Glossy Label, Rotten Content

flask - hot water, cold insideOn the evening of January 7, 2018, I arrived in the Western Uganda town of Masindi to deliver a high-impact Human Resource and Performance Management training for 18 key leaders of Uganda Technical College (UTC) Kyema at Kabalega Resort for 5 days. While waiting for my dinner order at Country Inn, I flipped through my phone gallery and came across a picture of a flask at my office. It had been filled with hot water the evening before during the 10th intake of the Certificate in Public Speaking and Presentation Mastery course. But the morning when I took the picture, it was filled with very cold water because the cover had been removed the previous evening. And behold, a thought hit me: Many of us have certain labels but our contents are the opposite.

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Have you ever bought tinned food with a shining label on the outside and expired food on the inside? Today I reflected on how the label is not as important as the contents. It is of no use to present a picture of ‘saint’ when you are someone totally different. All of us struggle with this bitter truth. Just before his death, Sadi said, ‘Better is the sinner who hath thoughts about God, than the saint who hath only the show of sanctity.’ In your view, why do many people live for the public to see? Shouldn’t we lead well even when we are alone? And I believe we know it; but why do we often not do it?

integrity-300x200.jpgThe piercing reminder is that leadership which poses as honest during the day yet steals during the night is a contradiction in terms. Of what good is a leader who denies causing financial losses yet secretly continues to seal more deals that worsen the loss? Cleaning the outside of the cup and leaving the inside full of filth is of no importance. Of what use would the outside cleanliness be when the dirt inside cannot allow you to use the cup? Oh Divine Creator, have mercy on all of us! It is time for us to think about the lyrics of the song on this link: https://redgrammer.com/index.php/lyrics.html?id=134

I remember when we were still very young, we used to have “Blue band” tins that housed kitchen salt! I have not forgotten the small cooking oil jerry can that used to carry porridge to the garden in the village? Guess what: some of the labels we have today include our hair styles, professions, attire, titles, location of our residence, the associations we belong to, and everything outer — even the names we carry! On the other hand, the contents include matters of the character we have, the values we espouse, and the principles we live by.

integrity is everythingI pray that while we are labelled hot on the outside, we will not be found ice-cold on the inside. While some people take (almost) nude pictures and ask spectators if they (the photogenic ones) are “hot”, I pray that our character won’t be found extremely wanting. And someone said, “…because you’re neither hot nor cold but lukewarm, I’ll spit you out of my mouth” (Revelations 3:15).

 

I think it is time to BE hot and be LABELLED hot too. What a challenge to you, dear reader! What a challenge to me, the writer! But we shall manage if we press on. Be encouraged. Be inspired. Press on.

Arise. Scale up. Rebrand.

#YouWillManage

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SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA is a Senior Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), located on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya. He can be reached at +256782163416 or deltacu11@gmail.com. Follow his inspiration on Twitter (@SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead) and http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

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NB: 98% of the content of this article is an extract from the second edition I am writing of my book “Leadership Worth the Name: The 7 Deadly Statements Every Leader Should Avoid.” Planning to release it in the first quarter of 2019.

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WHAT YOU WATER WILL GROW

Do you know that there could be opportunities that are currently dying out of your life due to your acts of systematic or negligent starvation? Do you also realize there could be unhealthy things growing in your life due to your constant feeding – intentional or not?

Meet Betty Ogiel Rubanga, an award-winning HR professional, a personal friend, and graduate of our Public Speaking course. She is a John Maxwell trainer, a member of the Inspired Leaders Forum, and the author of “Against All Odds”.

Yesterday, she posted a seemingly simple but truthfully profound statement on the Inspired Leaders Forum: “WHAT YOU WATER WILL GROW.” On second thought, I decided to amplify it due to its innate profundity.

