By Dr. Toby Malichi
In my first global business column, I documented my legacy foundation on how I got started in international trade, global business diplomacy and facilitating cross-border trade and investment deals as well as those government leaders and corporations or so, who charted the pathway forward for we Hoosier globetrotters.
Many of my white and black colleagues in Indiana, who are involved in some form of trade and investment or exporting today, had no idea of this historical background. Many have expressed to me that my name has never come up in international trade, business or international affairs organizations’ discussions, conversations, panel or speaking opportunities or serving on global-minded boards or even as a principal advisor to C-Suiters, government or NGO officials, especially those with Black talent in leadership roles based in Indiana. I responded by saying that I am around the globe, and the U.S., but wasn’t surprised by those fallacious revelations.
Yet, there were those that stipulated, WOW, you have been constantly and unduly subjected to impact bias, systemic racism, prejudice and discrimination to the Nth degree!! Knowing this, how do you cope with the mental stress in dealing with such myopic thinker(s) who lack intellectual insight? My answer may astound you. They are playing local checkers and God has me playing global chess. “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelo. But God
ARE YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED FOR TURBULENT TIMES AHEAD?
McKinsey recently wrote, “that the best leaders to navigate turbulence are ambidextrous.” They play both offense and defense. Ironically, I am ambidextrous although it didn’t help my play as the first starting guard/forward for the first intercollegiate basketball team Indiana University Indianapolis (Formerly to be, IUPUI) in 1972. The team was inducted into the Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame, January 2010. I digress.
As Black History Month is officially coming to an end for those who believe in only celebrating for 28 days. I turned 73 on February 23rd and was reminiscing on that exact date last year, when I made Global History during Black History Month as the first black recipient of the prestigious International Peace Medallion and bestowed with my second Honorary Doctorate Degree. And, how much closer I am getting to achieving my childhood dream of winning the Noble Laureate for Business for Peace.
When I founded my firm Malichi Group Worldwide (www.Malichi.com) celebrating over 41 years in business and now operating in over 70+ countries. There were no advisors, mentors, coaches, peer groups, podcasts, globinars or zoominars. I was blessed to travel the world, serve on two (2) world-renowned, very powerful and influential global boards of directors in Washington, DC in leadership roles, become one of our nation’s most sought-after small business leaders and experts on free trade agreements, advising White House Administrations on trade and trade-related issues and policies, and served as an official Delegate to the WTO, APEC, ASEAN, TABD (Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue), NAFTA, CAFTA, USTR just to name a few. I’ve been told by Washington Insiders, and others, that no small business leader from Indiana has accomplished all of this in total than myself, Black or White. You’ve made history. Perhaps, but I just love my country and my home state, Indiana, and have an innate PASSION to make the world a better place through
Business for Peace.
But not to be deterred. I want to motivate and inspire leadership, provide impact strategies, digital tools, consult, advise, coach and mentor especially, Black C-Suiters, Minority-and-Women-owned Businesses, People of Color, and Immigrant Enterprises on how not to become a statistic as over 40% fail victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. Old operating models are obsolete, and simply will not work, especially over the next 15 months or so, of expected economic turbulence ahead, amid geopolitical tensions and uncertainty.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)
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