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Don’t Follow The Rats

#MENTORINGMonday:

Follow the Leader.

Follow your heart.

Follow my lead.

Follow through.

Follow in my footsteps.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road…

Follow: (verb) go or come after; move or travel behind

You never know who is watching you and when. The impact you can have on someone else may never be revealed to you but know that your words, your ways and your actions are perpetually under a microscope, particularly in this day and age of social media.

Often people believe our leadership and mentoring doesn’t begin until we complete an official certificated program or course or have received a degree in a specific subject matter. The truth is, we are leaders and mentors from the day we take our first breath and until we take our last. Intentional or not, we are all teachers (leaders and mentors) – negative or positive – and have an impact on the lives of people we come in contact with.

At some basic level we are all Leaders and Mentors but there are those that purposely choose to be in the spotlight or feel it’s their calling as a profession. Should this be the position or calling you desire, then you must also assume the lot and parcel of responsibility and representation that goes along with being a Leader and Mentor. That lot and parcel includes appearance, attitude and interaction with others, walking the walk and not just talking the talk, showing your human side, compassion and vulnerability and knowing how to carry yourself at all times all while continuously representing this mantle.

 

Apples Don’t Frall (fall & roll) Far

Do you want people to follow you based on your professionalism or your materialism. What image are you projecting to your Mentees. What is it exactly that you want to convey to them while you stand before them in your designer label apparel and accessories? Do you want them to listen to and follow your words or only aspire to your level of bling? Is that the maximum amount of your “shine”? Are you teaching them to feed themselves for a life time or are you just hosting over-priced hyped up events and showing them how to eat for a day?

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a life time.”

 

The Pied Piper Was Followed By A Bunch of Rats

Mentees – when looking for someone to aspire to be most like, seek out a true individual with a pure intent that never stops working on improving the inside of them self – not just the outside. Look for someone with many of those leadership qualities that we have been discussing in the past few weeks, an individual that works well in teams, is compassionate, vulnerable, a good listener, can rally the troops if need be and is committed to serving their community – not someone who is self-serving!

 

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Non-Profit vs. For Profit

 

Undigested Knowledge

FRUITION FRIDAY

What Do You Do With the Knowledge You Obtain?

In his book on language, British diplomat Lancelot Oliphant (1881–1965) observed that many students give correct answers on tests but fail to put those lessons into practice. “Such undigested knowledge is of little use,” declared Oliphant.

 

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Challenged Leadership

THOUGHT PROVOKING THURSDAY:

When The Going Gets Tough – The Tough Have Been Challenged

A really good leader is created through the rough and tumble culmination of life experiences and from having their armor challenged/tested.  The lack of hard-won challenges will not permit an individual to curate and cultivate the needed skills to bring about good leadership qualities. The testing of patience, endurance and ability to empathize requires a person’s valor to be personally tested in those areas.  An individual that simply goes through the motions because of learned exercises (i.e., reading material experience), will probably not be of the highest ranking in the leadership pool.  They will have the head knowledge, but not the heart and personal experience knowledge.

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The Challenge: Wisdom Is Key

If you get nothing else, get understanding – then your decisions and leadership style will be well honed, effective and appreciated. Never follow a self-professed leader that has not been challenged and come through diversity specific to your objectives.  Would you trust an overweight doctor or a divorced marriage therapist? Let’s just say, they probably wouldn’t be your first choice. Now granted, there are those individuals that have come through some pretty challenging situations because it was a part of their training day and proving ground (Mentoring Monday), but they are the exceptions, not the norm.  Also keep in mind that everyone is not meant to be a leader just because they assume or are thrust into the position.  Sit back and vet how they handle adverse or stressful situations. What is their response time, their pro-action versus reaction? Are they analytical, methodical, curious or self-promoting and destructive? These are just a few of the things that should be used as a benchmark for determining your own and others ability to be a good leader.

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Younger Leadership

WISDOM WEDNESDAY:

Leadership is rarely handed over to someone young because when we are younger, we tend to give much time and attention to our personal immediate gratification – at the cost and with no regard for how it impacts others.

Proof Is In the Pudding

Often, Training Day and the proving ground for an upcoming generation’s ability to lead is through home training and organized groups such as Scouts, Clubs, Sports, School and Volunteer opportunities.  These avenues generally promote a healthy environment for learning the importance of leadership skills and qualities, how to interact with individuals and teams positively and how to make sound decisions for the greater good.

