Ahhh…That Difference You Make….

Outstanding Millennial change-makers and emerging leaders presented with copies of my books on Success Strategies of Caribbean American Leaders in the United States. The 30 Under 30 event was held at the Inter American Development Bank, Washington D.C.

Among the great nationwide initiatives were Georgia Student Alliance and Passport to College effort to help university students.

Ahhh …the difference you make!

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The Fulfillment Success Brings…

I have made a difference through what God has set…

 

Jerry Butler, Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) shares his definition of Success after a lengthy senior role at the IDB, Washington DC.

What’s your definition of success? Do share. We would love to hear.

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Name One Word To Describe Your Future. Millennials Share 27…

Excitement! That was one retort from a group of Millennials leaders and change-makers at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. They were asked to share one word to describe their thought on the future. Here I share 27:

  1. Excitement
  2. Storytelling
  3. Hope
  4. Lead (lead, empower, advancement, development)
  5. Re-imagination
  6. Ecosystem
  7. Strategy
  8. Progress
  9. Motivate
  10. Trust
  11. Integrity
  12. Passion
  13. Stream (science, technology, engineering, art, math)
  14. Faith
  15. Service
  16. Transparency
  17. Responsibility
  18. Think
  19. Teamwork
  20. Communication
  21. Excellence
  22. Perspective
  23. Success
  24. Sustainability
  25. Quality
  26. Smart
  27. Earn

Any resonate? Any missing? Do share, we would love to hear.

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Oprah & Branson’s Personal Mission Statement. What’s Yours?

To have fun in my journey through life and to learn from my mistakes ~Sir Richard Branson

Jessica Stillman in this INC. article Here are the Personal Missuon Statements of Musk, Brandon, and Oprah (plus 7 Questions to Write your own) shared Oprah, Elon Musk and Richard Branson’s Mission statement. They are shared here for your quick preview.

I decided to share my own below which drives everything I do. It reads:

To inspire others to Discover who they are and to Become their Best Possible Self. ~Dr. Shelly Cameron

Have your own? Do share. We would love to hear! Don’t have one? Read the article and learn how to write your own.

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Planning To Take Vacation This Year? 35 Percent Don’t. Here’s Why…

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Hawaii, Paris, Caribbean, Central America, Vegas, or a Simple Staycation. It’s amazing what a little break can do to our mental capacity. From the planning, organizing and more, all exude times of exhilaration, relaxation and joy!

Yet…The Society of Human Resources Associates (SHRM) shared that over 35 percent of Americans don’t plan on taking all their vacation days this year. A potential year of the Cranks in the making? Here are the reasons cited:

  • 43% Saving time for something later
  • 21% Too much work
  • 15% Don’t have enough money
  • 9% Feel guilty
  • 9% Other reasons
  • 3% Discouraged by their boss

In light of the more transient workforce, employers are trying various options to attract quality applicants. Such measures include a combined databank of employee time off which includes up to 4 weeks off on date of hire. Naturally, employees are ecstatic of this change and proves it’s a great methodology for recruitment. However, this databank represents a combination of paid time off including sick and vacation.

Paid Time Off

Do you plan on taking your vacation this year? If so, great! If not, why not? Does your reason fall into any of the above? Something to think about.

Need help with your workforce plans? Lets connect!

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Managers Be Human – 4 Ways…

Are you a manager or leader of some sort? Harvard Business Review article shared 4 points to help managers be seen as more human. Here I share:

  • Be Personal
  • Be Self-Aware
  • Be Selfless
  • Be Compassionate

In my research on what makes leaders successful, self-awareness was one of the traits that stood out. But being of service to others depends on your own self-development.

Again, are you a manager, or leader of some sort? Take a moment and look at your leadership style. Do people working with you, whether at work or otherwise find you approachable? Easy to get along with? If not, you have some work to do. Enroll now. To be successful as a leader, your people should not fear you. So do what you have to do to improve.

Need help? Lets Connect.

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The Leader In You…

What do we do in a crisis? When things change within a minute….when there is little or no warning? That’s when Leaders jump in. They take control. Does it matter if they wear the leadership hat? No, it doesn’t. That’s when Quiet Leaders step up; they jump into action.

So what does being a leader have to do with you?

