The Lord has called Erick Jean-Francois Home. Be in peace El Bricon!

Managing yourself with graciousness, empathy, and gratitude to avoid negativity of the power paradox.

“How to rise to the top without losing the virtues that get you there,” here is an interesting question based on a  research by Datcher Kelter, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center.

I am amazed to share this content with you. Professor Kelter called it the “Power Paradox.”

Some people, before they gain power,  exhibit values such as the following: empathy, collaboration, fairness, openness. But,  as soon as they enjoy a position of leadership and privilege, they become more rude, selfish.

Kelter stated that “those at higher position are more likely to interrupt co-workers, multitask during meetings, raise their voice.

He said that his research has shown that “power puts us in something like a manic state- making us feel expansible, omnipotent.”

Professionals can avoid this behavior by being more attentive to their own feelings, and to the feelings of others.

The author focuses on three essential practices to break this pattern. He mentioned: empathy, gratitude, and generosity to sustain benevolent leadership.

To practice Empathy:

.- Ask questions in every interaction, and paraphrase important points others make

.- Listen with gusto. Orient your body and eyes toward the person speaking

.- Avoid rushing to judgement and advice. Signal concerns : I’m sorry to hear this.”

To practice Gratitude:

._ Send thoughtful thank-yous, emails, notes for job well done

.- Acknowledge publicly the value of each team member

.- Celebrate success

To practice Generosity:

.- Spend one on one time with those you lead

.- Delegate

.- Give praise

You can outsmart the Power Paradox by practicing the ethics of empathy, gratitude, and generosity. It will bring you the best work and collaborative spirit of those around you.

I invite you to dig deeper by reading the original article “Don’t let Power corrupt you,” published by Professor Datchner Keltner.



Record number in the life leadership open meeting in Fort-Lauderdale.

It was a standing open meeting in Fort Lauderdale last Tuesday night in the aftermath of the first ever HAITIAN creole leadership convention.

The rain did not stop almost 100 people to gather at the conference room to listen to the Life Leadership program and its compensated community which aims at setting people free in several areas in their life.

Here are some pics for this open meeting :

Almost 1000 Haitians attended the First Creole Life Leadership Convention in Florida: An Outstanding Big Success!

Hundreds of Haitians, mostly from Haiti, and its diaspora flocked to Broward Convention Center, in Fort-Lauderdale, Florida, to participate in the first ever creole Life Leadership Convention, last week-end (August 26-28, 2016)

Here are some highlights of this moment:

This big event kicked off with a bible study, and a talk on emotional intelligence to build character, attitude, self- esteem.

Contents and audios of this first ever creole Life Leadership Convention and thousands of hours of leadership audios (English, Spanish) are available for souscription  on Life Leadership app.

Life Leadership is a premier leadership company  which main target is to help people live the life they’ve always wanted by building compensated communities through which flow products and services based on transformational information, education.

My participation at the toastmasters speech contest: compete, and get past your fear!

I just competed in the toastmasters evaluation, and humorous speech contests in Fort-Lauderdale this Saturday morning. I feel a sense of accomplishment to have been on the podium, making new friends, facing my fear, and understanding I could have been better.

This is my third participation at a speech contest. There’s a feeling I like at the beginning, and at the end of the process that I’d like to share with you.

It starts at the club level. My mentor DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) Kip Barkley proposed me to represent our club. Club VOICE. ( I accepted and started with ideas about a speech from nothing.

I built it up from a couple of ideas and from other club member’s ideas. I made a speech which had at the moment feedback. I repeated two times at a mock contest in our club.

The more time is approaching, the deeper is that inside feeling goes. I can’t describe it. You have to be on the arena, as Truman said, to know it. 

This is that feeling you have a couple of seconds before the contest master calls your name, and the title of your speech. Your adrenaline pumps up. You’re by yourself on the podium with hundred of eyes peering on you.

But, the environment is supportive. Every body is wishing you well, and at the end they all tell you you did a good job. 

I wrote and rewrote several versions of my speech. I end up with this conclusion that an speaker pointed out. There are always three speeches in your speech: First, the one you prepare; second, the one you deliver; third, the one you wish you had delivered. You will carry the latter longer with you.

I came in third position and my mentor Kip Barkley shared his feedback with me passing me his notes and things I can do better.

I congratulate the winners. And I appreciate that I had an opportunity to compete and to be part of a community of winners looking to the best they can be.


You will doubt yourself. But keep going anyway, Success is not that far away.

Some days you wake up, and you doubt yourself. You see clouds.  You are tempted to quit. You’re human. It’s natural. Normal. But, pursuing excellence is not normal. Achieving success is not natural.

The ones who have the gold at the Olympic Games prove us that success is not normal. 

I was having a conversation with a friend last night who told me a story of a singer who had throat cancer. She was tempting to quit singing. She doubted herself  with the pain, the arduous treatment she went through. But she kept on asking herself: “quitting to what!”

New York Times bestselling author Chris Brady, in his book PAiLS, told us a story of “a young boy who was bullied out of his lunch money each day. To defend himself, he enrolled in a karate class. At the end of the first week of lessons, the instructor charged him fifteen dollars for his services. The boy promptly quit karate and decided it was easier to just keep paying the bully than to pay to learn how to fight him.”

This is human to look for the easy way out. But, success has a price. What do you want? What does it cost? Will you pay it?

These are critical questions to help you live a life of purpose.

We are living in an age of purposelessness. This is also human to settle for less and develop careless habits that lead to mediocrity.

But, if we want to achieve excellence, we need to come to respect ourselves and fight through the doubts.

You will doubt yourself and just everything else. But keep going anyway and live the life you’ve always wanted.

Develop the stamina and the right mental attitude by reading good biographies and autobiographies, associating with like minded winners through conversations and audio learning.

Keep doing what you desire. Learn, grow, and better yourself with soft skills long enough, you will be a champion. 

God bless,