Are you ringing the bell 3 times & putting the helmet down?

One of the toughest, if not the TOUGHEST, military unit in the US army is the Navy SEAL. You have to be physically and mentally tough to get into the door. You have to be extra tough to remain in the program and finish it without ringing the infamous bell 3 times and putting your helmet down in front of other candidates and then walk away from your Navy SEAL dream.

At PRO Leadership, we aim at raising Navy SEAL equivalent New Breed Leaders of Africa. We realized that Africa needs to pass through a lasting transformation before she enjoys true prosperity, unity, harmony, and peace. We also acknowledged that this journey is a long and protracted one, and it should begin with transforming the mindset of the youth. Accordingly, we gave special emphasis to our programs on mindset. We believed that we have to raise new breed leaders of Africa with a new and tough mindset. New Africa, New Mindset. For Africa to overcome her challenges and compete globally, she must first raise world-class citizens with world-class mindset.

We strongly believed that without a reformed mindset, there will not be a reformed Africa. Our conviction is that mindset reform at an individual level leads to cultural reform first at community and ultimately continentally, and this in turn leads to the lasting transformation of Africa. Like Mother Theresa used to say, when everyone cleans his doorstep, the world becomes clean.

As a result, we decided to toughen up our leadership, graduates, and volunteers. The logic is simple. We cannot send our leadership and graduates to raise new breed leaders of Africa with a new mindset without them first developing such a mindset.

To accomplish this challenging task, we created a culture equivalent to the Navy SEAL. The latter are special forces with special assignments. Only the determined soldiers are willing enough to step into that culture. What is more, only the tough ones graduate and serve their country with extraordinary excellence, dedication, and precision. Our graduates are reform soldiers who vowed to contribute their fair share in bringing true transformation in Africa in their own generation.

We believed that our culture must be unique and tougher. Once we succeed in creating this culture in the house, we could duplicate it to the new breed leaders we raise. And, the latter in turn duplicate it among their communities, and ultimately throughout Africa.

However, we aren’t delusional. Not all candidates of our programs and leaders who volunteered will remain committed to this culture. For whatever reasons, if they are unable to fulfill the bare minimum requirements, they ‘ring the bell 3 times, put the helmet down’ and walk away. Of course, our doors are always open. They can come back again when they are ready.

Transforming Africa in one generation through leadership development is a challenging task and demands determined new breed leaders who are willing to reform their mindset- toughen themselves up, before they go out to raise other new breed leaders.

If you are already part of this movement, we’re excited that you took this challenge. For sure, you would be proud in the end to share with your kids and grandkids that you had a part in the lasting transformation of Africa. You will leave a legacy that outlasts you. The question at this juncture is: Are you determined to toughen yourself up in the rest of this twisted and protracted journey or are you going to ring the bell 3 times, put the helmet down, and walk away?

If you’re not part of this movement yet, do you have what it takes in you- which we believe you have, to finish this journey, contribute your fair share in transforming 1st your life, profession, your community, and ultimately the continent by continually growing without ringing the bell 3 times and putting the helmet down or not? If you’re not sure, take your time. Toughen up first your mindset, and knock the door when you are ready.

Whether you’re a returnee or new, we’ll always wait for you with open arms.

To learn more about our Initiative, go to our website @ www.proleadership.org If you may have any questions, email us at info@proleadership.org

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Webinar- Trio Foundation of Visionary Organizations

The most important elements of any visionary organization are its mission, vision, and core values. They are foundations. If these foundations are non-existence or shaky, the organization cannot go anywhere meaningful. It cannot have a meaningful impact.

An organization’s other elements such as its organizational structure, strategies, and tactics should be built on these solid trio foundations.

These trios determine:

  1. The direction the organization takes and the destiny it arrives
  2. The products and services it provides
  3. How and who will be recruited and promoted
  4. Strategic partnership choices
  5. And more.

The most important assignments of a leader in any organization are:

  • Fully understand, articulate, communicate and share these trio foundations to internal and external customers
  • Align oneself, the department, and the team one leads alongside these trios
  • Impart them to his/her successors
  • And more.

