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The Montgomery Bus Boycott began 60 years ago today, Dec. 5th, 1955

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Source: The Montgomery Bus Boycott began 60 years ago today, Dec. 5th, 1955

Your Life in Jelly Beans

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I came across this interesting video that will make you take stock in how much time you have to live (on average) and assess how you are spending the time you might call “your time” for recreation, creating art, music, etc. Chances are, you might be using some of that precious time on worrying. Do what you love! Take a look…

Tall For A Girl

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Tall For A Girl

At 6 feet myself, I so get this post and had to share. Tall girls rock!!

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I’m not super tall for a human nor am I exceptionally tall for a girl, but I am a few inches on the up side of average. I’m 5’9″ (1.75 meters), which some of you may agree is fairly tall for a girl.

I say I’m 5’9″, but it’s really something like 5 ft 9 ½ inches. However, since I aged out of single digits, I haven’t felt the need to count my age nor height in quarters and halves. Though I guess I just did.

Anyway, I thought tell all you short people the benefits and disadvantages of being tall (for a girl).

Pro:

I don’t typically need to stand on something to reach the top shelf. I can reach all the shelves in my closet and in my kitchen, and I can change most light bulbs in my house without a stepladder.

Con:

All the short people I know…

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Happy National Chocolate Day!

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National Chocolate Day is celebrated annually on October 28th. While there are many chocolate related holidays throughout the year, National Chocolate Day is a day to celebrate all things chocolate. As America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is well deserving of it’s own day of honor and celebration. So, #chocolatefriendsofTenciousM, it’s all about us!!

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HOW IS CHOCOLATE MADE?

Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia, is grown in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America. The earliest known documentation of use, of cacao seeds, is around 1100 BC. The cacao tree seed have a very intense bitter taste that must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are then dried, cleaned and roasted. After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass which is pure chocolate in rough form. The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

Unsweetened baking chocolate – cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
Sweet chocolate – cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.
Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.
White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids.

Innovation Distinguishes Between a Leader and a Follower

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Happy to share this information on leadership and innovation.

The Turnaround Authority

That’s a quote from the most famous innovator in recent history — Steve Jobs. To be successful, a company has to continually innovate. Here are just a few examples of companies that did and are thriving.

Will Housh was a member of the third generation of a family-owned HVAC business. While it was successful, he saw that e-commerce was coming to the HVAC industry while others in the business were unwilling to embrace the new technology. “Even though our family business was generating sales of more than $12 million in a good year, just how sustainable are mom-and-pop businesses in the age of the Internet?” he wrote in the article “How to Make an Unpopular Decision.”

He saw the industry changing. Customers were starting to use the Internet to connect with contractors and get lower prices. So he started an online and retail business, eventually selling his grandfather’s…

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The History of Juneteenth

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June 19th, 1865 marks the date that American slavery was effectively outlawed in U.S. territories. Two years after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston Texas with news that all slaves were free, and with resources to enforce said freedom.

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Calling All Real Men & Women

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Keep the message alive. #BringBackOurGirls

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#BringBackOurGirls: Nigeria FINALLY Accepts U.S. Help To Rescue Kidnapped Girls

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Originally posted by By Boko Haram,on Bossip:#BringBackOurGirls: Nigeria FINALLY Accepts U.S. Help To Rescue Kidnapped Girls But Is It Too Late?
MAY 7, 2014

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Why is Nigeria lagging in the effort to find the 300 kidnapped schoolgirls?

Nigeria Accepts US Help To Rescue Kidnapped School Girls
Via CBS News reports:

President Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. would do everything possible to help Nigeria find nearly 300 teenage girls missing since they were kidnapped from school three weeks ago by an Islamic extremist group that has threatened to sell them.

Mr. Obama said the immediate priority was finding the girls, but that in the longer term, the Boko Haram group must also be dealt with.

Speaking to CBS News Tuesday, Mr. Obama said the U.S. was “sending in a team of our military, law enforcement and other experts and we’re really glad that Nigeria has accepted the help.”

CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan said Secretary of State John Kerry first told Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday that the U.S. would send in the team, which would include hostage negotiators and intelligence experts, to help in the search.

“We remain deeply concerned about the welfare of these young girls, and we want to provide whatever assistance is possible in order to help for their safe return to their families,” said Kerry.

The technical experts heading to Nigeria will include U.S. military and law enforcement personnel skilled in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating, information sharing and victim assistance, as well as officials with expertise in other areas, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

U.S. armed forces were not being sent, Carney note.

Nigeria’s police have said more than 300 girls were abducted from their secondary school in the country’s remote northeast on April 15. Of that number, 276 remain in captivity and 53 managed to escape.

Another eight girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants early Tuesday morning or late Monday evening, according to local police and villagers who spoke to Reuters by phone. French news agency AFP reported Wednesday morning that 11 girls were actually seized in that latest raid on the village of Warabe. The discrepancy in numbers could not be immediately reconciled.

We hope to God it’s not too late to save these innocent girls! In a perfect world Boko Haram loses captivity of these girls when it sells them. All 300 have well-established identities from photos. Getting them out of the control of BR should be a top priority. But then they can be freed from their less militant captors one by one. Then, the monsters who perpetrated these kidnappings can be caught up with and themselves taken as prisoners.

