You Are Stronger Than You Think

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In a time of increased racial conflict, devastating hurricanes and floods, we see the power and furry of nature and the emergence of heroes that save the day and our faith in humanity. I think Mariah Carey coined it best with her 1993 Grammy award winning song “Hero.” The lyrics from this song remind us that we are stronger than we think: “And you cast your fears aside, and you know you can survive. So, when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong. And you’ll finally see the truth that  a hero lies in you.”

Remember those words when you are challenged with conflict and adversity in this fast-paced technology driven society. Individuals have the power to make a  difference in the world by leading by example. Channel your inner strength to find where your power lies.

Taking control and ownership over things you have authority of is empowering. For instance, if you wish you had more money but are stuck in a job with no advancement, decide how you spend your finances. Decide what you can cut from your budget to save, while you look at other possible solutions. It could mean taking your lunch, which is typically better for you, and will save you money. When we think of transformation and empowerment we think BIG but in the words of an old Chinese proverb “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Take control and find strength in managing your thoughts, ideas and plans, one step, one day at a time.

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Your Personal Guide to Being You

In this episode, we take a deeper dive with Rev. Dr. Jay Speights into our previous conversation “Being the Conductor of Your Own Symphony” or as I like to say, become the ringmaster of life’s circus.

You may recall, Dr. Speights was our inaugural guest on the Suite Talk podcast.  If you haven’t checked it out, please do so, it is Episode 01. It is just as relevant today as when we recorded it last year.

Dr. Speights will also be a featured speaker at Thinking Good’s Toolkit Conference on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Purchase your tickets by Father’s Day to receive a 30 percent discount.

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Respect the Green Room: What the Stand-Up Circuit Teaches About Life

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You can make a few determinations about a comedy club by simply seeing the Green Room. It’s simple to evaluate things like: Is there an outlet to charge my phone? Does the TV work? Does the cable on the TV work? Is there an iron and ironing board?  Or what’s that smell?  Oh, it’s the baby! Ummm…Why is there a baby in the Green Room? This is probably not a great club.

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Consciously Curated: How to … Be a creep, despot or troll

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

The Expressive Egg: How To Be Creepy
Stare. Nothing says ‘creepy’ so much as a dry, fixed, glittering, inflexible eyeball. Set your face into a single expression, or one of a limited range, for long enough and the lines of your face will radiate the unsettling, the uncanny and the existentially repellent. ‘The inexpressive face is the mirror of a shallow soul.’ The cruder, less expressive, less nuanced the muscles of your face (particularly around the eyes), the more your face will take on the look of that creepiest of objects, the mask.”

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Consciously Curated: Paycheck Slavery, What Aren’t You Asking, Jim Crow Rising, Defining Dystopia, Unhappy Endings

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Medium: 9 to 5 Slavery
“They never pay the slaves enough so they can get free, just enough so they can stay alive and come back to work. I could see all this. Why couldn’t they? I figured the park bench was just as good or being a barfly was just as good. Why not get there first before they put me there? Why wait?”

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Suite Talk: Howard University School of Divinity Dean Alton B. Pollard, III – Life, A Sacred Calling – Part 2

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In part two of our conversation with Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, we learn more what about his raison d’être and how you can find yours.

“I seldom think of what I do is work, for me it really is love of life. The love of life is for which all this stems,” says Pollard, who served as a pastor before joining the academy while also being a husband and father. “For some of us, we really understand that this is a sacred calling, that life itself is vocation.”

For the first half of our chat with Dean Pollard, we focused not only on the role of faith leadership amidst a constantly evolving social and political climate, but also what lessons we can learn from the past as we—individually and collectively—chart a path forward.

In this portion of our exchange, we explore how even seemingly innocuous daily encounters are imbued with spiritual meaning. We learn how each interaction influences our relationships and how by being mindful and intentional we can move closer to the Divine. This conversation will help you better understand how you truly can Be Your Better Self, by giving and getting the most out of life.

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Suite Talk: Howard University School of Divinity Dean Alton B. Pollard, III – Finding Clarity Amid Chaos, Looking Back and Moving Forward

 

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Just as one would expect, Dean Alton Pollard’s office at the Howard University School of Divinity is lined with bookcases teeming with scholarly tomes. But what makes the place unique is his collection of African art sitting atop pedestals and hanging from the walls.

