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[VIDEO] THOUGHT PROVOKING THURSDAY: Trades & Skills

Not long ago, there were many trade and technical colleges specifically designed for the Black Community so that at the turn of the century, they could transition from Domestic or railroad Pullman Porter work to that of someone with better hiring opportunities in the age of industry. Unfortunately today, many youth are unskilled or prepared for the workforce or to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The work ethic instilled in us by some of parents and mentors was not then passed down to the generation behind us. Many reasons stand out but two in particular are that we have not simply taken youth under our wing and shown them what needs to be done. Another reason is that we have become a disposable society and would rather throw things away then repair them.

What skill or trade do you have that you need to share with the Black Youth in your community?

Meet The 6 year Old Barber

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Goal Attainment

Be the Fuel/Fire Someone Needs Toward Their Goal Attainment

Many a goal is truly simple in nature yet may seem complex to the outside observer. Even if you personally know that a particular goal or dream will be a complete flop – support the individual anyway.  Support can come in the form of finances, babysitting, house cleaning, meal prep, errand running, coming to their events, sponsoring their event or product, pushing/promoting their products or event or just being a listening ear or encourager.

Lid-Like Behavior

How do you smother a fire? You put a lid on it, deprive it of oxygen or contain it. Do you know why the cleaning product is called 409? Because it took 408 attempts to get the product just the way they wanted it.  Edison tried and failed to invent the light bulb he wanted, 100 times. Michael Jordan has often said:

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Fire Hose Mentality

We all know the only purpose of a fire hose is to put out a fire. If you cannot find it within yourself to be supportive in the most minimal of positive ways – then don’t share your sentiments with the one trying to obtain a particular goal. That person already knows what the problem is – they need those that will contribute to the solution. Be the one that comes to them with a solution!

 

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Nurture What You Want To Grow

MENTORING MONDAY:

What and how you nurture isn’t just about parenting or a mother to child relationship.  Being a Mentor is also an avenue and opportunity to nurture.  Fatherless young men, motherless young women, an up and coming employee all afford a situation where you should spend time, talent and even finances to help someone grow and learn in a seasoned and protected environment versus going through the school of hard knocks for every situation.

 

Nurture vs. Nature

We all bring our sum total experiences to the table when we interact with each other. Some people have not quite mastered the ability to interact in a positive format or in a positive setting. These same individuals are the individuals that are ripe for Mentoring. Catching them early would be ideal. Bringing them along side now is what you may have to work with.

 

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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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