Personal Evolution and Social Change

Published October 7, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair

Today I was inspired to post this video by Kyle Cease as a strategic educational tool to help us understand how we can personally evolve and find motivation to make effective changes in our own lives in order to help bring about positive social changes in our communities. Enjoy!

That’s a wrap for today! Until next time … keep learning and stay organized!


If the culture shifts, if people think differently about women, the art will shift, too. You can’t ask art to make social change. It’s not what it’s for. – Salman Rushdie


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Social Change

Published October 5, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair


Last week the world witnessed yet another senseless mass shooting which left us once again, pondering questions like,”Why?” How does this kind of violent behavior continue to occur without someone, anyone, in the individual’s sphere in influence, who recognizes an inherent danger these mentally disturbed people may pose? One thing is certain, the general public, like myself, is fed up. So much so, that many of us are now actively seeking strategies to bring about winds of change with respect to these active shooter incidents. Therefore, today’s post is focused on the various components that motivate social change in society.


Most experts agree that we tend to think about social change in three ways: (a) as a result of significant events such as a war, a terrorist attack like the Boston bombing, or an active shooter incident, (b) in a macroscopic level suggesting that wide-scale trends enable us to view patterns, and (c) in social institutions that affect the lives of the population as individuals, groups, families, in various situations, and in work settings (Harper & Leicht, 2011). So what drives these changes? According to David Bornstein (2007), the answer is – fortified barriers that have disappeared at a staggering rate (p. 6).


One of the three areas of social change that continues to have significant impact is that of education. According to the article, Social Change (n.d.), education is a powerful platform that brings about changes in society. Although changes appear to come slow, they are constant and tend to have an enormous impact than those brought on by other means, such as revolution, incursions, or any other unforeseen events. French sociologist, David Emile Durkheim, purports that social change in education is particularly important for the younger generation (Social Change, n.d.). For example, to help bring about social change in the educational arena, the federal government in the 1960s, shifted their focus to support education when President Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson lobbied Congress for more federal aid and the creation of new programs.


In addition, to keep up with today’s market place, the middle class continues to transmute into a coalition of people who have gone on to complete higher levels of education after high school. As a result, a trend toward greater tolerance of religions, cultures and politics is widespread partly explained by the increasing levels of education in America that have assisted in breaking down the barriers of fear and separation.

Individuals with higher levels of education for instance, tend to be less fearful of others with different views. We can illustrate this by observing sects of devout Christians like myself, who were conditioned to believe that individuals outside their religious beliefs were condemned to an afterlife of misery, cruelty and suffering. This view can be very confusing for devout youngsters that are educated in a traditional brick and mortar school system. Their exposure to multiculturalism challenges their own belief systems. In other words, the public classroom is where these young learners are exposed to a hodge-podge of information and tend to become very confused. Therefore, it is up to each individual, with the help of their friends, families, and communities, to learn how to discern between their own beliefs and spiritual practices with those of others. This is an effective strategy which can help in developing healthier views towards one another. Perhaps if more people implemented such tactics, we could begin to experience less violent reactions and finally begin to feel the joy of intermingling with peers of different faiths and cultural upbringing. This can prove to be an effective strategy for educators to recognize when confronted with situations that force students to judge their friends negatively or contemplate personal views of condemnation just because they have different spiritual and cultural beliefs.


The more we invest in educating the populace, the better we will be at acknowledging and accepting the reality that religions and cultural beliefs greatly differ from one civil society to the next. Even though there are many differences, the truth is, each civil society has one thing in common: they all adhere to certain set of moral rules. In order for social change to occur, however, the structural properties of a social system must evolve in order to shift the degree of inequality and power (Noble, 2000). In short, education is one significant avenue that has the ability to offer peaceful solutions, because it tears down the walls of prejudice and misinformation. Individuals, who are educated in such topics like religion, science, government, and history, are empowered because they gravitate toward a better understanding and tolerance of society. Therefore, it only seems logical to conclude, that education plays a key component to bring about long term social change. In other words, it is one redeeming feature of human society that continues to shape and steer humanity’s magnificent and evolving world.

That’s it for today. Until next time … keep learning and stay organized!


No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It’s because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand – demand – demand change. –
Joe Biden


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Bornstein, D. (2007). How to change the world: Social entrepreneurs and the power of new ideas. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Harper, C., & Leicht, K. (2011). Exploring social change American and the world (6th ed.). Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Social Change. (n.d.). Retrieved January 6, 2012, from

Noble, T. (2000). Social theory and social change. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.

