Inner Strength

In my three part series I shall talk on separation. Why something pulls us back before we catapult to the top.

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My greatest successes have come when I used my inner power to make the most of the good times. And when times were rough, ultimately it was a strong inner core that got me through the worst. You can tune up your inner strength with a few key exercises, just as you would your body. Here are some tips:

1. Know who you are.

Insecurity is an inner-strength killer. Your personality is the foundation of power. Get to know it well. Understand who you are and how you function best. Then, work on getting comfortable in your own skin. The happier you are with yourself, the less the outside world can do damage, and the more you can give in peace.

2. Spend time in silence.

The world is a noisy place. Distractions and disruptions can chip away at your core, leaving you frazzled and beat up. Take timeto rejuvenate. Set aside one day a month to completely unplug from everything. That means no email, music, TV, or people. It’s a great time to connect with nature and just sit with your thoughts. The only way to calm your inner chaos is with 100 percent focus.

3. Set a routine.

Every ounce of energy wasted drains your inner strength. Why do things inefficiently and redundantly? Control what you can control so you can focus your efforts and brainpower on the things you can’t control. Grab a notebook. Separate your daily tasks into repetitive tasks and thinking tasks. Then create processes and routines for the repetitive tasks. You’ll be thrilled with the time and brain space you just found.

4. Create the right circle.

Hanging out with the wrong people can deplete your energy with every visit. Their inner weakness can suck the life from your inner core. Build your world with others who are strong inside. Keep company with those who celebrate you and feed positive energy into your life. Be brutal and protective about the company you keep. One sour person can take down the whole community.

5. Gain control of your body.

It’s tough to feel strong inside if you are unhealthy outside. Make a strong effort to be fit and attractive. Eat well, exercise, and dress in a way that makes you feel good about yourself. Be proactive about your health, and you can use your body to strengthen your soul. I gain much of my strength from kayaking and running. Sure I struggle with weight (who doesn’t?), but I work hard to stay strong and attractive for the woman I love. Make yourself feel good when you look in the mirror and you’ll start the day feeling powerful.

6. Give yourself a good home.

When you can’t go home and relax at night, you begin every day with a weak start. Get your house in order. If your relationship is bad, fix it or end it. If the kids are out of control, work with professionals to right the ship or send them off to boarding school. Make sure you live in a home that makes you feel happy and proud. Your home should be a safe haven that is worth working and fighting for.

7. Connect with the source of your power.

Regardless of your religion, you can gain inner strength by connecting with your spiritual source. Through prayer, meditation, or simply deep thought, you can center yourself in the universe and understand your role in something bigger and worthy. Connect your core with the world around you, and greatly amplify your inner strength.

Faith

What Role Does Faith Play in Career Success? – RichWhat Role Does Faith Play in Career Success? – Rich Blu


Key QuestionsWhat does faith have to do with success? If we havefaith in God, will we be more prosperous? You have all heard successful people attributing their success to God. Who can forget “Touchdown Jesus?” Sometimes you feel moved because their expression of gratitude seems genuine and sincere. At other times, your stomach twists and turns. You feel reactive and uncomfortable when you hear it.

Certainly Kings Saul, David and Solomon were blessed materially with abundant wealth and worldly pleasures. On the other hand, Jesus did not complete his life with any material wealth, possessions or even a dramatically large following? He was brutally murdered. Was Jesus successful in his career?

How will you measure success in your career?

There seem to be at least two obvious variables—success and faith.

Career Success

Let’s start with your definition of success? How do you measure success?

My picture of success is wholeness and completeness. Am I living my life fully, taking risks, pursuing aliveness, caring and serving others, and fulfilling my sense of mission and purpose? 

What is your inspirational picture of success? Who are your heroes? What values will you want to be increasingly living by in order to feel successful? This is a personal journey that you must own and author for yourself as you live, learn and grow.

Faith

What is faith? How do I know whether I am exercising it?

