The World of Art with Lenard Hinds

wp-1452136997035.jpgLenard Hinds’s painting titled,AFTERSCHOOL

It is the innocent and vulnerable state of the children in their grandfather’s care that makes this such a beautiful piece. Lenard Hinds a renowned artist of this period states …”It is the struggle of youth that births and shapes the imagination of the Artist.” Through the imagination, the artist takes the paint brush to places the mind and circumstances can not go. Lenard Hinds can take a canvas and turn it into paintings that capture the “Heart of the moment!

Mr. Hinds is considered an urban legend with crazy swagg and a flair for fashion design, yet he is super poised and purposed as an artist. He is a visionary leader who is committed and passionate about his calling to the ARTS!!!

When I try to compare and juxtapose Hinds work with artist of earlier periods, I see the influence from every era, particularly John Singer Sargent. Sargent was known as the “leading portrait painter of his generation.” You can visit His virtual gallery:  http://Jssgallery.org

When Lenard Hinds is not recording music [** yes he is also an accomplished pianist, music producer and composer**] he spends time with his first love, his family, particularly his grandchildren. One day he picked them up from school and before he could question them about the activities of the day, they had fallen asleep in the backseat of his car. He looked through the rear view mirror and noticed them peacefully sleeping on one another without the others expressed permission. The true love and understanding of siblings. He reached for his camera and snapped the shot! He went home and grabbed a cup of cappachino and began painting this masterpiece he calls “Afterschool.” Lenard Hinds says, “Great paintings are often impulsive, meaningful, creative and wrapped in a little sense of humor.”

Paintings are visualized and framed from experiences that are universal and common to humanity.  It is the painter’s uniqueness and culture realities that serve as a guide as the artist subconsciously chooses his colors to portray this experience on the canvas.

Lenard Hinds is an artist and art dealer. He is also an entrepreneurer. He owns the “Esaye’s Artist Development Center.” His paintings can be seen in exhibits in various galleries and museums.

I spoke with Lenard Hinds and stated, “You have been so blessed in your gift and talents. Do you have any further goals? He responded, “Of course I do! I’m just getting started. I would like to have one of my paintings for sale in the Christie’s Auctions in New York City.”

We will be chatting with Lenard Hinds in a Podcast later this month in our entrepreneur chat room. If you would like to inquire about the purchase of one of his paintings please send e-mails to CobraConsultants1@gmail.com or you can visit Lenard Hinds Facebook page. He has limited editions of this painting.

 

Voice has Power in 2016!

My voice has power in 2016!

  1. What does this mean for you? I’m not talking about the sound produced in a person’s larynx and uttered through the mouth as speech or song. I’m talking about the experience that comes with having an opinion and expression about issues pertaining to your life and your well being! The ability to command things and they come into EXISTENCE!!!

Voice on my job!

I want more than a voice. I’m looking for a choice. Yes, a proclamation in matters as it relates to my job, working conditions, work schedule and pay. Oh, that’s just one area where I’m looking to be heard.

Voice in my relationship!

Relationships (Female’s voice)
I would like to go dancing once a month.
I would like flowers delivered once a year.
I like to travel and go on vacation sometimes.
I would like you to wash my car once a week.
Tell me I’m pretty and mean it!

Relationship (Man’s voice)
I want you to make love to me more!
I want you to make love to me more!
I want you to make love to me more!
I want you to keep the house clean.
I want you to cook sometime.
I want you to spend less time on your phone.
I want you to be quiet!

Voice in my community

I would like for my trash to be picked up twice a week.
I would like all new water and sewer lines on my block.
I would like to purchase the vacant houses on my block.
I would like to be the alderman for my ward.

I would like to be on the school board.
I would like to pastor a church.

I realized after many years of observation that having a voice that matters is for a select few. How many people would love to have their own radio shows, tv shows, etc. Everyone has a story to tell. It is about having power behind what you say and making it yield fruit for your life that matters. Oh yeah, and for those who have a distinctive voice and want to work as a voice-over talent you can go to: http://www.voices.comhttp://voicebunny.com or https://www.fiverr.com

What does the bible say about having a voice?

