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Former Cisco Executive, James Massa, Finishes 1,000-mile US Portion of Walk to Guatemala

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Clifton, VA (PRWEB) April 23, 2013

HiViz LED Lighting, Sustainable Essentials Enterprises and several others companies for which Loom Enterprises founder and former Cisco Systems Executive, James Christopher Massa, provides executive services and consulting are pleased to welcome Massa back from his participation in the first 1,000 miles of the Equip Leadership World Relay.


I had to check a calendar on the flight back to determine just how much time I had invested. I have walked 27 days since March 11th when I first joined the Equip World Relay team and also had 4 days of travel getting to and from the places where the relay teams were located. Thats an entire 31 day month dedicated to this walk and to transformation, reports Massa. Its a relay format where every day 22 miles is walked by a team of walkers. I personally averaged about 14 or 15 miles a day.


Massa walked the entire route from Montgomery, AL to Mobile, AL. He then rejoined the group in Opelousas, LA after a short break to fulfill a previously scheduled family commitment with his son. From there he walked through the heart of Cajun country in Louisiana, on into Texas, through and past Houston, and onward to approximately 35 miles past the city of Victoria, TX where he and the group celebrated the completion of their 1,000th mile. When the math is done, so far Massa has walked 400 miles.


Yes, it was quite a commitment and its not done yet, says Massa in regards to the time and distance he has invested into this walk. I believe this walk is important because the walk symbolizes the elements of transformation. It takes leaders who are dedicated to do hard work for an extended time in order to accomplish the goal of transformation. Theres more walking to be done and it all leads up to the starting line of transformation, not the finish line.


James was a great addition to the walk in so many ways. We were blessed to have him along, Says John Hull, President of Equip Leadership. Massa, is not only a strong walker, he is a truly positive force that was a great encouragement to me and others along the way.


Massas consulting company, Loom Enterprises, provides management consulting services to help companies and organizations build Relationships that Transform.” Massa first became involved in Guatemala in 2003 and has worked with many of the same organizations that Equip Leadership, and The John Maxwell Company began to work with later in the decade and recently in 2012 in regards to the its Leadership Transformation initiatives and the Equip World Relay. John Hull explains, Massa was planting seeds from which we are harvesting even today. He is highly regarded and respected by the leaders in Guatemala.


Equip Leadership is a non-profit global leadership development organization founded in 1996 by leadership author and speaker John Maxwell. Equip Leadership is intended to develop effective international Christian leaders in all areas of culture throughout a society. John Hull continues regarding Massa, As we walked and talked, James intelligence and global experience poured forth in entertaining stories and information. Hull adds, He is a leader, a communicator and a teacher. Yet he comes across as a humble man with a sense of humor who demonstrates what pastors like me would call a broken spirit, which is a positive this for servant leadership. I am sad to see him depart at this time and look forward to his rejoining us.


After this walk, Im sure John Hull and I could start a mutual admiration society, Massa chuckles, then adds about Hull. John is a strong leader who has vision and the courage to go forward when all the details are not yet worked out. Massa continues, I learned in a conversation with then Secretary of State Colin Powell that when he made decisions as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, that often he went forward with only 40% to 70% of the information he desired to have. He did this simply to gain a competitive edge on the battlefield. Through Equip, which was founded by John Maxwell, John demonstrates the type of assertive decision making described by Powell in his battles and efforts to advance leadership worldwide.


John Hull, president of Equip announced in late 2012 his intention to walk from the location of the future John Maxwell Leadership Center in Duluth, Georgia, to Guatemala. The walk consists of nearly 2400 miles achieved by walking on average of 22 miles a day for over 100 days. It was formed to challenge and motivate the more than 6 million leaders in 177 countries around the world taught over the last 15 years by Equip Leadership to ignite a movement for profound change in each leaders sphere of influence. Initially scheduled to begin in January 2013, the walk was delayed until March 4, 2013 so as to allow for broader participation by leaders around the world. Having drawn participation from leaders as far away as Austria and the Philippines, the March forth beginning of the Equip World Relay has already begun to unfold into plans being formed for future– yet to be announced– relay walks in other locations around the world.


“John Maxwell is world renown for his teachings on leadership and as you would find in his 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, it is important to attract other great leaders. Massa states and then continues, This walk has accomplished that and more. Ive met, walked and talked for days with extremely busy and influential business, government, and nonprofit leaders from around the world. Each of them is dedicated not only to the walk, but to the work of transformation in their cities, countries, and spheres of influence.


When asked what has stood out to Massa he answers as follows, Two things stood out, the scope of the opportunity and the variety of leaders. He continues, The scope is literally a world full of opportunities for transformation. Transformation is not needed only in some far-away place or in lesser developed countries, but in the most developed countries of the world, including cities and states in the United States. Guatemala is really a prototype of one such country.


Massa continues regarding transformation, What is occurring with transformation is not unlike what is occurring with any other process of change or development of breakthrough technology or methods. Massa, who has been with three start-up technology companies that each reached their IPO, as well as having worked with the fastest-growing computer equipment company ever, Cisco Systems, and having consulting for eight years with a variety of green technology companies, knows a few things about prototype development and change. Everyone thinks they know what it takes to make a new technology or process work. However, nobody really knows anything until there is a prototype. Then the learning really begins. Massa concludes, Well see the same process of learning related to the process of transformation as the Guatemala prototype is implement and exercised. True knowledge regarding transformation is about to expand rapidly. Its all quite exciting.


Massa follows up on his second observation as to what stood out during his participation in the Equip World Relay for Transformation, the variety of leaders. On this walk are people such as John Hull, President of Equip, who is running a global teaching organization in 177 countries, Steve Miller who is CEO MillWood, Inc., one of the largest pallet manufacturing and packaging logistics companies in the United States, and George Zangl, an Austrian entrepreneur who also is a globally recognized petroleum engineer now consulting in Malaysia after selling his software company to Schlumberger. Then I turn around and talk to a Pastor David Sobrepena, who pastors a 40,000 member church in the Philippines and Dr. Rob McClendand, CEO of the North American Baptist denomination who is also an Equip trainer and left the walk to conduct classes in Russia for

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