Consider the following scenarios:

  • The child you spend more time with shall flourish more, holding other factors constant (such as what you spend that time doing). The one you deny ample access shall feel a loser at heart.
  • The staff member you constantly offer opportunities for growth will get better. The one you relegate to the periphery shall get stunted (unless they embark on a deliberate personal development program of their own).
  • The woman you “love well” shall thrive more and radiate peace on her face. The one you consistently ignore shall look malnourished regardless of what she eats.
  • The business you often invest back into shall normally be better capitalized and quite progressive. The one that is only milked without being fed shall soon give way.
  •  The person you communicate with more regularly shall ordinarily reap an improved relationship. The one you remember only when you see them shall not experience the abundance of your goodwill.
  •  The aspect of your life that you feed shall grow – be it physical body, social life or financial area. The one you get no information about and give no ample attention to shall wither – be it your spiritual, mental, or emotional aspects.
  •  If a leader of an institution enjoys rumours from those he leads, gossip will be an internal policy. If he encourages truth and transparency, honesty will get the corner office.

 

We could go on and on. WHAT YOU WATER WILL GROW. So if you want to know what you’ve been watering, look at what’s growing. If you want to know what you’ve starved, look at what’s slowly but gradually dying.

Then make up your mind to be careful what you water today, this month, this year. Choose to:
🌈 Water your vision and gain a life of enviable clarity.
🌈 Water your purpose and live a fulfilled life.
🌈 Water your character and enjoy an inexhaustible peace of mind.
🌈 Water your key relationships and savour a strong social support network.
🌈 Water your mind and experience glut in the quality of your ideas and decisions.
🌈 Water your leadership and make a lasting, incomparable impact.
🌈 Water your spirit and be assured of both earthly blessings and eternal life.

In all these instances, ensure you’re using clean water for every sprinkle lest you cause more of dangerous contamination than healthy irrigation.

Assignment:
1. What will you water this month starting today?
2. How shall you do that (strategies)?
3. How shall you know you’ve done so (success indicators)?

Arise. Scale up. Water. #YouWillManage

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SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA is a Senior Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), located on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya. He can be reached at +256782163416 or deltacu11@gmail.com. Follow his inspiration on Twitter (@SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead) and http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

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HOW STRONG IS YOUR REASON? STOP STRUGGLING. FOLLOW THIS ONE TIP!

Have you ever felt like like bear being woken up from its hibernation in the morning? When it clocked 5am yesterday, I felt a need to sleep for “a little longer”. Then all of a sudden I remembered I had an executive coaching session for one of the senior executives in town at 7:30am. Immediately, my heart warmed up, my body miraculously became stronger, and out of bed I leaped like a ninja warrior!

Coaching leaders, to me, has become a great passion, a deeply satisfying people-empowering engagement, and a meaningful time I invest in scaling up influencers. It is one of the components at the core of my purpose: developing leaders — my life’s strongest WHY. And whenever anything is connected to that WHY, my enthusiasm for it exponentially manifests.

So I jumped out of bed like a kangaroo, took a glass of water, had a moment of spiritual alignment, empowered my mind by reading some leadership and management articles from Harvard Business Review, broke a sweat for physical fitness, had light chats with my family as I prepared to leave, and by 7:10am I was already in my office, ready for the coaching session at 7:30am.

A video clip that someone sent me a day before yesterday!

The coaching session went very well, followed by:

  • another coaching session for a bank manager at 10am,
  • a 40-minute mutual empowerment discussion with one of my staff at 11:40pm,
  • another coaching session for a procurement officer in a government authority at 12:40pm,
  • a meeting with some service provider (for the leadership assemblies we often hold) at 3:30pm,
  • a Training Plan meeting with a Professor from Makerere University at 4:30pm,
  • a brief authorship chat with one of the graduates of our Public Speaking course at 5pm,
  • a 3-hour out-of-home evening date with my wife (longest session of the day!) at 6pm,
  • …and then went home with my wife to surprising acts of service from our two dear children – Petra and Prosper – which included a prepared feet bath, etc.

My wife Charity and I.

But all this started with connecting my mind to my strong WHY which then enabled me to easily leave that bed early enough to attend to the following Fs by the day’s end: Faith, Firm, Family, Fitness (physical and mental), Finance, Friends, and Fun. This is what some people call work-life balance, something I prefer to call work-life INTEGRATION.

“Discover the deep reason for doing what you want to do and you’ll drastically accumulate enough momentum for your pursuits. You will find enough fuel for the journeys. You will gather ample energy for the ride.” – Samuel A. Bakutana

Without a clear purpose in life, passion will be misplaced, productivity will be hindered, and abuse will ultimately be inevitable. Set goals that make you not just WANT TO jump out of bed. Have those that actually make you JUMP OUT.

