Quotes on Encouragement

23 Apr

Welcome to this edition of “The Now Leadership”.

In this edition, we’ll take a look at some of the quotes on ENCOURAGEMENT from one the great leadership minds of our time.

Please note that this piece is mainly for us to encourage other people around us and those we have contacts with on a daily basis. I have come to realize that when we concentrate on solving other people’s problems, our own problem gets solved in the process. When we take time out to encourage people around us that are hopeless, helpless and clueless, we are energized with renewed hope and faith and can see help on the way for us. More so, we gain a new sense of direction too.

As a leader, you must learn to do like king David of the ancient Israel did when he had a challenge as a leader- encourage yourself when the chips are down because your people are looking up to you as a model. You can’t afford to be discouraged in the face of challenges and opposition. Keep up the faith buddy!

Be inspired and be encouraged as you go through this piece.

Keep on succeeding!

Olumide Olaoye
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Quotes on Encouragement
By John C Maxwell

What kind of impact do you want to make in this world? Most of us desire to do something that matters, something important. I believe that people are more important than anything else on this earth. So impacting the lives of other people is one of the most significant things any one of us can do.
How can we positively impact the life of another person? Through encouragement! I believe it is one of the greatest gifts you or I can give someone else. These are some of my favorite quotes on the topic. I hope they inspire you to make a difference in the life of someone else.

# “You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” ~Zig Ziglar

# “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

# “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~Mother Teresa

# “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” ~Mark Twain

# “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” ~William Arthur Ward

# “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” ~Booker T. Washington

# “There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else.” ~George M. Adams

# “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth a greater effort under a spirit of approval then under a spirit of criticism.” ~Charles Schwab

# “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to him his own.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

# “Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

# “An automobile goes nowhere efficiently unless it has a quick, hot spark to ignite things, to set the cogs of the machine in motion. So I try to make every player on my team feel he’s the spark keeping our machine in motion.” ~Coach Knute Rockne

# “How do you identify someone who needs encouragement? That person is breathing.” ~Truett Cathy

# “You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” ~Dale Carnegie

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Quotes on Encouragement

23 Apr

Welcome to this edition of “The Now Leadership”.

In this edition, we’ll take a look at some of the quotes on ENCOURAGEMENT from one the great leadership minds of our time.

Please note that this piece is mainly for us to encourage other people around us and those we have contacts with on a daily basis. I have come to realize that when we concentrate on solving other people’s problems, our own problem gets solved in the process. When we take time out to encourage people around us that are hopeless, helpless and clueless, we are energized with renewed hope and faith and can see help on the way for us. More so, we gain a new sense of direction too.

As a leader, you must learn to do like king David of the ancient Israel did when he had a challenge as a leader- encourage yourself when the chips are down because your people are looking up to you as a model. You can’t afford to be discouraged in the face of challenges and opposition. Keep up the faith buddy!

Be inspired and be encouraged as you go through this piece.

Keep on succeeding!

Olumide Olaoye
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Quotes on Encouragement
By John C Maxwell

What kind of impact do you want to make in this world? Most of us desire to do something that matters, something important. I believe that people are more important than anything else on this earth. So impacting the lives of other people is one of the most significant things any one of us can do.
How can we positively impact the life of another person? Through encouragement! I believe it is one of the greatest gifts you or I can give someone else. These are some of my favorite quotes on the topic. I hope they inspire you to make a difference in the life of someone else.

# “You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” ~Zig Ziglar

# “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

# “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~Mother Teresa

# “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” ~Mark Twain

# “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” ~William Arthur Ward

# “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” ~Booker T. Washington

# “There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else.” ~George M. Adams

# “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth a greater effort under a spirit of approval then under a spirit of criticism.” ~Charles Schwab

# “The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to him his own.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

# “Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

# “An automobile goes nowhere efficiently unless it has a quick, hot spark to ignite things, to set the cogs of the machine in motion. So I try to make every player on my team feel he’s the spark keeping our machine in motion.” ~Coach Knute Rockne

# “How do you identify someone who needs encouragement? That person is breathing.” ~Truett Cathy

# “You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” ~Dale Carnegie

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SERVANT-LEADERSHIP

21 Mar

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a month, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, serve others.” ~ Chinese proverb

Welcome to another edition of ‘The Now Leadership’.

Let me start by apologizing for being away for a while. I was away for more than a month. It’s important for the betterment of the whole process and we’re back bigger and better.

I believe you’ve not lost sight of your goals for the year yet? Keep running with it, you’ll hit the target.

Thank you for being there all the time to read this blog. Knowing that you are always there to read and share the information on this page inspires me to want to write and write and write. You’re simply amazing!

