Information feeds Passion for Action.

Do you know that you’re just an article away from your greatest idea ever, just a chapter away from your next biggest opportunity, just a book away from your wonder-filling breakthrough today? In this season of expanded capacity, I hope you and I have overcome the laziness in not reading anything more than two short paragraphs! We claim to not have time for reading, but the truth is that THAT is just a Self-Management Statement (SMS)!

  • That SMS indicates where our priorities are.
  • That SMS is a confession of how much we want to grow.
  • That SMS depicts how deep we want to understand.
  • That SMS exposes how much we really want to learn.
  • Time is not an issue of resource, but of priority.

“Whatever you take as priority in your life will ALWAYS find time in your schedule. Priorities are always scheduled.” – Samuel A. Bakutana

If you’ve even read this far on a post that doesn’t immediately promise 5 steps to ‘hot sex’ or 3 top secrets to too much money or the 1 thing you must not forget to win a political race: ● There is nothing that will stop you from succeeding in life. ● You’re one in a million — maybe one in 700 million. ● You’re going to change this world by all means. I would have said, “Write ‘UNIQUE’ below this post if you’ve read this far” and you would see how many would do! But I won’t because anyway, many don’t come this far in reading… and thus don’t go far even in life. Almost all other hitherto well-known “keys to success” have changed padlocks but reading has remained in its own paddock as a masterkey for success according to many wealth masters’ personal confessions — be it Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Patrick Bitature, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, Aliko Dangote, even Mark Zuckerberg — and Samuel A. Bakutana! It is time to consider and act upon such resolutions as below: ● Please CREATE TIME to read, re-read and read again — today! ● Understand that action comes from passion. ● Realize that that passion often comes from an increase in relevant knowledge and a making sense of one’s daily experiences. ● Increase your knowledge to feed your passion and watch your action soar to the summit of achievement. Inspired leaders are inspiring readers, #YouWillManage | Live . Love . Lead | SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA Senior Leadership Consultant, Inspirational Speaker / Moderator, and Author Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International, Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya P.O. Box 12844, Kampala 📞 +256782163416 📧 deltacu11@gmail.com Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead Inspiration: http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations” Solutions Offered: 🔖 Leadership Consultancy 🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings 🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes 🔖 Inspirational Speaking and Panel Moderation 🔖 Personal Development Coaching

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Secret to Enhancing your Looks and Building a Happier World!

Did you ever know that you have the power to make yourself more beautiful/handsome without spending any single coin? How about you making the world a bit happier everyday without spending any money?

Today, a brother wrote a piece titled, “A smile never hurts anyone.” Indeed, it never hurts anyone (unless you smile at their misfortune)! The smile is the priceless, non-tiring secret…

Please consider the following two issues now:

First, a smile is therapeutic.

The availability of a few more smiling people on earth is the reason for some hope that is still left in our world today!” – Samuel A. Bakutana

One evening 6 years ago when our daughter Petra was about one and a half years old, she randomly smiled at a very gloomy middle aged man passing by and he suddenly broke into a hillarious laughter outburst as he walked away. Lovely and refreshing!

Now, I too yearn to be refreshed daily with smiles of those around me. But I have chosen to focus on the opportunity to refresh others with my own smile. I’ve come to a conclusion that since I don’t see my own smile whenever I smile, it’s not meant for me but for those who see it. I’ll thus gladly gift the world with what belongs to it.

Secondly, a smile is aesthetic:

“Your beauty is enhanced when you genuinely deploy your smiling equipment.” – Samuel A. Bakutana

I remember a gentleman in a marriage forum I once spoke at who said, “No smiling woman isn’t beautiful!” You can imagine the discussion that ensued from such a statement. I believe he had some point and that point applies to men too. All of us. Smiling enhances our looks! And at times I can’t imagine some people without their smile!


The only warning here is to please keep it genuine, authentic, true. Otherwise the effect may be the opposite! Plastic smiles produce cosmetic results!

So try to always remember the line from Kirk Franklin song “Smile” which says, “You look much better when you smile.”