Faith is like breathing. You can’t live without it. When you draw a lot of attention to faith, suddenly it becomes a confusing and mysterious experience. Each of us live by faith all the time. The issue is not whether you are living by faith. We all live by faith. The more helpful question is to ask yourself, “What are you placing your faith in?” Is your faith in yourself, God, Jesus, God’s word, your family, others, truth, consciousness, dedication, or hard work? How can you know what you are placing your faith in? Can you only have faith in one thing?

Heart’s Desire

I think faith is a central concern for anyone interested in living a meaningful life.  There are so many wonderful teachers that offer you insights into the dynamics of understanding faith. Some of my most inspirational guides of faith are the people I am with day to day.

Size Doesn’t Matter

One thing I have learned about faith is that size doesn’t matter! Jesus in his story about the mustard seed made it clear that the issue is not about how much faith we have. Jesus reminded us that if we had the faith the size of a mustard seed, meaning extremely small, then we could move mountains. I think his point was that it is not about the size of our faith; instead, it is how big is the God we are placing our faith in.

Grow in Consciousness of Faith and Career Success

There are infinitely more lessons to be learned as we increase our consciousness of what we are placing our faith in. Open your eyes and see what you are trusting. Then, ask yourself how you will measure success. Be more interested in questions than answers. The pursuit of certainty is antithetical to the life of faith.

Charles Wahome 

Product Management Consultant 

At

ManSys Limited

What I Learned Managing 33 People Twice My Age

1. Strive to develop rapport with your team; amicable relationships set the groundwork for team chemistry and future success.

  • Get to know your team on a personal level—this not only shows you care and are indeed a real human being, but can help you understand what at work motivates them on a personal level.
  • People really do appreciate you showing that you care about their personal life (and hopefully you actually do care).
  • Questions like: “Hello Gary, how is your eldest son Todd doing these days?” will shotgun you to success.
  • Especially when managing older employees, treat them with the same respect you would treat anyone older than you. Just because you’re their boss doesn’t mean you have the right to be condescending.

2. Help your employees grow professionally by using managing people (not employees)

  • Understand the ‘why’ behind all of your employees. What is driving them? Where do they want to progress in their career?
  • Find opportunities for your employees to attend workshops or internal education that are in line with their goals.
  • Give your employees regular, honest feedback. (The ‘Crucial Conversations’ book and course has some great advice on how to approach these discussions.)
    • Oftentimes, older employees oftentimes don’t take to kindly to being told what to do by young whippersnappers. Be up front about your limited perspective, and, if an employee is being especially obstinate, let them know that you want to practice giving them feedback because you are working on it yourself.
    • Provide positive feedback to accompany any negative feedback, be clear that your intention behind the feedback is because you want to help them develop, portray negative feedback as opportunities for development.

3. Involve your team in the decision making process; make your expectations as well as the reasons behind your expectations clear.

  • Employees are more inclined to listen to you and to buy in to the vision you’ve set if you are able to clearly communicate that vision to them.
  • Don’t operate in a silo; people will trust you if they understand and agree with the motives behind your decisions.
  • Especially when managing older employees, it’s paramount to get their consultation when making key decisions. Most likely, they know much more than you and you will both be better off!

4. Make life as easy as possible for your employees.

  • Employees should be freed up to do exactly what they are good at; as much as possible, eliminate non value-added work from their plate.
    • Employees should never be left to guess what they should do. They should know what their projects are, when they are due, and what larger strategy the project ties into.
  • Letting your team know up front that you are there to help make their job easier is a great way to get buy in, especially from individuals who are older than you.
    • Don’t present yourself as their overlord or superior, there to micro-manage them. Instead, view the relationship as one where your job is to help organize their work and make decisions on their behalf as best as possible.