The Road to Effective Leadership (Conclusion)

Published October 2, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair


This week our discussion has been focused on what it takes to develop effective leadership skills. In the book, Business Ethics (2013), Ferrell, et al., revealed that when well-publicized scandals occur the public typically responds with outrage about the deception and fraud exposed and subsequently demand improved ethics with greater responsibility from the institutions they trust (Ferrell, Ferrell, & Fraedrich, 2013). In other words, a great leader who reveals ethical behavior, can influence the public’s attitude towards achieving positive outcomes and in doing so, will avoid destroying their trust. It seems like a simple enough formula for most folks to follow. If it is as simple as that, then why do so many world leaders seem to have problems making ethical choices, like the CEO at Volkswagen who just stepped down because of the scandal over their products cheating on pollution emission test results?


Ethical decisions make up a part of our everyday life. It’s just part of the decision-making process that affects all levels of work management as well as the choices we make in our personal lives. Ethics is not just about isolated personal issues, it also affects policies and informal communication. Additionally, a person’s ethics is responsible for outlining their conduct which is embedded in the fabric of every action that person takes. It affects how they view themselves, behave towards their family and friends, as well as how they operate and respond within their organization and community. In other words, ethical behavior (or the lack of it) has a very profound affect in everyone’s domain.


In the e-book, Ethics and the Real World (2013) my research work revealed that a person’s emotional intelligence, or their ability to distinguish and administer information from the stimuli that shapes their perceptions and emotional cues, plays a key role in the development of ethical perceptions. In other words, a person’s cognitive ability or beliefs and perceptions about any given situation, influences the way they judge, react, and respond to their environment (Berry, 2013). It also plays a significant role in how they choose to experience their life based on the perceptions they develop which help shape their views on acceptable behavior as well as what they construe as misconduct.


The most influential leaders, however, are those that carry with them a unique kind of energy; one that has the power to inspire others to take action and make positive changes in themselves. It is a kind of energy that can shine a light on misconduct to illuminate the dark crevices where deceptive practices tend to occur. It is this kind of energy that radiates a spark in others that inspires better choices. This results from the infectious way they touch the emotions of others bringing a sincere warmth in the meaning behind the messages they transmit. It is these kinds of charismatic individuals that come into the world to offer humanity hope in our ability to unite and work together to find solutions that will ultimately help restore balance and harmony.


In his book, 365 Science of Mind (2007), Ernest Holmes reminds us that individuals capable of aligning themselves with the energy of goodness and right action are those that display an admirable level of moral compass and ethics (Holmes, 2007). In conclusion, our research efforts uncovered that a person’s ethical views plays a key role in their ability to transform others to affect positive changes. This was one of the key components that helped leaders like Nelson Mandella, Pope Francis, Mother Theresa and Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, to name a few, emerge as a formidable force to reckon with in the global community. Each of them, effective leaders who relied on the power of their ethical views to transform the negative energy of the hardships they experienced, to achieve positive outcomes, which in turn has inspired millions to do the same in the process.

Well that’s it for this week. Until next time … keep working on those leadership skills!


Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life. – Albert Schweitzer


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Baack, D. (2012). Management Communication. San Diego, CA, USA: Bridgepoint Education.

Berry, M. A. (2013). Ethics in the Real World. USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.

Ferrell, L., Ferrell, O. C., & Fraedrich, J. (2013). Business ethics: Ethical decision making and cases. OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.

Holmes, E. (2007). 365 Science of Mind. (K. Juline, Ed.) New York, NY: Penguin.

The Road to Effective Leadership (Part 2)

Published September 30, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair


On Monday, we began our discussion on what it takes to be an effective leader in the global arena by taking a closer look at two very opposite kind of leaders that have emerged on the global stage: the front runner of the Republican Party, Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, and the spiritual leader of the Catholic Community, Pope Francis. There is no denying, that both these world leaders have emerged as major forces to be reckoned with. The Pope, for instance, has had such a dynamic impact as a positive force, that the media has now coined the term “the People’s Pope” to describe the transformation and affirmative effect he is having in the global arena. Even newscasters cannot help but smile as they cover this historic event, revealing a joyful type of kindness and peaceful demeanor in their reporting.


