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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Time Flies!




It seems that everyone's busy these days. And life shows no sign of slowing down. Are your efforts effective? Or do you sometimes feel like you're spinning your wheels? Now more than ever, we seem to have more work than time to do it. But time, according to Denis Waitley, "is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day." So since we can't increase the amount of time we have, we need to learn how to control our use of it.

Here are some tips to help you grow in the area of time management.
Keep a detailed time log of your work. Break down every day for a week into 15-minute increments. Write in every single thing you do. This means what you actually spend time doing - not what you intended to do.
Identify your major time wasters and work to eliminate them. Everyone falls prey to certain time wasters, based on personality or work habits. Use your time log to discover yours. Then target and try to eliminate one each week.

Identify the activities you value. The greatest time management tool I ever learned came from the 19th century economist Vilfredo Pareto. The Pareto Principle (which I quote a LOT) states that if we devote our energy, time, and resources to the top 20% of our priorities, we'll achieve 80% of the results we desire.

Use your time log to clarify which activities are important to you. Then focus your schedule on the top 20%. Use planning to gain time. Every minute spent in planning saves ten in execution. End each day with just five minutes spent planning and prioritizing for the next.

Create systems to simplify. Here's a truth to live by: You can't devote 80% of your time to your top priorities when you've just wasted 40% of your time trying to find your to-do list. I've created systems for nearly everything in my life. My best rule is to touch any piece of paper only once - then I either throw it away, act on it, or file it.

Become results-oriented. You already know that activity does not necessarily equal accomplishment. If your busyness is not yielding results, it's time to adjust. Begin prioritizing, planning, and organizing. And use deadlines. They'll point you toward results.
Heartsill Wilson said, "God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it - or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it!" When you open your eyes tomorrow morning, remind yourself that it holds incredible possibilities. You can allow that day to slip away from you, or you can use it to make things happen. The choice is yours.

Stress: The Pathway to Growth, Renewal, and Success

By The John Maxwell Company.



To live stress-free would be to deny our responsibility as leaders. Stress accompanies growth. We have to accept that all worthwhile change, every amazing transformation and renewal, brings about temporary stress.
For example, think about an expectant mother. Her pregnancy begins with morning sickness, and queasiness lingers throughout the first trimester. Her nose becomes keenly sensitive to smells, and pungent odors can instantly trigger bouts of nausea.  As her hormones go through turbulent changes, the mom-to-be experiences a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows.

Later in the pregnancy, her body expands to make room for the baby. Some days she feels as big as a blimp. As ligaments stretch and tear, and she gains weight, simple movements are more of a chore. Sleep becomes more and more difficult, and dozens of perfectly placed pillows are necessary to minimize her discomfort at night.

Lastly, the expectant mother goes into labor. Contractions begin, and then gradually intensify, culminating in some of the most excruciating pain known to humankind. After several hours of agonizing labor, nine months of pregnancy finally reach their conclusion.
With the birth of her son, a new mother’s heart is flooded with joy. All of the pains fade from memory as she holds her newborn baby close to her chest, gazing at his face for the first time and marveling at his tiny fingers and toes. All of the stresses her body has endured have led to this miraculous moment—the birth of new life!
Though physically exhausted, the sight of her baby boy instantly reenergizes her spirit.

Accept that change brings about temporary stress.
A lot of people think that pain is bad and ought to be avoided. However, the stress that leads to positive change is healthy. It brings newness that refreshes and revitalizes our lives.

Revel in the goodness birthed by change. 
As each change or transition draws to a close, you not only sense less stress, 
but you are strengthened and energized by the process. As you begin to “come through” the process you feel motivated and renewed within.Change looks different on the back end than on the front side. Initially, the challenges of change are daunting. We see the sacrifices that are required of us in order to change, and we can only imagine the good things we’ll gain by making them. Once the change is completed, however, we delight in the benefits it has brought, and the earlier stresses seem insignificant in comparison to the joys we have gained.

Brace yourself for continual stress as a leader.
Returning to the analogy of motherhood, the end of pregnancy is only the beginning of many more changes in a mom’s life. She will begin to breastfeed, change diapers, and adjust to a schedule that allows for only a few hours of sleep at a time. That is, she will continue to experience new sources of stress. However, these stresses will also eventually go away, too, and when her son smiles at her for the first time, takes his first steps, or looks up and proclaims “I love you, Mommy!” all of them will feel incredibly worthwhile as well.

Closing Thoughts
This is the time of year when those in the Christian tradition celebrate a leader who endured unimaginable stress, sweating drops of blood, and made the ultimate sacrifice, giving up his life, so that others might experience renewal. Jesus’s pain had a purpose, and it’s likely that the burdens you carry do to.
What makes the stresses and sacrifices in your life worthwhile? What good things will come about as the result of your present pains?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

HOW LEADERS DEVELOP


Leadership is not an exclusive club reserved for those who were “born with it.” The traits comprising the raw materials of leadership can be acquired. Link them up with desire and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader. Some people have a more intuitive grasp of how to lead than others. These “natural-born leaders” will always emerge, but their influence hinges upon their ability to supplement inborn talent with learned skills. Ultimately, leadership is developed, not discovered.

