Your Success is a Skill Away!

From the Office of the Prime Minister (Republic of Uganda), enthusiastic Nelson Nshekanabo says: “That’s the best course I’ve ever had. Everyone in the business of selling must have that skill.

Have you ever come close to getting something you badly needed, only to be thrown out of favour by a lack of “just one” document or “just one” mark or “just one” skill? Probably you said, “These people are not serious. Just one like this and they deny me the opportunity?” Oh yes. One is big enough when it is what really matters. Here is the serious matter: Many people KNOW, but they do not know HOW to – and often that’s the only missing link between them and their much-coveted success in any given field of their pursuit!

John Ruskin rightly defined skill as “the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.” Now imagine the result of “just one skill” if it comes as a unified force not of just anything but of experience, intellect and passion – all in active motion! That one skill can catapult you to great heights in personal and professional life.Image result for famous public speaking quotes

Two days ago, I was hosted on NTV Uganda for the fourth time in 23 days. During the very inspiring program (according to the many responses across the country and abroad), I shared the major 4 skills that EVERYONE everywhere must acquire regardless of their field of endeavour, dream or purpose on earth:

  1. Leadership skills
  2. Selling (and marketing) skills
  3. Basic Accounting skills
  4. Communication and/or Public Speaking skills

This sparked off a very deep and engaging discussion on social media as many people got in touch with me to ask many questions in this line. That last one above is what I would want to throw a challenge on in this post. Image result for public speaking quotesFor example:

  • Have you ever seen someone ‘ambushed’ to give a vote of thanks at a simple function and instead of telling people to clap their hands he starts to clap his/her knees due to invisible butterflies of anxiety, fear and worry?
  • How about someone speaking for 5 minutes but you can’t really get any specific point they’re addressing?
  • Then think of that CEO who addresses the Board of Directors and in the fourth minute, they are interrupting to either say, “Your points are unclear” or “We realize you were not prepared for this meeting. It is better we call it off”?
  • What about the salesman who addresses a team of prospects in an organization and three voices at random say, “Raise your voice please” or “You are speaking very fast”?
  • Have you ever seen those whose speeches are sleeping pills and yawn-inducing tablets to their audience? Am I talking about you?

Public Speaking PosterYour success is a skill away! Effective speaking and presentation in public can give you a great thrust to many opportunities that flashing your sleek PhD Certificate won’t manage to offer you at all. This is why one of the programs I have committed myself to offer leaders is in Public Speaking and Presentation Mastery. See what my friend wrote to me while on an international assignment:

I have just finished a powerful presentation to representatives from 15 countries in Europe, Asia and North America on Social Contracting here in Istanbul… It was so fabulous…! It is you Samuel A. Bakutana who equipped me with this speaking tool… I now don’t feel challenged when such happens, after my thorough preparation. Now I almost spend sleepless nights – gladly, doing my rehearsals, and ensuring I am just perfect.” – Kange Sophie, Programs Coordinator – Capacity Development, Uganda National NGO Forum.

You know, it is one thing to say whatever we want about our leadership, our brand, our service, and another thing for those we lead, those who watch us, those who consume our service, to agree with us. We have always been warned against always rushing to believe our own propaganda! And this applies to your ability, your capacity, your performance. You may say, “I am very good. I can speak well. I do not have any challenge.” But can the people who have been in your audiences agree with you? Are you really, really sure?

Image result for skill quotesToday, on my Facebook page, I challenged myself and others that we need to listen to those we lead, those we serve, those we speak to! Let us know what they are saying about what we do, how we do it and how we relate with them — and then make any course corrections necessary. Remember, your success is a skill away.

In that regard, I will use this post to appreciate the genuine, truthful and heartfelt recommendations of the Public Speaking Course (6th intake in Kampala going to run from 13th – 18th February 2017) from a number of graduates: tes Valerie Komwaka Mitala

> Kyambogo University Masters in Vocation Pedagogy (MVP) Project Administrator Charity Byarugaba says: “It is a great course indeed.”

> UHMG’s Governance and Human Resource Director Valerie Komwaka Mitala says, “I salute you, Prof. Samuel A. Bakutana!”

>  Performance artist Anna Nakiyemba says, “You can’t afford to miss. Missing shouldn’t be any of your options at all. This training is truly life-changing. It worked for me, and I know that it will for you. There is a lot to learn.”

Today, identify your KILL-GAP and fill it. Ask yourself the following: Image result for public speaking quotes

  1. What is the “just one” skill I need so as to achieve my major aspirations?
  2. Where best and from who can I learn it? (NB: Go to the best in that field and learn from them. Rats can’t teach how to fly! For Leadership and Public Speaking, you already know where to go to. Come to me!)
  3. Have a plan of action and decide when to start acquiring it.
  4. Go and begin. Great people did not begin because they were great; instead they became great because they began.

