Week 3: Casually Cool
What hobbies, activities, and pastimes fuel your passion?
I have often been by others labeled as being “Cool” based on their perception of a “Swagger” they proclaim that I possess. Cool, by my definition, is being relaxed in just about any situation or circumstance you encounter. Cool is having a demeanor by which you are approachable and others feel comfortable enough to talk to you. Cool is also determined by what drives you. I have found my Cool in the Casual Cool look of a pair of Driving Loafers, Slim Fit Jeans and a fitted designer shirt. Take that look and add a pair of Cool Sunglasses and you’re ready to hit the road with your sunroof back on a nice summer evening with some Jazz or better yet, my very favorite Old School Funk music in the background. That’s what drives or fuels my passion of being Casual Cool.
Week 2: Workplace Image
What does an average day (or week) of your life look like?
As Program Coordinator for the Montgomery County Office of Reentry, I report to work @ 8:30, by 8:45 a young man stops into the office inquiring about program services and information for help finding employment. Upon offering him a seat, he begins to share with me some challenges that he has had finding work due to previous encounters with the justice system. I schedule him to begin the program workshops for the upcoming week. Before he left my office, as I prepared to depart for a 9:30 staff meeting, I encouraged the young man to not let his past define who is today. I let him know that he has value and something to contribute to himself, his family and the community. He thanked me for the words of support and assured me that I would see him at the scheduled intake appointment next week.
Although I work in an environment by which I can dress business casual, I don’t take the work I do for others casually. A sweater or shirt, sport coat, slacks, and of course, Saddle Oxfords, provide a relaxed business casual style that is not intimidating but yet makes a statement by which others can take you serious in what you do during your average day.
After the meeting and several hours of conducting Workforce Development workshops for challenged job seekers, I wind my day out with exercise, a good healthy turkey burger, and a refreshing smoothie. Encouraging someone with something positive to make a difference in their life, and taking time to unwind by doing some simple but not too casual things for myself, is “What an average day of my life looks like.”
Week 1: First Impressions
How did you become the man you are today?
I can still hear the words of my Grandmother when I was a young lad saying ”Quinnan Edward, you will never have a problem making friends because there is something about your personality where you are able to get along with just about everyone you meet”. By reflecting on my Grandmother’s encouraging words, I believe I became the “Man That I Am Today” not by my own doing, but through the help of family, friends, and community support. Building relationships with others is what helped me become a better father, son, responsible mate, productive employee, and community supporter. Relationship building is also impacted by your first impression. Appearance both at and off work is something that I take pride in. Working in the community, I have to dress professionally the majority of the time due to meetings, workshops and fundraisers. The Business Suit accessorized with a Bow Tie (always self-tied, never a clip on) is my signature First Impression look. Conveying that consistent debonair style, reiterates the personality that “Grandma” envisioned many years ago of how I would become the “Man That I Am Today.”
Why should people vote for you as the best Role Model for Men at Work?
“Pray Up and Stay Up” so you can remain spiritually and positively uplifted within yourself no matter what obstacles or challenges you may encounter.