Building Relationships in Politics

January 17, 2011

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mohandas Gandhi

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 Building Relationships in Politics

 “It’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds,” President Barack Obama said at the memorial service of the slain victims in Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

 Multi-media Communications Specialist, Published Author, Radio Talk Show Host and Professional Speaker, Helen Blocker-Adams offers a mandatory and essential tool to effectively equip leaders committed to resolving conflicts in our political, economic and social climate. The tool is her newly released book ‘Unlikely Allies: 8 Steps to Bridging Divides that Impact Leadership.”

According to the Augusta Chronicle newspaper, Blocker-Adams is considered a Leader among Leaders after her courageous decision to endorse a white mayoral candidate over a black candidate in 2005 when the political climate was fraught with racial overtones.

 Selected in December 2010 as one of ten people who helped shaped the 2000s in Augusta, Ga. by The Augusta Chronicle newspaper in an article, The Faces of the Decade; Top Ten Black Talk Radio Hosts in America; Co-Founder/Writer of Project Logic Ga, a political blog that focuses on southern moderate African-American issues; A Salute to The Diamonds Among Us 2011 – (Windsor Jewelers television promotion highlighting community leaders); Recipient of the Leadership Award from the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce Leadership Augusta (2009); and Former Executive Producer/Host of public affairs television show, ‘Bridging the Gap’.

 Helen hosts the only primetime local talk radio program in Augusta, Ga. called ‘The Helen Blocker Adams Show.” Her natural Civic Entrepreneurial and Servant-Leadership style is the catalyst to her success as a leader and visionary. A collaborative leadership approach to life and business that engages and energizes people to ‘want’ to roll up their sleeves and become part of the solution to social, political and economic challenges.

 Having lived in Japan, Germany and Italy during the first sixteen years of her life and extensive travel to East Africa and Europe as an adult have given Helen an extraordinary ability to work with diverse groups of people. Has self-published two inspirational books that were highly interactive and contained spiritual and economic principles, exercises and pearls of wisdom.

 The Solution:

 Unlikely Allies: 8 Steps to Bridging Divides that Impact Leadership deals with impactful and salient points necessary to influence and encourage unity, successful relationships, and enhance positive communications among our leaders.

 The author’s no label influence and insistence in working for the common good of all people makes this book a likely tool that can delve into the mindsets of its readers in a way that is non-threatening, non-partisan, captivating and engaging.

  Recognizing that we can minimize our labels and become unlikely allies if this book is used effectively is what makes Unlikely Allies an urgent read for all leaders of America. Unlikely Allies can also be used as a tool for middle and high school students that can impact our emerging leaders in the United States.     

           Building Relationships in Politics

 Helen Blocker Adams Can Discuss:

 Three Critical Keys for Building Relationships in Politics: Unlikely Allies

 Unlikely Allies: 8 Steps to Bridging Divides that Impact Leadership deals with bridging divides on every level in society – personal, economic, political and social. These practical lessons will exponentially increase impact on individuals (personally and collectively) and communities all over the world.

Leadership

Demonstrating how one’s leadership can impact and make a difference in the world, while not necessarily having all the resources believed necessary to accomplish is key to impactful leadership. Unlikely Allies teaches how to become a catalyst to bring about change by empowering people and organizations.  The change will occur for the “good” of the individuals that automatically change the organization. You can have the ability to lead people where they haven’t been. We believe that organizations are not the problem but imperfect people.

So the question becomes ‘what are we doing about it?” Are we simply waiting for someone to solve the problems for us or are we engaged and mobilized in social, community, political and economic issues ourselves. Leaders engage themselves in their community and make a difference.

  • Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus
  • There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular
  • Leadership needs to be redefined and amplified
  • Leaders should take their ego out of the equation and allow a servant leadership style to take over
  • Impactful leadership develops and expects respect and trust
  • It’s Not about You
  • Leaders understand the importance of collaboration and building relationships
  • Respect and trust – can you have one without the other?

