Mother Se’May Sayer: The ARC of Time
Season Two: Episode Four: Extension of Thought
Part One – GAP Integrity
(Broadening my thoughts continues to be a daily task. Whether it has brought me closer to my people is a perception of mine unfounded or documented by measurable research. When I focus on Sarah for example I can feel her joy when I’m in her presence. Now I can’t say for certain it is because she is happy to see me, but I can feel my joy grow as I enter an area close to her. Maybe I’m just doing what I have always done when I sense something needs to be addressed and the mechanics of it in the end must continue their movement. Hopefully in a positive direction.
I have a new ally now in General Tholodious. Some of my time was spent projecting negative feelings about him. When I assume it does make an ass out of you and me. His daughters and mine have gotten along well as all of them grew to adulthood. That is something I hope I had a firm influence on the outcome. Oh why don’t I just admit it. I love my inner circle of trusted confidantes. Se’May you know you must begin to include men in your circle. I know I must do that beyond the man I have on my ‘Council’.
Okay so I need to continue to add to my name. By now all my people know what to expect when they see me coming because ‘word does get around’. Just show your people who you are by how you treat them. They will begin to understand that just going about their positions in the company will not be good enough. They must care as concern for the life of others creates a certain connection that is unmistakable in the remnants that attach symmetrically. What did my father teach me. ‘Show your people. Don’t just say it. Show them’. Nurturing. Watering to protect them from the Sun. Metaphorically of course. Moderating your expectations of your people as you witness their growth. Remember what the ‘Timer’ taught you. What you do to help your people succeed produces ‘energy’ in another ‘realm’.)
Mother Sayer: (The day starts just like it should with purpose and appreciation.). N’tare how are you this morning?
N’tare: Very well. Just finishing some of the preparations for the morning meal. How are you Mother?
Mother Sayer: It is good. My ability to keep an air of humbleness is still with me. Guiding my steps as I begin the day. Breakfast smells really good. That makes the day even more promising.
N’tare: Where are the children?
Mother Sayer: Oh, I’m sure they’re on their way down. I’ve got a lot to get to this day and some of it is has to do with the admonishment side of leadership. No worry though I’ll do it my way and hope the team heads receive it the way it was intended.
N’tare: Righteously as always.
(This day must play out as N’tare said as righteously as possible. Mother Sayer broods. She still keeps reminding herself that growth and stress are components of leadership and shielding your people from these factors in more cases than not injures them. It is also true that these components can disable the mind if the person is not ready to handle the adversity. Choices choices. Why am I debating with myself over the necessity of what needs to happen? I’m a major and a nurse trained by the Army to care, treat and save lives. There was not a time I received passing grades if I did not master the material in Nursing School. I must love my people enough to know if they can or cannot handle the position and if they cannot then I must demote them and conduct more guidance and mentoring. Anything less would be a betrayal of what my father and the Army taught me.).
Mother Sayer: (Mother looks over the many reports on her desk that Sarah placed at her request. She opens her office door and asks her to come in and review how her meetings or visits with her team heads will play out.). What I want to do as always is help my people reach the correct conclusions that acknowledges any shortcomings they may or may not have. Address any neglect of their team members skill sets. Lastly show my support through modeling expectations and the necessity of mentorship or coaching. I’ll play it by ear which philosophical bent I’ll follow to reach my objectives.
Sarah W. Certainty: Also add more theatrics if you will through pausing between your statements. Props are also a good visual aid. Tying everything together and how you do it is why I never miss one.
Mother Sayer: One what?
Sarah W. Certainty: One of the best influencers in business. I always want, no I need to be in the audience. My learning isn’t complete either you know.
Mother Sayer: Oh, I’m glad I entertain you.
Sarah W. Certainty: The value to me you will never be able to measure, but I suspect you already know what you’ve done for me.
Mother Sayer: Righteously I do as also my father Mr. Sayer did for me when he exposed me to perception, knowledge, learning, and relevance. What did he say to me? Yes, watch those gaps as those with mischievous intent can insert a lot of foolishness there.
Sarah W. Certainty: I can’t wait to see you in action. Am I being too giddy with anticipation right now? You can tell me you know.
Mother Sayer: I wouldn’t have you any other way Sarah.
(Mother decided on three projects to get an in person update from the team heads. The media project. The BAD project which stands for The Business Acumen and Direction project. The Model project which looks to match a child with an adult in the industry the child has shown aptitude.
The projects work spaces are also selected by direction of travel, by the sunrise and sunset. It is so as it should that human beings know what is first and what should be last. She remembers a saying that fits in this moment. “We’re all adults. Adults should be able to have professional conversations.”).
Mother Sayer: (All of the projects are in development on the 3rd floor. She decides to stop in on the media project first as it has the most moving parts.). How are you Tuaole (it is pronounced ‘Two oh lee)? (The first one that holds the keys to the entry way of the office environment. Her name is appropriate and her presence elicits pause when someone encounters her. She is Puerto Rican and stands about 5’10 and looks like she just won the WWE title at wrestle mania. Of course the security training Mother puts all her forward facing staff through isn’t a joke either.).
Tuaole Rilyzah: Mother I am as I always said I would speak in response to you. Covered by the grace of God as his gift of eternal life is precious. Thankful to be trusted by a leader that treats her staff with dignity and respect not only in word but in deed. Guilty that I was selected but giving 100% to this company as it gives me no less in return.
Mother Sayer: You are too kind. Everyone should have a chance to fulfill their full destiny as I know so many from our worlds are denied the opportunity. Take us inside. We have much to discuss about what is going on behind these doors.
Tuaole Rilyzah: As you requested, I verified that all the project leaders are here and their team members.
