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Mr. Floyd Haynes presentation on Adaptive Leadership


Mr. Haynes delivering his presentation.

Mr. Haynes delivering his presentation.

Blue CAPS floys Leadership Final

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Day 2 by Delon Fraser

Dr. Dawn Stewart

Dr. Dawn Stewart

The Second day was anticipated to be most exciting of them all. It commenced with a speech craft developing communication and Public Speaking Skills and this was done DR. Dawn Stewart, who commence her presentation by nothing “mentorship is a very critical aspect towards communication” she further posits that the quality of your life is the quality of your communication both with yourself and others .

She further developed her speech by quoting Aristotle the father of sociology who developed the speaking model:

Ethos: ethical which means creditability and trust

Logos: logical which means consistency

Pathos: empathy which means emotions, imagination

She closed her presentation and I thought that this was the “wow” for me in making me a good mentored is “in order to be good leaders we have to be not just listeners but effective listeners”

With such an energetic opening the next presents also did justice and indeed made an impact on my life the “Leaders Round Table” this aspect of the programme was unique we had a panel of competent leaders in society namely Mr. Eric Phillips, Ms. Vanda Radzik and Joel Simpson.

Members of the Round Table

Members of the Round Table

This allowed the panel of leaders to share with youth advocates what it truly meant to be a leader / leadership using practical experiences, and to allow the advocates to ask creative questions to solutions of problems that will be a useful as they continue on their journey to be leaders within communities.

After each speakers presentation I thought that their charge and life experiences can be placed into three laws expresses by one the most influential speakers John C. Maxwell in his book 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

Law of magnetism – Joel noted that leadership I staking responsibility for problems that affect the community and mobilize people to find the solutions and having a great team will aid this process. Closing with a powerful statement “prepare yourself to lead with a hope that the possibility exist for change” this will become my mantra for me as a leader.

 Law of Navigation – Vanda Radzik leadership from within in cross cutting and most important is knowing yourself, our attitude and moral sense after quoting Gandhi. She also spoke about being a servant leader with respect to serving the vision and the group and caution us that to do this we must be able to follow.

Leaving us with a charge she stated” stop action and reflect, b bold to enact change. We must have fired passion to lead.

The law of process – Mr. Philip began his presentation by saying leadership is about serving others. It’s about attitude a way of life. You do not become a leader overnight since successful leaders are follower and learners.

After the round table the next presentation was delivered by one of our leading and preeminent writers Mr. Ruel Johnson. Who opened with the story of “Themistocles”   and stated that key characteristics in leadership development are the four C’s Conviction, comprehension, competence and conflict. And that we must Mirandize ourselves to be good leaders.


The second day session closed with two energetic item delivered by Dmitri Nicholson “Proposal Writing” in which each team had to prepare a proposal to a funding agency. And Clinton Urlington Community organizing and community Services. Both presentation was delivered and received by participants.


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Day 1 by Delon Fraser: Creating the Future Begins with Cultivating The Leaders Of Tomorrow


On June 6, 2012 Blue C.A.P.S held its inaugural youth leadership development programme that aims at instilling the qualities and virtues of leadership and community service. This initiative targeted 24 youth leaders from several youth base Organizations that seeks to improve our capacity to lead and become more efficient in achieving goals as a team couple with developing self-confidence and equipping leaders with a sense empowerment.



Major General (retired) Joe Singh    

After listening to the speech deliver by the Key note Speaker Retired Major General Joe Singh stated that critical thinking and education are important to developing young people to effect transformational change followed by Floyd Haynes from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government who is the founder and Managing Director of Haynes, Inc., a 20-year old accounting and management consulting company based in Washington DC. Guyanese-born Haynes is also a former student of Professor Ronald Heifetz, the author of “Leadership without Easy Answers.” Together they made me realize that there is still so much work to be done as a youth advocate and I must say how honored it was for me to listen to the opening presentations since it not only give me a sense of responsibility how I can make a difference within my communities. The greatest gift is the gift of selflessness and this is what leaders in today society need to think and carry as their mantra. I believe that by coming to this opening ameliorated my thoughts as how to make a good better in serving the community and becoming the leader I ought to be further I am optimistic that at the end of this programme my better will become best.

