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

 

The Financial Matrix in Action: How the banking system fails Greece with swaps and debts


I was preparing for a radio interview about the Greek Financial Crisis, and I discovered how the financial matrix and its allies in the global banking system in partnership with local governments have been in action in several countries, and above all Greece, which is facing its worse financial crisis.

ajfa-bookBestselling author  and leadership expert Orrin Woodward shaped the conceptual framework of the financial matrix  acting against the people, governments, and countries to ensure a web of debt and stress for these countries, and profits and control for the banks and the elite.

The Greek case helps me better understand the financial matrix at a closer level.

I don’t need to go far into history to describe Greece as the knowledge well of the western civilization. A great civilization which has been collapsed under its own weight and the Five Laws of Decline studied by Orrin Woodward in his outstanding bestselling book And Justice for All.

Recently, in 2010, after the great recession, a combination of international and local factors led the Greek economy to its most-severe crisis.

This situation goes back to 2001 when numerous banks concluded secret- financial deals with Greece to facilitate its entrance in the European Union Monetary System.

Big banks, such as Goldman SachsJPMorgan Chase, supplied cash in advance in exchange for future payments by the Greek government  disguised as “swaps” and consequently did not get registered as debt.

golmansacksThat deal, hidden from public view, was treated as a currency trade rather than a loan. It enabled politicians to mask additional borrowing in Greece with liabilities then left off the books. The very same corrupt practices scheme which toppled Enron.

[Greece paid Goldman Sachs] about $300 million in fees for arranging the 2001 transaction, and traded away the rights to airport fees and lottery proceeds in years to come, reported the New York Times quoting several bankers familiar with the deal.

These conditions had enabled the Greek government to spend beyond its means, while meeting the deficit targets of the European Union.

Goldman Sachs have colluded with past Greek governments to reduce the appearance of more than $ 1 billion Greece’s debt for short-term gain, while in reality making it worse than ever.

Arlene McCarthy, vice-president of the European parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee stated:  “These deals have increased costs for Greek taxpayers and left a mess behind for Greece’s citizens and the eurozone.”  Greece2

In May 2010, the Greek government deficit was estimated to hit 120% of GDP. As a consequence, there was a crisis in international confidence in Greece’s ability to repay its sovereign debt. To avert such a default, in May 2010 the other Eurozone countries, and the IMF, agreed to a rescue package which involved giving Greece an immediate $ 50 billion in loans, with more funds to follow, totaling $ 125 billion.

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To secure the funding, Greece was required to adopt harsh austerity measures to bring its deficit under control. These measures are as followed: reduce pension payments, increase pension contributions, end early retirement and raise retirement age, privatization etc… (for more specifics on the measures being negotiated  with the international creditors click on this link )

This is The Financial Matrix. We know it when we see it. It finds its terrain with the avarice, greed of the elite and its legal banking system, the neglect of the middle class and its allies in the government and the ignorance of the masses.

I am glad to be part of the Life Leadership Compensated Community which is building new forces  to break free from the matrix through self-directed leadership education, personal responsibility, civic engagement to keep our governments accountable, and to keep us from the plunder of the elites and its banking system.

God bless,

Roosevelt

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: the next revolution to stop the decline and start a 180 degrees turnaround in Haiti


I enjoy reading several books at once. I let my internal feeling guide me to which one should I pick  at specific moments. A biography is ongoing must. I enjoyed learning from great minds and accomplishers both alive and dead, national and international. The great source of learning is universal, it has no boundary, no time constraint.

And for these days, I’m all in Napoleon Bonaparte’s life. I’m reading Vincent Cronin’s Napoleon Bonaparte, an intimate biography.

I just re-read for a second time Florence Littaeur’s Personality Plus, how to understand others by understanding yourself. And I’m halfway Orrin Woodward’s And Justice for All, a quest for concord. An amazing book for which New York Times best selling author Orrin Woodward holds the Guinness book record having signed on one spot more than 6000 books last June in Columbus, Ohio.

I am blessed to be part of The Life Leadership compensated community led by Orrin Woodward, and I am glad to have been in his book signing moment which is part of history.

I’m studying Woodward’s Leadershift Five Laws of Decline (FLD), Six Duties of Society (SDS), and Pendulum of Power (PP) theory, and to apply them to my native country Haiti. This will lead to my new book. How to have a turnaround, a180 degrees shift in Haiti, by understanding the FLD, and by applying the SDS.

My studies start with history. The more I read history the more I understand we don’t learn from history.  Philosopher George Santayana is known for his famous saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.

Haiti’s story is not inspiring. The elite’s greed,  the masses’ ignorance and the middle class’ s neglect give control to state power and atrophy our social power. Our state is totally dependent and most of the time a parasite. We choose plunder over responsibility of creative work. We have become a society addicted to various kinds of plunder.

Government spending consistently increases. As long as our system encourages various types of plunder rather than making work the easiest way to succeed, we’ll continue to decline.

In their New York Times best selling book LeaderShift, co-authors Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille call for American Social Power to finally stand up and lead.

The leadership revolution should also be a call for Haitians to finally stand up and stop the decline in our Society, and lead our turnaround to a complete 180 degrees shift.

Woodward and DeMille said it best: ¨We need a nation of citizens who are leaders” to get out of the “coma of complacency”.

