Osinbajo Urges African Nations To Address Inequality, Poverty

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and Ghanaian President John Mahama on Africa and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the African Union meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, July 16,2016 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the need for African nations to quickly address the problems of pove

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When politicians aspire for a position, whatever appears as impediment to attain that position is condemned and fought. This makes them look determined before those who love them. You as a politician need to observe your people before you start talking. What your people love is, your love. And what they dislike, you frown at. When 65percent of your people cherish your thought, you are A WINNER.

This is the same for Donald Trump. He, Donald J Trump had observed his people (US) before dishing out his words. Looking at Trump, all his polemics are reserved for this campaign alone.

If you observe America’s past presidents, they all came with different motives and have different style of leadership. Bush was hash; Obama is a peaceful leader (to some extent). But Americans have had many leaders with different political campaigns and strategies. Now Trump campaigns are appearing new, even though they are not mildly placed. Sincerely, these abuses from Trump are enough to grant him a win, a WIN.

Mr Trump is not ready to war with anybody. He wants his people alone. He does not want to support any country, but wants to care for Americans alone by sending the aliens (Muslims and Africans) away. Why then will they not love this man, I ask you? Don’t forget that Americans have reasons to hate we Muslims (remember the 9/11), and Trump is using this as a propeller.

You can cry from morning until night because Trump abused your affiliation. Those who believe in Trump see it from another perspective. To Africans his campaign may be sheer hatred against the Africans. To us (Muslims), Trump is anti-Islam. To American it is different. American Aborigines believe that, to make US great again, the country must be freed of perceived aliens (Africans, Muslims) who are seen as hindrance to America’s success. That exactly necessitated Trump’s campaign mechanism. He knows what his people desire, and this he is preaching to them.

You can complain about Trumps, large percent of his lovers will not. SInce we are not the ones to vote him in, our shouts will not reach anywhere.

Note, he may not practice all he is preaching. But because his people needed these messages, he needs to say it out, and make them happy. Don’t be surprised if Trump becomes the next US president, because your no-no will not meet Americans or even stop them from voting him in. The libertarians among them may think otherwise. But, what is their number, what is the percentage of Africans, the Muslims in US.  Those who antagonize Trump’s view are not enough to say this man will not be America’s next leader.

NOTE: I have not written this in support of Trump, but to tell you that politicians do not look sideways (at comments coming from afar i.e. Africans) when aspiring for position; they look at those whose votes will make them emerge.

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Success Requires Optimism, But You Can Fake It Till You Make It


Amy Rees Anderson

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” —Albert Schweitzer

All one has to do is Google GOOGL +0.53% the word Optimist to locate study after study showing that Optimists do better in most avenues of life than Pessimists. Studies show that Optimists accomplish more, make more money, have happier marriages, and live longer. And is that really so surprising to any of us?

From the time we were little children we were introduced to the notion of optimism and pessimism in A.A. Milne’s classic Winnie the Pooh series. We saw the illustration of Tigger, the ultimate optimist and Eeyore, the consummate pessimist. Let’s compare the two:

First we have Tigger. He’s happy and bouncy, not to mention the fact that he is fun fun fun fun fun! You just know you will have a great time hanging out with Tigger. A great example of Tigger’s optimistic personality is seen in this excerpt from The House on Pooh Corner where Tigger is startled by the tablecloth on Winnie the Pooh’s table:

“Excuse me a moment, but there’s something climbing up your table,” and with one loud Worraworraworraworraworra he jumped at the end of the tablecloth, pulled it to the ground, wrapped himself up in it three times, rolled to the other end of the room, and, after a terrible struggle, got his head into the daylight again, and said cheerfully: “Have I won?”

Next we have Eeyore. Eeyore always has a dark rain cloud hovering over his head, he always wants to be alone, and he constantly talks about how miserable life is and how miserable he is. Which makes sense given that his self-proclaimed mantra is, “I never get my hopes up, so I never get let down.” We see more of Eeyore’s personality in this excerpt from the book Winnie the Pooh during an interchange between Pooh and Eeyore when Pooh notices that Eeyore’s tail is missing and inquires what’s happened to it. Eeyore turns to see that in fact his tail is missing and states the following: “That Accounts for a Good Deal,” said Eeyore gloomily. “It Explains Everything. No Wonder.”
“You must have left it somewhere,” said Winnie the Pooh.
“Somebody must have taken it,” said Eeyore. “How Like Them,” he added, after a long silence.

