Carol Sharicz Show Notes
When Carol Sharicz was a new professor and tasked with inviting a guest speaker for an annual conference at her college she came up with an idea to invite a high-profile local celebrity. Once she shared her idea the senior leadership she was met with negativity as to the unlikelihood of this celebrity accepting the invitation. Not permitting this negativity to stop her Carol moved forward, obtained acceptance and got over the hump.
Carol was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a very working class kind of community and if you ever meet anyone from Dorchester to this day, the very first question they will ask is, “What parish are you from”??
So far, Carol has worked in 13 countries, including Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, India, Japan, former Soviet Union countries, and Russia. Because of these experiences, Carol has developed a real appreciation and fascination with other cultures and interacting with people from around the world. Many of these experiences have resulted in life-long friendships, too.
Carol worked at Motorola at the beginning of her career, was recruited to co-design a Master’s program at Suffolk University in Boston where she was a tenured professor.
Currently, she is a professor at UMass Boston in Dorchester where she was born so she feels like she has “come home” to her roots. She is also an author and a consultant to many different kinds or organizations…healthcare, non-profit, educational, and for-profit, focusing on leadership, emotional intelligence, and systems thinking. She is the author of a systems thinking book entitled, The Big Picture: A Systems Thinking Story for Managers that presents systems thinking in very straight-forward language with practical examples.
Carol also has twin daughters who, when they were born, were 3 months early and only weighed 2 pounds…this one life-changing experience in and of itself confirmed for her the belief in miracles!
Two adventures that Carol has particularly enjoyed was walking across England with her daughters and riding her bicycle 1,000 miles throughout Scandinavia.
Her legacy…to have been known as a kind person. Even to this day, her mom who will be 84 on Aug. 9 still mentions how important it is to be kind to others.
Carol currently lives in Quincy, Massachusetts with her husband Karl.
Tweetable Quotes and Mentions
“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
“Take the time to pay attention more, to observe more and to really listen.” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
“It’s important for a leader to have boundaries…and still be aware of other’s needs.” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
“When you believe in something…what can you lose if you take that risk.” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
“Taking the other person’s perspective is important to see what you can work with.” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
“What’s really fueling you; what’s your passion?” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
“If people could really feel something in their heart…go for it.” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
“Sometimes I say to myself…be yourself.” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
“Are we disciplined in our action; are we disciplined in our thought.” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
“I would have loved to have had a trusted advisor.” -Carol Sharicz Click to Tweet
Hump to Get Over
As a new professor, Carol Sharicz was tasked with inviting a guest speaker for an annual conference at her college. Carol came up with an idea to invite a high-profile local celebrity. Once she shared her idea the senior leadership she was met with negativity as to the unlikelihood of this celebrity accepting the invitation. Not permitting this negativity to stop her Carol moved forward, obtained acceptance and got over the hump.
Advice for others
What really fueling you? What’s really your passion? If you can really feel something in your heart, go for it.
Holding her back from being an even better leader
Not knowing what my next medium should be to get my ideas out.
Best Leadership Advice Received
Be yourself. If came from my dad and several others.
Secret to Success
I read every single day and it helps me think about what’s needed in my classes or a project.
Best Resources in business or Life
I go to major books, whether they be current or not.
email: csharicz [at] comcast.net
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