Welcome to the New Cafe


Today is a new day.  I am re-launching the Jim Kennedy Leadership Cafe.  Over the past year, I have written here and elsewhere about how my role as a parent has shaped my leadership philosophy.  The response that I received was nice but it was clear that people wanted to know more about my role as a parent.  Specifically, readers wanted to know about my life as a special needs Dad.  My goal is to serve you the reader so if that is what you want, then that is what you will get.  I am honored to serve you. Continue reading “Welcome to the New Cafe”

4 Ways to Define True Success

Photo Courtesy of the author/CrowzArt Designs

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on January 11, 2017.

I was born at the beginning of what is known as Generation X.  Growing up, my idea of success centered around acquiring and achieving stuff.  I wanted a well-paying career, a nice home, a fine car (a Benz or a BMW was a must), be able to afford annual vacations to some Caribbean island, and in general living a life of luxury.  Oh sure, I wanted a family (in the 1980s, the average family had 2.5 kids so that is what I imagined), but that always took a backseat to my career aspirations.  I thought happiness was about acquiring more stuff.  The more stuff you had, the happier you were. Continue reading “4 Ways to Define True Success”

Be Not Afraid

As a leader, sometimes it is necessary to have difficult conversations.  It usually has to do with accountability.  A couple of weeks ago, I needed to have a stern conversation with my son about being responsible.  As a parent, my job is not to be his friend but to be his father.  My job is to teach him right from wrong now so that society doesn’t have to teach him the hard way later in life.  I was very stern in informing him that I had high expectations and on this particular issue, he was not meeting the mark.   Needless to say, he was not very happy.  He is about to become a teenager and thinks that he knows way more than he actually does. Continue reading “Be Not Afraid”