HOW DID I GET HERE?

Despite our busy diaries, job shifts, meeting deadlines and responsibilities. It is always very salient for us to reflect on the pre-determined purpose of everything we do on daily basis. Once in a while, it is good for us to ask ourselves “how did I get here? Why did I take this job offer in the first place? Why did I volunteer to do what I am doing right now? Why am I even doing nothing at this stage of my life? Why did I choose to study this course? Revisiting the “why “of everything we do on daily basis we help us reaffirm whether we are still on the right track because if you can’t ascertain the “why” of anything you are doing right now you are like a slave trapped on a foreign sea shore. And one of the most devastating things that happen to a slave is the deletion or denial of his/her identities. These identities can be viewed in the following ways:

1.)  The loss of name

2.)  The loss of purpose

3.)  The loss of core values

4.)  The loss of language

5.)  The loss of culture and heritage.

The hassles of modern life often make us forget why we made those earth reeling critical decisions. “I took this banking job,” so I can raise enough money to start up my dream business. “I choose to study this course,” so I can create job opportunities when I graduate. “I choose to become a president,” so I can create a way for people to contribute to making something extra ordinary happen and also inspire them to become super achievers. So many people seem to have missed their way and have forgotten why they came this way and how they got here. The big question is what is your MISSION (i.e. why are you here)? I came to encourage and challenge you to have a sober reflection, why did I go to school in the first place? Why did I come to this city, this corporation, this business, this career path, this marriage? This will help retrace your steps.

The further you travel on the wrong path, the farther you go from your destination. Look at your compass to be sure of where you are now. If you are still on the right path, congratulations but if you are on the wrong path, it is never too late to make a U-turn no matter how far you have gone. God bless you and see you at the top.

EruohiBISHOP.

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CAREER EDGE

After reading the 10C’s to getting your dream job written by one of my mentors Steve Harris, i felt there is every need to teach people how to escape the layoff axe.
It is no longer news that about 8,000 bankers were laidoff their jobs recently. Organisations are scrambling to cut costs and improve efficiency. Those who were not laidoff are having about 50 to 80% of their salary slashed. Every one is fearful and uncertain.
In times like these when organisations are shedding workers like huskies, here is what you should do to avoid layoffs.
1. SET NEW GOALS: While the world tries to recover from the tsunami of tumultuous financial chaos, set some new achieveable personal dreams and pursue them relentlessly. Be helpful and be sure to learn something new everyday.
2. IMPROVE ON YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Your worth as a human is measured by who you are, what you know, and what value you can potentially bring to the table. Don’t just sit there and wait for your organisation to send you for training. Embark on a self development journey to acquire new skills.
3. BE POSITIVE AND CLEAN: People who loaf, gossip, complain about their job, harbor bad attitudes are always on top of every layoff list.
4. BE ACTIVE: Help your organisation to minimize loss and maximize profit. Innovate new ideas to improve efficiency using existing assets to increase productivity eliminating waste to optimize costs and profitability.
5. DRAW ATTENTION: Yield more productive value from everything you do every working day.
6. TAKE THE LEAD: Be in the front line of business performance management cost optimization initiatives. Execute plans for bottom line cost savings that will improve efficiency, performance, and productivity.
People that create and add values to their organisation are always at the bottom of every layoff list. These six steps if delligently followed, will help you keep your dream job. Godbless you and  See you at the top.

EruohiBISHOP

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ATTITUDE

Many of us think that we are at the will of whatever moods that strike us. But when we look at life in terms of attitude then we will realize that we have choices. We are not at the mercy of our moods. We have the power to change the way we are feeling and feel the way we really want to. To achieve this, we have to constantly and diligently monitor our feelings, behavior, thoughts, and actions because our thoughts forms our actions. Feel angry? you will act angry, feel stressed? you are going to look stressed.
There’s really very little difference in people but the huge difference is do you have a good attitude or a poor attitude, is there any thing to write home about your attitude towards work, life, your future, how do you react to changes and correction? Attitude is the number one thing that will make a huge difference in your life. People tell lies because of poor attitude, low self esteem, fear etc. It takes hard work to maintain the right attitude. Vincent peale said, “attitude is very important in every human endeavor because any challenge facing us is not as important as our attitude towards it for that determines our success or failure.” Everyone is negative sometimes- that is the human nature. Magazines and news papers sell because people want to read about other people’s problems. However, negative feelings, negative words, and negative attitude are all mental depressors that wear us out. Fatigue and the inability to focus on the job at hand is the result of poor attitude so how do you change?