Let us live, love and lead. It is time to stand up, speak up and stand out. Like I always say, #YouWillManage. Maximize all opportunities to speak powerfully, sell effectively, and lead successfully. Yes,  (I hope you have already secured your copies of my latest book “YOU WILL MANAGE: The 7 Keys to a Life of Perpetual Victory, Unstoppable Success and Doing Impossibilities.”)

 

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Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and more than 190 inspirational, high-impact presentations in 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!???????????????????????????????????? Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to deltacu11@gmail.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

 

Leaders in Life Dream Big!

Will you bring out the best of you or die average? Will you dream big – just like leaders in every endeavour? There is something better than “three keys” – a key for the car, a key for the office, and a key for the personal house! There is more to life than a vacation, a debt-free retirement, or an army of grand children. There is more to life!

Big dreams-1b44003c0ebf766802ef8ca10f948c43.jpgTo Dream Or To Have A Dream? I meet dreamless people in my travels in different countries! But also, we often confuse mere dreamers and people with dreams! Dreamers talk much and do less; those with dreams may talk less but do much. Dreamers shout thunderously and hit an ant! They hatch up earth-shaking plans but act on none. In contrast, people with dreams may say nothing or say something without fanfare but if you observe, you see their dreams strongly in motion, affecting those around them.

Understanding Your Dream: A dream is a powerful force. I have often referred to a dream as three things:

  • A treasure you shouldn’t lose
  • A test you shouldn’t fail
  • A trust you shouldn’t betray

Great men are stirred up by their dreams. Martin Luther died because of his dream. Mother Teresa is known for her dream. I am daily stirred up by my Vision Plan 2050 – a simple yet inspiring embodiment of sweet dreams in my heart. I take the dream seriously and ignore discouragers. But every day, I wake up and go out to make it happen.

your dream - Les Brown.pngYour Dream is Your Life: A dream lost is destiny foregone. Losing the dream in your relationship is losing the relationship itself. Lose your business dream, and your business is lost. Lose faith in your country, and you have lost the country! Lose your marriage dream, and your marriage is gone! Your dream is your life. It is God’s deposit of greatness, service and a huge difference inside you!

So, be purpose-filled, dream-obsessed, and vision-consumed. Don’t ask people to wish you a good night. Instead, look back every evening and see a day well invested into your dream. George H. Lorimer said, “You have got to get up every morning with determination if you are going to go to bed with satisfaction.” Invest your days into your dreams.

follow-your-dreams.jpgBelieve Your Mind, Not Your Eyes! I too have a dream. I don’t consult my eyes. What I look at is what is but what I see in my mind is what could be. I go for what I see with my eyes closed. Today’s circumstances make me want to lose energy, dampen my spirit, and lose my courage for the pursuit. But I stubbornly insist on my dream. I ignore the voluntary discouragers who demand no payment for pouring ice on my dream!

So, carry on, like Robert Service says. If you are to live, live for something big. Give up who you are today and go for who you could be. To lead, get dreams big enough to shake mountains, pull Heaven and change Earth. Act on them now. Every day, look back to a day well invested into your dream. Remember, today is the remaining day of your life; tomorrow may never be yours. Invest it in your dream today. Don’t settle for second best today. This is my story. This is my song. This is my belief. Why don’t you join in the orchestra, and let us harmonize life beautifully?

I hope you have already secured your copies of my latest book “YOU WILL MANAGE: The 7 Keys to a Life of Perpetual Victory, Unstoppable Success and Doing Impossibilities.”

#YouWillManage

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Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and he already given more than 182 inspirational, high-impact presentations in 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!???????????????????????????????????? Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to deltacu11@gmail.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

TO LEAD OTHERS, PERSEVERE!

 

What is your dream? How far are you ready to go so as to achieve it?

On earth, people who achieve are pushed forward by perseverance – hanging in there and refusing to give up until they see success. Many rarely emphasize or focus on it enough. Just like many others, I have personally had to persevere amidst many things in my leadership, business and relationships journey. Those who lead the pack do not bow down to situations. If it was for bowing down, some great names in history would not be known today. But they refused to give up and thus excelled in different fields we now know them for. Below are just a few examples for your encouragement and inspiration today:

 

NGS68272 Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), 1822 by Raeburn, Sir Henry (1756-1823); 76.2x63.5 cm; Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; REPRODUCTION PERMISSION REQUIRED; Scottish, out of copyright PLEASE NOTE: The Bridgeman Art Library works with the owner of this image to clear permission. If you wish to reproduce this image, please inform us so we can clear permission for you.

Sir Walter Scott: He survived childhood polio which left him lame. During the banking crisis in London and Edinburgh in 1825 and 1826, the Ballantyne printing business, in which he was heavily invested, crashed, resulting in his public ruin. But he did not declare himself bankrupt. He did not even accept monetary help from admirers. Instead, in his persistence, he placed his house and income in a trust belonging to his creditors, and determined to write his way out of debt. To cut the long story short, if I was to write an epitaph for him, I would say: “Here lies the novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time, the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many readers in Europe, Australia, and North America – a man who persevered through it all.” You too should persist if you are to achieve. After all, you can.

