A chat interview session with Hans Tippenhauer on global shapers and building a Club of Young #Leaders in #Haiti

Hans Tippenhaeur told me his participation at the recent Global Shapers meeting was “very good”. He told me more about it and granted me permission to share with you this friendly chat session interview we had on Facebook.

Hans Tippenhauer: Well bro, actually the World Economic Forum is sponsoring a new kind of clubs for young leaders. There will be hubs in each city, we have started in Port-au-Prince. They are supposed to be promoting and doing social enterprises projects

Roosevelt Jean Francois: Ok. That’s good. What’s a club of young leaders? How old should they be?

Hans Tippenhauer :  Between 20 and 30.  Indeed, I am still looking for members for the PAP club.

Roosevelt Jean-Francois: What are the qualities for membership besides age?

Hans Tippenhauer: They have to be accomplished young entrepreneurs or social leaders. They need to have a good CV and the possibility to work on, develop and implement a project.

Roosevelt Jean Francois: Accomplished entrepreneurs? how can you be more specific? And,  what’s a good CV?

Hans Tippenhauer: Maning that they have to show they already have accomplished some kind of projects, or be part of a successful project. They can be artists or sport athletes as well. But, they must have shown  they have determination to do something, set goals, and accomplish them.

A good CV is to prove that they have a good track record  meaning that they have a minimum of professional or academic background, that they are driven and well-intentioned individuals.

Roosevelt Jean Francois : Good. Good job. Keep it up! Glad to chat with you!

Hans Tippenhauer: Thanks Roosevelt, we are trying.

Roosevelt Jean Francois: My friend, you’re not “trying”. You’re doing. Let me know, when you doing an event meeting on leadership, I’ll be glad to share with your club.

Hans Tippenhauer: Yes indeed, sometimes it feels the results are far though, but we are pushing.ok good, will do

Roosevelt Jean Francois:That’s a good chat interview. Please review the content and let me know If I can share it with my tribe on my blog.

Hans Tippenhauer: yes you can. Just correct any typo.

Roosevelt Jean Francois: Yes I’ll do. I’ll post it on rooseveltjeanfrancois.com. Thx Hans. Kenbe!

Hans Tippenhauer: Ok Roosevelt, nap kenbe fem!

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Leadership & Freedom: Reading Oliver Demille’s “1913”: a leadership education book on freedom

I read over this week-end Oliver Demille’s recent book: “1913”. It’s a book on leadership education to restore and preserve freedom. In 1913, three critical events made the greatest world shift turning point away from freedom in the US and abroad. 100 years after, modern times are still under that shift.


The first major turning-point event of 1913 was the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. As a result, the United States became less of a federal system and more a national model moving from indirect taxation of the states to direct taxation of the people to fund the national budget. “The power of taxation and how it is collected has a direct and lasting impact on freedom,” Demille stated.

The second shift is the Seventeenth Amendment of the US Constitution. Senators got to office by popular vote within the states rather than by state legislatures. The states lost their control over the Senate , and as a result, the federal government slowly but surely took over many states power.

The third turning point was the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank. President Woodrow Wilson who is the architect of these turning points moved away from Jefferson and Madison limited government philosophy to adopt a Hamilton mercantile approach.The Federal Reserve Bank gave power to Washington to print all kind of money which increase inflation and the national debt.

“Together,  these three 1913 events caused an increased desire to Washington to spend, eliminated roadblocks to massive spending, and created easier mechanisms for taxing, borrowing, and printing money,” Demille mentioned in his book.

He added another world-shifting event  which is the United States v. Butler case dated 1936.   This case was about agricultural policy. Before this case, the federal government was limited to spending money only on the things explicitly outlined in the Constitution and other things necessary for the “general welfare” of the nation. After the case, the government could spend money on anything it thought would be “good” for the nation.

Demille also outlined three solutions to start the decline. The first lesson is that the whole citizenry must understand freedom. “Unless the people know the laws, freedom will suddenly decrease,” he said.

“Without a wise populace that understand how freedom works and takes an active part on maintaining it, no free society has ever lasted… Liberty cannot be preserved without the general knowledge among the people.” 

Demille called for a small group of committed citizens to engage themselves in the freedom operation.”Turning points are led by a few committed people rather by the mass of society. The masses are nearly always focused on other things while the key events take that the change history,” he said.

Solution Number 1 Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship always fights back and optimistically seeks to overcome all challenges. We desperately need an innovation generation-an entrepreneurial revolution that brings a return to a true spirit of free enterprise. Leaders of freedom for ahead should become successful entrepreneurs.

Our nations need a return to a focus of free enterprise. Free citizens are innovative, independent and giving. If the people are forced to innovate creativity shuts down. Forced independence is dependence. And forced giving without the value of real charity is a force of enslavement.

“Without an independent and giving citizenry, no nation can long remain free or generally prosperous,” he said.

