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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Of Leaders & Servants

68

If you want to lead then you must look behind you. If you will serve then you must look in front of you.

A Servant

71

God picks a servant to do his bidding. Wouldn't you?

Spouse

75

Failure to involve your spouse in your financial affairs will mean you will need to work twice as hard to achieve half as much. It also means that when success comes you will have no one to enjoy it with. This sounds like a curse.

Leader of Many or Leader of Few

84

It seems to me that leaders of many or few is not a measure of leadership. It may be that leaders have an option to influence a few greatly or influence many lightly. However, those who influence greatly get much longer term results.

Ego

85

Our Expectations, Goals and Objectives are important to us. These are what we tie ourselves to. These are what we believe we are entitled to. Egos make us believe we are in control of our lives. When someone or something diverts these ends, we are hurt and disoriented. Suddenly, it seems we become insignificant and that there is someone else directing our destiny. There is.

Working People

86

People work because they want to. Not because they have to or because they are paid to or that you pay them to. You cant make them work even if you wanted to. You might be able to inspire them to, but that is all it will come to.

READ

93

Revise your views, Energize your thoughts, change your Attitude and choose your Destiny.

Millionaires

95

We are all millionaires; it is just that some people are better at keeping the money.

Understanding

96

Knowledge has never changed anyone. Understanding may.

Spouse

97

Your spouse will develop in as far as you allow them to.

Leaders & Others

     

98

The difference between leaders and others is that leaders give more than 100%. Others give up to 100%. If you give only 100% in time effort and initiative, you are just doing your job. You can claim to be no more than average.

Communication

100

Some communication, rather miscommunication problems arise from people with very low self-esteem. People with a poor self-image are prone and vulnerable to mis-communication because they believe that others are better than them (or that they are better than others). They embellish the truth and or distort the facts to add up or diminish the difference in value between them.

Quality

102

 Is not very good or better than the best. Quality is not 80% or even 90%. Quality is nothing less than 100%, but it can be a whole lot more.

Players

104

Good players know how to keep the ball, great players know how to give it away.

Without You

106

Don't think that people cannot live without you; they can.

Teaching

107

Teaching is not what you say. It is who you are.

How do you Learn

109

Some people learn by succeeding others learn by failing. You need to know how you learn.

Earning Power

109
The small saver earns more than the big spender.

Learning

110

There are those who learn from success, others from failure. Some from people and others from punishments. However, there are those who will never learn. You may need be rid of them or learn to live with them.

Goals & Success

111

Goals exercise management. Success exercises leadership.

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leadership

114

 Leadership lifts people from the depths of despair, to soar above the clouds of human misery; and reach for their eternal destiny.

Family

     

115

For family stability the one spouse must know what the other is doing. The better if they can do it together.

Vision

116

For the vision to live on the vision bearer must engage in the intricate matter of selecting, teaching, training, testing and perhaps above all timing.

War of Words

117 

A war of words in nothing less than a war.

What can you do

118

I am amused by what you can do, but I am interested in what you do.

Apply Yourself

119

  If you apply yourself 50% you are losing as much energy as you are using. If you apply yourself 30% you lose more energy than the activity requires. If you apply yourself  at 70%, you may be doing well, but that tells us nothing about your potential. Only when you apply yourself 100% will you know whether the activity is profitable or not. If you do not apply yourself at all, you are simply wasting your time.

Two of a Kind

120

There are two kinds of people; those willing to take responsibility, and those willing to take on those with responsibility.

The Best

121

 Be the best you can be because no one else is ever going to get that opportunity.

The Market.

122

The reason why "C" students to do better than "A" students is that there are more of them in the market.

Young & Old

123

Young people spend their health to get wealth; old people spend their wealth to get health.

The Future

129

I work with the future; I work with children.

Music

128

No matter how hard you strum a guitar that is out of tune, it will not produce music.

Knowledge and Ignorance

129
 Both Knowledge & Ignorance are very expensive; One to get and the other to be.

 

Song

130

There is a difference between singing, shrieking, screeching, shouting and talking loudly.

Rich over Poor

131
The only advantage the rich have over the poor is knowledge.

Slavery

  

132

The poor may be the slave of the rich, but there is no reason why we should not all be rich.