-D. Fraser

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Day 2

Day 2- Members of the BlueCAPS training with the panelists

Day 2- Members of the BlueCAPS training with the panelists.

A weekend of innovation and interaction; learning and leading; that’s how it was at Blue C.A.P.S. Youth Leadership Development Programme. It comprised of speakers and facilitators such as Major General (Retd) Joseph Singh, MSS, Floyd Haynes (Adaptive Leadership), Dr. Dawn Stewart (Communication Skills: Public Speaking), Ruel Johnson (Communication Skills: Writing) and a most intriguing and knowledgeable panel discussion with Ms Vanda Radzik, Mr Eric Phillips and Mr. Joel Simpson.
We often believe that leaders include politicians, presidents, world leaders and leaders of our very own community groups but what we don’t realize is that even we can be leaders. This is what we learned during our first session. No doubt, a leader is one in position of authority in a social structure or a personal set of characteristics, however, leadership is the activity of a citizen from any part of life mobilizing people to solve problems and that is what a common man can possess. It was greatly said, some persons have authority but are not leaders and some are leaders with no authority.

In learning that we can all lead without authority, it opened the gateway to learning techniques for getting things done within your organization (compiled by Mr. Clinton Urling based on his reign as president of the Chambers of Commerce which resulted in a greater profit margin). It outlined techniques such as:

*ideas and actions are bigger than organizations
*stay focused on the work and goals of the organization
*think big but implement gradually
*every battle is won or lost before it is fought
*keep working
*embrace change
*pay attention to details
*try not to serve alone
*maintain openness, integrity and honesty; and much more

These tips eventually became very resourceful when we were each placed in our respective groups.

Although these were intriguing, our fun and interaction did not end there; we had a fascinating session with Mr. Dimitri Nicholson. It comprised of interesting arguments, discussions and questions which brought out the cooperation in everyone.

With no doubt it is safe to say that our first weekend was exciting, informative, enthralling and just have you craving for more.

-A. Lakeram

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Day 1- Social Justice Leadership- Tedx Talks


This quick Tedx Talk Video was shown at the BlueCAPS meeting. In this video, a Harvard Alum, delivered a powerful speech on Social Justice Leadership.


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Day 1- Inspired by Mr. Floyd Haynes and Clinton Urling on their respective pieces.

Mr. Floyd Haynes and Mr. Clinton Urling discussing Adaptive Leadership.

Mr. Floyd Haynes and Mr. Clinton Urling discussing Adaptive Leadership.

Leadership is one of the most widely talked about subjects and at the same time one of the most elusive and puzzling. Guyanese often yearn for great, transcending leadership for their communities, universities, sports teams, and for the nation. However, we have an almost love-hate ambivalence about power wielders. And we especially dislike anyone who tries to boss us around. Yes, we admire the Washingtons and Churchills, but Hitler and Al Capone were leaders too and that points up a fundamental problem. Leadership can be exercised in the service of noble, liberating, enriching ends, but it can also serve to manipulate, mislead and repress.

“One of the most universal cravings of our time,” writes James MacGregor Burns, “is a hunger for compelling and creative leadership.” But exactly what is creative leadership? A Wall Street Journal cartoon had two men talking about leadership. Finally, one turned to the other in exasperation and said: “Yes, we need leadership, but we also need someone to tell us what to do.” That is to say, leadership for most people most of the time is a rather hazy, distant and even confusing abstraction. Hence, thinking about or defining leadership is a kind of intellectual leadership challenge itself. Leadership I believe is inevitably to be linked or merged with the study of followership. We cannot really study leaders in isolation from followers, constituents or group members. The leader is very much a product of the group, and very much shaped by its aspirations, values and human resources. The more we learn about leadership, the more the leader-follower linkage is understood and reaffirmed. A leader has to resonate with followers. Part of being an effective leader is having excellent ideas, or a clear sense of direction, a sense of mission. But such ideas or vision are useless unless the would-be leader can communicate them and get them accepted by followers. A two-way engagement or two-way interaction is constantly going on. When it ceases, leaders become lost, out of touch, imperial or worse. And those last few words portray vividly what has become of the many politicians in leadership and not leadership in politicians of this dear land of Guyana.
-R. St.Louis