This coming Saturday on August 8, 2020, PRO Leadership arranged a webinar on the theme Trio Foundations of Visionary Leaders: How to articulate, communicate & share your mission, vision, and values.

Using this webinar, the founder will clarify, provide deeper understanding, and give examples to help PRO Leadership’s new and future leaders fully understand these trio foundations in order them to successfully advance PRO Leadership’s mission, contribute their fair share toward the fulfillment of its vision, and demonstrate a commitment toward its values. The opportunity would also empower them to align their departments and team members.

Even if you’re not part of our leadership, the lessons you will learn will empower you to succeed as a leader of your team, organization, or business. The insights, examples, and approaches you will gain from this webinar will allow you on how to articulate your own personal life, business, and/or organization’s trios. For details and attend the webinar, check the flyer above:

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Webinar- New Africa, New Mindset

You cannot put new wine into an old wineskin as the saying goes. Likewise, you cannot take your leadership anywhere worthy without having the right mindset. Mindset drives your leadership. It sits on the driver’s seat of leadership. Africa needs youth and women leaders who have the mindset that matches the challenges the continent faces.

Africa has so many challenges, and its children are trying their level best to transform the continent.

There are lots of local, national, and regional efforts toward transforming Africa such as building infrastructure, transportation networks, technology, and so on. Most importantly, there are regional integrations that are going on. These are critical and these efforts must be intensified and continue.

PRO Leadership vowed to play its part toward the true transformation of Africa through leadership development by adding one additional layer on top of the ongoing transformation efforts. The organization aims at empowering the youth and women who are designing and implementing these transformational efforts. As much as Africa needs quality infrastructure, for instance, it also needs leaders who have the right mindset to build and run these infrastructures.

As the saying goes, everything rises and falls on leadership. Without having the right leaders with the right mindset from top to bottom, Africa’s chance to experience lasting transformation in this generatioon is slim, if not impossible.

That is why PRO Leadership came up with an Initiative that focuses on three major leadership development areas: Mind set, Skill set, and Character set. It has launched the Initiative last year and began providing programs both in the Diaspora and back in Africa.

This coming Saturday on August 1, 2020, PRO Leadership arranged a webinar on the theme New Africa, New Mindset: The mindset mandatory to experience true transformation. For details and attend, check the flyer below:

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Interview on Personal Responsibility & Leadership

Two of our leaders appeared on one of the most-watched and empowering shows in Ethiopia- Helen Show. The interview was conducted in Amharic (sorry for those who may not understand Amharic).

Drs. Assegid and Yetnayet shared some insights, perspectives, and stories to empower the audience of the show on how, especially now while the world is facing a devastating crisis, to take personal and collective leadership not only to survive but also to outlast and thrive in the aftermath of the crisis.

Below is the video of the interview:

Once you watched it, let’s know your thoughts. What are one thing you learned and one action you will take because you watched the conversation?

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Come prepared to attend the webinar on May 23rd on conflict management

Our third and final webinar is going to be on May 23rd, 2020 at 11 am EST (6 pm Ethiopia time). To learn more about the theme and learning objectives of the webinar, check this link out: https://proleadership.org/?p=1898

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We are finalizing the flyer. There may be some changes in the final flyer. Regardless, we have decided to share the draft flyer to give you enough time to plan. If you would like to get the login info and/or if you may have any questions from now till May 23rd, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via info@proleadership.org

Please note that you’re a leader and working with a leadership organization. You have a lot to offer to your fellow leaders at PRO Leadership. We highly encourage you to come prepared to learn from the presenter and also other fellow participants plus share your insights and approaches that have been helping you turn conflicts into opportunities. Share with us your stories or the stories of those who have excellent skills in managing conflicts. 


