To FLY or LAND – WHY DO YOU EXIST?

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I was once privileged to work in Northern Kenya, in Turkana County at a town called Lokichoggio. It was my first time to serve in a hardship area in my ten years in banking and finance. The experience had its own challenges alongside merits.

For once, I could interact with flora and fauna I only read about in my Geography classes.  But the presence of the international airport as part of the town’s infrastructure is what fascinated me most.

During our time for rest and recuperation, we would use flights to and from Nairobi. The presence of many planes on the airfield, disused and in bad shape attracted my attention. So when an employee of the facility invited me over to the watchtower for a visit, I obliged.

Once up in the control tower, he showed me how they directed and managed flights in the airport. It gave me a chance to question why so many huge planes were parked on the tarmac on the fringes of the airfield, disused and abandoned. He informed me that most of those planes were left abandoned by their owners after the government banned their use in the country.

The discussion progressed on. I also questioned why, in such a short time, most had rusted and were literally falling apart. He told me that a plane is made to fly. Its life should be spent mostly in the air and not on land. As such, when packed on land, vagaries of weather work on it more than when it is in the skies. Likewise, my friend went on, a plane is safer when it is in the air than on land! And this shocked me to the core…

In Nairobi’s biggest airport, JKIA, the turnaround time for a plane is two hours on the maximum. This means, every two hours, a plane has to be in the air to minimize its wear and tear when aground.

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It made me to start thinking: what was I created for? Was I really living the life I was meant to? Am I harnessing the potential in me to the maximum? What was my gifting? How was I using it?

In this world, many of us are like those planes on the ground – living a life they were never created to live, with unexplored potential lying idle in them. Many of us are leading lives to fit into our clichés and gangs. We do things to belong. We do things because we feel that is what society and those around us expect us to, oblivious of the actual reason why we were created in the first place.

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Look around social media for instance: we are literally competing against ourselves on who looks more fly than the other. But then, were we all created to be similar? Life would be very boring if all of us did the same thing, living similar lifestyles!

It is upon us to dig in and have a conversation within ourselves to find out why we exist. Unless we do that, we will be like those planes I have spoken of – wearing off and disused, useless. For we will never find meaning if all we do is sit on the ground when we were made to fly! When you time on earth comes to an end, would you look back and regret that you never lived the life you were supposed to? Would you, for instance, blame doubt and fears as some of the things that stopped you from exploiting your life potential?

So, then, fly – each in his own unique way as we were created or lie down and die disused and wasted. It is your choice. True success only comes when you live your purpose – living as you were intended to. So make the right choice!

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The writer is an acclaimed business author of Passionpreneurship Demystified and Business Networking: How to maximize on your contacts for Business and Professional Growth. Both books are available on Amazon. He is also a Personal Branding and Business Speaker with PBL Africa and a Cytonn Entrepreneurs Hub Mentor. In case you need assistance to give your business or profession a jump-start, he can be reached via the following contacts:

Email:                mokindah@gmail.com

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6 Reasons Why Your Job Promotion is Elusive

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In my last blog post (check it here: https://mokinda.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/how-to-get-that-promotion-easily-a-personal-testimony/ ), I highlighted how one can get that much desired promotion at their place of work. Today, I would wish to look into some of the reasons as to why most of us stagnate at a job position for years without prospects of ever rising up the corporate ladder.

#1     Not showing your worth to the company

The corporate world has a way of spotting capacity and rewarding potential. As such, people that do not exhibit any form of motivation towards adding value to the company would never be rewarded. As an employee, it is upon you to show how you are worth by employing and exploiting your talent and competencies. It would be worthwhile if you exhibited to your company how much worthy you are by exhibiting your potential and how it can help fill gaps in the company.

Everyone has a passion. It therefore means everyone has the potential of being promoted. Why are you not?

 

#2     Not living the brand

All corporates have a value system they ascribe to. Values are what shape a company’s culture in its interaction with the outside world. Of particular importance is its relationship with its clientele.  If one does not ascribe to the set corporate values, their behaviour would be in-congruent to the desired values and norms within the organization. It therefore behooves all members of an organization to first ascribe to and ultimately live the values of the brand for it to bring it out alive.

