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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Reading Ken Dun’s book “The Greatest Prospector in The World, A Historically Accurate Parable on Creating Success in Sales, Business, & Sales.


It’s our community’s book for the month of October.  I read it in one trait. A great read for a great book.

This book is a “recipe for mastering the sales process,” said Orrin Woodward, Inc. Magazine top 20 Leader who forworded the book.

bookYou can go ahead and read this book yourself and add your hunger to implement  the six business secrets revealed in those 169 pages, and you’ll discover a useful and enjoyable piece of literature with useful tips to be successful in business.

I am sharing with you my underlines and the feelings I had reading that book in the last 24 hours.

It’s about a family story prospecting for gold. The content is organized in such a way that the storyline grabs you  to your throat and you can’t depart from it until you read what’s next.  A good thriller.
Kevin Dun who I had the pleasure to listen to a couple of times to teach people about being a book bestsellers wraps his message around the human being.

First, “Be yourself,” he said.

No matter what happens, be yourself. This is a lesson one of the main character learned from a stranger in a moment of grief and loss.
The prospector is after gold, day after day, rain or shine, and is never tiring of the search for gold. This could be exciting, but also might bring on many difficulties, hardships, and losses.
This is a parable also about life. It brings dreams, joys, struggles, and victories.
We have to know what we’re looking for and understand why it’s always important to build strong relationships, even if we don ‘t know how they will benefit us in the future. We have to cultivate lasting relationships, which span the globe.
Your network is your net worth. Prospecting is a way of life. “It’s the secret to success, and it will bring you fulfillment,” said the author through one of his character teaching about the relationship between a mentor and a protégé.
“You’ve got to want it. The protégé seeks the mentor not the other way around. You have to be hungry, humble, and willing to learn,” he said.
The mentor teaches but the protégé has to ask him. The mentor decides how much he tells, when he tells, and how he teaches. The protégé’s progress will influence his decisions by applying himself, and following instructions. The protégé should agree to those terms., be patient , but not passive.Kenn-Dunn-Co-founder
On our journey to prospect for gold, and be successful in life, and in business, we will face obstacles, distractions, detours, and disappointments. We must shake off every hindrance and stay focused on the prize. This is the only path to the six secrets which are not just about how to get more, but also how to give more.
The six secrets are summarized as followed:
1.- Dress for the weather. Dress for success. Be your best. Choose your attire with  care. Give people good eye contact. Do not dominate conversation, but don’t be afraid to participate. Ask questions.
2.know what you’re looking for. Put together a plan. Make a prospect list. Qualify those who you believe need your product or service. This is your target market. Stay focused on your target market which is a group of customers who are more likely to purchase your product or services. Don’t waste time, energy, and money prospecting every one you meet.
3.- Use the right tools. Be disciplined and strategic in your approach. Dream. Discover your purpose. Pursue your dreams to all your might. Fight against obstacles, distractions, disappointments, and detours. Never give up.
4.- Get back into the river, even if you don ‘t want to. Prioritize your time, efforts, work habits, and actions based on your goals. Avoid distractions. Set priorities, boundaries, and guidelines. Visualize your future. Write down goals. Set dates, make decisions.
5.- Learn to laugh. Make it fun. Take time for leisure. Share funny stories.
6.-Work hard for six days, and rest for one. Leave a legacy. Life is short. Appreciate what you have. Cherish the days. Build precious memories. Cherish your family. Live a full life, with no regrets.

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Roosevelt

Leadership and Emotional Intelligence: your brain can help you become more emotionally fit if you want to.


I had fun this morning having a conversation with a friend at a coffee shop talking about what we did the last week-end. We talked about laughing with friends, having good time doing nothing, and upcoming goals to be achieved in the near future. We talked and talked while drinking coffee, and eating blueberry muffins.

We talked about books: one of them, the Garry Chapman bestselling 5 love languages.

E3This week end, I have been reading contents relative to emotional intelligence. I went over “Emotional intelligence, A practical guide”, by Dr. David Walton and “Crucial Conversations: tools for talking when stakes are high”, by bestselling authors Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.