5. Develop a group mission statement.

  • Even for smaller groups, it helps to have a mission statement to put your work into perspective.
  • You should be able to tie any of your group’s projects into this mission. If a project seems to be out of line, perhaps you need to re-examine its value.
  • Shy away from mission statements like “Make more money for our DVP, Jim Sanders.” Choose statements like “Deliver timely, innovative process solutions to enhance customer experience.”

6. Utilize organizational tools to lay the groundwork for effective team output.

  • As a manager and as a team member, there are many pieces of knowledge you need to be able to do your job. Vacation schedule, current projects, future projects, developmental goal plans, etc.
  • Develop transparent, shareable ways of tracking these items. It sounds simple, but utilizing a spreadsheet on a shared drive can make a world of difference.
  • Use these organizational tools as the foundations for recurring group strategy meetings; this will increase efficiency and effectiveness tenfold.
  • Older employees are definitely grateful when a younger employee can step in and provide the technical expertise on newfangled technology, especially when it helps them do their work!

7. Manage stress by being adopting a keep ‘calm and carry on’ attitude

  • Your emotions and demeanor can be contagious to your employees: maintain a cool, calm composure as much as possible regardless of how ‘badly’ a situation is progressing.
  • For example, if the company has cut your group’s budget and will be laying everyone off calmly tell them, “The company’s expectation is for you to grow your careers with other businesses; this will help develop you as a person.”
  • For real though, focus on what you CAN do; be the optimistic leader that your team can lean on.
  • In adverse situations, remove emotion and blame from a situation. Focus on what has to be done, who has to do it, and when  it needs to be done by. Communicate a clear path forward to your employees and just do it!

Charles Wahome 

Is a Product Management Consultant 
At ManSys Limited 

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PERSONAL BRANDING => Branding You

This articles previously appeared on Forbes 

Step 1: Define your overall aspirations. Be specific and clearly define your goals and objectives. Is it to become known as the best project manager in a certain industry? Obtain the job of Creative Director at a large advertising agency? Become VP of Marketing?

Step 2: Conduct research. How are those who have made it to where you want to be conducting their personal branding efforts? What can you learn from what others are doing, be their efforts good or bad? Who are your biggest competitors and what are they doing to brand themselves?

Step 3: Determine your brand attributes.What do you want your personal brand to convey? What adjectives do you want people to associate with you (as the product) and why? In what niche of the market do you want to become known?

Step 4: Assess your current state. How do people currently perceive you? How large is the gap between the current you and the person you want others to perceive you to be? What needs to change and why?

Step 5: Create your game plan. Your game plan should include more than just branding yourself in social media – it needs to include all aspects of you, as a product. Defining your plan needs to include the tangible and intangible characteristics of personal branding including attire, hair, makeup, behavior, verbal and non-verbal communication.

Your game plan also needs to include the specific social media aspects you’ll use to convey your new personal brand (such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) and how you will use each of those aspects to build your brand.

Step 6: Manage your brand. Proactively manage all aspects of your brand, ensuring these aspects are in sync and that they continue to reinforce your brand attributes and market niche.

For example, your LinkedIn picture should look similar to the in-person you, your Tweets and any social media posts should stay within your market niche and your in-person behavior should be representative of how you want others to perceive you. And if you’ve branded yourself in social media as a creative fashion diva, then make sure that extends to how you come across in person (attire, hair, makeup, etc.).

Don’t create a mismatched brand by conveying different or competing attributes in various social media outlets, such as tweeting negative opinions about gowns worn at the Oscars and posting comments on LinkedIn about your vacation when you’re trying to brand yourself as a savvy cross-functional project team leader. Doing so will create audience confusion about who you are and what you do.

~ Lisa Quast


Wealth mogul 

Is run by ManSys Limited’s 

Charles Wahome 

Product Manager 

Emotional Intelligence

My mentor last week but one Sunday he told me of a new mind boggling concept: Emotional Intelligence. So I went into some research my word.

Global warming deniers rely on emotion to persuade people for two reasons: there are few facts to support their argument, and they know that appeals to emotion are more persuasive. Progressives often express frustration at how conservatives are misleading people. They attempt to counter them with facts. It rarely works.

