Digital Leadership Portfolio: CEO

A hardworking individual who understands the weight of holding such a high and esteemed position. Must be able to strongly communicate with teams, and team leads. It is imperative to be able to express the vision of the company in a way that everyone can grab ahold of the vision as well, make it their own and all help take the company to new heights. Communicate what it is you expect from each individual in your company so there is no confusion as to what expectations are. If you can master being an effective, strong communicator, coaching your employees will come easy. A CEO must be able to coach his/her employees. It is imperative to effective work environments.

Along with being an effective communicator, being a strong listener is just as important. Listen to concerns and ideas from employees, more importantly, be a listening ear when life for one of your employees is hard. Listening goes hand in hand with building relationships, and being understanding of every situation presented. Building great relationships with employees will boost morale, which in-turn boosts production. Building relationships with clients creates a trust that will lead to long and successful results in your business. The CEO to employee relationship is so important, that the ability to read people is essential. Not everyone responds well to the same managerial style. It is important to find the best way to communicate to your employees to keep morale and production high.

When making decisions, be realistic, but don’t be afraid to take big risk. Be knowledgeable of different roadblocks that may occur. However, calculate EVERY risk, and decide whether it will be worth it or not. Confidence, not arrogance, will take you far as a CEO. Humility is a must for this position and it is something that cannot be taught. This comes with past experience with the hand that life dealt you along the way. As a CEO, you MUST be able to not only learn from the past, but admit at times when you were wrong. Admitting that a past decision may not have been the best for the company will not only exhibit humility to your team, but you’ll be able to learn the lesson to apply to the future of your company.

#GuessWhatHeDid

I know I shared this story via my Instagram Story on Monday, but there's so much to it that I had to share more in depth on my blog. Yeah, I've been slacking on this blogging thing lately and that'll change...... soon LOL. But for real, definitely should use this means of communicating what God has and is doing in my life right now. For now, lets talk about what he JUST DID!

For those who know, I've been interning with Disney since May and working at Starbucks on the weekends while attending school online for my Masters Degree. No, I'm not crazy, and no, I don't sleep either. However, my parents have set an example for years that at 28, I'm FINALLY truly understanding and applying it to my own life. That is no matter how you feel, do what you gotta do. The long days and sleepless nights will pay off in the long run, but for now, we working! NOW, back to the story here. Back in April I believe it was, I was contacted for a stagehand gig with a company here that was outsourced by Sea World. At the time, this company was also looking for warehouse employees. I had just started at Starbucks and knew my internship with Disney was beginning soon, so I respectfully declined but kept that as an option on the table for the future.

So now we're here... Internship with Disney is coming to an end, Starbucks is great, but not enough to live off of as a single young man. I mean the perks of working there are great! Free coffee, free Spotify Premium.... FREE coffee, and FREE Spotify premium (thought I'd emphasize that one mo' gain, MY GAWD!) Now my internship was a paid internship as well. So let me park here for a minute... This is the part where I have to talk about me. Here I was, great internship, fairly decent job, veteran benefits, life was good. Well, lets go back to before the internship started. Before my internship started, I was probably in the worst position financially. I don't want to go into depth about everything here, because I talk about it in my song, Broke, featuring my boy Keto on my EP I'm working on now. When life hits fam, life HITS, and she hit H A R D! Between January and May, you couldn't have told me this is where God wanted me to stay. I would've called you a liar to your face, because it didn't LOOK that way to me. But God being who he is had our Pastor during a Presence Night release this song in such a Holy moment, 'It may look like I'm surrounded, but I'm surrounded by you.' And that's when things in my way of thinking slowly began to change. Family, don't look at what it looks like, but look to the hills from where your help comes, for our help comes from The Lord (Psalms 121:1-2). We can get so caught up with what our circumstances look like, that we take our focus and our attention off of The Father. It happens, and I would be lying to you if I said I've never had a moment where I was so focused on what things looked like that I took my attention off of God, but I didn't stay there. Let's keep going....

So, WE go to Hawaii for a few days (shout out my beautiful girlfriend. You already know babe), and The Lord begins to change my perspective through several encounters with him. We come back to Florida, and my outlook has changed completely. Was everything financially better? Not really, but God opening the door for this internship provided what I needed for the time being. I may not have had enough to do what I wanted, but I never went without & I thank God for that. So now, the internship was originally a 6-week program. Little did I know, they had the option to extend me another 6-Weeks, and they did. Praise God for it! So now, the last 6-Weeks are coming to an end, and I'm looking for a more permanent position. I remembered the company mentioned in the beginning and decided to submit my resume to them for the warehouse position. Within moments, I received an email back wanting to schedule me for an interview. We set it up, and I was in within the week of applying.

