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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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THE #GIVERS ARE GETTERS

Today morning, Christine my dear friend and fellow leader, posted on a platform we both fondly belong to, saying:

“Good morning friends. We give thanks to God for the gift of another day and brethren who freely give of what [He has] endowed them with.”

That last statement caught my attention: “…and brethren who freely give of what [He has] endowed them with.” This was in reference to a number of members on the platform who daily share a lot of positive messages, make informed discussions and offer great wisdom.

Today, choose to be that person who understands the following in general (plus the examples in practice after these points below):

  • Blessings multiply when shared, not hoarded or hidden.
  • You can’t give a smile while frowning. The more you choose to give someone a smile, the more you send away an angry face from your own.

  • You can’t hug someone from a distance. When you hug, you are hugged… and a hug brings you closer to someone in many ways.

  • You don’t spray some perfume on others without getting some drops on yourself.

  • The very way we have consequences for doing wrong, is the very way there are consequences for doing right. Do right, give, help – and leave your gain to be taken care of by consequences! (My dear friend Lady Precious rightly suggests I use the word “rewards” instead of “consequences”. Next time I will!)

In practice, therefore:
🍏 Whenever you join a group, club or association, focus on what you’re going to contribute there. Leave what you’re likely to receive to consequences of your contribution.
🍏 For a marriage to work, focus on how you can make every day a phenomenal experience for your spouse, and leave the rest to consequences!
🍏 In a business you’ve established, put emphasis on how to serve the customer to the best of your ability, exceeding their expectations, and let consequences bring repeat customers, earn you referrals and beautify your income statement!
🍏 When you choose to belong to that Worship Team at your local church, remember to focus on the value, service and exquisiteness you’re bringing to the ministry, and let the God you serve excellently manufacture the consequences!


🍏 As a citizen of your country, don’t stop at asking your leaders what they’re doing for you. While leaders have responsibilities, other citizens who follow do have obligations too. Focus on doing your part of the bargain and surely, there will be positive consequences for you.

In conclusion:
🔹 Elevate your passion for giving above your hunger for getting.
🔹 Blessings multiply when shared, not hidden.
🔹 You can’t give a smile while frowning.
🔹 When you give a hug, you are receiving one.
🔹 When you spray some perfume on others, you get some drops on yourself.
🔹 So do right, and leave your gain to be taken care of by consequences! (Oh, rewards!)
🔹Givers are getters by natural consequence.

Even for reading this message this far (or forwarding it to as many people in your contacts as possible), there are consequences! 😄

Live. Love. Lead.

#YouWillManage

Samuel A. Bakutana
Chief Executive Officer

Inspired Leaders International
📞+256782163416
📧deltacu11@gmail.com
Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations.

10 #Mentoring QuestionsEveryone Needs to Answer – #Bakutana

Today I read a piece in which a mentor and mentee had an encouraging conversation. I felt compelled to ask you some 10 simple but serious questions:

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1. UNDERSTANDING: Do you know the difference between a mentor, coach, trainer, counsellor, teacher and consultant? Or do you just throw around any “title” / label of your choice to whoever you choose?

2. YIELDING: Do YOU as an individual have a MENTOR in YOUR life to whom you yield or you glide through life by trial-and-error?

3. PURSUIT: Do you truly seek out and hungrily pursue your mentor or he/she has to do this instead as if he/she is forcing himself/herself onto you?

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4. TEACHABILITY: Do you have a teachable heart and an open mind that would humbly allow you to learn from your mentor or all you do is trying to either impress or prove to him/her that you are “equally smart”?

5. OPENNESS: Do you honestly and frequently open up to your mentor so that yours can be an authentic, real and friendly relationship or you’re a specialist in masking your life, pretending about many things in your life, and hiding life’s struggles from him/her?

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6. LOYALTY: Do you obey your mentor in all right things and follow through the “steps” or assignments he/she may give you or when you leave his/her presence, life remains as usual until the next “cosmetic, directionless meeting”?

7. INTENTION: Do you have the right, godly and genuine intentions of being mentored to another level of personal growth or you only want to be associated with him/her name just for selfish, prestige issues? You hear someone proudly asking, “Oh you didn’t know that H.E. The President is my mentor? Well, he is!” Okay, so what? What’s your intention?

