What's in a smile?

What's in a smile?

When we smile, genuinely smile, we say to the world and to the people we encounter: “you’re welcome. You’re okay and I’m okay”.   And in our world of work, when we smile and genuinely smile, we say to our colleagues: “you’re welcome.  You have my attention” And if to some people you are a leader, your warm and genuine smile will say: “ You matter.  Your opinion counts. I am open to what you say. 

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Are you a fool?

Are you a fool?

Being a fool can be admired and derided. It takes courage to speak up. But is often not whether we speak up or not but it is about when we do, how we do and the intention behind our actions. Often our bodies and emotions will inform us on the integrity of our feelings and actions. In paying more attention to this, the key therefore is to be aligned and to preserve the integrity of of the alignment of our head, body and heart. It is in not doing this, that we risk the possibility of losing our the essence of who we are.  Our identity. 

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You can count on me. Not!

You can count on me. Not!

With each broken promise or agreement regardless of context, we say by our actions to those with whom we made the agreement that they do not matter.   We tell them my “face” matters more than you; my own needs are greater than yours; my word means nothing.   The fact too is that we send the same message to ourselves.  

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Leader, how big is your club?

Leader, how big is your club?

It is simply human to like and favour those whose outlook in life, their values, their opinions are similar to ours. It is also only human to embrace warmly into our clubs, those whose responses to us and our well thought through ideas and decisions are often “yes” and “amen”.  But as leaders, our people require us to be more embracing and accepting of those whose views and opinions may differ to ours.  

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Mind your own business!

Mind your own business!

As a child growing up in Nigeria the youngest of 5 siblings, whenever my mother cooked a pot of chicken stew and rice, i ended up with the tiny pieces of the wing and the feet! Whenever I looked with envy at my siblings rather large pieces of drumstick and thighs, she would say to me "mind your own business" It's important too that leaders mind their own business and have their teams do so too as a relentless focus on one's own path and direction albeit wishing others well, leads to contentment and a quality of results that could exceed expectations!

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