1. Learn to Smile: janet layne said, “of all the things we wear, our expression is the most important.” it takes just one vein in the body to smile but it takes the entire veins in the body to get angry.

2. Appreciate Someone: learn to appreciate little things that are done well.

3. Be Positive: find the good in everything. Challenge yourself to find at least ten good things in every situation.

4. Have an Open Mind: there’s so much negativity in life. But the choice of what you are focused on is yours so choose the positive.

5. Inspire Others: you will get more work done by encouraging rather than nagging and complaining.

When you motivate people according to Zig Ziglar, it is the spark that lights the fire of knowledge and fuels the engine of accomplishment.
No matter how hard or expensive you think it is to maintain the right attitude, know that it is cheaper to maintain the right attitude than to regain the right attitude. See you at the top and God bless you.

EruohiBISHOP.

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ADDING VANTAGE TO YOUR CAREER

We are living in times of great and significant technological revolution in a fast changing world and as a result of that, old ideas and tricks that used to work are no longer working because of the need for improvement, innovation and creativity. The revolutionary transformation of the workplace, places a huge demand not just on the technical abilities but also the inter-personal skill of every individual. In other to make meaningful and significant contribution to modern –day fast changing economy, command value, seize your place in the digitalized society of the 21st century, there is need for strategic positioning to have an edge. People are always attracted to those who advance because every human being has a desire to advance and become more. Effectiveness they say is doing the right thing at the right time. Adding vantage to your career means you going the extra mile to get things done using creative methods.

Success in life is all about having an edge and that edge is KNOW(L)EDGE. To KNOW you must Learn.When you Learn you KNOW and it is what you KNOW that others don’t, that gives you an EDGE over them. The KNOW(L)EDGE you apply is power. A dream without an action is an idea and an action without a dream is nothing but a nightmare. The following tips will give action to your dreams and give dream to your actions. Let’s get started by giving motion to your vision.

  1. Stay Focused: you need to get rid of distractions and concentrate on the job at hand. When you are focused, you conserve more energy to work effectively which in turn brings about growth that will launch you to the top.
  1. Be Efficient and Consistent: do more than is expected of you. Anything that is worth doing is worth doing well. Do your job as if it was your last day on it. Do it and do it well. Efficiency has a way of making you grow beyond your current environment because diligence pays. Don’t just do a good job; do a great job.
  1. Take Initiatives: do what needs to be done without being told. Take on responsibility by volunteering for special assignments.
  1. Sharpen your Skills: don’t expect to be promoted until you have proven your skills and abilities over time. Embark on a self development journey to broaden your knowledge. Attend seminars to learn new skills that will make your job a lot easier.
  1. Seize the Opportunity: Proffer solutions to the problems you must take to your boss. Never say that is not my job. Pitch in and set the pace for others to follow.

Adding vantage to your career is an evolving process that requires patience. I leave you with this; “Regret is today’s reward for the opportunity missed yesterday, while joy is today’s reward for the opportunity utilized yesterday.” See you at the top and God bless you.

EruohiBISHOP.

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PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS

Personal effectiveness is not just achieving our goals because we could also do so in a very wasteful, time consuming or sloppy way. It goes beyond what you want and also making use of time and other resources at your disposal. Personal effectiveness is characterized by making the best use of your resources in a skillful way to achieve your goals efficiently with your body, spirit and soul (emotions) in unity. Personal effectiveness therefore, is understanding every aspect of your being in other to create what you want in life and at work, discover your potential, connect with it and engage your passion to ultimately find fulfillment, be the leader of your life rather than struggling to suppress and conquer it.

Which of these goals means something to you?

  • Getting my work done to high quality standards
  • Taking care of my family and making them happy
  • Career advancement
  • Influencing people
  • Making new friends
  • Earning a lot of money
  • Earning the respect of my colleagues
  • Becoming an expert in my field.

Your choice from the above list will determine your attitude and approach to work and life. How can you become more personally effective? Start by having a clear understanding of your goals, values and priorities. You need to know what skills to acquire in other to achieve your desired goals. What then is the most efficient, easiest way to achieve what you want, how can you apply your skills, and how can you invest your time and efforts to get the best return on all your efforts and talents? It is hard to be personally effective without passion, commitment and competence.

PASSION: life is too short to spend eight hours a day doing something you don’t care about. Great things happen when people do things they are passionate about. Passion has been a determining factor to my career success. Through this experience of been able to find my passion, I feel it is expedient that I give people the opportunity to find that passion in themselves. So many people have lost their passion and thus their profession has become just a job (a means to an end) because they feel something is missing in their career.