In Psalms 33:9, “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”

In Proverbs 12:6 “The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright will deliver them.”

In Proverbs 16:21 “The wise in heart will be called understanding, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”

See what I’m saying:)

Wouldn’t you like to have that kind of power behind your voice? I know I would.  Just think how humanity could benefit if the right people could have a platform to speak and move with power.

IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE YOU LEND YOUR VOICE, YOU JUST WANT YOUR VOICE TO BE HEARD AND PRODUCE FRUIT IN YOUR LIFE!

 

 

My M.B.A. stands for Moved By the Annointed hand of God!

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God’s hand is what you are going to sure enough need if you list your MBA on your resume among your educational accomplishments when the job does not necessarily require one. This is the most coveted, yet hated degree on the planet.  But Why???

The reason is… most managers, directors, VPs and CEOs have made it to the top of the ranks without it.  Its going to be very difficult to convince them why they should give you preference over a candidate who is just as eligible for the position as your are just because you have an MBA.

The first thing they are going to ask is, “What makes you a Master of Business? At that point, you should be able to pull out a portfolio of business ideas, start ups, and applications you’ve designed for yourself and others that could possibly and humbly stand you out as a candidate.  In other words, what can you do to generate money for the company behind the degree?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for an HR manager with MBA is $99,720. I’ve had an MBA for 15 years and I’ve never received a job offer for that kind of money. There are a few of the BIG Consulting Firms that hire MBAs and if your are fortunate enough to get one of their names under your belt you may tout the respect are be sought after by large corporations, but for the most part for most MBA holders you have to prove that what you have is valuable behind the credentials.

I know plenty of managers who make between $95,000 to $235,000 and they only have a Bachelor’s Degree. Well, I forgot one of them has a law degree. What I’m saying is there is inconsistency of actually what the real worth of holding an MBA should be.

After years of observation, I noticed the true Master of Business Administration is one who can create his own shot. In 2016, I foresee 2 things happening in the life of MBA Holders.

  1. They are going to realize there calling to the world of Business and what this requires.
  2. They need to expand and go after work as contractors, authors, business consultants, church consultants, life coaches, entrepreneurs and creatively find other avenues to make money on their own in addition to the traditional 9am to 5pm. So, if you are in the middle of looking for a job opportunity, “Don’t Sweat it” you’ll come up with a solution you were born to do this:)

What I have decided to do in this season is change the meaning of my MBA. I rededicated it back to GOD. It now stands for:

Moved By the Anointed

Hand of God!!!

1 John 2:27, You are anointed of God

Kings were anointed. 1 Samuel 16: 3,13 says, “Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate. So, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord Came upon David in power.”

 

 

Yahoo is all over the place. They need Turnaround Specialist!

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What is REALLLLY GOING ON AT YAHOO?

One minute we are selling off Alibaba net worth of $54 billion and the next minute we are not!

Whenever companies are going through tumultuous times and fighting with aggressive hedge fund shareholders who insist on running the day-to day operations.  I recommend implementing a turnaround team. A group of business professionals who will keep the core business running smoothly and keep a roof on the place, while the board and wall street are tap dancing and making noise from the roof top!

Turnaround teams come in and make use of data to set goals and promise turnaround in 15 to 18 months.  These teams are strategically implemented to tackle the large business needs of large organizations without necessarily disrupting the company as a whole. The most effective teams are those where there are 5 talented people with varying levels of experience with turnaround initiatives in different industries and occupational fields. I’m not necessarily in agreement that turnaround specialist have to be from the same industry. Most struggling companies need a fresh set of EYES AND IDEAS! All companies want to do 3 things:

  • Increase revenue,
  • decrease expenses and
  • run efficiently as possible to make money for the shareholders

John D. Rockefeller one of my favorite turnaround specialist, was not in the oil business he was in the commodities business. He was approached by a friend to be a passive investor in an oil refinery. Rockefeller was hesitant about the venture, but agreed. One day he was conducting a walk through at one of the refineries. He noticed oil was leaking out of the barrels and onto the floor. He raised the question, “Why are you filling that barrel up with that much oil to the point of overflow? The linemen responded, “we were told by management to fill the barrels up and we have always done this.” Rockefeller told them that was millions of dollars all over the floor. As a passive investor he told management to redesign the barrels with the line inside and the assembly line was only to fill the oil barrels to the line. This implementation saved millions of dollars fairly quick!