Advantage

133

My gifts give me some gain on others; but only when I apply my abilities to the full do I achieve success.

Mind

135
You can tell when you are in the presence of a great mind.
 

Excuses

134
Do not make excuses; because excuses make you.

Income

136 
Your wage is all the capital you need.
 

Live forever

137
Do you want to live forever? Write a book.

Happening

138
You will never understand what is happening until you know why it is happening.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Life

139
It is a BIG world.

Failed Success

141
Look among your failures to find out where you lost success.

Beget

140 

The problem with teachers is that they beget teachers; the problem with thieves is that they beget robbers; the problem with robbers is that they beget murderers.

Principles

144

There is no such thing as "worldly" and "godly" principles. The principles that govern the universe are one and the same. Both good and evil reveal themselves by obedience or disobedience to these principles

To know or not to know

145
To know will put you in trouble and not to know will put you in trouble. But many do not know that they do not know.

Integrity

147
 
One.

Gifts

160
Your gifts will make you great.

Experience

161
Your experience will make you lead.

People in Business

162
People buy products and pay for service

Wisdom

163
Comes after experience

Miracles

164
Some people call it resourcefulness

I Cannot

165
 Those who say I cannot and those who will not, neither desires mercy.

Entertainment

167
An excuse not to engage in the act of thinking.

Invent Yourself

168
Invent yourself in ten years then reinvent yourself every ten years after that.

 

Growing a Business

169
Business is not about you generating ideas; it's about the idea that the next generation will support.

Education

170
Education is for this life. The more you apply it the more you achieve. The moment you stop, so does life stop.

Choice

 

173

If every man is born equal, and before God none is better than another, and that each man has a right to determine himself; then, in a sense, and it is indeed true, that every mans station in life is by choice and not design.
 
 

Consumer insight

177
Baring theft, lies and a bribe, you get what you pay for.

Got it?

179
The reason you haven't got it may be that you don't know that you have it

Conflict

184
Conflict is an iceberg. There is more than what you see.

Capital

185

Employment is a source of financial capital, just as going to school obtains intellectual capital and church spiritual capital.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Through you

203
What you want to do for God is nothing compared to what He can do through you.

Creativity

204
Productivity is thinking inside the box. Innovation is thinking outside the box. Creativity is thinking without the box.

A problem

205
 Is your job description. Without it, there would be a problem.

Creativity

207
The creative will outdo, outlast and outlive the competition.

Willpower

206
Desire is power. Will is the ability to direct that power.

Business

209
Create. Do not compete.

Business

210
Engage only in business that leaves people with more value than you take from them.

Reading

212
We read the words and sentences, but never grasp the matter or the spirit of the document.

Hurry

213 
Do you see a man always in a hurry, that man has not plan, priorities or program. Indeed, his very purpose is in doubt.

Going

214
Some go quietly, others go kicking and screaming. Some know where they are going; others don't know where they are coming from. Eventually we all go.

Think it

217
If you can think it, then it is possible. If it is possible, then you can believe it. If you can believe it, then you can receive it. If you can receive it, then it is in your power achieve it. If this be it, there is nothing more to it.do it.

Rules

 
218 
Only those who cannot govern themselves need rules.

Education

219
Many people think that education should be cheap. It is not cheap. It is the only value that has ever changed the world.

Education

220
Education has two bridges. The first is knowledge; the second is understanding. Some cross the first. Many do not find the second.

Power

221  
You need not fear loss when you have the power to regain what you may have lost. Loss has no power over you

Loss

222
 I think every leader must suffer loss in order to realize the power he has. And that loss has no power over him. This is the ultimate test and baptism of power; when you know that loss has no power over you. When you know that even loss must ultimately give way to what is good.

To Lead

224
To think

Industry

225  
Mental activity.

Legacy

 

226

Leaders die. Ideas live.

Provision

227

God has provided all you need; but I highly doubt he will do the work for you.

 

Hiring Practices

 

228

You can hire skills and train for attitude, or hire attitude and train for skills.

HAPPINESS

 

WHAT WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY?