Now this is where things get interesting fam, so hold on tight. I go in for the interview, fill out the paperwork, gave it back to the secretary and wait in their conference room. A gentleman walks in, introduces himself and says, "I see you applied for a warehouse position. I think you may have meant to apply to the folks next door." You can imagine the look on my face at this point, 'Well I thought this was all the same company?' He goes on, "We're not hiring for warehouse positions. However, we are hiring and if you like, we can still go through the interview and then if you're still interested, I can walk you over to the other side of the building to speak with the manager there about the warehouse position." By this time I'm like, 'I mean, I'm here already so why not? Can't get that gas back no way LOL.' But through the entire interview, I sit there trying to focus, but sitting there like, 'God what did you just have me walk in to? I didn't apply for this job, but I'm here... being interviewed... what are you doing?' Interview goes great, he gives me a tour of the building and we go to see the manager of the other company. We get there, and his secretary says he just left to go out the country that morning for 2 weeks..... Out the country, not out of town.... OUT the COUNTRY! By this time, I'm bout ready to run around the entire building. God being who he is did what ONLY HE can do. To make an already long story short, I received an email this past Monday offering me a job as an AV Install Technician & I start Monday.

It was at the moment I left the interview that it clicked. I looked back over the last few months, and was able to see Psalms 37:25 in my own life, I was once young, but now I’m old. Not once have I found a lover of God forsaken by him, nor have any of their children gone hungry (The Passion Translation). It was the moment I left the interview that I saw Ephesians 3:20 in my own life, that God will do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ask or think! My faith has skyrocketed to another level. If God can do this for me, then I have no doubt that he can save my entire family. I have no doubt that he can save the entire City of Orlando. I have no doubt that this nation and the nations of the world can be saved, all because of him going above and beyond in my own life. Believe and know that he can and he WILL family.

- SomeSay.

Dear Lecrae...

Dear Lecrae,

You may never read this, but as a young boy who grew up, hiding to listen to Biggie, Jay, & Outkast, you are a breath of fresh air. If I'm honest, I didn't know what I was going to say or do when it was my turn to step up and get a picture with you at the Meet & Greet. The whole drive down, I was just taking everything in; reminiscing on every song that has impacted my life over the years. How you've influenced me as an aspiring artist, and how your example is one that has garnered extreme criticism, but so much respect for never wavering in your faith. So I say thank you, for a few things.

Thank you for taking the Gospel to the World. When you first came out and said that you were a Hip Hop artist, not a Christian artist, I was confused. A little turned off, because I didn't understand how one who has been changed by the Gospel would not want to be labeled as such. Now that I'm older, and have seen what you've done, I get it. I have more friends who aren't believers who listen to you versus those who are. I've found many people, including myself, that have been touched by your music in a way that has changed our lives forever. To see you in pictures with Waka Flocka, or creating songs with Tye Dolla, for me is huge. You are literally taking the Gospel to the World, you're taking the chances that most won't; talking to the people that many will ignore. Healthy people don't need a doctor, sick people do, just like the World needs Jesus. You've shown me that it is possible to stay faithful to God and what you believe and still be an artist. I've never wanted to be placed in a box because I'm a believer, and you have opened a lane for that to happen.

Thank you for Background with Andy on Rehab. Recently, The Lord highlighted a pride issue in my life, and to be honest, I didn't know how to handle that. I didn't know what step to take, what to read or what to pray. For months, i just repeated daily, "Lord, strip away my pride." I was in the car one day, and in my spirit I felt the need to listen to that song. Now I've heard it before, many times, but in that moment when I hit play, tears began to fall. I just cried, asking God to take charge of every area in my life, and show me how to take the backseat.

Thank you for All Things Work Together. I felt that Gravity had successfully crossed over into mainstream Hip Hop, but ATWT... This is my favorite album by far. There aren't too many albums that I can put on and let it ride, and this one I can have on repeat for days. Thank you for the creativity, thank you for the transparency; your openness and not hiding what you were going through at that time in your life. Your concert in Tampa was my first concert of yours, and I could hear your heart in every song, specifically Cry For You, Can't Stop Me, I'll Find You & Worth It. Thank you for inspiring and influencing a generation that needs to know Jesus. Thank you for using your platform to point back to the One who saved you, and how we all need him.

Thank you for being Unashamed. 116 Forever.

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“I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14; The Passion Translation.

All day I’ve been thinking about what to say about this new year of life. Something clever, something catchy; nothing, except verse 14 of Philippians 3. Reading Day 3 of Reset by @bob.sorge , he talked about hitting the delete button for every past failure, and hit reset. As you hit reset to reach forward for Jesus with all your soul. As time turns, and 27 is now behind me, I hit the delete button on every failure, every disappointment, every shortcoming, every limitation; everything.

Looking ahead to what 2018 and 28 will bring, I reach with my entire being forward. I reach forward towards a deeper relationship with The Lord. I reach forward and pick up dreams I almost sat on the shelf. Where I wanted to be at 28 isn’t a reality, and that’s ok. I know that I’m exactly where he wants me. I know the story isn’t over. I know that The Lord has everything taken care of, and all I want is to be closer to him. To know him at a deeper, intimate level.

Thank you, Jasmine Karima, for capturing this photo. I know it was for sis shirt launch, but the more I look at these photos, I see how my next chapter of life will be. Joy unspeakable because of the Love, Grace, Mercy & Goodness of the Father.

To everyone who called, sent messages, posted via social media, I thank you all. You all have a special place in my heart and your words were very humbling. I’m grateful to call you all not only friends, but family.