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8. SYMBIOSIS: Do you also find as many creative ways as possible to be helpful to your mentor in simple ways, as a simple indication that you treasure the relationship? For example do you pray for him/her?

9. GRATITUDE: Do you ever directly appreciate your mentor so that he/she inwardly gets to know that you’re thankful for him/her sharing his/her wisdom, giving you access to his/her precious time, and being generous with his/her other tangible and intangible resources?

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10. REPRODUCTION: Are you also investing in other people as a mentored mentor so that as you grow, you also keep helping others to grow? Or all you’re interested in is your own progress? Are there others who look up to you and can call you their mentor?

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I wouldn’t mind getting your answers to the above via whatsapp number +256782163416 or Twitter handle: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead. Kindly forwarding this now to all your wished-well contacts and letting them equally think through this reflection is a mark of honour. My friend Barbara Katende says, “If you’re on earth and have no coach, you’ve already failed.” Well, I add: if you’re reading this and you can’t point to someone’s mentorship in your life at present, you’ve already hindered the maximization of your full potential. Over to you now!

Live. Love. Lead.

#YouWillManage

Samuel A. Bakutana
Chief Executive Officer
Inspired Leaders International

Telephone: +256782163416

Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

“Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations.”

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:

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

| Live | Love | Lead |

 

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.”

 

| Live | Love | Lead |

 

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!

 

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!

Rise Up and Fly Higher Now!

You were created to LEAD. You were made to MANAGE the Earth. You are fashioned specially to have DOMINION over creation. Why now are you there chickening down, miserably flocking with the helpless ducks, and fearing to fly, O you eagle?

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Rise up right NOW and fly higher than you have ever dreamt possible. Higher and higher and higher you go now! No more time to just keep eating dirty worms on the ground when your real feeding-trough is situated right up there on the higher Rock, near the blue skies.

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You are a king, an ambassador, a co-regent with the King of kings. Arise now. Stand up now, speak up now, and stand out NOW – now, now, I said NOW. Get off that ancient chair of self-pity and move forward now. Get off that filthy mat of hopelessness and stride forward now. Get off that destructive bed of low self-esteem and spring forward with graceful boldness.

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Forward ever, and backward never. Forward you go – without fear or favour or fever. You are the Chosen one of the Creator, the Elect of the Owner, the Royal priesthood. Show me the person who mercilessly pushed you down to the endless depth of untold sorrow? Let me know who violently pulled you down from the lofty mountains grandeur? Who is he – I ask – who jealously closed your doors of eternal opportunity before your hitherto lovely but now weeping face?

stop_crying_biker_shirt__59864.1405435952.1280.1280Well, listen to me now and listen pretty good: stop crying endlessly and start flying ceaselessly.

Stop looking at how badly you’ve been knocked down and start looking at how high you are going to bounce back.

Stop looking at the heart-breaking trials that have burnt you sore and start looking at the enjoyable triumphs that will surely result from your unshakeable tenacity, unbeatable determination, and unrelenting perseverance.

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Stop looking at how ugly the stumbling blocks that life has scaringly pushed before you along your journey of progress are and start looking at them as the much-needed and long-awaited stepping stones to the shining summit of monumental achievement.

You are the head, not the tail. Chest out now, legs straight, and move forward. Forward into your God-given destiny. Forward into your bright future. Forward into the eternal purpose for your existence.

Forward. Forward. Forward. NOW. NOW. NOW.

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 69 inspiring presentations ever since the year begun (January – May, 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!

You Better Build YOUR Dream!

If you don't build your dream...True, without a doubt. This is a statement a friend sent to me by email hours ago and I thought that it was surely worth the effort to share a few thoughts about it here with YOU.

Quite often, we find it more comfortable, easier and less threatening to be busy building other people’s dreams (which would be okay if we were also working on ours) than throwing both our legs into our own God-given dreams.

We find ourselves fearing the unknown and possibilities of failure if we launched out into the uncharted paths with our sometimes wild dreams.

But, well, all of life is a risk… and your dreams are worth the risk. Your dreams are a TEST of your resilience. Your dreams are a TRUST from your God. Your dreams are a TREASURE you can’t see wasted.
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Yesterday, I had a whole day’s quality time with one of my dear daughters that I mentor and our chief focus of our conversation was the word “ATROPHY.” This is about the shrinking of the muscles due to not being used. We, on a more serious note, realized that whatever we do not use, we lose! If a talent of singing is ignored, you lose the voice. If the gifting of football is not put to good use, you lose the skill. If the ability to speak is not utilized, you lose the influence. If the potential is not maximized, you lose it. At best, you misuse and abuse it.
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Pulling all the above strings together, I think, it is time for each one of us seriously consider PURSUING THEIR DREAMS in the most honourable manner that will be God-pleasing and man-edifying.

