Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Nook of Simple Quotes: What if you gave a gift and you were not thanked!

A Nook of Simple Quotes!

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it? Would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.
~ Ralph Marston

Just thought that I will share this quote with you? What are your thoughts on gratitude? Do you think that we should be grateful to those who have assisted us along our life path? 

Shared by Dr. Cheryl Cottle
© Copyright 2011 by Dr. Cheryl Cottle of Cottle’s Professional Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Nook of Simple Quotes: When we have more, it is never enough

A Nook of Simple Quotes

There is something perverse about more than enough. When we have more, it is never enough. It is always somewhere out there, just out of reach. The more we acquire, the more elusive enough becomes. ~ Unknown
Do you know anyone who this reflects? Can you identify with it? It would be great to share.

Shared by Dr. Cheryl Cottle
© Copyright 2011 by Dr. Cheryl Cottle of Cottle’s Professional Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Nook of Simple Quotes: Raise the Bar a Little Higher Each Time you Succeed

A Nook of Simple Quotes!

Celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed. ~ Mia Hamm

I just love this quote. Our competition is not someone else, it is we ourselves. We must raise the bar every time we accomplish a goal to determine our performance.

What are your thoughts?

Shared by Dr. Cheryl Cottle

© Copyright 2011 by Dr. Cheryl Cottle of Cottle’s Professional Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Nook of Simple Quotes: Persistence

A Nook of Simple Quotes!

As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time. ~ Denis Waitley

In search of a quote for my Nook of Simple Quotes I came upon this quote by Denis Waitley and I thought that I will share it with you. It resonated with me in that sometime I question when will I get there, not taking into account how many goals I have achieved and how many successes I already have. Some of us don't always count and treasure what we already accomplished, but  we should,  it will keep us motivated, persistent in our steps to achieve our "deepest destiny".

Dear Readers:
What are your thoughts? It would be great to share. It just might help at least one person think about the impact of their "self talk" on their action and motivation level.

Shared by Dr. Cheryl Cottle

© Copyright 2011 by Dr. Cheryl Cottle of Cottle’s Professional Consulting. All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Article Review: 20 Classic Case Studies Every Business Student Should Know

I hope you will enjoy this article that addresses some issues that a business experiences throughout its life cycle.  Small, medium and large businesses, including women-owned can benefit from the information shared. 

The article notes that:
Although almost every business is unique in its own way, there are some universal lessons that apply to just about any kind of business. In these case studies, we'll take a look at employee performance and retention, supply chain management, growth, ad spending, and more. Although the following are focused on specific businesses, all business students can learn lessons from their triumphs and mistakes. Read on, and you'll find 20 classic case studies you'd do well to know as a business student.

The article therefore looks at some universal lessons that are common in most businesses. Some of the issues addressed in the case studies presented are: dealing with employees and drug abuse, succession planning, retiring employees and knowledge, market expansion and partnership, plus others.

To read more go to source:

Written and shared by Dr. Cheryl Cottle

Article Review: 10 Most Lucrative Industries for Women

The article looks at 10 industries that women are involved in. It also provides some in depth details as to why they are attractive to women. Some of the areas identified are law, health- care, sales, human resources, executive management and education, to list a few.

The article notes that:
Over the past 100 years, women have completely reinvented themselves. Gender boundaries are consistently being erased, and women continue to make huge strides in gaining the skills, recognition and compensation that they deserve. We are not far away from the end of the glass ceiling and true equality for women in all fields of work. While there is still a difference in pay between men and women in some fields, many industries have come to be dominated by women who make a very lucrative living. 

To read more please visit:

Reviewed and shared by Dr. Cheryl Cottle
Manager of CPC Women in Business.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review Article: Successful Black Women Entrepreneurs & Executives

I found this great list of women leading successful business enterprises while surfing the Internet for stories about women in business overall. While most of the women showcased are from the USA, others are from Africa, Canada and the Caribbean. Some lead their own business creation while others co-lead established corporate-based organizations and businesses. Oprah Winfrey is a part of this list. 

The article notes that Oprah is:
Oprah Gail Winfrey is the chairman of Harpo, Inc. She is one of a handful of women who are self-made billionaires, and is the only black female billionaire and the richest African American.

She's the first black woman to own and run a television network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Launched on January 1, 2011Read Oprah’s story as well as others. They just might let you know you are on a wonderful path and that entrepreneurship can have fruitful outcomes.

Reviewed by Dr. Cheryl Cottle
Creative Entrepreneur of CPC Women in Business.

A Nook of Simple Quotes: Honor Each Other

A Nook of Simple Quotes! 
When people honor each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly. ~ Blaine Lee
I just thought that I will share this quote with you. While it is a fairly long quote, I think that the message it conveys is quite simple. I strongly believe that in any type of relationship if we honour each other we would have created trust and develop a lasting relationship that is also founded on deep respect. I think that by honouring each other we forge long lasting relationships. It occurs between parents and children, man and woman, friendships, work-place team, communities, villages, nations and among nations.