 

john-bunyanJohn Bunyan: At 30, he was arrested for preaching without a license; re-arrested on 12 November 1660, while preaching privately in Lower Samsell; briefly released for a few weeks in 1666 before being re-arrested for preaching and sent back to Bedford Gaol, for a further six years. But he persisted. Brought to court to plead his case, he said, “If you release me today, I will preach tomorrow” and he was imprisoned again – but he persisted. In fact, it was during his prison time that he wrote his very famous novel: The Pilgrim’s Progress. His perseverance put his name on around 30 literary works most of which have continued to enjoy worldwide readership, especially Pilgrim’s Progress. I enjoy the film that was made out of that book. He persevered. Amidst physical, financial, emotional, or social prisons, you need to persevere so as to achieve. You can.

 

abraham-lincolnAbraham Lincoln: Born in 1809 in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky, he was raised up in abject poverty. Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He braved his poor background and ambitiously advanced through life. Today, we know him as the 16th President of the US who led the country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis, while ending slavery and promoting economic modernization. His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became one of the most quoted speeches in American history. He persevered – and he achieved a lot. Even if you come from a poor background; even if you’re born in a one-room “self-contained” hut; even if you struggle to pay for your education; persevere and keep going. You could be the next Lincoln.

 

glenn-cunninghamGlenn Cunningham: At 8, his legs were burned in a schoolhouse fire. Doctors wanted to amputate them but his parents refused. Doctors predicted he might never walk normally again. He had lost all the flesh on his knees and shins. Toes on his left foot were gone. His transverse arch was destroyed. It was nasty – but he persevered! He had a positive attitude and a strong religious faith, his beloved Bible verse being Isaiah 40:31. Years later, Cunningham won the Sullivan medal in 1933 for his running achievements in middle distance; came 4th in the 1500m in the 1932 Olympics; took silver in the 1500 meters in the 1936 Berlin Olympics; set the world record for the mile run at 4:06.8 in 1934 which record stood for 3 years; set the world record in the 800m run in 1936; set another in the indoor mile run of 4:04.4 in 1938; and retired from competition in 1940. Today, he’s known as America’s greatest miler of all time, with a park named after him in his hometown of Elkhart, Kansas. He was not the most intelligent; he just persevered through his storms.  Even if you encounter a terrible situation that attempts to shutter your life, do not give up. You too can specialize in setting world records!

 

ludwig-van-beethovenLudwig Van Beethoven: While at High School, during my Music lessons, I studied about Ludwig Van Beethoven the German composer and pianist. Around 1796, he began to lose his hearing. He severely suffered from tinnitus, a “ringing” in his ears that made it hard for him to perceive and appreciate music. He even avoided conversation because his condition was severe. At the end of the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, he had to be turned around to see the turbulent applause of the audience. Hearing nothing, he wept – but persevered and kept a passion for music. He even continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf! He really persevered and deserves our remembrance as an achiever. Even if you get a heavy attack in the area of your greatest passion, gifting or talent, simply persevere. What looks like the end of the road is just a bend that continues into the infinite distance!

 

11 Nov 1936, London, England, UK --- Original caption: 11/11/1936-London, England- Miss. Marian Anderson, American negro contralto, is pictured a she arrived at Victoria Station here to keep an engagement at famed Queen's Hall. Miss Anderson was once told by the Great Toscannini, "A voice like yours is heard once in a hundred years." --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Miss Anderson was once told by the Great Toscannini, “A voice like yours is heard once in a hundred years.” — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Marian Anderson: Her family was so poor that they did not afford to send her to high school. At 12, her father died of heart failure and her grandfather a born slave also died few months later. After some time, her church members sponsored her to join high school. When she came out and applied to an all-white music school in Philadelphia, she was turned away because she was black – but she persevered. She became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the US. With the help of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she performed a highly praised open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. She worked for several years as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and became a “goodwill ambassadress” for the US Department of State, receiving many awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963), the Kennedy Center Honors (1978), the National Medal of Arts (1986), and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1991). Whether you are despised by multitudes or lose your loved ones, do not sit back and give up. Rise up and pursue your dreams. Persevere.

 

JUST PROCEED

A person of perseverance will proceed unhindered by any obstacles. The stumbling blocks of life will be surprised when you turn them into stepping stones into a better life! Ted Engstrom summarizes such persistence in a moving style:

Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott. Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan. Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington. Raise him in abject poverty and you have an Abraham Lincoln. Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes Franklin Roosevelt. Burn him so severely that the doctors say he’ll never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham — who set the world’s one mile record in 1934. Deafen him and you have a Ludwig van Beethoven. Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T. Washington, a Marian Anderson, a George Washington Carver. Call him a slow learner, “retarded,” and write him off as uneducable, and you have an Albert Einstein.