So what is it that makes world leaders like these, from opposite ends of the spectrum so popular? The answer is simple: they are authentically passionate about the messages they transmit. One leader uses humility to deliver his message, the other transmits a strategy which reveals a high level of arrogance. Each tactic is equally effective as a leadership tool because it results in their ability to stand out in the crowd above the others. Both individually, are undeniably effective in their efforts to emerge on center stage as charismatic leaders to reveal their agendas in a way to affect positive changes. Equally important, is a strong conviction in their beliefs, despite their utilization of different strategies in delivering those views. After all, other global leaders like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have also been working diligently to affect positive changes. However, much of their efforts it seems, have been spent on managing the allegations of misconduct, corruption, and scandalous behavior.


It is evident that Trump’s campaign has had an enormous impact because of his no-nonsense leadership approach and the harsh rhetoric he chooses. This is due to the fact that Trump’s messages (both positive and negative) resonate with the many constituents that are fed up with an ineffective, toxic, and dysfunctional government. The fact is, the public has been highly influenced by the manner in which these two “breakout” leaders choose to conduct themselves, based on the level of moral compass they reveal from the messages they transmit. This means, that it is the ability to reveal their ethical views in an authentic manner, using their words and actions. to support these messages, that have had a powerful influence. People gravitate towards these two men because they are the real deal — what you see is what you get! In order to use their power effectively, these global movers and shakers learned how to comprehend and communicate the complex role that ethics plays and the impact it has on the global community. In other words, to affect any kind of action that leads to change, today’s global leaders are beginning to understand why the topic of “ethics” is a significant priority and how they can use that knowledge to address the global community to help them achieve their goals in the 21st century.

That’s it for today. On Friday we will conclude this discussion on what it takes to be an effective leader and address how different ethical views can shape outcomes. Until then … stay organized!


A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. – Albert Camus


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The Road to Effective Leadership (Part 1)

Published September 28, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair


What is it that makes a spiritual leader like Pope Francis appeal to so many? How does a man like Donald Trump attract thousands of voters to align with his campaign? Is there a common driving force or a key component that is behind the strategies of these popular leaders which has proven effective in their ability to shape the attitudes of the masses? The evidence suggests there is and that the driving force behind them can be identified in one word: ethics. In other words, both leaders are driven by an energy to take action, based on their perceptions of what they consider ethical behavior. That is the driving force that has helped pave their paths as effective leaders.


A few weeks ago, as the world tuned in to watch the National Republican Debate, our discussions were prompted by the various communication techniques and strategies each candidate utilized to convince voters why they were the best contender to lead this great country. Last week, the United States welcomed Pope Francis on his very first visit, and many of us were so deeply moved by the warmth of his presence, his transparency and humility, we were inspired to take the time and listen to the messages he transmitted to us as a global community.


Witnessing the infectious energy and authority behind the Pope’s communication skills, we decided to focus our discussions this week on the strategies that he, and other notable world leaders implement that make them so appealing. In other words, what is it about certain world leaders, like Mahatma Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandella that makes us take notice of them, while so many others communicating a similar message are lost in the shuffle? How is it that a gentle spirited man like Pope Francis has been able to take the global arena by storm, to inspire both practicing and non-practicing Catholics alike, to tune in to the wisdom of his compassionate words?


On the other hand, how are leaders like Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, who implement tactics from the opposite side of the spectrum, able to inspire the masses? Leaders like these use strategies that are based on what many construe as a kind of narcissistic confidence — one that relies on the use of explosive behavior, harsh language, and tough love, yet their tactics equally stir strong emotion from the crowds that follow them. How does their perception of ethical behavior motivate the masses to rally behind them? These are a few of the questions we will attempt to address this week as we take a closer look at some of the ethical components popular world leaders utilize to help them motivate behavioral change as effective global leaders.


That’s a wrap for today. On Wednesday we will continue this discussion as we examine why some leaders reach successful outcomes, while others are ineffective at producing positive results. Until then … Stay organized!


This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good. – Pope Francis


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The Life-cycle of a Company’s Communication Systems

Published September 25, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair


Today we wrap up our discussion on communication by taking a look at the role it plays in the life-cycle of an organization. Just as communication touches nearly every element of our lives, it also affects every component of an organization. When an entrepreneur develops a new company, the requirement for effective communication becomes apparent early on in every aspect. This means that in the lifecycle of an organization, the quality of communication has a significant effect on industries, companies, products and staff members.