I enjoyed reading. But, above all, I have more pleasure underlining what makes me think, and take notes to share with friends, fans, and acquaintances I converse with.

David Walton defines Emotional Intelligence as “an assortment of mental abilities and skills that can help you to successfully manage both yourself and the demand of working with others.”

It embraces a set of mental skills that enable you to know and control your own emotions and to recognize and effectively respond to the emotional state of other people. Emotional Intelligence, according to Walton,  is crucial for making business profitable and relationships stable and satisfying.
It helps you to remain calm in emotionally charged situations and it enables you to:

.- know yourself reasonably well
.- control your own emotions
.- show empathy with the feelings of others

There are numerous benefits of developing  Emotional Intelligence such as:
– overcome difficult situations
– express yourself clearly but warmly
– build better relationships
– keep your emotions under control
– communicate mutual respect
– avoid skewed thinking
– say the appropriate thing at the appropriate time
– value and obtain commitment from others
– become resilient in difficult times
– have clear values and share them with others
– increase your own well beings

In this guide, the author mentions Emotional Intelligence  can be learned because of the power of the brain as an “amazing learning machine.”

EIHis theory is your amazing brain can help you change by involving something called “plasticity.”
You have spent your life building ‘behavioral templates’ which are stored in your brain and used automatically to different situations. We are able to make our brains actually grow. Brain cells and neurons grow and proliferate. They migrate to where they may be needed.

David Walton described as “synaptic plasticity”. The ability of our brains to develop and to grow.

Every time new knowledge is acquired, the connections communicate differently and through repetition, become faster, more efficient and instinctive in this way is described as “synaptic plasticity.”

We can change. We can unlearn old behaviors and create new templates. This happens all the time if you have the motivation and the space for thinking

What’s intelligence? What’s emotion? David asks these simple questions to establish the conceptual framework about Emotional Intelligence.

He quoted Alfred Binet who was the first scholar to develop an IQ test in 1905. He also mentions
academic intelligence IQ is 25% for someone success in later life.

Other views such as Thorndike, Kelly and Howard Gardner proposed other types of intelligence for dealing with others often described as ‘social intelligence’. The concept of Emotional Intelligence went mainstream with the release in 1995 of Goleman’s book.

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Walton went back to Greece and its thinkers who argued that logic, thinking, intellect, and reason were the only reliable way of leaving. They believed emotions, feelings were subjective, so an unreliable basis for living and working together.
Emotion was linked to hysteria and was seen as a disorder or a psychologic problem. This is a pretty sexy perspective. The male perspective was that emotion is a female problem.

The modern life brings a flow of impersonal stimulation contrasting with the warmth of a village life more rooted in emotional connections. The village life creates a sense of community, a sense of empowerment and purpose with good community relationships as a result.

Emotions play a huge role in human interaction.

Our emotions are wired to our brains. There’s a purpose for them. What is emotion? Feeling? These terms are difficult to define and even more difficult to understand, Walton said in this book.

Whatever the definitions and understanding, we know for sure people surround themselves with people and objects to which they become emotionally attached to. For many, the reason for being is the warmth of this attachment.

Our emotions shape our understanding, our way of thinking, the decisions we take, and the habits or attitudes we adopt.

To be emotionally  intelligent, and to  boost your health and well being through Emotional Intelligence, David Walton recommends the 5 next actions:

1.- connecting with others : this brings support, balance, enrichment, stability, and a sense of community.

2.- be physically active: walking or running, playing a sport, gardening, dancing, biking. Physical activity  helps you feel good, gives you a sense of balance in your life, rids your body of stress,
3.- stay alert: enjoy the choices others make about their clothing, style, or appearance, live in the moment. Appreciate the look and feel, the smells, sounds of each moment,
4. Keep learning . Do something new. Rediscover old interests .Read. Listen. Associate. Implement
5.- Give. Empathize with someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Help someone in need.

