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The 6 things I learned from 6 people in 2020


Did you learn anything yet? I seek to learn something new each and everyday. 

I don't mind failing or looking foolish or being rejected. I think falling down; not getting it right the first, second or 1,000th time is part of growth and development.

This is a new edition to an annual article I publish as a way of capturing the most significant lessons I've learned during the previous year. Review the articles of the six people I learned from in 20152016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

I remain unapologetic about my thoughts on learning and winning. I do not believe we lose, I believe we simply learn from our experiences.  In the year 2020, I learned a lot about myself and others. 

I present the 6 people I learned 6 things from in 2020.




James Enos Clyburn is an American politician and a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina. He has served as House Majority Whip since 2019.

I'm sure I don't stand alone...

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You are the CEO of Your Life

2020 better u tv Dec 29, 2020

Run your life similar to a successful Chief Executive Officer of a profitable corporation.

You are your very own Chief Executive Officer (CEO)!

How's it going? 

You have survived 100% of the good, the bad and the ugly things that have occurred in your life. You are exactly where you are in life because of your conscious and unconscious habits, choices, and relationships.

I'm often encouraged by the concept of living for the DASH. When we go to a cemetery and notice the markings on various grave stones. It indicates the date the person was born. Then there is a straight line followed by the date they died. The straight line or the dash indicate the amount of time they lived. 

Let's decide to live for the dash while being conscious of the end date without really dwelling on it. 

Each of us are born with a set of circumstances that may serve as a weight holding us back from achieving our goals and dreams. Most of us are also born with with set of circumstances that...

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Today is Veterans Day!

2020 holiday veterans day Nov 11, 2020

Gratitude is our watchword

Today is November 11, 2020 we celebrate Veterans Day!   I urge you to share some semblance of gratitude with the military veterans in your life

 The best thing about serving in the greatest Army on the planet for 27 years, 11 months, and 11 days is the men and women I had the honor to meet. 

I loved serving and I love them. The crazy thing I've noticed over the past few years is the distance that's seeped into the nooks and crannies of relationships because of so much foolishness associated with how we view the world. 

Whether you wear a mask or don't believe they are effective, I still value our time together. Whether you support Trump or Biden, I still value our time together. Whether we served together when I was a private or a cadet in ROTC at the University of Southern Mississippi or somewhere along my military timeline; I value our time together. 

The point is I'm grateful to have served and I value each of you.


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Today is National Author's Day

2020 author Nov 01, 2020
On November 1, National Author’s Day, I'm take a few minutes to show appreciation to other authors who spent countless hours writing some of my favorite books. 
I prefer nonfiction books and fictional characters in movies.  I love inspirational reads focused productivity tips and techniques.  I also really enjoy fast moving action dramas. 
As a leadership coach, I have a preference for topics that will help build personal development skills for women who lead. Read this article for a listing of the books in my reading list HERE
Visit  to purchase signed copies of Bronco Strong: A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion and Camouflaged Sisters: Leadership Through the Eyes of Senior Military Women Leaders
If you're considering writing, publishing, or promoting your first or tenth book, I say DO IT and DO IT SCARED and DO IT NOW!
That's how I...
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20 Lessons I Intend to Teach My 15 Year Old Son Over the Next 3 Years

2020 leadership parenting Jun 23, 2020

"Adulting" is a term I've heard over the past few years. I really never gave it much thought until sitting with my my son a few days before his 15th birthday.  

I noticed how much he eats now compared to a year ago. Geez.

I also noticed the hair above his lip, the way he conveyed his thoughts, the bass in his voice and his overall confidence. I stopped for a second to realize that some folks will seek to devalue him because of his smooth silky light brown skin.

He's a good kid. He's healthy, happy, and laughs out loud. He has a personal relationship with the one true God.

I didn't sleep at all that night.  I prayed and cussed all through the day. I feel like I'm running out of time. In a matter of 36 months he will be 18 years old. It dawned on me that in the blink of an eye he will be a high school graduate and on his way to his next big adventure.

There are so many skills I lack. Not because i'm a...