  • It is time to have no fear apart from fear of having fear.
  • It is time to lift our heads high and walk forward into our destiny without fear or favour or fever.
  • It is time to do it anyway, regardless of whatever seems to stand in our way.
  • It is time to achieve our dreams or else someone smarter will hire us forever to achieve theirs.
  • It is time to put to the best use our potential or else, atrophy will happen. Don’t “snail with your time” because you may lose your great ability, your noble dream, your life’s assignment.

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I am glad you passed by my blog today to share with me this simple but powerful truth: IF YOU DON’T BUILD YOUR DREAM, SOMEONE ELSE WILL HIRE YOU TO BUILD THEIRS.

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 56 inspiring presentations ever since the year begun (January – April, 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!

Invest This Time of the Year Wisely

On October 4, 2014, after giving a guest lecture during the Leadership Mentoring Program at Uganda Christian University, I had a Facebook chat with my “brother-in-inspiration,” Robert Bake, about the magazine he publishes, in which I have a regular column. A few highlights from our talk will give you value for your time as we talk about four habits we should not allow to continue in this second quarter of “Twenty Fit-in” (2015).

First, we exchanged greetings before I asked him how really he was doing. Opening up to me, he shared some challenge. Without further ado, there lies the first habit you should not continue with in this quarter of the year: refusing to open up and seek help whenever needed. In my latest book “How to Effectively Manage Stress and Work Pressure,” I write: “Everyone needs help almost all the time. Whenever this is the case, let us be humble enough to ask for it from the right sources. Otherwise, we invite stress that would otherwise dwell in some distant homestead, not ours.” So do not sit on the tip of a knife and still sing “All is well.” Acknowledge your storm; seek the necessary help. This is not only a mark of strength but an endearing acceptance that you too are human!

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After that, Robert immediately said, “In the meantime we need to discuss about WI-Magazine.” There goes the second habit: majoring in the minors, minoring in the majors. Just four days before this conversation, I was hosted on “Business Today” on UBC TV, where I summed it up this way: “Don’t be everywhere, doing everything, with everyone, at every turn of the road. Concentrate on what is most important.” You and I should know the priorities of the new year and put the rest where they belong. What will yield the highest return on your investment of time, effort, and money? “In the meantime we need to discuss” that!

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Along the way, I asked a line-up of questions about the inspiration behind the magazine, names of other contributors, nature of my column, and expected size of my articles. I asked about possible options, frequency of the magazine, thematic scope, geographical reach, plus more! Therein lies a great lesson that I recently shared during a Business Motivation Seminar at Hotel Triangle: do not hurry over issues, but rather be a person of details. A professor of medicine told his students, “There are two characteristics you need as you begin this course.” Dipping his finger in a test-tube with urine, he licked the finger and passed it around for the shocked students to do the same. One after the other, they shyly did so to the last one. He then said, “This is why we have done this: as a scientist, never despise or disrespect any specimen used during any experiment. Lesson two: always pay attention to details. How could you not see that I dipped in the ring finger but licked on the thumb?” Oh yes, in the new season, pay attention to details in your business, leadership, and family; relationship, academics, and work.

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As our discussion came to the end, Robert said, “Bakutana, from the response I am getting, this magazine is long overdue and it might be what we were waiting for…” I responded, “Of course, it is long overdue. There is no doubt about that.” That is the immovable positivity that flies in the face of chronic negativity! So, 2015 should rather be called “twenty fit-in” – a season of about twenty of your most desired achievements fitting in one year! Enough is enough – feeling hopeless and helpless, settling for the price instead of the value, talking more but saying less. Enough is enough – giving up before you start, surrendering to the filthy hands of stress, taking centuries before beginning that business. Enough is enough – writing that one book for 30 years, not grabbing the unveiled opportunities due to fear, and always yielding to feelings of insufficiency. Time to be positive – NOW!

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So, there we have the four habits to avoid:

  1. Refusing to open up and seek help;
  2. Majoring in minors;
  3. Hurrying over issues; and
  4. Being chronically negative.

