Three Keys to Parent Leadership

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As a man, especially a black man, I am programmed to be the hunter and gatherer for my family.  This means that my traditional role would be to work and to bring home the “bacon” for my family.  For the majority of my life, I did just that.  I had a successful career in management and, together with my wife, provided a very comfortable lifestyle for our family.  However, success comes with a cost.   Continue reading “Three Keys to Parent Leadership”

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”

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?”

4 Ways to Define True Success

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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”

4 Ways That Becoming a Parent Made Me a Better Leader

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This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on November 30, 2016.

Like all working parents, I have sometimes struggled with balancing my responsibilities to an employer versus my responsibilities as a parent; however, make no mistake – my responsibilities as a parent will always come first.  Like most men, I initially assumed my role in life was to be a provider for my family.  When I looked at various career fields, my primary criteria was potential income instead of where I could best serve.  After college and a tour of duty in the military, I started my career in the technology field and quickly rose through the ranks.  Soon I was in management with ever increasing levels of responsibility.  From the outside, I was on a very successful career path but on the inside, I was searching for my purpose.  I was successful as a manager but had yet to learn the true meaning of leadership. Continue reading “4 Ways That Becoming a Parent Made Me a Better Leader”