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In Step with Martha Stewart
Oct 26, 2008

In Parade Magazine James Brady interviews Martha Stewart and discusses how far back she has come since the legal difficulties she experienced a few years back Read Full Article . In my book How you do... What you do , I make the point that personal traits are significant contributors to who someone becomes in life and how they are remembered. 

"Consider the contrast that is Martha Stewart, pre-prison versus post-prison.  Her disdain for the justice system was apparent as she was escorted out of a Manhattan courthouse following her conviction on four counts of obstructing justice and lying to investigators.  For her crimes she was sentenced to six months in prison, a term which she fulfilled.   The world renowned “Diva of Domesticity,” who built an empire unlike none before her, found herself convicted of crimes that threatened to topple that very empire.

Her downfall was not a reflection of what she did (her job, or arguably even the well-timed stock trade).  Her fall from grace was the result of how she did, what she did (behavior and attitude).  Guilty of avarice and arrogance, the justice system did not look kindly on her behavior in the wake of their investigation.

Back to the contrast that is Martha Stewart.  Since her release from prison, she has indeed transformed how she does, what she does.  In so doing, she has restored her image and is now leading her conglomerate to even higher levels of success.   We are encouraged by her journey thus far, as it substantiates our premise that by changing one’s behaviors and attitudes, you can generate significantly different results."

James Brady in his profile of Martha Stewart  confirms this transformation . In his interview  Brady points out "Martha had her fall, a disastrous, humiliating fall. And she got back up to rebuild and enlarge the organization she created. 'Doing anything should be a pleasant challenge',she said. 'Our customers never lost faith in the brand. I am the brand. They had faith in me' ". 

She is correct .... well done, Martha; your personal and professional transformation have been remarkable to watch.

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