Ghettos of Our Minds

Darryl James
Darryl James
Across all socio-economic levels, we can find African Americans who refer to some portion of the Black community, or some Black behavior as "Ghetto," a word that was originally used to refer to any area filled with people from similar racial or ethnic background live, typically separated into inferior conditions. Historically, Ghetto was most used in reference to the areas where Jews were forced to live, particularly in Nazi Germany.

It is not only a shame that we have adopted a word that has always been negative, but is now no longer used in reference to anything original. Yet, the word "Ghetto" is now clearly and interminably, a Black thing, baby. And, that’s not a good thing at all.

Coaching

Torin Ellis
Torin Ellis
They say for 3 out of 10, Monday morning's are fantastic! Hard, down right difficult might be the sentiment for the remainder. It wasn't always this way. There was a time when love surrounded the work. Today far too many are longing for recognition, responsibilities, reward, and wonderfulness between the hours of 6 and 6 and that presents a problem. This week I promised to look at the Coach of the team we created last week. As usual, the twist lies in where we look. Shall we?

Writers Retreat

Pittershawn Palmer
Pittershawn Palmer
Writers from all walks of life are trying to find the secret. They want to know, how do I become a great writer? How do I create a body of work that will be remembered long after I am gone? These writers ask the questions that many have asked through the ages. And still, there are others who do not long for immortality, but only for their words to be heard, and they never realize that in wanting that, they will inevitably create a permanent place for themselves in history.

When Welfare Replaces Daddy

Darryl James
Darryl James
If we are truly concerned about the future of our children, then we would focus on the benefits, not the costs of amending the Welfare system, because as study after study has shown, our children are doing worse with fewer fathers in the home.

Teamwork

Torin Ellis
Torin Ellis
In business we (all) are part of a team. Education is business. Government is business. Non profit initiatives are business. Franchising is business. And in business, the difference in a team's performance, high performing and reaching extraordinary success lies in establishing mission-oriented goals and concentrated action towards those goals. Reaching a consensus can be exhausting yet mandatory. With execution at the core, let's quickly cover three steps to becoming part of a better team.


BRAND YOU

Torin Ellis
Torin Ellis
Understand that you are the brochure, business card, logo, and/or web site that is most important. . . most seen. Craig's List [founded in 1995] started as an online calendar to alert readers of various happenings around the San Francisco area. Today the website receives nearly 5 billion page hits and nearly 15 million unique visitors per month. A strong accomplishment for an organization of any size - a phenomenal feat for one that has less than 30 employees! A brand.

Creating Relationships of Value

Torin Ellis
Torin Ellis
Theodore Roosevelt said "the most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people." I'm amazed when I think back on some of the professional encounters I've had with so many different people with varied degrees of authority. So many were absolutely fantastic while a few were nothing short of disastrous. Honestly, some of the most fantastic relationships have been with ordinary people willing to do what they said they would do. You know, they gave you a business card and had every intention of following up despite the void of direct benefit in doing so.

Focusing on the bigger objectives

Torin Ellis
Torin Ellis
Don't drain your mental reserves. On this Monday switch thought.

I promise not to keep you long. In 1965, there was a gentleman by the name of H. Naylor Fitzhugh. Fitzhugh actually had a scholarship to Harvard at the age of 16 and was one of four African Americans in the 1931 class of 1000. Fitzhugh was the first African American to earn and secure an MBA in Business from Harvard. Armed with a great deal of education and exceptional talent, Fitzhugh was forced to wrestle with a tireless opponent by the name of struggle. A brief stint at Howard University positioned Fitzhugh for the business community, which was well deserved. While at Pepsi Cola Inc., he manufactured the widely used business phrase "Target Marketing." Switch.