Aug 14

Restore – Wednesday Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

There is a time to “restore” as we all take a needed break from our day to day hustle and bustle. That said, my family and I are enjoying are annual pilgrimage to Martha’s Vineyard for a needed time of rest and reflection. It’s been our way to reflect and relax prior to the end of summertime. This is our 20th year on the island. For the 1st time, our God grand daughter is traveling with us. She loves it…and so do we.

During this week, we see friends from near and far, talk some business as we plan for our Fall season transitions, but mostly enjoy the fair, great food, fellowship and companionship. For many of our friends, we refer to them as family. They are as close as “white on rice.”

I encourage us all to restore and reflect during this time of the year. It’s good for our spirit, soul and body. As I prepare for the multiple events that are forthcoming this Fall season, I study in the quiet and peaceful environment that Martha’s Vineyard affords.

Try it…you’ll like it.

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Aug 07

New Beginnings – Wednesday Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

New beginnings can be, and should be, a confirmation of God’s constant move in our lives. That said, I have begun anew even after 34 years of total government service as a mid-level and senior-level leader in the federal government – October 1983 to October 2018!!

You see, for the past 2 years, I have maximized by new venture with The John Maxwell Team as a certified speaker, mentor, coach and trainer. It has been fruitful and mind blowing in terms of growth, development, continual learning and adding rich experience to my life.

In parallel, God has opened DOORS of opportunity that are ripe with excitement and limitless possibilities as I utilize the spiritual gifts that are within me for the benefit of others. At the end of this year, I end my current assignment as the Senior Pastor at my local church to launch a new vision that has been offered to me and my family. Further, a global expansion is on the horizon as I reach many more thousands and millions of people around the globe in the areas of Family, Ministry, Leadership, Coaching, Finance and Organizational Development. As 2018 ends and 2019 begins, I am super excited to see all before me as I engage and influence with a group of men and women around the world.

As you begin your new ventures in this great life, stay focused, keep learning, pray, understand your role(s), achieve, aspire for greatness and persevere – you’ll be glad that you did.

You can do it!!

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Jul 25

Engage – Wednesday’s Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

This summer, as I stand up my new leadership development and coaching business, I am learning about the art of “engagement.” Engaging with people of like interests has been quite rewarding and educational for me.

Through engagement, I have earned new contracts for my business…just being proactive in my approach. I have met so many decision makers in their government agencies, corporations and churches, where I perform my training. The best is yet to come as I attend summer conferences and conventions that are hosted by major organizations in our communities – Black Enterprise, US Black Chambers, Inc., and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, not to mention great speaking engagements coming up this fall with youth services and medical organizations.

This is NOT about me…but about YOU. Please engage with your constituents and colleagues in your network. Be relentless in your approach, yet professional, tactful and assertive (not aggressive). You’ll be glad that you did!

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Jul 18

Birthday Reflections – Wednesday Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

On Sunday & Monday of this week, I celebrated my 58th birthday.

First, at church on Sunday with a ton of family, friends and members where I preached from the topic: “A Friend Indeed.” This simple, yet profound sermon reminded us all about the value and merits of friendship. Jesus is our friend and advocate! I saw friends from my high school as well as my freshman year in college and everyone else in between. What a joy. Afterwards, we had dinner with my immediate family, my dad and brother and good friend Thom, from high school.

On Monday, the 16th, my actual date of birth in 1960, I spent time meeting at a government agency to discuss my business mission and vision with a great team of professionals, then spent time with my middle son, Chris, in DC at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game festivities at the Washington Convention Center. What a joy to see the Hall of Fame mementos and having a greater appreciation for the players back in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. I took a photo next to the World Series trophy, made new each year by Tiffany’s and valued at close to $1M, and being in the company of thousands of fans throughout my day. Later that evening, I had dinner again with my immediate family.

Birthday’s are to be cherished with loved one’s. It was a great day…I look forward to so many more! Dream big…

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dream 2017

 

Jul 04

Happy 4th!! – Wednesday Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

On this day, as Americans, we reflect, restore and celebrate our country’s independence. It is a joyous day to be alive and well.

As you celebrate with family and friends today, be mindful of our neighbors as we enjoy our mutual freedoms in this great land that we collectively call the USA. Do not take it for granted – cherish and embrace it. We are blessed!

