Here’s one way to save time…

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So I decided to feed my eyes by looking sideways and enjoy the music from the car stereo as I rode in a cab along the streets of Port Harcourt, when I saw an advert banner from one of the popular banks, hanging on the streetlight pole along the way with an amazing caption that read:

“Open an account in 4 minutes”

Wow! They were showcasing their new instant account platform by which an account opening process takes just 4 minutes—

Unbelievable!

Now here’s their secret: They’re leveraging on technology to innovate their processes, save time and add value to their services.

And as I thought on these, it dawned on me that in this age, people (including me) will prefer “speed and accuracy” to “slow and steady” in order to gain a fair advantage of time.

So, it behoves on everyone to leverage on technology (which is not complex), to innovate their processes, their products and services, to add value, attract the right people and propel growth and profitability.

With technology, you can do it faster, save time and still get it correctly.

  • Speed and accuracy or Slow and steady…

You choose!

 

Time to UPGRADE!!!

upgrade4-copyThe month of August is usually the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar and the number 8 is widely regarded as the number of a new beginning, presenting us with a fresh opportunity to take responsibility, act wisely and succeed, regardless of previous events that didn’t measure up with success.

In the world today, it has become ethical for people and processes to UPGRADE, switch level and consistently transform in order to achieve good success.

Very recently, I received an email from one of the “giant” social media platforms- LinkedIn, as one of their active contributors and it was a message informing me of their latest changes and UPGRADE of their system to ensure efficient service delivery to their customers.

Then it struck me afresh, that every person, product and process that must remain relevant and valuable must learn to UPGRADE!

It’s time to let go of the old and move onto the new.

It’s time to UPGRADE.

Let’s move forward and upward.

Act now!

Value & Personal Leadership (a lesson from the pear tree)

SafoutierSo I sat out with one of my protégés and I shared with him a few lessons I have learnt in my journey, one of them was on Value and Personal Leadership.

As I shared with him on why leaders must first become valuable and lead themselves before leading others, I used the African pear tree to illustrate my point.

It is the season of the African pear in Nigeria and a blend of the pear fruit with maize (boiled or roasted) can make you feel like you’re eating a special kind of chocolate.

Then I asked what attracts him to the pear tree and he quickly answered: The fruit!

I also asked him, does the tree remain attractive when it’s out of season, and he said: No!

Then I said to him “People are attracted to you when you become valuable and People stay with you when you consistently deliver value”

We must realize that it is the value in the pear fruit that makes the tree attractive.

In a few months time it will be out of season and consequently will lose its attractiveness.

And so if you must lead and remain relevant as a leader, you must be valuable and consistently deliver value!

 

 

How to get people attracted to you

18497669-Crowd-of-young-people-running-Sport-illustration--Stock-Vector-silhouetteSo I was on my way to attend one of the most amazing trainings I’ve ever had, and as walked down my street and prepared my mind for the training, I observed that there was this gathering of close to 12 people or more, at one corner and this was about 8am on Saturday morning.

This made me take a closer look in their direction to be sure what it was they had gathered for and then I realized that they had come to buy a popular Nigerian meal- Bean cake (Akara) from this woman who prepares it at that spot every morning.

As I kept observing their faces, I could see them standing and waiting expectantly, with their gaze fixed at the frying pan filled with boiling oil, sitting on top of the firewood burner which was used to prepare this meal and then it quickly struck me that these people would make the sacrifice of standing and waiting patiently in their discomfort just to buy Akara from this particular woman because of one thing- Value!

The value they were getting in exchange for their money was worth the discomfort and many of them always bought from her because the value was retained.

Now, if you want to get people attracted to you (your product or service), you need to do these two things:

  1. Make Yourself (your product and service) Valuable.
  2. Consistently Deliver Value.

And you will attract the people who are willing to pay, just to have a piece of you, your product and service.

 

The Choice is yours!

you-chooseLife is a kingdom of choices and one distinguishing quality of humans is the ability to choose.

As we utilize our power to choose, we must realize that whenever a choice is made, the path is automatically set.

You don’t have control over the path, you can only control your choice, hence it behooves on you to make preferences that automatically sets the path of greatness and guarantees good success for you.

The choices you make today will determine the results you produce tomorrow, therefore don’t leave the outcome of your life to chance.

You have an opportunity everyday, to choose to make your life count or to become a person of no value- the choice is yours!

Your heart must be transformed, so you can choose out of your strength instead of your weakness.

You must be intentional about your life.

It’s up to you to choose…

Choose to be the best and to be a blessing to humanity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECRETS OF THE HALF TIME

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One of the most amazing and fascinating games that heats up the sports world is football.

Now, I’m not a crazy fan as some are but I love the game.

Every follower of this game understands that there are two halves, with 45 minutes allotted to each, bringing the total play time to 90 minutes.

We can look at the 12 months of every year as the 90 minutes of the game and we can easily split the year into two halves, each having 6 months.

In football, the second half is preceded by a short break after the first half and is most times seen as the time for the real game, as this half determines a lot about the entire game.

Every good coach will re-plan and re-strategize with his players after a careful study of the first half and where necessary during the second half, they change their formation and make substitutions that can result in an ultimate game change in their favour, enabling them to score their winning goals and emerge as champions.

In this second half of this year, you too can take advantage of this secret, look at what has worked and not worked during the first half, re-strategize, change your formation and make necessary substitutions, refuel, recharge and  re-launch yourself to achieve your goals in this second half of this year and change the game of this year in your favour.

What kind of seed are you sowing?

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One of the laws the perpetually govern the earth is the law of seed time and harvest (or sowing and reaping as many call it).

This law was perpetuated by the Creator- God Almighty and as long as the earth remains, “seed time and harvest will never cease”.

Like we all know, “whatever a man sows, that’s what he reaps” that’s why you can’t plant beans and harvest maize and you can’t plant orange seed and reap cocoyam because to a very large extent, the seed always determines the harvest.

In life, our thoughts, words and actions are seeds and their consequences are the harvest.

Anyone who expects a quality harvest must be diligent enough to sow a quality seed, so I ask you:

What kind of seed are you sowing?

If you want a harvest of success, you must plant the seed of diligence, excellence and enthusiasm.

We must therefore be critical about our seed today because it will certainly bring about our harvest tomorrow.

#SowSuccessReapGreatness