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Friday, June 29, 2012

GUARD YOUR REPUTATION

GUARD YOUR REPUTATION

Guard your reputation; it hurts you alone!a Stake it on good. Yet know that the cost of a good and bad reputation is the same. It is the price that is different. Where you place your effort matters.  Guard your reputation; it is the only thing you have. Though you can never lose it, you can change it. Best of all you can make it.

Allan

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Answer The Ethnic Question: WHERE DO YOU COME FROM

WHERE DO YOU COME FROM?
My ancestors came from Egypt. My grandfather settled in Busia. My parents still live there. I am at home in Kajiado. I expect my children to live elsewhere in the world. It’s not where I come from that matters but where we are going that defines us.
Allan

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

THE GIFT OF DISCIPLINE

THE GIFT OF DISCIPLINE
Many people believe that discipline and punishment is the same thing. This is not true. Discipline is the process of aligning or correcting behaviour to within a code of ethics.
When a pimple breaks on your skin, you want to correct your skin to its normal state. Punishment is a reward for breaking-out against the normal state or code. Interventions are used to exterminate the pimple such as antibiotics that kill the boil and excise it before creams are used to restore the skin to its natural state.  The pimple can grow again depending on how far its roots extend. The pimple (or iceberg) below teaches multiple lessons on the structure of discipline and indiscipline.
Discipline may or may not involve punishment. Those who breakout are usually punished. Whereas normal discipline is not a stressful, it is deliberate and involving. Those who do not breakout also need discipline through reminding and streamlining of their behaviour. Thus, discipline helps those who subject themselves to it acquire (live) by a code of ethics (lifestyle) that does not invite punishment.
Indiscipline is behaviour that is deliberate, wilful and disobedient with calculated (wicked) motive or intent to hurt steal or take advantage. These four elements are important because they form the basic framework for correcting addressing indiscipline.
Discipline is critical because it stops a person’s gradual decent into crime. A child who is not disciplined descends into crime and if they stay there long enough they become criminals. This is why parents and teachers should strive to give each child the GIFT of discipline. Yes and it is a gift many people wish they had.  Discipline is a lifelong companion of immeasurable worth. It is of greater value than sweets, play stations and money. If a teacher gives a child discipline and nothing else, the child will find all he needs in life. A child without discipline will never find anything they need. Everything takes discipline.
THE 7 LEVELS OF DISCIPLINE


These seven levels can also serve to measure the seriousness of the infraction. The depth also indicates the length of time needed to instil discipline. Level seven may take years to correct while level one which may take a few minutes.
Biblical approaches to correction call for immediate measures in training children in the book of proverbs. The New Testament calls for a personal confrontation and private rebuke and then public banishment. The Old Testament shows God punishing hidden sins in public and consequences for generations to come.
Some people prefer one method of correction and use it all the time.  They either use direct, indirect, private or public reprimand. However, ALL these methods are used in the Bible. In all these methods the principle is to REPRIMAND ERROR not necessarily that the person will reform (this is what is hoped for, but some people won’t) but that all men may know right from wrong and preserve and respect the peace by which all men live and honour God who has given man the freedom of choice and consequence.
Eastern tradition does not shy away from public reprimand. Western approaches emphasise private punishment. They do not wish to embarrass the wrong doer in public. In African culture, discipline is an accepted social practice. Though modern society leans towards the west, there is great value in eastern cultures.  Praise in public and punishment in private hides offenders and sometimes lets them go free. We may need to be more firm in our approach to discipline to save future generations of mediocrity by praising in public and punishing in public as well.

Allan Bukusi, June 2012


ARE YOU IN THE RACE

ARE YOU IN THE RACE
To win you have to be in the race. Most people know all about the chase, but not everyone is in the race.
Allan

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TO SURVIVE IN THIS WORLD...

