Leadership & the power of a few: Every body can. Only a few will.


Last Tuesday, I was speaking at a leadership meeting in Fort-Lauderdale, and I quoted best-selling author Malcom Gladwell, a New Yorker reporter, who published the book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.

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I am a great fan of Gladwell. I read most of his work. And I encourage you to do your own work by digging dipper yourself in his literature. As a community builder, I am sharing with you some of the thoughts I picked from Gladwell‘s book which I used in my speaking engagement last Tuesday.

The Tipping Point describes How ideas, products, messages, and behaviors can spread as fast as viruses do.

The very same way we can have a flu, measles, or HIV contagion, we can also create a positive contagious effect with a small group of people.

Everything can change all at once. This is like an epidemic. Gladwell coined the concept of “contagiousness”. This is what is called in mathematics a geometric progression.

A virus doubles , and doubles, and creates a huge effect, a tipping point, a sudden change.

The Tipping Point, Gladwell said, is the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point of any endeavor.

3 rules of Epidemics

Epidemics are a function of the people who transmit infectious agents, the infectious agent itself, and the environment in which the infectious agent is operating. When something happens in 1, 2, or 3 of these ares, an epidemic tips, Gladwell acknowledged.

1.- The Law of the Few (People)

2.- The Stickiness Factor (Infectous Fator)

3.- The Power of Context (Environment)

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Gladwell taught an American history lesson to illustrate his point on #1 The Power of the Few.He named John Hancock, and Samuel Adams as the two original men who stood up against the British soldiers in the colony of Massachusetts. Their actions were followed by Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, and 56 other men who organized the First Continental Congress which led to the Declaration of Independence.

He also wrote about the courage of Paul Revere who spread the message for the community to wake up and be ready to fight for freedom. Paul revere spread this message thru word of mouth: the most important form of communication.

Gladwell questioned: “Why some ideas and trends and messages tip and others don’t?”

“The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts,”  Gladwell said mentioning that these few people are around us. They are:

1.- Connectors. Those who develop the skill to know  lost of people. They have a natural gift to make social connections. They develop curiosity, self-confidence, sociability, and energy. Connectors  are in the habit of making introductions.They are the equivalent of a computer network hub. They are people who “link us up with the world…people with a special gift for bringing the world together”. They are “a handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack [… for] making friends and acquaintances”

2.- Mavens. Those who accumulate knowledge and want to tell you about what they know.They are avid readers, lecturers, teachers. They are “information specialists”, or “people we rely upon to connect us with new information”. They accumulate knowledge, and know how to share it with others. They  want to solve other people’s problems, generally by solving their own”. As Malcolm Gladwell states, “Mavens are really information brokers, sharing and trading what they know”

3.- Salesmen. Those who master the art of communication and persuasion. Those who can spread an emotional contagion. They  are “persuaders”, charismatic people with powerful negotiation skills. They tend to have an indefinable trait that goes beyond what they say, which makes others want to agree with them.

As I told my audience last Tuesday, I am glad to be part of Life Leadership Compensated Community, a premier leadership media and education company aiming at setting people free to live the life they’ve always wanted.

We have a message worth spreading which gives us the #2 Stickiness Factor. People are addictive to TV likes zombies which entice them, and seduce them to live in debt, Life Leadership is creating a new media addiction, by providing content and association to escape what best selling author and leadership guru, Orrin Woodward called the Financial Matrix.

Life Leadership has #3 The Power of Context. Context matters. Life Leadership CEO and best-selling author Chris Brady delivered a recent talk he names THE Shift of a Life Time. The environment today is ready for a new message of hope and truth to set people free.

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It was 1:00 am, today, I, with some other friends, were leaving the woods of Immokalee, South West Florida. Under the cover of darkness, thru word of mouth, we were spreading the message of self-directed leadership education, entrepreneurship, inviting some families to join us in the underground railroad to escape the matrix. We are the new conductors like abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.

Here are some poignant quotes fro Harriet Tubman:

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.
I grew up like a neglected weed – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.
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We  want to do the same thing. We want to free thousand of families from the matrix, which is a web of debt, and enslave people. We hope to bring them our Financial Matrix night pack of messages  which include information to read, to listen,  and to associate with like minded connectors, wavens, and salesmen. We want them to be aware, to have consciousness of their being a new modern slave of consumption, and to be part of a community of learners, earners, who dare to dream, to set their aim high, and to not wish to win the power ball, but to work as hard as they can to become Power Players, and to live the life they’ve always wanted.
This is not for every body. But every body can. Only a few will.
God bless,
#rooseveltjeanfrancois

 

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Leadership, Success & Struggle: The trio of joy!