Woodward coined his first law of decline  as Sturgeon law (For specifics read Leadershift). This concept is crucial in helping Haiti turn around. 90% of the alleged leaders are producing cruddy results. Understanding Sturgeon’s law helps us study the leadership teams honestly and not be fooled by the endless talking with no results. “When all is said and done, much more is said than ever done.The 10% percent walk while while the 90% talk”, Woodward & DeMille said in their Leadershift book.

One of our first tasks in Haiti’s turnaround is to develop a scoreboard that helps separate the 10% from the 90%. Who are the 10%? And how can we find them? “Only hard-core results reveal the truth”, Woodward said.

As stated in the Leadershift book “10% of the people are going to lead the nation and take it in whatever direction they end up choosing. So we’ve got to find a way to get the right 10% of the population leading our nation.”

As I said, my studies start with history. reading Napoleon’s biography helps me better understand what the haitian founders had to face to frame their freedom revolution and start a nation. This nation is in decline and we need a new revolution. This will be the leadership revolution.

God bless,

Roosevelt

Leadership & Wisdom!


I started the day reading the Proverbs of king Salomon. I was so surprised to read, just a while ago, the latest post from best selling author Orrin Woodward on the same subject.

“What a coincidence”, I said to myself.

On his blog, Woodward is asking us to “seek for freedom”.

I appreciate and want to add value to you by sharing Orrin Woodward’s thinking. I like the way he tied leadership,  wisdom, and the Life Leadership community.

Inc. Magazine just selected him and his best selling co-author Chris Brady in the Top 50 leadership and management expert in the world.

The key word in Proverbs is wisdom, which an author defines, as the “ability to” live life skillfully”.

Life Leadership is our tool  to develop that skill set to live the life we’ve always wanted.

Read Orrin Woodward’s post below:

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Seek Freedom

by Orrin Woodward

Life is less like a box of chocolates and more like a box of jalapeños. If you don’t apply wisdom, what you do today may burn your butt tomorrow.

I read a tweet recently from Brian Powers on life, chocolates, and jalapeños. I changed the quote slightly to tie it to the importance of wisdom and the quote above resulted. Life truly is about gaining wisdom in the 8F’s so that one can learn to handle any situation with peace and grace. Since everyone experiences the ups and downs in life, wisdom is the key delineator between successfully navigating the storms of life or being added to the growing list of shipwrecked lives.

Relativism = Value Free

The Free Dictionary defines wisdom as the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. If wisdom requires on to judge between truthfulness and rightness of one’s actions then one must believe that there is truth and right in the world. After all, how can one discern truth and right when one is a relativist and rejects the notions of good/evil, truth/error, and right/wrong?

LIFE Leadership begins with this foundational principle to seek wisdom. The Bible states, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” and the transformation for many begins with the recognition of a moral order in the world. For without this moral order, seeking wisdom is a fools errand as one would have rejected the goal (discerning truth) before one begins the journey.

One of the many things I love about the LIFE Leadership community is it is difficult to remain a relativist when one attempts to lead. Leadership, at its essence, is buying into one’s purpose/vision and then selling it to others. This purpose/vision must be inspirational and rational in order to be bought into with conviction by the community. However, a relativist struggles with conviction. This isn’t surprising when one considers that a relativist’s statement of faith centers around, “nothing is true absolutely.” Of course, my quick rejoinder is, “are you absolutely sure that nothing is true absolutely?”

This is the quandary for all relativist who attempt to lead a community. If he answers my question by saying, “I am absolutely sure,” then he has disproved his own statement of faith. If he says, “I am not absolutely sure,” then I say, “great, let’s help you start reading, listening, and associating, so you can be sure about what you believe.”

At the end of the day, it’s the leader’s certainty, and the conviction that comes from this certainty, that creates the passion around the purpose for other’s to follow. Thus, knowing why you believe what you believe is foundational to all leadership.

How has LIFE Leadership helped you develop wisdom in life and discern truth and right in today’s relativistic age?

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

HBRN’s Orrin Woodward and Tony Cannuli have a leadership conversation with Life Leadership PC Holger Spiewak: lessons of trust, courage, conviction and determination.


Here’s the new Leadership Factory radio show. I enjoyed listening to Orrin Woodward and Tony Cannuli interviewing Holger Spiewak. Holger is LIFE Leadership’s brand new Policy Council member.  Here are some real life lessons on leadership, trust, courage, conviction, growth, change, and determination. As best-selling author Orrin Woodward wrote on his blog, “a person cannot lead others until he has proven he can lead himself.¨

 

 

Leadership perspective from the desiderata-words for life: “No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”


I just had a conversation with a friend who left me with those words: “No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

I thanked her for her wisdom telling her what I learned from my 14 years old son: “sharing is caring”. I also learned from Orrin Woodward, co-authored two NY Times bestselling books: LeaderShift & Launching a Leadership Revolution, who  leads a compensated community  of leaders that I’m part of : “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

I know how much my friend cares having doing social business with her for the last 5 years.

She promptly replied: “Not my words…I’ve borrowed them from The Desiderata…a good life treatise.  You’d love it from a leadership perspective.”

She copied and pasted me this link to our chat conversation. Waoh! It’s a brand new territory for me to discover The Desiderata- Words for Life by  Max Ehrmann.

Learn to “Be yourself,”  and understand “You are a child of the universe,no less than the trees and the stars;you have a right to be here.And whether or not it is clear to you,no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”

The editor notes this poem  is a list of things desirable in life.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

And Live Intentionally For Excellence. LIFE.

God bless,

Roosevelt