What are your thoughts? It would be great to share it!

Shared by Dr. Cheryl Cottle

Saturday, October 1, 2011

CPC Women in Business For October: Maryam A. Abdallah

CPC Women in Business shares with you, yet another woman entrepreneur for our October women in business profile. Ms. Maryam A. Abdallah is the business owner of a General Legal Advocacy and Litigation company that operates out of Beirut, Lebanon. Ms. Abdallah was admitted to the Bar in 1997 and since then she has established a private practice where her focus is "providing legal consultancies on Lebanese Legislation and Regional Laws, Business Setups and Incorporation Advocacy, Court Litigations, Contracts Drafting amongst other services." Ms. Abdallah's Law Office is located in Palace of Justice Beirut, Lebanon.

Ms. Abdallah received her training with many distinguished law firms in Beirut-Lebanon and Dubai United Arab Emirates; thus developing her expertise in both jurisdictions. In 2009 after honing her skills and knowledge Ms. Maryam Abdallah established her private law practice General Legal Advocacy: A Private Legal Office practicing internationally. Ms. Maryam Abdallah's law practice focuses on meeting the needs of each client in an environment where trustworthiness is established. One lawyer is devoted to meeting the needs of one client at a time, and in the case where the client's needs might require multiple legal advisory, various firms within the region are outsourced to meet the "wide range of legal issues" that are associated to the case.

What are some of the challenges you have had to overcome and how have you overcome them? Is a question that I have asked all the women who have responded to my call for a CPC Women in Business profile? To this question Ms. Abdallah response is "probably the most demanding challenge was returning to Lebanon after 4 years of living abroad and starting afresh, but the opened business environment in Lebanon" made the transition much easier. Connection with others also helped Maryam in her transition as she moved to reintegrate herself into the society and establish her business. In addition, Maryam also established connection and networked with businesses that support her practice.

The business strategies used by Ms. Maryam Abdallah are some of the same used by women in business across business industries, sectors and countries across the globe. Networking with others and developing partnership, with relationship built on mutual respect and trust, are two entrepreneurial strategies that facilitate business development. These two, together with hard work, commitment and dedication to providing client's support makes for business sustainability. Ms. Abdallah points out that, "it is worth noting that our international network of partnerships developed throughout the years have given us exposure and have been a great assistance in promoting our practice." "And of course, there’s the usual ingredients for any successful recipe in almost any field of business; hard work and dedication to clients support."

In response to the question, what role, if any has computer-based technology played in the development of your business? This was what Maryam had to say: "as any other business who is striving to excel, we have incorporated many technological solutions in our practice but is not yet able to integrate a website into our marketing strategies due to legislation that prohibits it." She elaborated by saying "so this is an aspect we are still communicating with our Bar to enable us to include more exposure to our businesses and benefit from the many tools that the Internet and modern technology provides these days. I can say that things are getting better everyday".

Ms. Abdallah’s business philosophies, like her personal philosophy are intertwined. Maryam believes in striving for excellence, a motto that transcends her personal life to her business. As a businesswoman she strives to excel in whatever she does and she also applies that attribute to how she relates to her clients and the service that she provides. Excellence of performance will foster great customer satisfaction. She notes that "client satisfaction" is used to "monitor the constant assessment and the development of our services."

In response to the question: What lessons have you learnt along the way that you will give to other businesswomen, or a woman now venturing in the area of entrepreneurship? Ms. Maryam Abdallah said "Many," and went on to outline, one, "never listen to those who say that you can't." Two, "always believe in what you do and trust that you have an inner compass that shows you exactly where and when you should start." Three, "laugh at the obstacles that others put in your way, not only does that add to their disappointment but it actually and really make these obstacles disappear," and fourthly, "don’t work as per others terms and principles, never imitate — innovate instead and create your own, and they will follow.”

Like so many other women in business across the globe, most seems to have a vision as to where they would like to see their business in the future. Maryam is no exception as to where she would like to see her Law practice in 5 to 10 years. She points out that "our future goals — we would like to see ourselves excelling in what we are doing already and achieving a world class standard by working and cooperating with the best to ensure that we have evolved in the right direction." Ms. Abdallah goes on to say that "once we reach the comfort of knowing that we have reached that stage — expanding to ensure a wider coverage to make our excellent services accessible by as many who can at one point feel that legal coverage is not just a privilege for the few and that excellent service can be something within their reach — then I would feel that we have been able to see our message through."

Contact Information:
  • Name of Owner: Maryam A. Abdallah
  • Name of Business: General Legal Advocacy and Litigation
  • Address and location (s) of business: Palace of Justice-Beirut-Lebanon
  • Email address:

Author: Dr Cheryl Cottle is the designer and administrator of CPC Women in Business an online social networking forum for women. She is also the founder and CEO of Cottle’s Professional Consulting that provides services in education, organizational development, professional and business development. 

© Copyright 2011 by Dr. Cheryl Cottle of Cottle’s Professional Consulting. All rights reserved.

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