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Archive for November 29th, 2013

Pastor Ira Acree to donate 50 toys to CPS student Toy Drive

Posted by Admin On November - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Tells critics we must support our youth

By Chinta Strausberg

CHICAGO, IL – Pastor Ira J. Acree, head of the St. John Bible Church and co-chair of the Leaders Network, late Wednesday night committed to donating 50 toys to 10-year-old Samuel Love’s disaster project designed to give toys and/or gift cards to children who were victims of natural disasters.

Love, who is a fourth grader at the Beasley Academy Center, 5255 South State Street, is holding his second toy drive on Black Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his grandmother’s restaurant, Josephine’s Cooking, 436 E. 79th St., where proceeds will go to children who were victims of the Oklahoma and Denver, Colorado flood and tornadoes.

On November 29, 2013, commonly called ‘Black Friday,’ young Love will be accepting unwrapped toys and/or gift cards at the restaurant formerly called Captain Hardtimes. His grandmother, Josephine “Mother” Wade, will be serving free homemade soup to anyone donating a toy and/or a gift card.

Acree, who is author of “In Pursuit of Mr. Right,” said, “For a child to have a heart to want to do something of this magnitude, it’s evident that he’s special person. For this to be Black Friday and he is more concerned about others rather than himself speaks volumes about his character and his heart. This kind gesture is the epitome of selflessness.

“Our community desperately needs these types of selfless acts if we ever truly plan to recover from the madness that we face daily. I’ve already been attacked for pledging to support this effort. The question was asked why send gifts to Oklahoma or Colorado when people are hurting in Washington Illinois. I personally have already committed our church to supporting those relief efforts but even if we hadn’t, by virtue of the fact that a child has a heart and the spirit to think on this level and magnitude compel me to support and go the extra mile.

“The older generation of leaders must look for younger leaders to pour into and to encourage. Rev. Jesse Jackson was a college student under Dr. King, the godfather of soul; James Brown let the boy preacher 10 year old Rev. Al Sharpton follow him around. The prophet Jeremiah was also just a boy when God called and anointed him. Trust me on this, this kid’s action is God ordained,” said Pastor Acree.

Hats off to Pastor Acree for opening up his heart and wallet to this up and coming student who has a passion for helping children who are victims of natural disasters. Acree said his gifts would be ready for Love’s December 14th trip to Little Axe, OK, which is his second planned trip where he will deliver the gifts and meet a number of officials. On Friday, December 6, 2013, Love will be taking 1,000 toys to Lyons, Colorado.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Why Leaders Must Rise Above the Rest of the Pack

Posted by Admin On November - 29 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Soap Box Rants

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

I pity the fool whose ear is easily bent by gossip, but I’m even more disgusted by managers that call themselves leaders and base their evaluations of others on gossip.

How many times have you watched companies bring in new management only to see the cream of the crop frantically looking for a way out of the place before the catastrophe hits?

I can smell a bad manager as soon as they start talking. They stink of trying to intimidate or bully staff members. They are usually from backgrounds or upbringings where they weren’t treated very well, and either they have the wrong idea that this is the behavior of management or they are just plain insecure or inferior in nature to begin with.

A good leader or manager wouldn’t base employee judgment on hearsay or perhaps what’s in that personnel file. They should make a conscious effort to get to know their staff – where their strengths are in regards to performance, whether they are lacking in production, and of making sure that they get the support and training they need. In other words, instead of trying to ruin their lives or make them miserable, mentor them.

A great leader can breathe life into a dormant organization. Moreover, a “Leader” is not the title you gain as a manager, you earn it as a person able to persuade people to be their best and do their best for the company. You can’t bully the best.

What these people don’t know or may have known and forgotten, is that some staff might want to do just enough work to get by because they are pretty much soured on the previous management. If there are hard working stand out employees in the camp, the lazy or not so brilliant manager often fears that person because of their outstanding knowledge of the job. You go figure.

How many times have we heard “don’t work too hard because they (management) don’t appreciate it anyway?” With that mindset, a person is putting themselves in a very vulnerable position. What if you look up one day and the job does not exist? You have allowed yourself to be a person of little value to another organization. Working hard and smart helps you keep your skills up. Unfortunately, some people are given management positions for the wrong reasons. They were friends with the right people, made themselves standout – not necessarily because of brilliance – or they were the only available body at the time, and knew a little more than the person that appointed them.

So you hard-working, charismatic, knowledgeable folks out there are the types that need to rise above the rest. Anybody can be nasty and bossy. It takes a class act to rule a team with finesse.

There was a company on the near Southwest Side of Chicago that had employees so supportive of their very large family-owned manufacturing business that when the company was losing money and risking closing down, the employees stepped up to the plate and worked for half their wages to try and help the family retain their company, and not lose it. That is a leader, not a mere manager that could pull off that type of support. The difference is respect, admiration and maybe even love from a staff that would be willing to do something like that.

My advice to managers: If you want to be leaders, mind your manners and mentor those you would consider casting out because they aren’t up to what you think they should be or what you have heard.

True leaders make yourself be known and practice good leadership skills in the workplace.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al. She is also a weekly columnist for CopyLine Magazine

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