The goal in appealing to emotion is to create a connection with your audience that makes them receptive to your message. If you can do that your audience is more likely to:

  • understand where you are coming from;
  • accept your views; and
  • take the course of action you suggest.

So how do we appeal to emotion?

The seven emotions you can evoke

Aristotle suggests there are seven emotions and their opposites that you can tap into:

  • anger and calmness;
  • friendship and enmity;
  • fear and confidence;
  • shame and shamelessness;
  • kindness and unkindness;
  • pity and indignation;
  • envy and emulation.

Theorists have suggested other emotions. What matters is your understanding of the emotions that the people in your audience are pre-disposed to. To help you do that you need to know the answers to three questions:

  1. what is their state of mind?
  2. to whom is their emotion directed?
  3. why do they feel that way?

It is not enough to know the answer to one or two of these questions. Know the answers to all three questions and you will know how to get them from where they are to where you want them to be.

Consider the following scenario. You are a political candidate and have been asked to speak to a group of advocates working on homelessness. Despite promises from the government to build more affordable housing, more people are living on the streets, in shelters, and staying with friends. Your goal is to persuade your audience that you will be their champion.

By considering the three questions you might decide that you need to evoke anger in the audience. Anger at the situation and towards the government. Anger because nothing has been done.

Let’s alter that scenario. Instead of a political candidate you are an advocate and about to meet with a representative of the government. It’s unlikely you will be able to evoke anger in someone from the government if they are not doing enough. You might look at the three questions and find that pity is the best emotion to appeal to. Pity is a pejorative term these days, but consider its synonyms: empathy and compassion. If you can make the representative of the government empathize with people sleeping rough, you may be able to persuade him or her to prioritize solutions that address the problem.

Pathos contributes to ethos

The three modes of persuasion often work in concert with each other. If you are able to make a strong emotional connection with your audience, it shows good will. This is one of three things that Aristotle suggests builds your authority and credibility as a speaker.

Nine ways you can create an emotional connection

1. Be human

Remove the metaphorical barriers between you and your audience. If you’re famous, do something to show you’re like anybody else. If you’re disliked, show the audience your likeable side. If people think you’re aloof, do something to warm them up.

2. Be authentic

Don’t put on an act for your audience. If your audience suspects you are not genuine or that you are toying with their emotions you lose ethos.

3. Use the right frame

Consider the difference between speeches on “how much carbon is too much carbon” and “creating jobs and opportunities for people in a clean energy economy”. They could be two different frames on exactly the same topic: moving away from fossil fuels. I know which speech I would prefer to hear.

4. Tell a story

Stories are:

  1. memorable;
  2. easily shared; and
  3. inspire action.

Personal stories can have enormous cut through. We are hardwired for stories. You could tell a story of your own, the story of someone you know, or a fable.

Because we are hardwired for stories we drop our guard when we hear them. That can help you create connections with others. That connection provides a way into your broader message.

5. Use metaphor

The first big roar of applause in Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech comes three minutes in. He drew this applause using a banking metaphor:

Instead of honoring this sacred obligation,
America has given the Negro people a bad check,
A check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.
We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.
And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

It’s an amazing piece of oratory.

Like stories, metaphors can make a speech interesting and memorable. Aristotle said, “Metaphor, moreover, gives style clearness, charm, and distinction as nothing else can … ”

Everyday conversations are filled with metaphors. They are an essential part of the way we communicate.  They help us learn, discover, and shape our view of the world.

6. Visuals

Words alone might not be enough. Support your speech with photos or video.

7. Get the delivery right

It’s important that your tone, volume, and speed of delivery matches the moment. Mike Johnston, a State Senator in Colorado, provides an excellent example of finding the right delivery when he recalls the stories Tasha, Jermaine, and Flavio. I recommend watching the speech, but stories begin at 10m 39s.

