Dr. Jimmie Flores

Can’t Be Effective If You Are Polarizing

While attending a business conference, I heard R.C. Buford, CEO of the San Antonio Spurs, make the following comment when discussing the important topic of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI):

I’ve learned so much in the past few years about how I can be a strong leader. As a white man, I have my own experiences, and they are unique. An important takeaway for me is that I cannot be an effective leader by taking polarizing viewpoints. I must consider situations based on how people who are different from me are affected when something happens.”

There is a lot to unpack here, so let’s get started …

Leveraging Micro-Affirmations

Earlier this year, a colleague recommended me to the Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio (MLPSA). This is different from a graduate-level degree at a university.

Instead, a cohort of about 53 students participate in 12 full-day events related to various industries such as Education, Biomedical & Healthcare, Arts & Environment, Military Impact, and Technology.

The end is celebrated with a graduation in April 2023!

Best to Adjust the Sails than to Focus on the Wind

While hanging out with some of my Brothers in Christ, one of them, Stan, talked about the toll alcohol addiction has had on his life.

Brothers, there were times when I was so drunk that I ended up in a different city. I woke up the next day in my car, and I have no idea how I got from place A to B!”

I’ll Get You There, Honey!

A few days ago, I connected through Houston Bush as I made my way to my next destination. I’ve noticed recently that airports are now back to pre-pandemic traffic. In fact, they seem even busier.

As I began my 12-minute walk to the gate, I observed a motorized cart parked right in the middle of the concourse, and several elderly people were comfortably sitting on it.

For a Marriage to Happen, a Death Must Happen

During a LOVESTRONG Marriage retreat, Fr. Eric of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church shared a terrific talk related to the Sacrament of Marriage to more than 70 couples in attendance.

One point he made that hit home with me was the following: “For a marriage to happen, we must first experience a death.

I was captivated because I did not know where he was going with the story.

But it quickly made sense when he stated the following …

The death that must happen is that of the ego we bring to the marriage.”

Haunted House Express Experience

A few weeks ago, my wife and I purchased two tickets to a Holy Spirit Knights of Columbus dinner and wine event scheduled for a Saturday night in mid-October. This event serves a great purpose, as all the proceeds help other ministries, charities, and even provide scholarships.

After buying the tickets online, I realized this was going to be the last weekend in October we could spend as a family, as my wife and I are leading the LOVESTRONG Marriage retreat at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, and the next day she is heading to Venezuela to visit her parents.

Anger is a Choice

Recently, I participated in a parish-sponsored session where the speaker made a comment that resonated with me.

He said, “Anger is a choice.”

I immediately wrote it down and thought to myself that I now had a new way to handle a situation where anger might be an option. I figured this lesson had now prepared me for all situations related to losing my cool.

I was wrong.

Free from Fear

This past Saturday, I attended the Holy Spirit That Man Is You (TMIY) meeting bright and early at 6:15 a.m. It is easy to see the Holy Spirit working as 48 men attended the 90-minute session.

The video presentation caught my attention when the speaker said, “You know … Mother Teresa is a clear example of how pure love can drive out fear.”

There is a powerful message here, and it’s not that tough to grasp. Most of us know we will reach greater heights and happiness by sharing love and not hatred. 

Change It or Repeat It

My wife and I are leading a LOVESTRONG Marriage retreat at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church here in San Antonio. Our Spiritual Mentor, Ms. Tina Guerra, recently made a comment that resonated with me.

When discussing a topic related to problematic actions and behaviors in a marriage, she said … “We have the option to change them or repeat them.”

Honesty Can Backfire

On a recent business trip, I connected through Houston Bush. The flight from San Antonio departed 90 minutes late, so I would have only 15 minutes to make it to Terminal B, which is a long way from A.

Upon making it to the gate, I waited patiently for the seatbelt sign to turn off, and then I bolted out of my seat. In just a few minutes, I was sprinting to my gate. I was told it would take 15 minutes, but I was there in 10, which meant I was technically on time.

The gate agents were not going for it. “No sir. We close the gates 10 minutes before the flight.” I’ve flown enough to know that gates are not always closed 10 minutes before all flights, but there was no time for a discussion. I needed to rebook.

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