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An Inconvenient Truth About Working While Black

9 May

First off, this is not crying, pulling the race card or anything like that. This is just being 100% honest based on my personal e,periences. Funny thing is that oftentimes your antagonists in the workplace tend to look like you — from the same race or culture. Strange but true.

In my latest book, The 52 Corporate Caveats: How to Cover Your Ass in Corporate America, I offer up the following advice to Black men in leadership positions:

You’re a Black man in a leadership position in Corporate America. The media portrays you as a wild beast. Employees won’t give you the same respect that they GIVE to White men in your same position. You’ll have to EARN it. Mind your P’s and Q’s. Be fair, be honest and persevere.

As a Black (African-American) man who has worked in Corporate America for 25+ years and who is also a father, I must say that fictional character, Eli Pope, from the hit ABC television show, Scandal, really “keeps it real” with his daughter, Olivia. In my opinion, truer words have not been spoken. Pay attention specifically (for the purposes of this blog post) to what fictional character Eli Pope says to his daughter starting at 1:16 through 1:36. He really vocalizes how when your are Black, you have to work so much harder and still get less for their efforts. Yep, the game is kind of rigged.

Well, that is my two cents. As a Black man I would be irresponsible if I didn’t tell people what really goes on and to address the proverbial elephant in the room.

The bigotry and racism need to stop and be replaced by a system of justice that is truly fair to all. Regardless of race, creed, color, se,ual orientation, religion, gender, nationality, etc.

You know what, I will start a series of on social media called Inconvenient Truths using the hash tag #inconvenienttruths.

I leave you with the words of the great American (who happens to have been Black), Frederick Douglas:

“Men talk of the ‘negro problem’. There is no negro problem. The problem is whether they American people have honesty enough, loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough to live up to their own constitution. We intend that the American people shall learn the great lesson of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God from our presence among them.”

Thanks for your time.

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Friends, Here’s to You

23 Apr

I heard a Maya Angelou quote a couple of years ago that is so very true:

“People may forget what you said or did, but they never forget how you made them feel.”

As I travel through life and have been fortunate enough to achieve some success in few of my endeavors, I am surprised by how some that I thank respond.

They were just doing what they do as they are good people, but they had NO IDEA how much their kind words, actions, or just the road map that they provided me with from just observing them, had a positive effect on me.

Remember, people are watching and listening, and though they may forget details of what was said or done, they remember how you made them feel great. I remember those who have helped me – especially over the last 18 months, and I am thankful.

In the words of my friends from the legendary R&B group, Skyy, “Here’s to You,” my true friends.

Peace and good fortune to you all.

YOU can resurrect!

20 Apr

Though I am not religious, this is apropos for Easter weekend: Some may try to assassinate your reputation and burn down all that you worked for, but you are a phoenix and WILL rise from the ashes and achieve levels of success never before imagined.

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Stay focused. Stay strong. Stay calm. Stay humble.

Be thankful knowing that adversity is like childbirth in that it may be painful but brings forth a new life and opportunities at creating an enviable legacy.

Peace and good fortune to all.

Back to Life and Hard Lessons Learned

4 Oct

In the early 90’s when I was a college student, Arsenio Hall was part of my daily routine. I went to classes at St. John’s University in Jamaica (Queens, NY), went to work part-time at a prominent law firm based in Midtown Manhattan, then came home and made sure to watch The Arsenio Hall Show each night before going to sleep. His show ended rather abruptly without a clear reason as to why. Arsenio is back and after I saw the below interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, I became an even bigger fan than I was before.

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Listen to the pearls of wisdom Arsenio shares in this interview and be inspired.

I like what he said about adversity: “You learn a lot about the people around you.”

Truer words have not been spoken.

Let me know your thoughts on this video. Thanks.

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Tyrone Turner’s Appeal

26 Sep

As a student of United States history, I found David Walker’s Appeal to be very moving and a great example of self-help and what private citizens can do to promote societal changes. In the spirit of David Walker, I present Tyrone Turner’s Appeal. This is an appeal to elected officials to revisit “At Will Employment” doctrine and replace it with a “Just Cause Termination” standard. I have personally witnessed and experienced the vicious bite of the current system, and things most certainly have to change.

