The Future of Global Leadership

My Global view for years was that The United States of America was the best! I am still a very very proud American! I have come to realize that America doesn’t have it all right! Growing up I did understand there was extreme poverty and starvation but only because my mom said “eat all of your food there are kids starving in………whatever country she thought they were starving in. For years I was upset to hear people in America doing anything for people in other countries because frankly i was uneducated and my world looked like this:

Now that I’m slightly wiser and much more educated (or just getting old) I realize that if I don’t understand the rest of the world I will be left behind. Naturally I have gained most of my knowledge through research on topics I am most passionate about and my world is looking much more like this:

It is much easier for me to understand the concept of Global Leadership through a social change lense. Much of the research regarding the future of Global Leadership seems to point to the need for “well rounded” individuals. Individuals that possess the ability to be empathetic and embrace diversity! That seems to be great traits for those that want to impact social change as well!

The German Marshall Fund

The German Marshall Fund comes up in the top 5 Google searches when you want to find out about “The Future of Global Leadership”! This site clearly embodies a focus on The Future of Global Leadership! The German Marshall Fund or GMF is a memorial or I think of it as a tribute to the “Marshall Plan”!

The Marshall Plan came about in the late 40’s. George Marshall was the Secretary of State at the time. In June of 1947 Secretary of State George Marshall gave a speech to the graduates of Harvard University. His speech surrounded around his belief that to have a greater sense of security for the United States we would need help being the “hero” to the world. Post WWII Europe would make the perfect ally if they were able to rebuild. Former Unites States Secretary of State George Marshall developed the “Marshall Plan” which would help Europe rebuild.

Years later during a similar speech it was announced that as a “Thank You” or a tribute/memorial to “The Marshall Plan” there would be the creation of the “German Marshall Fund” to be used as seen fit basically. Although the fund has served many purposes over the years it has always had in mind the future ability of countries to work together for common good.

This program and history is relevant because during it’s inception and even now it’s mission is to promote future global development. The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is awarded to 75 canidates each year! This programs entire focus is to prepare a group of diverse individuals to be leaders in the future!

Gallup

February 8, 2019

The Future of Leadership Development: A Global Mindset

By: Vibhas Ratonjee

http://www.gallup.com

Research Gate

October 2018

Interpersonal Relationship and Global Leadership Mindset

Kabira Ishola Genty

http://www.researchgate.net

The German Marshall Fund of the United States: A Brief History

Nicholas Siegel

http://www.gmfus.gov


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Potbelly Pigs, Portugal, pills, poverty and prison

POTBELLY PIGS:This is really just a terrible ploy to draw attention to my amazing Potbelly Pigs: Edgar & Esmeralda! Actually I just wanted to point out that they have saved me from certain doom and gloom over the last year! If it were not for having them it would have been much more difficult to get up for “addiction Tuesdays” at the same time as I was adjusting to “empty nest/nesting”!?!?

Portugal & Pills:

Seriously though, in 2001 Portugal decriminalized drugs…… Crazy right!?!? I’m sure many people thought this would create mass chaos! Well quite the opposite:

 

Which brings me to:Poverty & Prison:

I thought this article was brilliant! Then I started discussing it with my children who have certainly witnessed how lower socio economic status = prison after watching their brother be sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison yesterday! The states attorney and judge rambled off a list of unpaid fines and financially motivated non violent crimes claiming this was proof that he didn’t deserve to have probation reinstated over a technical violation. At any rate, my kids thought some may find the article offensive. I think they took the article to mean that they were discrediting the clear role that race places in the criminal justice system. However, in my mind it stated what I knew all along, that many people living in poverty are more likely to have trouble with the criminal justice system than those who don’t. Additionally, this still draws a clear connection to minorities because they are more likely to live in poverty due to barriers that are clearly racially motivated.

I’m A Inja Maw-Maw

On June 7, 2009 God proved to me that there is a “new and improved” love that I had to give!! He gave me my first grandchild!! A grandson!!

Skylar Henry Lee Boliard aka “my little lover man”.

Of course now that he is 9 going on 19 I get eye rolling when I call him my little anything 🥰

When he was about 4-5 years old he went through a Ninja loving phase. He couldn’t say Ninja at the time so one day he came running in our bedroom dressed in a black skeleton costume and a plastic knife in one hand and a star in the other and very proudly announced “look, I’m a inja maw-maw” ….. Cutest line ever!