Don’t forget that when we are talking about conflict, it doesn’t have to be violent that involves fistfight or guns 🙂 Any disagreement that comes between you & your relationships and hinders your goals is conflict and it needs your prime attention. Unfortunately, many of us don’t consider these conflicts. Some of us don’t want to think about them let alone deal with them. Still, some of us avoid dealing with them all together hoping they would go away by there own time. A few of us might have been too confrontational sometimes where we have damaged our relationships and slowed our progress. These must change if your desire is to become a better leader and person. This is a must soft skill you should develop.

In this webinar, our goal is to help you see conflicts as opportunities to tap into, platforms to deepen your relationships and partnerships, and occasions to learn and grow to become a better leader, follower, peer, spouse, friend, partner, and so on. We cannot wait to see you next week.

In the meantime, if you may have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out…

Finally, make sure to log into the webinar 10 – 15 minutes earlier to address if in case you may face technical or connection issues. Please note that we will start the meeting at 11: 05 am EST. We only give 5 minute wait time. We must respect the time of those who log on time. That being said, please also note that we are going to record the webinar to upload it to those who are unable to attend.

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Webinar on How to Deal with Conflicts in Times of Crisis

Date: Saturday May 23, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM US Eastern (6:00 PM Ethiopia time)

Title: “How to Deal with Conflicts in Times of Crisis Successfully”

Description: The world as we know it has changed in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now expected to show up differently and to do things in new ways at home, in the work, and marketplaces. Our new normal reality requires new ways of thinking, feeling, connecting, and performing. It demands us to understand that conflict during a crisis like this is normal, and therefore, we should develop the skills necessary to turn conflicts into opportunities through collaborations.

The bi-monthly FREE webinar series delivered by PRO Leadership focuses on building leadership skills that empower people to effectively deal with change, develop resilience, and remain resourceful during challenging times through collaborations to turn conflicts into opportunities at home, work, and marketplaces.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To gain new insights and understand what conflict is, sources of conflict, and impacts of conflict at the individual, organizational, and national levels 
  2. To learn more about the different conflict resolution types
  3. To learn some principles and practical strategic approaches to turn conflict into opportunities for individual and corporate collaborations in times of crisis

Venue: Zoom platform, requires getting the link and login info

Duration: One hour & thirty minutes

Moderator: Florindo Chivucute

Co-Facilitator: Besu Feleke

Co-Facilitator: Dr. Assegid Habtewold

COVID19 Resource Person: Affi Allado-Anka

Participants: PRO Leadership Cohorts in the US and Ethiopia

Tentative Agenda:

  • 10:45 – 11:00    Registration and Call to order
  • 11:00 – 11:15    Welcome and introduction of topic and participants
  • 11:15 – 11: 45   Presentation of topic
  • 11:45 – 12:15     Reflections, Questions and Answers on topic
  • 12:15 – 12:30     Conclusion, The way forward
  • 12:30pm         End of session

NB– Please tune in and adjust your audio and video early as the session will be sharp on time.

Organizers:

                  Amha – Program Director

                  Berhanu – Learning Director

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Webinar RECORDING on Our Mindset- Our Friend to Overcome the World of Crisis

On May 9th, 2020, PRO Leadership arranged a webinar entitled “Our Mindset- Our Friend to Overcome the World of Crisis.”

It was arranged for PRO Leadership teams both in the diaspora and Africa. We got permission from attendees to record the webinar and share it with those who missed the webinar with leaders like yourself. Watch it and let us know your feedback.

This webinar was the second of a series of webinars. It was designed to emphasize the importance of mindset for leaders as they lead their people during this tough time. It aimed at equipping leaders to understand their mindset, be friends with it, and learn ways in which their mindset determines their access to the world they live in and determine their opportunity to cope with stressful situations like the current devastating COVID19 pandemic.