TO SURVIVE IN THIS WORLD...
To survive in this world you need to know that your parents are not angels. That what you have is a gift. That what you will be, is a blessing and that is the way God planned it.
Allan

Monday, June 25, 2012

WHAT DO YOU SETTLE FOR

WHAT DO YOU SETTLE FOR

Not good, not the best, but the goal is the prize.

Allan

Sunday, June 24, 2012

WEAR YOUR INTEGRITY


WEAR YOUR INTEGRITY
I was reminded today that one is a whole number. To be one takes unity of mind and heart, singleness of purpose and courage to stand out. It is easy to hide behind others or speak in a group. It’s easy to honk when yours is the tenth car in the queue; but that is not so easy when yours is the one in front of the police officer.  Integrity strips away all cover and leaves you naked for everyone to see if you really do care and really dare to live what you believe.
Allan

Saturday, June 23, 2012

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE

Don't worry. God can make sure you live three generations to get His work done.

Allan

Friday, June 22, 2012

LEADING CHANGE IS A GAME OF POWER

LEADING CHANGE IS A GAME OF POWER

Leading change is about how you use authority and power. Authority is given to you by virtue of your position. You gain power by winning loyalty and faithfulness. These are achieved by schemes, strategy and stealth. Use them all to your advantage.

Allan

Thursday, June 21, 2012

YOUR ENVIRONMENT WILL MAKE OR BREAK YOU

YOUR ENVIRONEMENT WILL MAKE OR BREAK YOU
To grow, you need an environment. To develop, you need to change the environment. To improve, you need to change faster than your environment. To excel you need to overcome your environment.
Allan

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I'M AFRAID TO CHANGE SYSTEMS

I'M AFRAID TO CHANGE SYSTEMS

Changing business systems is like changing houses. You do not think you can cope until you move and you do not move until you have to. After you move, you wonder what all the fuss was about. Well it is really not as simple as that. But the point is that with enough motivation or frustration you can make the move. Yes, be careful, but moving has a number of advantages too. It gives you a fresh start. Now who would not like that?

Allan

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

WHY WONT YOU CHANGE?

WHY WONT YOU CHANGE?
If you can change 1%, you can change 100%. If you cannot change, you will never change. Changing is not a skill, it is an ability we all have. We choose to apply it to the degree we want.
Allan

Monday, June 18, 2012

THE HARDEST PEOPLE TO LEAD

THE HARDEST PEOPLE TO LEAD

The hardest people to lead are those who do not know where they are going or why they are being led. Anywhere will do so long as there is a bed. And everywhere is where they think they should be. And since they do not know what they want, you are not doing a good job.

Allan

Sunday, June 17, 2012

ARE YOU FRUSTRATED

ARE YOU FRUSTRATED
God would rather have you annoyed and frustrated with what you have than have you destroyed by all the things he has given you. This only makes sense with hindsight. When you are in the mix, it makes no sense at all.
Allan

Saturday, June 16, 2012

IS YOUR LEADERSHIP SELFISH

IS YOUR LEADERSHIP SELFISH?

Leadership is never about "me" it is about "others". Leadership is not selfish. It is not about how much food you ate, or what you did not get. It is about what you do for others and whether you gave them your best. It is not about how rich and famous you are. It is about how wealthy and satisfied you helped others to be. It is not about how good your products are, but how well they serve others. Between you and me, leadership is about others not us.

Allan

Friday, June 15, 2012

LEADERSHIP WITHOUT SPIRIT IS DEAD!

LEADERSHIP WITHOUT SPIRIT IS DEAD

A body without spirit is dead. There are many bodies in leadership without spirit or passion or a heart for what they do. Their impact is weak, half-hearted and may even be offensive. They do more harm than good. This type of leader gives people reason to dislike him. He puts in no effort, time or energy in his work. And certainly has no eye for quality. But leaders with spirit, passion and heart are loved more than feared. Leaders with spirit make a place come alive. Do you have spirit?

