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The Emerging Leader is your monthly opportunity to invest 30 minutes in your own personal development. Successful leaders have an inexhaustible interest to read and grow. So take a break from the books and create a new a habit of reading the the Emerging Leader each month.

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What we've been reading
Grandparents always seem to give simple and sound advice. It is smart to respect the wisdom of experience. A woman who worked with the elderly compiled their life advice and it's a wake up call for all of us as we carry on with our daily lives. (thenextweb)

If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” This article removes our guilt by encouraging some relaxation and accepting a bit of laziness. (NY Times)

We’ve all been there: feeling so grateful to a friend that we hatch the idea of sending them a thank-you message. But then we worry about how to phrase it. And then we figure it probably won’t mean much to them anyway. Nothing could be further from the truth. (Reseach Digest)

Ever wonder how you got that invite to a National Leadership Conference or some Academic Camp in Washington? So did we. Here's part of the answer. (NY Times)
What we've been watching

"Katie Davis Majors - Spreading Love in Uganda" (4:34)

At 18, Katie went to Uganda to work at an orphanage. 10 years later she has created an organization to feed the village and adopted 13 young girls - fulfilling Christ's calling to serve.

"Dr. Tim Irwin - Leaders Make an Impact" (4:21)

There are so many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of your family, friends, classmates, and even strangers. This is great story to demonstrate how one coach made an impact intentionally and authentically.
What we've been thinking
Walter Carr, an African American college-aged kid, was to begin his first day on the job at a moving company, 20 miles from his home in central Alabama. But the day before, his car broke down. That is where this story begins. Each step along the way adds more joy and restores faith in the goodness of people.

The job was everything to Walter, so he left his home at midnight for the 20 mile walk to work. At 3:00 a.m. the police stopped him. Rather than harassing him, the police listened, empathized and took him for breakfast before bringing him to a church for safekeeping. They checked on him later and dropped him off at the address of the family who was to move that day. Wow - way to go Pelham, Alabama police department!

Jenny Lamey was a bit startled to see Walter show up at her home early in the morning in a police car without a full moving crew. She listened to him tell his story and invited Walter in to take a nap. Walter preferred to work and helped her pack as they awaited the arrival of the moving van and rest of the crew. The move was uneventful except for the impression Walter made on Jenny. She was so amazed she started a GoFundMe and published the story on social media. She ended her post: "So yes, yesterday we moved. Yesterday was crazy. Yesterday was long and hard and hot. But...Walter." The CEO of the moving company saw the post later and drove out to meet Walter, his newest employee. He was so impressed with his grit and humility, he handed over the keys to his Ford Escape and freely gave it to Walter.

Every human in this story acted with open heart and no cynicism. Walter gave his best and the police, Jenny and the CEO, without knowing Walter, decided to trust and see the best in Walter.

- Mr Charles Kafoglis
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