CONCLUSION:
A smile indeed never hurt anyone – either the one smiling or the one receiving it. In fact, that smile is both therapeutic and aesthetic. Give it to heal the world and to look better. Receive mine today! 😊

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Leadership Consultant, Speaker and Author

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead
Inspiration: http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:
🔖 Leadership Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings
🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking
🔖 Personal Development Coaching

Don’t Joke with Social Media!

Today, Inspired Leader and Advocate Mercy Kainobwisho, the Director Intellectual Property, Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), wrote a piece titled, “Never underestimate the power of social media.” In the Facebook post, she brought out the following key observations:

💬 Social media has increasingly become the main channel of communication, decision making , mobilization, rumors, real and fake news, marketing and more.

💬 Social media also enables people to follow mentors and spiritual /counseling platforms.

💬 Social media has also become a database [for] searching people’s details and determining their personality.

💬 It is also used to determine potential employees, employers, husbands, wives and business partners and has a lot of power and influence.

💬 Social media will get you hired or fired.

💬 Social media content can be used to generate evidence against you.

💬 Social media will also lead to cancellation of unfair court or administrative decisions.

💬 Social media also poses a security risk. She concluded saying:

How we use it shapes our actions and the actions of people towards us and society.

As someone who tries to make the best use of a number of social media platforms, I hereby add to Mercy’s thought the following:

  • Use social media to positively change the world.
  • Maximize social media to inspire multitudes.
  • Utilize social media to market transformationtransformational ideas, services and products.
  • Harness social media to connect, network and partner with change-minded agents.
  • Reactivate your social media account to be a man / woman on a developmental mission.
  • Clean up your social media platforms to reflect civility, humility and integrity.
  • Re-engineer your social media pages to be a crucible for life-changing information.
  • Turn your social media space into an exemplary life platform, an authentic love centre, and a relational leadership fountain.

I believe we can inspire and empower the world through the 21st century gift of social media. Thanks Mercy ‘Kaines’ for bringing this issue to our attention.

| Live. Love. Lead. |

#YouWillManage

Samuel A. Bakutana

Chief Executive Officer,

Inspired Leaders International,

Plot 731, Mawanda Road, Kamwokya.

P.O. Box 12844, Kampala.

📞 +256782163416

📩 deltacu11@gmail.com

| The heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. |

YOUR FIRST OPPORTUNITY THIS WEEK!

You can make the best use of this week and achieve what you’ve never achieved in one single week before. Today, my brother Dr Joseph Gavin Nyanzi (www.josephnyanzi.com) wrote:

“It’s a brand new day of a brand New week. It’s another opportunity to start a new page. Let’s fold our sleeves up and put on our working shoes. The GRIND is on; let’s make every minute count.”

As a family of the Bakutanas this morning, we had equally thought about the same during our devotional time. Here are critical thoughts for you to reflect on…

FACTS THIS WEEK:
🌅 Your first opportunity this week is THIS WEEK itself.
🌅 This week has NEVER been there.
🌅 This week is here for a SHORT season: this week only!
🌅 This week will be OVER by the end of this week!

HERE IS WISDOM:
⏳ Once this week ends at the end of this week, it will never come back; we will never see it again; it will be GONE FOREVER.
⏳ There are things that are supposed to be done THIS week. Beyond this week, they won’t be done successfully.
⏳ There are opportunities that will present themselves to us ONLY this week. Once they pass, they have passed away!
⏳ There is favour that will be activated as grace to enable our success in THIS week. Once we lose focus, we will operate below average and miss chances of high performance.

RESOLUTION:
Therefore, to get the best out of this week demands that we utilize TIME very well this week:
⏰ Every meeting must be run with precision.
⏰ Every conversation needs to be an “influence conversation.”
⏰ Every phone call should be to the point and focused on productive issues.
⏰ Every appointment needs to be on time, with a clear agenda, and end in time for other things too.
⏰ Every hour needs to be well accounted for: well INVESTED — not well SPENT!