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Robert Greene lists one of the strategies in his book, The 33 Strategies of War, as “Transform Your War Into a Crusade: Morale Strategies”. Well, I am at war with the “At Will Employment” doctrine and seek its death.

Will you join me in this fight or will you sit by and wait until you or someone you care about is affected?

Take a look at the below template below. You can copy and paste it into the body of an email or create a document that you can fax, hand-deliver, or snail mail it to your elected officials. I faxed and emailed copies to my elected officials.

Here is the template:

____________________________________________________________________________________

VIA [EMAIL or FAX]

[Date]

[Title and Name]
[Email Address or Fax Number]

Re: Replace “At Will Employment” with “Just Cause Termination”

Dear [Title and Name]:

Thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy day to read my letter. I am one of your constituents and I voted for you in the last election. In our struggling economy, many of your constituents are underemployed or unemployed. Those of us that are unemployed may have become so via being fired. A lot of terminations are done on the premise of “At Will Employment.” A viable alternative to this standard was proposed in The Model Employment Termination Act by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws back in 1991, but there has not been any true reform yet. A copy of the proposed law is attached.

My arguments will cover the fairness of it all and more pragmatically, the domino effect that “At Will Employment” has caused on our society’s economy and quality of life as far as public safety is concerned. I will also touch on the growing prevalence of the “Bully Boss.”

Thank you for all that you’re doing to create jobs in my district, but once a job is attained it must be kept. It goes without saying that a new hire must do her/his part to remain employed, but perhaps the employer has a duty to the employee by giving that employee a fair way to defend herself/himself at work and avoid losing her/his job. This is where “At Will Employment” falls very, very short.

Under the current “At Will Employment” standard that is the current practice in 49 out of 50 states in our union, an employer may terminate the employment of an employee at any time for any reason or no reason at all. As long as that reason isn’t discrimination or retaliation against a protected class as stated in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employee’s employment may be terminated and the onus is on the terminated employee to prove that she/he was discriminated or retaliated against. It is a given that this is unfair being that if someone is in fact a victim of illegal discrimination or retaliation, they are reeling from that ordeal that has been further exacerbated by losing their job. People rely on the income generated by their jobs to handle the basics; food, clothing and shelter. Once they lose their income, their world literally comes crashing down.

When individuals are terminated, they add an additional burden to our already stressed governmental budget. They will file for unemployment, food stamps, welfare, seek public housing, lose their health insurance and rely on public clinics and hospitals, etc. These services create bigger government and tie-up money that can be used elsewhere. Mental health issues may also ensue as a result of a job termination. When someone’s mind “isn’t right,” they may resort to violence, therefore becoming a public safety concern.

Companies and organizations are well aware of the current state of our stressed economy so some of them are being a little more callous with the way they treat employees. In a September 20th, 2013 FORBES article entitled “How To Deal With A Bullying Boss,” Jacquelyn Smith discusses how workplace bullying creates a hostile work environment. A copy of the article is attached. The thing that really jumped out at me in the article was again, how private citizens have to do all of the work to protect themselves and there are no legal restrictions against workplace bullying. Certainly that has to change.

[Title and Name], now is the time to usher in a new Progressive Era by replacing “At Will Employment” with “Just Cause Termination.” If an employee is a poor performer or problematic in some other way (e.g., tardiness, absenteeism, insubordinate, etc.), it is not terribly difficult for an employer to document and present such as a just reason to terminate that employee’s employment. The corrective action process should be clearly outlined and adhered to. As your constituent that voted for you in the last election, please look into replacing the “At Will Employment” standard with the “Just Cause Termination” standard.

I am ready, willing and able to support your efforts in bringing this change about at the grassroots level.

Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

[Your Signature in Blue Ink]
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[Your Address Line 2]
[Your Phone Number]
[Your Fax Number – if available]
[Your Email Address]

Attachments

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If we all pull together, A Change Gonna Come.

