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Re-engineer Yourself or Perish!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


| Live . Love . Lead |

Samuel A. Bakutana


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Enjoy Today By Choice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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.


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


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.


Samuel A. Bakutana
Chief Executive Officer

Inspired Leaders International
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:


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?


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?


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?


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?


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.


Samuel A. Bakutana
Chief Executive Officer
Inspired Leaders International

Telephone: +256782163416

Twitter: @SamuelBakutana / @InspiredLead

“Empowered Leaders, Transformed Nations.”

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 (, Twitter (, LinkedIn (, Skillpages ( or blog ( To book him for your next event, send an email now to 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?


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.


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.


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 (, Twitter (, LinkedIn (, Skillpages ( or blog ( To book him for your next event, send an email now to 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.
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.


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 (, Twitter (, LinkedIn (, Skillpages ( or blog ( To book him for your next event, send an email now to 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



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 (, Twitter (, LinkedIn (, Skillpages ( or blog ( To book him for your next event, send an email now to or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

Address Their NEED or You will be addressed as a WEED!

Leadership has never been a bed of roses but always a bunch of responsibilities. One such obligation is to keep the ear on ground and address yourself to the needs of those you claim to lead – not by giving lip-service but implementing strategic policies, transformational programs and enduring processes that relevantly speak to the daily welfare of the people being led.

Today I watched on TV the leader of a Teachers’ Service Commission of a certain African country being heckled during an Annual Delegates Conference of their National Union of Teachers. Amidst very uncooperative storms of noise, he kept on begging, “Listen; give me time. Please let me finish.” Good enough, after about 15 minutes of braving through his speech, the mammoth crowd brought the shouting a bit low and gave him some audience especially when he started addressing issues that their General Secretary had highlighted as important to them, threatening industrial action in the next three weeks.

Teachers Service Commission

Running into the risk of sounding judgmental, I learnt this one lesson:

“If any leader abuses the privilege of responsibility by deciding to treat the REAL NEEDS of the people with a deaf ear, he risks losing relevance, being denied their cooperation, and gaining their intolerance, for no man learns if he refuses to listen. Life without ears is the surest recipe for suicide.” – Samuel A. Bakutana

Fellow leader, you better address their NEED or you will be addressed as a WEED in the garden of their life and welfare. I welcome and deeply appreciate your comments to this stand, just in the “comments” section below this post.

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 and has already given 182 inspiring presentations ever since the year begun (January to December 8, 2014). Follow Samuel A. Bakutana on: Facebook (, Twitter (, LinkedIn (, Skillpages ( or blog ( To book him for your next event, send an email now to or call +256782163416 for immediate feedback. You are blessed beyond measure; so fly like an eagle!

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