The Second Solution that qualifies a leader in the coming turning point is becoming a voracious reader and an independent thinker. “Together wide and deep reading along with innovative thinking creates not only readers but the kind of readers who build freedom.” Oliver Demille said.

The third solution is to become tribal leaders or community leader “We need to build many new communities to bring back real freedom and prosperity to our society,” Demille said. Tribal leadership is leaders who build communities by setting the example of successful entrepreneurship, voracious reading and independent thinking and helping others do the same. Leaders of the future have to learn leadership by leading through involvement by business organization that trains leaders and encourage more community actions.   

Demille explained and left details in the concept of freedom through classic philosophies that go back to Aristotle, Plato, Montesquieu, Adam Smith and others.

I had the opportunity to meet Oliver Demille at the summer leadership convention last month. I read his previous books on leadership education. However 1913 is by far his best work. 1913 is foreworded by leadership guru Orrin Woodward, New York Times best selling co-author of Launching a Leadership Revolution, who described Oliver Demille’s book as ” masterpiece on freedom.”

I could not have said any better. I agree with Orrin Woodward that if you care about future of prosperity and freedom, you should read and apply this book.


Special thanks to Axel Jean-Francois for typing and editing.

For your personal leadership self-development, Take the 90 day Mental Fitness Challenge

The Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) is here, and it is an adventure like no other. I challenge you to challenge yourself  by taking the 90 day Mental Fitness Challenge.

Developed by seven of the country’s top leadership gurus, nationally acclaimed speakers, and personal transformation experts, with NY Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling authors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady leading the way (visit their highly acclaimed blogs here: (http://orrinwoodwardblog.com and www.chrisbrady.com ), this program will awaken your mind and change your life.

The MFC is a rare, comprehensive personal development program that provides you with the opportunity to “Live the Life You’ve Always Wanted.

Consisting of a variety of new materials combined with updates of materials that have proven timeless and effective year after year, the MFC format is presented as three modules – one for each month – that are packaged in stylish, protective casing. The MFC is strategically and effectively designed to exercise your mind and teach you success thinking in the thirteen aspects of life covered in Orrin Woodward’s book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE. For 90 days, a mere three months of your life, you have the chance to make an investment in yourself that offers a lifetime of returns.

Participating in a challenge or boot camp is usually done with the goal of losing weight, toning one’s body, and/or building muscle. In the bigger picture, it’s about feeling good and gaining a sense of accomplishment. These programs are great, and we highly recommend them to anyone; however, the one failing component of these programs is that they are temporary. Once the typical challenge or boot camp ends, you’re on your own—an invisible but powerful sensation. For some, the challenge may be the spark that leads to a life changed forever. However, for the vast majority, it was an undertaking that required all the motivation they could muster just to make it through, so continuing to follow the program is highly unlikely.

We invite you to take a 90-Day Challenge that never ends. Sure, the Challenge itself will only take 90 days to complete, but unlike a new diet or exercise boot camp, the transformation achieved is permanent. The Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) will certainly require work, dedication, and persistence. We do not promise instant results or miracles of any kind. But we do promise that if you faithfully follow the program, your thought process will be renewed.

This program is a journey for the heart and an awakening for the mind. Shortly after beginning the MFC, you will start to see yourself in a new light and will approach life differently. The founders of the MFC have mentored thousands of men, women, entrepreneurs and couples and have witnessed the amazing potency of these materials.

Consider this: What did your life look like 90 days ago? One hundred eighty days ago? A year ago? Notwithstanding life changes involving loved ones, jobs, or homes, how does your life look today compared to then? Now, ask yourself this: How COULD your life look 90 days from now? Imagine the possibilities, and then take the Challenge and find out! For every failing marriage, frustrated parent, hopeless addict, bankrupt home, or faith-starved man or woman, the MFC has the capacity to teach, motivate, and assist one with implementing the necessary changes in the right areas of life, the impact of which will last a lifetime.

Visit:  www.mental-fitness-challenge.com

Conversation with Nathalie Liautaud about the PADF-LEAD Invest in Haiti Program

I had a conversation with Nathalie Liautaud, PADF (Pan American Development Foundation) Manager, Diaspora and Investment Outreach of The Leveraging Effective Application of Direct Investments (LEAD) program.

The program is designed to strengthen the capacity of SMEs to engage in best business practices, attract foreign and Diaspora investments, grow businesses, create jobs, and generate income.

LEAD will use a grant matching mechanism to leverage private investments in Haitian SMEs identified through business plan competitions, and will collaborate with the Haitian Diaspora community to channel remittances to viable social enterprises and community projects, increasing their internal sustainability and external impact.

In addition, LEAD will work with the Haitian Diaspora in the United States and elsewhere to engage them in targeted philanthropic activities, social businesses, and innovative ways to use a portion of remittances to further the development impact of these resources.

Prior to joining PADF, she was a program director at Caribbean Central American Action (C-CAA).

