THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
In this first series of the new year, I share how I'm work on being productive while battling Multiple Sclerosis. It's a neurological disease that affects the nervous system. I was diagnosed in 2020, but like many felt some of the symptoms many years earlier. If you want additional information about Multiple Sclerosis, please go to the National MS Society Website (CLICK HERE,) or speak to your doctor. I thank all of you for being there and I hope to share info that may be of value in your life. You being productive is not about you, it's about spending time with those you love and care for
Recently, I had a chance to give a speech about how I live my life by a few areas.
Good Morning, Winston. I just wanted to make sure I gave you the basic feedback I had for your stunning presentation. I really didn’t have any constructive criticism. I am always intrigued by beautiful speakers as I aspire to be the same. It is why I also enjoy “The Moth.” It is found on Sirius radio under shows. I also enjoy Snap Judgment and StoryCorps. Word usage and delivery are critical to life in every situation and occasion. Thank you for sharing your expertise and professionalism. It is much appreciated.
You excelled at:
You always have such purpose and your presentation is engaging. To reflect on such a pillar of strength as your Mom – what an honor. To acknowledge her toil, her love for her craft and love for those around her was such a treat as if I can see her. It was as if I know her. You painted such a beautiful picture.
You always speak with such clarity and your tone is appropriate to your word usage. You give time for your audience to understand every word you speak. You have a way of captivating your audience with interest and relatable stories or information.
Thank you S.M. and most importantly my wonderful Mother, Madge Delores Myrie-Wilson.
THE SOUTHEASTERN THEATRE CONFERENCE HAD A PROFOUND WAY I VIEW MY LOVE OF THEATRE
I had a chance to take part in my first ever Southeastern Theatre Conference last month. It was in Lexington Kentucky a city I've never visited. I always get a thrill from going to new places, especially ones in which I've been near but never spent any time. As many places I visited I truly dug the city. It was a cool place that you could walk around pretty quickly. The conference itself felt...like I was amongst my people. I don't say this lightly. I was impressed by many things at the 74th year of the conference.
Toni Simmons Henson is the newly appointed Executive Director and I saw how she navigated which I'm sure behind the scenes was a logistical adventure. It seemed flawless.
The amount of young people and educators that are passionate about the art of Theatre was eye opening. The gleam in their eyes and the care of the educators was evident.
The amount of events, workshops, and productions was a bit overwhelming, In a good way. There is no way a person could see it all.
I'm part of the Leadership Initiative which meant I was exposed to some of the strategies and vision for the future. It was a showcase of the past, present, and future for the organization. The engagement about creating a beautiful future for Theatre was inspiring.
I would be remiss if I didn't share something that was special and surprising. There was a session for Theatre practitioners of Faith. Having a chance to link my love of Theatre with following of Jesus was a moment I'll never forget.
I'm so looking forward to the future of the conference and the art of Theatre.
About the Southeastern Theatre Conference
The Southeastern Theatre Conference is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and dynamic membership organization serving a diverse constituency and reaching out across 10 states* in the southeast region of the United States and beyond.
As of July 13, 2020, the membership has 4,461 active individual members and 347 organizational members (theatres, educational institutions and arts organizations). Hover over the map to see how many active SETC members are in each U.S. state as of June 19, 2019.
* The 10 state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia
In 2019, I had a chance to be interviewed by the Kettering Executive Network. This organization has had such a profound impact on my life. I recently unearthed the interview. I'm so thankful for this organization and how it helps us all "Pay it Forward".
Kettering: Winston, your personal and professional life is so fascinating. Tell us in your own words who Winston Wilson is?
WW: I have become focused on service to others as my guiding leadership principle. My career has told me that having positive “in the black” relationships has helped me navigate roles, transitions, and business opportunities. I get genuine energy by helping others find their path. This has led me to a variety of moments focused on a wide spectrum of organizations.
Kettering: What is one of the most memorable events that changed you as a person?
WW: When I was in my first transition (yes), I thought about how I could take all that I have learned to step outside of my lane and learn about myself. I wrote, directed, and produced a stage play (twice) that I had been cultivating for many years. It was memorable because of what it meant to all the individuals involved. I felt so fulfilled to help actors, assistants, tech, patrons to all be involved in the production and experience. Many of them have gone onto amazing opportunities.