8. Words matter

Some words work better than others. Have a thesaurus handy and be ready to swap words that don’t pack enough punch, or pack too much punch. Do you want to say:

  • pain or agony?
  • stuck or mired?
  • sad or devastated?
  • amazing or magical?
  • happy or elated?

9. Use rhetorical devices

In addition to metaphor, there are thousands of rhetorical devices at your disposal. Some examples:

  • Antimetabole: I, too, was born in the slum. But just because you’re born in the slum does not mean the slum is born in you, and you can rise above it if your mind is made up. — Jesse Jackson
  • Enumeratio: It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied… It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold… It is a violation of human rights when women are doused … — Hillary Clinton
  • Epistrophe: …this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. — Abraham Lincoln.

Don’t overdo it

There are situations in which you will want to dial back the appeal to emotion.

If you’re asked to give evidence in a Senate enquiry you may have to concentrate on logical arguments (logos) and impress them with your good character (ethos). If you’re a CEO reporting back to your board using pathos you may be seen as elusive. It comes back to authenticity — you must maintain your credibility and authority as a speaker. Know your audience.

Pathos — a path to persuasion

Don’t rely on facts and figures to persuade your audience. You need emotion to persuade. Put yourself in the shoes of your audience and understand where they are coming from. If you can make an emotional connection you’re on the path to persuasion. That’s how you get them from where they are to where you want them to be.

Charles Chambers Wahome 

Product Management Consultant

At ManSys Limited 

What a Day In the Life of an Entrepreneur Actually Looks LikeWhat a Day In the Life of an Entrepreneur Actually Looks Like

By 

Entrepreneur & Productivity Expert

MAY 31, 2016

“You work for yourself? Must be nice…”

A combination of these words have been uttered to me by friends, relatives, new acquaintances and even strangers via email, more times than I can count.

So many people seem to have this romanticized version of what being an entrepreneur consists of. They’re bombarded with social media humble-brags of people working from the beach — they read articles about newly minted billionaires — and don’t even get me started on TV.

It all looks so easy, doesn’t it? Well, let me let you in on a secret. It can actually be really hard, stressful and exhausting.

But, being an entrepreneur can also be incredibly liberating, exhilarating and unbelievably rewarding. Now here’s the thing. Most of the time, it’s all of these things (and so many more) at the same time and often all on the same day.

A Day in the Life as an Entrepreneur by Derek Halpern

This simple image was created by Derek Halpern (who runs Social Triggers andZippy Courses) and it’s been shared thousands and thousands of times because…well…it rings true with entrepreneurs who know that, while there are definitely ups when running your own business, there’s also a lot of downs.

Especially on a daily basis.

From failure to million-dollar business.

Derek understands how difficult it can be as an entrepreneur because he didn’t just rise to success on a linear path. In fact, it was quite the opposite, as he points to thecritical role that failure played in building a million-dollar business.

Halpern started his first blog after accidentally clicking on someone else’s site and realizing he could get paid by advertisers. He figured this would be an easy way to make money. He was wrong. It bombed.

Then he accidentally clicked on another blog and decided he’d try again…this time “making fun of celebrities instead of sharing the dumb things he did in college.

He was right. It worked. He was starting to climb the ladder of success that everyone dreams of.

And while he was suddenly doing better than he’d ever had, he still struggled from time to time, like when he decided to run his blog and hold a corporate job, which went great until he got a mediocre review, starting a downward spiral of hating himself and “drinking too much.” Or when he decided to launch a website for conferences and speakers, working on it for months before realizing that others were doing the same — and failing..

The point is this: Being an entrepreneur is all about experiencing these ups and downs — both daily and over time — but it also involves learning how to navigate them so you still attain success.

The problem with this harmful myth.

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a handful of actors, entrepreneurs, and artists who were “overnight successes”. Each of these people only had one thing in common — none of them were actually overnight successes.

As, Carolyn Gregoire points out, the road to success is usually a marathon and not a sprint…but it doesn’t always seem that way.

