6 Things That Can Make Your Network THRIVE

June 23, 2015

CharlesThe Charles A. Archer Story with Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes.

Charles A. Archer is a lawyer, author, speaker, professor, entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of The THRIVE Network. Archer is the author of the “Everybody Paddles” book compilations that provide strategies to building a unified team through leadership. In 2011, Archer served as a Cuba Research Delegate with the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), for which he has also lectured.

Before his CEO assignment for The THRIVE Network, Archer served as an Associate Executive Director to the InterAgency Council of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disability Agencies of New York, where he liaised with state agencies and community and government organizations on behalf of the mentally disabled and disadvantaged. Archer worked closely with local, state and federal legislators and contributed to shaping the programs and policies that directly impacted this group.

During my interview with Charles A. Archer I realized that he is someone who not only wants you to survive, but THRIVE and to help you do so through each letter in the word THRIVE we give you 6 Things That Can Make Your Network THRIVE.

How do you find, develop and share Talent?EvrydayPeoplesBook

(Charles A. Archer) We find talent by being an employer of choice.  Once people are at The THRIVE Network we cultivate learning from orientation throughout their tenure with our organization.  Talent is shared by offering growth opportunities and recognition of performance.

What Habits can make and break you and what habits can help you breakthrough?

(Charles A. Archer) The habit of tenaciousness can propel individuals forward and also exhaust you at the same time. The breakthrough occurs by giving yourself permission to reflect, rejuvenate and refocus.

When you have no Resources what makes you want to turn that dream into something? 

(Charles A. Archer) The human spirit finds resources for the things that support our dreams.  The challenge is dreaming big enough and not accepting the limitations of resources.

How do you find the right Individuals to play their parts in your motion picture?

(Charles A. Archer) The right individuals, or actors in motion pictures, are developed.  People grow, develop and support each other differently based on exposure, experiences and explanation. We would like to believe that we are the right one at various times but if the truth is told, we become the right people over time.

What do you do to keep your Vision from perishing?

(Charles A. Archer) I prime.  Priming is the activity of putting oneself into the proper state of mind.  I live in a state of knowing that my life and work matters and adds value daily.

Why do you do what you do and keep Enduring through the rain and pain?

(Charles A. Archer) As the eldest of eight, there are marginal differences being 15+ years with someone. This makes my life and work an example for them as well as others.

When you have the right Talent, Habits, Resources, Individuals, Vision and Endurance your life will change because you will have the 6 Things That Can Make Your Network THRIVE.

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Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

The DAILY Message for Wednesday May 20th, 2015

May 20, 2015

Nas wrote raps that made you look and I write quotes to make you book. Open a book. Read a book. Share a book.”


Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

The DAILY Message for Thursday April 16th, 2015

April 16, 2015

“When your local motive is positive communities are able stay on track.”

Local Motive

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit http://www.DerrickHayes.com email info@DerrickHayes.com  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

DERRICK Interview with Luke McGowan the Small Business Advocate at Thumbtack

August 26, 2013

ThumbtackEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Luke McGowan the Small Business Advocate at Thumbtack and represents the company and the answers in this DERRICK Interview are through the voice of Thumbtack.

DOur dream here at Thumbtack is to help service professionals find new customers for less than the price of lunch. We’ve made a lot of progress -250,000 service pros are using Thumbtack to find new customers, but we still have a lot of work to do.

EThe Thumbtack team comes from many different educational backgrounds. Big colleges and small colleges. Universities on the east coast, west coast, midwest, and abroad. Law degrees, engineering degrees, business degrees, you name it. We put all of our educations to use helping service pros grow their business.

RThumbtack has a team of online marketing experts who know how to create advertising campaigns that connect with customers. We have a team of designers and engineers who have created a simple, easy to use product that is always being improved. We can leverage the strength of our community of pros in a way that smaller companies couldn’t.

RWe realized we were ready when we started seeing our local service pros double or even triple the size of their businesses using Thumbtack. When we realized we could do that, we knew we could help 1,000s more pros.

IWe can do better than just a single individual…here’s 7 pros who have used Thumbtack to achieve success in their businesses – http://www.thumbtack.com/pros/stories

CWe have had to lift ourselves up and be scrappy – like many of our service pros, we are still a small business ourselves. Fixing the market for services so that customers and service pros are satisfied is no easy task – but we love big problems!