Passion is the game changer in life and any profession. Thus if we can have more passionate people in their field of discipline, we will be better off at what we do and life will become more meaningful and fulfilling. Improving this attitude makes your days go by without noticing it. It will help you wake up excited to work and also make right decisions. Passion is a self generated tool that gives you the ability to motivate your self, get yourself excited about what you do because your passion set the mood for everyone around you.

Passion is an intense enthusiasm for something. It is the driving force that propels or inspires you to do what you do even for free. If you are working a job you are passionate about, you:

  • Look forward to going to work
  • Feel energized by what you do
  • Feel your contribution is respected and appreciated
  • Feel proud when describing your work to others
  • Enjoy and respect the people you work with
  • Feel optimistic about your future.

If you do not feel any of the above then you have lost your passion and all you have to do is to:

  • Develop passion for a GOODLIFE
  • Develop passion for your CAREER
  • Develop passion for your ORGANIZATION
  • Develop passion for JOB/TASK
  • Develop passion for your COLLEAGUES
  • Develop passion for EXCELLENCE.

COMMITMENT: successful people create successful organizations because the limit of an organization success is its people success. As an individual what is your brand and how is it impacting the growth of your business/job, and the society at large? How committed are you to your life’s goal, and organization/business vision? What strategies have you employed to help yourself/business/organization achieve her mission? How do you see your profession? Do you believe you are contributing to the future of a nation? Do people or your colleagues see you as a role model? How often do you develop your self? If you own a business, and you are to recruit board members, will you recruit someone that has your kind of attitude towards work? What are you giving back to your organization? What is your driving force? Is the job you are doing now a means to an end or an end to a means? Would you like to win an award in this field? These questions play a great role because your answer to them will determine your level of commitment. Where you look will determine what you see and what you see will determine how you will judge and how you judge will determine your line of action and your line of action will determine your habit and attitude towards work and life. If your answers to the above questions are positive, you will thrive to do the following:

  • Take responsibility
  • Have a sense of partnership with your organization
  • Make positive impact
  • Be a role model worthy of emulation
  • Be the best in all you do
  • Do the right thing at all time
  • Value time and make the best of it
  • Care and show that you care
  • Consciously build a worthy legacy
  • Make your family, nation, and God proud.

COMPETENCE: most times people mistake confidence for competence. Confidence is a function of attitude while competence is a function of ability. However, you need both in equal proportions to succeed as a professional because your success and achievement will not depend on the absence of externally driven limiting factors but the presence of internally driven motivating factors. To effectively do this, you must imbibe the following:

  • Be a Doer: don’t just do a good job;  do a great job through the process of creative thinking. Do your work without creating problems for others by doing it on time and accurately. When working with others, look for ways to help them without making them feel inadequate.
  • Know Your Job but don’t be a know it all: always be eager to learn more. Learning more is different from knowing more. Make it a habit to learn something new about your profession everyday.
  • Be a Team Player: many tasks in the work place require team efforts. Be an integral part of that effort. Being reliable is a great attribute.
  • Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help: give people the opportunity to be good at what they do when they help you. Helping others to shine makes you more valuable to them.

When you understand yourself, you give room for your inner power (will) to grow and when your “WILL” is empowered positively, you will realize that you can create and make your desires a reality within your circle of influence and within the parameters of your skills and talents. God bless you and see you at the top.

EruohiBISHOP.

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BEHIND THE PRETTY FACE

Life in the 21st century is full of frustrations, deadlines, hassles and stress that drains us psychologically, emotionally, physically and other wise. Yet these are nothing compared to the pain of motherhood. Motherhood fulfils many parts of our souls but also energy sapping and behind the charming pretty smiling faces of the 21st century working mothers, is the heavy burden of joggling a job, self-care, parenting, and baby sitting a husband which leaves these women vulnerable to stress and other health hazards like high blood pressure, suppressing of immune system, heart attack, stroke, rewiring of the brain (anxiety and depression), skin conditions such as eczema, obesity, pain of any kind, sleep problems etc. As a result of this, there is need for working mothers to strike a balance between their career, family and social life.

As a working mother, your ability to cope or tolerate stress depends on so many factors like your quality of relationship, genetic make-up and emotional intelligence. However, some stress can be self generated through inability to accept uncertainty, negative-self talk, pessimism, unrealistic expectations and perfectionism. As a career mum, here are some symptoms you need to look out for

  1. Moodiness
  2. Memory problems
  3. Feeling overwhelmed
  4. Sense of loneliness
  5. Isolation
  6. Lack of concentration
  7. Poor judgment
  8. Anxious or racing thoughts
  9. Nervous habits (nail biting and pacing)
  10. Frequent colds
  11. Eating more or less
  12. Irritability or quick temper
  13. Loss of sex drive
  14. Rapid heart beat
  15. Inability to relax and
  16. Seeing only the negative.