 

An angel was sent from heaven with express instructions to meet two men and two women walking on the road. The travellers had passed through high and low points in their lives and continued in deep discussion, and not a little confusion along the way. The angel met them at a place they would later call the turning point. He appeared in one of those bright streaks of lightning that normally cross the sky.

After the initial shock of the sudden meeting, the travellers were very happy to find out that their guest was an angel. They were very happy to receive such a glorious visitor from heaven whom, they were sure, had a good word for them. But unlike all good visitors who bring news, he refused to announce his views. Instead, he had a question for each one of them. He enquired with great humility what he might do for them.

The first was quick to recognize this most unique opportunity and said without hesitation, "I want to be rich". There was silence as all four studied the visitor's response. The angel's eyes fell to the ground for just a moment as he said without emotion, "Your wish is my command". There was a cheer and astonishment all round that anyone could be granted such a wish.

The second, made bold by what had happened to the first, came forward and said, "Sir, if you are truly from heaven then make me a ruler, make me a king!". The angel looked at his hands, stretched them towards the second, and said, "Your wish is my command". The third could not contain his excitement and blurted out " make me, make me forever  young! Let me never grow old". The angel looked and smiled as he said, "your wish is my command".

The fourth was utterly speechless and admitted never to have thought of a response to such a request. The three could not wait to begin the journey to enjoy their new destiny and were surprised that the fourth had hesitated for so long. They said to their friend in anxious tones, "dear friend you are holding us back. Make your request so that we can send the angel back to heaven. The fourth said forgive me but I don't know what to think or ask. Perhaps if you shared with me why you asked for what you did , I might find a clue of what to ask too.

The first said, "The reason I asked for all the money in the world is because, when I have it, I can buy anything I want, need or imagine. I could buy everything and be the happiest person on earth. The second said, "When I am ruler, I can go anywhere I want without restriction. I would get anything at my command and everything would be at my service. I would know everything that is going on and everyone would need my permission to do anything. I can't wait to exercise my power. I would not only be rich and powerful, but I would also be the happiest person in the world. The fourth then listened to the third who said, "I want none of the responsibility of growing up. If I remain young, I will never grow old or have to be responsible for any thing I do. My parents will continue to take care of everything and I will have nothing to worry about. I will always be forgiven and everyone will love me because I am only a child and that will make me the happiest person in the whole world".

The fourth was silent for a moment and then asked the others are you sure I can have everything and anything I want? Yes! They said in chorus. Then the fourth turned to the angel and said, "sir this is my request, I ask for anything and everything you have for me, only give me the grace to bear it. The angel beamed, lifted his arms toward heaven, proclaimed the AMEN and vanished in a thunderclap of a thousand halleluiahs!

Allan Bukusi

Original article- 2007

 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wealth

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The way I see it you have only two options in life; to be a creator or a consumer of wealth. It is in your power to choose the result.

Change- it is a way of life

230
The world changes every ten years. You change too. You can change it or it can change you. In every case, something must change.

Supervisor

232
 
When you become a supervisor, you join the minority. You now need authority to control the majority.

Servant

 
233
 
A servant job is to receive 100 requests at once and by the grace of God fulfill them all in time. Such is a leader.

Work & Meetings

234
Work takes place in between meetings.

Meetings

 

235

There are only two types of meetings, planning and review meetings. All others are social events.

To Work

 
236
To work is to engage your own common sense and creative skill in useful action; the result is of which is new value.Otherwise known as wealth.

Study

237
Study is not to review of knowledge; it is to apply what you find out.

Employee

238
 
Do not think your employer is a fool.

The Power to Do

239
The power to do is in you. It does not matter what people do to you.

 

Two Types of Work

240
There are only two types of work you can do; create or cultivate. All else is fate.

Enterprise.

241
Employees tell you what they can do; entrepreneurs tell you what they have done.

Thinking

 

242    

Thinking is hard work. Many prefer not to.

The Value of Money

243
The absolute value of money is zero. It is what you do with it that matters.

Employment

247
Most people will work hard enough to get a job, and then stop working thereafter.

Life

245
The principle of life is eternal. Anything less makes us yearn for more.

Again

 

246

If I could do it again, I wouldn't.