“In our age of instant gratification, Internet fame and “accidental” billion-dollar start-ups, it’s easy to think of success as more of a product of luck than hard work and determination.”

Most people don’t magically float their way to the top.

To make matters worse, some of the “instant-success” stories we use as our sources of hope and inspiration are false…as in the case of “Angry Birds,” an app that was allegedly an “overnight success” but actually took 51 attempts before the developer, Rovio, could make it work.

So while it’s nice to think of yourself taking an easy escalator to the pinnacle of achievement, losing this expectation right up front can actually save you a lot of frustration when you encounter obstacles in your way that threaten to halt your ascent.

Sure…some people have been lucky and went from having nothing to having everything in the blink of an eye. But those times are so few and far between that, if you’re hoping that’s what happens to you, then you’d sooner win the lottery while getting struck by lightning.

Instead, prepare for the downs and, when you have them…

Remember, nothing’s permanent

In a 2015 interview with Halpern, Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” shared how, at one point, he was so down that he actually considered suicide.

Fortunately he didn’t, and he learned something very important from that time in his life: neither ups nor downs are permanent.

In other words, when you’re up, enjoy it because it’s not going to last forever. Soak it in, revel in it, bask in its glory.

And if you’re down, remember that relief is ahead because you can’t stay down forever either.

Or, as Tim says, it’s about “…realizing that there is no darkness without the light, that the light can come afterwards. And it does always come afterwards.”

This is critical because entrepreneurship and depression oftentimes go hand in hand.

Brush up on your stoicism.

Another way to survive your downs is to brush up on your stoicism. What does that mean?

Ryan Holiday, author of “The Obstacle is the Way” best describes stoicism as aphilosophical way of thinking (and acting on those thoughts) in a way that allows you to “…take obstacles in your life and turn them into your advantage, control what you can and accept what you can’t.

This involves realizing that, while you can’t always dictate what happens in your world, it is up to you how you respond.

You have the power to let your circumstances sink you or you can choose to use them in a way that helps you rise instead.

Has someone slammed a door in your face? Look around for a window. In a tough spot with your business and not sure how to progress? Ask another successful entrepreneur for advice.

You may feel like you’ve been dealt a rotten hand, but you can still outscore your opponent if you play cards better.

Or, as Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.

Surviving amid the ups and downs.

Yes…living the life of an entrepreneur has many, many ups and downs.

The key to effectively surviving them is:

  1. Realizing that it’s normal to experience highs and lows, both long and short-term;
  2. Not giving into the myth of “overnight success”;
  3. Remembering that neither ups nor downs are permanent; and
  4. Sharing your ups with others can help take you even higher.

Do these four things and you’ll be on a steady climb upward, even though you’ll still have to deal with a few “bumps” along the way

Reposted by 

Charles Wahome 

Product Management Consultant 

At ManSys Global  Limited

The Journey to ManSys Finale

Friday morning It is not yet daylight. Something is unsettling something is giving me questions yet I get up to push another day. Every other day. My push od what is pushing me is a vision that has settled into the Subconscious.

The life of a young entrepreneur is one of questions un answered, mentors who fail to correct you when you make a mistake leaving you to sought yourself out and family been against anything you come up with. 

As a young Entrepreneur I went through all this and knew that there is someone somewhere who underwent this and put the solution in open light and will I not leave my dream like a sinking ship.

  1. Read Books on your Area of Expertise.

Drucker the management theorist guru is one of my favourite  ones he emphasises on setting a line between personal and Business. Never mix this two aspects. But!

Dale Carnegie on the other side says Business deals are Relationships on a Personal level. Mmmmh….. let me explain when undertaking business with someone most would prefer to work with those they know on a personal level. Since personally from my perspective the basis of Trust is a crossed bridge. 

Here comes, Marc Cuban he says do something you love but draw the line between Business and Personal. 

