I believe that one of the valuable attributes of a good chess player is strategy; they are often wonderful strategists. Strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term goal or aim. In life, it can be a helpful thing to have strategies for the aims and goals we have, a kind of master plan of how to get what you want and to where you want. Self-made guiding principles that are followed through, in charting a way forward through the choppy sea of life. In doing so, nasty surprises may not be totally eliminated, but can be greatly reduced to negligible levels.
However, a word of caution is that in doing so, there has to be a healthy amount of strategic ambiguity. Yes, strategic ambiguity in a world of competition in almost everything; from studies to work/business is a helpful tool. I do not mean to be apocalyptic but, the realities of life seem to suggest that perhaps not everybody is charitable towards another. This is where strategic ambiguity can be helpful in protecting you from uncharitable groups and individuals along the way to achieving your goals. Reading and knowing situations and people at a given point in time and place can help to inform you if it is worth being clear or ambiguous.
You know your intentions well, but you may not know or be so sure of other people’s intentions. Make god use of your social intelligence skills. Just because you could be strategically ambiguous as and when necessary, you should maintain consistency regarding you/your organisation’s strategy. When you review situations and see where you have been, where you are at the moment and if your goal is within reach, is how you can tell whether you are making good or slow or no progress. Where re-calibration of particular aspects is necessary, do just that. Additionally, your wellness matters and should be maintained. Furthermore, where other professional expertise can be of help, mine inclusive; you can make your wise choices at your convenience.
I wish you well.
In our personal, business and professional lives, making particular decisions can be a nerve-racking moment for some, while others relish any such opportunity. However, when you have facts about the matter on which a decision is to be made, that should facilitate you to make an informed decision. Be decisive, you will have something to carry out or otherwise. Indecision can have drawbacks, including missed or lost opportunities. Therefore indecision can be a barrier to progression, achieving goals or success.
Being decisive is of critical importance to the growth of your business. It also allows for business development or, professional development in your chosen avocation, including research. If you are decisive, you can build on and vastly expand your ventures and body of knowledge. Sometimes one may think: ”what if something goes wrong?” How about the thought: “what if all goes well?”
Should you inadvertently make a decision that yields wrong results; firstly, you will have the satisfaction that at least you made a decision. Secondly, there is always room for improvement. I’m not advocating recklessness, but imparting information about remedial actions. You can always evaluate the situation and use your wit and other strengths to salvage any mishap/s. It is also part of your growth, both individually and in a corporate sense. It is also a pertinent phenomenon in the ascendancy to success.
A quality that is common in leadership and in the business fraternity is the ability to take risks. You have to decide whether to take that risk or not. You have to make sound and timely decisions, because your support-base and clientele count on you to do so. In being decisive, you may not be all things to all men and women. It may seem like a situation that is far from desirable, but at least it is the truth. Not being decisive can also be a risky sanctuary. It is best to emancipate yourself from the mental slavery of not being decisive.
Say what you mean and mean what you say. In doing so you exhibit clarity and honesty, and you earn the trust and confidence of those that you transact with.
In being decisive, do not lose hope that you are in a confining situation that you cannot extricate yourself from. Do forget that there is always a rationale for your decisions, as well as room for rectification where necessary.
I wish you well.
Metaphorically speaking, in years past during my infancy I was given things to eat, which I ingested without chewing. The meaning here is that I accepted things without the necessary analysis to inform me, regardless of whether the things were good for me or not. In infancy we start with no teeth, hence the reality of ingesting food without chewing. As I grew older, I developed a set of teeth to chew what I ate before swallowing; this is the sense of ration and analysis.
As years progressed, a set of wisdom teeth developed. I became mindful and reflective, in addition to being rational, intuitive and analytical. The saying: “older and wiser” is very apt in this context. With reference to one’s age, the most common question is “how old are you?” This leads one to infer that the older one gets, the wiser he/she is expected to be; yes, it is a general expectation.
Expectations versus reality can have different outcomes for different individuals, including situations that are circumstantial and beyond one’s ability to have leverage. Ordinarily, however, some individuals may inadvertently compromises themselves and are often short-changed by not realising their true worth. As of now, if you are in business and act on your business plan/s, for those in academia, if do your scholarly work with due attention, you are more than half way there.
My work ethic in business is an amalgam of action (-) mediocrity (+) mindfulness (+) intuition (+) ration (+) reflection (+) analysis (=) realisation of my true potential and worth. Therefore my rightful place is at the high table, not at a lower tier table among crowds, nor among those seated on floor.
I wish you a happy and prosperous new year.
Ordinarily, in our daily lives we have wishes and aspirations and seek to advance ourselves. Instinctively, in the quest for our advancement, the necessary information is then sought. The information obtained serves as a precursor to, and underpins the action/s for our cause. Therefore only relevant and necessary information is crucial here to avoid information overload and possible distraction.
Analysis of only relevant and necessary information saves time while allowing for focus on the goal/s at hand. More often than not, information gathering tends to be the easy part of the segmented endeavour to advance. However, without translating the information into action, the incomplete exercise seems futile. Therefore action adds to our body of knowledge, inter-personal interactions, skills and organizational/corporate experience.