Then came technology! It wasn’t until Skylar spent hours running around the house making music videos of mainly himself, a couple with his sister’s and one with my mom that I heard of “tiktok”. I never let him out of sight with technology but naturally I was a little worried when I heard bad things about the app! However, the videos were adorable. I suppose I could be biased but I doubt it!

Skylar has recorded a few videos in documentary form here and there but this is by far my favorite!

I’m sure he will be a star one day soon!

I’m a Flipping Genuis….in the shower

First and foremost I would like to point out (for those of you that chose to click on the title and not pass it up) that the title was going to be: I’m a F@cking Genuis….in the shower but because I am blogging under another category for school I felt I should behave myself!!

This post was made possible by: MXD Cocktail Co, Long Island Ice Tea!

Side note: I heard today on HLN that some Mom’s are drinking wine in excess and as much as I like to joke I say this seriously: If drinking wine or any other alchohol has got out of hand, you know it and you should stop, seriously!! Secondly, being a nurse and a mom I try to research everything and especially if I am going to blog about it and I can sincerly say that I don’t fully understand addiction. I can and have drank every night for a year and then not drink for 3 years and then do it all over again, I never considered that an addiction or a relapse but if you participate in drug rehab that is what they say!! I’ve always considered addiction to be something you can’t willingly stop doing without terrible side effects and withdrawls! (2nd & 3rd sidenote: we’re addicted to HLN & we even have our faves but I have to tell you that @LynnSmithTV is not messing around!! Ok, 1 more sidenote, she came back from having her 2nd baby and now she is even more fabulous, I’m like “what? that’s crazy! Go on with your bad self @LynnSmithTV!!) Ok, I lied, one more sidenote: And that’s the simple truth! Again, I was like: go on with your bad self #branding #$$$$

Ok, back to me being a genuis: This is going to serve 2 purposes (well 3 since I rambled on earlier)

1: Sunshine’s LIIT hack, which only qualifies as a hack for people who “save furniture from the side of the road”, Tell their children: I raised you not to fight and then highly consider getting out of the mini van and whooping someone for cutting your baby off while you watch in the rearview mirror!, and have had at least 1 utility shut off already this year!! LMAO

LITT hack: It is like my own little “retreat” to turn on a long, hot shower, drink……pretty much whatever, preferably wine or MXD Long Island Ice Tea, and listen to really awesome music starting with: Aerosmith, Dream On, with: The Southern California Children’s Chorus-Boston Marathon Bobing Tribute

2nd: We will address the “clearly creaive genuis” that occurrs when I am in the shower! I’ve thought about putting a whitboard (a whitboard, seriously!?😋) white board in the shower for years because I always have this time “alone” so to speak wth my thoughts! I can’t decide if I love all this thinking in the shower or if it pisses me off for taking over my LIIT retreat hack……so here we are…….still waiting on the (undocumented and quickly forgotten) creative genuis that occurrs, only in my shower….Like the French Film: To Rome with Love where the guy only sings opera while he is in a shower with running water!

GLD & Solving World Peace

Whenever I’m asked “What do you want to do when you grow up” My response is almost always: Solve World Peace” ! I find it hard to believe that isn’t what everyone wants to do when they grow up. Ok, maybe not everyone. My husband has already explained to me”I will not be out running around with you saving the world but I will make sure you have clean clothes while your doing it”! I also often explain that I really mean that I’ll solve world peace in my tiny part of the world. As for the rest of the world it turns out there are many wonderful people working on many of the things that contribute to solving world peace.

In particular there are many formal and informal enterprises working first to gather data on the many social issues that we face globally. This in and of itself is an amazing feat! Additionally, this data is used by Global Non for Profits in an effort to minimize and/or erradicate: violence often based off of political and religous beliefs as well as race and gender, poverty, hunger & human trafficking.