All of the above and many more are indications that you need to identify the source of the stress and do the following in other to stay healthy and happy

  1. Take charge: take control of your emotions, environment, avoid hot-button topics, and pair down your to-do list.
  2. Be assertive: learn to always express your feelings in a subtle way instead of bottling them up, be willing to compromise (not core values please), and manage your time better by avoiding busy diaries.
  3. Change the situation: if you can’t change the stressor, then change yourself by adjusting your expectations and having attitudinal re-engineering.
  4. Have good sex: the human body benefits from sex in so many ways according to Joy Davidson, PhD, a New York psychologist and sex therapist. A recent research carried out by Davidson and other experts reveals that sex does the following for women.
  • Relieves stress
  • Burns calories
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Boost immune system
  • Boost self esteem
  • Improves intimacy
  • Reduces pain
  • Strengthen pelvic floor muscles
  • Enhances good sleep.

While the working mums battle all of these health hazards, they need all the support they can get from their husbands, children and family members. Take out time to buy them gifts, tell them soothing words and shower them with praises. May God bless all the working mums of the 21st century.

EruohiBISHOP

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COPING WITH COMPLEXITY IN AFRICA

Complexity is one of the features of the 21st century that is manifested in every sphere of life’s endeavor. We live in a time where people, economies and nations are more closely interconnected than any time in the history of the earth and these interlinked system of people, economies and nations is increasing at an alarming fast pace. Complexity plays a major role in the numerous problems in Africa as a continent and the individual nations that makes it a continent. A butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the continent can trigger multiple problems in another part of the continent when details are added. This butterfly principle explains how the leadership crisis in Libya affects business dealings in Burkinafaso, Niger and Tunisia and how a little smoke in Jos (Nigeria) can spark up fire in Kano and other states of Nigeria. These smoke, sparks and fire has a huge effect on the global economy on the long run.

The diversity in languages, ethnicity, cultural beliefs, social political systems, leadership challenges like defining strategies, promoting common values and integrating processes to mention but a few are all complexity issues facing Africa. These complexity problems have emerged from lack of purposeful leadership, lack of vision, greed, and power tussle, lack of financial understanding, lack of law and order, lack of skilled and gifted people, lack of excellence, lack of merit, lack of exposure and generational planning. On the other hand, the average African youth yearns for a visible transformation in the social-economic landscape of her life. The pre-requisite for competing in a complex landscape like Africa requires condition and structures that will aid the progress of adaptability, creative problem solving and learning as well as formulating policies that will create an enabling environment that will empower the average African to do great and mighty things thereby bringing the intelligence and the inter-personal skill of the individual to play.

To fully comprehend the dynamism of complexity existing in a continent like Africa, we must first of all define what true leadership is and also eradicate ambiguity and complex structures that leave little or no room for innovation, and creativity required to solve complicated problems. In other to bring performance and practice together in real time, there has to be a convergence of creativity and execution. This convergence will usher Africa into a new era of strategic thinking and a way of doing things. This new way of doing things will enable Africans develop personal leadership power that involves professionalism and charisma. Professionalism includes passion and excellence while charisma on the other hand, involves style and emotional competence. Emotional competence is all about recognizing your feelings, that of others and acting accordingly, building lasting legacies and healthy relationships, communicating the right way and proper distribution and utilization of information. Alan Keith of Genetech said that, “Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen.” It is all about guiding and inspiring others to become super achievers. Leadership on a general note is influence and influence in my own philosophy is other people’s willful submission of their authority to yours motivated by inspiration and not manipulation or control. With this foundation laid, I will define true leadership as the capacity to influence others through inspiration that is motivated by a passion being generated by a genuine vision that is ignited by a true purpose. The lack of these elements in the African leadership style has resulted to mass protests and the leadership crisis we have witnessed in recent times. We have seen and experienced these crises in Liberia, Sudan, Sirreleon, Tunisia, Egypt and now Libya.

The wealth of nations and any group of people in this 21st century will be measured by intellectual properties and not just natural resources and as such development of intellectual property must be of utmost consideration by African leaders. This development calls for capacity building and mentorship platforms where the average African will be developed and harnessed for global impact through personal development, time management, financial and emotional intelligence, purposeful leadership, entrepreneurship, attitude re-engineering, inter-personal skill development and economic empowerment. God bless Africa, God bless Nigeria and the rest of the world.

EruohiBISHOP

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