 

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Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and he already given more than 171 inspirational, high-impact presentations between January and the start of December 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!???????????????????????????????????? Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to deltacu11@gmail.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

FATTENING THE HEAD ONLY WILL NOT HELP!

 

fat-head_cropped-300x275Recently, I moderated a business event where 10 CEOs shared serious nuggets of wisdom in Kampala, Uganda. Mrs. Geraldine Ssali Busulwa, the Deputy Managing Director of Uganda’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF) who was one of the ten said: If it really works as you say it does, why hasn’t it worked in your own life? That-was-a-billion-shillings-question to the audience! Wasn’t it? You know where this leads us to? Why doesn’t our accumulated knowledge produce visible positive changes in our life?

Does this somehow sound like it’s about you? Now I ask: What will it profit a man/woman if the head is fat with knowledge but the hands are deficient of skilful action and the heart is bankrupt from a lack of honesty, tenacity and persistence to make the dream come true? Pracitce what you preach.jpgHere is a simple rule of life: As you learn, teach. As you teach, practice. As you practise, learn. And let the cycle continue: learn > teach > practise > learn > teach > practise > learn > teach > practise > learn > teach > practise. But most of all, ensure that in the equation of your life, there is that one word: PRACTISE. That is what makes the difference. My friend Joan Mugenzi of Imagine Me Africa rightly put it recently:

“Truth is, in the corporate world, we have many tools we master at head level. We teach others who apply the tools and thrive while all we do is wait for the paycheck. Friends, whatever dreams you have, you already have the tools. Sometimes what you need is an independent coach walking the journey with you. Dare to find a coach who will challenge you to the core. Find a coach who will ask you empowering questions. By the time you are through with the process you will have clear applicable strategies that will set you moving.”

So, let us again put it bluntly: IF IT WORKS AS YOU SAY, PRACTISE IT SO THAT THE WORLD WILL SEE IT IN YOUR LIFE. That is our leadership challenge of this hour.

Kindly let me know what you think this. Just remember, #YouWillManage. Let us keep “Inspiring transformational, exemplary and authentic leadership worldwide.”

 

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Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and he already given more than 171 inspirational, high-impact presentations between January and the start of December 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!???????????????????????????????????? Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to deltacu11@gmail.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

 

Maximize Opportunities!

opportunities-660x400There are losses, storms pains in life. But there are opportunities too! They are all over the place, all around us, for all of us. We need to learn to progressively “make the most of every opportunity”, “make the best use of the time” (on earth, at work, etc), “take advantage of every opportunity” and “redeem (Greek ‘exagorazo’ – buy back) the time (kairos)” that is already lost. Sweat a little more. Plan a little more. Strategize a little more.

Do you know that you’re personally accountable for every opportunity opportuuuuyou utilize or lose. Life is such that we’re accountable for our actions and inaction. Helen Steiner Rice once said, “Time is not measured by the years we live, but the deeds we do and the joys we give.”

To give much joy to yourself, the people around you, and the generations to come, start to utilize – in fact MAXIMIZE – your opportunities. Here are just 7 ways how:

  1. opportunities-open-doors1. Stop excuses; take action. “Make the best use of your time despite all the difficulties of these days.”
  2. Utilize every day well: “Instead of counting your days, make your days count.” Today is the only cash you have. Use it wisely.
  3. Stop spending time; start investing it. Invest your time where there is a high ROI (Return On Investment) – on things with eternal significance.
  4. Put in more than 100%! “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might for there is no work down there in the grave where you are going!”
  5. Act with a sense of urgency: “Grab every opportunity that presents itself.” Like H.E. David Son Of Jesse prayed (Book of Psalm 90:12), pray thus: “Teach me to number my our days that I may act with a heart of wisdom”
  6. Begin here and now: Where you are is your place of power. Do not wait for a larger opportunity or anotherOpportunities2 job elsewhere. Whatever you plan to do tomorrow can’t compensate for what you are not doing today. So, just begin from wherever you are NOW… and build momentum going forward.
  7. Keep your eyes open! Don’t let any moment pass you by without utilizing it. Listen to relevant Radio stations, TV programs, Newspapers, etc and keep informed on the available opportunities (Of course you can CREATE your own opportunities too. You do not have to wait for whatever is already clear, vivid and public!)

Starting Point:

Maximize the following opportunities:

  1. Your Mind: Let your way of thinking be supportive, positive and constructive.
  2. Your Relationships: Let the way you deal with people be not manipulative and exploitative but profitable, opportunityyyyyvalue-adding and progress-producing.
  3. Your Talents and gifts: Your gift is what makes room for you and sits you with great men and women – and makes you one of them too! Maximize your natural endowments and God-given abilities that come easily to you. Discover, develop and deploy them.

We are not here forever. Let’s make the best of every opportunity.

Kindly let me know what you think about this. Just remember, #YouWillManage. Let us keep “Inspiring transformational, exemplary and authentic leadership worldwide.”

