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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…

www.publishingincolor.com

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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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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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May 09

A New Business Venture – Wednesday Word

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

Why would someone start a new business? For money…for prestige…for recognition…for visibility…because everyone else is doing it…boredom with the current job?? What would be your reasoning?

I believe it is an opportunity to solve a problem. I founded The Johnson Leadership Group to do just that!

Our country, nation and society is devoid of good leadership. Many baby boomers retired from the workforce, in droves, over the past three years, thus, leaving behind a current and next generation of workers without direction, mentors and coaches. They also do not have an example to follow.

The Johnson Leadership Group, established this year, will address the current needs by working with government, schools, corporations and churches. To this end, we will enter into formal contracts, offer timely speaking topics and expose this generation’s workers to appropriate training that will help them to navigate the challenges that they will face.

Our website is operational and our certifications will soon be completed.

I urge you, too, to identify the need and go for it! Your products or services are needed for the world to enjoy. Why not you?

www.thejohnsonleadershipgroup.com

May 02

Sharing – Wednesday Word

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

This week is quite remarkable:

  1. On April 30, I celebrated 6 months of post-retirement from the federal government after 34 years of total service. I sent out a social media post thanking everyone for their support and help over my productive career. I also celebrated with my youngest son, Cameron, on his transition into college full-time. The local school system has a very strong and supportive program(s) for autistic students to help him along,
  2. On May 1, we welcomed in a new month with gorgeous weather on the east coast of the USA and well as National Small Business Week. As you know, I am the proud founder and CEO of The Johnson Leadership Group, specializing in leadership development training, coaching and mentoring for the current and next generation of leaders,
  3. Today, May 2nd, my wife and I celebrate our spiritual birthday. 25 years ago, we prayed the prayer of Salvation and accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our hearts,
  4. On May 3rd, I join the Governor of the great state of Maryland, and many other of my fellow residents, for the annual National Day of Prayer breakfast in Annapolis, followed by a book signing and discussion at His Way Christian Bookstore at 7:00pm in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and
  5. On May 4th, I  attend an all-day leadership training symposium with hundreds of thought-leaders and entrepreneurs as I seek ways to expand my network and increase clientele for my business.

I am sharing the good news with you to encourage you to continue to follow your DREAMS, GOALS and ASPIRATIONS. Never give up! Life is too short to stop. Keep pressing!!

Join me on this Thursday evening at 7PM. I look forward to seeing you!

www.kevinwaynejohnson.com

Apr 18

How to Weather the Storm – Wednesday Word

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

Life happens! At times, we are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Still, we can be in the right place at the right time.

Last week was particularly harsh for our friends on Capitol Hill and the 45th POTUS:

  • On Monday, the 45th POTUS’ personal attorney had his office raided by the feds,
  • On Tuesday, the CEO of Facebook testified before the US Senate as millions around the world watched a billionaire skillfully dodge most questions about privacy and data sharing,
  • On Wednesday, the 3rd most powerful congressman on Capitol Hill – Speaker of the House – announced his decision NOT to run for re-election,
  • On Thursday, contents from the former FBI Director’s new book was leaked and it included some unkind personal views of the 45th POTUS, and finally,
  • On Friday, the USE struck Syria with surface-to-air missile fire.

Wow!! How would you bounce back from this kind of week?!?!

I offer the following recommendations:

  1. Stay focused – on the task at hand.
  2. Avoid criticism – do not point fingers at others. When you point your finger at others, three are pointing back at you!
  3. Take personal responsibility – put on your big boy pants and accept what YOU did wrong. Take corrective measures.
  4. Do not look back – press forward with a new and changed attitude.
  5. Exhale – it’s time to reflect. Your introspection of the situation(s) can catapult you toward making needed internal changes.

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Apr 11

Leadership at its Core – Wednesday Word

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

One of my favorite leadership quotes comes from my primary leadership mentor – John C. Maxwell. Maxwell teaches us that “Leadership is about influence…nothing more, nothing less.”

Influence is best achieved through relationships. When we take the time to develop and nurture them, we are allowed in for a conversation and open communication…then the relationship is formed cultivated.

Your influence is a direct feed into one’s life based upon your relationship with them. Invest in someone today!

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Feb 28

Remembering Rev. and Evangelism Billy Graham (continued) – Wednesday Word

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

This past week during our Sunday worship services, I honored Rev. Billy Graham by sharing this video of his life. It is powerful and impactful. I really hope that it caused us all to STOP, THINK, REFLECT and INTROSPECT.

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Feb 21

RIP – Rev. Billy Graham – Wednesday Word

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

Today, we celebrate and mourn the life of perhaps the world’s greatest leader and preacher – Reverend Billy Graham. A great man of God who traveled the world offering salvation to all who need it. His uncompromising ability to avail himself where needed is unprecedented indeed.

I love the man and his message. I studied his life for years, read his books, watched his videos and recordings and visited his birthplace near Charlotte, NC. His life speaks volumes to me each and everyday.

Rest in peace sir…you will be missed.

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