At the action stage, is where I would encourage individuals to have vigour and tenacity to realize their goals. Once the realization of goals is achieved; manifestations of transformation continue to exhibit themselves as time progresses. Action is the road less travelled by some people, yet it is part of the synergy. Realization sets a precedent and impels a person or organization to transcend to greater heights. When transformation is tangible, this gives a feeling of true emancipation.
I wish you well in your New Year resolutions.
“If you give up every time you don’t achieve the immediate gain you want, you’re just guaranteeing that the worst is going to happen.” – Noam Chomsky
Life and its intricacies include learning curves that need to be navigated skilfully; with determination, constancy and optimism, in order to have desired outcomes. You cannot guarantee that all that you do will not have any hiccup/s. However you should endeavour to ensure your unwavering determination and input, in order to have your desired outcome/s. Pertinent to the process of striving, is avoidance of mediocrity and not being cheated into settling for less than what you truly deserve. Be determined in pursuit of the expansion of your business ventures, good health, scholarly attainments or provision of good leadership.
Your determination will prevail over the subversive whispers in your mind. Empirically, the pessimist associate’s message to you regarding your endeavour/s is often similar to the inhibiting whispers. In these circumstances the choice you need to make does not need any more clarity… optimism. A simple challenge to the inhibiting insinuations is to enumerate a few of your achievements and then know that it is possible to achieve things. The rationale here is that the pessimist wants to take you down the road of: ”give up.” If you went down that road, it would not facilitate achievement in your undertakings. Therefore your achievements exhibit the fact that it is possible to attain your goals. Once you are clear about what you want to achieve, your brain will be a conduit and receptacle for the specifics of how you navigate your way to achievement.
In the midst of your endeavours, there could be a glitch or two. The glitch means that it is a simple endurance test which you should pass by affirming that: “you will not distract me, I will maintain my constancy.” In acting this way you will have decapitated the glitch/s; and this sends an exemplary message to any other potential glitch. The resultant effect is that it will be plain sailing for you to your desired achievement. You may now concur with me that determination, constancy and optimism facilitate attainment; and if so, good riddance.
I wish you well in your business ventures, quest for good health and wellness, scholarly attainment, happiness and good leadership.
“How did they get so smart? Their intellectual powers were developed by a medium that fostered abstract thought”. – Neil Postman
Abstract thought allows us to think of things that, if followed through and actualised, often result in innovations and actions that are beneficial to many. Abstract thinking allows us to journey out of the present moment as in here and now. Abstract thinking is like tapping into a repository of ideas that you can implement for your betterment. A person thinks of doing or making something that is not present. A lot of innovations are products of abstract thinking.
On a corporate level, abstract thinking can give rise to prudent strategic planning, implementation and increased customer satisfaction of your products and services. Abstract thinking can give to realities of value addition to your products and services. Organisations and leaders often talk about their vision for the future. It is that abstract thinking that is translated into reality in due course, and when successful, the benefits are trans-boundary. In such circumstances, it can therefore be said that the organisation’s or leader’s success is attributed to abstract thinking.
On an individual level, you can use abstract thinking to foster good business ideas and good leadership. Let me make reference to a commonly used old saying: “You need speculate to accumulate”. The speculation aspect is abstract thinking action. Individuals who are experiencing stagnation and not making good progress in achieving their desired goals have a course of action that they could take.
Exploration of abstract thinking can bring about relief from such confining and repulsive situations. I was once in a situation that did not foster progress; in fact it subverted developmental thoughts and ideas. I now celebrate my new found freedom to put my skills and abilities to good use; for the benefit of myself and others.
One of the greetings often used in churches at the end of the service is: “May peace be with you”. The Islamic greeting: “Asalaam alaykum” has the same meaning: “Peace be with you”. Indeed, this is a very true assertion; I believe that when you are at peace, you can be more innovative; be it in leadership or business.
I wish you well.
Reflecting on the week/month/year, whatever your vantage point, it is a helpful exercise with a multitude of benefits. Business or whatever work necessitates good productivity and efficiency for good financial rewards to be realised. However, reflecting on the work and well-being to date is a helpful tool in improving efficiency and output. When reflecting, you know how you went about what you went about, and you need to know how you could manage a similar situation better, next time. Reflecting and devising better strategies is a work in progress because situations are dynamic, changing over time and ever changing.
Additionally, that board meeting or business deal could have either diminished or boosted your self-esteem. On reflection, you have learned what you have learned, know which areas need improvement. Did events unfold according to your expectations? When you look at expectations versus reality and there was a mismatch, this becomes an obvious trigger for better strategy and action next time. Furthermore, realistic expectations rarely disappoint. Preconceived ideas can be a two edged weapon, they can be of help or a hindrance to achieving desired outcomes. Open-mindedness, the receptacle for all that comes is a good thing, coupled with an analytical and discerning mind to make the right decisions.
When reflecting, I exhort you to take a holistic approach, among other things, integrating your well-being as well. Wellness should be pertinent to your future plans and aspirations, self neglect should not be an option to explore. Taking a holistic approach to reflecting, by integrating your well-being can stave off: self neglect, low productivity, low returns, diminished confidence, avoidable morbidity and the adverse effects of some medicines. As a certified healer and herbalist, I can be of help where situations necessitate and where my assistance is requested.
I wish you well in your endeavours.