Today’s Show Recap

Thanks for listening to Makin’ It. This week, MJ Morgan and Melinda Inks join Brittany Dorsey for Makin’ It in the Pink. For the month of October, the ladies will be promoting breast cancer awareness, women in business, and women’s health. On this week’s episode, they talk about bad behavior, responsibility and consequences in the workplace, two new profiles in the Makin’ It Success Stories featuring Suzanne Somers and Sara Blakely, and, finally, on Makin’ It or Breakin’ It, snacking in the workplace. Let us know what you think of the show in the comments section at the bottom of the page!

GIRLS, on your mark, get set, and LET’S GO PINK!

MJ, Melinda and Brittany start the show talking about a recent article in “Entrepreneur” magazine by Laura Entis regarding bad behavior in the workplace. The article talks about the Migram experiments that were famous for proving that people can shirk their responsibilities for their behavior by saying they were merely under orders. This principle translates to the workplace. Many workers believe that they are to just do as they are told, and if the outcome is bad, they are not responsible, which is the key reason people believe in it.

The trend is called emotional distancing from distasteful outcomes, such as when a mother denies that her children are being abused by their father. People in the military or in the medical field are actually trained to work around emotional distancing from distasteful outcomes so they can perform their jobs, such as cracking a chest to perform heart surgery. When people think they can push the blame for a distasteful outcome on to someone else is when the herd mentality, or the safety in numbers belief, sinks in leading to a decline in initiative and drive.

What many workers fail to realize is that there is nothing wrong with communicating and asking questions about what they are being asked to do, such as is this legal? As an example, Martha Stewart’s stockbroker probably holds her accountable for the decisions that were made regarding her insider trading. But in the end, you don’t want to be the person who doesn’t speak up because you might be the one to take the fall.

However, workers must start taking some responsibility in life and having integrity at work if they want to get ahead. Many companies are cracking down and learning about organizational behavior to get control over emotional distancing. One way this is accomplished is by establishing team goals, where if a team succeeds, everyone on the team succeeds, and if there is a failure, the entire team fails, often with a financial hit to paychecks. This idea promotes teamwork and ensuring what is best for the company is taking place.

But getting rid of emotional distancing doesn’t just fall on the workers. Key executives also have to be monitored, and this typically starts in the hiring process. Everyone can look good during an interview and on their resumes, but doing thorough background checks or making your execs go through an internship process will really show you how a person behaves on a day-to-day basis. Seeing how all workers interact on a daily basis is what really matters when staffing your company. Have you ever experienced emotional distancing at work? What did you do to help solve the problem? Let us know in the comments section.

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Did you know that the hair dryer is the offspring of two unrelated inventions? The vacuum cleaner and blender!

In the next segment of the show, MJ, Melinda and Brittany do another installation in the Makin’ It Success Story Profile Series. This week, they feature two profiles: Suzanne Somers and Sara Blakely.

The first Makin’ It Success Story Profile for the show features Suzanne Somers. Somers is not only an actress, writer, model and entrepreneur, she is known as the queen of sales. At 70 years old, Somers is still going strong selling clothing, jewelry, fitness equipment, beauty products and many books. Additionally, she was recently a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” She is truly an entrepreneur who can’t be held back.

Somers got her first break not from the movie “American Graffiti” or the television show “Three’s Company,” but from a book of poetry she wrote entitled “Touch.” Johnny Carson was so enamored with the book, he had Somers on “The Tonight Show,” and she became a regular guest.

Somers was not without her share of struggles. She grew up in a home with an alcoholic father, was fired from “Three’s Company,” and suffered from breast cancer. However, from each of these struggles Somers empowered herself to take her life to the next level.

When she got the part of Chrissy Snow on “Three’s Company,” she was well aware she was working with professional actors, but for Somers, the part was a means for her to pay her rent that month. And, she went on to be a sensation. With her rise in fame, it was realized that the women of “Three’s Company” were not making as much as the men; so, Somers decided to advocate for more pay. Unlike the celebrities of today who can take to social media for their desire for equal pay in Hollywood, Somers didn’t have the medium available and was fired from the show. However, the firing didn’t keep Somers down for long, and with a little help from revenge, Somers reinvented herself with the Thighmaster.

Nor did she let breast cancer stop her. She is a breast cancer survivor, which branched her into bioidentical hormones research and into many books on the subject. Somers, noticing that she wasn’t feeling sensual anymore, decided to do something about it, believing that is one of the signs that something is wrong with your hormones and shouldn’t be taken as normal. She is also a firm believer in detoxifying her life. She says to start by removing the toxic people from your life, then by cutting out toxic foods, and finally, by getting rid of any toxic products that go into the skin.

What makes Somers equally unique is her vulnerability. She opens up not only her mind but isn’t afraid to talk about the things that women are going through. At 70, Somers is a balanced powerhouse with a successful business, family, long-term marriage, and not to mention, still gorgeous. What do you think about Suzanne Somers? Let us know in the comments section.

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Our second Makin’ It Success Story Profile for the show features billionaire entrepreneur Sara Blakely. Blakely holds the title for Forbes’ youngest self-made billionaire, ever. However, most people know her as the founder of SPANX.

Blakely is another example of an entrepreneur with an idea and went on to be enormously successful. With a pair of pantyhose, scissors and $5,000 in her savings account, Blakely started SPANX, which has had such an emotional effect on women’s lives. Having a powerfully branded product that actually educates customers how to use it effectively, she has left the mountains of competition in the dust.

A true-born entrepreneur, Blakely started her first business at age 7, selling frilly socks she had embellished with charms to her classmates. But equally important, Blakely’s father was adamant about teaching his children about failure, and that to be successful, you will have failure along the way. Once a week at dinner, her father would ask his children how they failed that week, and if no answer was given, that meant they hadn’t attempted something new.

Having learned early that failure was a component to success, Blakely knew she would figure out all the ins and outs of business along the way. Figure them out she did. She went from age 29 with $5,000 to age 41 with billions. However, Blakely maintains a healthy attitude about money. She is a passionate philanthropist who started a foundation in 2012 and has committed to giving half her wealth to charities that empower women, even giving a million to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy in South Africa. Blakely believes that money is not the root of evil because so much good can be done with it.

Blakely also believes that getting rich doesn’t have to be overcomplicated. She says that you need an idea and a vision for that idea and, to not be afraid of failure. Read about Blakely’s story, which is featured in Tommy’s book, “The Way of the Rich.” What do you think about Sara Blakely and SPANX? Let us know in the comments section.

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Finally, MJ, Melinda, and Brittany end up the show with the Makin’ It or Breakin’ It segment. This week, the ladies talk about snacking in the workplace and ask if you should have salty or sweet snacks. While sweet snacks can be tempting, it is better to opt for the salty variety. If you go for the salty snack, you won’t get the blood sugar drop and want to put your head down on your desk. What we eat does affect our productivity, and many companies are starting to promote health and wellness. Having a protein shake subscription is one way, and it is a great option for people who prefer the sweet snack. It gives them a taste of the sweet without the drop in blood sugar. Also, protein shakes are a great way for you to avoid sweet snacks when you are traveling. You can take the powder in a clear Ziploc along with a shaker cup. Which type of snack at work do you prefer: salty or sweet? Let us know in the comments section.

As a reminder, ladies be sure to use preventive care to stay healthy. Also, take the time to visit to support breast cancer research. Finally, support your local female-owned businesses.

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