2. Mentors aren’t only 1st party but also indirect. I had a mentor though he was a strategist not in line with my goals of been a business/Entrepreneur. Though through him I learnt that through books you not only get to learn a new concept but also get to merge your mind with theirs and once you expand your mind it never regains it’s original capacity. It’s non elastic.
Once someone approached me and I tell them about that concept, they started on the path towards pursuing their dreams. Ninety Percent of them come back with one question how do I penetrate the Market. This is where ManSys Global Limited came to be. My mother always had this problem of how to get her products into the market

My Mentor super investor and Chairman Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffet says, “Always solve a problem and success is guaranteed.”

ManSys is a fully fledged Product and Brand Management, Business coaching & development firm. I take ideas and grow them. Turning dreams into reality. In the words of my mentor, Floyd Money Mayweather, “When I leave I want to be remembered as The Best Ever” Merge this with my own, “When I leave I want to be remembered as The Best Ever. Not just best business but best Entreprenure. The best Ever.” Is it hubris no! It is the words of John C Maxwell, “the hallmark of every successful Leader is a legacy. “Ensure you are good at what you do and ensure you love it. For this is what shall enable you to serve before great men and not mere people…..”the bible. 

Today I shall leave you with the words of my three favourite mentors, be the best you can possibly be and focus on you…….”Bilha Ngigi. “Have your eyes on the bigger picture never lose sight of it. It is what shall keep you going even when giving up is the best solution forsee able……” Mr Anderson M.   & “…….I believe you can succeed because you have undeniable faith in yourself.” My mum.

Blessings on blessings this weekend.

Charles Chambers Wahome 

Executive Director

ManSys Global Limited 

bbchambers254@gmail.com

The Journey To ManSys Part Two

It is a habit, it is a lifestyle. All round it is a way I believe it is success.

So 2013 straight out of high school and I was given my first capital to start a Dog business. It was love funding. I hadn’t done any research or case study, I was just given an idea and just followed it.

Lessons #1: Research Your Venture

It is believed lack of preparation is the beginning of all flops. We have to be very picky with the kind of businesses we trudge into. Analyze in and out on; market, source and day to day requirements. 

The dog business wanted hands on day to day presence.  Which was an uphill task for me. I wanted to undertake something that will give me freedom of time.

Lesson #2: Business is Time

Starting it and staying on the sidelines expecting it to grow  is hogwash that only applies to stock traders. Every other craft requires proper time investment. The Dog business crumpled under my feet when I got an opportunity to be a Corporate Logistics Consultant came knocking in 2014.

Lesson #3. Most Successful Entrepreneurs higher other Skilled Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs.

At Ibis I was a tortoise in a rabbit race ( remember the story of tortoise and hare? Yes it is what am referring to). At Ibis we were two young under 26 guys and older more experienced managers who always kept reminding us we were their Son’s ages (eeeeh). The unique thing was the way the director always hired people with passion, curiosity and skill. As I came to learn that is the success triage.

This is why;

Passion puts you in a position of instant pursuit and search ofnew and more current  knowledge and overall puts you in sync with motivation to keep on.

Curiosity is what makes you want to know more and learn

Skill is the ability to combine all three factors and run it to completion.

Finally 

Lesson #5: Let no man or Woman take you for granted.

Letting anyone take you for granted is key. When you put your time and priorities first you shall be at peace with yourself. Then sync them with the person you are in collaboration with and you shall have unlimited zeal to make it work. If you come in as a consultant, let no one turn you into the office messenger. If you let it happen your concious shall give you hell. I did and it made me loose sleep till I decided my dreams and craft come first then tables turned.
Lesson#6 Massive prayer.

Pray – pray – pray. It gives you something to hold onto an unspoken promise from The Creator and this gives you that edge in fighting for your aspirations.
Till Friday 

Blogged by 

Charles Wahome 

Product Management Consultant 

At ManSys Limited.

bbchambers254@gmail.com 

The Journey to ManSys

The dream was real from high school determined to own a Private Jet someday. That’s when my real world clashed with my idea utopia world. People not talking to you people making promises not been honoured. Friends turning into family or Enemies. In the next three blogs shall be a four part series of The Journey to ManSys. My brain child and soul ManSys Global Limited.