As this video shows, when the little guy fights back, the bully backs off.


Thanks for your time and please stand up for your rights.

So, How Does It Feel?

7 Sep

This is a 10-part Triple Rhyme Poem that talks about karma. According to Dictionary.com, karma is “the principle of retributive justice determining a person’s state of life and the state of his reincarnations as the effect of her/his past deeds.”

You do reap what you sow. Good and bad. I’ve been blessed with good fortune at unexpected and oftentimes moments when I was on the brink of despair. I’ve also done my share of dirt and have been on the receiving end of this boomerang myself and let me tell you, it was not a pleasant experience.

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I hope you like this poem.

“So, How Does It Feel?”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

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After you pulled your mess I thought about you on Two Occasions; day and night.

Mama Said Knock You Out and I’m mentally and physically built for war and ready to fight.

It is most definitely time for the Payback because what you did was wrong and it is going to be made right.

Don Corleone from The Godfather said, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

My initial impulse was to go Boogie Down and make you Ante Up truth be told.

Justice is sweeter than revenge and platinum is more valuable than gold.

I stepped away from vengeful thinking because I have a different Method, Man.

Work hard, be fair in your dealings, and be open to learning new things should always be part of your daily plan.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people and sometimes folks fly off the handle – just ask Eminem about that dude Stan.

Exhale the anger because it consumes you and keeps you from thinking straight.

Like Colin Powell said, “Get mad, get over it, then get going” is What Makes the Great Great.

Rage makes you less than the divine being you could be so make a choice not to hate.

Sometimes there will be anxiety but when you Get Up Stand Up for what’s right be Not Afraid.

The Force, Great Spirit, Mother Nature, or whatever you want to call it makes sure that no debts go unpaid.

Righteousness is a solid rock and lies and hypocrisy dry-up and fade.

Who Do You Love and Could You Be Loved and will you do what is the right thing to do?

It is so much easier to tell the truth because when one gets caught in their lies it is sickening like having a bad case of the Spanish Flu.

It begins to feel like your insides are on fire and beginning to stew.

It didn’t have to be this way but you wanted to be a bully even though you already had the high-ground.

You constantly needed your ego stroked and needed reassurances that you were the alpha and the king of the mound.

Now my Cosmic Mama will teach you a lesson that will break you down to the very last compound.

You thought me too injured and distraught to fight back against your attacks.

You may have even thought me to be dead and stinking but the heat you brought reshaped me like molded wax.

An indomitable soul is like Bébé’s Kids because it doesn’t die, it multiplies and those are the facts.

Now look at yourself being in a world of hurt and nowhere to run and hide.

I actually pity you because now your falling because you had a cocky pride.

Standing there with your mouth and eyes opened wide.

I bet you can’t really Breathe because you’re shocked and things seem so surreal.

Karma goes 360 degrees and What Goes Around comes back around full circle like reel to reel.

So, How Does It Feel?

The 52 Corporate Caveats

1 Sep

demotivational-poster-jhuwi4nstz-GETTING-THROWN-UNDER-THE-BUSEver been thrown under the bus at work? It is not a good feeling at all. It is usually a horrible boss, a jealous peer or some other workplace bully that is trying to cover their tracks. I’ve worked in Corporate America for more than 25 years now and I have seen a lot. The good, the bad, the ugly and the stupid.

I was inspired by one of my favorite authors, Robert Greene when I wrote this eBook. He wrote The 48 Laws of Power and The 33 Strategies of War. I was tweeting tips for corporate survival under the hash tag #loveyourenemies and after I counted them all I realized that there were 52. That was cool because as a martial artist, there is an urban combat system called “52 Blocks” and there are 52 cards in a deck of cards. If you’re looking to make an impact in Corporate America as an intrapreneur, you really need to know how to block (i.e., defend yourself) and have these cards up your sleeve.

This eBook is a free download. The information shared here is so important I didn’t want price to be a barrier from you getting a copy. Please read this eBook. If is full of proven strategies and introduces various resources that you can use to protect yourself any any corporate shenanigans that may come your way. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.