Watching a movie that depicts the life of a brave, heroic American is interesting. However, watching this same movie with my favorite teenager is enriching. It gave us an opportunity to have a discussion about a woman who demonstrated resilience and clarity of mission.
‘Harriet’ is a biopic; a film that dramatizes the life of a non-fictional or historically-based person or people. Such films show the life of a historical person and the central character's real name is used.
This movie although not perfect, was perfect as a catalyst for an engaging conversation about Harriet Tubman with my son.
The movie begins on a Maryland plantation in 1849 where Harriet Tubman played by Cynthia Erivo, a slave in her early twenties and her newlywed husband John are blissfully enjoying one another's company.
Cynthia Erivo's tiny frame fills up the screen with her tenacious depiction of Harriet Tubman upholding the idea that God...
I spent 27 years in the greatest Army on the planet with other visionary leaders who wanted to achieve more within the organizations and teams they led while serving in complex environments. Most recently over the last four years I've led myself as a small business owner, engaged with clients and interacted with volunteer teammates focused on serving the community while wanting to show up more authentically. In both environments I observed and experienced the most common issues that challenges people in positions of authority.
In this anthology titled, "Camouflaged Sisters: Leadership Through the Eyes of Senior Military Women Leaders", I'm fortunate to contribute my chapter, "Beyond Competence". The book is really a leadership toolkit which examines the grit, perseverance, and determination it takes to rise through military ranks as a woman in uniform.
An anthology is a collection of short stories. This leadership anthology provides an opportunity for the potential reader to gain insights on various aspects of leadership as they move from chapter to chapter. Each of the twelve contributing authors served at least 20 years in one of the military branches. I served 27 years in the greatest Army on the planet and was fortunate to retire in the rank of colonel.
My chapter is titled, 'Beyond Competence'. The reader gets a birds eye view of the profound impact my battalion commander and mentor had on my professional career when I was a brand new lieutenant. While serving at...
SMART is an acronym that you can use to guide your goal setting.
Its criteria are commonly attributed to Peter Drucker's Management by Objectives concept. The first known use of the term occurs in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran. Since then, Professor Robert S. Rubin (Saint Louis University) wrote about SMART in an article for The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He stated that SMART has come to mean different things to different people, as shown below.
To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:
Professor Rubin also notes that the definition of the SMART acronym may need updating to reflect the importance of efficacy and...
Folks are looking at you right now. They're considering you for great and small opportunities. You may have a blind spot and not realize you have what it takes to lead small teams and large organizations. OR you may think you have it all together and are wondering when the opportunities will start.
As a person who has completed thousands of tasks, mission, and projects, I decided to share the Top 10 Qualities Decision Makers Consider When Choosing a Project Manager with you. My prayer is that you will assess your current skills and move to improve your gaps.
Before we get started, let's first ensure we're not talking past one another.
Who are the decision makers?
Men, women, boys and girls who work with you, serve with you in community organizations, in your church, on nonprofit boards, in your family, and in every aspect of your life. Take a minute and identify three decision makers before you move on.
Who are project managers?
Writing your special story yet? Wanna know how to avoid some of the marketing mistakes I made after I finished writing the Bronco Strong story?
After retiring from the greatest Army on the planet I wrote my first memoir, 'Bronco Strong, A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion.
It took me a few years to set up systems, strategies, and support for my personal development training company, "The Better U Project for Women Leaders".
A few years after self-publishing my first book, I think it's prudent to share six of my initial mistakes when it was time to market the Bronco Strong story. Listen to the video recording HERE
Mistake #1 to Avoid: Don’t Assume Your Family and Friends Want to Purchase and Read Your Book
Mistake #2 to Avoid: Don’t Assume People Who Purchase Your Book Know How to Write a Proper Testimonial or Which Platform to Write a Proper Testimonial On
Learn more about how to write and submit a proper...
What Does Power Mean to You?
Power means many different things to different people. For some, power is seen as corrupt. For others, the more power they have, the more successful they feel. For even others, power is of no interest at all.
The five bases of power were identified by John French and Bertram Raven in the early 1960’s through a study they had conducted on power in leadership roles. The study showed how different types of power affected one’s leadership ability and success in a leadership role.
Power and Authority
Leadership within organizations is only attainable through the combination and use of power and authority. As discussed by John Kotter (1985, p.86) “power is the ability to influence others to get things done, while authority is the formal rights that come to a person who occupies a particular position, since power does not necessarily accompany a position.” Problems sometimes arise when power is imposed without the backing of...
According to Peter Drucker, the man who is often credited with inventing modern business management writing 39 books on the subject.
One of my favorite business quotes is "If you can't measure it, you can't improve it."
We know it's nearly impossible to know whether you've met your weight loss goal without first getting on the scale and pulling out a measuring tape. This allows you to acknowledge your phases of improvement.
This is a follow up segment to my 01.15.2019 article titled, "10 Things to Consider When Showing Up for a Booked Event. Read it HERE.
Prior to driving to Jacksonville, Florida from Georgia last week, I thought through the 10 things I should consider in order to be successful at this book selling event.
BACKGROUND: I was invited to serve as a Featured Author in the Literary Lounge at a conference sponsored by the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,'s Statewide conference. The conference attendees were members who resided in the...
As I pack my car for this weekend's Featured Author event, I wondered if I had considered everything that could make this a successful and worthwhile trip.
Booking a conference or meeting venue can create a bit of anxiety, especially the first time. In anticipation of being asked to present at hundreds of potential conference venues over the next few years, I put together 10 Things to Consider When Showing Up for a Booked Event.
The list of things to take into consideration are not in order of priority nor is this an exhaustive list of every single concept or relevant topic.
Focus on bringing value for the reason you were invited to participate. In order words stay in your lane. Ensure you are familiar with the overall mission and objective of the event. Determine where you fit and then show up and show out.
Take some time to document relevant tasks that you must accomplish in three different...