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The Alpha Leadership Experience

Alpha…LEAD!

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Alpha Leadership was a blast! Not only was it a blast, I got to develop my leadership skills through really cool activities. We did self assessments to figure out what our leadership styles were and learned how to effectively communicate and use those styles to our advantages. We had to step outside of our comfort zones (yaayy!). We got to meet really awesome new people! All together, I loved my six weeks of ALPHA! I learned that I am a considerate and spirited leader, and I need to work on further developing my direct and systematic skills.

Simon Sinek Ted Talk

How Great Leaders Inspire Action –

Simon Sinek is a man that believes in empowerment. Born in England, he has lived 
in Hong Kong, South Africa and the United States. He is active in the not-for-profit world, and works for an organization called Count Me In. He currently resides 
in New York and teaches at Columbia University.
For an LDR200 assignment, we were asked to watch Simon's famous Ted Talk, 
'How Great Leaders Inspire Action'. I found it very fascinating, and I thought
that Simon brought up very valid points. In this blog post, I will tell you all 
about Simon's method of inspiration and how we can use it in our own lives. 
Here ya go,a

There are leaders and there are those who lead.

Those who lead, inspire us.

We follow them because we want to, not because we have to.

Have you ever questioned what sets those people apart? They all think, act and communicate the same exact way. There is a pattern. Now if you can identify that pattern and apply it to your life, wouldn’t that be nice? Well Simon Sinek can help us with that. In his 20 minute Ted Talk, he explains the secret to this. He calls this way the Golden Circle (Why? How? What?). ldr According to Simon Sinek, this ‘Golden Circle’ determines why certain organizations succeed or not. He urges us to think of the WHY. What’s the purpose, belief, cause? Why should anyone care? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Regardless of their size or industry, businesses that are more successful function with this way of thinking. He tells that “Employers hire people that believe in what they do, because they won’t be working for money, they will be working for the cause, even if that requires blood, sweat and tears.” He goes on use the Wright Brothers as an example. The Wright Brothers has passion which lead to success. They sold people on the “Why”. Not a single person on their team had a college degree and they competed with Harvard graduate, who was in it solely for the money and paycheck. I bet you haven’t heard of Samel Lingually? The best minds money can find won’t do justice to what someone who truly values a cause will do. The day the Wright brothers took flight, Langually quit all together.

“People don’t’ buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it”

This is due to..

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The Law of Diffusion of Innovation tells us that if you want market success, or acceptance of an idea, you cannot have it unless you achieve the tipping point of 15-18% market penetration (The people who stand in land for six hours to buy the first iPhone, when the can just get it the next day). The early majority will not try something unless someone has tried it first.

I really enjoyed listening to Simen's Ted Talk. I have noticed myself looking at 
commercials and company's slogans differently after watching, and noticing how 
some advertise their "Why" and some just advertise the product. I think this is
a good reason a lot of Not-for-Profit's are successful, because they sell the 
"Why" and have a good cause to support.

Greek Conference 2015. Indianapolis, Indiana

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 “We know we were made for,

so much more, than ordinary life,

It’s time for us, to more than just survive,

We were meant to thrive

Joy unspeakable. Faith unshakable. Love unstoppable. Anything is possible.”

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This past weekend, I embarked on a journey to Indianapolis, along with about 100 
other kids from CMU. We left for the weekend with hopes to learn lots, better
 ourselves, and meet fellow greeks from universities all over the country.

It was an awesome weekend to say the least! So lemme just tell you about all the great things I experienced. After about a 5 hour road trip, we arrived at the hotel in Indy early afternoon  Friday. I checked into my hotel room, which I shared with one girl from my greek chapter, and two other girls from other chapters. After we got settled in, we played games and just got to socialize with a ton of random people. It was so much fun to meet everyone! At the end of the weekend, I had made new friends from Purdue, Hillsdale, UCLA, Univ. of Kentucky, Ohio State, Sonoma State and Grand Valley. Gotta love networking! So anyways, the rest of the Friday night was spent in general session, in the big auditorium. There was worship, a game, and then we listened to two speakers. greek12  The speakers were amazing! Besides networking, I would have to say that the speakers were my favorite part of conference. Our first speaker was Mindy Moore. She spoke about her life as a young greek student at University of Illinois. She was constantly searching for fulfillment – through going out, relationships, friendships, sorority life, etc. but wasn’t able to feel completely satisfied. When she became a Christian, she found that huge piece that was missing, and also discovered her life purpose.

Some Take Aways From Mindy:
*How is God inviting you to respond to your view of success and your future?
*Is the world's view of success the same as God's view of Success?
*If God were to ask you to give away your most valued possession, would you be able to? If not, what are the barriers that would hold you back?

Mindy’s lessons really made me think about and reevaluate my definition of success compared to the world’s view of success. I would say that I would rather live a fulfilling and happy life doing something to make an impact, than work a high paying job. This kind of reassured me about my future plans and career choice in college, and just made it all together more evident that I should stop comparing myself to the world’s view.

1st Samel 16:7
1.) Competition and comparison steals our joy.
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2.) We are holding ourselves to an
    unrealistic standard.

3.) Human desire is to get affirmation and pr   aise through others… DO you believe
   that God can fill you up? 

4.) Although I am imperfect, I am accepted
   regardless.

5.) Who are you trying to impress? 