 

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A Lot To Be Said

There is still a lot to be said for a good leader’s maturity (chronological and experience) level. But in concert with a solid Mentor’s oversight, a mature leadership approach can be had early on by someone young, especially if a Mentor is honing in on and massaging an already innate behavior possessed by their young Mentee.  If all instruction and guidance is well received and practiced, the sky’s limit is infinite and will only get better as the young leader becomes more seasoned.  Proper grooming and given many opportunities to come along side a seasoned Mentor will better equip the youth to be suited and in place to assume the helm of politics, governments, corporations, states, local cities and townships.

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Leadership From The Bottom

TEACHABLE TUESDAY:

Where Did You Learn Your Leadership Style?

Leading individuals is not hard when things are going well, or in your mind, the way you want them to go. The true test of your leadership ability, your knowledge, rallying the troops, motivating the masses and getting goals, missions and objectives accomplished is when you bring the underdog to the top dog position (ie, Lee Iacocca). It’s when your valor and character are pushed to the wall and you go over the wall.

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Great Leaders Are Not Born

Everyone is born with a gift, talent or ability to accomplish. They are  not born with that ability perfected. It must be developed, massaged and honed over time, sometimes years or decades. During this time of refinement, many poor decisions and failures will be had – but the true leader will learn from those decisions and failures and continue to strive toward what they internally know is a greater objective; not just for accolades and self-enrichment but to impact the well-being of many. When this realization has dawned within the individual, is when the Leader is created.

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Welcome Change

Many desire to be leaders but disdain being mentored (Mentoring Monday), teachable (Teachable Tuesday), wise (Wisdom Wednesday) not just in business endeavors but specifically in the policing of their own moral compass and personal day-to-day interactions and in seeing the vision (Thought Provoking Thursday). They want to come out of the gate leading the charge but have spent no time in the trenches. Leadership may be innate but must be intentional, sacrificing and cultivated.

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Mentees Have An Obligation To Their Mentors (Leader)

MENTORING MONDAY:

Are You Leader Material?

As a Mentor (Leader, Guide), I can only give my Mentee the options and rationale behind why I made the decisions I made and how they worked out for me (or not).  The Mentee then has an obligation to absorb and process the information disseminated to them and make the best decision for themselves based on the options placed before them.

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Do You Possess Leader Qualities?

FRUITION FRIDAY:

Leaders Are Made

Great leaders are not born, they are made. How are they made?  A great leader is created by first being pliable, a repository, a student of a master teacher and possessing a willingness to embrace the characteristics of a servant. If you are handed a leadership position (as in familial succession situations), you are not necessarily the best candidate for the role. Although you may have been groomed and trained in how to rule, you have absolutely no reference on how to manage, interact with and get the best results from those you are leading.

Leader of The Ranks

Coming up through the ranks and learning an environment from beginning to end and developing empathy for the entity that you will be leading is not mandatory but it is critical if you desire to be the best possible leader that you can be. Notice the shift in leadership style and priorities once the “Undercover Boss” rolls up their sleeves and truly understands what is at stake in tweaking, growing, improving and advancing their business endeavors further.

Can You Lead The Team To The Next Level?

Many people want to immediately jump into a lead position whether it’s running a business or speaking to the masses (Fruition Friday 1-29-16) but are not willing to go through some personal challenges and character strengthening/building episodes to get there.  As a current or potential leader, take the time to not only mentor (Mentoring Monday) but be mentored and continuously teachable (Teachable Tuesday). Then and only then will you be invaluable to your Community and can see the fruits of your labor of being the change you want to see in your Community.  Take time to learn from the simplest moments, actions and endeavors. Mimic the good you see in others and that others do – this is #TRUE leadership! Leading by example.

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Speak To The Masses

FRUITION FRIDAY:

Lay The Foundation In Order To Speak To The Masses

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Everyone wants to be on a stage, behind a podium, the facilitator of a TED Talk and speaking to hundreds or thousands of people (the masses) but they don’t want to do the work it takes to get to that level. In order to be the change you want to see in your Community (Teachable Tuesday), you have to create a foundation by just mastering the ability to speak to your next door neighbor, making eye contact and being the initiator of a smile and nod to a stranger in the grocery store and learning to listen with interest and intensity. Learn to lead, mentor, communicate and interact with the person sitting next to you in a classroom, work or church. Spend one-on-one time with a Millennial (Mentoring Monday) and glean all that you can from them regarding modern technology and social media in turn, you can gently guide their youthful ambitions.