 Conflict Management

Conflict is normal and is often necessary. The challenge it presents, in a negative sense, is when the conflicting parties can not seem to come to an agreement of any kind. This usually happens when there’s little respect, no trust, low tolerance, misunderstanding, miscommunication or lack of communication, just to name a few. The teachings in Unlikely Allies equip leaders with the essential tools to build effectively with unlikely allies.

 Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and it’s those differences that can bring people together (for the good) to form teams, alliances and partnerships in a way that can change lives and communities. If elected officials use their energy and stop talking, but actually start practicing conflict resolution skills, the high level of discord will decrease.

 Unlikely Allies is a practical tool that offers ways to work with people who are different from themselves and share different ideologies.

  • Attitudes and egos have to be checked at the door
  • Leaders should recognize that we are all connected
  • Finding common bonds. People involved in sports understand it’s importance
  • Attract and embrace different types of people
  • Jesus understood he would meet cold and arrogant men with hardened hearts
  • People should learn how to occupy different worlds
  • Fear, oftentimes, holds us back from being the leader we should be

 Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is the work of a social entrepreneur. A social entrepreneur recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve social change (a social venture). Social entrepreneurship is also a mindset. A mindset of solving problems to make a difference, no matter if one is an entrepreneur, a teacher, a janitor or corporate CEO, etc.

Social entrepreneurs are engaged in strategic planning, building successful organizations and capital creation.

  • A solutions-oriented leader that challenges the status quo to implement change
  • Aim for self-transcendence – the ability to devote yourself to causes, things, ideals  and people
  • The power of the written word – everyone has a story
  • Networking and building relationships are critical
  • Civic engagement challenges us to step out of our comfort zone
  • One’s emotional well-being can make an impact on leadership abilities
  • Social entrepreneurs have passion for the all seeing betterment of others
  • Reach out and make a difference to the least of those among us

   More about Helen Blocker Adams

 Executive Producer/Host of ‘The Helen Blocker Adams Show’ which can be heard weeknights 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST on 103.7 FM/1600 AM WKZK or webstream at www.wkzk.net. CEO/President of The HBA Group, Intl., a 20-year old business events planning and marketing firm based in Augusta, GA; and Founder of The Southeast Enterprise Institute, Inc., a 501©3 non profit human advocacy and leadership development organization.

 Graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. with a degree in Journalism and minor in Political Science.

 Lives in Augusta, GA.

 About the Book

Unlikely Allies: 8 Steps to Bridging Divides that Impact Leadership

101 pages

Publication Date: August 2010

Cost: $20 hardcover/$17 softcover

ISBN 978-1-4520-1545-3

www.authorhouse.com

 For more information, visit www.helenblockeradams.com 

To read About the Book and Introduction, visit www.hbagroup-intl.com

For interview, please contact Helen Blocker-Adams at 706.267.0579 or e-mail at hba@hbagroup-intl.com

Additional information and assistance

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Keep Pressing On

November 15, 2010

R & B/Hip-Hop Singer/Songwriter Mary J. Blige has a song called, Press on, and it’s one of my favorites. ‘She talks about her challenges, life  and how sometimes things don’t seem to go your way…you keep pressing on. She says it’s always a constant battle. The pressures of life. Can’t give up. ‘If you don’t have all the resources needed to do what you have planned or need to do, keep pressing forward anyhow. In most cases, one isn’t going to have ALL the resources, the contacts, or the finances to move forward with our dreams, aspirations and goals. So if you’re waiting for the perfect situation, the best environment, the right people in place, to get started..then it is very probable that you won’t. You may have heard people say ‘I’m going to wait until my children graduate; wait for my youngest to get into high school; I’m going to wait until my spouse has reached his/her goals….Before you know it, five…ten..or fifteen years have passed you by. Keep pressing on. You don’t know what God has waiting for you around the next corner. Unlikely Allies: 8 Steps to Bridging Divides that Impact Leadership is now available at www.authorhouse.com or www.hbagroup-intl.com