The Three E’s of Leadership Development
1) Environment
People accustom themselves to their environment and take cues from their surroundings. In the 1980s, social scientists came up with the broken-windows theory which indicated that the physical appearance of a community affects its crime rate. Run-down properties, widespread graffiti, and trash strewn about in a neighborhood invite crime by signaling that no one is watching and that no one cares what happens. Oppositely, a clean and well-kept neighborhood gives the impression that people are monitoring their community and willing to take action to ensure its safety.
Every organization is permeated by an invisible culture which communicates an unspoken message that shapes its people. As has often been said, “leadership is more caught than taught.” Be attentive to the influence of the following five elements of your organizational environment: habits of social interaction, physical design and decoration, morale / emotional tone, level of intellectual stimulation, and spiritual wellbeing.

2) Equipping
Equipping begins with expectations. Namely, that leadership is influence, that leadership can be learned, and that leaders can multiply their influence by equipping others.
Equipping succeeds with training. Telling is not teaching, and listening is not learning.
We learn to do by doing; training must be interactive.
Equipping continues with teaching. The reward of a teacher is a changed life. Success comes through achievement, but significance results from helping others to grow.
Practically speaking, the equipping process can be broken down into five steps.
  • Say it: explain the task.
  • Show it: demonstrate how to perform the task.
  • Assign it: let the other person attempt the task.
  • Study it: observe how the person performed the task.
  • Assess it: offer feedback based on the person’s performance.
3) Exposure
A little exposure trumps a lot of theory. To develop leaders, expose your people to expert practitioners. These real-world educators model how to lead; they set a living example which serves as a source of inspiration. Whereas equipping delivers job-specific training, exposure provides a vision or picture of what successful leadership looks like.

Application Exercise
Grade your organization, from A-F on the Three E’s of people development. For each, list one thing you’re already doing well as well as one way in which you can improve.Grade your organization, from A-F on the Three E’s of people development. For each, list one thing you’re already doing well as well as one way in which you can improve.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

THE GIFTED HANDS



THE GIFTED HANDS
“Your hands are gifted just as mine” Dr. Benjamin Carson, consultant John Hopkins Hospital, USA

He was just a boy who once grew in the slums of Detroit. He was popularly called “the class dummy” because he would hardly get an answer right when asked by the teacher. He would quickly raise his hands up hoping to get it right but all the time he was always wrong.

The boy who was once called ‘class dummy’ a popular synonym here in Nigeria as ‘Olodo’ who was almost maimed and treated because of his dark skin, beaten and bullied, never knew that one day, he would be called a great surgeon’. According to him he said “I realized that I had a wonderful hand, eye, and brain co-ordination which motivated me to excel in neurosurgery”. He discovered that his hands are gifted and today he is a celebrated neuron-surgeon who broke a record as the first man on in the world to separate a Siamese

Your hands are gifted, my hands are also gifted. God fashioned every person with a unique gift that marked them out from the other. This post brings to mind the story of Moses in the book of Genesis. God had asked him to go to Egypt to lead the people of Israel to the promise Land. But Moses was headstrong giving God his shopping list of excuses. Moses said “No Lord, don’t send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I have not become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant

Wow! Did you see Moses’ excuse list? I am not a good speaker, I am poor, hesitant and the list goes on. But God was angry with Moses Exodus 4:14. God then ask Moses a revealing question “So the Lord asked him, what you are holding? Ex 4:2. Moses looked at his hands, he was holding a stick and he screamed “Just a stick!” and he was wondering was God would do with a stick, he was wondering if a stick which he used to lead livestock would also be used to lead the whole people of Israel.

And God shocked him by saying “throw it down. When Moses threw it down, it turned into a snake, and he ran away from”. Moses must have been a very timid guy, and I wonder how big that snake could be that made a livestock nomad to run away from just a snake. God made him realized that in his hands lie a great treasure chest, a great weapon, and a great evidence to lead the people of Israel to the promise land. But among the discussions Moses hand with God this was the most shocking and revealing. God told Moses “Take this stick with you, for with it you will perform (great) miracles” Ex 4:17

What is in your own hands? What gifts have God given to you? How have you been using that gift, talents, and potentials? Only if when you discover and use your gift will God bring blessings and favour to your life. Solomon, a great philosoper and politician said “the gift of a man makes room for him and brings him before great men”. What a phenomenal statement! I charge you today to start developing that gift, potential in you. That desire that keeps burning in you is a pointer to you gift. That problem you have always want to solve in the market place is a pointer to your potential. Why not start today?

Cyprian Henry

Friday, May 24, 2013

Great quotes on education