Turnaround teams come in and work with the grass roots efforts of the company.

Marissa has done a fantastic work with the Yahoo mobile, she is a technological genius, but will she be able to buy some more time to map out a new business strategy for Yahoo’s core business, Alibaba ecommerce or will they sell the entire business. They should start lobbying for a reduction in capital gains tax or get innovative and come up with another stream of revenue to offset that tax bill.

By the way, congrats on the new babies!

 

NBA Tip off for you…”Watch spending ya money this season”

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Being in the NBA does have its Perks!!!
Lawyers, accountants, investment bankers, marketing executives and your crew from way back will be hanging in your entourage this season they just love the NBA. To protect you we have placed spending your money in four tiers:

The first tier: represents  the professionals you have chosen to handle your day-to-day financing and budget.  This group will make money from you this NBA season, because they are paid to make sure you keep to your budget. You need to make sure they are keeping to their budgets as well. Watch excessive fees and who is writing the checks. Attend important meetings and make sure no transactions goes down without your written consent.

The second tier represents the entrepreneur in you. That’s right, now that you have that money you can open up that business you always wanted to get off the ground. Remember you are an employee of a franchise. Although your work is seasonal, you have to condition 12 months out of the year.  Do you really have time to devote much thought to another job requiring employees, payroll, and deadlines? Many athletes think about investments outside of the their lucrative contracts and may get stuck with a bad investment.  The reality is: there will be plenty of time later in your career to participate in investment opportunities.

The third tier represents  luxury living. Yes, enjoy the fruits of your labor you have worked hard, made good grades, put yourself through school and now its time to benefit from the fruits of your labor.  Remember the desires of the heart have no limits. Everyday you can wake up and think of something you desire to have. Quickly learn to align your desires with your budget. Some desires will have to be fulfilled next season.

The fourth tier represents your family and friends. Learn how to say “NO.” If you practice saying “NO,” when you do say “YES,” it makes it seem like a real big deal. 🙂

Spending Tips:  Assemble you a team of 5 people from each generation and observe their consumer behavior. Run your purchases and ideas through a millennial, generation X, generation Y, baby boomer, and traditionalist. If you can get all 5 of them to agree with you on your idea then that may be a solid purchase. You can also holla at J. Money at Budgets are $exyhttp://www.budgetsaresexy.com

Always pay your tax obligation (IRS) and other tax entities first. If you don’t pay them now you will pay them later and trust me you don’t want to see them later.

Protect your money this season like you protect that ball coming down the court. Have a great 2015-2016 season. I will be watching!!!

Discernment

imagesNODJVI6ZDiscernment is that keen intuition that tells our faculties when to go into overdrive or when to put the gears in reverse.  All new employees want to do a good job for their new boss. However, there will always be a scenario where the boss may support one employee’s talents and advancement, while obviously over looking another’s talent.  This is no reason to be alarmed.  This is a natural phenomenon and a great opportunity to explore  leadership coaching and support.  Leaders develop other leaders while managers manage the day-to-day operations. Managers may acquire talent for the day, but leaders look to develop talent for the organization as a whole.  In the modern workforce competition is fierce.  It can be hard to get noticed for those advanced positions.  Be patient your time will come.  This is a great opportunity to hone your business discernment.  Discern your environment. “When someone supports  and belive in what you do, you can do no wrong!  When someone does not believe in what you do, you can do no right! Discern the difference. Don’t overwork yourself. Ask God to raise up an advocate to show you favor in your talents.