Happy day.

#YouWillManage

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SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA is a Senior Human Resource and Leadership Consultant, an Executive Personal Development Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), located on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya – Kampala. He can be reached at +256782163416 or deltacu11@gmail.com. Follow his inspiration on Twitter (@SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead) and http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

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YOUR LEADER NEEDS HELP TOO.

After reading through, you will be kinder to your leader and more human in how you treat him. Today, I want to stand with the leader. This morning, my friend Lydia Amuge wrote in one of the dailies an article titled, “Help your CEO succeed”. Immediately, it resonated with the pain I have been having in my heart regarding the quagmire of many people in leadership positions.

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I’ve always said that a leader has unique troubles. For example:

  • Giving: Very few think of giving the leader anything (apart from disloyalty and backbiting) since everyone expects him to be the one giving. He is expected to give his time, effort, money, a listening ear, and material gifts, among others. Rarely does anyone ever think of doing the same to their leader.
  • Listening: Rarely does anyone get interested in the leader’s own personal life because everyone is busy expecting the leader to solve all their problems. He will struggle with his marriage, find challenges in parenting his adolescent son, or lose peace over a disturbing loan. But everyone else will come to him about their own struggling marriage, addicted daughter, or land grabbing neighbour, yet none of them will ever turn around and ask him about his own life. (Fact: Many leaders are willing to open up and share their personal life.)
  • Company: Leaders tend to be lonely however much they try to hold the hand of some to come with them to the top. This is because amidst all their efforts to invert the organizational “triangle”, those at the bottom want it to remain “upright” leaving very many people in the bigger fellowship “down” and very few lonely leaders in their troubled state “up”.

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Here then is the key thought: Please, find as many ways as possible to help your leader.

  • Can we start to help our leaders (even those that seem to need no help)?
  • Shall we also listen to the leaders besides us always reminding them that a good leader listens?
  • When shall we go to the leader to make him happy too, not only to tell him how he is not making us happy enough?
  • How about sacrificing something for the leader after all the sacrifices he may have made for you so far?
  • Is it wrong to point him to relevant opportunities he may need at a personal level instead of only complaining that he doesn’t offer you great opportunities paid for by the organization e.g. study abroad or holidays in the Bahamas?

 

For the start, here are some links to other thoughtful articles that some other equally concerned people have written, from different angles: faith, business, etc. — all about how to help your leader:

 

In a nutshell, as we passionately hold our leaders accountable to be the kind of leaders that are worth the name, let us also be the kind of followers that these leaders will enjoy leading. I am sure it takes two to tango. Just think about it!

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SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA is a Senior Human Resource and Leadership Consultant, an Executive Personal Development Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), located on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya – Kampala. He can be reached at +256782163416 or deltacu11@gmail.com. Follow his inspiration on Twitter (@SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead)

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Not Just ANY Leader Will Do.

For a week or so in December 2013, one of Uganda’s dailies reported a lot about the then new cabinet list that had been released by the president. With hindsight now, I’ve been reflecting on the rush with which many people in our world scramble to grab leadership positions – don’t ask me their intentions! It’s like the political Gold Rush or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire TV game! Others physically fight, like what has been witnessed in several regions.

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Here then is the ignored truth: Not just any leader will solve the problems of a company or nation. Nations need leaders who both understand those nations’ problems, and will sincerely employ compassionate leadership capability to solve them. John C. Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” And clearly, it’s shortage of true leaders – or abundance of fake ones – that is responsible for the utter misery of many companies and nations. This is why I now join Dr. John W. Stanko to equally wonder why we have “So Many Leaders” yet “So Little Leadership!”

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Undoubtedly, with competent and transformed leadership, institutions and nations would leap from the profundity of hopelessness to the peak of all-round prosperity. So, nations need truly patriotic and highly productive leaders – not just any leader. Secondly, these must also be appropriately deployed. It’s not true that a leader will perform well in any office, at any level of leadership, despite the context or situation so long as the leader possesses the general leadership qualities and glitzy track record. We must make distinction between various contexts of leadership mainly in terms of effectiveness or ability to deliver.