In this season:

  1. Seek help whenever you need it regardless of internal fears;
  2. Dwell on what is important and profitable;
  3. Be attentive to details;
  4. Have the immovable positivity that flies in the face of the negative!

Will you now believe your capability? Shall you believe God’s ability? Shall you believe your dream’s nobility? Start every day in style.

Invest this season of the year wisely!

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 56 inspiring presentations ever since the year begun (January – April, 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!

Your Turn is Coming. Are you READY?

“Prepare for greatness and set yourself up for success.”

One day, a very big opportunity of a lifetime came to me and, sadly, I saw it go away just because I was not yet in position to welcome it appropriately, utilize it maximally, and benefit from it fully. I saw it go back the way it came, and it left me with tearly eyes. Over the years, I have come to believe that it is always better to prepare and an opportunity fails to come than for the long-awaited opportunity to arrive and find you totally unprepared for it.

The Complaining Team:

If you really never complain, why the BUT?

If you really never complain, why is your speech full of “BUT”?

I meet many people complaining, saying, “I have waited and waited and waited for this thing but it is not coming. I have been ready for the last seven years but nothing is materializing. I feel something is wrong.” Well, something may be wrong, but also chances are high that something is very right. If you are ready, as you claim, then something is right – YOU are ready… and that IS great. Maybe, the timing is what’s not yet right for what you are ready for. It may just demand some bit of MORE patience before you lay your hands on that long-awaited break!

Like I said in my previous post, the only difference between a live birth and a miscarriage is TIMING. Some things cannot be rushed the way we would want to do. As someone said, you cannot produce a baby in one month by making nine women pregnant! It simply has to be NINE months. Timing is important.

The Unprepared Waiters:

...and so you are not getting the opportunity when it finally comes. That's all.

…and so you are not getting the opportunity when it finally comes. That’s all.

The problem, however, is that many are NOT prepared at all for what they desire to have in life. They only WISH they could get that better job, bigger house, higher position, etc, but they have done nothing serious about getting themselves rightly positioned for those things.

A much-needed better job comes and finds you lacking the minimum requirements for it. A bigger house is advertised but you have not saved the needed money to purchase it. A higher position comes but your character is not prepared for it. So, all the needed opportunities come but find YOU not prepared for them at all.

The Ignorant Accusers:

The funny bit of it is that such people who are really not prepared when opportunity knocks on the door go ahead to falsely accuse the prepared of many negative things – tribalism, corruption, luck, among others. They declare themselves unlucky, disadvantaged, and hated, yet it is a matter of not being ready enough!

Wisdom of the Wise:

Stop complaining or accusing others. Simply prepare yourself enough. Prepare for greatness and set yourself up for success. Stop complaining that your life partner has delayed to come; just ensure you are growing deeper and better in issues of marriage. Stop accusing others of

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bribing to get jobs (even if this was true); start standing out of the crowd to a point of being “unignorable.” Stop complaining about not being voted into leadership; prepare yourself better for the next election. Stop waiting for someone to sponsor your business start-up while you are busy doing nothing; prepare your documents, premises, marketing plans, and much more. Stop complaining about not YET having a child of your own; be getting ready with skills and knowledge on parenting and child nurture as you patiently wait. Like we used to say in Scouting, “Always Be Prepared.”

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President (1861-65) once said, “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” That is the exact attitude with which all of us should live our life. Prepare, and one day, YOUR turn will come. It should not find you turning in your bed, not ready. Your chance will come. It should not find you just taking chances with life! Your opportunity will come. It should not fail to find a ready door on which it can knock.

itsyourtime1In fact, IT IS COMING. The break is coming. The opportunity that is going to catapult you to your next level is just doing push-ups. The turn for you to do what you have always wanted to do is around the corner, negotiating the last lap towards your home. The opportunity of a lifetime that you have prayed to God about for long is about to enter into your house.

The question is one: ARE YOU REALLY PREPARED FOR IT? Opportunities will always punish the men and women that yearn for them yet not prepared to receive them at all.

April is about to end. Have a very fruitful second quarter of “Twenty-Fit-In” (read as 2015) a year in which 20 great opportunities will fit into one year for YOU. You only have one challenge: to be prepared for them.

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 56 inspiring presentations ever since the year begun (January – April, 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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