Global Organizations that have had the most success have implemented core values that align with or helped to develop and or perfect the practices and processes that have proven necessary to lead their teams globally. For example: Care.org has the proof in their name. Orginally founded in the U.S. in 1945 the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe sent food to Europe. As they expanded they cleverally switched to “Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere”. Their core values: Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality have led to a successfully expand from CARE to CARE International.   Integrity and excellence kept them transparent in day to day operations. Transformation as a core value that led them to realize they should adopt new business practices such as multi-year planning which led to their initial expansion. Following through with diversity and equality values of course led to their understanding the needs of the various cultures they help.

http://www.care.org

http://www.worldstatistics.org

http://www.worldbank.org

http://www.worldpovertyclock.org

http://www.worlddata.io

Addiction Tuesdays “The Opposite of Addiction is Connection”

As I shared in the original post: Addiction Tuesdays, I go to group counseling every Tuesday as well as single/private counseling. The group is called connections and although we have watched videos on connections and had little assignments based on connections AND my (common sense understanding of connections) I still didn’t quite understand the premise behnd Connections.

Although I consider myself an empathetic person (even the strength finders test says so) I still carry the old school mentallity that you can’t fix anything making excuses. Because of this I had a hard time understanding how all this touchy feely connections business would help every addict through recovery. I wanted to prove the old school thought wrong so I looked up the basis for this Connections school of thought and that is when I found out about :

The Rat Park, a study conducted by Bruce K. Alexander, in an edited synopsis original studies in addiction had (I’m going to call them mice because it’s a much cuter name) mice in individual boxes with regular water and drug infused water, the mice continuously chose the drug infused water but once the study was change to include a “Rat Heaven” where the mice could play freely, make babies and raise families they would completely ignore the drug infused water! So in a nutshell, they realized social mice/people need healthy connections!

Here I thought I had come to some fabulous realization about addiction and revovery! I even went to counseling and enthuisiastically regurgatated what I could remember about the “Rat Park”. Ahead of this appt for the first time I answered a list of questions called “The ACE test”: Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Today I started to do a little more research that said: wait a minute, we can’t just base addiction treatment on happy mice! (of course I was devestated because although rationally I knew it sounded to simple, I still wanted to believe it) The updated research went on to say that 60% of Americans have at least 1 adverse childhood experience and 25% have experienced at least 3. People with an ACE score of 5 or higher are up to ten times more likely to experience addiction. Of course my score was 8. Typically I would slide a joke in right here but I’ll behave!

So really this all tells me what I already know

I have to process my childhood trauma to really move forward…..blah blah blah

OMG, YOU ARE A NURSE!?

Being a nurse is a huge responsibility! Like many other occupations when people find out that you are a nurse they want to ask healthcare questions. Of course healthcare is so super personal, after all it is a life that were talking about! So this means that 1 single human being, in an 8 hour shift, has (literally) 15-50 (depending on the shift and nursing home) other human beings lives in their hands! I was always so envious of the super organized and focused nurses who seem to have super human abilities to complete their work. Having said that, I knew how to nurse like that but something inside me prohibited me from doing so. I’d like to say it is my big heart or my conscience but either way there is no room in a nursing home for a nurse such as myself! I’m not being caddy, that is just a fact. Let me just give you a quick story from my first week of nursing that will explain the difference between these “Super Nurses” and me.

My first week as a nurse in LTC I worked on an alzheimers unit. It was a locked floor with 40 residents for 1 nurse and 3-4 CNAs. I was working dayshift, a nurse was orientating me and we were doing morning med pass together in a common area. He was walking up to the residents and administering medications efficiently, like 5 residents to each of my 1. He finally stopped, looked over at me and said: What are you doing? Of course he must have read the confusion on my face because he went on to repeat my greeting to each resident in what I suppose was my voice “Good Morning Mr. Smith, How are you?” “I have your medicine for you” still I looked at him with a look of what could I possibly be doing wrong, He is explained to me: “There is no time to be making friends with each of them, you will never get done”. He was not being malicious he was just being honest!

I just came across an article that accurately describes LTC in the nicer nursing homes!

The Truth About Nursing Homes: David Macaray; counterpunch.org

David Macaray is a playwright and author. His newest book is : How to Win Friends and Avoid Sacred Cows

I’ve come to realize lately that letting go of nursing is only a problem for me the way the thought of seeing your ex with someone else keeps you in a unhealthy relationship! The state surveyors know they are unrealistic yet nothing/no one changes anything. The administrative staff…well I’ll leave that alone. I love and respect about 95% of the nurses and CNAs I worked with! I feel that is saying a lot considering….

