Monday, March 31, 2014

Mission "IMPOSSIBLE"

im·pos·si·ble
[imˈpäsəbəl/]
adjective
1. not able to occur, exist, or be done.
"a seemingly impossible task"
synonyms: not possible, out of the question, unfeasible, impractical, impracticable, nonviable,
nonworkable.

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"Impossible" is a figment of our ignorance. -Mo

I am a firm believer, that if everyone thought more like children, the world would be a better place. I mean, when you were a child you thought you could do anything, take over the world if you wanted to ;-). And then, as you get older, somewhere along the way, you learn that you "can't", that you should be more "realistic", that there are certain "boundaries" for you to operate within.

But who creates those boundaries? We do. There is nothing that we can't do. And, when I say that "impossible" is a figment of our ignorance (my own personal quote by the way), I mean just that! It's not that we "can't" do it, it's usually that we are ignorant as to "how" we CAN do it. But figuring out the "how" in today's age is SO EASY a caveman can do it. . .

With a plethora of knowledge LITERALLY at our fingertips, the "impossible" is even more possible now than it has ever been, and the "impossible" is happening every day! From children millionaires, to tech savvy innovators that are creating products that continue to shape and mold what our idea of "possible" is, our world is ready and awaiting the next GREAT idea. YOUR GREAT idea!

But don't just jump out there blind. You should place some structure around your ideas if you wish to be successful. We want to be limitless in our thinking but also tactical in our approach. And that is where the strategic #masterplan comes in! I want to help you with that! But, even if you don't hire me, or anyone else, just be sure to do your due diligence.

A detailed timeline/project plan greatly increases your likelihood of success.

You can't hit your target, if you haven't properly identified your target.

Such is the way of the world, such is the way of business.

Be specific.

Be precise.

Set measurable goals and milestones so that you can always measure your progress against your plans, at any given time.

Be OUTRAGEOUS in your thoughts, because the mediocre ideas are not the ones making MILLIONS. I am so thankful that when the rest of the world thought that it was impossible to walk into a room and illuminate it with the flip of a switch, Thomas Edison didn't. And I am so thankful that every day there are people out there pushing the envelope, testing what "logic" says, and creating life changing innovations that change the way we think and change the way we live.

Just think, we barely knew what an "internet" was until the 90's, now look at us with our talk of 3D printers and the such! ;-)

Thanks for reading!
-Mo
[www.moniquemcclain.com]

Check out this TED talk
It's one of my faves!
 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

JB Smiley [Law Abiding Citizen]

law-a·bid·ing
[law-uh-bahy-ding]
adjective
obeying or keeping the law; obedient to law: law-abiding citizens.
 

JB Smiley Jr. is a second year law student at UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. The Memphis native and Bolton High School graduate attended Tennessee Technological University (“TTU”) where he majored in Criminal Justice. He was an athlete on the Men’s basketball team for three years before transferring to the University of Pikeville (“UP”). During his fourth and final year of undergraduate studies, he decided to add another major—Sociology. Despite his rigorous workload, he continued to play college basketball at UP, ranking 3rd in the nation in steals per game.

After graduating near the top of his class with a grade point average of 3.67, Mr. Smiley had opportunities to play semi-professional basketball and professional show basketball. During his professional and semi-professional basketball career, he was given opportunities to speak to at-risk youth at several schools across the country. He told the youth “to get on and stay on the right path."

In 2012, Mr. Smiley volunteered at the Hewlett Law Firm in Memphis, TN. Under the tutelage of Attorneys Terita Hewlett and Michael L. Harris, Smiley’s passion for law blossomed.  In August 2012, Mr. Smiley became a student at UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. In his brief law school career, he has been recognized as a Law Review Apprentice 2013 – 14 and Moot Court competition 2013’s Best oralist for the Petitioner. Recently, in February 2014, Mr. Smiley co-authored an article titled “What Do You Do WhenNothing Seems to Work: An Evaluation and Suggested Approach to Addressing theDiversity Issue in the Legal Profession” with Dean Michael Schwartz which was featured in the Arkansas Lawyer Magazine.  

Mr. Smiley is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association at UALR William H.Bowen School of Law.

Publications: Arkansas Lawyer
 
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Thanks for reading.
-Mo

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

LEADING FROM THE MIDDLE


lead·er
[ˈlēdər/]
noun
the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.

 
"the leader of a protest group"
Synonyms: chief, head, principal
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Leadership is shown by taking initiative and acting where you see opportunity.

Yes, it is really possible to lead from the middle, but if you have to ask for permission, maybe you aren't the leader you think you are. Much of my career I have worked with many people who have lived a great number of years longer than I have. Still, I have been able to show leadership in every arena in which I have found myself. Age and job title has nothing to do with leadership, and, if you only pay attention, you can see opportunity to take charge of situations daily. It only takes a little initiative and confidence.

Leading from the middle is more effective when you work to create personal relationships with the people with whom you are working. Because you are not in a senior level position, no one is obligated to follow, but if you show that you actually have knowledge and a desire to build a connection with the people you are attempting to lead, they will follow willingly.

Showing leadership from the middle means volunteering to lead projects, even if that only means you keep up with the timeline. It is about adding value, and showing your willingness to take charge and accept tasks that others may not so willingly accept. It means sitting on the first row, leaning in, and really being involved and productive. It also means motivating others to do the same.

Thanks for reading!
-Mo