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Jun 27

Expansion – Wednesday Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

New & exciting news…our weekly radio show since 2009 is moving to Television – online TV. The WBGR Network, based in the Washington, DC area, has welcomed us into their new launch to reach 1.2M listeners and viewers.

Beginning on July 6th at 9:30am (EST), we begin our new adventure to reach more and more listeners and viewers. Further, our broadcasts are taped and can be viewed on Amazon Firestick as well as ROKU TV, reaching up to 100M viewers. Whew!!

We will continue to share our tips about writing, publishing, book sales and will add “leadership” to the discussion.

As you expand your reach, continue to be professional, tactful, keep your word and give it your best. It’s a win-win to all involved. Stay focused and prosper…it is your destiny.

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Jun 20

Action – Wednesday Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

Yesterday and again on today, I am attending the inaugural “Publishing in Color” writers conference that is tailor made for under represented authors that write spiritual, inspirational and religious books. We have all acknowledged the disparities in the publishing industry, especially the Christian publishing industry, both staffs at the publishing houses and the actual writers, when it comes to people in the African-American, Asian-American, and Native-American communities. We are grossly under represented in all phases. It cannot be denied.

So…we’re doing something about it. Agents, acquisition and book editors, publishers and authors are coming together to address this issue during keynotes, over lunch and dinner, during one-on-one’s and through informal hallway conversations. At the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, we are having open discussions and dialogue to begin to mend the past trends and learn together. While I fully expect to earn a long overdue publishing contract this week (through relationships that were built over 16 years and a good 69-page book proposal), it’s NOT just about me. The founder and director, Brian Allain, brought me on board as faculty to teach my favorite writer’s course: From Start to Finish for the First Time Author. My 45-minute session on yesterday was filled with eager authors that are ready to move to action on their book projects. The reality is that most of them will not be offered a publishing contract because of how they look. Major publishers will not acknowledge their potential – they only look at “what have you done lately.” While we are beginning the process of breaking down unjustified and undeserved barriers that have prevented us from getting well deserved publishing contracts, we are also educating each other as a means to dispel unfamiliarity and fear.

I am hopeful that our collective action will make a difference. Join us in Chicago, IL, on November 9th as we take this writer’s conference on the road. There will be three conferences in 2019. More to come…

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Jun 13

Resolution – Wednesday Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

Big news this week – talks between two nations that could positively, or negatively, impact our world.

The leaders from the USA and North Korea shook hands, smiled and TALKED. You see, resolution of any conflicts begin with a conversation. That open and honest dialogue can, and usually does, remove disagreements, ease feeling, resolve conflicts and improve relations overall. Perceived thoughts can be cleared from the air through face-to-face interaction.

Today, let that monumental and historic meeting serve as a reason for YOU to have a conversation with those in your live with which you many have a conflict or misunderstanding. It will serve you, and them, well…

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May 23

Many hats – Wednesday Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

I, like you, wear many, many hats. That is, you and I juggle lots of responsibilities simultaneously. From time to time, we can lose focus as a result.

However, do not lose your steam and continue to persevere. Here’s why ==>

As a leader, so many count on us to give direction and to help them to navigate their day-to-day affairs. In doing so, we are aiding their aspirations, goals and dreams as well as sharpening their gifts and talents. They should not have to think about the strategic, only the tactical.

Therefore, while we wear many hats at any given time, keep pressing forward so that those under our leadership will, in time, become prepared to take some of the responsibilities off of our plates. As a leader, many hats goes with the territory but does not have to maintain long-term. Train and coach your people, delegate and watch them blossom. You’ll be glad that you did!!

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be accountable

 

May 16

Differentiation – Wednesday Word

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christian Living , Christianity , Devotions , Interview , John Maxwell , Leadership , Podcasts , Religion , Spirituality , Uncategorized

What differentiates you from others? What are you unique gifts and talents?

As I build my new leadership development and executive coaching business, I meet and greet with a plethora of potential business partners to discuss the question.I deliberately point out unique qualities that differentiate me from what others have to offer. Then, I bring together a TEAM of individuals that I trust and admire to help to address a specific issue/concern as a problem-solver? Here are some differentiators to consider:

  • How many years of experience do you have in a particular field?
  • What unique qualifications and/or educational level do you bring to the table?
  • Are you certified in a given discipline?
  • Have you performed similar work in foreign countries?
  • Do you possess a unique clearance to perform special services?

Look for ways to distinguish your skills from the pack. Plan your work…Work your plan. Make a difference today!!

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