So, APPARENTLY Erikson was correct with his theories that missing out on things as a child will have long term consequences! Meaning: I can’t deal with the feeling of having my hands tied. That my friends is what nursing is all about! Your license is in everyone else’s hands and the things that you think you should be able to do for your resident’s just isn’t so! Well, I can’t speak for all of nursing, I’m really speaking of LTC. I’ve said this many times before but nursing homes (I’ve worked in 6 nursing homes in 2 different cities and there was one thing they all had in common: Never enough time to give everyone individualized attention!

Sooo, where does this leave me? Well, I’ll tell you where…..unemployed! Don’t get me wrong, being done with nursing wasn’t all my idea but I do feel like it’s for the best…..I just don’t know….my identity I guess….I’m no longer a nurse I guess (after 12+ years) Do I still want to be in healthcare? I’m working on a bachelors in Organizational Leadership but I won’t graduate for another 2 years…….

Global what?!?!

I did not realize that Global Leadership would be of such great interest! Having an instructor that is passionate about the course they are teaching certainly leads to an increased interest. Having said that, until happening upon the following article in Forbes Magazine, I did not realize that I could have a personal stake or enthusiasm of any kind when it came to Global Leadership!

The article: The changing face of leadership: 10 new research findings all leaders need to understand by Kathy Capiro

The article is setup in a Q & A style from the authors interview with Evan Sinar Ph.D, Vice President of DDI which is a company that helps organizations hire and or groom great leaders. The article/interview covers a very insightful list developed from a leadership research project that was published by DDI, The Conference Board and Ernst & Young Global Limited.

I think that one of things that is so fascinating about the article is that a clear line can be drawn from the new research findings and the core values of great global leadership.

Great leaders in general should be able to connect with people regardless of their differences as well as staying current with advancements in technology. These abilities could/should come naturally to Gen X. #5 on the list refers to the importance of Gen X which I feel says a lot! Supposedly Gen X will be the only generation to understand both pre and post internet language. I’m not sure that is scientific fact but I’ve always had that sense before I read about it. Meaning: My husband and I are always talking about how fortunate we are to have lived our childhoods at the beginning of video games. This I feel puts us in a place of greater empathy across generations. We also come from a place that understands the importance of tradition which plays a huge part in understanding cultural differences.

One more key component of great leadership is access to great mentors. This is where I think that Gen X could have the most value! As Gen X we are in great place to mentor great new leaders! Baby Boomers and before had such a great work ethic which is often lacking in generations since. Gen X and Gen Y have left some of these values behind but seem to have replaced them with an open mindedness that certainly lends itself to greater understanding of diversity. Gen X folks that are no longer stuck in the past possess a wisdom that combined with an understanding of the importance of diversity should make for great leaders and great mentors.
This in a nutshell is what gave me a feeling of enthusiasm for understanding why I should care about Global Leadership!

Caprino, K (February 8, 2018)

“The Changing Face of Leadership: 10 new research findings all leaders need to know”

Forbes Magazine

Social Anxiety



I haven’t worked outside of the house since May. This has been/should be a good thing. The only problem is….now that it’s time for me to go back to work, I’m a nervous wreck! I’ve had one interview and I was slightly shaking and my voice was quivering. I can’t stand up in front of a group of people but I’ve always been good at interviews!

Last night I was suppose to have my first day/eve of class this semester. The class “College Athletes in America”, seemed great! I love sports, especially football. I was so excited, until I got outside of the classroom! Looking in the door I realize that there are only guys in the classroom! I just panicked and left!

I emailed the guidance counselor and going in tomorrow to figure it all out but I don’t get it. I LOVE school and learning so I don’t know if overall I’m more anxious or if it is just that it was a room full of guys!?

2/3/19 Well I had to email the instructor of the class on Thursday and have to meet with him on 2/4/19 to see if “we can figure something out”. Sounds like no reason to be anxious, ha ha ha, OMG just realized I am double booked for tomorrow……seriously me? I never have more than one thing to do in a day lately and now tomorrow I have 2 appts scheduled at the time…..

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