‪#‎BringBackOurGirls Please Pass It On!

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR CHILD WENT MISSING??? ACT NOW. PLEASE REPOST THIS EVERYWHERE!!! ‪#‎BringBackOurGirls‬ ‪#‎EndHumanTrafficking‬ Let’s show the world we care enough to act when ANY human being goes missing. THEY WILL ACT IF WE MAKE THEM!

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5 Leadership Lessons Pope John Paul II Taught A Young Swiss Guard

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Here is an interesting perspective on leadership that I recently came upon and wanted to share.

By Carmine Gallo
Reposted from Forbes.com

How many of us can say our former boss was a ‘saint’ and mean it, literally? On Sunday, April 27th Andreas Widmer will be among the millions expected to attend the canonization of Pope John Paul II. Unlike most of the others, however, Widmer holds an especially close relationship to the pontiff. John Paul II was Widmer’s boss.

On Christmas Eve in 1986 Widmer was pulling his first duty as a newly recruited Swiss Guard assigned to protect the pope. When the pope emerged from the papal apartment on his way to celebrate midnight mass he saw Widmer at his post. Widmer was young, homesick, unsure of himself, and depressed about spending his first Christmas away from his family, although he never told anyone. John Paul approached and said, “Of course! This is your first Christmas away from home. I appreciate the sacrifice you’re making for the Church. I’m going to pray for you as I celebrate mass tonight.”

As Widmer reflects on that exchange, he recalls that none of the other guards—his friends—had noticed his anguish that night. Only the one person who would serve one billion Catholics paid special attention to him. It was at that moment that Widmer learned the true meaning of servant leadership. I met Widmer about eighteen months ago and was fascinated at how he applied the lessons he learned from his day to day interactions with John Paul II to his business career and, today, as the Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. I caught up with Widmer before he left for Rome to talk about the legacy that Pope John Paul II leaves every leader who, regardless of faith, hopes to inspire his or her team to achieve excellence.

5 Leadership Lessons Pope John Paul II Taught A Young Swiss Guard

Encourage people to dream big and to keep their eyes on the long term. “John Paul always took the perspective of my whole life into consideration when talking with me. I think this was rooted in his experience as a university chaplain. Once, he stopped to talk to me. He wanted to know how I was doing and how I liked being a Swiss Guard. I told him about my concerns and worries, which were all focused on the short term. He helped me turn these short-term issues into a long-term vision for the rest of my life.” According to Widmer the pontiff always pushed him to reach for loftier goals and not to settle for mediocrity. “He encouraged me to think big.”

Be fully present for every conversation. “Every time I talked with John Paul, even if it was just passing by to say hello, he made me feel like I was the reason he got up that morning.” Recall Widmer’s first encounter with his new boss on Christmas Eve. Widmer said he was miserable and ready to quit. He thought he had made a huge mistake in signing up for the Swiss Guard. When the pope walked out of his apartment, he could have simply walked by Widmer. “But he did not just pass. He stopped and noticed that I was distraught and even identified the true reason for it. He had the keen ability to notice things in the moment, the true feeling of people he encountered.”

John Paul made people feel special because he was present. This is a very common trait of inspiring leaders. Employees who tell me they work for inspiring leaders nearly always say their boss makes them feel as though they are the most important person in the room and that their boss genuinely cares about their well-being.

Show people that you believe in them. “John Paul had more faith in me than I had in myself,” says Widmer. “This built up my self-esteem and allowed me to achieve more than I would have ever thought possible. He believed in me first, even before I believed in myself.”

Inspiring leaders believe in people, often much more strongly than those people believe in themselves. One of the most inspiring leaders I’ve had the pleasure to interview was a school teacher. Ron Clark was Disney’s Teacher of the Year in 2000. There was even a made-for-TV movie about his experience. Clark’s claim to fame was taking a class of underachieving fifth graders in Harlem and, in one school year, giving them the skills to outperform the gifted class in the end-of-year test. Clark told me that he set high expectations for the students. Clark didn’t tell the students they were going to perform at their class level by the end of the school year. He told them they would outscore the so-called “gifted” class. Once they believed in themselves, the sky was the limit.

View “work” not as a burden, but as an opportunity. According to Widmer, “John Paul II talked about work not in terms of a ‘burden,’ but in terms of an opportunity to become who we are meant to be. He felt that work is what made us fully human.”

John Paul believed that when we work we don’t just make more; we become more. In his encyclical work, “Laborem Exercens,” the pope wrote, “Work is a fundamental dimension of man’s existence on earth.”

Celebrate entrepreneurship. John Paul celebrated entrepreneurs because to create something out of nothing is fundamental to spirituality. Just as believers have faith in their creator so to must entrepreneurs have faith in their vision, faith in their team’s ability to execute on the vision, and faith that what they set out to accomplish is connected to something bigger than themselves.

John Paul convinced Widmer that entrepreneurship was a magnificent path upon which to build his life, a path where he could use his own gifts, talents, and ideas to uncover his full potential and to participate in the work of creation.