This aside, we need leaders who understand people’s predicament and can apply their personal attributes and professional skills to solve them. They don’t have to belong to a certain tribe, religion, political party or region, because human problems don’t respond to sheer ethnic or tribal bars. Particularly, the leaders we need – the leader we should aspire to become – should have the following five attributes:

  1. Vision. This must not be hidden or an exclusive province of a certain one individual seemingly from Venus or Mars! It must be one shared by all citizens, for mutual progress in one direction as a country or institution, lest we mistake egocentric sight for collective vision!
  2. Integrity: We need to be and have honest and morally upright leaders, doing right because it is right; doing right irrespective of the price!
  3. Track Record: A clean one is important, not one stained by a string of character blemishes such as money laundering, corruption, sex scandals, chronic lying and other moral misdemeanours. A charismatic leader without character is a mere entertainer.
  4. People Skills. This is not the same as people-manipulative skills! This is about the ability to communicate, motivate, delegate, and interact with others. No leader is good enough to lead people without their consent. Skills in being and working with people is the path to that end.
  5. Trust. The leader must be trusted, one who has earned Trust through openness, truth, and taking responsibility for his mistakes.

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Whosoever has these qualities can step out and tell our nations and institutions: “Please, follow me.” He or she is the leader we need. Even if some people may not want him, he’s needed. He is the leader we need to become.

With this in mind, therefore, I expect some of the appointees to various positions of leadership to honestly stand and say, “Mr. Appointing Authority, thanks for the offer. But I am not fit for this position, given my record of corruption” or fraud, arrogance, or any other character flaw that discredits them as leaders. While we are not looking for angelic leaders, remember, it’s not just any leader that will cause the needed impact. It’s the prepared, visionary, trusted, informed, and transformed leader. Every leader everywhere should stand warned: leadership will destroy a man whose character is not prepared for it!

What do YOU think?

 

#YouWillManage

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SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA is a Senior Human Resource and Leadership Consultant, an Executive Personal Development Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), located on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya – Kampala. He can be reached at +256782163416 or deltacu11@gmail.com. Follow his inspiration on Twitter (@SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead)

 

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7 QUESTIONS EVERY EMPLOYEE MUST ANSWER.

Dear employee, do you know you may not be as “safe” as you convince yourself? Today, business mogul, investor and mentor Mr. Patrick Bitature posted on his Facebook page and said:

“As your business grows and becomes sophisticated, you must learn to employ people who are smarter than you. My top managers have got to show me that they can do what I cannot do. Otherwise, why would I need them? When you work with people who are smarter than you, you can comfortably leave them in charge as they take care of your business.”

I choose to be silent about the hiring wisdom in that tip for employers and focus on the value advice for employees. In essence, Patrick – whose recent book launch I was privileged to moderate – is asking:

“Can you prove your relevance to your employer by humbly demonstrating your areas of absolute competitive advantage over him/her? Can you justify your stay in that workplace by proving the irresistible value you bring on board?

Here, then, is the bitter but liberating truth: Hiring you out of the many other willing workers is not a charitable act of kindness even when working with a charitable organization. And you should never take on that mindset of feeling entitled to favour. You’re hired for the perceived and expected value in you. Period.

The wisest of them all, therefore, will focus on catapulting his/her usefulness through intentional personal development, by quantum leaps, in the shortest time possible so as not to be tolerated but celebrated and truly needed. This is why you should stop being at the mercy of the employer and simply be at their admiration due to how much you contribute to the hitting of targets, meeting of mandates, and achieving the mission.

Looking Deep Within:

So, today, I kindly invite you to try out something noble: boldly challenge yourself with these seven soul-searching questions that every employee must urgently answer:

1. The Loss Challenge: If I wasn’t in this workplace, would this company / organization lose anything or, like they say, the difference would be the similarity?

2. The Profit Audit: Am I a very profitable asset to my employers or a “doodad” — like Robert Kiyosaki calls it in the Cashflow Quadrant? In other words, am I viewed as an important investment or a mere expenditure?

3. The Joy Thermometer: Do I make make colleagues excited whenever I enter the working space to serve with them or they rejoice whenever we part ways, away from each other?