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Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 10 books (the 11th comes out this month). As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and he already given more than 75 inspirational, high-impact presentations between January and May 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!???????????????????????????????????? Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on:Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/amutusam) , Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/SamuelBakutana), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-a-bakutana-56ba046b?trk=hp-identity-name), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to deltacu11@gmail.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

Succeed Today: 10 Keys from a Hen!

Why do some people succeed while others languish in unsuccessful living – whatever success means to you? Many reasons! Major among them: REFUSAL TO PAY THE PRICE, not doing “all it takes” to achieve that success. If you do not pay the price for the product you want, you won’t get it indeed.

But do you know that the success keys are found in the simplest of places? Today, we will go to the poultry house and learn a thing or two. I received these lessons from a friend who got them from another who had got them from another too! To succeed, learn the 10 lessons from a HEN:

 

eggs1- She first lays enough eggs before sitting on them. That is GOOD PLANNING. If you fail to plan, you have planned to fail. (It’s like those who do not vote; they have voted because it is the same as saying: Whoever you vote for will be my choice too!)

2- When she starts sitting on her eggs, she minimizes movement. That is DISCIPLINE. So, discipline yourself so the world won’t need to. Allow the pain of discipline so that you won’t go through the pain of regret.

eggs23 – She physically loses weight while sitting on her eggs due to decreased feeding. That is SACRIFICE and SELF DENIAL. You have to give up something in order to go up somewhere.

4 – She can sit on eggs from another hen. That is INDISCRIMINATE and GENEROUS. To achieve as many of your dreams as possible, help as many people as possible to achieve as many of their own dreams as possible.

eggs4---hen-incubating-eggs-300x2365 – She sits on her eggs for 21 days, patiently waiting and even if they don’t hatch she will still lay eggs again. That is FAITH, HOPE and COURAGE. Without faith, you cannot please the Creator. Without hope, you are not alive. Without courage, you will die many times before your actual death.

6 – She detects unfertilized eggs and rolls them out. That is SENSITIVE and DISCERNING. Know when the donkey has died and don’t keep hitting it to move forward!

eggs6---hen-and-chick7 – She abandons the rotten eggs and starts caring for the hatched chicks even if it is only one. That is WISE, CONSCIOUS and REALISTIC. Focus on things and activities that have a high return on your investment.

8 – No one can touch her chick. That is PROTECTIVE LOVE. If you just neglect your treasures, you will lose them. Whatever you do not protect and/or manage, you lose.

9 – She gathers all her Chicks together. That is UNITY of PURPOSE. Where there is unity, a blessing is commanded. Be internally united and externally harmonious. I know that without a vision, people perish but without people, the vision also perishes. Unite.

eggs810 – She doesn’t abandon her chicks before they mature. That is MENTORING Live your dreams, one day they shall hatch and you shall see them grow. Whose hand are you holding? Multiply your impact in the lives of others. That is eternal.

 

 

Kindly let me know what you think… Succeed TODAY!

 

 

Samuel A. Bakutana

“Inspiring transformational, exemplary and authentic leadership worldwide.”

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Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 9 books. As a regular Inspirational Keynote Public Speaker on national and international platforms, he delivered 98 electrifying talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, 171 in 2015, and he already given more than 18 inspirational, high-impact presentations by end of January 2016 to a diversity of result-oriented audiences in public and private sectors – e.g. faith centres, education institutions, government, multi-national NGOs, etc!

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Be Different and Stand Out Today As a Leader

stand out5Why on earth would you want to always BE LIKE OTHERS when you were created to STAND OUT and BE EXCEPTIONAL? While some people keep their minds dampened with wrong information, there’s another team of amazing human beings who know that there is a future that belongs to them and a ‘today’ to take them there. And whatever it is they pursue, they know that TIME is of a great essence (Ecclesiastes 3:1-6, 11). Allow me, therefore, today, to remind us to join that team, stand out differently, and doing the following promptly for us to have a firm grip at success:stand-out-from-the-crowd-4-apples

  1. While others sleep endlessly and snore loudly, wake up quickly and go to make things happen excellently – TODAY. Reason: Leaders are result-oriented early birds.
  2. While others do the JOB that enslaves them daily, do the WORK that liberates you fully – TODAY! Reason: Leaders are purpose-driven performers.
  3. stand-out3While others complain bitterly about almost everything around them, be thankful for most things in your life – TODAY. Reason: Leaders are gratitude-laden models.
  4. While others flee from every circumstances of life, fight harder and wither your storms TODAY. Reason: Leaders are persistence-filled travellers.
  5. While others idle around wondering what to do next , work hard and have real results from your efforts by the end of TODAY. Reason: Leaders are productivity-minded hard workers. stand-out-of-crowd
  6. While others hate very seriously , love very authentically – TODAY. Reason: Leaders are love-motivated cultivators.
  7. While others shout their heads off in anger , keep yours calm and composed – TODAY. Reason: Leaders are self-controlled anger-managers.
  8. While others chronically ask for unmeritted favours, perpetually give unsolicited gifts – TODAY. Reason: Leaders are condition-free givers.
  9. different2While others are filling their bodies with every type of intoxication and unhealthy foods , strengthen yours with every type of nutrient – TODAY. Reason: Leaders are health-conscious, productive consumers.
  10. While others live aimlessly and thoughtlessly , set your goals according to your life’s purpose and aim at hitting those set targets by the grace of God – TODAY. Reason: Leaders are goal-oriented dream achievers. different3
  11. While others are busy eating their time away watching too much Television , be tirelessly working on your vision TODAY. Reason: Leaders are vision-supported time maximizers.
  12. While others are shutting up at a time when they’re expected to speak up, choose to stand up and let your opinion stand out – TODAY. Reason: Leaders are confidence-rich communicators.
  13. stand-out4While others give up on their pursuits due to setbacks along the journey, keep moving forward and flying higher until you win – TODAY. Reason: Leaders are quitting-phobic winners

