What makes you committed to AAPA?
Michael: I believe in life-long learning and constantly expanding one’s knowledge base. It’s very rewarding for me to share insight, experience and knowledge knowing that someone else can use it and benefit from it.
What are the top 3 things you learned in AAPA and how do you apply what you learned?
- That we all share many common experiences and that many of our frustrations in the workplace are similar.
- That by understanding the human dynamic more objectively, we all gain better insight into our own issues and challenges and how to resolve them.
What are the challenges you have as a minority employee / entrepreneur in these economic times and how do / did you overcome them?
Michael: Being taken seriously for our leadership skills and experience is a daily battle. Exerting the appropriate amount of assertiveness with knowledge and expertise requires daily effort and must constantly be supported with insight that is current and facts and information that is substantial. You have to be on top of your own knowledge base constantly.
Why would you recommend AAPA to your friends, and colleagues?
Michael: I recommend AAPA because if you’ve never thought about your career path or what you need or what it takes to get ahead, then this is one of the best, most affordable programs that can teach you how to make that happen.
What do you believe are the qualities of a good leader?
Michael: Know you have the capacity to be a leader.
Take the initiative and secure the skills and understanding necessary to assert yourself in becoming a leader.
Never forget your team – there’s saying “it takes more than one soldier to make an army.”