The Anatomy of Leadership ~ 2

Anatomy2The bad is the leader’s weaknesses. These are faults or undeveloped areas in the leader’s life. Weaknesses in leaders vary – from emotional or character flaws to professional incompetence.

For instance, Tiger Woods is a great golfer, but had issues in his personal life. Every leader is flawed in some way.

Many leaders fail because they try to build integrity on their weaknesses. They make promises in these areas oblivious of the depth of their flaws. Here good intentions don’t count. It’s difficult to build integrity in an area in which you’ve not developed.

That said. Does a leader’s weakness make them a bad leader? No. Yes. No because faults are challenges that can be managed or overcome. Yes – when the leader lets their flaws run amok. But overall, weaknesses don’t have to disqualify a leader. It’s the leader’s choice.

Managed or not, weaknesses in the leader may or may not go away. But it’s a vital aspect in trying to understand leadership because the bad comes with the package and affects everyone involved with the leader.

In the next part, I’ll address: The Crazy. Keep reading.

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What the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Means for Africa

Creative-Growth-800x542The financial analyst, Aly Khan Satchu, said that, “Kenya, and Nairobi in particular, is globally fluent, has 21st century connectivity and an impressive pool of human capital.” He’s right.

Previously, those words would describe a western city – but not anymore. He’s talking about Nairobi – a vibrant city in Africa – and that’s the new Africa. Nations like Kenya are a sample of the emerging trend on the continent.

Johnnie Carson and Mark Bellany, both former United States ambassadors to Kenya confirm that, “Kenya’s fast growing economy is based on a dynamic private sector, a diversified services sector and high education levels.”

What does this mean?

It means that after years of poverty, corruption, trial-and-error, African nations are finally finding blueprints that actually work and the results are evident.

Furthermore, just like the wild-fire of independence in the 1960s, this fire is going to spread. Nation after nation will eventually find what works despite their peculiar challenges.

The Global Entrepreneurial Summit is simply an official announcement to the world that Africa is ready to trade in ideas. The 21st century will experience an Africa that’s poised to do global business at any level.

How to Reinvent Yourself

hambourg-1948Uniqueness means that there are new aspects of you waiting to be explored. It is the possibility of getting better, being more and becoming someone new. That’s our design. We have that gift.

Some of us explore further than others. But we all have the same chance – we’ve all been given the ability to evolve.

That said. How do you reinvent yourself? Here are a few tips:

  • Acknowledge Changes

As humans, we change in order to survive, stay relevant and thrive. This starts with recognizing the changes in your environment and being willing to adjust accordingly. Those who fail to adjust become irrelevant.

  • Unlearn: Give it Up

The root of reinvention lies in the adjusting or replacement of habits and thought-patterns. This is the tough part. It starts by consciously engaging the process of discarding thoughts and behavior that work against your goals.

  • Relearn: Acquire New Habits

In this process, old thought-patterns and behavior have to be replaced by new ones. For instance, if you decide to reinvent your body, you may have to give up junk food and replace the habit with healthy eating – and an exercise routine.

Good luck!

Startup Tip: Keep It Simple

IMG_1362-waechter-guardians-of-time-guards-contemporary-art-arts-arte-design-sculpture-statue-light-art-installation-show-fair-manfred-kielnhofer-kiliAn idea is a living thing – it has a life of its own and a starting point. Finding the right start is the entrepreneur’s challenge.

It’s a challenge because startup excitement often makes it hard for entrepreneurs to recognize simple steps in the startup process.

Every idea can be broken down into simple steps – and ideas evolve from stage to stage. This principle brings ease to the entrepreneur’s effort.

Find a simple start. For instance, you don’t have to rent out the traditional office space, a virtual office could do for now. Irrelevant business practices are traps. They make the new venture tedious. Avoid them.

Fortunately, we’re in the 21st century. Communication is cheap, the internet is effective and social media has slashed the cost of advertising and marketing. It’s a great time to start anything – on a simple note and still make a decent profit.

For starters, keep your business framework simple, flexible and change friendly because the startup is genetically designed for growth.

Do I Follow My Dreams Or Keep My Real Job?

Van-Gogh-Paintings-10Or: Are you living in fear?

That’s the real question.

Fear is a dominant factor in the life of many adults and its power to regulate decisions and actions is profound.

I’m not entirely for the ‘just-do-it’ school of thought because sometimes you have to scheme your way out of certain limitations in order to step into your dream. Neither am I for over-planning; there are times you just have to jump in. Rather, my concern is this: is fear keeping you where you are?

Fear can make you quit a great job and pursue your dream at the wrong time. Also, it can make you stay too long on your job and miss the right timing for your goals.

So for now, you probably need a job – stay the course and do great work. Or, it’s time to follow your dream – then make the moves. But don’t stay anywhere due to fear and if you are, start plotting your way out.

Fear is blinding, but once you assess and confront it, you’ll start to see exactly what you’re supposed to do.

The Cultural Pushback To Progressive Thinking

CulturalPushbackThe conflict between the status quo and the new is an old war. Despite the innovation hype in the media and corporate corridors, sameness seems to have a strong grip. History proves that society moves forward reluctantly.

Why?

The reasons abound.

Usually, the old feels threatened by the new – hence, a fight. This is also the reality of ideas. It is important for the entrepreneur to acknowledge and understand the gravity of the conflict.

Often, entrepreneurs take this fact for granted until they suddenly find themselves in an unplanned war. These ideologues expect their ideas to be warmly accepted, forgetting the mind’s tendency to stick with the coziness of the familiar.

To birth an idea: be ready for a fight! The establishment is unlikely to be as welcoming as you think. If for some reason, you enjoy a smooth sail, that’s the exception – not the rule.

The new is untested – that’s one reason society will fight it. In fairness, reasonable people hardly give up what works for the promise of what will work. And why should they? Now, that’s for the entrepreneur to successfully explain. That’s the real fight.

Ideas Don’t Rule The World

Message in the windowThoughts are common. Also, they’re not special. Don’t be confused. I’m not saying they’re not important; they are. But you find them everywhere; like oxygen, ideas are free.

Furthermore, an idea cannot change anything. Yes, I said it. They say that, “Ideas rule the world”. I do not agree. I’m yet to find an idea that ruled the world. Ideas are mental suggestions.

As a dreamer, I began to enjoy the power of ideas when I realized that:

Only DONE Ideas rule the world!

If your idea is not done, it cannot rule. Talking about it doesn’t count. Only done ideas rule!

At the risk of sounding like Nike, stop waiting for your idea to be perfect and just do it!

We postpone learning as we wait for all to look ideal. Step out and get it done. An idea in raw form is more powerful than an undone one.

Are you going to try? If you will, then your idea has a chance of ruling the world. Your thoughts need some fresh air, let them come out to play and let’s see how it goes.