I enjoyed the moment and the conversation I had this morning with my friend. And I am glad to be part of the Life Leadership Compensated Community where I have an opportunity to grow myself and sustain long term relationships and business development.

Leadership & reminiscences: the value of our time and the connection of our youth with your later years.


What is time? Is our childhood present in our life now? What connect our youth with our later years? These are some questions bestselling author Marietta McCarty, professor of philosophy, invites us to reflect on in her book “How Philosophy can save your life, 10 ideas that matter most.”

I started this week by posting on Facebook some of the games I used to play when I was a kid. Simple games and fun times such as flying a kite, shooting marbles, jumping rope etc,,,

What I liked the most is the way I connect with a lot of long time and new friends who engage in these reminiscences which hold our lives together.

One of my personal favorite pastimes was shooting marbles. In our neighborhood, the boys knew every ground available to draw the outline in the dirt.

We drew a circle about 1-2 feet in diameter where each player put their bet, 5-10 marbles. Then we draw a line and a “lag” up to that line. The one who could get closest to that line shot first. Then the next player has a chance to shoot. Any marble you knocked out is yours to keep..
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I enjoyed also flying kites I made myself which plastic, thin paper.

Childhood memories bring more perspective and flexibility to our life. They help us to flow more easily with life’s movement. They are great topics for conversations with friends and siblings.

Relax and enjoy  good conversations with your friends, family members about your childhood memories. take turn sharing stories. Your stories make you you.

Roosevelt

A #lovelifeleadership lesson of courage: Irena Sandler rescuing children against the Nazi Germany


I read Irena Sandler’s story last night. I read it from a collection of stories written by Cameron C. Taylor in his recent Volume 2 of 8 attributes of Great Achievers. I read the story 3 times in a row. Yes, 3 times in a row. I couldn’t believe it. And I had my 16 year old son  read it to me aloud. I google her to make sure this is a real story. Indeed, It’s an amazing, uplifting story of courage in the dark, troublesome age of the Nazi Germany.

Irena5Irena Sendler was born in 1910 in Poland. She was a nurse, and a social worker before the Nazi German army invaded Poland in 1939. Jews were separated from the rest of the population and were put in a ghetto protected by armed soldiers.

Irena, as a nurse, had access to the ghetto and watched thousand of Jews died of starvation. Secretly, she brought in food, clothing, and even forged documents to help the Jews. But, she realized that getting the Jews of this macabre place called The Warsaw Ghetto is the only way to save them. She also knew this task would be greatly difficult and very risky. Families who were caught helping the Jews were killed.

Irena focused on rescuing children from the ghetto. She started with the escaping of 3-4 orphans a week, placing them with foster families, orphanages, and various convents. She extended her network and began saving 15 children a day.  2500 children were saved through her effort and supporting team. She created faked names for the children and insisted that their real names be preserved. She kept all their real names, locations, and other archives, in a jar buried under an apple tree.

Irena3She was arrested in 1943, sent to jail, sentenced to be executed. She was severely tortured. Her Nazi interrogator asked her about her accomplices, leaders, code names, escape routes, and the names and addresses of others involved.

She was strong under torture which was repeated each day for at least one hour, with the interrogator asking the same questions again and again.

On the morning of January 20, 1944, her name was called for execution. She was taken by a SS German officer to the right while other women went  to the left. She thought she was being taken for another beating and asked to be taken to the other door to be shot.

Irena wrote, “Death would be a relief- less to fear than one more beating. I had not divulged any names or any details about our network of the children’s lists.”

The officer, who, according to Cameron C. Taylor, had received a large bribe for her release,  pushed Irena to the room in the right which had an open door to a quiet street. He told Irena: “You are free. Get out of here as fast as you can.”

She felt the chill of the Polish crisp January morning. The sun blinded her as she had not seen it for hundreds of days. Her name was on the list of those executed the day before and her crime listed as “aiding and abetting Jews, consorting, with underground elements.”

she went in hiding for the remainder of the war, sleeping at different places each night. She continued her work helping children returning to the apple tree to retrieve the buried jars filled with the names of the rescued children.