The Wheel

247
Re-invent the wheel every time you use it.

Copyright

248
He who own the process owns the product.

The Journey

 

249

If you know your end, you can enjoy the journey. If you don't know your end, it will be an anxious ride.

Me

 

250.

It is not about you!

Entrepreneur

 

251

Employ yourself?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Strategy

 

252

The difference between a plan and success.

Money

 

253

Everyone knows how to spend money, not many know how to make it; that is the difference between you and them.

of Nations & Gods


255
Every nation has a god.

Organizing People

 

260

People organize themselves around organized people.

Education

 

261

If teaching makes education, then we need more schools; if learning makes education then we need more students.

Courage & Cowards

 

262

Where courage sees a chance; cowards see mischief.

Potential

 

263

Managers use potential; leaders realize potential.

Work

 

264

Don't work for someone else all your life.

A Diploma

 

265

A diploma does not work; people work.

Build an Institution

 

266

Create roles; get resources, get staff, set goals and get out.

Strategy

 

267

Leadership is strategy; management is structure. Strategy without structure is like a car without wheels. Structure without strategy is like a car without fuel.

Leader & Manager

 

269

Leader is to plan, as manager is to organize.

Leadership & Management

 

270

Leadership without management is like a general without the military. Management without leadership is like an army without a general.

Spend your Money

 

271

Amazingly, I find it okay; when it is not my money you are spending.

Suffering

 

272

I wish there was a way to produce leadership without suffering.

The Humble

 

274b

Humble people learn; fools know everything.

Success

 

278

Some people make it; some people fake it. But only some people know the difference.

Poverty


279
Unrealized potential

Economics

 

281

Limited.

Other Peoples Problems

 

282

It is very comforting to point out the problems of other people.

The Leaders Job

 

283

The job of a leader is not difficult; only a thousand people expect you to think for them.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gossip

 

285

There is no need to speak about policy or problems with people who can do nothing about it.

The soul of a goal

 

286

If a goal has no soul, it is not worth achieving. If it has a soul, it is worth, not only fighting for, but also working out.

Enterprise

 

287

...is not fun and games. It is doing the dirty work that no one else wants to do again and again until it begins to look enterprising.

Failure

 

288

Failure is a tough lesson; it reminds you of who you are. It is hard to face the truth.

Spirit

 

289

A vision begins with a stirring of the spirit in you. And ends with a quenching of the same.

Gods school

 

290

God's school is like long school. Everything seems to take so long.

Politics

 

291

If politics is about numbers, leadership is not far removed.

Gods Business

 

292

To reconcile everything for himself.

Gospel

 

294

The only gospel that has any impact is the one that is taught, caught, brought or bought.

Character

 

295

Character is born alone and revealed in a group.

Training

 

296

Training is following.

Leaders

 

298

Leaders are born, made and revealed.

Success

 

299

Success hides the facts

Employees & Employers

 

300

Employees buy what they want. Employers buy what they need.

Promotion

 

301

We are promoted for potential and limited by competence.

Promises

 

302

Don't make promises you can't keep. You cannot reverse them.

Change

 

303

Radical change is irreversible, incremental change is uncomfortable, all change is permanent; which shall it be?

Leaders

 

304

There are relational leaders and conceptual leaders; the difference is when and where.

Founders

 

305

An organization adopts  the character of its founder and takes on the culture of its leaders.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Vision

 

306

Employees need vision much more than the business.

People

 

307

People clamor for what they cannot manage and claim what they can.

When Business fails

 

308b

When a business fails, employees blame the employer.

Pay

309

An entrepreneur is paid for work; employees work for pay.

Entrepreneur

310

Entrepreneur; A person who keeps trying until it works.

People

 

311

When the people are ready, they will have it.

Absent

 

312

You cannot talk to someone who is absent.

Good Car

 

313

A good car does not make a driver good.

Life

 

314

Life is funny. We would rather repair the car than repair the road, find our own way rather than follow the way and pay to get well rather than prevent the ill.

Owe You

 

315

The world does not owe you anything.

The best Be

 

316b

Be grateful.