4. The Value Meter: Do I really focus on bringing substantial value TO the table or I largely focus on taking substantial value FROM the table?

5. The Exceptionality Test: Are there areas where I am so good — in fact so better than my employer — that he/she therefore cannot do without me, or my not returning to work tomorrow morning may not have any significant effect on the operations at all?

6. The Motivation Telescope: Is my chief motivation to make a positive difference through my fulfilled responsibilities or to raise dust through an agitation for my labour rights?

7. The Relevance Litmus: By the way, while I may be great in my own way and in the different areas of my life, am I relevant in a sense of being great in the much needed aspects of my job? (It’s one thing to be great in what you do but it is another thing to be greatly relevant to your current area of posting! You can be both excellent and irrelevant.)

Over to you now! You can rebrand yourself, repackage your value, and exponentially catapult your contribution beyond the sky. I look forward to hearing from you soonest! You’re free to leave your comment and share the article to spread the inspiration, or rather the challenge.

#YouWillManage

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SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA is a Senior Human Resource and Leadership Consultant, an Executive Personal Development Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), located on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya – Kampala. He can be reached at +256782163416 or deltacu11@gmail.com. Follow his inspiration on Twitter (@SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead) and http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

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A Tool for Your Success this Month

It is NOT yet too late to achieve your wildest dreams. It is NOT! In fact today is the first day of the rest of your life. How you invest it will determine how the rest of your life shall be.

This month of October is the start of the last quarter of this year. There must have been some goals you had set for this year but are still left undone. The good news is that you can still redeem these three months starting with THIS month.

Attached is a simple free tool — a calendar — for you to download and use in managing your time well: appointments, seminars, rests, goals, values to achieve them, etc.

We recommend that you print it out on an A3/A2 size piece of paper and pin it on a board near where you see it everyday — whether at home or at work. Plot there your priorities, your goals and values to keep you on track.

Make this your best month so far.

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Live. Love. Lead.

#YouWillManage

Samuel A. Bakutana

HR and Leadership Consultant, Executive Personal Development Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author. CEO – Inspired Leaders International. +256782163416.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE HONOURABLE MINISTER ON RELIGIOUS LEADERS’ INVOLVEMENT IN NATIONAL ISSUES.

Dear Honourable,

Suffice to note that I am not a spokesperson of any religious grouping but just a concerned, “practising Christian” who has increasingly been very sickened by the “ancient lie” peddled daily that religious leaders should not be involved in national issues (read “politics”) but to concentrate on wedding people, baptizing believers, preaching inside church pulpits, offering leadership over congregations and burying the dead.

While other people may have their opinion, allow me quickly share with you three issues that you need to urgently think about:

FIRST, I see this as a mark of intellectual dishonesty to always swear or take oath by raising the bible (or other religious books) in the air and then turn around to stop those who have both the mandate and the knowledge to interpret its contents from speaking out its guidance on issues you are involved in. Part of what it means to raise that bible is that you subscribe to its worldview and are bound by its tenets. It automatically means that whenever you violate its precepts, you should be brought to remembrance of your own symbolic deed… and I do suggest that no person can do this better than the religious leader. Intellectual dishonesty also comes in when you praise them for “speaking well” whenever they say anything that agrees with your agenda… (you even call upon others to think like those religious leaders)… but you then turn around to ostracize them when what they say is uncomfortable to you. Why should they be involved when they say what you like but you stop them when they highlight real issues you’re not comfortable with? Intellectual dishonesty, incarnate! Isn’t it, honourable?

SECONDLY, I see this as a hallmark of betrayal to the nation and a negative attitude that goes against leadership accountability. Come to think about it, why don’t you want to be reminded that, in the spirit of our national motto (“For God and my Country”), you’re betraying God and destroying your country when you neglect truths such as “Do not kill” (Exodus 20:13), “Do not bear false witness” (Exodus 20:16), or “As much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18)? Do you expect the traditional healers association to be the ones to remind you of this, honourable? Is it honourable enough to wave off one aspect of community accountability with one hand just because they have not said what your ears are itching to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-5)? Or are you actually saying that it is a waste of their time speaking to someone whose conscience has already been seared (Romans 1:18-32)? This is not only betrayal of your honourable country whose developmental foundation should be righteousness (Proverbs 14:34) and whose expectation is for you to be a “noble leader” (Ecclesiastes 10:17) but also your appointing authority (though the thinking is the same), and especially your Creator to whom you will soon give unfaked accountability to (Acts 17:30-31).