After the war, she expressed great fear that the memory of the Holocaust would be forgotten. She said not to let “the sensation of fear convince you that you are too weak to have courage. Fear is the opportunity for courage.”Irena4

Cameron C. Taylor reported a conversation Irena had with her father when she was seven years old to explain why she led such a risky rescue effort. Her father was sick, and she went to visit him in the hospital with her mother. Her father called Irena to his side and said, ” Irena. Always remember what I taught you. People are all the same… Always remember, my darling Irena. If you see someone drowning, you must rescue him.”

She answered, “I’ll remember, father.” Her father died 5 days later.

Irena Sendler was just a four feet tall woman. Very petite. But, her courage was inversely proportional to her physical stature. It is said time and time again, “it’s not the size of the man in the fight, but the size of the fight in the man.”

Cameron concluded this chapter about the courageous  Irena Sendler that she remembered the words of her dying father, and she rescued many who were drowning.

She passed away on May 12, 2008. She was 98. She left a legacy of courage to live on, and the strength to act even when we are afraid.

This book is part of my monthly Life Leadership subscription. Every month I’am part of a compensated community of self-directed learners who receive  a book and some audios from Life Leadership. I love Life Leadership: this is the premier leadership company providing world class global leadership content and self-directed education to the world.

Please, share what lessons you learn from this post and I invite you to learn more about other achievers in this serie, or join us in our quest to reach one million of people reading good books, listening to audios of inspiring speakers, and associated with like-minded people who speak the language of excellence.

God bless,

Roosevelt

Setting People Free at the Life Leadership Summer Leadership Convention this week-end in Green Bay, Wisconsin


I spent this week-end at the Life Leadership Summer Convention with my three kids, a lot of friends, and thousands and thousands of members of the Life Leadership Compensated Community in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We had fun, we learned, and we got inspired,uplifted, and renewed with passionate vigor and lasting motivational speeches and, meaningful conversations with top leaders and achievers in the Life Leadership Compensated Community.

IMG_3673I flew from Fort-Lauderdale to O’hare, Chicago, and drove to Green Bay, WI. As a Green Bay fan, I was anxious to discover the Lambeau Stadium, home of the Green bay Packers and the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi for whom “winning is everything”.

Bestselling author, and CEO of Life Leadership, Chris Brady kicked off the even with these simple words: “We set people free”.

IMG_3620LIFE Leadership is dedicated to providing solid world-class training to any individual ready to commit to a lifestyle full of challenges and success”, he told a very enthusiastic audience.

Life Leadership has delivered what it said we can expect from a leadership convention. This is a place to learn the newest, most stimulating and insightful information, and to bond with our community on a much deeper level

Always a blast, the Leadership Conventions offer an unforgettable weekend full of training, inspiration, cheering, and fun. Top LIFE industry leaders share personal insights and life-changing information that will help us catapult our leadership development and self education business and life to new heights.

There was never a dull moment at this Leadership Convention. I jumped on my feet with excitement and shouting with enthusiasm.

IMG_3690The speakers were outstanding covering every aspect of building and developing the LIFE business while teaching principles of leadership and personal development.

Haitians find Hope through Life Leadership.

I was so delighted to see how many Haitians who came from Haiti to participate in this event. They were  proud to carry the blue and red flag to cross the Convention stage as they were being recognized for their achievements for the last quarter.

Haitian Leader Thierry Laplanche, who won the top gun power player contest, the higher quarterly most disputed contest in the Life Leadership Community, shared his dream that ‘one day, the Haitian flag will be on the podium by the US, and Canadian flags”.

“This will be a symbol of Haiti being on its way to prosperity, wealth, and peace, and a symbol that Life Leadership can change the world”, said Laplanche, a medical doctor, turned to be a leadership expert and the one of the top community builders in Haiti at the moment.IMG_3681

Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned professional, Leadership Conventions will inspire, motivate, and compel you to keep moving forward.

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