Listen to Nathalie Liautaud

She was also a program coordinator for the Centre pour la Libre Entreprise et la Democratie (CLED)’s media and civil society outreach policy and discussion program, focusing on raising awareness on competitiveness issues, and served as technical advisor at the Associations des Industries d’Haiti (ADIH), focusing on labor issues.

Nathalie has worked on environmental issues and economic development and has conducted research and evaluations of behavioral risk factors and other topics, working with the Office of Survey Research at the University of Texas at Austin.

She also has experience working with media companies, logging time at MTV Latino in Miami, among others. She graduated with Bachelor of Science in radio-television-film and earned an MA in Latin American Studies and in international communications from UT Austin. Nathalie is Haitian-American-Mexican, grew up in Haiti, and is fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

LEAD will operate in the three USG development corridors: Cap-Haïtien, Saint-Marc, and Port-au-Prince. The project will target industries and businesses with the greatest potential to create jobs, including construction, tourism, agribusiness, and alternative energy. The project will also focus on encouraging job creation for women, as women’s entrepreneurship enhances economic growth and improves household well-being, as well as for those with disabilities and are therefore particularly vulnerable.

Leadership, liberté et pouvoir !

C’est Henry David Thoreau qui disait que le meilleur gouvernement est celui qui gouverne le moins. Je vous invite à réfléchir sur des idées relatives au leadership, la liberté et le pouvoir dans le contexte de la fondation des Etats-Unis et de la République d’Haïti.

Je viens de terminer 1776, un livre extraordinaire sur la révolution américaine, écrit par l’historien David Mc Collough. Je prends aussi plaisir à lire au même moment des passages de Thomas Madiou sur la révolution de Saint Domingue pour comparer les faits, les hommes et le contexte du leadership global de l’époque.

Les deux  révolutions n’ont pas été un « diner party », pour reprendre  Lao Tse. Les deux, chacun dans leur grandeur, ont abouti à la rupture de l’ordre ancien et créer un nouvel ordre.

Mais l’ordre nouveau créé aux Etats-Unis et celui créé en Haïti a donné lieu à des systèmes et des communautés de gens très différents. Et les résultats aussi. La grande différence serait le fossé du leadership.

Orrin Woodward, auteur et 7ème top leadership guru du monde, a partagé ses réflexions, récemment, à travers un blog, sur la meilleure façon, de délimiter les pouvoirs coercitifs de l’État de la liberté  des communautés à influencer la société.

Deux grandes tendances traversaient la société américaine au lendemain de son indépendance. Le fédéralisme poussé en avant par les écrivains de la Federalist Papers James Madison, Alexandre Hamilton et John Jay ; et l’anti-fédéralisme défendu par des hommes comme Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, John Hancock.

Les deux groupes avaient leur propre vision  de l’Amérique et vendaient leurs idées à travers les journaux, des prises de parole. Et la communauté avait à choisr à travers l’exercice de la constitution et le vote des élus.

Parallèlement, dans le contexte haïtien, la communauté ne s’est pas vraiment exprimée à travers un débat contradictoire. Mais, le nouvel Etat a s’est exprimé par la force l’octroi du pouvoir aux nouveaux chefs. La communauté avait deux choix : soumission ou conspiration.

L’État qui détient le monopole de la force s’exerce par  le pouvoir  tandis que la société  constituée des communautés libres  avance à travers l’influence. Le leadership de l’Etat s’exerce par la force et celui de la communauté s’acquiert par l’influence.

Les guerres de religion ont dominé les 16ème et 17ème siècles. Les formes de gouvernement et les structures politiques ont dominé les courants de pensée des 18e et 19e siècles. Le 20ème a été dominé par le conflit Est-Oust.

Aujourd’hui, cependant, la guerre des idées a changé de domaine.

Peu importe  la structure gouvernementale d’un pays, la question clé concerne la perspective économique du pays. Les structures économiques peuvent produire la liberté ou le despotisme. Ceci que ce soit dans une monarchie, république ou une démocratie.

Les idées ont des conséquences.  La séparation entre la liberté et le pouvoir est directement proportionnelle à la création de richesse économiques des prochaines générations.

La liberté spirituelle ajoutée aux  droits civiques conduit au despotisme, si les gens ne sont pas économiquement libres pour entreprendre, réussir et échouer tout en assumant leurs propres responsabilités par rapport à leur succès et leur échec.

Dans un texte que j’aurai à publier bientôt, je dis qu’il faut surtout ouvrir Haïti à l’éducation au leadership, pour renforcer la liberté et l’influence dans la communauté qui sera plus apte à faire du business et plus apte aussi à décider de son avenir à partir d’une vision donnée.



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.

BizNews Roosevelt Jean-Francois Interview with Richard Rose from IBC AIRWays

I have the pleasure to share with you my conversation with Richard Rose, IBC Airways Manager in Fort-Lauderdale. We spoke about business opportunity in Cap-Haitian from Florida.