She inspired me and I’ve never met her

November 7, 2010

A year and a half ago, I reached out to a woman who was a publicist.  I believed she was from the Boston area. I received e-mails from her from time to time promoting different authors. I believe one or two of the authors she represented appeared on my radio program. There was something about her style that made me reach out to her. I’d been writing, off and on, my book since 2005, but didn’t have  a clear theme/title of  my book at the time I contacted Josie. She was very insightful, responsive and kind. We communicated back and forth several times over a period of a week or so.

Here is one of her responses to me after she asked me to send her some of my writing. I sent her copies of some of my columns in the Augusta Medical Examiner.

“‘And as I think about it, perhaps the idea of bridging divides is a very strong theme running through all of your work and could carry into alot of markets. If you think of a divided America you could come up with splits around economic, racial and political issues. These things are ripping communities (and the country itself) apart.” The date of  her correspondence was June 2, 2009.

Amazing insight, wouldn’t you agree? So now one year and a half later, I have a published book and I just sent her an e-mail asking for her mailing address so I can send her a complimentary copy of my new book.

She, Josie, inspired me and I wanted her to know it. And for you, you never know who or when you impact someone by simply being there for them when they need it. That’s why I believe in serving. No matter how much money or resources you have, serve anyhow.


Two down and one to go

November 7, 2010

First Friday in downtown Augusta is always a treat. Lots of people. The diversity of people is always awesome to see and experience. It boggles my mind that there are people in this community who still have not attended First Friday. I had my second Book Launch Celebration at The Book Tavern located in the heart of downtown Augusta. Although the weather took a dip on the cooler side, the traffic coming into the store was steady. I got a chance to meet alot of new people. You never know who knows you, especially when you’re a public figure. An older man walked in, we spoke, he was with about five other people. He looked at my book, I started to tell him about it. I started to introduce myself and he said ‘I know who you are. You are supposed to be Mayor now.” Wow. He bought a hardcover and we had a delightful conversation. Most of the people who book  my book that evening were those I met at the same time. Incredible feeling indeed!

My third of three Book Launch Celebrations will be Friday, November 12th at my niece and hair stylist’s business, Salon D’Elegance. Now that is going to be fun.


I’m a published author!

November 7, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010 I had my first Book Launch Celebration. My friends and longtime supporters, Tim and Martha Kennedy owners of Furniture Outlet had the event for me. My first book signing ever. Having it at a non-traditional location was really pretty cool. They had everything set up so nicely. Door prizes for their customers, my sign in front of the store and a table set up in an area conducive to a warm environment. It was a glorious experience. I sold all of my books. Met some incedible. I think what most amazes me is when someone who doesn’t know me or of me, after hearing my spill about the book and they buy it. The feeling is indescribable.

My next book launch celebration is First Friday at The Book Tavern. Looking forward to that one too.


Southern Politics: 10 Questions for 2010

September 6, 2010

Political blogging has been interesting over the last few years, but now it’s time to get out and talk with real people about matters that are often missed.  We hope to discuss these questions as often as possible and in various settings across the state in an effort to give our community logical political information and options. While we don’t have all the answers, these questions serve as conversation starters. 

