Essence Ventures: The Power of Values and being Valued.

Essence Ventures: The Power of Values and being Valued.

“Values are the morals that we live by. They reside deep within us, and they affect our emotions. They are tough to alter, and often reside in our unconsciousness” (Source: How To Be A Positively Powerful Person! The Spirit-Filled Edition. Dr. Joel Martin). 

Values keep us healthy — emotionally, spiritually, and physically. They are the ones that we must unquestionably keep, and the ones that must direct our actions. Our values are our strengths. As a consultant, executive coach and facilitator, I’ve been called me ‘The Transformation Generator’ for a reason.  My unwavering promise is that I make sure the people I work for achieve their ULTIMATE goals in life and business. I value what they value and their missions as my own. The value that keeps me motivated is commitment. 

Dr. Joel P. Martin, now President of Positively Powerful / Triad West, Inc. and daughter, Cybel Martin, now ICG Local 600 Director of Photography.

So, I had an emotional response when I read that Essence magazine, a client of my ad agency years ago, is Black owned once again. The values Essence personified were acknowledgment, respect and commitment. They were committed to bringing equity and equality as “a marquee lifestyle brand for African American women.”

Congratulations to “@Essence Ventures LLC, a company launched in 2017 by Shea Moisture founder Richelieu Dennis. As a result, the Essence brand has returned to a 100% black-owned independent company, after 12 years of being owned by Time.….As part of the new deal, Essence President Michelle Ebanks will continue in her role and join its board of directors. In addition, Michelle Ebanks, along with a Black female-led executive team, will have an equity stake in the business….Said Ebanks in a statement. “In addition, it represents a critical recognition, centering and elevation of the Black women running the business from solely a leadership position to a co-ownership position.” Derek Dingle adds, “The “groundbreaking” transaction “demonstrates that a number of African American entrepreneurs can execute with vision and wherewithal to return valuable institutions to African American ownership – a rare event in contemporary Black business history.” @blackenterprise @Essence Read more here.

BOCA Advertisement created by JPMartin Associates for the Black Owned Communications Alliance. Photograph by John Pinderhughes.

Dr. Joel P. Martin is a marketing, coaching, training, and consulting professional. The former owner and operator of a full-service NYC-based advertising agency, she founded Triad West, Inc. more than 15 years ago to provide clients with expertise in developing leaders; diverse and inclusive cultures; and aligned high-performing teams. She specializes in transformative leadership development and empowerment programs for Women.  Dr. Martin provides services across the U.S. and globally. She has earned an MA in Psychology, Ph.D. in Communications and admission as a Fellow of the Wharton Business School. She is the founder of the Positively Powerful Woman Awards & Programs celebrating its 11th year. Triad West, Inc. is a woman  owned and operated WBENC certified corporation.

 

 

A woman who dares to be powerful…creates success.

powerful womanBeing a powerful woman has many faces. May 17, 2018, Dr. Pamela Williamson will receive the Positively Powerful Woman Visionary Leadership Award. Dr. Williamson is the President of WBENC West where she facilitates beneficial procurement opportunities between women-owned businesses and corporations across the US. She is a powerful servant-leader. She is a customer-focused visionary. And, she means business.

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid” Audre Lorde.

 

Being Positively Powerful is more than a title. Every human being has the capacity to live a successful fulfilling life like Dr. Williamson and our previous 50 honorees. It may not always be easy, but it is possible.” Dr. Joel P. Martin, Triad West Inc. Awards Founder.

Being positively powerful means:

  • Resilient in the face of challenges or obstacles. It is not just what we do, it is how we do it.
  • Focusing on diversity and inclusion. Being a champion of an inclusive environment that embraces everyone.
  • Having a healthy mindset and body, which may take reinventing oneself, an exciting and worthwhile adventure.
  • Being financially educated for personal and professional success.
  • Sharing what we know and who we know in collaboration with others.
  • Owning our personal power as the author of our life and legacy.
  • Being powerful also means living a life of deep and meaningful relationships. In the case of Dr. Williamson, she is the wife of Ben and mother of two daughters, Alexandria ages 17 and Skyler age 12.

WBENC Members and Corporations: Sponsor the 11th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards. Share your commitment and advocate for women leaders. The founder of this program is WBENC Certified Triad West Inc., Dr. Joel Martin, President. For more information on the event, previous recipients, marketing opportunities, who we are, and the success we stand for, please click here. To become a WBENC Corporate Member or Certified Women Business Enterprise, click here.