As you may have realized this far, the decision and determination to be different and act uniquely is the much needed recipe for your leadership success, the long-sought key to your professional progress, and the real vehicle to the summit of your transformational aspirations. stand out, unique, red pencil

So, friend, dare to be different today. Have the courage to be positively unique today. Be bold enough to stand out today. I wholeheartedly thank you for finding time to empower yourself with today.

Kindly let me know what you think and resolve about it, fellow leader.

 

Yours faithfully,

Samuel A. Bakutana

“Inspiring transformational, exemplary and authentic leadership worldwide.”

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given 133 inspiring presentations ever since the year begun (January – November 03, 2015). Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samuel-A-Bakutana-Leadership-Expert-Motivational-Speaker-and-Author/563444270356475), Twitter (https://twitter.com/amutusam), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=250332707&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to amutusam@yahoo.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

 

 

 

Better Be Good to All – Great and Small.

Today, one of my author-friends (Mr Dickson Mushabe, East African Regional Director, Dickson Mushabe2Hostalite; author of “I am Not Sorry For My Mistakes”) wrote the following on his Facebook wall:

Be nice to everyone. You will surprised at how much valuable information the cleaner at your company might have. You will surprised that your tea girl at office has some bits of the discussions from the high profile meetings that happen in the board rooms. Well, she serves them tea as they discuss. Just be nice. You never know. I have been helped by the least expected people on many occasions. I doubt I am alone.

Right Help From “Wrong” Places:

askariThat made me to think through my own life and I ascertained that he was surely not alone. Just imagine that one morning when I went to this high profile bookshop in the heart of Kampala City to check on how my book products were doing. As always, I first spent some two minutes chatting with this askari (security personnel) at the entrance. Here is the brief conversation that went on between us:

Askari: “Oh, welcome sir. So have you come to supply more copies of your book on Leadership?”
Bakutana: “No, my friend. I have only come to check on how they are actually doing.”
Askari: “No, they are finished already. There were only two copies remaining yesterday but two tall Sudanese men came and took those two copies. I thought you had actually been told to bring more copies…”
 
bookshopWell, after a little chat, I entered and talked with the “responsible” person who clicked a button here and another there on the business computer and confidently told me that they still had about 8 copies of my book unsold. I kindly implored her to come with me and we locate those copies on the shelves only to find no copy whatsoever.
 
We Better Learn Our Good Lesson:
Indeed, be good to all. You never know who will be of help the next minute. I am sure this askari did not know the details of all the books in the bookshop. But he surely was following up the books written by this other tall, dark and handsome man (“TDH” as my lovely wife calls me) who always chats with him at the entrance and sometimes leaves him with some little money just for a bottle of drinking water, etc.
I can be President
JBG: Just Be Good…
Let it be known to us today that in relationships, SMALL IS BIG. Period. All the rest are lies. Go and just be good to the great and the small. Be good to the CEO and his cleaner. Be good to the MD and her gate keeper. Be good to the Chairman and his receptionist. Be good to the President and his tea girl. Be good to the Minister and her driver. Be good to the Bishop and his herdsman. JBG: Just Be Good… Your estimation of people’s worth and ability to be of help could be the farthest from truth. The small boy you are kicking around could be the next President!
Thanks Dickson for triggering this post.
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Yours faithfully,

Samuel A. Bakutana

“Inspiring transformational, exemplary and authentic leadership worldwide.”