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, REDEEMING THE TIME, because the days are evil.” – Paul of Tarsus (in his Letter to Ephesians, 5:15-16).

Have a Productive New Week!

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Senior Leadership Consultant, International Inspirational Speaker and Prolific Author

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead
Inspiration: http://www.excellentleading.WordPress.com

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:
🔖 Leadership Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings
🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking
🔖 Personal Development Coaching

Enjoy Today By Choice

No one – and nothing – should/can take away your joy without your permission! Hey, today is not yesterday. It isn’t. So please:

● Don’t kill today with bad memories of yesterday.

● Don’t assasinate today’s opportunities with yesterday’s daggers.

● Don’t kill the joys this day brings with the pains that yesterday left.

“Whoever dwells on the past so much is surely bound to mess up his present — the very present in his hands today.” – Samuel A. Bakutana

So enjoy today. Yea! Drink every inspiration out of it. Yea! Squeeze every juice out of its fruits. Yea! Make your best of today. Yea!

Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is the only cash you have. Utilize it wisely.

Today is your present; choose to unwrap it and enjoy every bit of it.

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Senior Leadership Consultant, International Inspirational Speaker and Prolific Author (13 books)

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:
🔖 Leadership Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings and Result-focused Team Building
🔖 Mentoring Programs and In-house Institutional Staff Mentoring Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking and In-house Staff Public Speaking Empowerment
🔖 Life and/or Personal Development Coaching for leaders, professionals, speakers, etc.

The 5 words: Consultancy, Training, Mentoring, Speaking, and Coaching.

Welcome to:
💠 the arena of greatness,
💠 the incubation for awesome people,
💠 the chisel-centre for transformational, world changing leaders.

You’re loved. You’re believed in. It is known that you can make it.

Wisdom for Mistake-Makers!

Did you make enough mistakes this season? Are you troubled by some of them? Or are you fighting with nasty effects of some? Well, today, some friend sent me a piece that made great sense for me — and I hope it does for you. I call it Wisdom for Mistake Makers:

When I started using pen in my primary school, and I made a mistake, I would try hard to erase it before submitting to my teacher. Sometimes, I used chalk to clean my mistake but it later re-appeared. So I began to use saliva. It worked, but only to leave holes in my books. My teachers then used to beat me for being outrageously dirty. But all I tried to do was to cover my error.

Can you relate with story so far? Have you been trying to hide your mistakes or struggle to click the delete button without much success? Even me, there are things I wish were NOT written on any page in my book of history, but, well, I wrote them myself! So? So continue to read the story below:

One day, a kind hearted teacher who loved me so much called me aside and he said, “Anytime you make a mistake, just cross it and move on.” He further said, “Trying to erase your mistakes would only damage your book to nothing.” I told him in protest that I don’t want people to see my mistake.

That sounds like you. No, like me! I don’t want people to see my mistake. I now even own it: MY mistake! THEY shouldn’t see it. Very common, not so?

My loving teacher laughed and said, “Trying to erase your mistake will make more people know about your mess and the stigma is for life“.

Have you made some mistakes in life? Listen; cross it over and move on.

  • Have you goofed at your workplace? Cross it over and move on.
  • Have you erred in your marriage / relationship? Cross it over and move on.
  • Have you made a financial mistake in your personal life? Cross it over and move on.
  • Have you bathed in spiritual dirt? Whatever; just cross it over and move on.

Indeed, “Don’t expose yourself as a result of trying to cover your mistakes. Better things are ahead of you. Strike [this season’s] mistakes and move into [the new season] with a fresh note.

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA

Samuel is a Senior Leadership Consultant, International Inspirational Speaker and Prolific Author (13 books). He is currently the Chief Executive Officer, Inspired Leaders International (ILI), on Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya-Kampala. P.O. Box 12844, Kampala. You can reach him via 📞 +256782163416, 📧 deltacu11@gmail.com or Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead. He is running with the Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered at ILI:

🔖 Leadership Consultancy

🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings and Result-focused Team Building

🔖 Mentoring Programs and In-house Institutional Staff Mentoring Schemes

🔖 Inspirational Speaking and In-house Staff Public Speaking Empowerment

🔖 Life and/or Personal Development Coaching for leaders, professionals, speakers, etc.

