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Welcome to 2017. The year has started rolling, and the days have started counting. Whatever you plan for the year, you must start now, or you may never start. I believe in NOW – it has always been my philosophy; and with that, I defeat procrastination. As you run through your plans and envision your expectations, you must recognize that you aren’t the only one that’ll walk through the 2017 road; there are lots of people with diverse aspirations, inspirations and intentions. They too want to make progress. They too want to succeed. They too want to cut their own share of the cake as we celebrate the end of this year come December. Knowing who walks on your road, knowing who runs on same lane with you, and knowing who steps on same track with you is quintessential as you marathon through the twelve months ahead of you. It…

Everyday, I meet people. Everyday, I interact with my world and the world at large. The social media and most modern software and applications have made it easier to engage the world. As we engage the world, our strengths and weaknesses are observed. Our skills are also being noticed. Even our deficiencies in terms of what we consider as our main skills are bare to the dynamic world. So we should be watchful how we manage our talents in an age where the remotest error can be revealed by millions of people globally within seconds. During the funeral ceremony of Nelson Mandela, it didn’t take hours before most people in the universe noticed that the sign language interpreter was gibberish – his interpretation was simply balderdash because he was doing nothing close to sign language act. When Beyonce did lip-synching during Barack Obama’s inauguration as she sang along a pre-recorded track of the national…

In my heart, I have asked myself this question a trillion times. I have probably met a trillion people who haven’t in any way looked at the importance of greeting. I concluded that they haven’t, because their actions at meeting points are retrogressively the same, for reasons I can’t fathom. I was raised to greet my seniors and peers within my inner circle. I was also trained to greet those outside my enclave the moment I stepped out of our rectangle-shaped miniature room. Poverty didn’t deter our character from knowing how to say hello, or realizing the significance of inner peace as you let go the power of homogeneity, relationship and togetherness. As a child, I could be smacked if I woke up without saying good morning to those around, whether they belonged to my immediate family or not. I have been, or I am raising my young kids the…

Smart people may do everything stupid but one thing they never do is lose their voices. If you lose your voice, you lose your conviction. If you lose your conviction, you lose your originality, and if your originality goes, whatever you do is fake. Many people walk the street fake, not because they reconstructed their noses to look like Michael Jackson or because many cut their hairs to look like Elvis Presley, but because they don’t have a stand. Gosh, Jacob was a fraudster! Gosh, he cheated his twin brother and took all his blessings away!! Gosh, he was a conman; too bad a guy, he even wore goat’s hairs to make him look and feel like his brother. But one thing he never did, and I repeat, one thing he never ever did was to lose his voice. No wonder his father said, “I feel the hand of Esau…

I believe this is a funny title, but come to think of it, there are many people, especially those in management or leadership positions that have been conned by sycophants, whose inner motives were for their own selfish ambitions. Unfortunately, so many people who lead haven’t been able to realise that some folks who are near, are in true sense, far away from them. There are some chief executives that have been ruined by those who come like angels of light, but are actually devilish. Anyone whose intention it is, to promote selfish desires, where there is need for everyone to benefit, is misfit in your line of leadership structure. Besides management or leadership, in personal lives, some people have been fooled by sycophants for certain reasons, and sometimes for no reason. What sugar coated tongues do is to make you see the beautiful periphery but never instruct you on…

Some years ago, I was living a wayward life. When I say wayward, I don’t mean being a gangster or some form of criminal. My understanding of wayward is astray. Stray means going off target or deviation from intended goal. When called to action, there is always a motive. The motive is the goal. Any achievement that does not include the motive is a stray no matter how awesome it may be. The motive of designing a television is to show moving images. I know that these days, some televisions can be used as computer monitors, and for many other functions. But, how about having a television that can work superbly as a monitor, can be used in making clear and very audible Skype call but in the long run, cannot show any moving image. Will that still be considered a television? It wouldn’t, because its primary motive is to…

Do you want to hear the truth, or should I lie to you? If you want lies, I will tell you that you need everybody in your life since you don’t know who will make an impact on you. But if you want the truth, hear it and hear it clearly, you don’t need everybody in your life. The people that will help you reach your goal are not more than 1% of those you know now, or will know all through your lifetime. That is the honest reality. So many people are waiting for the whole world to cheer them because they have a dream, but rather than cheer, you either get booed or they mute in order to make you look insignificant. Your ability to withstand boo or mute is what invites people of significance into your world. As a person of faith, I love the parable where…

Some time ago, I applied for a job. Before the application, I took a very close look at the job specification, and without doubt, knew that that was my comfort zone. It was a job I have always done with ease, as its roles were the preambles of my major skills. My conclusion was that, if the HR Department of the organisation is fair, I should at least, be invited for the interview. After a few days of waiting, I received an email from the company stating that unfortunately, I had not been shortlisted for the interview. If the content of the email had ended there, there wouldn’t have been any qualms as far as I was concerned. But the HR Assistant decided to go a bit further by attempting to add a little insult to it. He advised that next time I put in for a job application; I…

I used to have a colleague. When you get into conversation with him, he doesn’t let you complete any statement you make. As you utter your comments, or make your contributions, midway, he interjects, and helps you complete your statement, even if he doesn’t know how you want to end it. For diverse reasons, some people talk but never listen. Let me add that, for the fact someone is quiet while you are talking, does not mean that they are good listeners. Some silence is absent mindedness! In a classroom, whether academic or professional, some people are far away from the four walls of where they are sitting. When it comes to talk, they are experts, but when retention is needed, they are dismal, because their focuses are broken by their inabilities to calm the receptive aspect of their minds, in order for them to retain information that will help…

There were two lawyers arguing a case in a court. On one side was a senior lawyer; while at the other end was a junior one. The younger lawyer was full of zest and so much passion. He was speaking with power and fresh energy. The older one watched in silence as he spoke, without uttering a single word. The young man interpreted a certain section of the law almost convincingly. In his imagination, he thought he had floored the old man; flooring an experienced and intelligent lawyer would add a lot of dignity to his resume. So, he kept bursting into semantics and verbal manipulations, until he exhausted all he had. When he rested his case, the experienced and aged lawyer said to him, ‘the section of the law that you just finished interpreting was drafted by me, on behalf of the government. The intention behind the draft was…