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Samuel A. Bakutanais Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 8 books. He gave 98 invigorating talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, and has already given 133 inspiring presentations ever since the year begun (January – November 03, 2015). Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samuel-A-Bakutana-Leadership-Expert-Motivational-Speaker-and-Author/563444270356475), Twitter (https://twitter.com/amutusam), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=250332707&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to amutusam@yahoo.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

 

Bakutana’s Letter to the Corporate Professional

Hello,

people-runningSo today – just like yesterday – you have woken up to “go to work” and do “business as usual”. You left your warm bed to go to that desk for the usual routine. You did not need to even think about it. It is now natural to you. You did it again this morning. You left the comfort (or the discomfort) of your home to return to that same place as yesterday – the place from where you earn a living, the place of your work, the place that never doubts whether you are coming to it or not. As you know, you have been given no reason as to why you should not go there. You are unfailingly expected to go there from Monday to Friday without fail – sometimes Saturday and Sunday are not spared too.

bored---Daydreaming-Thinking-Bored_iStock_000003261885XSmallWhether there is work to do or not, you just have to go. Very early, in fact. Through the torrential rain or the scorching sun. Even if the day’s work is all finished by midday, you must remain seated there with legs on the table (!!!) until a prior agreed upon time of the evening – sometimes going into the night – because that thing says so – the job description. And the whole time in between your coming and going, there is a complex consortium of tough orders and unseen disorders, your deeds and other people’s misdeeds, the use of equipment and abuse of authority – all interwoven intricately in the institutional fabric of the company’s daily routine. Well, days come and go and nothing is changing. Seasons come and seasons go, but you are still the same. Year in and year out, your life shows no improvement. You are like a pond of stagnant water instead of a river of ever flowing water.

passcardspycam_1However, you claim to love it anyway – the glossy identity card that hangs around your corporate neck like a fisherman’s noose. You say you love it – the organizational badge marvelously embroidered on your corporate shirt like a stamp of approval on a cow being taken to the abattoir. You seem to surely love it – the designation printed on the entrance into “your” well-furnished office like the ward number on a prison. You undoubtedly love it – that company car that never runs out of fuel. You even call it “yours”! Don’t you love it – the allowance? Certainly. Big enough to excite you but small enough to keep you there waiting for the next small cheque. You love representing your boss in that conference as he goes for an unspecified meeting at the golf course! Oh, how you love the sound of “your” organization’s name as you hiss it through your well trained lips during those introductions at the five-star hotel. You really love the solidarity of your professional colleagues, united by the common professional problem. Don’t you love it? Of course you do!

A group of people with a business card exchange.

The sleek business card you hand out, graphically embossed with the company logo. Oh, you deeply love it. Yet, unfortunately, you have remained the same. Look at your life and see if you have changed at all. Your bank balance has not shifted even an inch – but you love it. Your relationships have not had value added to them at all – but you love it. Your heart still feels that deep, unexplained dissatisfaction – but it seems you still love it. You still cry about the same ills day in and day out, claiming you do not mind. You still are the same apart from your age that never goes down – but you love it, anyway. Nothing has changed apart from the comprehensively fatigued body – but you love it. Do you? There is no noticeable difference apart from hoping from one office to another, from one workplace to another.

Work vs JobBut wait a minute: is it a work-place or a job-place? Eureka! I’ve got it. There now is the crux of the matter. Is your job your real life’s work? Could be, could be not. Simply put, a job is what you are being paid to do. Your work, on the other hand, is the reason why you were put on earth, the purpose for your existence, the WHY of your postponed death! Guess what: whenever purpose is not known, abuse can never be avoided. Whenever the reason is unclear, the pursuit is uninteresting. Whenever the rationale is vague, the direction is meandering. You now know why you feel like a bird freed from the cage at about 5pm and on Friday. Even if the cage is made up of gold, still it is a limiting sabotage.

caged-birdsI can hear the innocent bird crying for freedom. It wants to be released to fly – to scale the heights and land on mountain tops. I can hear it complaining every day. Complaining of overload, of stress, and of the boss’ ingratitude. Complaining of little salary, of reduced allowance, and of the workmate’s insensitivity. The bird is in the cage, in a prison, in a place of torment! Yet it seems impossible for it to fly out, impracticable to leave, unworkable to be released. After all, it is the best bird in the cage, the most experienced on the block, the most trusted of them all. So, it cannot be released. Its goodness is the reason for its bondage. Its accumulated experience is the mother of its slavery. Its professionalism is responsible for its captivity. Oh, the bird is caged.

Risk uncertainty and planning a new journey as a businessman walking on a tight rope that getets tangled and shaped as a question mark as a metaphor for confusion at the road ahead as a business concept of finding solutions to change for success.

Ask yourself serious questions and find answers

Friend, could it be the right time for you to reconsider why you again woke up this morning to “go to work”? Could it be the right time wonder why you left your bed to go to that desk again today for the routine? Could it be the right time to ask yourself why you left your home today to go to that same place as yesterday? Could it be the right time to wonder why you must go even on a day when there is no work to be done? Could it be the right time to find reason why you must keep there up to a certain time of the evening even if the day’s work is already finished by midday? Could it be the right time to come to terms with the fact that what is detailed in your job description may be far from what your life’s work was meant to be? Could it be the right time to decide that as days come and go, you will not allow seeing no change at all? Could it be the right time to refuse to see seasons come and go, leaving you still the same? Could it be the right time to be tired of a life of no improvement?

