Monday, August 4, 2014

HOW THIS MILLENNIAL LEARNED FROM JAY Z



So let's just face it, we are a society obsessed with pop-culture. It’s a well-known fact that a large percentage of the millennial community is always connected to what’s hot and trending at any moment.
But consider this, the same pop-culture icons we are immersed in can teach us a thing or two about professional development. 
Any individual that knows me can confirm that I consider Jay-Z the undisputed King of the World. In addition to becoming one of the most iconic figures in the rap and hip-hop industry, he has shown the world what it means to create an EMPIRE.
Jay-Z has an estimated net worth of $475 million, fueled not only by his music, but his companies and various affiliations. But could you expect anything less from the same man who told the world: “I’m not a businessman; I’m a business, man!”
Jay-Z has been able to turn every facet of his life into a fully functioning enterprise. There lies some serious take-away points from his journey; but two lessons have resonated consistently with me that I find worth sharing:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHO SITS AT YOUR LEADERSHIP TABLE?




Imagine a dinner with 4-6 individuals who inspire, motivate, and support you. What does that table look like, who is sitting at the table, and more importantly WHY are they sitting at the table? These are the questions that prompt an individual to create and evaluate their personal leadership table.

The concept of a Leadership Table was introduced to me by Kathryn McClendon at the 2013 TedxBuffaloWomen conference. Her Ted Talk was entitled "I am a Leader?",  a testimony that evaluated what it meant to be a leader and how to tap into your inner heroine. The most important take-away lied in the importance of allowing yourself to be inspired by monumental individuals, and ultimately yourself.