Allan

Thursday, June 14, 2012

WHO DO YOU RESPECT

WHO DO YOU RESPECT

All leaders have one characteristic in common. All of them respect themselves. It does not matter what people think of them or how they would like other people to feel about them. It is something they know about themselves.  Do you respect yourself?

Allan

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

CORPORATE IS WHAT MEETS THE EYE

CORPORATE IS WHAT MEETS THE EYE

Many people when asked to describe a "corporate" will tell you of a top of the range business that is careful to maintain a public image. However, just because some people press "like" on the web page does not make it so. A corporate business invests in much more than just image. Successful corporate businesses invest in staff training, service systems, product development and customer satisfaction. Such business does not just look good. They are good at what they do. Too many people think that corporate is what meets the eye. It is five times more expensive and reaches the customers heart.

Allan

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LEADERS CONTROL; MANAGERS ORDER

 LEADERS CONTROL; MANAGERS ORDER

Leaders control the environment they are in by their influence. They champion specific principles, behavior and attitudes. They will change the environment if necessary to reflect their views beliefs and understanding. Managers on the other hand will not stand a disordered environment. Managers implement programs to maintain order. The powerful combination of leaders and managers creates a snowball of growth that every organization needs.

Allan

Monday, June 11, 2012

DO YOU PLAY THE BLAME GAME

DO YOU PLAY THE BLAME GAME?

The Blame Game is a very popular because it is impossible to lose, it's not about you and the aim is to find someone else to blame. It's also very easy to play and sidetracks people from the real issues. The Blame Game gives everyone the full thrill of a movie chase. If you have nothing to do, it deals with your boredom. But if you have something to do, don't waste your time. The game takes a lot of energy. What the players don't tell you is that the person to blame is always the wrong one. The winners get to throw stones, the problem is not solved and the case is just for fun. Leaders don't play this game.

Allan

Sunday, June 10, 2012

LEADERS PAY THE PRICE OF PRIVILEGE

LEADERS PAY THE PRICE OF PRIVILEGE

Passion, Privilege and Responsibility

I listened in to some teenagers in a debate about how all the chicken in the garden should be killed and eaten in a big feast because they made such a mess on the grounds. They were tired of cleaning up after the beasts. Getting rid of them was a total solution. They could be excused as teenagers, but many leaders often look for the easy way out.

What we love is privilege without responsibility. We pursue that option with passion. It forms our leadership philosophy. We keep changing tactics and trying out new things not so much because they are better, but because we are looking for options that have less of a role or the least responsibility. However, leaders never have that option.

There is a proverb that warns, "Where there are no oxen, the crib is clean. But much increase comes by the strength of the ox". If you give up the responsibility you give up the privilege. If you buy a car you must fuel it, if you use a cell phone, you must buy airtime. If you want babies you must be prepared to change diapers. If you want the golden eggs you must look after the goose. If you want a spouse, you must become one. If you want to be a leader are you willing to pay the price?  Leaders pay the price of the privilege they enjoy.

Allan

Saturday, June 9, 2012

YOU WILL FACE LEADERSHIP INERTIA

YOU WILL FACE LEADERSHIP INERTIA

In school, we learned about an interesting concept called inertia. It will resist your initiative to move. When you do move it will resist your efforts to stop.  You just can't win, or can you? Leaders experience this natural force when dealing with situations and when leading people. Whenever you don't seem to be winning think about how you normally overcome inertia.

Inertia bothers you at the start, but so long as you keep moving, it stops bothering you and actually helps you keep going. When you need to stop, it fights you. However, so long as it is the right thing to do and you are determined to stop, you stop. Beating this thing called inertia is an indicator of your maturity and passion. It tells you how important the thing is to you.

Some people think inertia works against you. I like to think of it as a matter of perspective. Fighting it is not an option. You can't win. The question is will you or won't you make it work for you.