THIRDLY, the Constitution of our Republic mandates every citizen to be involved in developmental issues, to participate in matters of policy (including, but not limited to, through their parliamentary representatives), and to have their voice heard on all matters of national importance. It is a responsibility of everyone to be involved. What, then, remains to be answered is: “Are religious leaders citizens in this great nation?” If you say NO, then we will understand that all along you’ve been speaking from the perspective of disenfranchising a section of the population. But if you say YES, then you will need to be brought to book as to why you (and other similar-minded persons) find it not right for religious leaders to be involved in national issues. The issue we can have a roundtable about is NOT whether they should be involved or not. It is HOW they should be involved. And even in that kind of discussion, THEY should talk more as YOU listen more… and learn.

I hereby, therefore, kindly educate you that some of the issues being discussed are issues that squarely fall in their docket, in their religious and civic jurisdiction and their silence on such matters is an act of treason in the policy of the Kingdom they serve. The book you raised while swearing into office commands them to “fast” – just like you rightly advised them – but not as you narrowly thought. They are commanded to make their fasting in a different form: “free those who are wrongly imprisoned, lighten the burden of workers, let the oppressed go free, remove chains that bind the people, share food with the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, and clothe the naked (Isaiah 58:6-7). They are to care for those orphaned by senseless killings and visit those widowed by endless fights (James 1:27). It mandates them to follow in the footsteps of their Master: bring good news to the poor, comfort the brokenhearted, proclaim the release of captives, champion healing and freedom of the oppressed, participate in rebuilding what has been ruined, repair destroyed cities, speak against robbery and wrongdoing, and show justice to the nations (Isaiah 61:1-11 and Luke 4:18-19). That’s PURE RELIGION — something you speak against. Are you safe when you stand against what God stands for?

So, my sister, while this nation is always reminded to “leave issues of generals to the generals”, you may as well be reminded to “leave the job description of religious leaders to religious leaders”. Otherwise where were you when they were being commissioned — not fighting? Be encouraged to find more knowledge about their full mandate, not according to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6) but according to the wisdom of your Creator (James 1:5).

Otherwise, thanks a lot for your good efforts in making your contribution to our country. Everyone should do that. Everyone should bring a brick to the site of national development. Everyone has a role to genuinely play in restoring our land to being “the Pearl of Africa” (Churchill, December 1908), to a point when all of us shall proudly join in the words of our national anthem, “Oh Uganda, the land of freedom; our love and labour, we give. And with neighbours, all at our country’s call, in peace and friendship we’ll live.”

Live. Love. Lead.

Samuel A. Bakutana

HR/Leadership and Management Consultant, Executive Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author; a bible-believing Christian. Telephone: +256782163416.

Re-engineer Yourself or Perish!

When Charles Darwin claimed that “survival goes not to the strongest or most intelligent of the species, but to the one most adaptable to change”, many did not really take him serious until recently. In this brief article, I want to make a helpful attempt at whispering to individuals the secret to thriving in a fast-paced labour market, and also let companies understand the key to sustainable market dominance.

Yesterday, I had a chat with a new, friendly and vibrant client – one of the trainees in our 16th intake of the Certificate in Public Speaking and Presentation Mastery short course. Her role in the company she works with is to keep ears on ground and eyes on the horizon, monitor changes that are happening or likely to happen soon, and then “re-engineer the processes” involved while managing the change at hand. A very intelligent and up-to-the-task lady, she indicated that without this, they would be humiliated by competition and overwhelmingly run into irrelevancy to customers.

In recent years, great companies (and individuals) have been rudely awakened by the ruthless waves of unstoppable changes in their industries – changes that left them down and out. During an acquisition brief, a CEO of one of those companies, tearfully said, “We did not do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost”. The reality was that the world changed too fast and their opponents were too powerful.

A World on a Rollercoaster:
The world is on a terrible rush!

