The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading
One of my favorite activities is to sink into a steaming bubble bath with a good book. Reading takes me to places far away, visiting with people of different lands, cultures and times. What better time to explore The Power of Reading than now, while most of us are sheltering in place during this COVID19 pandemic. There's so much bad news being shared these days; I thought I'd take some time and bring some uplifting messages and ideas to help us get throug...

Sowing Seeds of Hope

Sowing Seeds of Hope
These are indeed critical and challenging times. But I believe together we can get through them by the grace of God! For instance, I heard on the news last night that many seamstresses and designers are sowing masks to help with the shortages of masks for health care and front line responders in this COVID19 pandemic. I prayed about what more I could do. I heard: I cannot sew masks, but I can sow seeds of hope. As a minister, Board Certified Coac...

What’s The Object of Your Search? — A Reflection From Howard and Sue Thurman for Black History Month

What’s The Object of Your Search? —  A Reflection From Howard and Sue Thurman for Black History Month
For Black History Month, I read Howard Thurman’s autobiography, With Head and Heart. Thurman was a prolific author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.  For instance, his book, Jesus and the Disinherited has informed many a social justice activist.  In fact, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. carried a copy of this book “in his briefcase  as he journeyed up and down the land.”&nbs...

2020–The Year of Clarity

2020–The Year of Clarity
In perusing through stock photos for the perfect image to welcome 2020 to my readers, this picture captured my attention immediately. Though shown in silhouette, I saw myself in the female figure. The brief case. The professional dress. And the cape. That cape did it! I thought:  “My superpower is being able to look back on 2019 and thank God for how I got over.”  “How I got over” is a refrain from an old gospel song made popular by Are...

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling
Recently I had the great pleasure of speaking at two leadership conferences that got me to thinking about my own leadership as a calling.  As many of you know, I have been writing on the topic of women's leadership since my first book, Leading Ladies, was published in 2000. My most recent book, Influence Starts with "I" focuses on developing the skill (or art) of influence --the power to effect change in people teams or organizations for the good of...

Influence Starts with “I”—Who before What!

Influence Starts with “I”—Who before What!
What is Influence? Is it getting others to do what I want? Is it persuading another to follow my recommendations? Whatever it is, we know leaders do it. Leaders influence. So, recently in an executive education course of about fifty women, I asked these leaders to define influence. Their definitions fell into two groups. Some talked about a person with influence. They defined an influencer (the "who" of influence), while others defined&n...

Leadership Habits: It’s All About the Process!

Leadership Habits: It’s All About the Process!
“How long does it take to form a habit?” “How long does it take to break a habit?” These two questions recently asked by one of my leadership coachees got me to thinking about the processes of breaking and forming habits. Before I answer the timing question, though, let’s start with some basics. Habits are behaviors or actions that you do on a regular basis without consciously thinking about them. Effective habits help each of us to cons...

Make Time for Strategic Thinking

Make Time for Strategic Thinking
As a leadership consultant and coach, one of the biggest barriers I see for emerging leaders is their lack of time for strategic thinking. Whether your workplace is the corporation, the church, university or a community agency, leaders must see the big picture of the organization or institution, think strategically about the interconnecting parts of the organization and understand the context or community which the organization serves. Too often I see w...

Kickin’ It With Kiki: Black History Edition

Kickin’ It With Kiki: Black History Edition
Last week I had the pleasure of going on a Civil Rights Tour down south. I went with my Aunt, Dr. Jeanne Porter King, and a group of amazing women of the Fierce Women of Faith. We were led by the Founder, Dr. Marcenia Richards and her team. The four day tour took us to several different areas in the south that are famous throughout black history. I will say that before this tour, my eyes weren't as open as they should have been or as one would say as I was...

Kickin’ It With Kiki: Cali Edition

Kickin’ It With Kiki: Cali Edition
Last week, I went to San Fransisco with my aunt. We went there on business, but we also had a couple of days of play time in the city. We were originally there to meet with a production company called AthenaOnline. AthenaOnlne is a platform for micro-learning where they produce and distribute short video segments on a topic related to leadership. My aunt is a faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies, which partners with AthenaOnline. Jon Pe