Government Shutdown Revisited…

Today marked the third day of the 2018 Government Shutdown and the first day many NASA and Federal Employees were furloughed.

I started this blog during the Government Shutdown of 2013–when I had some extra time on my hands!  One of my first posts focused on the important and essential leadership skills of building coalitions.

I think it’s fitting today to re-post those thoughts.  May they serve you well, as you shoot for the stars!

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Lessons from South Africa & Ubuntu!

Last month, I had the privilege to serve as a keynote speaker for Work 2.0 Africa.  My co-worker had long encouraged me to visit Africa and read Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.  I finished that 500-plus page work on the 24-hour trek from Houston, Texas to Johannesburg then read his Conversations with Myself on the trip home.

Mandela worked tirelessly for freedom and equality of black South Africans.  In 1993, more than 50 years after his political career started with the African National Council’s Youth League and after spending 27 years in jail, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with South President F.W. de Klerk.  The following year, Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically-elected President.

It’s a powerful story, and I enjoyed my visit to Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum.

In September of last year, I attended Bob Nelson’s “Strategies for Recognizing and Motivating Your Workforce” at JSC.  Shortly thereafter, I read his book Ubuntu! An Inspiring Story about an African Tradition of Teamwork & Collaboration.

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