KThere are many keys to success, but we would say that working hard is one of the biggest. Our team is working around the clock, and a huge reason for our success is the energy we’re able to put towards moving forward. We also make an effort to surround ourselves with quality people, both here at HQ and in our network of pros.

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DERRICK Interview with Dr. Michael Wright

August 2, 2013

blogMAWMichael A. Wright earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina -Columbia with research on the organizational innovation of social work schools. Wright has maintained a consultancy practice for more than 16 years. He has logged dozens of professional relationships coaching individuals and consulting with public and private entities seeking to increase capacity, conduct social research, train staff, and grow strategically.  Wright participates on a number of national committees with groups like the Council on Social Work Education. Succeed

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is that communities would be built to support interrelatedness. The structures including green spaces, sidewalks, porches; the institutions including assisted living, schools, community centers, and churches; and the people including mixed income, diverse families would be intentionally modeled for self-sufficiency by neighborhood. It is a vision shared by urban planners and creative real property developers who believe in social good.

For me, goals are different though related to my dream. I know that the accomplishment of that dream depends on a multitude of factors. My GOALS focus on ensuring that I am contributing to that future. I have completed formal education. I engage authentically and intentionally with my family and community. I encourage social  entrepreneurship. I share the wealth that I currently have investing in OUR future.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My encouragement is a rather anti-encouragement. My disappointments have led me to question, “What if I was not here-alive in this moment?” The world would be different. From that, I am encouraged to be ME  unapologetically. I am the best I can be. I speak my mind. I am responsible for the consequences. I give generously while always maintaining my priority: 1) Wife, 2) Children, 3) those who Ask, 4) the World that needs.

I am motivated to continue learning by the realization of the needs found everywhere in the world. I endeavor to be the change that I want to see. My quest is to figure out how to cover those needs sustainably. Until I figure it out, implement the solution, and view the successful results, I am not done. I am compelled to keep working on the solution.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

I am a teacher. I am also a mentor. I have developed expertise as a curriculum specialist by adding a conception of the learner to the exposition of content. My training, classes, or curricula prepare for the student to ask, “What is the point?” This means that the teaching will be more relevant to the learner.

I have developed a systematic approach to mentoring I call the COACH Method. The method expands the reach of individual health and well-being into dyads (groups of two) and, eventually, into multiple groups of two or more. The result of the method is a community of authentic, healthy, active people. The method deals directly  with the challenges that are barriers to this reality like trauma, mis-education, and that nagging feeling of being

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I realized I was ready for what I am doing now at the age of 13. The teacher for the bible group was absent one morning. I took up the lesson and, instead of reading through it like some teachers would do, I engaged the class in a discussion of the main points. I took cues from the topics they found interesting and encouraged them to share personal, relevant stories.

My next revelation of preparedness came when my wife asked me to conduct a COACH Method assessment on her. Until then, I had not realized what an impression the method was making to her as an observer. I knew, after completing her assessment, I needed to expand the theory and the practice of the method.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

Pierre Smith is my best friend. I have never asked him whether he feels that I am his best friend. Frankly, that is irrelevant.  He is an constant inspiration for me. Readers will get a chance to learn more about him from a text that I have outlined. My production schedule will have it completed around Fall 2015. His pierre-isms are a constant guide. He is a millionaire, philanthropist, husband, father, community leader, and does each one with wisdom and style.

Another person readers can learn from is Carter G. Woodson, father of Black History week. His book  Mis-education of the Negro is a must-read for scholar Black people and any individual wanting to appropriately apply knowledge in human systems. He communicates that knowing how does not result in people flocking to you for learning nor does it result in an ability to satisfy those who do come to you. Those  lessons keep me learning from scholarship, but also learning the curiousness of people as individuals.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

My “success as my only option” policy can be stated simply, but is the door to a great complexity of emotion management and perseverance. My process is to center. Sometimes, it’s a hug of my wife or one of my 3 kids. Sometimes, it’s playing a game. Sometimes, it’s calling a friend to encourage them. But, centering is remembering why I am here.