“We may hate opposition and struggle, but it is critical for our mental health.  Without the struggle, we would feel no joy in victory,”said Bestselling author Chris Brady in a blog-post dated two years ago  announcing his next book to be released “Trout Fisherman in Hell.”

Brady shared the following parable :

“There is an old story about a fisherman who believes he has died and gone to Heaven as he catches one perfect 2 lb trout after another.  As he sets his fly and hooks into yet one more, he can’t fathom his good fortune.  The sky is blue, the weather ideal, the fish biting like he’s never before experienced, and everything is absolutely perfect.  It is not long, however, before the realization dawns on him that he is not in Heaven at all.  Instead, as the boredom and the pointlessness settle in on him, he realizes he’s actually in Hell.”

Sometimes, it’s too beautiful, too easy to be true. Other times, it’s when it’s the darkest that the day is on its way.

Brady, who is Life Leadership CEO, said this story erased all his whiny complaints about how difficult and elusive success seems to be.

“We are actually happier and more fulfilled when overcoming opposition than when everything is easy and simply rolling our way,” Brady wrote explaining further “It is because of the way we were made.”

“Without a battle to win and an enemy to vanquish, the value of the warrior goes to zero”, he added, quoting Thomas Paine’s famous words “What we attain too cheaply we esteem too lightly.”

If we don’t earn it, we can’t enjoy it. This is profound, and it ought to provide a telling answer against all those dismal statistics that suggest that the “odds” of making it are too tall.

If we consider only statistics most of us would never get out of bed in the morning, much less find a way to force ourselves  for  next achievement in our career.

“It doesn’t matter how difficult success is or what the odds are of us “making it.”  What matters is our struggle against the opposition, the force of our will against the force of everything that would try and stop us.  Not only does it fulfill us to have something against which to push, but in the process it also makes us better.  It is the resistive weight that builds the muscles.  So ultimately, it doesn’t matter if success is hard or not, it simply matters that we pursue it anyway.”

This post is based on a Chris Brady’s blogpost.

A self-directed Leadership education to break free from the financial matrix


Best-selling author and leadership expert, Orrin Woodward, shares profound advice in his recent book, The Financial Matrix. He says, “Get out of DEBT and stay out of DEBT!”.

He defines the Financial Matrix as a “web of debt which ensures profit and control for the elite,  debt and stress for the masses.

What I like with Woodward is not only he is inspiring us to raise our own bar for our self-directed leadership education to face the matrix, he also provides with a specific tool to help us escape this bondage.

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I encourage you to start your journey to break free from the financial matrix with the Financial Fitness Program which is a continuous education program on www.cpethink.com/ffcpe!

The Financial Fitness Pack teaches the principles behind the Offense (making money), Defense (budgeting and discipline), and Playing Field(rules and philosophy of money) of personal finance.

With a basic understanding of these three areas, which are rarely taught together as a whole, anyone can learn to prosper, conserve, and multiply the fruits of his or her labor.

I invite you to watch this video in which best selling author Orrin Woodward talks about the financial matrix in the context of history, and economics.

Woodward’s  describes how being financially illiterate is like being trapped in the “matrix” (from the 1999 movie script, The Matrix); …”a world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth…a prison that you can’t smell, taste or touch…a prison for your mind.” In comparison, the financial matrix has the same effect; leading one to question, how did I get here? Despite doing everything “right,” most people are still feeling trapped financially–with no way out. Nearly everyone is affected by this invisible world until the truth is learned and the proper principles are applied; only then can people set themselves free.

Leadership, Authenticity, & Your personal brand


New-York Times best-selling author Chris Brady, just released a talk in the LIFE Series on leadership, authenticity, and your personal brand which is your uniqueness, your God-given calling to LIFE, your purpose, your raison d’etre.

With humor, passion, and great speaking ability, Brady calls upon us to dig deep in ourselves to detect our uniqueness.

“No one else has your story. Nobody experiences the world as the same way as you”, Chris Brady said in an audio CD available in the LIFE Library.

This concept of “uniqueness” to life is a preamble to what Brady calls your “personal brand”.

He defines your personal brand (PB) as “whatever you bring to the world which is uniquely yours”.

“The more you stick to what is uniquely yours”, he said, “the more authentic you are, and the more interesting it is, the more it is marketable to others”.

Brady singled out Robert Redford’s outstanding movie “The legend of the bagger vance” which describes a down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy challenging him to find his “authentic swing”.