Information

 

317

Information is free; delivery is expensive.

A TRIBUTE TO MY TEACHERS


A Tribute to my Teachers
I never went to nursery school. That tells you that my first teachers were my parents. They were my reason for my romance with schooling. I never once delayed to go to school. I have never had any fears about going to school. I think that is a good thing. My motive was to be away from home.
Like all children, my first duty in school was to learn ABC and 1, 2, 3. I never really knew then the dramatic effect these pencil marks would have on me. I still use them today. My first teacher, Miss Qusik (sic), must have been from East Germany. Her view of life was very angled and she taught us to write "a" like an upside down triangle with an attached "Nike" sign. She literally imprinted writing in my mind as a form of drawing that had to be mastered over her horn-rimmed specs. She must have been a spinster.
I later met Mr. Mwangura, a man of few words. He chose to use the cane judiciously but unsparingly. You see Peter, I later taught on the same staff with him, understood the word "potential" long before I was born. He casually allowed us to score freely in his tests for the first week. The horror was revealed in the second week when those who did not improve were given a proportionate degree of caning reflecting their potential. He was not really interested in your marks. He was interested in your potential. If you had shown that you were an "A" student and decided to goof off with a "C", you would be caned (whipped)for the whole week, even if everyone else failed the test. Let us just say that he somehow found out that I was not a "C" student. It was never about marks it was always about potential.
It was a relief to enter the easy going Mrs. Kinuthias' class in the fifth grade. I coasted along with a "C" grade in English for the whole time, except for one major interruption. One day I wrote an essay about "How I was made" – I was a car. I got the only "A" I have ever been awarded throughout my entire school life in English. Mrs. Kinuthia noticed. She turned on her chair, looked at me, smiled and said "well done – I knew you could do it". I went back to my "C" grades immediately after that incident and never rose from that place, but deep in my heart, she had given her belief in me to my belief in me. From that day, I became a writer and it no longer mattered what anybody else thought. Whether they gave me an A, B, C or Z, it no longer mattered to me. I'm not sure Mrs. Kinuthia ever realized the impact she had on me.
By the time I came to junior high I knew I was a scientist. Arts were for people who could not do maths. I did maths pretty well. All I had to do was remember Peter. There was one other reason I liked maths. I was a terrible reader. By brothers could read in an hour what took me a week. I only found out late in life that the reason for this was that I only had one eye.  Junior high was a terror outside class. However, Rev. Dodman taught with such consistency that everyone in the school thought that life would always turn out alright. He never really got to know my name, but he did make me feel like he knew it – and we could go to his house at any time. His wife was an angel. She was not a teacher. Mr. Ralphs grinned a lot and smoked, but we got along because I was well behaved and did not do poorly in maths. He played tennis and made sure we all went for sport. He was the fair sort. Even if he didn't like you, he would always ref by the rules and not feelings. But he had faith in me as a leader. He was the reason I was chosen captain.
The master class in high school was physics and I was a star. All I needed to remember was the formulas, which was easy for a person who could not read. Mr. Sale made everyone enjoy the lesson but he was also very critical about the world and how things should be, but are not, because some "stupid" guy is in the wrong position somewhere did not do what he was supposed to. To Squeaky Sale, life should be ABC not ABD.  However, Mr. Okech knew I would lead long before I understood what leadership was about. In fact, in my leaving certificate he credited me with a double major for leadership. Don't ask me, I do not know what he saw in me.
I had many other teachers of course. All of them made me. All we have here is really touch and go, but it just goes to show that I could not be without all they have been to me. All my teachers are in the hall of fame. They are too many to name. I want you to know that I learned how to learn from them. That was the greatest gift they gave me and then they taught me to believe in me. Thank you. In college, I learned from professors whom I yearned to be like. And now, in life, I learn from others and that is how it is supposed to be.
God Bless you all
Allan
Feb 2012




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Leadership

 

318

Leadership is not an event, it is a process.

A leaders job

 

328

A leaders job is neither for or against; a leader is for the best.

Leadership

 

320

Leadership is to mature.

Past, Present & Future

 

321

The past is about what happened. The present is happening. The future is about to happen.

Friends