The View Expands Your View

From the 21st floor of the 400 tower of Detroit’s Renaissance Center, the view takes your breath away. Today, I had the delight to meet with Terry Barclay, CEO of Inforum, in her office overlooking the Detroit River, the Ambassador Bridge, leafy green views of Windsor, Ontario and Detroit’s west side.

If this were your view, would you think bigger? (This view includes the RenCen, left, and Windsor, right.)
If this were your view, would you think bigger? (This view includes the RenCen, left, and Windsor, right.)

Expansive, and far. Vast, and gorgeous. The water braided along its route many stories below. The sky was a dapper canvas of summer sky.

The view helps me think bigger, see infinite possibilities, was the gist of what Terry said about her office. It’s a landscape for dreaming big, thinking big, planning big.

Achieving big.

I love that this powerful woman at the helm of an organization devoted to building up women in business in Michigan can put such a metaphor into action.

In fact, one of Inforum’s biggest priorities of late is its Center for Leadership. Developing strong, confident, compassionate women leaders to carry business forward in our state. What a great goal. What a reason to think big.

How do you stand out from the crowd? How do you make the world better? How do you help people live meaningful lives?
How do you stand out from the crowd? How do you make the world better? How do you help people live meaningful lives?

It’s imperative to constantly be open to what’s around and who we meet. Where are opportunities lurking that we might not see if we don’t keep an open mind?

Often we look for what’s similar, what we know, what we feel comfortable with when really what we should be looking for is what is different because that’s where we stand out.

Three years ago, I wrote a book called Stand Out From the Crowd. It’s what we all want and need to have happen in our lifetimes. In my field of public relations, it’s what the job calls for – how can I help you stand out from the crowd, be noticed?

If you’re doing good work, leading with your heart, pursuing your passion, it’s an easier quest than you think.

People who help improve lives have great stories to tell. Today, I had the delight of working with a long-time client, Jewish Senior Life, on the launch of the region’s only elder abuse shelter.

Jewish Senior Life CEO Rochelle Upfal addressed a packed press conference today as she announced the launch of the region's only elder abuse shelter. Meaningful work.
Jewish Senior Life CEO Rochelle Upfal addressed a packed press conference today as she announced the launch of the region’s only elder abuse shelter. Meaningful work.

The press conference I arranged had the best possible outcome. Media, politicians, law enforcement and social service professionals gathered together to raise awareness, educate and put a stop to elder abuse.

I couldn’t have been more proud.

Of my work, yes, but also of my community, my clients, the people around me.

We live in a world where people devote their lives to helping others. To making sure no one is treated wrongly. To stamping out abuse in every form.

When you are dedicated to helping people live lives of meaning, what better stories are there to tell?

It’s really the easiest thing in the world.

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