“It’s time to move on, and to drop the baggage of the past, and find your authentic swing”, Brady reported from this movie which, he said, is not about sport, but a real application to leadership, and success.

“We meet people who have been in some wars in their lives and who have their heads messed up. Sometimes, we can’t make our heads clear about the past and feel responsible for damages in our lives and picture ourselves of not worthy accomplishing anything”, Brady commented adding “it’s like we’re already die and waiting to make it official”.

And there’s also the negative messages the world is sending to us: “don’t try too hard”, “don’t waste time achieving anything”, “don’t get your hopes up”.

“Our negative self-talk gets mixed with popular saying dragging us to mediocrity, insignificance, and unhappiness” Brady said.

We spend days of insignificance and misalignment away from our purpose chasing lesser things for immediate satisfaction and at the moment pleasure.

It’s time to find our authentic swing, that thing we were born to do, that thing that makes us come alive.

kenbe,

Roosevelt

Terri Brady: Leadership, grace, faith, purpose, and peace


I just read and reread LIFE  outstanding speaker Terri Brady‘s  posts relating how she faced her brain tumor medical conditions. It’s all about grace, faith, purpose, and peace.

Through her story, I am learning to surrender and give total control to the Higher Power. I better understand why we need to be free from day to day carrying bucket jobs, to build a wealth pipeline engine, and to have a community of friends, fans and family that we can count on.

I was at Louisville  Leadership Convention in 2008 when she  announced she would have brain surgery. I better understand today what she went through and how purposeful she is to continue her journey on the stages of LIFE although she was facing HER life threatening issues.
Her blog Letters to Lindsey is one my favorite. I like her writing style melting into words deep content and soft humor. I can’t wait to have ¨Letters to Lindsey¨ as a book in my hand.

My deepest appreciation to Terri Brady who is the spouse of New York Times bestselling author Chris Brady and LIFE founder.
God bless,
Roosevelt Jean-Francois

Here are the posts from Terri Brady. Please read,  and associate with her thinking to make a difference for yourself and your loved ones.

Out of My Mind (with a Brain Tumor) Part III

For those who are just joining, it may be helpful to READ FIRST:

Dear Lindsey,

In some ways, 2008 seems like yesterday, but as I recall my history, it seems like a whole different lifetime. As I said in part I and II of this letter, headaches led to MRI’s which revealed a tumor. Although the tumor seemed unrelated to the location of the pain, its speed of growth required surgical removal. When it rains it pours, and so did other “unrelated” health issues of skin cancer, a noise in my ear and swallowing problems which led to coughing issues…but the brain surgery took priority.

My story continues…

Out of My Mind (with a Brain Tumor) Part I and

Out of My Mind (with a Brain Tumor) Part II

Leadership & Communication tips in this new information age from leadership guru Chris Brady


Leadership expert Chris Brady posted on his blog (chrisbrady.typepad.com) an interesting article on how to communicate in this new information age dominated by  too much of every kind of information: emails, texts, phone messages, instant messages, links, news, announcements, requests, solicitations, spam, social networking updates, and invites to just about anything.

Here are some learning lessons Chris Brady  shared  with us  to better join into the conversation.

1. Keep it short. 

More than ever, being concise is critical.

2. Be interesting.

If you’re going to say something, be sure you have something to say!

3. Be authentic.

The most effective tool for getting noticed is your own, authentic personality. Be who you are. Nobody else can, and that’s probably your biggest advantage.

4. Be creative.

As Maximus said in Gladiator, “I’ll win the crowd. I’ll give them something they’ve never seen before!”

5. Be clear. 

There is nothing worse than a message or communication that doesn’t make any sense.

6. Use a call to action.

What do you want to happen as a result of what you are saying? Make it clear and obvious. “Tell us what you want, what you really really want.”

7. Have fun.

It’s refreshing to deal with people who are comfortable enough in their own skins to allow fun to seep into everything they do.

These are seven lessons for Chris Brady, leadership guru and New York Times best-selling  author. Go out there, and have some fun to communicate your message.

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Leadership & Systems thinking


A leader cannot reach his potential without a systems mindset. Chris Brady, top leadership guru and co-author of the best selling book Leading a Leadership Revolution,  shares several excellent examples of systematic solutions in the following video. Essentially, when a person accurately identifies the system he is a part of, he can learn to leverage the system for bigger results. Systems thinking is crucial for long-term success. In fact, Orrin Woodward,  in his recent outstanding book, RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE, one of the thirteen resolutions is resolving to learn systems thinking.

Here is Brady’s video.