Eeyore was the master of catastrophizing. Catastrophizing is when a person’s thoughts jump to predicting worst case outcomes to situations followed by jumping to the conclusion that if this outcome were to happen it would be a complete and utter catastrophe. For this type of person a cough isn’t just a cough, it’s the precursor to a certain and deadly pneumonia. And when this type of person is running a day late on an assignment they instantly jumps to the assumption that they will surely be fired and end up unemployed, penniless, and homeless.

Karen Reivich, PhD and author of The Resilience Factor suggests that in order to beat this disorder you exaggerate your worst case scenarios to the point of comic hilarity, “At some point you think, Oh, come on, now. Am I really going to be living beneath an underpass in a refrigerator box because I’m a day late on a project?” She suggests you take your catastrophizing to the comical extreme by imagining yourself having to go so far as needing to trap squirrels to eat for your dinner. By imaging the silly extreme you help yourself recognize how ridiculous your thoughts have become and snap yourself out of them. Reivich explains, “The beauty of this goofing around is that you feel a bit of power over your thoughts and the situation. That sense of control is the antidote to pessimism.”

Here are a few more scientifically proven antidotes for pessimism that will help you become more optimistic:

The Way You Walk

A study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychology found that when people walk with a happier, more upright gait, they cause themselves to actually start feeling happier.

The Way You Smile

In a 1988 study, “researchers asked people to hold a pencil with either their teeth or their lips, mimicking either a smile or a frown. The ‘smilers’ (who used their teeth) were found to rank cartoons as funnier than did their ‘frowning’ counterparts. The conclusion was that even a fake smile can make you happier.”

The Way You Imagine Yourself

Jeff Wise posted an article in Psychology Today where he advises readers to “Imagine the person you want to be, and then become them.” He states, “People do transform their lives, every day. But for the most part they don’t do it by relying on willpower. The key, it turns out, is to simply start behaving like the person you want to become. Instead of wondering, What should I do?, imagine your future, better self and ask: What would they do? This approach works because of the rather surprising way that our brains form self-judgments. Numerous experiments have demonstrated that when it comes to forming beliefs about our own character and proclivities, we don’t peer inward, as you might expect; instead, we observe our own external behavior. If we see ourselves carrying out a particular action—whatever the actual motivation—our self-conception molds itself to explain that reality.”

Is it any wonder that if we were given the choice of who to spend our lives with we would prefer Tigger? Of course we would be naturally drawn to happy, optimistic people, and let’s face it, Tigger had the bouncebackability factor down. He was full of energy, courage, love, optimism, and faith that everything would work out fabulously simply by bouncing back.

Each of us has the ability to channel our inner Tigger if we choose. We just have to remember that “Life isn’t about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” -Vivian Komori

~Amy Rees Anderson (follow my daily blogs at http://www.amyreesanderson.com/blog )

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Success Will Come and Go, But Integrity Is Forever


Amy Rees Anderson

If I could teach only one value to live by, it would be this: Success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.

We live in a world where integrity isn’t talked about nearly enough. We live in a world where “the end justifies the means” has become an acceptable school of thought for far too many. Sales people overpromise and under deliver, all in the name of making their quota for the month. Applicants exaggerate in job interviews because they desperately need a job. CEOs overstate their projected earnings because they don’t want the board of directors to replace them. Entrepreneurs overstate their pro formas because they want the highest valuation possible from an investor. Investors understate a company’s value in order to negotiate a lower valuation in a deal. Customer service representatives cover up a mistake they made because they are afraid the client will leave them. Employees call in “sick” because they don’t have any more paid time off when they actually just need to get their Christmas shopping done. The list could go on and on, and in each case the person committing the act of dishonesty told themselves they had a perfectly valid reason why the end result justified their lack of integrity.

