Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Have a Problem? "SWOT" it Away!

The other day I was reading an interesting article that Lynnae posted on her blog, Freelance Homeschool Mom, in which she discussed how she developed a plan to meet her children's unique educational and emotional needs. I admired how she objectively evaluated each child's strengths, weaknesses, and identified threats in order to come up with a plan that would work for her and her children.

I left a comment that complimented her methods for developing the plan, and mentioned how similar her evaluation was to a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis. She responded that she didn't know what a SWOT analysis was, and her response made me realize that many of us "SWOT" our problems away without even realizing it.

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Beginnings

When I was a child, I thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Since I was an avid reader, most of my aspirations were the same as the heroines I read about. I wanted to be a nurse like Cherry Ames, an airline stewardess like Vicki Barr, a mystery solving sleuth like Nancy Drew (I didn't like Encyclopedia Brown, he was too smug), a civil rights lawyer fighting to right the injustices in our society, or the first archaeologist to stumble upon the sarcophagus of some unknown Egyptian pharaoh. My aspirations did not include earning a degree in business and becoming an HR professional; quite frankly, as a child and teenager, I found business boring.