Teacher, Do The Work

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A platform is not a single tier or level, it is many layers and levels to get to the peak. But first, you must do the work or people will immediately know that you do not know what you speak of and that you lack integrity. People will follow those they know, like and trust. If you want to lead people, first you must be a follower and be teachable (Thought Provoking Thursday). If you want to make a huge impact in your Community, it starts with the little ripples, which in turn causes the big waves (Wisdom Wednesday).

Each One Teach One

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We all believe we have the ability to share all of our hard-earned knowledge with the masses on a grand level, but maybe our calling is just to connect with the next door neighbor and teach them that we know how to be a good neighbor by just speaking to them.

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Teachable Teacher

THOUGHT PROVOKING THURSDAY: Even though you are an adult, are you teachable? Did your parent(s) ever say to you, “A hard head makes for a soft behind”? Let those words marinate for just a moment.

WHEN YOU TALK

Basically You’re On Repeat and Not Teaching

Even as we mature, we are never too old to learn and grow. When we stop growing, we are dead and no longer useful. Sometimes it is necessary for the Teacher to be taught so that they may continue to learn and grow and so that they may gift to the teachable (which everyone is not), the information originally disseminated to them. Just like a belly button, everyone has an opinion. Just like that same belly button, it’s not always appropriate to share it with others. Learn to listen when you have the urge to offer your opinion or input. Realize it’s not always your time to shine, share, show what you know, prove that you are intelligent or one up someone. Understand that knowledge is universal and graciously given by the Creator and that you are not the only one that can shed light on a situation.

NOT LISTENING TO UNDERSTAND

If You Are Talking You’re Not Teaching and You Are Not Listening

Learn to listen or otherwise you will begin to be seen as obnoxious and arrogant and not particularly intelligent – would you want to be around someone like that for any length of time? Specifically, if you are attending a Southern California Black Business Expo on Tour 2015-2016 Business to Business Networking event, would you want to be cornered or held hostage by someone that is a poor listener? Teacher, try listening before fulfilling the urge to jump in and teach. You never know what new material and information you can garner.

Is There Hope For Teachable?

Teach The 8 Commandments of Listening

8 COMMANDMENTS OF LISTENING

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CAAASA: Unity Has Always Been The Journey Toward A Sustaining Solutions

There has been a consistent observation of an achievement gap throughout this era of “No Child Left Behind” and the “Public School Accountability Act”. The Local Control Accountability Plans are an additional effort to support targeted groups with a focus and resources. The California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators have been at the forefront of best practices, administrative training and professional development that can address the needs of the African American student. While Districts statewide continue to acknowledge the achievement gap of the African American student and the disparities in expulsion, suspension, graduation and drop-out rates most address the data in isolation and non research based practices.

Unity has always been the journey toward sustaining solutions. For the second year in a row an historical number of organizations are uniting with The California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators known as CAAASA to unite to address the needs of our deserving students of color by examining landmark cases, sharing research based best practices, establishing a united voice, committing to action and providing the state of art training to all educator and stakeholder groups that will propel achievement for students of color. CAAASA also embraces the support for Latino students and all underperforming youth.

Some of the organizations that join CAAASA on this journey include ACSA, CTA, PTA, CESEA, CSBA, CABE, CALSA, NCUE,CDE, SBE, …………… This is the first time that this mega group has co sponsored this mega professional development. This convergence will be held in San Diego , California, March 11-13 Hearings, Scholars in Residency presentations, over 65 workshops on best practices, professional development on Common Core State Standards and Local Control Funding Formula will take place. Special attention will be given to health issues and the impact of attendance and truancy on education.

Dr.Judy D. White welcomes the opportunity to build on the strength of the original founders. Her vision is to accelerate the actions that lead to the closing of the achievement gap for students of color and to engage all organizations that have been created to support stakeholder groups with a united mission , approach and agreed on measureable results. A commitment to results and the elimination of excuses and competitiveness can and will be the expectation of this new journey. “Excellence on Purpose” and being a “History Maker and Stereotype Breaker” has been the mantra of Dr. Judy White.

The Professional Development Summit is the beginning of a unified partnership. CAAASA will spearhead a retreat for further discussion and the finalization of targeted common goals. The purpose of this unified approach is to ensure sustainable solutions on this journey. We are not motivated by improving data, we are motivated by saving lives. We reflect on Dr.Larry Lezotte’s quote “We must pursue learning for all, not because it is politically expedient but because there is no such thing as an expendable child.”