Failure to activate these means that one would not exhibit the desired ethos of the organization and as such, not fit into the corporate system of that particular company.

 

#3     Non-performance

It is obvious all enterprises exist with the ultimate purpose of returning value to the shareholders. Indeed, if one is not performing to the expected standard, the firm would have no reason to continue holding onto such a person. It is a fact that them that do not get exited from companies for non-performance are never promoted.

Have you realized that you have been mark timing on a position for long? Most probably the reason is you are just an average performer! Salary raises and promotions are now more than ever based on performance. Your value in a firm is held in high esteem in accordance with your level of performance.

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#4     Doing the basic minimum

Everyone in an organisation has a prescribed job description. When you restrict yourself to only performing what is within your job jurisdiction, you limit your chances of your other abilities being noticed by your seniors. I remember when I started my banking career in a local multinational, most of my colleagues would rather deliver on their set job roles and leave for home. Whenever I was asked to perform jobs outside of my roles, I would willingly execute and deliver. With time, I got to learn jobs that fell out of my assigned roles. I never knew my supervisor was noticing and in record time, when chances fell open for promotions, she rooted for my enlisting for interviews. And I got promoted after three years into middle management position. Most of those we joined the industry with are still where we were, over a decade ago!

Strive to go beyond the expected for there is immense power in giving!

 

#5     Lack of enthusiasm

You cannot get what you do not expect. Enthusiasm and interest in an area always works in a way to attract it to you. It is called the Law of Attraction. You need to have a plan for your career growth. If you can tailor your behaviour to your ambitions, it would not be so hard to show enthusiasm or interest in your growth. Your behaviour should show your desire to climb up the ladder.

A person who is enthusiastic will exhibit passion in whatever he puts his mind to do. He would execute his roles and exceed expectations with ease. A passionate employee is one who is a deliverer.

Most probably you are never considered for career growth positions because you are slow, indifferent and grossly unmotivated in behaviour. It is time to change and attract that which you desire – promotion.

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#6     Poor Relationships with colleagues

This is one of the biggest reasons many are never considered for promotions. In any organization, synergy is important for promotion of efficiency and effectiveness in execution of roles and delivering value to the client. However, when interpersonal relationships amongst employees are not healthy, the delivery of set objectives becomes a challenge.

Employees who fit in are those that get along with others and complement the efforts of each other towards achievement f set organizational objectives.  A person fitting to be in a higher office is one who can relate well with his juniors. It is a characteristic of any leader to fit in well with almost all types of people in an organization.

It is therefore expected, if you really want to be a leader, you have to relate cordially with your colleagues, be a team player and assist in helping others execute their roles. Most probably the reason why you are still stuck in that position is because you have not been one who gets along with others. You cannot support others from a higher position if at all you cannot do that in your present position. Start where you are by working on your social skills.

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Well, I think I have demystified this area of job promotions and I believe if you practiced these very simple principles I personally applied in my life, you too would get to benefit from these upward vertical movements that we so much desire.

Indeed, there is no glory in stagnating in one position at work for years. It is therefore upon us to rewire our attitudes and start working towards earning these promotions.

Happy working peeps!

 

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The writer is an acclaimed business author of Passionpreneurship Demystified and Business Networking: How to maximize on your contacts for Business and Professional Growth. Both books are available on Amazon. He is also a Personal Branding and Business Coach with PBL Africa. In case you need assistance to give your business or profession a jump-start, he can be reached via the following contacts:

Email:                pblogix@gmail.com

LinkedIn:              https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-okinda-9652b210a

Telegram:             @Mokinda

Telegram Community: https://t.me/joinchat/EkprBT6zCKCRUmQUaDD9cQ

The Art of Denial

I  come across this phrase of ‘burying the head in the sand’ a couple of times. So today, i made up my mind to dig it up and appreciate it better.

