Friday, May 13, 2016

Team work makes the dream work! By Kristen Pope

It’s no secret. I have an amazing team working on my show, “The Positive Controversy!” I brag on them all the time. There’s no way the show would be what is it without their hard work and expertise.

I get asked often, ‘how did you build your team?’ To be honest, initially I was clueless and didn’t have the answer. Which let me know one important item immediately: God had handpicked each person on my team.

To start, I told my great friend who’s also a producer, Squeaky Moore about the idea Not long after Squeaky and I discussed ideas for the show a few more times, I asked her if she would produce the show and she accepted! Squeaky has been a producer on many different projects. Not only was she talented, but she was skilled to produce my show.

Once Squeaky came on board, it was time to compile all of the other members of the production team: Camera man, lighting, sound, editor, and production assistant. Thanks to Squeaky’s work in the film industry, she had relationships with directors of photography (DPs), videographers, sound engineers and editors. One by one, Squeaky reached out to her network and told them about the show and what we needed.

Your business or idea may not be in television or media, but these fundamentals are universal!

Step#1: Seek out people who are genuinely interested and believe in your vision. Not only will they help bring it to pass, but they will also work hard and sacrifice with you to get the job done!

Step #2: Seek out people who are skilled at what you need accomplished. It’s nice to work with your friends, however, in order to create a successful product, you really need people who skilled to work in the area your company needs.

Step #3: Put your pride to the side. An old boss once told me if you’re the smartest person in your circle of friends, then you need a new set of friends. Don’t be afraid to surround yourself with people who know more than you. Keep focus on the bigger picture: creating an excellent product!

Step #4: Set a budget and stick to it! When you’re first starting out, hiring a team can get expensive when you have no reference to compare it to. Negotiate! Most people are willing to work within your budget if the project is long term and they believe in it!

Step #5: ASK! Ask for what you need! People generally tend to want to help out, they just need to know what it is you need.

Step #6: Be Flexible! Everyone who starts on your team, might not end on your team.

Step #7: Celebrate your team! They work hard. They share your struggles when they take part in your vision. Let them know that they are appreciated and valued!

 “Team work makes the dream work!”

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Happy Mother(ship) Day! By Aria Craig

Leadership is something that was cultivated from my past experiences that shaped the woman and mother that I am today…and will be in the future. About eight years ago, I landed a great opportunity for a large insurance company. Because I was extremely ambitious (and still am), I transformed into a sponge to learn everything I needed to know in order to excel. And that, I did! Within five months, I was considered for a promotion to a leadership opportunity and less than a year later I was double promoted.  Not bad for someone who walked through the glass door with more than fifteen years of experience in a completely non-related industry (legal). Also, not bad for a single mother!

While elevating my game for my next career move, my son was being influenced. He noticed me working diligently to achieve my Bachelor Degree, subsequently completing my M.B.A. He became so driven that he was compelled to run for 5th grade class president after only attending the school for a year-and-a-half. I listened to his speech (that he drafted all by himself) and worked with him on his stage presence. On the day all the candidates had to speak in front of the student body I was an incredibly proud mom. The principal asked which candidate wanted to give their speech first. While the other students looked at each other with apprehension, my son – with his suit, tie and glasses – boldly and confidently proceeded to the microphone. And momma noticed! He spoke at the right pitch, gave hand gestures, paused at the right moments and gave direct eye contact. My eyes swelled up with tears and I jumped out of my seat, clapping so hard my hands turned beet red! By the end of the week, the decision was made. He called me from the principal’s office to inform me that he had won by a landslide!! Now, that deserved a trip for the biggest ice cream sundae and a handful of “Congratulations!” balloons. The best part about the experience is that I believed that He believed that he was equipped to win.

Society places so much shame on single and divorced mothers that the need for them to influence their children and others through their leadership characteristics is incredibly crucial. I have been blessed to cross the paths of so many fabulous and talented moms that are working on their crafts (or still contemplating) with a focus of service. Motherships (Mothers in Leadership) understand this calling. They are driven and want to elevate so intensely that the energy not only stirs their souls but the marrow in their bones. They have aspirations to create a legacy for their children and leave an inspiring imprint for future generations. And their children are observing this!

So on May 8th pat yourself on the back, brush your shoulders off and have a Fabulous Mother(ship) Day!!

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Don’t Compare Your Open Call to their Grand Finale By Shamieka Dean

I believe this has happened to every entrepreneur at some point in their career. The bad habit of unhealthy comparisons. In a world where so many people are shooting for first place, its easy to compare yourself to others. Comparing yourself to others causes you to devalue yourself. Comparison will quickly rob you of the confidence you need to achieve your dreams by comparing your journey to those around you. Your journey is unique to your talents, gifts and abilities.

One of the things I do as a relationship coach is help women prepare for marriage. One of the questions I ask them is “Are you prepared for what youre praying for?” I ask this question because I want them to really be able to identify any fears, insecurities, strongholds, or hindrances that will prevent them from getting married or help them to end up in divorce court. What Ive learned is that God has a time for everything. The only thing that delays the promise is when we are not prepared for what we are praying for.

We often hear the term “Overnight Success” which gives the false interpretation that this person woke up one day and became a household name. The truth is these people have been behind the scenes working hard, grinding, pushing past fears, haters, and doubters to make their dream a reality. On their journey, they discover their strengths and weaknesses. They see what will bring them success or failure. They learn the most about themselves in the process. There are times in our lives where we must be hidden for preparation. The preparation process is to help you handle the weight of the success you are believing God for. Its not as difficult to achieve success as it is to remain successful.

You are GOOD enough for what God has called you to do. You are the only one with your fingerprint which means no one can do you the way that you can. The doors that were closed in the past were only Gods protection. Stay focused on your assignment. Put in the work thats going to get you to the top. Learn what you need to learn to sustain your success. There is a time for everything and anything thats released prematurely has defects. When your appointed time comes, nothing or no one will be able to stop you. You will not only become successful, but you will forever be prosperous. 

Shamieka Dean, known as the Queen of Restoration, is a Restoration Strategist coaching women in love and business. Shes the Founder of Restore Me TV helping Real women with Real Issues find Real Solutions. Her business coaching program “Mogul Minded Women” teaching Christian women entrepreneurs success Gods Way. Lastly, “A Mile in My Shoes, The Movement”  which she founded in 2014 is a womens empowerment movement of over 1500 women worldwide with the mission to restore women to wholeness, empowering them to live boldly and unapologetically who God has called them to be.

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