Below are very simple but powerful Commandments of Improvement. Think on these these things in adding value to yourself or organisation.Sure they would help and you would learn a thing or two.
1 Abandon fixed ideas
Take care and have a lovely weekend!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
|I have been reading alot of leadership and I have discovered that everything lies and falls on Leadership and a major problem with most countries and organisations is that of leadership.So I would be sharing some resources on Leadership and would appreciate your inputs.|
Gibson's six rules of leadership
Rule Number one: Do what you say you will do.
The world is full of leaders who say one thing, and do another. Do what you say you will do, every time, in every instance. Remember the example of George Bush Sr., who said "Read my lips, no new taxes," and then went ahead and raised them anyway. After he did that, vomiting into the lap of the Japanese Prime Minister only sealed his fate.
Rule Number two: Begin and end meetings on time.
Let's say you're a leader, and you have 30 people come to a weekly meeting. If you start that meeting 15 minutes late, and end 15 minutes late, you've just wasted 15 man-hours of work. Sure, maybe you've got time to burn -- but some of those people may actually be doing something. Meetings are a necessary evil, but they really shouldn't be too evil.
Rule Number three: Be worthy of your team.
If you hire great people, they deserve a great leader to motivate them. If you're not good enough, have the decency to either make yourself better, or get out of the way for someone who can. Be as great a person as you are capable of. Be worthy of the team of individuals who follow you.
You will never be able to do everything -- and you shouldn't try to be all things to all people -- but you should be the best person you are capable of becoming.
Rule Number four: Set grand goals, and then shoot for them.
People expect their leaders to set goals -- mainly because they don't set goals themselves. Set a target to hit, and then shoot for the target.
Rule Number five: Give credit where credit is due.
Some leaders take all the credit when things go well -- and place all the blame on their associates. Truly effective leaders give praise where it's due -- and although they may share the blame, they do it in an effective, positive way, concentrating on training and loss prevention.
Rule Number six: Lead.
Seems stupid to say it, but it's a common mistake. I like the line that's attributed to Chester Nimitz: "When you're in command, command." Too many would-be leaders never get down to the business of leading. Start out toward your destination, and expect people to follow you. If they respect you, they'll follow.
If they don't follow, you either haven't explained the destination clearly enough, or they don't consider you worthy of being a leader.
Wish you all the best and see you at the top
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.
One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God! How could you do this to me?"
Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.
The Moral of This Story: It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember, that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.
Wish you all the best.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
HOW TO WORK IN ANY ENVIRONMENT
4. Don't let your environment get inside of you.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Suddenly, NEPA took light all over Abuja. Bill Clinton was annoyed: he turned to Obasanjo and said: I thought you people were making progress in this country, how come you still have power cuts? This is a big disgrace!"Obasanjo was ashamed and angry, but couldn't say anything. He just kept fuming throughout the rest of the conference.
Six months later, Obasanjo went to Washington to see Clinton. After their discussion, they went to the White House balcony to have some drinks and discuss in a relaxed manner. While they where there, Obasanjo looked around the City [It was night] and was surprised to see an area that was dark: there was a power cut in that part of town. Obasanjo was happy!
He shouted to Bill Clinton: "You came to my country and insulted me on our power system, see your own now? You people also have electricity shortage here in Washington! Shame on you!"Obasanjo was very happy!
Then Bill Clinton frowned, looked at the area very well, and called one aide to ask him where that area was. The aide whispered in Clinton’s ear, and Clinton burst into laughter.
He was laughing so hard that he began to roll on the ground, with tears coming out of his eyes.Obasanjo was puzzled, he asked Clinton: "Are you okay?" Clinton finally managed to stand up and pointed to the dark area and said, between heavy laughter:
"That's the Nigerian Embassy!"
Queen Elizabeth said "I miss England; I want to call England and see how everybody is doing there". She called and talked for about 5 minutes, and then she asked "Well, Devil, how much do I owe you????
The devil says "Five million pounds". She wrote him a cheque and went to sit back on her chair.
Bill Clinton was so jealous, he starts screaming, "My turn! I wanna call the United States; I want to see how everybody is doing there too.
He called and talked for about 2 minutes, and then he asked Well, Devil, how much do I owe you???? The devil says "Ten million dollars". With a smug look on his face, he made a cheque and went to sit back on his chair.
Obasanjo was even more jealous & starts screaming, I want to call Nigeria too, I want to see how everybody is doing there too. I want to talk to the ministers, to the deputy, I want to talk to the PDP, everybody.....He calls Nigeria and he talks for about twenty hours, he talked & talked & talked, then he asked, "Well, Devil, how much do I owe you????
The devil says "One dollar".
Obasanjo is stunned & says "One dollar??? Only one freaking dollar??"
The Devil says "Well if you make a call from one hell to another hell, its local!