28, we have business to attend to. 💪🏾💯

Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving 2017… There was no turkey. There were no greens that ain’t come in the can, no desserts that ain’t come out the box; none of that yesterday. It was my parents, who had just returned from their cruise to the Bahamas & I, some turkey burgers, and I had thrown some fried rice in with my burger. That was Thanksgiving 2017, pretty good, huh? Truthfully, it was. What started out as a day I couldn’t wait to be over changed as the day went on; let’s talk about it for a minute.

 First, my parents. I’ve said it many of times, but growing up I was not appreciative of my parents like I should have been. It wasn’t until I left the service and moved back home that my attitude towards them changed. I began to see what they had been trying to teach us all those years growing up. How to manage your money, how to handle stressful situations, how to deal with people. The importance of cleaning your room and how it can translate to any area of life became clearer. Now I’m not saying my room was a pigsty, but it could’ve been a little cleaner than it was growing up. Where people see my parents at now, is not where they’ve always been. If I had time to tell the story in depth I would, but at 27 going on 28, I appreciate now more than ever the sacrifices made and the lessons taught. Gratefulness doesn’t even come close as to what I felt being able to spend yesterday with them.

Second, my circle ain’t even a circle, that’s how small it is. In high school, I worked so hard to be accepted by people who truthfully, God kept me from getting close with. Didn’t see it that way then, but looking back now, I see why. Fast forward, at almost 28, I can really care less who rock with me and who doesn’t. I’m ok with not being liked by everyone, for whatever the reason may be. People change like the weather, or as my father would say, “change more than they change their draws,” and it’s true. I’m sure some would say that previous statement applies to me, and I’d tell you that you’re right, I did change. I changed because I got tired of trying to fit in a bubble; make someone else feel comfortable. I changed because I wanted to grow. I changed because I wanted more for myself. Sure, I just graduated with my Bachelors and I’m grateful for it, but there’s more, but let me get back to the original topic though.

So, for those few individuals, and they know who they are, thank you. Y’all keep me in line, keep me accountable, and help keep my focus on what really matters. To everyone that changed up over the years, thank you too. You’ve allowed me to fully embrace myself, and all that the future holds.

Last, and certainly not least, the faithful few who have supported the music since day one, and the ones who have along the way. I can’t say thank you enough to y’all man. In a world where everyone wants to be a musician, somedays it’s a struggle to get up and write without comparing yourself to everyone else. Many days I wanted to stick to the engineering side of things because of what it looked like now, and it was in those moments one of you said something encouraging that put it all back into perspective. Those words have meant more to me than you’ll ever know. Having people who support and not looking for the low because you know me, or connected to me in some way means so much. Thank you doesn’t come close in expressing how I feel.

Now, I know I said that was the last thing, but I can’t forget God. Through everything, you’ve been there. This year I have truly come to know and understand that you’ll never leave me, nor forsake me. That you’re there even when I don’t feel you there. I’ll never be able to say thank you enough for what you’ve done and who you have shown yourself to be in my life over the last year and a half.

I’ll never lose my posture of gratitude. Praises will forever be on my lips because of who you are to me, and that can be summed up in one word…

Everything.

#whatdoessomesay

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There are events that take place in life that can alter the course of your life drastically. They may have you speechless for hours at a time. The picture is After Presence Night had been officially released, this young man was being prayed for. He believed God could heal him and that he would walk again. We stayed and waited for God to respond to the petitions of those who believed with him. The lessons from this experience is what changed my perspective. Here was a young man, who had so much faith that God would heal him completely so that he could walk again. Yet, we sometimes lose faith in the little, or things that seem little to us.

Never lose faith in what you're believing God for.

In the midst of us praying, he was able to feel in his feet, calves and knees, something he never could feel before. Sometimes we have to thank God for what he has done, and not focus on what we want him to do. The little is done to see how you'll respond to it. Finally, compassion; specifically a heart of compassion. I cried tears off and on not really understanding why, until God spoke to everyone in the house saying he was giving us his tears. He was giving us his heart, his cry to release in the Earth.

Up until last night, and I've only shared this with my best friend, since coming back to Florida, I felt a spirit of depression and loneliness trying to come over me. I really wasn't excited about my birthday like I have been in the past. Obviously it was a tactic of the enemy, he obviously knew that Tuesday night would alter and change me forever, and I believed he tried to isolate me to keep my from going to Presence Night. I know during this season that there may be times I am pulled away from the crowd, but it's only to draw closer to God to do what he's calling me to do.

To sum it all up, 3 January 2017 by far has been the greatest birthday ever. Thank you to everyone who called, text, IG/FB posted, FaceTime, etc. You don't know how much your words and hugs meant to me yesterday. From my best friend calling me at midnight my time on the dot, to my mom, who every year I've been away from home (and when I've been home) has called me and sung Happy Birthday. Not a New Year, New Me, but a greater me.

 

One last thing... I do celebrate all month long. I had a dream someone put a wad of cash in my hand a couple nights ago. Now I don't know WHO you are, but don't hold my blessing back! Lol.

27 started out great, lets see what the rest of the year has in store.