Don’t Feel Sorry for Me

This article originally appeared in The Good Men Project on May 16, 2017.

I recently had a conversation with someone and the subject naturally turned to our children.  When I said that I had one child with special needs and two other children, whom we adopted from another country, who needed extra time and attention to catch up on basic educational skills, his first words were “I feel so sorry for you.”  Why I said.  “Because of your poor luck,” he replied.  I told him the same thing that I am telling you.  Don’t feel sorry for me, my kids are doing just fine.   Continue reading “Don’t Feel Sorry for Me”

A Lesson in Parent Leadership: Answering the Call

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I recently read an article titled “I Didn’t Want To Be A Mom, But I Had Kids Anyway” about a mom who initially was hesitant about becoming a parent but after having difficulty conceiving, going through postpartum depression, and the normal trials of motherhood, now has a level of love for her children that she didn’t think was possible.  How did she get to that point?  Simply, she answered the call. Continue reading “A Lesson in Parent Leadership: Answering the Call”

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”

Fathers are Critical to a Child’s Education

Four benefits of being actively involved in your child’s education.

This article was originally published in The Good Men Project on April 29, 2017.

I have always been involved in my children’s education.  Frankly, I don’t know any other way.  Growing up, my parents always stressed the value of an education and were always active in my schools.    Because of work responsibilities, they may not have been the class parent, but they made sure that they kept in contact with my teachers to make sure that I was always doing my “job.”  To them, a good education was the key to a better life.  At the time, I thought my parents were overbearing and like most children, sometimes I would rebel.  Later, after finishing college and beginning a career of my own, I saw the wisdom of their words.  As a black man, I would have few career options without an education.  My education allowed me to have career choices that have had a huge impact on my economic well-being. Continue reading “Fathers are Critical to a Child’s Education”

There is a Leader in You

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This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on March 15, 2017.

I recently published my first book titled Discerning God’s Purpose:  A Father’s Journey from Tragedy to Triumph.  Right after it was published, I scheduled some book signings in order to promote the book.  At one particular signing, a woman came up to me and asked that I autograph her book.  While I was signing the book, she asked me what my motivation was in writing the book.  I replied that I hoped my words would inspire those who read it.  She said, “no I mean what motivated you to write the book in the first place.”  I thought for a few seconds and then pointed in the direction of my oldest daughter and said, “My inspiration came from her.” Continue reading “There is a Leader in You”

Do You Really Want to be a Leader?

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This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on February 8, 2017.

For the past few weeks, I have been hosting live Facebook video segments called “Ask the Author” where I answer questions that people have about my latest book, Discerning God’s Purpose:  A Father’s Journey from Tragedy to Triumph.  Some have compared my book to one by Pastor Rick Warren called The Purpose Driven life:  What on Earth Am I Here For.  While I am obviously flattered with the comparison, I tell people that while the concept is similar, my book is actually a book about leadership.  While I do talk about my faith in the book, the central focus is how discovering my purpose made me a better leader. Continue reading “Do You Really Want to be a Leader?”