My next step is decidedly solution-focused. I ask, “How would I respond to this situation if I was where I want to be?” Usually, my response is, “I would laugh!” That lets me know that the issue is not that crucial. Other times, my response is, “I would write a sternly worded, clarifying letter to get a handle on constructing the narrative.” That is exactly what I do.

If the situation warrants step three, it is a battle for me to allow someone to choose something that is not sustainable for them-against goals they state they want to achieve. Once I ensure that I have presented all the information and options are understood, I have to breathe deeply and allow them to make the choice for themselves. I move on preparing for the consequences should they choose me to help again.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Authenticity, Forgiveness, and Action are the keys to success. There is just too much that we have been miseducated about, including our own potential to control our destiny. The re-education must be systematic, honest, and reason-based (not emotional). I am working on that book this Summer to be published late 2013 or early 2014-Deceptions, Distractions, and Disillusionment: Barriers to Your Success and Ours (published by MAWMedia Group, my company) ISBN: 978-0-9842170-8-3.

A business model is the lock. Many people have connected with what they want to do, but do not realize that sustaining that activity will require you to make money to support it long-term. A business model can be borrowed, modeled, or created, but it MUST be present if you are going to sustain.

A clear vision is also important. This includes how much money AND difference you intend to make. This keeps you from being the best service provider in the county with the fewest clients because you did not envision a growth strategy that scaled your capacity. If you just want to break even or serve a limit of 10 clients, that is your preference. Just be sure to maintain policies and procedures that support those objectives.

Lastly, I recently learned a new way of thinking about mentorship from Kerry Ann Rockquemore via National Center For Faculty Development & Diversity. I used to think about finding one mentor who could sustain my needs. Kerry Ann suggests considering the varied supports you need and creating a list of 3-5 supportive individuals for each need. This multi-mentor approach fits what I have actually been doing, and supports mental health when you actually write the list of needs and supportive individuals.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

A word of advice: Rid “right” and “wrong” from your vocabulary. These words have too long been used to justify your oppression. Instead think of your goal. Ask yourself, “Does the choice I am about to make get me closer to my goal? Does this choice ensure that I can enjoy my success over the long-term?” If the answer to both questions is YES, the choice is sustainable for you, no matter if others cannot see it or understand it. If the answer to either question is NO, the choice is unsustainable for you. Your task in life, your success is to continually make the sustainable choices.

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DERRICK Interview with Freeway Rick Ross

March 1, 2013

DIRickRossEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Ricky Donnell Ross, better known as “Freeway” Rick Ross, is one of those rare figures whose experience as a drug kingpin has lead him to a life of rebuilding the community in which he once helped destroy. According to the Oakland Tribune” In the course of his rise, prosecutors estimate that Ross exported several tons of cocaine nationally, and made more than $600 million in the process. Counting inflation its 1.6 billion dollars comparing 1986 to 2010.

Now, he has applied the passion that helped him build an empire to helping the youth, Ross has been given a second chance to uplift his community by giving back through mentoring and sharing his story. He plans to inspire many of today’s youths to achieve their greatest successes without following in his footsteps.

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DERRICK Interview with Columbus Georgia Mayor Teresa Tomlinson

February 23, 2013

DIMayorEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Mayor Teresa Tomlinson who was elected as the 69th Mayor of Columbus, Georgia on November 30, 2010 with 68% of the vote. On January 3, 2011, she was sworn in as the city’s first female mayor. During her time as Mayor, Tomlinson has successfully taken on issues ranging from comprehensive Employee Pension Plan Reform to reforming the Muscogee County Prison after prior mismanagement.

For 16 years she practiced with the law firm of Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison and Norwood, LLC, where she specialized in complex litigation and was the firm’s only female partner. She served from 2006-2010 as Executive Director of MidTown, Inc., a non-profit community renewal organization. She is a 1983 graduate of Chamblee High School in Atlanta, Georgia, a 1987 graduate of Sweet Briar College, in Virginia, and a 1991 graduate of Emory University School of Law, in Atlanta. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson moved to Columbus in 1994 from Atlanta and married Wade H. (Trip) Tomlinson, who was raised in Columbus.

Listen to our Exclusive DERRICK Interview below or for more information visit the City of Columbus, Ga.