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April 23, 2014

Leadership is key, no matter where you're going

TIFTON — As part of Administrative Professionals Week, the Tiftarea Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals hosted an Administrative Professionals Day luncheon Wednesday at the Tift Regional Medical Center Community Event Center at the Tiftarea YMCA. The event was jointly sponsored by The Tifton Gazette.

After a welcome and invocation, attendees enjoyed a buffet luncheon catered by BJ's Catering.

The keynote speaker for the event was Samuel L. Shelton Jr., chairman and founder of To God Be The Glory Enterprises LLC, which provides a variety of services including training and workshop experiences, motivational speaking and coaching, event planning, singing and songwriting.

Shelton is employed by Aflac Inc, based in Columbus, as a corporate educator. He is responsible for the research, development and implementation of various courses, activities and initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received his master's in Adult Education, and Troy University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Education. He also received an associate's degree in Russian from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center as a service member of the U.S. Army.

"Each and every one of use in here are leaders," Shelton told the audience. And, he said, being a leader begins with yourself.

"If I'm going to follow you, I want to see that you can lead yourself first," he said. Shelton also spoke about what he called the tools needed to use as a GPS to guide a person toward success. Those skills include communication, motivational, interpersonal, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Shelton encouraged the audience to not dwell on past experience, but instead to focus on a simple olive.

"In order to get the thing we most enjoy from the olive, the olive must be crushed. Look at your past experiences like that. Where you are now is nothing but preparation for where you are going," he said.

Sponsors for the event included Central Jewelers, Murray's Flower Gallery, Tift Regional Medical Center, Jim Connah/Myers-Brazell, Elegant Nails, Montgomery Printing, ABAC Bookstore, Dave's Bread & Coffee House, Reba Selph/Mary Kay, Southern Office Supply, Lindsay McDonald/Thirty One, Wal-Mart of Tifton, Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce, Tift County Tourism Association and Applebee's.

To contact editor Angye Morrison, call 382-4321.

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