It may seem like people can gain power quickly and easily if they are willing to cut corners and act without the constraints of morality. Dishonesty may provide instant gratification in the moment but it will never last. I can think of several examples of people without integrity who are successful and who win without ever getting caught, which creates a false perception of the path to success that one should follow. After all, each person in the examples above could have gained the result they wanted in the moment, but unfortunately, that momentary result comes at an incredibly high price with far reaching consequences. That person has lost their ability to be trusted as a person of integrity, which is the most valuable quality anyone can have in their life. Profit in dollars or power is temporary, but profit in a network of people who trust you as a person of integrity is forever.

Every one person who trusts you will spread the word of that trust to at least a few of their associates, and word of your character will spread like wildfire. The value of the trust others have in you is far beyond anything that can be measured. For entrepreneurs it means investors that are willing to trust them with their money. For employees it means a manager or a boss that is willing to trust them with additional responsibility and growth opportunities. For companies it means customers that trust giving them more and more business. For you it means having an army of people that are willing to go the extra mile to help you because they know that recommending you to others will never bring damage to their own reputation of integrity. Yes, the value of the trust others have in you goes beyond anything that can be measured because it brings along with it limitless opportunities and endless possibilities.

Contrast that with the person who cannot be trusted as a person of integrity. Warren Buffet, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said it best:, “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you.” A person’s dishonesty will eventually catch up to them. It may not be today, and it may not be for many years, but you can rest assured that at some point there will always be a reckoning.

A word of advice to those who are striving for a reputation of integrity: Avoid those who are not trustworthy. Do not do business with them. Do not associate with them. Do not make excuses for them. Do not allow yourself to get enticed into believing that “while they may be dishonest with others, they would never be dishonest with me.” If someone is dishonest in any aspect of his life you can be guaranteed that he will be dishonest in many aspects of his life. You cannot dismiss even those little acts of dishonesty, such as the person who takes two newspapers from the stand when they paid for only one. After all, if a person cannot be trusted in the simplest matters of honesty then how can they possibly be trusted to uphold lengthy and complex business contracts?

It is important to realize that others pay attention to those you have chosen to associate with, and they will inevitably judge your character by the character of your friends. Why is that? It is best explained by a quote my father often says when he is reminding me to be careful of the company I am keeping: “When you lie down with dogs you get fleas.” Inevitably we become more and more like the people we surround ourselves with day to day. If we surround ourselves with people who are dishonest and willing to cut corners to get ahead, then we’ll surely find ourselves following a pattern of first enduring their behavior, then accepting their behavior, and finally adopting their behavior. If you want to build a reputation as a person of integrity then surround yourself with people of integrity.

There is a plaque on the wall of my office which reads: “Do what is right, let the consequence follow.” It serves as a daily reminder that success will indeed come and go, but integrity is forever.

~Amy Rees Anderson (for my daily blogs go to http://www.amyreesanderson.com/blog)

Extracted from http://www.forbes.com


The Benefits of Being No. 2 in Business


Back in the early 1960s, also-ran Avis — a smaller, less successful business than Hertz — decided to run a new advertising campaign, one that embraced its market position rather than trying to change it. “When you’re only No. 2, you try harder. Or else,” the company’s advertisements read. Avis’s initial business insight was to locate its cars at airports, not in downtowns, but its most ingenious one was to play up its inferior position. It focused on its newer fleet and better customer service, promising, “We’re always emptying ashtrays,” and “Since we’re not the big fish, you won’t feel like a sardine when you come to our counter.” The strategy worked: The company moved from the red to the black and expanded its market share — even, within a few years, coming close to beating Hertz.

It makes sense: Differentiate in order to compete. Upscale or downscale. Don’t go…

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Meghan M. Biro

Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet that everyone on your list reaches you on an emotional level.
This ability to reach people in a way that transcends the intellectual and rational is the mark of a great leader. They all have it. They inspire us. It’s a simple as that. And when we’re inspired we tap into our best selves and deliver amazing work.
So, can this ability to touch and inspire people be learned? No and yes. The truth is that not everyone can lead, and there is no substitute for natural talent. Honestly, I’m more convinced of this now – I’m in reality about the world of work and employee engagement. But for those who fall somewhat short of being a natural born star (which is pretty much MANY of us), leadership skills can be acquired, honed and perfected. And when this happens your chances of engaging your talent increases from the time they walk into your culture.