To learn more about PRO Leadership, attend future events including the upcoming webinars during this pandemic era, and also join the movement in raising New Breed Leaders of Africa, check our website at www.proleadership.org

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Webinar on Our Mindset- Our Friend to Overcome the World of Crisis

Date: Saturday May 9, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM US Eastern (6:00 PM Ethiopia time)

Title: “Our Mindset- Our Friend to Overcome the World of Crisis”

Description: This webinar is the second of a series of webinars. It is designed to emphasize the importance of mindset for leaders as they lead their people during this tough time. It aims at equipping leaders to understand their mindset, be friends with it, and learn ways in which their mindset determines their access to the world they live in and determine their opportunity to cope with stressful situations like the current devastating COVID19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand how our mindset helps us understand ourselves, others and the world we live in
  2. To understand how our mindset determines how we respond to external stimuli and how we cope with the stress that comes from the direct and indirect impacts of the current COVID 19 pandemic
  3. To recognize ways of developing the right mindset for all situations including crisis
  4. To bring together our community of learning and practice in this testing time of a global challenge

Venue: Zoom platform, requires getting the link and login info

Duration: One hour & thirty minutes

Moderator: Amha Woldemeskel

Facilitator: Dr. Berhanu Tadesse Taye

Resource Person: Dr Tigist Belete

Participants: PRO Leadership Cohorts in the US and Ethiopia

Tentative Agenda:

  • 10:45 – 11:00    Registration and Call to order
  • 11:00 – 11:15    Welcome and introduction of topic and participants
  • 11:15 – 11: 45   Presentation of topic
  • 11:45 – 12:15     Reflections, Questions and Answers on topic
  • 12:15 – 12:30     Conclusion, The way forward
  • 12:30pm         End of session

NB– Please tune in and adjust your audio and video early as the session will be sharp on time.

Organizers:

                  Amha – Program Director

                  Berhanu – Learning Director

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Webinar RECORDING- Managing Emotions in the COVID Era

On April 25th, 2020, PRO Leadership arranged a weninar entitled “Managing Emotions in the COVID19 Era.”

The webinar was the first of a series of webinars. It aimed at equipping leaders to understand and develop their emotional fitness during this tough time caused because of COVID19 pandemic. It was also designed to empower leaders to tap into their own emotions and the emotions of others to cope with, outlast, and ultimately come out stronger once this is all over.

It was arranged for PRO Leadership teams both in the diaspora and Africa. We got permission from attendees to record the webinar and share it with those who missed the webinar with leaders like yourself. Watch it and let us know your feedback.

To learn more about PRO Leadership, attend future events including the upcoming webinars during this pandemic era, and also join the movement in raising New Breed Leaders of Africa, check our website at www.proleadership.org

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Webinar on Managing Your Emotions in the COVID19 Era

Date: Saturday April 25, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM US Eastern (6:00 PM Ethiopia time)

Title: “Managing our Emotions in the COVID 19 era”

Description: This webinar is the first of a series of webinars. It aims at equipping leaders to understand and develop their emotional fitness during the COVID19 pandemic. It also empowers leaders to tap into their own emotions and the emotions of others to cope with, outlast, and ultimately come out stronger once this is all over.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand how the current COVID19 crisis affects our emotions
  2. To manage our emotions and the stress that comes from the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic
  3. To recognize how the crisis may affect other people’s emotions and how to leverage our emotional fitness to support others
  4. To bring together our community of learning and practice in this testing time of a global challenge

Venue: Zoom platform, requires getting the link and login info

Duration: One hour & thirty minutes (with possible extension by thirty minutes)

Moderator: Dr. Berhanu Tadesse Taye

Facilitator: Dr  Assegid Habtewold

Resource Person: Dr. Yetnayet Asfaw

Participants: PRO leadership cohorts in the US and Ethiopia

Tentative Agenda:

  • 10:45 – 11:00    Registration and Call to order
  • 11:00 – 11:15    Welcome and introduction of topic and participants
  • 11:15 – 11: 45   Presentation of topic
  • 11:45 – 12:15     Reflections, Questions and Answers on topic
  • 12:15 – 12:30     Conclusion, The way forward
  • 12:30pm         End of session

NB– Please tune in and adjust your audio and video early as the session will be sharp on time.

Organizers:

                  Amha – Program Director

                  Berhanu – Learning Director

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