Apparently it is based on a myth that the ostrich, when faced by an attack from a more powerful predator, would rather than face its opponent, it would burry its head in the sand and wish the attacker would not notice it. But then, as big a bird it is, the body part above the ground would show itself. Is that an effective way to face the situation? You agree with me its not! Running or fighting out the aggressor would be more helpful.

But then it would be worthwhile to accept the fact that most of us are good at exhibiting this behaviour of the ostrich. Rather than have a stand in anything,one would gladly live and thrive on the grey zone where we are accepted and make others happy. In actual sense, rather we live our lives as we our hearts are at peace with, we do stuff to make the others happy and warm.

But then, at the end of the day, are we really doing what is right and acceptable? Is this what we were created for?

Psychologically, people who survive by sitting on the fence would lack a stand on any issue, however much moral authority demands that they take a stand. Three truths come from this:

(1)If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. 

(2) Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. 

(3) When you stand for nothing, you fall for everything. This adage is attributed to Alexander Hamilton, Peter Marshall, and other famous speakers of old times.

Fence sitters, also known as ‘sand head buriers’ are known to lack a stand and are unprincipled. In the practical sense of this all, it implies that when all we want is to please everyone, we fall for everything and lack the moral fabric or ethic to have a defined identity. When all you do is fall for everything, you lack a personal brand.

The world is made what it is today by people who chose to stop sitting on the fence and taking their positions and making them known , regardless of what those around them thought. Jesus was an example. He was labelled as the carpenter’s son, others as the King of the Jews. Others called Him the Law Breaker since He challenged the Jewish tradition. 

If i may ask: what do you stand for?  Will you, like the proverbial ostrich, be known for hiding your head in the sand when you are required to take a stand? The society more than ever needs world changers and  influencers who would stamp their feet down and plant seeds of optimism, principleness and purpose. Otherwise, you choose to fall for everything and stand for nothing, ideally, an ostrich! For nothing can be solved, neither would any solution be provided by ignoring the issue at hand and wishing it away. It would just make matters worse. 

The writer is an acclaimed business author of Passionpreneurship Demystified and Business Networking: How to maximize on your contacts for Business and Professional Growth. Both books are available on Amazon. He is also a Personal Branding and Business Coach with PBL Africa. In case you need assistance to give your business or profession a jump-start, he can be reached via the following contacts:

Email:                              pblogix@gmail.com

LinkedIn:                         https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-okinda-9652b210a

Telegram:                       @Mokinda

Telegram Community: https://t.me/joinchat/EkprBT6zCKCRUmQUaDD9cQ

Be A Phenom

I love watching wrestling.

I know some may write me off as childish but i just love the game and its intrigues. Wrestling is a contest of strength, fights are done and the one with wit and style, emerges the winner. Many are the times brains conquer brawn in the game. So it wouldn’t be a surprise that WWE Wrestling is my favourite past time!

But that’s besides the point. In the show, there is one contestant who has the personality of ‘The Phenom’. The Phenom is a dominant force. In each of the premier show of the year, Wrestlemania, he has to be featured. The indomitable spirit of the Phenom is what makes this event more popular than even the Superbowl, the world’s most watched sports event.
In life, we have been brought up and taught to have personalities.  In school and elsewhere, we are drilled to have an impact through having personalities. It is therefore no wonder that most of us live to be seen to be like the socialites, going to the extent of doing unimaginable stuff just to be outstanding.  But going through the life stories of achievers and history makers the world over, you realise its not the people with personalities that make a mark. It is them who are phenomenal.
Even in the Bible, no person was used by God because he or she had a personality. It is those who choose to be different, them that purposed to be phenomenal.
Nothing gratifies in life as living a life thats phenomenal. History has proven that them that make it in life are the ones who choose to be different. It has never helped to just conform to world standards. Choose to stand out from the crowd. Discover your life purpose. Set out a course for your life. Work towards it and achieve. Choose to make a mark in this life. I always say, the worst tragedy one can have in this life is to live and pass on without leaving a mark. What mark are you making? Do you choose to go on just living a life or are you going to make your mark?

Stand out from the crowd. It is just a matter of choice to be phenomenal!