300px-plutchik-wheel-svg_English: Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s Take A Look At Tools That Allow For Talent To Shine:

Emotional intelligence. Great leaders understand empathy, and have the ability to read people’s (sometimes unconscious, often unstated) needs and desires. This allows them to speak to these needs and, when at all possible, to fulfill them. When people feel they are understood and empathized something, they respond PERIOD and a bond is formed.

Continuous learning. Show me a know-it-all and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t have a clue about being human. Curiosity and an insatiable desire to always do better is the mark of a great leader. They are rarely satisfied with the status quo, and welcome new knowledge and fresh (even if challenging) input. It’s all about investing in yourself.

Contextualize. Great leaders respond to each challenge with a fresh eye. They know that what worked in one situation may be useless in another. Before you act, make sure you understand the specifics of the situation and tailor your actions accordingly.
Let Go. Too many people think leadership is about control. In fact, great leaders inspire and then get out of the way. They know that talented people don’t need or want hovering managers. Leadership is about influence, guidance, and support, not control. Look for ways to do your job and then get out of the way so that people can do theirs.

Honesty. Not a week goes by that we don’t hear about a so-called leader losing credibility because he or she was dishonest. Often this is because of pressure to try and “measure up” and it’s not coming from a place of being real – often this relates to fear of not being accepted for your true self. We live in age of extraordinary transparency, which is reason enough to always be true to your core – your mission will be revealed, your motivations will show by your behaviors. But it goes way beyond this. It’s an issue that sets an example and elevates an organization. If you have a reputation for honesty, it will be a lot easier to deliver bad news and face tough challenges. Are you inspiring people from your heart?

Kindness and respect. Nice leaders (people) don’t finish last. They finish first again and again. Ignorance and arrogance are leadership killers. They’re also a mark of insecurity. Treating everyone with a basic level respect is an absolute must trait of leadership. And kindness is the gift that keeps on giving back. Of course, there will be people who prove they don’t deserve respect and they must be dealt with. But that job will be made much easier, and will have far less impact on your organization, if you have a reputation for kindness, honesty and respect.

Collaboration. People’s jobs and careers are integral to their lives. The more your organization can make them a partner, the more they will deliver amazing results. This means, to the greatest extent possible, communicating your organization’s strategies, goals and challenges. This builds buy-in, and again is a mark of respect. People won’t be blindsided (which is a workplace culture killer) by setbacks if they’re in the loop.

Partner with your people. As I said above, people’s careers are a big part of their lives. That seems like a no-brainer, but leaders should have it front and center at all times. Find out what your employees’ career goals are and then do everything you can to help them reach them. Even if it means they will eventually leave your organization. You will gain happy, productive employees who will work with passion and commitment, and tout your company far and wide. This an opportunity to brand your greatness.

Leadership is both an art and a science.
These tools are guidelines, not rigid rules. Everyone has to develop his or her own individual leadership style. Make these tools a part of your arsenal and use them well as you strive to reach people on an emotional level. Be Human. This Matters.

Meghan M. Biro


Meghan M. Biro is a globally recognized Talent Management and HR Tech strategist, digital catalyst, author and speaker. As founder and CEO of TalentCulture and Co-Founder of the #TChat World of Work Community, she has worked with hundreds of companies, from early-stage ventures to global brands like Microsoft, IBM and Google, helping them recruit and empower stellar talent. She began her recruiting career working on a research team at Yale University and then moved into software technology markets. Meghan has been a guest on numerous radio shows and online forums, and has been a featured speaker at global conferences. She is the co-author of The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Revolution of Leadership One Person at a Time, and is a regular contributor at Forbes, Huffington Post and Entrepreneur. Meghan regularly serves on advisory boards for leading HR and technology brands. Meghan has been voted one of the Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers in 2015 by StatSocial and Forbes, Top 50 Most Valuable Social Media Influencers by General Sentiment, Top 100 on Twitter Business, Leadership, and Tech by Huffington Post, and Top 25 HR Trendsetters by HR Examiner. Meghan can be reached via email at mbiro@talentculture.com, on Twitter at @TalentCulture and @MeghanMBiro, or on LinkedIn.

Culled from www.forbes.com