In this edition, we’ll be looking at the concept of ‘Servant-Leadership’

Leadership is Service. It is not about being in a position where people are to serve you. Rather, it is about you serving people with any opportunity you have, irrespective of your position. Positional leadership is just a form of leadership, not leadership in itself. Don’t let’s get it mixed-up here, okay.

Until you’re ready to be a servant you cannot become a true leader. You have got to be ready to serve people if you want to realize your leadership mandate.

The greatest leader who ever lived-Jesus Christ, exposed us to this concept of Servant Leadership. In His words, he said something very striking, “I’m as one that serves among you. He that wants to be the greatest of all must be ready to be the servants of all” (Paraphrased)

The hallmark of true fulfillment and lasting success is Service. When you go out of your way to serve people, you have a sense of fulfillment that you cannot explain and this kind of feeling goes beyond hitting a jackpot or winning a lottery. It also goes beyond that time when you first set your eyes on that special person. True fulfillment in life is not found in money, prestige, position or fame. Even in marriage, until you’re out to serve your spouse and your children, you can’t find lasting fulfillment in it. The kind of feelings you get from these are short-lived compared to the lasting and inner fulfillment you get when you go out of your way to be a blessing to someone around you.

Sometimes, serving people may not even cost you a thing but it will be costly most of the times. Helping a nursing mother pick a fallen item in a grocery store doesn’t cost a thing, but it leaves a lasting impact on the other person, especially if you do it with a smile on your face.

A servant-leader is not someone who’s out to use people. He’s not someone that goes into any kind of relationships simply to get, or for WIIFM (What’s In It For Me). If you carry that kind of mindset into anything you’re doing-business, marriage, board room, you will be limited and true fulfillment will be a mirage to you.

A servant-leader will always ask himself/herself: ‘how can I be of help to this person?’, ‘how can I put a smile on this hurting face?’, how can I make this person a better person?’, ‘What can I bring to the table to move this organization forward’? etc.

It will interest you to know that nobody wants to have anything to do with a parasitic person, not even in an organizational setting. As a prospective employee, you must be able to convince your employer that you’re coming on board to contribute your quota to the development of the organization.

The reason most of us get frustrated at something that used to make us feel good before is simply because we have shifted our focus from ‘serving’ to ‘getting’. That is the main reason for frustrations in marriages,on jobs and even in a nation.

Africa is largely behind in global developments simply because our leaders are not out to serve but they are in positions for what they can get and for what will lead to their own benefits.

In leadership, there’s what is called the ‘law of the lid’. The law of the lid states that “Your leadership cannot move beyond the level of the lid on it”. Selfishness is a form of lid on your leadership capability. If you’re going to succeed as a leader, you have to embrace Selflessness and do away with Self-Centredness. That is the major challenge we have in our nation and continent.

But there’s hope for us. Why am I so sure about this? It’s simply because a new breed of leaders are emerging-selfless leaders, servant-leaders, people that are out to serve others, rather than waiting to be served…The Now Leadership. And I know you’re one of them. Let’s get rid off selfishness in our families, communities, offices and society at large and a new world of freedom, peace, prosperity and development will emerge. That is my dream and I hope it’s yours too.

Until next time, continue to succeed.

Love,

Olumide Olaoye

A Leader’s thoughts on Criticism!

7 Feb

Happy new month!
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Now Leadership.
This week, we’re looking at the thoughts of one of the finest leaders of our time on the subject of Criticism.
Isaac Newton said and I quote “If I can see farther than others, it is because I’m standing on the shoulders of those that have gone ahead of me!”
When we humble ourselves enough to learn from those ahead of us, we are empowered to know what to do in a particular situation, and not to make the same mistakes they made in the past. The difference between a wise person and a fool is that the former learns from other people’s mistakes while the latter learns from his own mistakes.
Be inspired as you read through this piece.
Love,
Olumide Olaoye

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When You Get Kicked in the Rear, You Know You’re Out in Front
By John C Maxwell

Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “Criticism is something you can avoid easily—by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Obviously, that isn’t an option for anyone who wants to be successful as a leader.
Good leaders are active, and their actions often put them out front. That often draws criticism. When spectators watch a race, where do they focus their attention? On the front-runners! People watch their every action—and often criticize.
Since criticism is a part of leadership, you need to learn how to handle it constructively.  The following has helped me to deal with criticism, so I pass it on to you.
# Know yourself.
Do you really know yourself? Are you aware of your weaknesses as well as your strengths? Where do you fall short as a person and leader? Not sure what your weaknesses are? Ask five trustworthy people close to you. They’ll be able to tell you where you come up short.
# Know the criticism – and the critics.
When you receive criticism, how do you tell if it’s constructive or destructive? (Some say constructive criticism is when I criticize you, but destructive criticism is when you criticize me!) Here are the questions I ask to get to determine what kind of criticism it is:
Who criticized me? Adverse criticism from a wise person is more to be desired than the enthusiastic approval of a fool. The source often matters.
How was it given? I try to discern whether the person was being judgmental or whether he gave me the benefit of the doubt and spoke with kindness.
Why was it given? Was it given out of a personal hurt or for my benefit? Hurting people hurt people; they lash out or criticize to try to make themselves feel better, not to help the other person.
# Stay open to change.
Let’s assume you now know yourself pretty well. You can tell when a criticism is way off-base; maybe it’s directed more at your position than at you. And you know when a criticism is 100% legitimate because it’s about a weakness that you’ve already discovered.
But what about the gray areas? The criticisms that might hold a grain of truth? A good leader stays open to improvement by:
Not being defensive,
Looking for the helpful grain of truth,
Making the necessary changes, and
Taking the high road.
# Accept yourself.
Jonas Salk, developer of the Salk polio vaccine, had many critics in spite of his incredible contribution to medicine. Of criticism, he observed, “First people will tell you that you are wrong. Then they will tell you that you are right, but what you’re doing really isn’t important. Finally, they will admit that you are right and that what you are doing is very important; but after all, they knew it all the time.”
How do leaders who are out front handle this kind of fickle response from others?
The Serenity Prayer, made famous by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs, gives direction in this area:
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
If you have endeavored to know yourself, and have worked hard to change yourself, then what more can you do?
# Forget yourself.
The final step in the process of effectively handling criticism is to stop focusing on yourself. Secure people forget about themselves so they can focus on others. By doing this, they can face nearly any kind of criticism—and even serve the critic.
I try to live out a sentiment expressed by Parkenham Beatty, who advised, “By your own soul learn to live. And if men thwart you, take no heed. If men hate you, have no care: Sing your song, dream your dream, hope your hope and pray your prayer.”
As leaders, we must always be serious about our responsibilities, but it isn’t healthy for us to take ourselves too seriously. A Chinese proverb says, “Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves. They shall never cease to be entertained.”
My friend Joyce Meyer observes, “God will help you be all you can be, but He will never let you be successful at becoming someone else.” We can’t do more than try to be all that we can be. If we do that as leaders, we will give others our best, and we will sometimes takes hits from others. But that’s okay. That is the price for being out front.

Originally posted at John Maxwell on Leadership on June 15, 2010

You can lead anywhere you are now!

28 Jun

One of the foremost world leadership experts,John C. Maxwell said ‘Leadership is influence,no more,no less!’
I believe one of the injustice of this millenium is giving wrong meaning to the word leadership. Leadership is not just about position. Positional leadership is just a form of leadership,one of the avenues by which leadership can be implemented.
Leadership is influence and because it is influence,everybody is a leader. This is because everyone has one form of influence or the other; at home,in school,at the office,in the church etc. You that you are reading this blog has one form of influence or the other,no matter how small.
The challenge before us all is the ability to harness our energy to impact people anywhere we are found. You can make a difference.You can pioneer a change that will make this life a better place to be. There is a leadership seed in everyone of us. The onus now lies on us to develop that seed so as to blossom and be a blessing to our world. I will like to give these few tips about leadership:
* Leadership is not a gift; it is a choice!
* Leadership cannot be impacted; it is to be consciously cultivated and developed!
* You cannot lead with your head,you lead with your heart!
* Readers are leaders; the more you read, the better you will be able to develop your leadership skills.
* If you’re leading and no one is following,you are only taking a stroll!
* People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!
Remember,don’t wait until you occupy a position before you discover and develop your leadership skills.You are a leader. There is a leadership seed in you!
Have a pleasant weekend!

New Perspective to Leadership

3 Jun

Leadership is Everything!

Everything rises and falls on leadership. Whether in a nation,family,organization or school, what determines its success or failure is the quality of its leadership.

The Now leadership is an online blog that seeks to educate and teach its readers what leadership in the 21st century is all about.

Leadership is not about being seen at the fore front at all times when a task is to be done,it’s about empowering your people to be able to develop and utilize their potentials to get the job done.

Leadership is not about bossing your team members around; it is all about influencing your team in a way that they  are motivated to get the job done even when you’re not around.

Leadership is not about being tensed when a member of your team is making progress and seems to be making positive impacts in his/her field; it is about you being secured as a person and much more as a leader, and to be able to cheer the person and encourage him to do more and achieve more.

Leadership is not about you taking the credit when the team achieved success on a particular task; it is about being generous to share the credit among the team and letting them know that personally you wouldn’t have been able to achieve it without having them around you.

Leadership is not about you putting the blame on your team when the chips are down;it is about you accepting the blame and taking responsibility for the result

Leadership is Responsibility….responding to my ability, not when I want to, but when I ought to!

What is leadership to you?

Share you views…

Yours in Leadership,

Olumide Olaoye

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1 Jun

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