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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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Rebelpreneur Radio Interview - Angela M. Odom

Yesssss! My Interview on Rebelpreneur Radio is live!

Ralph Brogden really did a good job of digging in to how I help my clients. I'm grateful to share the S.O.A.R success system with a broader audience. This was great!

Feels good to know that I am making a difference!

 Click below to listen to the radio interview

 

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RALPH BROGDEN 

Ralph Brogden, MASC is a best-selling author, publisher, and radio host. He is a specialist in strategic communications with a professional and educational background in marketing, psychology and publishing. His work has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, USA Today, The Huffington Post and hundreds of nationally-syndicated television, newspaper, and magazine outlets.

ANGELA M. ODOM

As a personal development coach and leadership mentor, Angela specializes in helping emerging women leaders move past undervaluing themselves into achieving the SMART goals they envision and have prayed for.

Angela is the host of the...

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'Harriet' Movie Review

2019 leadership Nov 05, 2019

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...

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Beyond Competence

2019 leadership Aug 08, 2019

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...

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Top 10 Qualities Decision Makers Consider When Choosing a Project Manager

2019 leadership Mar 05, 2019
 

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?

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7 Types of Leadership Power

2019 leadership talk time Feb 12, 2019
 

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...

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Leadership Conversations

2018 books leadership Nov 07, 2018

Lila Holley, the visionary founder of the Camouflaged Sisters platform led a panel discussion with a two of her co-authors of her latest anthology.

Lila Holley is a combat veteran and retired US Army Warrant Officer. She is a multiple award-winning, Amazon best selling visionary author behind Camouflaged Sisters book series. In her books, Lila partners with other courageous military women  and women veterans to share their stories of success in the military despite facing challenges along their journey. 

She has published four books with 70 coauthors and announced the release of the upcoming leadership project for Camouflaged Sisters with Angela M. Odom and Deia Aubrey during the Military Author & Book Expo in San Antonio, TX.

           

 

Click below to listen as Angela M. Odom, a retired US Army colonel and Command Sergeant Major Deia Aubrey share their perspective on the importance of collaborating on a leadership...

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John Lewis inspires you to be great

leadership Aug 17, 2017

Recently I had the privilege to listen to my Congressman, The Honorable John Lewis, U. S. Congressman, from Georgia's 5th District address a packed room of engaged citizens. 

John Robert Lewis is an American politician and is a prominent civil rights leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation.

Afterwards, he patiently posed for pictures with various groups of people; including kids, teachers, members of the military, senior citizens, elected officials, and others.  It was inspiring to observe how John Lewis engaged with so many diverse people and seemed to make everyone around him feel special.

He simply inspires you to be great by sharing his personal story of triump, perserverance and integrity. 

I was fortunate to be able to take a photo with my Congressman.

When Congressman Lewis posed with some members of the military, I shared with The...

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