6.) God forgives generously.

On Saturday, we got up early and went to general session again. From there, we were separated into our concentrations, that we selected when we signed up for it. I picked to do the Thrive concentration. (Which tackled how to deal with the constant challenges and temptations in life, and while striving for spiritual growth, transformation, and not just conforming our lives around rules.) I cannot begin to describe how much I learned just in that concentration. I definitely came home with notes on notes on notes.

THRIVE: 

to grow or develop successfully. To flourish or succeed.

In order to thrive, you must be “all in”, in order to be fully satisfied.Even if you do not sharegreek20 the same faith as I do, I think that this concept can be applied to anything in life. In order to thrive in whatever you do, you must be “all in”. No half ass. In school, if you want to receive an “A” in your class, you must be fully invested and completely committed.  If you are playing sports, or president of a club, you have to be “all in” in order to succeed. In order to have a marriage that works, you have to be fully committed. Always striving for success, and trying to grow. As I dug into how to thrive, in my own life and more importantly my walk with God, I found places of my life that I was wishy washy. Yes, I have completely surrendered to him, but no, I had not let him control absolutely all parts of my life. Sometimes I like to think I can do it on my own, or I can make my own choices. But this weekend, my way of thinking shifted. I want to be “all in” and fully committed in my faith, and the way I live. When you thrive in that way, you will be fully and entirely satisfied as the Lord works through you.

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Pictured Above: My awesome concentration small group!)

 After that, we had our longest session of worship and prayer, which was really emotional for many. People stood up and proclaimed their faith and rededicated their lives to God. You could just feel the Holy Spirit presence in the room, it was amazing. It was very powerful.

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And on to the last day of Greek Conference! I sure didn’t want to leave or go back to school. Our consisted of one final general session. Then we met with our campus groups and debriefed the weekend. We were asked what did you learn, will you bring home, etc. I think that every person there had something different they brought home, it was very cool. Image 3 So, basically I had a really great weekend! I learned so much and I met so many great people! Thank you Greek Conference 2015 Indy! Guess what?

*Next year, there will be a Greek Conference in Los Angeles, California! Whoooooooo! Buying my plane ticket now. Who’s with me? I would love to sign up for the Influence Concentration, and I really hope I will be able to attend next year as well.

Martin Luther King Day

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*Look for my friends and I in the Facebook video! (1:27)

Also check out the dream   – Article on CMU Media Page!

“If you could have coffee with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?” When asked that, my list usually consist of Jesus, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, a few celebrities and some relatives I never had the privilege to meet. Nonetheless, Martin Luther King is definitely one of my inspirations/role models and I think that celebrating MLK day every year is very important. It is good to remember and appreciate the things our country and people went through in order to gain the freedoms we have today. Martin Luther fought for equal rights, was a man of great faith, and wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in/take risks. Because we have school off on this holiday, I was able to participate in a few activities on my campus, such as a MLK walk and a free showing of Selma at the movie theatre. It was a really awesome day of remembrance, and with that, I leave you with

“Look at where we have come, and celebrate those accomplishments, but also look at how much more we can improve on. There are many things today that are still corrupt and unfair, and they need to be changed.”

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(My LAS friends and I participating in the candlelit service)  eeb

True Life, I am obsesssseeddddd with Martin Luther King quotes!! Here’s some of my favorites:

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I FACEDTIMED WITH THE PRESIDENT SAY WHAAAAT!!??

NO, I did not FaceTime Obama…

BUT, President Ross Attended My Leadership Class

And President Ross Rocks!!!

Seriously though, he is the man!

So, I was extremely excited for the president of my university to come into my LDR100 class and personally meet each of us. The date was on my calendar and I was counting down the classes until he would come in to talk to us. The weekend before he was scheduled to come in, my great grandmother passed away, and I left Mt. Pleasant to go to Wisconsin. My great grandmother was an amazing lady and it was really hard to deal with in my family. I forgot about the whole President Ross deal when that stuff happened, but I had been keeping in contact with my roommates back at CMU, and they mentioned how excited they were. “Holy crap I am going to miss it!!” I thought, and I was really disappointed. But guess what? My roommates and LAS cohort is awesome! They knew it was important to me, and didn’t want me to miss it either, so they surprised me with a FaceTime right as the president was walking into my classroom. I was so happy! It was really cool to hear the president directly address us Leadership Advancement students and talk about our questions and concerns regarding CMU. He told us to

Take advantage of your resources here at Central”

“On occasion, rare opportunity will present itself”.

He spoke about always doing the right thing 

“And at the end of the day, it’s all about integrity.” 

I could not agree more with all he talked about. I found his story to be very inspiring and I think that he is an extremely smart, wise man. Definitely someone to look up to! He gave great advice. I am so glad that I was able to listen to him speak. Shoutout to Chloe and Taylor! Want to know the best part of the whole experience? I got to “meet” him!!! WHOOO! He picked up the laptop that was FaceTiming me and actually talked to me! It was really freaking cool!

I have to say, I do not know many people that go to a university or college of over 22,000 and they have a personal relationship with their president! I am so lucky!! Central Michigan is a great school and the fact that they are dedicated to forming personal relationships between faculty and students makes it the very best! 

FIRE UP CHIPS! Thanks President Ross for visiting to our class!

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(The laptop is “me” and this was taken when he talked to me)