With her newly released book
Your Signature Work: Creating Excellence and Influencing Others at Work (Tyndale House
Publishers, August 2004, paperback, 225 pages) author Dianna Booher offers
readers pragmatic and accomplishable strategies for transitioning to “star
performer” status in the workplace, home or volunteer profession.
Booher promotes the concept of working with a style and attitude that
attracts attention, heightens productivity and delivers results. As a
byproduct of applying principles of integrity, morality and leadership in
the work arena, professionals walk away with the satisfaction of having
added their own “signature” to the work they do each day.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Dianna Booher about her career
Your Signature Work and am happy to share her comments and
LH: A special thank you to Dianna Booher, author of
Your Signature Work,
for taking time to participate in this Book Spotlight interview. Dianna,
could you please start by giving some background about yourself, your
family and your business background?
DB: I stay busy for sure. My calling has been to write. Although I had a
teaching degree, I was a stay-at-home mom with 2 toddlers until age 27,
when my husband's struggle with mental illness became a big issue for our
family. It dawned on me that I was going to be our sole support soon, and
that I'd better find a way to make a living that allowed flexibility in my
schedule. That was 42 books ago. When God calls you to do something, He
opens the doors. As my first book was published by a major publisher with
wide distribution, I began to receive calls from corporations and
organizations, asking me to speak to their groups on the topic of
communication (my most frequent book topic). That was the beginning of my
training business and speaking career. I founded Booher Consultants, a
communication training firm in the Dallas area, and here we are 24 years
later, serving about 227 of the Fortune 500 companies. I've been very
blessed to find something I love to do--and be able to do it for a
LH: How can busy wives and mothers benefit from taking the time to read
Your Signature Work and what strategies do you feel apply especially to
women in the workplace?
Your Signature Work applies to ANYONE doing a job and fulfilling their
calling--at home, as a volunteer in the community, as a church worker. The
principles apply to anyone who wants to contribute to the world---to
influence and lead others. The principles can apply to work and projects
moms do at the local PTA, for a political campaign, or on family projects
like organizing a reunion. They are principles of personal commitment,
accountability, and pride in work/projects well done. In fact, the
principles here are useful any time you have to deal with people to
accomplish a goal.
Another interest to working moms: These are the principles, habits, and
attitudes moms need to instill in their children to be successful at
school and at their work later in life.
Women working outside the home, especially, can benefit from the book. Far
too many have either experienced the glass ceiling or otherwise run into a
brick wall and become puzzled about what to do to advance in their
company. This book is about developing the right habits, mindset, and
tactics to create and demonstrate your value to the organization and to
LH: How has your Christian faith impacted upon your professional life? How
can Christians translate biblical principles into commitment to
DB: My faith has been the foundation of my entire career. My writing is my
mission, so, of course, in many of my books, my theme or topic has been a
Christian one. However, even in the mainstream marketplace when speaking
at major corporations about a business topic, I aim to let my faith and
values show through as I speak about "secular" topics.
My faith also is the foundation for running our training company. We try
to live out the biblical principles about business in all our operations.
For example, we put the Golden Rule into effect by the way we serve our
clients. We tell the truth. We deal honestly in our fees charged to
clients and in paying our suppliers promptly. We handle our finances in
line with biblical principles. We do our work "with all our strength" as
the Bible commands--doing our very best to produce and deliver quality
products and services. We show love and respect for the individual--the
public, our clients, our employees. And in both good and bad economic
times or personal tragedies, we depend on God for strength and for
guidance in decision making. We pray about our clients, we pray for our
employees, and we pray for help to do what's best and accomplish God's
purpose for us.
LH: What message do you hope that readers take away from the experience of
Your Signature Work?
DB: The concept of "a signature" (as used in the book title) is an
important one for us as individuals and one to instill in our family and
friends: When an artisan signs his or her work of art, it indicates pride
of personal commitment and accomplishment. When fans ask a sports figure
for an autograph, it suggests their competence is recognized by others.
When any of us sign paperwork--a marriage license, driver's license, or
credit card--it signifies authority and responsibility. All those same
things should be apparent as we live our lives----personal commitment to
our projects, competence, and accountability and responsibility for
LH: Are there any closing thoughts you'd like to share with our readers?
DB: As Christians, we should set the example in the marketplace. We should
live out our faith by being the ultimate example of what the Bible teaches
about work, personal accountability, and relationships. The more committed
and competent we are at work, the larger platform we earn to share our
values and faith.
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