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Ubuntu: The One Word to Change How You Work, Live and Lead

What if our global mindset was refocused on the transcendent concept of Ubuntu — the African philosophy that represents the power of human connectedness, kindness and compassion? In this vulnerable and thought-provoking talk, Shola Richards addresses that important question, while showing how Ubuntu can be used to transform how we work, live and lead. Some people call me a cheerleader (admittedly, I'm a natural at enthusiasm), but I'm actually a champion of those who value integrity.

Because really, what's more important than the principles we exude...and thus, the principles we spread?

A father, husband, son, brother, friend, author, keynote speaker, and also the founder of The Positivity Solution. Over the course of his professional career, he has trained literally thousands of exceptional men & women on topics including team cohesion, world-class customer service, transformational leadership, effective communication, and dealing with difficult customers, to name a few. His personal mission is simple: To help more people live and work with more positivity.

7 Habits of People Who Keep It Together During Uncertain Times

#1 — See things slightly better than they are.

I am in awe of a former co-worker. Despite a pandemic and recession, he’s acting like the calm and peaceful internet monk, Jay Shetty.

Me: How’s business going for you old mate?

Former co-worker: Couldn’t be better.
There’s so much opportunity right now.

Hold up a second. How an earth can anyone be so calm and be talking about opportunity? Everybody else I’ve asked jumps straight into their own tragic story about how millions of people are going to die and we’re all screwed. Even Oprah is sounding shaky in these uncertain times.

Just when you think things can't get worse, they get better.
Things have changed.
Today we are living in a world where what is now considered normal at one time would have been considered absurd. Think about it, if on January 1 we had said that on June 1 children would be taking classes at the dining room table, graduations of all types would be happening in car parades, and that the National Guard would be called up in 18 states due to civil unrest, You would, at best, think I had read one too many dystopian novels, at worst thought I may have lost it.
But it’s all true, we are in a new reality. One which is scary, unknown and at first blush, bleak. But as this newsletter shows, there is good all around us. Just as after the wildfire a new generation of trees and grasses using the ash from the fire to nurture itself, grows, after this period of uncertainty and unrest we’re in now we will generate new growth; but, instead of new plants and grasses what will grow for us is the human condition of love, understanding and empathy.
But we need to nurture this growth.
We need to make sure that we are open to the changes, to be ready to support and love. To learn to forgive each other, and ourselves. We must be active in nurturing this change by offering support and communication with each other. We must be willing to instill change and to question what we have always considered normal. With dramatic change there can be beautiful new growth, but without attention, care and constant nurturing this new growth may simply wither away. So, the question is, what can we do? 
 However it feels right to you. I am not going to tell you what to do; that is an incredibly personal decision, and what I feel is important may or may not be important to you. But whatever you do, just make sure that it instills and nurtures the human spirit and that it promotes caring and love, that is what will make the world a better place for all. Now more than ever we need to remember that we’re all in this together, and it’s because of our togetherness and unity that we can create the change which will make things better; for all of us.

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