Living and Dying in Brick City by Sampson Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Inspiration comes in many forms and in this particular book it came in 3. #Determination #Dedication #Discipline. This book helps to solidify how choices we make impact our lives whether they are positive or negative. Dr. Davis was able to pinpoint the pivotal moment in his life that helped to define his future and what he expected out of life and deserved out of life. Dr. Davis takes you on his own personal journeys of self-reflection of his encounters with patients and the choices they made and the results. This book intertwines personal experiences, challenges and relevant issues such as crime, poverty, depression and drug abuse that plagues our communities and societies. Davis could have easily removed himself from the environment like so many others do. What is brilliant about Dr. Davis is his actions are a true reflection and depiction of his words. People who shine from within don't need a spotlight and this is why I have chosen to ensure all youth leaders I mentor receive a copy of Dr. Davis’ book and weekly we conduct roundtable discussions in order to understand you are the choices you make. This is an extraordinary and well written book that anyone of any age; going through anything can relate to. Living and Dying in Brick City
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There is an old cliché that says the only thing that is constant is change. I’m here to tell you that this is the truth – both for you and your business. Companies undergo several changes on the path to success, such as growth, hiring spurts, layoffs, adding new products, discontinuation of products, relocation and changes in leadership.
While you can’t stop change, you can learn how to approach and manage it like a pro. The process of managing change takes continuous effort by all members of the organization. Here is how to prepare yourself.
Change for change’s sake Some people hear the word “change” and run for the hills, while others welcome it with open arms. Not all change is good and not all change is bad. However, change just for the sake of saying “we changed” is a terrible waste of time, money and other resources. Today’s organizations and business leaders are faced with an accelerated expectation of change and are expected to meet these changes at the speed of light. The first step to effectively managing change is to make sure the change is necessary to your business’s future.
Leading through change Business leaders must know not only how to manage change for themselves but for their organization and individual team members. Change will look and feel different for individual employees at different times but if you can effectively lead the change process, everyone should be on the same page in the end.
Before a major change, front line supervisors and leaders should take the “temperature” of their organization, including individuals on their team. Through rapid change initiatives, members of your organization will be at different stages of change and acceptance at different times. It is ultimately up to the leader to help their team members all end up in the same positive place. This can be done by:
Build a coalition of change agents A coalition of change agents can act as advocates for change and help more resistant employees move through the process. The coalition of change agents are responsible for:
Selecting the wrong coalition will lead to the wrong results. The wrong results leads to failed change efforts and failed change efforts can compromise the future of your business. The guiding coalition will help guide the overall organization’s vision and strategy, and not just one particular individual or metric.
See how one man not only changed his life but changed his community all while continuing to save lives - Dr. Sampson Davis
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