When an organization is initially developed, a considerable amount of energy, support, and focused time are required to introduce the organization to potential employees, customers, and suppliers. Unless messages are transmitted about their services, that organization may be subject to failure. In fact, according to research provided by Belmont University (2005), about 15% of new companies make it past the first two years. Meanwhile, companies that do survive, do so, in part, because they were successful in transmitting messages efficiently to consumers, retail outlets, and every other person or group that has contact with the firm.


As organizations grow, Baack (2012) explains that leaders respond by consulting with specialists to help develop strategies to manage these increases (Baack, 2012). For instance, a production department within an organization, may be separated into various groups, like those who purchase and store raw materials, another group to physically assemble the product, and yet another to store inventory and shipping products to their consumers. The marketing department, on the other hand, may be divided into sections to focus on sales, advertising, and public relations. Creating these various compartments, allow leaders to develop and implement more strategic plans for communicating their messages and services to all of the groups.


In the meantime, well-established firms have the resources readily available to develop sophisticated information systems to efficiently and effectively conduct the company’s functioning operations. In this kind of scenario, managers are expected to transmit information effectively, internally to employees and other various departments interacting with staff members, other organizations, as well as to the general public. For organizations that are going out of business, they too need to implement effective communication strategies in order to liquidate remaining inventories and structures that will eventually be sold to final buyers. These examples outline the various stages of firms communication life-cycles. The components that change are the outlets available to transmit these messages and how communication systems evolve to accommodate the needs of their shareholders. Company leaders that are able to achieve successful outcomes are the ones that can define the right voice and develop an effective message for each phase of the brand’s growth. In other words, communication skills in the areas of business and management are vital to each phase of an organization’s life- cycle.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for tuning in. Until next time … Stay organized.


To communicate through silence is a link between the thoughts of man. – Marcel Marceau


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Communication and Meaning

Published September 23, 2015 by Mayrbear's Lair

Broken Communication

In simple terms communication can be defined as the transmission, receipt and the processing of information. This data consists of anything that has meaning or can evoke a response. It involves the transference of data or information from one entity or group to another. This information can range from anything trivia to the most complex forms of communication. Since the information takes a variety of forms including words, symbols, numbers, an individual concept, or a group of ideas combined, the recipient must be able to interpret or comprehend the meaning of the transmission.

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On Monday’s post, we identified two levels of communication that exist in a business arena: (a) interpersonal communication – communication that takes place between individuals or from one individual to a small set of people; and (b) communication systems that provide methods and technologies to transmit data throughout the organization. In his book Management Communication, Donald Baack (2012) reveals that communication systems within an organization also include both intra (within) and inter (between) group dynamics as well as the most complex methods of moving information throughout the company (Baack, 2012). For example, interpersonal communication can occur between a supervisor and an employee; from employee to employee; or between a supervisor to a team of staff members. Communication systems, on the other hand, can occur between members of a team or group; between two or more groups; from management channels; as well from informal channels which include the gossip and rumor mills.

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In the meantime, in today’s business arena, the use of modern technology has had both a positive and negative impact on organizational communication. In the e-book, Breaching Communication Barriers (2013), my research revealed that the positive aspect of communicating in the modern world is that there are many avenues available to us for sending messages due to advancements in technology. In today’s global marketplace, we can now transmit messages instantly, via email, voicemail, telephone, face-to-face, video mail, voice texting, via Skype technology, and text messaging. In the meantime, the negative impact these technological advances in communication have had is that individuals now rely heavily on the use of technology for communication which refrains them from engaging in real-time conversations. This component can distort transmission. Without the ability to engage in nonverbal cues like eye contact, body language, and facial expressions, messages transmitted more often than not are received distorted and lead to misunderstandings, bad feelings, and tend to create more conflicts where none existed. In other words as the means of transmitting messages continues to evolve, we must take more care to ensure messages are received as they were intended to be delivered, because without the use of nonverbal cues to provide critical information, messages can be interpreted incorrectly resulting in chaotic outcomes.

That’s it for today. We will continue this discussion on Friday’s post! Until then … stay organized!


Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. – Buddha


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Baack, D. (2012). Management Communication. San Diego, CA, USA: Bridgepoint Education.

Berry, M. A. (2013). Breaching Communication Barriers (Vol. 2). (C. Angela, Ed.) USA: Kindle Direct Publishing.


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