Kettering: You speak about leadership and intelligence; can you name a leader who inspired your perspective on leadership?
WW: Her name was Kim Fitzsimmons. She was the first leader that I worked with that authentically thought about relationships with coworkers that have as much value as EBITDA or earnings per share. At the time her organization was close to one thousand colleagues and she accomplished this with aplomb.
Kettering: As a non-profit leader, what are you most proud of?
WW: I was asked to take over a twenty-year-old organization with an amazing entrenchment in the Atlanta Community. We changed our outlook on fundraising and executed on multiple signature events over a couple of years. Those resources helped us execute on our mission to help over a hundred young people each year through our program.
Kettering: What inspired you to join Kettering?
WW: When I was introduced to Kettering through being invited as a guest, I felt true kinship and alignment. I am a big believer in the power of a shared experience. That shared experience (e.g. leadership, transition) is one of the things that I love about being a member.
Kettering: Winston, what does ‘paying it forward’ mean to you?
WW: Giving first with a understanding that we may have to give more. I believe that the energy and currency we generate by giving to anyone that needs help in career or life, is what truly makes us wealthy.
Kettering: ...and one final question, what advice would you give to new Kettering members?
WW: Slow down and ensure your connections are reinforced. Don’t ask someone “What do you do?” Ask them questions to help you learn about them. Examples are “Tell me about yourself?” or “What is exciting to you these days”. Our relationships at Kettering are part of our personal “wealth”.
Winston, it was such a joy to get to know you personally. Thank you for your time and this genuine chat. We’re so appreciative that you’re a part of our volunteer-driven community. Thanks for being so supportive of Kettering and continuing to share your knowledge and inspiration with our members, partners and the community at large.
One of the key things I've incorporated into my productivity life is prayer. Prayer not for myself but for this world (I know, I'm in the world). I do share the gratitude for all things and those who are on this spinning globe. I also hope to have an open mindset as the day commences. You never know what it will bring you. I was in a borderline argument with someone early in the morning. It wasn't pretty. Shortly thereafter, I had a senior executive give me recognition on a call with thousands of people. People were hitting me up most of the day, but I kept thinking about the morning. I prayed (got on my knees) for the person I had a disagreement with. I dug deep (detective work) to find out that there was a hidden X (look for a future post on this topic) that had stressed them out and they were reacting. Most of us do some type of prayer or meditation each day. Doing it early and often gives you the foundation for a productive day. It allows you to weather your ups and downs and stay focused. Remember hit me up at email@example.com if I can help you in any way.
My TOP productivity apps for 2023
Here are my top productivity apps for 2023. There are many productivity apps available that can help you manage your time, prioritize tasks, and stay organized. Some of the most popular and highly rated productivity apps include:
Check out our new book club. I'm currently reading "The Genius Zone" by Gay Hendricks. I'm enjoying it throughly and will share my thoughts as I keep reading. READING is so much fun.
HERE IS THE LINK
LEARN SOMETHING EVERY DAY.
Learn something ever day. That's it, end of post, LOL (Do people still say this?). This is a necessary piece of my (and perhaps your) productivity journey. What this means is that anything I learn that could conceivably help my life, I capture it. I use a couple of tools:
Learning each day gives me energy. I literally feel my brain and the excitement, especially when it is something that is completely foreign to me. What gets you excited? Learning each day is the moment that I feel my mind and spirit in alignment.
WINSTON A. WILSON JR.
Productivity cocktail , mlk day.
I had originally planned for this to be my second series about how I'm handling productivity and MS but It felt better to talk a bit on how Martin Luther King Jr, has impacted my life.
I complained recently about getting a coffee mug that stays warm. i thought it was just another thing to plug in and clutter my desk. Anyone, that knows me knows that I like to keep my workspace as clean as possible. I did receive one ( thanks family )and it's been amazing and helps me keep going and focused. I also received a big bag on whole bean coffee that I grind a bit each day. I share this to let me and perhaps you know that gratitude comes in all forms and sizes. I would love if you find value in my productivity messages to sign up to our newsletters and private webinars. I know that this year will be wonderful. Let's all be grateful for the be small, medium, and big aspects of our life.
CREATE AND CONSUME AND CREATE A CYCLE OF DOPENESS"