You may say, I am not a leader so this does not pertain to me. But reflect on your life. Are you a parent? Do you have responsibilities on the job? Do you play sports? Are you a sibling? Are you a part of an association, club, church, or more? If you reflect on these, you will find that all these call for some form of leadership skills. At its inner core, we are responsible for leading our own self.

Leadership Lessons

John Wooden’s memoir titled Lessons From a Legend revealed Wooden’s success as a person and as a coach. Lessons included:

  • The stance that sports do not build character but reveal it
  • Individuals must pay attention to details
  • Individuals should be careful of complacency by being quick, but not hurrying
  • Individuals should also act with integrity
  • Individuals should build a foundation for success.

Wooden’s Pyramid of Success indicated that at the top of the pyramid was competitive greatness. On the levels leading up to it were key milestones such as loyalty, friendship, and team spirit. Winning or losing is a byproduct of individual preparation.

So are you Waiting on the formal leader to show your potential? Please don’t. Arise from Underground. Step up you Quiet Ones. Strive, take the lead. It’s in your potential.

Are you waiting to take the lead on your career but afraid? Let’s Connect

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What’s It Gonna Be? …21 Core Values Exposed

Often we focus on too many values while some do not give it a second thought. But when someone crosses that line, some hurt and even become Bitter, then suddenly values are Exposed.

VALUES

A person’s principles or standards of behavior.

One’s judgment of what is important in life.

What are your core values? Do you have any? What do you feel is important to deal with your professional and personal life? Often we focus on too many values while some do not give it a second thought. But when someone crosses that line, some hurt and even become Bitter, then suddenly values are Exposed.

Damon Johns asked the question “what would you say are your four (4) core values?” Responses were similar yet varied:

  • Honesty
  • Empathy
  • Concern for the world
  • Family
  • God
  • Integrity
  • Character
  • Passion Results
  • Loyalty
  • Honor
  • Work ethic
  • Love
  • Confidence
  • Consistency
  • Quality Assurance
  • Reliability

21 Core Values from Leadership 

Here is a list of values shared from leadership studies. Select your top 4 values to focus on. As James Clear reminded, if everything is a core value then nothing gets priority.

  1. Authenticity
  2. Achievement
  3. Autonomy
  4. Balance
  5. Challenge
  6. Creativity
  7. curiosity
  8. Determination
  9. Faith
  10. Humor
  11. Leadership
  12. Learning
  13. Optimism
  14. Openness
  15. Peace
  16. Recognition
  17. Reputation
  18. Service
  19. Success
  20. Trustworthy
  21. Wisdom

Missing any? Don’t hesitate… add yours!

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Caution: Success and Stress


We often dream of success…however, we define it. But to place a twist on attaining success, one wonders whether the good life is always good. Are the very things that so many individuals strive for, such as a high-paying and powerful job, a beautiful house, a wardrobe of nice clothes in desirable sizes, and a fancy education for children to prepare them for carrying on this way of life: Do these very things turn out to be more trouble than they are worth? In fact, it is believed that the psychological burdens associated with being a low-status individual (i.e., poor) grow lighter as people move up the social ladder, but that is true only to a certain extent. Once individuals achieve more success, the mental and physical health benefits associated with greater affluence fade away. As individuals near the top, life stress increases dramatically, and its toxic effects essentially cancel out many positive aspects of succeeding. Basically, it falls Plop.

High Status Stress

The stress of high status is also a reason for caution. Schieman, Yuko, and Van Gundy found that people with higher levels of education and in higher status occupations with higher income experience higher levels of stress. Some factors that contribute to stress include more authority and autonomy, non-routine work demands, involvement, and longer hours, may lead to more conflicts between work and home. This was due to the rationale that the very trappings of success can make life harder for those who are more driven and work devoted.

Powerful Stress

Power is another benefit that is a stressor. Having authority over others binds people to all sorts of interpersonal conflicts and management turmoil, leading to very high stress. In the same way, the smaller details associated with micro-impression-management activities, such as getting the right clothes, the right haircut, and the big enough house, as well as raising the attractive, athletic, community-serving kids that will get into Harvard, all contribute to stress.

Also, in high-status communities, such activities might be a requirement rather than a choice in order to maintain credibility. Individuals have to wear the right suit to work or have to live in the right neighborhood, or else people will not take them seriously. Because millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet and would probably be willing to trade places, Time magazine writer Warner warned, “Be careful what you wish for.

It’s My Birthday! Free Book Giveaway!

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