“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.
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.
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 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 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
Publication Date: August 2010
Cost: $20 hardcover/$17 softcover
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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