A Father’s Advice: Run Your Race

I recently published an article in HuffPost Titled “A Father’s Advice:  Run Your Race.”  It contains advice that I gave my own children in discussing the recent ugly and hate filled events in Charlottesville and Phoenix.  My advice is to be mindful of what’s going on but focus on running your own race.

 

A Father’s Advice:  Run Your Race

 

 

 

 

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”

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”

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”