Perhaps the most significant piece in his collection, a statue of the Sankofa bird, resting on his desk is almost obscured by the stacks of books, papers and computer monitor nearby. Yet, even in that relative obscurity, it is a powerful reminder of the importance of learning from the past—especially amid the chaos and tumult of our current times.

“Return and get it,” the statue speaks.

Reflection gives way to reexamination, giving way to revelation.

Our inspiring and thought-provoking conversation with Dean Pollard covers a lot of ground, but is centered on providing a paradigm for viewing the current social and political milieu, what history teaches us and how we can chart a path forward.

Brought to you in two parts (look for the second installment in a few days), Dean Pollard waxes prophetically about the role of faith leaders in today’s climate and how the spirit of the divine doesn’t just exist in houses of worship, but is imbued in even the subtleties of daily life.

Here’s a video snippet of our conversation.

I invite you to set aside some time to sit, listen and reflect on this powerful message. Lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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The 3 Essential Elements of Your Minimum Viable Plan

This post was originally published on Performance Applied, one of our strategic partners. Be on the look out for an upcoming Suite Talk podcast with Matt Cross of Performance Applied on this topic.

You’ve tried to get organized a thousand times. You keep making plans but your plans never survive first contact with chaos.

You may be asking yourself, “What can I do to stay organized and focused on my most important priorities”?

How do I maintain high levels of productivity with so much to do and so little time?

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Suite Talk: Sam Barcroft, Founder and CEO of Barcroft Media – An “Amazing” Storyteller Shares His Story

Sam Barcroft, Founder and CEO of Barcroft Media, believes “amazing true stories” can inspire, educate and empower. Photo courtesy of Barcroft Media

In this episode of Suite Talk we have a conversation with Sam Barcroft, founder and CEO of Barcroft Media, a digital media company with multiple lines of business and a massive global reach.

“I’ve been passionate always about incredible stories and always think there is nothing more wonderful than a true story,” says Sam.

Barcroft’s story begins in 2003, with him working as a freelance photo journalist who was generating enough projects to hire someone to lighten the load and spread the wealth.

“I started my own company based upon the fact that I thought there were some opportunities for me to go it alone and take my work in the direction I really wanted to do, free of working for anyone else directly.”

From the backroom of a North London flat, Barcroft Media now has offices in London, New York City and New Delhi. Barcroft TV is the second most popular YouTube news channel with 68.2 million views. Barcroft’s production company and wire service provide content for a host of global brands like National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel and MTV. 

On Suite Talk, Sam shares with us the philosophy that has fueled the rapid growth of Barcroft Media from a one-man shop in North London to having 70 plus employees on three continents. (Hint: small steps)

More importantly, we learn how he inspires and empowers his team to implement the company’s vision to produce “amazing content.”

Along the way, we gleam Sam’s insights to business, which are informed in part by watching his father struggle as a small business owner and almost losing the family home; and being part of a Hip-Hop band doing £50 a show.

“I say to a lot of people, if you are looking to start a business whatever you do don’t spend any money,” advises Barcroft. “Use your energy, your cleverness, your mobile phone, run your business for nothing from your back room. And then if you can get momentum with that then use up some favors but not borrow any money and not spend any money then you will always have business that will always be looking after you, rather than you look after it.”

Despite leading a far-flung global enterprise that carries his name, Sam is astonishingly laidback. In this interview, we learn how he (and you can) disconnect from work and relax and enjoy your family and some of life’s other pleasures.

“I put myself in a forced exile every weekend, and I’m careful not to take my mobile phone into the bedroom,” said Barcroft. “Recovery is really important, when you’re working hard you have to be bold with recovery.”

Lean in, lean back and enjoy.

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Suite Talk: Leading to Follow, A Lesson in Leading, Following, Life and Death

 

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

In this episode of Suite Talk, Acacia Bamberg Salatti shares how she learned that sometimes the best thing you can do is to let another shine.

“I was the supporting actor in a long running sitcom,” she says. “My job was to make the stars of the show look good and not mess up the plot.”

In the course of caring for her ailing parents, Acacia gains powerful insights about subduing ego, learning your strengths and weaknesses, and when leaders need to follow.

We recently sat down with Acacia to explore in greater depth the myriad issues raised in this piece. You can find the conversation, broken in two parts here and here.

We invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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