A Bright Future Brighter Than The Miami Sun

Excellence is the difference between what I do and what I am capable of
— Chinese Fortune Cookie
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Today makes Day 2 back from Miami where I attended the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) - Leadership Development Week Conference and participated in the Bright Futures Program. Yesterday was quite a blur because homegirl slept on and off until 4 p.m. And am I ashamed of it? Nopeeeee lol. 

I'm quite the adventurer that struggles to just stay still. And because of that, I constantly find some way to be on the go. Originally I planned for Saturday to be a day to catch up on work, blog a little and reflect on conference materials, but I was too drained to attempt any of that.

Saturday in turn became my day to recharge where I did absolutely nothing and loved it. And I really can't remember that last time I just stayed in place! I did realize that a girl needed to eat so went to grab some chinese food which produced a on time fortune cookie quote mentioned above. 

 

But you might be wondering what the Executive Leadership Council/Bright Futures Program is and what was this conference all about? 

  • Formed in 1986, the ELC is an organization pushing the advancement and development of global black leaders. Their mission is to increase the number of successful black executives by adding value to their development, leadership, and philanthropic endeavors throughout their careers thereby strengthening their companies, organizations, and communities.
  • The three-day Bright Futures Program is designed for early career project leaders, project managers, team leaders, managers and individual contributors with 2-5 years of experience. This program helps participants gain an understanding of core concepts in leadership and management necessary to succeed and achieve short-term objectives and long term career goals and manage individual development. 
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Key Lessons Learned (new and reaffirmed): There were several lessons learned and affirmed personally and professionally, but only listing a few key takeaways. 

  • Black Excellence is real, and I love it! I love my black community and can appreciate during this conference we genuinely built relationships that will carry over far beyond what was established in Miami. Love that we can grow and help each other develop while also knowing how to have some fun! 
  • Miami is just a great place to be! I didn't spend much time in the city, since the conference was in our hotel. But in the moments I did venture out, I felt at peace and my personal best #VivaMiami
  • Pursue happiness and make sure to attain work/life balance
  • Life is short and you are your own author of your book...what is your story and are you happy with it?
  • If you question what are priorities in your life, look at what you spend most of your time on. If that doesn't align with what you assume to be priorities than change that! 
  • Career success is based on 3 factors: The P.I.E Model (10% Performance, 20% Image and 70% Exposure)
  • Relationships are necessary when it comes to building your network. Make sure you are genuinely establishing those relationships.  
  • Mentors vs. Sponsors: Think of a mentor as a coach and a sponsor as an agent
  • Imposter Syndrome: a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud"
  • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is on point and provided accurate results! Based on my report, I am ENFJ (Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling and Judging). If you have not taken this test before, I strongly encourage you do. Click here to learn more! 
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Ultimately, this experience really did change me, and I'm thankful to have an organization that has invested in my development! I feel my mindset is renewed and now it's time to do some work! Looking forward to what is to come next!