  • The rate of information “growth” is startling. For example in 1980, about 220,000 new books were published each year in the US. In 2013, it was estimated at more than 3 million new books, plus millions of articles on every imaginable subject. Today, one idea can build a huge industry and replace an old one in just less than a week!
  • The speed of technological advancement is unprecedented. While one is busy bragging about the “newest super-fast equipment” they have procured to shorten the duration of service delivery to “one hour only”, there is already a newer, ultra-fast alternative that makes delivery instant on a click of a button.
  • The hitherto respected approaches to doing almost everything have become obsolete. The once revered methods of handling operations no longer deliver the results they used to deliver.

I could go on and on about the dizzying rate of change but time and space won’t allow me to (unless it was a training I often give staff of companies on “Being Friendly to Change” or the training for CEOs and managers on “Business Leadership in the 21st Century”. There, we go deep.)

The Way Forward:
I suggest three starting points, among many others:

(1) Individual re-engineering.
As an individual, you have to keep reinventing yourself to remain relevant. One of the top banks in the city of Kampala invited me to take their staff through a whole week of empowerment, equipping them to productively transition from the old to the new realities of a certain department. Adding two small words just in the name of the department meant unimaginable implications to staff therein in terms of attitude, personal branding, self-packaging, and personal development in general. You either re-engineer yourself or, I lovingly warn you, you are about to become institutionally irrelevant and be systematically phased out.

Most of the training institutions where most people were trained from taught them what to learn and think instead of how to learn and think. As a result, these people have had to struggle with fixed mind-sets, rigid attitudes, and quite stiff necks in the way they approach life and work. If you are one of them and re-engineering has not come to your mind, the time to start is…? Yesterday! That is why, like I am going to be equipping 1,000 civil servants for 3 days this week, you have to learn dynamics of personal development and how to be the most valued employee / employer.

(2) Continuous Staff Development:
At institutional level, companies and/or organizations have to build highly effective teams, continuously equip those teams, not just in technical aspects of their work but mostly in the soft skills area. The CEO and General Manager of a group of companies that operates transport and agricultural businesses visited my office yesterday morning. In our discussion, I shared with them that quite often, what customers look for is not what we are offering them – until we go an extra mile to study their needs and offer relevant services. We concluded that most of the top needs of the clients in any industry are not goods and services themselves, but how clients are served, the quality of the relationship, the swiftness of the staff, the customer care, among others – most of which are intangible yet uncompromising determinants of success. I intend to write another article on this issue especially in line with who empowers the staff.

(3) Strategy and execution:
This is why strategy and swift strategy execution have never been as important as they are today. This is requires a leadership and/or management team that knows what to focus on a daily basis, not being distracted by the nitty-gritties of operation and forgetting the gigantic role of strategic direction. This is requires the kind of leadership that will leave the fire fighting to the right team and concentrate on holding the binoculars – like an MD of a huge institution called it in our planning meeting for an intensive 3-day team building retreat we are facilitating for all their top managers next week.

CEOs need to be clear about their roles. Top on the list in my view is: Strategist (future direction of the company); ambassador (meet with important customers, know them and they too know you); inventor (find the customer’s pain and develop products and services to relieve him of that pain); mentor (become a teacher, coach and mentor to your direct reports to help them get the big picture); investor (treat your company like an investment, know its market vaue and try to grow it); the student (actively pursue professional development even as a student of leadership, not just in your area of expertise). Stay focused on your CEO role.

Conclusion:
Malcolm Gladwell rightly said, “What brought you here won’t take you there”. Do not be your worst enemy. Keep re-engineering yourself as an individual and collectively as a company so that you do not become irrelevant and be overwhelmed by the inevitably fast changes. It is up to you. Do yourself a favour. Do the most patriotic thing: offering your nation or continent the most holistically developed human resource for development.

I look forward to hearing from you, as regards how you would like me to come in and practically inspire real change, strategic realignment, team building, executive and personal development coaching, and continuous staff development processes. Let us re-engineer.

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

Samuel A. Bakutana

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SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA is a Senior Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), located on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya. He can be reached at +256782163416 or deltacu11@gmail.com. Follow his inspiration on Twitter (@SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead) and http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

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LEADERSHIP IS NOT A JOKE: Success Lessons from Uganda’s Minister of Finance – Hon. Matia Kasaija.