Mother Sayer: (Mother smiles as she receives Tuaole’s report). Good. Announce my presence and tell all personnel I will be ready for an updated assessment on where the project stands in 10 minutes. (Mother turns to go to the breakroom with Sarah in tow).
Tuaole Rilyzah: (Tuaole asks everyone to gather around her and she explains how this report is going to be absorbed by Mother Sayer. When you speak about the progress of the project make sure you aren’t hedging your ideas on something outside of your control. Speak about the depth of the various media ideas that you have already begun to visualize and where you stand on paper. Know for what purpose and part of life you wish to address your content. Lastly be specific and confident as Mother Sayer can’t be sure of something you don’t believe in.). Okay are you ready for your presentation?
O’Woh E. Line: Yes I am ready for her.
Hekima Beborne: Ready to report.
Oakli Sands: I sure am ready.
Tuaole Rilyzah: (Tuaole takes count and turns to go tell Mother that everyone is ready to brief her on where the project stands.). Mother, they are ready for you.
Mother Sayer: Thank you Tuaole. Sarah let’s go see what they got for us.
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(This project faces the sunrise. Mother knows that what a human beings sees on a consistent basis does more to influence their path than any book smarts could ever accomplish. The time for talk is done. Mother is going to inject some of her own ideas and media content into the world of entertainment. She thinks to herself I hope my morning is off to a good start.).
Mother Sayer: Hekima, you may go first.
Hekima Beborne: My project is twofold. It starts with a television show called the ‘Family and Purpose’. Exploring the reasons why Japanese culture works for Japanese people. The movements are coordinated based on respect and familial authority. It is a show of a family’s honor how their members retain and display their learning. This discipline determines how profitable a family becomes when all the energy is directed as required to each part of the household. A lasting edifice to the family and Japanese culture. The Japanese way of life is depicted truthfully and honorably.
Mother Sayer: How will this be received on television? Can you sell advertisement slots?
Hekima Beborne: As far as audience preferences go I believe an authentic show that reflects the wealth of Japanese culture as it truly is will open a viewers’ desire to know more. As far as selling it to advertisers I believe good content flowing from excellent writing and acting will slowly draw them to this story.
Mother Sayer: Huh? Who will be writing the stories? I already know you’re going to be the Executive Producer.
Hekima Beborne: (This seems to knock Hekima for back a little. She thought she was only responsible for development and not the actual accountability of the project.). Ah, I am the Executive Producer?
Mother Sayer: (This is what I’m talking about. This is what my Father’s purpose was with me. He knew an idea is only as good as someone’s ability to bring it forth from the ether.). Hekima,
I don’t hire manufacturers. I bring on people with the goods. Dismiss any thought you have about laying out the blueprints of an idea. Anyone can do that. I hire people that understand that an idea is theirs from start to completion and beyond.
Can a farmer just plant his crops and allow the elements to provide the growth he desires? Does the farmer know when the crops are ready to burst forth from the ground? I’ll give you an easy one. Does the farmer know when it’s time to harvest his crops?
Hekima Beborne: So, you want someone that knows how to keep hands on and off an idea. Someone who can nurture the growth of an idea with the things necessary for it to grow. Someone capable of purchasing the exact needs of what makes an idea thrive.
Mother Sayer: That’s exactly what I’m looking for. Can you do it?
Hekima Beborne: Yes Mother I can.
Mother Sayer: Good. Now listen carefully to my next question. Can you do it all by yourself? (Mother looks at Hekima and times her response.).
Hekima Beborne: No I cannot do it all by myself.
Mother Sayer: Excellent. That is the right answer. Your culture is alive and well in you. Why did I say that? Hekima, don’t buy into what those in this world try to sell you. We all have our latent gifts, traits or inherent designs. Embrace the richness of your culture. Never deny or seek to disgrace your heritage. I am who I am today because I draw to me the full blessings of the First Father’s creation.
How long before you have 5 episodes written for me to review?
Hekima Beborne: I’ll have to hire writers, producers and show designers.
Mother Sayer: (Mother waves her hands as if to signal why are you voicing something to me I already know.). How long?
Hekima Beborne: (Hekima turns to her team for a huddle.). Give me 45 days.
Mother Sayer: Good. Until then. (Mother turns to leave with Sarah and Tuaole. She catches Tuaole giving Hekima a short smile.). Tuaole, give me a 15 minutes before you take me to the next project. I will do an after action report with Sarah now.
Sarah W. Certainty: You challenged her.
Mother Sayer: That I did. How do you think she will respond? I think she is capable, but inexperienced.
Sarah W. Certainty: I saw a window of desire open in her eyes. A desire to finally show what she can do. I think she trusts you to allow her to get it done, but all human beings are afraid of letting down someone showing trust in them.
Mother Sayer: Should I pop in on her team from time to time to let her know she doesn’t have to worry about failing me?
Sarah W. Certainty: I would do this. In the 6 weeks you gave her call her once a week for an update on the project. Call her at the same time every week so she can prepare for the consistency of the check in. Encourage her but push her as well. What did you tell me? Ah yes, keep some pressure on your people so you can discover for yourself their strengths and weaknesses. If you don’t know them then you’re putting the whole operation in jeopardy of failure.
Mother Sayer: Yes. Gap Integrity. Make sure the instruction stays on the curriculum I’ve approved. Don’t want my people influenced by education that bleeds away their success.
Sarah W. Certainty: You’re making me giddy again. Focusing the energy of your people has produced the results you have foreseen. How do you do it? Maintain such discipline and focus?
Mother Sayer: Years of doing the same thing over and over Sarah. I don’t know of anything else.
Sarah W. Certainty: That’s how it is then.
Mother Sayer: Yeah. That’s how it is.