The 2018 Positively Powerful Woman Awards will be Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the renowned Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ. Reception: 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Awards presentation: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

If you are going to tell a story, make it a good one.

If you are going to tell a story, make it a good one.

If you are going to tell a story, make it a good one.

Things happen to you, and that’s a fact…What you say about the facts is up to you. Try this: Pick something that you consider a major event in your life that has an emotion attached to it. Tell a story about that major event in the third person. Then, tell a version of the same events as a whining person. Then, with you as the hero of the story. Notice anything different? Did the emotion change?

How we talk about the events to others and for sure to ourselves, is telling the story. You can be the hero, the victim…or it can be your Hallmark Channel moment. It’s up to you. And your emotions follow depending on how you speak about it.

Story and fairy tales

Learning how to find your way

Learning how to find your way

Learning how to find your way

lao tzu a path to leaning

Lao-Tzu

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

So many ways to learn, how many to unlearn?

As adults we have our “to do” lists, the speeches we attend, the audio recordings, workbooks and other sources from the last, the latest and greatest seminar we went to. All because we have an insatiable desire to learn. Maybe it’s because of some problem we want to solve or some business strategy we want to learn….whatever, we are a walking talking commitment to ‘learning’.

However what we don’t realize is that it is the unlearning that most interferes with what we do to learn. Unlearn why we procrastinate, why we let those notebooks gather dust after the first rush “to do” wears off. Or we get scared. What gets int the way of our being courageous to do something about the stuff we called “learned”.

What do you need to unlearn? This is where the human connection can kick in; that he or she that gets you over some hump and into action. Rewiring the brain to unlearn is faster with a caring two-some.

“What does it take to go where you’ve never been?”

I read this in a brochure of one of my international clients. Got someplace, a goal, vision, a health issue you’ve never been or had before? Think about the impossible way you most want to be or goal you want to reach… then put it in the abstract. Distance yourself from it. Meaning, imagine it as a wilderness you’ve never been in before. Could be a new country you got a training assignment to work in…whatever. To go to that imaginary place, what would you do? Find a map? Use your GPS or Google Map to check it out? Get a guide? Google the weather, temperature and start packing accordingly? For sure, you’d let yourself get excited about the trip. Then if it was important enough to you, your life and/or your sense of adventure, you would GO!

Learning how to achieve the impossible

It’s no different with the journey to your ”impossible dream”. Get a guide…a coach someone who’s been there and done that. You wouldn’t want a guide who is as new as you to the wilderness, would you? Do you homework, don’t go in blind. Think, does he or she have the credentials for your particular journey. And for sure – get excited! Remember, what’s new territory you is the journey you choose and could be the journey of your lifetime, your next adventure. Too many times we don’t act with urgency to what our intuition tells us. Trust and step out.

Collaborative leadership is the way for everyone.

Collaborative leadership is the way for everyone.


When we think about our lives and the great ideas we have for ourselves, our families and our communities, what stops most people is that there is someone other than herself or himself who is needed to 
take the lead. Someone that looks a certain way, has a certain style. Today there is no exclusivity to leadership. No leadership profile or stereotype.

We are witnessing a new form of leadership among women, a new definition of power and what it means to empower. Men need not feel that they are being replaced. Rather, this is the time for collaborative leadership. What matters most is not what the leader’s gender is, how they look, speak or the color of their skin but rather what is being created — together.

Two to Tango – or more

Making Choices

Making Choices

Having to make a decision can be tough work. Making choices is even more difficult. I am one of those people who see decisions as something that is brought to me and choices as something that is in me to take some action … or not. We don’t necessarily think deeply about the choices we are about to make, and we should. The things that haunt you and I are the choices that we wish we hadn’t made. The choices that were made absent-mindlessly. Like that tweet, released.

Here is my cheat sheet on Making Choices.

  1. Choose from the goal you have in mind. Then do it.
  2. If fear steps in after the choice, do your best to follow through anyway. Fear is just a feeling.
  3. A choice is something that is yours, no one can take it away from you. “It is not what you call me, it is what I answer to” is one of my favorite quotes about a choice.

If you are up to something (goals, vision, dream, etc.) and we all are, let your choices be consistent with what you say you are about, the story you tell in your imagination about the future you want to live.

Need help to align your STORY with your LIFE? Does any of the following ring true for you? Then let’s talk:

  • Life is good but I expected more.
  • I’ve lost the rhythm, I can no longer hear the music in my life.
  • I’m the best at what I do at work, but does it really matter?
  • Could a coach help navigate through all of “this”?

Being rigorous or mindful about our choices does not take away our spontaneity or creativity.

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