Why have I chosen to become a political organizer? 

Months ago, when Donald Trump popped up as a serious presidential candidate, I was both disgusted and afraid. I couldn’t believe the United States of “North” America, a country that has made so much progress, was wiling to take a major step back. I am aware of the inter racist, sexist, homophobic, islamophobic, xenophobic fabric of this country, but was still shocked that so many Americans want to publicly declare what makes this country not so great, AND put presidential representation behind it. 

However, I have chosen to do something about Trump. This presidential election is extremely important, and young people have immense power. You don’t have to become an organizer for the Democratic Party, like I have chosen to do, but use your Civil Right to vote. Take it a step further, volunteer to get on the phones and/or get your boots on the ground to knock on doors when it comes down to it.

I know there are difficulties with the process. As President Obama has said, “we are the only major Democracy in the world that actively makes it hard for people to vote,” but there is immense power in casting a ballot and nothing but cowardliness in standing back. We are not teaching any particular candidate a lesson when we don’t vote, rather, we choose to watch the “system” make decisions for us, and often those decisions do not represent or look like our communities. 

So do more, register to vote, vote, and become an active participant in our democracy during presidential, state and local elections.

Helpful tools:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxuwazaXOMg&feature=youtu.be

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/5f77e644-50bc-11e5-933e-7d…

http://www.seattlechannel.org/CitizenUniversityTV…

http://photos.state.gov/…/9…/Consular/types_of_elections.pdf

Be you,
the truest version of you
Filters are meant for Instagram,
not the sound of your beautiful heartbeat
You are a marching band,
when your feet hit the ground pavement waves
Find your rhythm,
through the smiles and tears there’s a truth
It is you.
 
Flose Marie Yardley Boursiquot
May 22, 2016

Do you know how you like to be managed?

When I was a child, before my mother and father left the house for work, they would always put me in charge. I have two brothers, one about a year and a half older and the other four years younger.

Despite my age, my parents saw something in me that led them to believe that I could hold things down while they worked two jobs. Their reason; I followed the rules and knew how to keep the other two in line.

When I entered the workforce at 16 years of age, my managers promoted me quickly, because they too saw that similar quality in me. When I received criticism I went back to my mental office and thought through ways to be a better employee. However, their evaluative points often came with positive feedback, appreciation for my work, and a reminder that they were invested in my growth.

Great story, but talk to me about management 

All of us have a management style. When we are in positions of leadership, we have a way in which we lead others. When we are being directed, we also have a way in which we want our boss to lead us. If you are struggling in your current position, take a couple minutes to jot down how you work best, then take a couples of minutes and evaluate the culture of your current workspace and how you are managed.

  • How does your boss lead you?
  • How do they challenge you?
  • Do they understand the areas in which you require a confidence boost?
  • Do they understand how you internalize and/or conceptualize content?
  • Are they invested in your growth within the company and potentially outside?
  • Are they compensating you for the work you bring forth?
  • Is the culture your management has created consistent with your personality?

If there is discrepancy, I recommend that you take the time to think through why you are working for that organization. I get it, money is important, but if you are going through the professional motions just for a paycheck, you’re not in it for the right reasons.

I know it’s a privilege for a lot of us to find work that pays well and offers fulfillment. Some folks don’t see work as anything more than a way to pay the rent and feed their family. For example, my parents both work two jobs, and they don’t have the privilege to find themselves professionally in the way that I do. I recognize that privilege, and have made the decision to Tinder my way to the right profession.

If you ain’t giving me what I need, I’m swiping left 

My most attractive professional match is an organization that offers lateral management, personal fulfillment because I am overachiever who will eat and sleep work, pays me what I am worth so I do not have to live paycheck to paycheck, provides flexibility, sufficient vacation time, offers creativity and opportunity to executive my ideas, is invested in me, creates space where I feel appreciated, has an enjoyable culture, and is structured in a manner where my work will yield visible results.

At this point in my life, I cannot tell you what I want to be doing in five years. What I do know is that my career path will take me to positions that have me swiping right.

Disclaimer 

Unlike Sway, I ain’t got all the answers. I’m still exploring what works for me professionally, and that’s what I recommend that you do. Please feel free to share your own experience with management.

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