Allan

Friday, June 8, 2012

WHEN SHOULD YOU TAKE THE LEAD

WHEN SHOULD YOU TAKE THE LEAD

When no one wants to take responsibility for the decision, the people are looking for a leader. Be the one.

Allan

Thursday, June 7, 2012

HOW TO MANAGE CHANGE


HOW TO MANAGE CHANGE
It is safe to assume that any changes you make will not be welcomed, at first. If they are welcomed, they will be criticized next. Whatever change you bring up must, of needs be, go through these two stages. Though many people worry about these two stages, they are needed to validate the change you want to bring. Feedback from the resistance they will cause will give you fresh insight into what you are trying to achieve or do. Criticism will clearly identify the effect of your initiative and help you refine your effort. A welcome simply means you have made a good start not that they are accepted.
So, develop your change initiative with a clear focus, plan its benefits and impact. And know that it will have effects you may not be aware of. Then plan as carefully for its roll out as you would for the idea itself. Thomas Edison planned for his ideas, but developed the business market for them as well. When the products rolled out, they sold out. Many positive changes fail and sit on the shelf because they are not effectively “sold” to the market. Get ready to hit the road knowing you will face welcome or criticism and know that you must pass through both to make the change you want stick. If your change is welcomed easily and quickly and never criticized or challenged it may be that nothing has changed at all.
Allan

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

HOW TO GET THROUGH THE INTERVIEW

HOW TO GET THROUGH THE INTERVIEW

The interview is a place to judge. It is a seat of destiny and a chair of hope. You always need to be your best in the dock because your life may be determined in a sentence. However, you want to come out with all your feathers on, because that is not the last one you will ever sit.

The power of presentation cannot be overrated. Long before the interview, go to the mirror and ask yourself if you would like to meet the person you see. At the interview exchange seats with the judge and see things from their point of view. Prepare your case as you would expect your lawyer to represent you. Listen for the sentence before you leave the dock and plead business sense if you sense the ruling may be against you. However, always thank the interviewer because there is always a chance you will be called back. And remember it's not about you; it's about them.

Allan

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

WHY YOU SHOULD READ MORE

WHY YOU SHOULD READ MORE

Reading is not as important for the knowledge you gain as compared to the ideas you generate form that reading. Reading trains the mind to think and explore options other than those you find in the text.  People who read tend to have more ideas. Not because they know more, rather it is because they think more.

Allan

 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

DO YOU WANT A SOLUTION

DO YOU WANT A SOLUTION?
 
Do you want a solution or do you just want to talk about it. It is important that you know the difference before you begin complaining, sharing your problems or discussing a solution. If you don't you will waste a lot of peoples time.
 
Allan

Saturday, June 2, 2012

HOW TO TURN MANAGERS INTO LEADERS

HOW TO TURN MANAGERS INTO LEADERS

Managers are the backbone of every organization. They get stuff done. No manager worth his or her salt says, "I can't do it". Managers are made to DO things. They are built to find ways to do things. They don't give excuses. I love that precious value about managers. Leaders need managers to get the work done. There is no reason why managers cannot also be leaders. It will take a shift of focus, but right now, the world needs more leaders urgently. And managers can help. There is no point in working on weaknesses to get managers to be leaders. We can do more with their strengths.

Managers love what they do. They get joy from doing it. We can get them to become leaders by inspiring them to do more than they normally do.  Managers work on objectives. To make them leaders they need to explain the reasons behind it, and the impact of  those objectives will have. Managers get work done through people and tell them what to do. To make them leaders they need to work with them and listen to them too. Managers show people what to do. As leaders, they will show them how to do it. Managers control funds, leaders release resources. Managers share goals, leaders share roles. Not every manager needs to be turned into a leader, but those who get to lead need to make the shift to get the job done.

Allan

Friday, June 1, 2012

WHO IS A MANAGER?

WHO IS A MANAGER?

A person who does not give excuses.

Allan

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