1. Would reform of the ballot access laws improve the election process?

2. With 1994 in mind, can we leverage political strength to diversify our political portfolio?   

3.  Are some Blue Dogs sidestepping the political heat?

4.  Are some Republicans uncomfortable with non-GOP supporters?

5.  Are Fox News and MSNBC putting political agendas over journalism?

6. Are Moderates and Minorities being overlooked by the Conservatives?

7. Are other nations receiving too much American time and resources while the homeland struggles?

8. Can the political Center create a more functional form of moderation?

9. Political slates: anachronisms or useful tools?

10. Should we examine candidates with relativity in mind?


I’m Convinced

April 25, 2010

It was the most profound 10 straight hours of my life. I was privileged to attend the funeral for James Brown who died on December 25, 2006. . I was up at 5:00 a.m. and was one of hundreds of people in line at 6:45 a.m., along with my sister, a cousin from Brooklyn and a friend. We came prepared to spend the day in order to say farewell to the “Godfather of Soul.” We actually reached the inside of the Arena at 8:45 a.m. By the time we were seated it was 9:10 a.m. We maintained our seat until the benediction late that afternoon.

Many people in the community have called me one of Augusta’s biggest cheerleaders. But no one was a bigger cheerleader (for Augusta) than Mr. Brown. He had his share of bumps and bruises along life’s road. But so has Augusta and many of its citizenry. I have personally felt and experienced some of those bumps and bruises myself over the past eighteen months.

But at the end of the day, all of that really doesn’t matter. What matters is what message you want people to talk about years after you have gone? Mr. Brown’s message was love, unity and hope. He sang about being a bridge builder. He pleaded, through his music and lyrics, for people to get along, to love one another, to work together, and to see beyond differences and recognize the greatness in each of us. He mesmerized audiences all over the world singing songs that uplifted, challenged, empowered and taught self-sufficiency. Remember ‘I Don’t Want Nobody to Give me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I’ll Get it Myself – 1969) and “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” – 1968?

Throughout both political quests, our message of ‘doing the right thing and being a bridge builder’ resonated throughout the community. My endorsement of a candidate that many felt was ‘not the right thing to do’ proved twelve months later that it was the ‘right thing to do’ and that he was the right Mayoral candidate for Augusta after all. 66% of the vote in the last election from all ethnic groups is the proof.

I’m convinced that after experiencing the ‘Event’ that the people of Augusta are not only ready for change, but are willing to do what it takes to make our Garden City the best she can be. I witnessed thousands of people from all walks of life; from all over the world participate in an Event that was seen all over the world through the powerful medium of television and cable.

Augusta came together. Just like Mr. Brown said she could. Just like I believe she could. In a way that we have never seen before. We saw blacks and whites sitting together and singing together. We saw Asst. Director of Augusta Parks and Recreation, Robert Howard (now deceased), do an exemplary job in keeping the day flowing, as it ought to have. We saw Sheriff Ronnie Strength and his team, Chief Howard Willis and his team, Richmond County employees, Dr. Shirley Lewis, former President of Paine College, former James Brown Arena Manager, Flash Gordon, the Mayor and his wife sitting on the front row on the floor level and hundreds of volunteers. It was excellence at its best.

I was sitting in an upper location of the Arena near the stage, but at an angle where I could view everything. I watched and observed people in action, patient mourners sitting for hours, but especially saw folks respecting a man who has made a monumental impact on all of our lives, this City and the world. I saw Augusta at its finest. I was so proud of everyone. I was so proud to be an Augustan.

I’m convinced. Now don’t misunderstand. I didn’t need convincing. Remember I’m one of the most optimistic people one will ever meet. I have always believed in Augusta and it’s people. No matter what. But having attended James Brown’s funeral, it was refreshing for me to witness, in a tangible way, what I already believe in my heart. And what Mr. Brown believed in his heart too. And that is, Augusta is a caring and loving community. Augusta is ‘Out of Sight’ – 1964 and ‘Super Bad’ – 1970.

More importantly, anyone who was actually in attendance or who observed James Brown’s funeral on television was able to witness a tremendous display of love and unity. So I am confident that hundreds, maybe thousands of others (who needed convincing) are now convinced as well. 2006 ended with a message that Mr. Brown wanted all of us to do. And that was ‘Get on the Good Foot.’ And that we did. It’s a great time to live, work and play in Augusta! I am anticipating what Augusta can become! Will you join me?