Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, The Love of Life

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 13, 2010 - Business & Economics - 251 pages
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Tami Longaberger is CEO of The Longaberger Company, the premier U.S. manufacturer of handcrafted baskets and other home and lifestyle products. With great tenderness, transparency, and candor, this book opens her heart, offering readers a glimpse of her unique “American Dream”—the kind not handed down or given freely—but earned by hard work and fierce tenacity. Whether sharing memories of her impoverished childhood in Appalachia or accounts of reaching out to business women of the Middle East, Longaberger evokes a balanced nostalgia for the sweetness of the past comingled with a passionate call for hope for the future.

Weaving Dreams prompts readers to dream bigger, think more broadly, and risk taking the road less traveled in business and in life. The life lessons remind us that we are all much more similar than distinct, that we have much for which to be grateful, and that the love of family is a treasure to be valued above all else.  In Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, the Love of Life, Tami Longaberger emerges as a clear voice of encouragement and inspiration, challenging us all to live each moment to the fullest.

 

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Contents

Seizing Opportunities
9
Learning
15
Connecting
25
Contents xi
51
A Consultants
53
Part3 THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING
59
A FourPart Recipe
77
ENTHUSIASM
81
How Family
141
Opening Doors
149
26
159
Finding
167
Finding Courage
173
Finding Courage
179
SHARING AND GIVING BACK
187
Teaching
195

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Defying
107
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113
Lessons
119
Improve Yourself
125
Sticking Together
133
Sharing My Days
201
Sharing
209
A Way of Life
215
GRATITUDE
223
How I Live with
229
People Make Longaberger
239
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Tami Longaberger, The Longaberger Company's CEO and chair of the board, has led the organization through significant growth, product diversification, facilities expansion, and new technologies. She is the former chair of the National Women's Business Council, a federal council created to advise and recommend policy to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues important to women business owners. In 2004, she also served her country as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights held in Geneva, Switzerland. Tami previously chaired the Board of Trustees at The Ohio State University. Her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of two bright and talented children, Claire and Matthew.

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