What are your strengths?

For most people, you might think your strengths are those things co-workers, family and friends mention when they say your name.  “Oh, I love Kevin. He’s so smart.”  You probably know what your strengths are and just never took a moment to admit them out loud.  But, play along. What would you say are your top three strengths when it comes to work?

Maybe you’re extremely organized and punctual. 

Maybe you’re an excellent speaker or a great note-taker during meetings.

Maybe you work brilliantly alone and consider yourself quite independent. 

I bet you’re a leader and can gather people together easily and get them to work on a project flawlessly, under budget and on-time.

Whatever your strengths are, consider this:  our strengths tend to also be our weaknesses.

I know!  Mind. Blown!

In my experience, it tends to be true.  Maybe not 100% of the time, but more likely than not. If you think about it, it makes sense.  If you’re someone who is organized and punctual, you may not be as comfortable working in a crazed unorganized environment.  Being extremely organized can be a great thing, but when things aren’t in regular order, you may not fare as well. Chaos is not your friend. 

The more we understand what we’re good at and embrace what we’re not so great at, the easier it is to facilitate our work environments and also our lives to have a better chance at succeeding.  If we can embrace our strengths and acknowledge our weaknesses, we can only do better as individuals because we have more information and understand ourselves better.  Information is power, especially when it’s information about our own selves.

More importantly, if we notice that our co-workers (and all people in our lives for that matter) have strengths as well as faults, we may be more apt to deal with situations that occur far better. For example, if we know someone is not a great leader, then we won’t set them up to fail by putting them in positions that require them to lead. We acknowledge that their strength is working and getting things done skillfully in a group supportive setting instead of harping on the fact that they don’t do well as the person in charge.

Whether you’re the boss, receptionist, executive, mail room clerk, or whomever, no one is perfect at everything.  We all have strengths and weaknesses and acknowledging that alone will change your whole perspective on how you treat yourself and just as important, how you treat others.

So, look at your strengths again. Now name your top three weaknesses. Is there a connection?

(In response to a client inquiry – posted on company blog) 

Generally, we don’t recommend any specific kind of skincare product.  We sell many different lines and stand by their quality, but that’s where our endorsements stop.  Please remember, that what may work for one person, may not work for another. We do Skincare Creamsuggest that you talk to a doctor or dermatologist and use all products with care. With that said, there are some common practices that everyone can follow to support having the best skin possible. Here are our top three:

1)  Stay hydrated.  This is an old school piece of advice, but one that works.  Our skin is actually the largest organ of the body.  Now, don’t over-due the water intake. There have also been studies that suggest you can actually drink too much water. But a good rule of thumb is to drink enough water to not be thirsty. Sounds logical, but because there are so many different studies suggesting how much you can drink that contradict each other, it’s best to gage your water intake by what the Mayo clinic suggests –  drink enough to not be thirsty and if your urine is pale yellow or colorless, you’re probably drinking perfectly enough to help with that beautiful skin.

2) Hold off on so much “exfoliating”. It’s a great buzz word and there are benefits to doing so, but there is such a thing as exfoliate your skin – especially on your face – way too much.  The more you exfoliate, the dryer your skin gets, the more aggravated it gets.  This can lead to just as many skin issues, as stated in this great piece in Allure.  So, only exfoliate when you absolutely need too.

3) Understand your skin, for real!  Realize that the more you understand your skin and how it feels in different circumstances, the better you’ll get at knowing what it needs.  Different times of the year, require different products and different types of nurturing.  The weather, stress, food, alcohol — all of these things contribute to the look and feel of your skin — so when you understand your skin fully, you can provide for its needs appropriately.

Lastly, although we’re happy to have you purchase our products and do stand by what we use to continue helping your skin stay vibrant and beautiful, please understand that taking care of your skin doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  Like most of our products that are environmentally safe, organic and free from additives and cruelty-free, a lot of what you can do to help keep your skin feeling beautiful can be done with simple household products you may already have in your kitchen cabinets. If you’d like more information, please email us directly or speak to us the next time you visit.  We’re always happy to help.

Till we meet again.

Your friends at Skincare Client

Let’s start with the basics – a great manager knows how to manage!

The  definition of the word manage:

  1. Be in charge, administer; run. A person who directs a team…

The reality is a little more complicated. The best way to think of being in charge of anything is to consider what you would need in a similar circumstance if you were part of the team and not in charge. From an employee’s perspective, in order to succeed, a manager is the person to “go to” for structure, guidance and information, among other things…so, to start, BE that expert with the information.

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Let’s break it down:

Provide Structure: As a manager you have the template for what’s about to happen. You know the boundaries and how everyone should work. You have a plan. Structure implies that you are organized, have a plan, and know how the task at hand will be implemented from point A to Z. Be able to explain it clearly with no equivocation. You’re in charge, this is the schedule, timing, day due, etc.

Provide Guidance: A manager knows the answers to the questions or how to get the answers.  If a decision needs to be made, the person in charge (manager) will make decision or be the deciding vote.  The guidance provided by the person in charge is basically the weaver of focus for the group. You keep people on track. If the team is going down the wrong path, the manager gets them back on course.  You’re open to all possibilities to get the job done,  but always walking the team through down the right course of action to get everything done on time and on-point.  You’ve calculated the risks, you know all the outcomes and you make choices to empower the group but never sway from the goals.  The definition of guidance: The direction provided by a guide.

Provide Information: You have the knowledge and facts to decide what is appropriate and what is not.  Because you’re in charge, employees will always defer to you when unsure or if a question arises during the project. Information that quantifies your decision is all a staff member needs to move forward.

Among other things….

Managers have people work for them or with them.  Providing structure, guidance and information to get the job is what a manager does.  But what makes someone a great manager?

A great manager, among other things, is someone who’s also considered a leader.  There’s a difference. A manager heads a group of people towards an outcome. People work for the manager.

A leader is someone people want to follow whether they work for them or not.

What are the three things you need to know to make you a LEADER?  We’ll cover that in our next post.

What if you grabbed some flowers and surprised someone for no reason at all?

Think about it.

Flowers can accent the brilliance of a friendship, brighten up a coworker’s day – or maybe even freak your boss out – in a good way! And yeah, sure – flowers are still great if you have to say, “I’m sorry”, “I love you” or “Hey mom, I remembered!”

But flowers are also great to just brighten up your day. Yes, your day! You deserve them too. Think of them as nature’s smile. And like they say, smiles are contagious!

So, yeah, run out and get some today. Not just for Mother’s Day or someone else’s birthday. Buy flowers just to brighten anyone’s day – even if it’s just for you – maybe especially because it’s just for YOU!

For Immediate release

In the past few months, The Lore Foundation has gone through many significant changes. 

In July of 2017, Joan M. Michaels, Founder and Chairwoman of The Lore Foundation passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her family and loved ones.  Her obituary can be found by clicking on the website. 

In honor of Joan and her incredible work throughout the many years, the once named The Lore Foundation became officially The Joan Michael Lore Foundation – effective immediately.   

Although the foundation is in a transition period, The Joan Michael Lore Foundation will continue on with the intention and dedication in gift-giving that its original founder had started long ago.

Please keep up-to-date by visiting the website for any on-going information.