Make a difference through INNOVATION

innovation_light_bulbsA few Sundays ago, I walked into an outlet Aleda Dolce- of one of the premium ice cream brands in the city of Port Harcourt, with my boss and a colleague.

As I kept on admiring their beautiful outlet and watched as they made their ice cream and attended to various customers, the CEO specifically came to our table, to make offers to us and brandish their unique products.

She offered my boss who was her special guest the very unique “banana split” package, while I and my colleague got their special “red velvet cake roll” package, then she took some time to explain the different making processes of their ice cream and some of their advantages as we ate and enjoyed the lovely tastes of our ice cream.

Furthermore, as we applauded the unique packages of Aleda Dolce, I whispered to my boss and colleague: “Innovation made the difference”.

I realized that through innovation, they had grown their brand from the regular ice cream to something new, something more and something better- this is what innovation does!

Innovation is not complex.

Innovation adds value to what has been and ensures the continuous success of a person, place, thing and organization.

You too can master the art of innovation and use it to advance your personal and corporate brand for maximum productivity.

It’s time to add value and make a difference through innovation!

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Earn $30billion and more as a VOLUNTEER!!!

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I grew up imbibing a heart of service and I know how to maximize every opportunity I have to serve.

This has led me to severally volunteer my time, energy and other resources in service to God and to other people’s vision because I strongly believe that what you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.

In one of my recent opportunities as a volunteer, I was privileged to meet and serve some of my most admired role models that I have followed from a distance for about 10 years and in the place of service, I got direct access to them all. Wow!

As I sat around them,  walked around with then and talk with them, I was inspired, humbled and fired up. Indeed he who walks with the wise, will be wise…

With a heart so thankful for this opportunity, I began to glean numerous lessons from my experience as a volunteer, some of which are in areas of Leadership, Team work, Diligence,  Passion, Excellence, Character, Capacity, Understanding, Tolerance, Self Discipline, to mention but a few.

While I’m so grateful for the privilege to serve and for the access I got through service which is worth more than $30billion, I also realize that it is my responsibility to work diligently, leveraging on my access in order to convert my $30billion from an invisible realm into the visible realm with undeniable proofs.

In addition to access, I also got an impartation of grace and the blessings of my role models. The gains of service are truly inestimable!

Do you also want $30billion and more?

Let’s serve God and humanity together!

 

Get Paid for your excuses!

Paid StampSo I walked into this shoe shop, strategically located at a very busy junction in the city of Port Harcourt and a young man approached and welcomed me as I looked through the racks to feed my eyes and select what was fitting to me.

As I continued to make choices on what shoe to pick, another young man (the shop owner) walked up to me with an amazing smile, signaling with his hands and expressing how nice the shoe I picked was, so I asked him a question for bargaining purposes because I noticed the first guy had left the shop, and I got the shock of my life-

He was vocally impaired, in other words he was dumb!

So using his fingers and keenly observing my lips as I spoke and also the signaling of my hands, we agreed on a price and I made payments.

As I walked out of that shop, imaginations filled my heart as I reminisced on my experience there, then it dawned on me that the “dumb” young man who owned the shop refused to limit himself by his impairment, rather he chose to challenge his weakness, leverage on his strength to maximize opportunities and build his passion.

I also realized that people who love to give excuses get paid for them, as well as people who look for opportunities to produce results.

You must also note that excuses are good reasons for bad results!

While excuses pay you with failure and no achievement, opportunities on the other hand pays you with great results, success and accomplishments.

Which payment do you want to receive?

Choose!

 

 

 

Journey to Nowhere

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So in course of our conversation, I asked the young lady:

What would you do, if you board a bus to Lagos and halfway you discover that everyone in the bus you’re in is headed to Calabar instead of Lagos?

She answered with a confident smile: Well….. I’ll just go along with them to Calabar…

Now this explains why many people end up ‘Nowhere’ in life.

It also dawned on me that a person who is going somewhere and knows where he is going can’t be seen everywhere and certainly can’t end up ‘Nowhere’.

These are some signs of a journey to ‘Nowhere’:

  1. When you don’t have a sense purpose, vision, order and direction.
  2. When you are always surrounded by people going nowhere.
  3. When you doubt your own future.
  4. When your life is void of faith and focus and you don’t believe in yourself.
  5. When you lack self discipline and you consciously and consistently imbibe wrong habits.
  6. When your thoughts are consistently negative and you choose to live in the past.
  7. When you despise learning and refuse to improve yourself.
  8. When you fail to plan and prepare for the future.
  9. When your mind is crowded by limiting beliefs.
  10. When you quickly accept defeat and easily give up.

Now, you need to critically examine your life and journey and ensure you’re on the right path and with the right company, because those who do ‘Nothing’ wants you to do it with them and those going ‘Nowhere’ wants you to go along with them.

#Rethink!

 

5 Prolific Lessons from the “Presidential” rodents.

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It’s no longer news that official sources from the presidency declared very recently, that the President’s office is unconducive for work, because of the damages caused by an invasion of “presidential” rodents and as such, the first citizen of our dear nation will work from his official residence until his office is put back in good condition.

Now, while many people considered this a national embarrassment, many others made a joke out of it and this is one part i like about my countryour ability to make a joke out of almost everything.

Then I soon read a flashback news of how the white house in the USA had shared in this Presidential rodent experience… (https://www.thecable.ng/flashback-white-house-rodent-disrupted-obamas-press-conference )

As I continued to ponder on this, I started to pick a few lessons from the ‘Rat’ and I’ll share with you:

  1. They know how to proliferate: They believe nowhere is too big or too small for them and so from the white house to the villages, in the King’s palace and in the beggar’s hut, they know how to make themselves a common feature.
  2. They announce their presence: It is in their nature not to be hidden, so it doesn’t take long before they reveal their presence in a place either by the noise they make or by their odour (depending on the breed) or by making themselves visible to the human eyes.
  3. They love to make an impact: It is easy to tell where a rat has been by the impact they make. Although theirs can be destructive, they sure know how to leave a mark (that causes news), so that even in their absence their presence is not easily forgotten.
  4. They are persistent: Rats have a persistent mindset with which they operate. They never give up and they keep disrupting places and events until they succeed or are finally evicted.
  5. They understand speed: Regardless of their age or size, rats understand the need for speed and they try to master the skill of swiftness in movement in order to avoid being trapped or caught.

Now, if you are diligent in your business and learn to proliferate, refuse to be hidden, choose to make an impact, remain persistent and operate swiftly, you too can disrupt and make international news headlines like the Presidential rodents.

 

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!