Well, happy job today as you return to that same place you have been in for all this long with no difference in your life. May the Almighty endow you with great wisdom beyond the usual, deep understanding beyond the natural and vast knowledge beyond the ordinary so that you will be able to discern the hidden treasures, see the invisible resources, and thus do the impossible tasks hitherto.

Yours faithfully,

Samuel A. Bakutana

“Inspiring transformational, exemplary and authentic leadership worldwide.”

Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Inspirational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 8 books. He gave 98 invigorating talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, and has already given 124 inspiring presentations ever since the year begun (January – September 03, 2015). Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samuel-A-Bakutana-Leadership-Expert-Motivational-Speaker-and-Author/563444270356475), Twitter (https://twitter.com/amutusam), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=250332707&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to amutusam@yahoo.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

The Simplest KQP-Approach to Real Success

As I write this post, today, it is July 1st. In just 8 days, my daughter Petra makes 5 years. As I calmly had a chat with my best friend – Charity K. Bakutana​ – this morning, we agreed not to talk about it until that day comes because once we talk about it in her hearing, birthday celebrations will have to begin immediately – TODAY! A huge success lesson is hidden herein as I will expose down this piece.

074In fact, yesterday, our friend Estar Chozen​ came home and asked Petra about her birthday to which she responded, “9th July.” Good enough (to me the one to foot the celebration bill!), she doesn’t know WHEN that date will be. But just after saying that, she started a movie-like imaginative narrative of what she will do on that long-awaited day: “I will get a big cake, a big knife, and a big plate. Then I will count 3 and cut it. I will put the shining thing in my head and celebrate. I have grownnnnnnnnnnn! I am no longer a baby. I am a big girl. Not so daddy?”

Of course, I had to bow and agree that she was now a big 5-year-old girl, not a baby – at least for the sake of peace in the home! Well, at the end of it all, 3 powerful lessons for a life of success pop up – lessons I have personally learnt and are happy to be practising as often as possible:

1. KNOWLEDGE: The only way not to get what you want is to keep ignorant about it. 144Blessed are the ignorant for they don’t know what they are missing! I have taught her to be a reader already and she knows very well… Just ask her the next time you meet her: “Petra what do you get when you read books?” I bet she will answer: “Power in your head!” That is it indeed! Leaders are readers and readers end up becoming leaders.
2. QUESTIONING: The best way to tickle your imagination is to face questions. Questions – whet028her from people or yourself – create a knowledge gap which triggers all the creative buds in your mind to start the process of discovery and creative thinking. Petra is heavy laden with questions. Every now and again, she has a question about everything – questions about the bulb on the ceiling, the cat in the compound, and the motorcycle by the roadside; questions about the chair in the sitting room, the pillow on the bed, and the paper bin near daddy’s study table; questions about the purple tie, the blue flask, and the white plates; questions about the big book, the tall pen, and the huge stamp. She will ask and ask and ask until you are dried up of every type, colour and size of answer! (I am only worried that school may suffocate this curiosity… but I will keep arousing it as much as I can.)
3. PASSION: The most effective way to have words flow from your mouth is to talk 592about what you love. It is like when you do what your heart enjoys; you will no longer complain about additional time, fight for a salary increase or think of going for vacation. The very work you do becomes more of a hobby and a vacation all the time. When Petra starts to dance or sing or play her guitar (she saved 36,000 and I donated 3,000 to make it 40,000 with which she bought her small beloved guitar), she does so with a height of passion that even Mt. Everest cannot rival. When she starts to write, she can show you that she is able to write with both hands at once in the same book and produce writing worth giving attention to. That is passion!

So, ask me what the formula for success is… and, while I may not give you a full equation, I can kick-start you with the “KQP Approach”:
a) – Knowledge: Be as informed in your field of interest as a woman is informed about what goes on in the home of her co-wife… and jealously yearn to get more information, for “My people perish because of lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6);
b) – Questioning: Don’t evade questions; instead face them to make your mind salivate with imagination, for listening and asking questions are two greatest hallmarks of the wise.IMG_6653
c) – Passion: Do what you are already enthusiastic about or else throw enthusiasm in what you are already doing.

And of course, when you find Petra with her dolls and everything she uses to write, read, and play, that is when you know how serious she is about her own type of success!

 

To your success,

“Inspiring transformational, exemplary and authentic leadership worldwide.”

Samuel A. Bakutana is Africa’s foremost Leadership, Business and Education Consultant; Motivational Key-note Speaker; and Personal Development Author of 8 books. He gave 98 invigorating talks in 2012, 164 in 2013, 191 in 2014, and has already given 102 inspiring presentations ever since the year begun (January – July 1, 2015). Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samuel-A-Bakutana-Leadership-Expert-Motivational-Speaker-and-Author/563444270356475), Twitter (https://twitter.com/amutusam), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=250332707&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic), Skillpages (http://www.skillpages.com/samuel-a.bakutana) or blog (www.excellentleading.wordpress.com). To book him for your next event, send an email now to amutusam@yahoo.com or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

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