Fellow leaders, did you know that the hot seat is real and the spotlight is not as light as we often think?

This was seen when Hon. Matia Kasaija – Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development – furiously walked out of the studios of NBS TV few days ago, vehemently saying, “I am not going to argue with an ignorant man.”

Whereas that was his estimation of his program host – which he is entitled to – I kept thinking that we, leaders, need to do our best to build emotional intelligence that’s stronger than the challenging environment around us so that when we are pushed to the wall of desperation, our emotions won’t pave way for the eternally ugly.

THE COLD SIDE OF SERVICE:
Here are unavoidable truths about leadership and/or service:

  1. Within the acceptance to lead a community lies the invitation to be scrutinized.
  2. In choosing to be in public service, we, by default, sign in to both the admiration of the like-minded and the bullets of the differently-persuaded.
  3. In aspiring to offer any sort of guidance to masses through electronic media, we, in essence, bring ourselves to the questioning table where opportunity abounds – either for setting the record straight or making the path more crooked.

I strongly suggest: the strength of a leader lies neither in running away from real or perceived problems nor in abhorring the insistent disturbances of those with contrary opinion but in facing his fears, meeting his challengers, and winning relationships instead of arguments. We cannot always run away or be defensive. We don’t have to always win (though politics says something different!)

AUDIENCE MANAGEMENT IS A SKILL:
As an inspirational public speaker and trainer for many years now, I’ve interfaced with all types of people with different motives. Some have asked me humiliating questions. Others have offered despising comments. And others have given cynical answers to some of my questions during those sessions.

But in all, I don’t remember a day I walked out of a session because someone challenged my school of thought — including the session where a young man “cut off my neck” verbally before the start of my presentation one day!

Good news: about 99% of the people I have addressed were cooperative, participatory and receptive. I choose to focus on those, not, for example, the small boy who one time gave an answer that disorganized my 300-strong audience one afternoon!

This is why in the Certificate in Public Speaking and Presentation Mastery course of Inspired Leaders International we have a whole 2-hour unit on “Dynamics of Effective Audience Management.” (The 16th intake runs from 9th to 17th July 2018).

RESPONSE YIELDS RESULT:
Come to think about this.

  • Why should we only expect the easy?
  • Why should we only demand for the simple?
  • Why should be only look forward to the supportive?
  • Isn’t that living in the idealistic world and never being in the reality of today?

Granted, we too are human beings who get hurt, disappointed and frustrated. We get angry, annoyed and sad. However, the greatest lesson of emotional intelligence I have ever learnt is this:

  • What matters is not what happens to us but what we do about it.
  • What matters is not what others do to us but how we choose to respond to that stimulus.
  • The people that enjoy life the most are not those who have or receive only the best in life but those who make the best of whatever life brings to them.

BEAUTY FOR ASHES:
So let’s be encouraged.

  • Out of trials can come triumphs.
  • Out of what looks like an ugly mess, we can craft a beautiful message.
  • In today’s tests of life are hidden the testimonies of tomorrow.
  • Without breakdowns, we often can’t experience breakthroughs.
  • Let’s approach our pain with an expectation of gain at the end.

So, dear Hon. Minister, whereas I can imagine how angry you felt while being put on spot by the insistent (and maybe annoying) questioner, please find the heart to walk in again in future and complete the unfinished business that falls under your docket. That’s the stuff that transformational leaders who leave an enduring legacy are made of. Don’t walk out again, regardless of how you feel about the program. (I even don’t remember your boss – the president – doing that, even when he too has been under serious scrutiny at some points during interviews and media briefs.)

There’s a better way, even if it is the difficult way. And all of us can aspire to take the high road, by the help of the Almighty. Leadership is not a bed of roses. Service is not a cup of tea. Being under scrutiny is not a tin of honey.

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

Samuel A. Bakutana

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SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA is a Senior Leadership Consultant, Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author. He is the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), located on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya. He can be reached at +256782163416 or deltacu11@gmail.com. Follow his inspiration on Twitter (@SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead) and http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

ILI Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Excellent Solutions Offered:
🔖 HR/Leadership & Management Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings and Team Building
🔖 Executive and Personal Development Coaching
🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking / Retreat Facilitation / Panel Moderation

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