The 5 words: Consultancy, Training, Mentoring, Speaking, and Coaching.

Welcome to the arena of greatness, the incubation for awesome people, and the chisel-centre for transformational, world changing leaders. You’re loved. You’re believed in. It is known that you can make it.

Lively Christmas. Inspiring 2018

I am here, on behalf of Inspired Leaders International (and on my own behalf), to wholeheartedly wish you a Lovely, lively Christmas and an inspiring 2018.

We will still be at your human capital development service in the new year.

Remember, in all, #YouWillManage

Leadership Roses & Thorns!


Inspired Quote Today:

“Leadership often presents more thorns than rose flowers but to succeed as leaders demands that we progressively learn how to focus largely on the scented flowers and find the grace to wisely deal with the sharp thorns.”

Fodder for the Leader:
I have a habit of going back to my “past notebooks” once in a while and connect with my past note-downs! (I even still have my high school spiral notebooks from decades ago — and I love the things I find there!)

This morning as I checked through one of the notebooks from the recent past, I came across the statement above which I realized was noted down as I prepared a handover report at the end of my term of office somewhere!

Whatever was going through my mind at that time, only God and I know! But whatever it meant, we all truly know: those moments of truth when you agree with heaven and earth that to lead is to decisively prioritize.

Leadership as an act of priority:

Every day, as a leader, you have to prioritize whether to focus on:
🔹 encouragers or accusers,
🔹 problems or opportunities,
🔹 the joys of the day at the high table or the pains of the night as you think,
🔹 blaming your detractors or finding innovative solutions,
🔹 inspirers or demotivators, etc.

I pray for you today that indeed you and I will progressively learn how to focus largely on the scented flowers and find the grace to wisely deal with the sharp thorns.

In this reflective season, decide to keep enjoying your leadership rose flower regardless of the thorns that come with it. Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be resilient.

#YouWillManage

| Live . Love . Lead |

SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Leadership Consultant, Speaker and Author.

Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala – Uganda
📞 +256782163416
📧 deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

ILI Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

Solutions Offered:
🔖 Leadership Consultancy
🔖 Organizational Staff Trainings
🔖 Mentoring Programs / Schemes
🔖 Inspirational Speaking
🔖 Personal Development Coaching

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PURSUE SOLID STRATEGIES

ARE YOU INTENTIONALLY PURSUING SOLID STRATEGIES?

Hello, I have just a quick reminder about three things:
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🔹 SUCCESS IS NOT AN ACCIDENT.
🔹 PROGRESS IS NOT WAITED FOR.
🔹 HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY.
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In light of the three statements above, today, have a great day as you do three things:
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🔖 Do some intentional things and take some deliberate steps that can consequently lead you to success in your multi-dimensional endeavours.

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🔖 Get up from your chair and pursue progress, not sitting back and waiting for it to happen by its own.


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🔖 Lay down serious and solid strategies to take your work and life forward – among which is not hope – because “I hope it works” doesn’t make it work until you work it out.


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I thought this would make some important quick reflection as you engage with your tasks today.
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Carry on. Keep moving. You’ll win.
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#YouWillManage
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Live. Love. Lead.
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SAMUEL A. BAKUTANA
Chief Executive Officer,
Inspired Leaders International,
Plot 731, Mawanda Rd, Kamwokya
P.O. Box 12844, Kampala Uganda
Telephone: +256782163416
Email: deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

Vision: “Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations”

SOLVE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS – Samuel A. Bakutana

I’ve been quoting a number of authors and books before. In this delicious piece, I will quote the Book of Daniel which is found in the Bible – the Holy Book for Christians.

As a man of faith, I’ve been praying that I receive a deeper ability to solve difficult problems. I couldn’t quickly find a better example of someone with this ability than Mr. Daniel Belteshazzar – one of those great governors in ancient Babylon. Below is the king’s address to Daniel in the Book of Daniel 5:13-16.

