“I AM ENOUGH” An affirmation of our individual lives

Dr. Brene Brown, a research sociologist at the University of Houston, shares her perspective on the value of vulnerability . She touches on the core of human suffering and encourages us to understand that we are a combination of good and bad and to allow ourselves to be ok with our failures as well as our successes.

A beautiful and powerful talk on TED. http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html

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LEADERSHIP WEBINAR A Journey to Exceptional Leadership

Enjoy a one hour  leadership webinar sponsored by The University of Virginia Alumni Services.   http://www.alumni.virginia.edu/career/events/library.aspx

Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda

Join Me for “A Journey to Exceptional Leadership” Webinar this Friday

The University of Virginia has a Friday Forum webinar series. Join me this Friday February 17th from noon to 1pm for a look at your unique leadership character. Gain insights as to what makes you exceptional.
http://www.alumni.virginia.edu/career/events/webinars.aspx Here is the link;scroll to the bottom for specifics and to sign up.

Can We Be Trusted?

According to the latest National Leadership Index put out by the Harvard Kennedy School, 68% of Americans don’t trust or have confidence in leadership. It would be convenient and expedient to dismiss this as a measure of our frustration with politicians but this statistic is a measure of leadership in all sectors and at all levels. It is my belief that this is a result of a leadership model that has become pervasive over the past three decades that emphasizes profits at the exclusion and often the expense of humanity and the environment. Read More

Appearance on NBC17 My Carolina Today



Make Possibility Your Perspective

Make possibility your perspective


Market volatility, regulatory and political change, prolonged financial stress, stubborn personnel issues – these are facts of life for a leader in today’s economic and business climates. Read More

ACCOUNTABILITY ALTRUISM AWE Exceptional Leadership Attributes

NBC-17This is a recent interview with My Carolina Today, NBC17 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Valonda Calloway was a wonderful and energetic host.It ‘s a short reminder of these magnificent leadership  traits. Try out an  altruistic gesture at the office today; seek out a venue,vista maybe a poem or a song that opens up your lens of AWE, make a promise to refrain from blame and rather focus your discussion on what is possible.  CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW



Steve and John Sculley, 2011

To: Steve Jobs
From: Betty Shotton
Date: October 24,2011

Dear Steve,

I’m not sure you will remember me but I wrote you a letter in August of 1985.

At the time I was thirty three and smack dab in the middle of my first start-up. I knew who you were and had followed your entrepreneurial adventure with great interest. I totally related to your uniquely 70’s quest for meaning, ranging from Buddhist retreats to getting high and defying everything conventional. I also related to your turn towards creativity and innovation; a re- direction of youthful energy that paved the way for the amazing things that you would accomplish in your lifetime. Read More

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CNBC OP-ED The Gift of Adversity by Betty Shotton

An Executive Editor at CNBC.com asked my PR firm Monteiro & Co, if they knew of an author who could write on their experiences as being a woman in a man’s world of business. They got me. This was the first time anyone has asked me “how did you do it?”. It was like turning on a faucet. I wrote six pages that had to be edited to 500 words.

And here it is! Thanks TJ (Thomas Jefferson).     http://www.cnbc.com/id/44904943

Interview with Wayne Turmel of The Cranky Middle Manager Show

This was a FUN interview for me. Wayne has a down to earth, practical and humorous approach to doling out advice for leaders and managers. Click on the link below to hear our recent interview about the book, courage and what really counts! http://cmm.thepodcastnetwork.com/2011/10/11/the-cranky-middle-manager-show-299-liftoff-leadership-with-betty-shotton/ Read More