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Angela O's Reading List

2020 books leadership May 22, 2020

Three days ago my everything friend, Lorie Fanning asked me to send her my reading list. An acquaintance of hers reached out to her to get resources for a young lady in his organization. 

I was stumped.

Although I read often, listen to podcasts, host a weekly leadership themed video show, have published my military memoir, I was stumped. 

The experiences that shaped my view of leading teams has been overshadowed by the global pandemic. The wave of uncertainty is causing some people in positions of power to shrink, while others are rising to the occasion of our new normal. 

I meditated, prayed, then I took a deep dive into books I've read or need to read that are relevant and will add value to men and women who are preparing to lead teams through these unprecedented times.  

 Reading builds confidence. I created a top 10 reading list for people committed to leading teams confidently.

My intent is for each reader to approach each...

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Delta Author Don't Rush Challenge

2020 authors Apr 10, 2020

Watch these authors slay the social media "Don't Rush" challenge. Each of the ladies are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 


What is the Don't Rush Challenge?

According to, on March 22, Toluwalase Asolo, a 20-year-old business management student at the University of Hull, tweeted a clip with the caption, “The boredom jumped out.” To the song of “Don’t Rush” by U.K. rap duo Young T and Bugsey, she and her seven girlfriends changed looks seamlessly while passing around a makeup brush used as a metaphorical baton. This one minute and 26-second video would go on to amass 2 million views and become the popular #DontRushChallenge

“We understand that in a period like this with nothing to do, a lot of people may slip into depression due to high levels of inactivity and idleness,” Toluwalase tells Teen Vogue. “So we decided to highlight the togetherness in isolation.” The ladies, who...

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A Leaders Mindset During Covid-19

2020 covid-19 leaders Mar 31, 2020

It's your time to lead. We are in what appears to be the beginning phases of this COVID-19 pandemic. A pandemic is an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents, or worldwide.

Two steps everyone must collectively embrace to ensure we slow the spread of this virus.

  1. Prioritize Safety and Health of our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers by washing our hands, not touching our face, and limiting the amount of people we maintain physical contact. 

  2. Combat the Spread of COVID-19 by following appropriate local, state and federal government guidance on social distancing, limitations on group gatherings, etc.


Guidance on Our Mindset

It's critical that we change our mindset as we plan and maneuver through this unprecedented set of circumstances:

  • Yesterday’s Mindset: “I must operate in a way to avoid getting the virus”

  • Today’s/Tomorrow’s Mindset: “I must...

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Announcement: Virtual Power Hour


Are You An Emerging Woman Leader Who is Struggling to Stay Focused, Complete Tasks, and Get Stuff Off of Your TO DO List? 

Are You Always Taking Care Of Everybody Else While Putting Your Things To The Side? 

Are You Always Busy?

Do You Feel Overwhelmed All of the Time?

We Used To 


We don’t use complicated systems.

No fancy equipment.

No outdated software required.

The secret is blocking off time on your calendar to focus on one task at a time.

You're more likely to succeed when you establish accountability and support systems.

The Virtual Power Hour is a simple concept to complete your tasks.

It will:

Help you develop a habit of completing one task at a time.

Allow you to free your mind of cluttered thoughts and unfinished projects. 

Plus, you'll finish tasks that are important to you.

That's likely to bring you peace.


Show up for six consecutive days to check in with your online accountability partner and...

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Stay Connected Virtually Through Zoom

2020 zoom Mar 18, 2020

Here's everything you need to know

If you work from home, you've probably heard about Zoom, one of the leading video conferencing software apps on the market.

It allows you to virtually interact with co-workers or employers when in-person meetings aren't possible. This makes telecommuting seem much more human, as it helps you feel connected. With the COVID-19 coronavirus wreaking havoc across the world, for instance, Zoom has become an essential tool for small, medium, and large-sized teams that want to keep in touch and continue their daily workflows with minimal disruption.

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats - and it lets you record those sessions to view later. Over half of Fortune 500 companies reportedly used Zoom in 2019.

When people are talking about Zoom, you'll usually hear the following phrases: Zoom Meeting and Zoom Room. A Zoom...

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