“So you are Daniel, one of the Judean exiles whom my grandfather the king brought from Judah! I’ve heard about you, that a spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, discernment, and extraordinary wisdom. Take note that the advisors and enchanters were brought before me to read the writing and explain its meaning, but they were unable to do so. However, I’ve heard that you can provide meaning and interpretation, and that you can solve difficult problems. If you are able to read the writing and report its meaning, you will be clothed in purple, have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will become the third highest ruler in the kingdom.” (Daniel 5:13-16)

Did you hear that, O inspired leader? Did you know, by the way, that:

  1. This was after a referral (word-of-mouth recommendation) from the queen herself in verses 10-12
  2. His name came up after all other potential problem solvers had even failed to do anything about the challenge at hand as in verses 5-9?
  3. This problem had been created by this national leader (the king) himself as seen in verses 1-4?

Someone here needs to join me in once again looking at the qualities that Daniel had and then make a plan of action to pull up our socks, try to measure up and put our act together:

  • Filled by the Spirit of Go
  • Having insight
  • Rich in discernment
  • Possessing extraordinary wisdom
  • Ability to provide meaning and interpretation
  • Capability to solve difficult problems.

Friend, realize that the promised remuneration was:

  • Being clothed in purple,
  • Receiving a gold chain placed around the neck,
  • Elevation to being “the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”

Ha! You can’t believe Daniel’s response:

Let your gifts and rewards be given to someone else. However, I’ll read the writing for the king and tell him the meaning.” (verse 17).

And the amazing story continues… But now let’s have a little flashback to know how Daniel came to be put in such a place when he was a foreigner in exile, far away from home: When an advert was put out there for people to work in State House, the minimum requirements were as follows (Daniel 1:4):

  • Young men without physical defect
  • Handsome in appearance
  • Skilled in all wisdom
  • Quick to learn
  • Prudent in how they used knowledge
  • Capable of serving in the king’s palace
  • Able to learn literature and language

Daniel met all these requirements – and was hired! Would YOU? Remember, dear leaders, that this was also accompanied by a highly revealing decision: “Daniel determined within himself not to defile himself…” (verse 8).

The result of this was that “God granted Daniel grace and compassion…” (verse 9). Not only that but also “…knowledge, aptitude for learning, and wisdom. Daniel also could understand all kinds of visions and dreams.” (Verse 17). We are told that after the probation period, “in every matter of wisdom or understanding that the king discussed with [him], he found [Daniel] ten times better than all… in his entire palace” (verse 20)! Who doesn’t want that? Give a handclap to Hon. Daniel! No wonder, later, the king could declare to Daniel,

“Truly, your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and the Revealer of secrets, because you were able to reveal this mystery” (2:47).

But wait a minute! Verse 48 says, “Then the king promoted Daniel to a high position and lavished many great gifts on him, including making him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and chief administrator over the advisors of Babylon.” Wow! That sounds like State House’s Chief of Staff! Promotion comes from diligent work, excellence and solving difficult problems.

Don’t rush to leave before you realize that he then “requested that the king appoint” his other 3 godly friends as “administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained in the royal court” (verse 49). He remembered to pull/lift up some like-minded comrades around him.

He didn’t just celebrate his personal rise but ensured he had the right team to work with! How are you doing in this area at your current level? No wonder those 3 boys proved solid even when they were thrown in fire in chapter 3 for their insistence on serving the right, One true God! This forced the President to write a national memo to all districts about the God of Daniel (chapter 4:1—). Now, that’s high level influence.

It was after all this that later he was labelled by the new king as a man who could SOLVE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS in chapter 5:16. The critical question is: What’s your resolution / action points after reading all this?

Please leave your comments below this article.

Live. Love. Lead.

#YouWillManage

Samuel A. Bakutana is the Chief Executive Officer at Inspired Leaders International. His telephone is: +256782163416 and you can interact with him via Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

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