was the patented response of any Doctor on TV when a women said this during the TV birthing process. “I´m not a real Doctor, but I play one on TV” I thought to myself.

Shortly after that Lisa, with the sheets from the bed around her, informed us that she had to pee. Katie told her, “ it´s ok girl, you just go ahead and pee right there, you have the sheet around you, go ahead.” “Its ok, go ahead,” I found myself chiming in thinking in the back of my head, at least they’re leather seats and should clean up ok.

At 7:00am we finally arrived at the good Doctor´s house, he was waiting in the street in front of the house. He was wearing a yellow polo shirt, blue jeans and New Balance Running shoes (oh well, you can´t get them all). He started waving his hands like a traffic cop for us to pull in the driveway and follow him up to the house. He took off running in front of us.

When we arrived at the front door, Dr. Carlos opened the door and in between Lisa´s screams managed to tell her that he need to take a look. He then took her into the house and sat her on the sofa.

I parked the car, cracked the windows for Canela and went into the house where, sitting on the couch Dr. Carlos said to Lisa and I in a very calm voice, “Ok, there is no time to get to a hospital, we are going to do this right here, right now.”

At that point and time he turned to his maid and said, “Start boiling water and get some towels” He said to his wife, “get the kids up and out of the house.” He said to Katie, “call and see if there is a helicopter available to take Lisa and the baby back to São Paulo and call the closest first aid station and see if they have an ambulance with sterile supplies.” Then he looked at me and said, “go upstairs and wash your hands.”

Now we all know that Lisa has a loud voice and an even louder laugh, but I have never heard her, or any human being for that matter, scream as loud as she did during the next half hour or so. Due to her screaming, and the fact that it was 7:00am on a Saturday morning of a holiday weekend, the entire condominium was soon awake trying to find out what was happening. Before we knew it, blankets, towels, a heater, a bathing tub and baby clothes were arriving at the door as all who lived within shouting distance wanted to help.

After a few more blood curtling screams, a couple of “Oh God, please no, this really hurts” and one “I´m really sorry about your couch”, Flynn was born at 7:50am. Dr. Carlos checked him out quickly and told Katie that she could cancel the helicopter because the baby was fine. About 10 minutes later the VW Bus “ambulance” arrived with sterile blankets and a sterile medical kit. Dr. Carlos clamped the umbilical cord and I cut it.

At this point the Doctor explained that we all needed to relax and stay calm and keep the baby warm. Despite his explication, his wife offered us champagne and whiskey, which we turned down as we were still in shock over the events of the morning, which was just now reaching 8:00am. Shortly there after, their sons were brought back into the house and the 10 year old, Johnathan, looked at the baby and promptly left the house again. A few minutes later he came back in with a bouquet of handpicked flowers for Lisa.

After a while, Katie and I left to take Canela back to the beach house and to get Mark. Katie and I could not stop talking about what had happen and then Mark called. He had finally received Katie´s messages giving him updates of what had happened. Katie then told him the whole story and as she was telling him, we both began to cry.

Upon leaving Canela at the beach house with the other dogs and getting Mark, we returned to the scene of the crime. By this time, the entire condominium was up and active. As we walked up the driveway about 30 people gathered around us and started cheering and clapping and yelling congratulations. It was an unbelievable scene.

We entered into the house to Mozart music playing, Lisa holding Flynn on the couch and the good Doctor reading a book on the Dali Lama while drinking coffee. The entire scene was very surreal. After calming down, Dr. Carlos went for a walk on the beach. Upon his return, he suggested that I do the same, and I did.

I remember thinking, how can all of these people just go on with their day? Don´t they know what just happened? Don´t they know the amazing miracle that had just happened a few blocks from where they were laying in the sun? Then it dawned on me, I was them just a few hours ago. It seems that the events of others rarely touch our lives. Something has to happen to us, or close to us for it to have an impact. This does not make us bad people for not stopping to experience the events of others, because they are in fact, just that, the events of others. We are called into these experiences when the time is right. The thing that brought peace to me was the the sun reflecting off the perfect waves and a group of surfers who were out enjoying the great conditions on their longboards. It was their event, their experience. Hopefully they will remember it as much as I will mine of that same day.

At about 1:30pm, Dr. Carlos gave us the ok to load up the car and head back to SP for the hospital. I think I might have lasted about 45 minutes before the adrenalin caught up with me and I asked Katie to drive. I passed out immediately and two hours later we arrived at the hospital.

Although, it was only 4:30 pm it felt like it was 10:00pm at night. I would like to say that things like this don´t happen to us very often, but they seem to happen with frequency. Hopefully Flynn´s life will be blessed with many moments as exciting as his birth. Moments like these are what define life and make it worth living.

So, here´s to Flynn. As an American-Irish-Brasilian, the borders of the world are open to you.

Live it up!