Management lessons.

  1. Anticipate the worst: Noah was lucky. He warned him that the rains were coming. We may not be so fortunate. Great leaders need to always be looking into the future, anticipate threats and opportunities, and put plans in place, positioning oneself for the future.
  2. Build an ark: Noah’s survival depended upon a strong reliable ark. No leader can perform without their ark – whether it’s systems, procedures, solid financing, great talent, cutting edge technology, or a reliable brick and mortar facility. You can’t do it by yourself.
  3. Only two: Noah took his family and two of each species, thus ensuring their continuity. Two lessons come from this: first, the importance of narrowing one’s focus to the real priorities and two, focusing your attention on your star talent. Everything cannot be a priority and by trying to make them so you dilute your attention and divert resources, time and focus away from the important things.  Same with staff. By adopting an egalitarian approach that takes care of everyone the same, at the expense of those individuals who truly drive your business, then you run the risk of losing your key staff. Clear focus and direction, backed up by strong, reliable talent, guarantees success every time.
  4. Continuity is key: When Noah took both his family and two of each species, he ensured their continuity. While the others perished in the flood, Noah and the chosen animals survived on the ark and were then able to repopulate the world after the storm. Organizations must also “repopulate” by putting in place succession plans. Succession plans ensure continuity and an orderly transition of leadership. Without a plan, organizations face disruption, loss of institutional knowledge, and often failure.
  5. Ride out the storm: Noah rode out the storm, while preparing for the future. When the rain stopped, he was ready to go. We just survived a great recession. Those that prepared for the future, have one. Those who did not anticipate the storm or who took a mere survival approach without positioning themselves for the recovery, suddenly find themselves behind the competition.


The next issue is on my lessons in first two years.


Charles Wahome 

A Product Management Consultant 

At ManSys Global Limited.

Billionaire Mind.

I recently attended a meeting organized by Fountain Enterprises Program headed by one Mr. John Githaka who is the founder & CEO. After becomong an architect (the only job he knows he could make money without struggling) he realized that still, he didn’t have the clout & clamor of a billionaire. He wanted to make more money. So he listed down 10 billionaires in Kenya. The likes of Njenga Karume, Chris Kirubi, and embarked on a study about these people. His main aim was to discover what happened with them. When was their turning point? What did they discover? What do they do? What don’t they do? Obviously, these are normal men, with normal upbringing and faced the same challenges as their peers but there came a time when they broke loose from their peers and ended up where they are. 

So in 3 years, he tried & met 9 out of the 10 billionaires, just to try & discover them. After interacting with them, he found 5 things about them and what they hv in common that made them be where & what they are.

The five things are:

1. They Understand The Power Of Many (Numbers.) 

The richer you are, the further u go away from ua business (you disassociate self from the business), but the poorer you are, the more you want to identify with your business.

Successful business people do not have “my business”, instead they have “our business idea”. That’s why when you go to a place like Sarova Stanley Hotel, chances are some employees there do not know who owns the place & have never seen him/her. But when you go to a poor person’s business, that person is always there, worse even acting as the cashier, accountant, attendant. The trick of business success is in numbers not in self. As long as u have a personal business called “mine” then be sure you are headed to poverty. People die but companies don’t die.

2. They Are Serious Borrowers. 

Borrowing money is their cup of tea & signature. If you have never borrowed money, you will never lend money; & cant lend it if you don’t have it. A bank is a broker between the poor & the rich. The only place where the two meet is in a bank. The poor bring the money and the rich take it. A poor person saves the money because they have more money than their thinking capacity. So they keep the money there so they can go & think what to do with it. Rich people come to pick that money bcos they have many ideas than the money they have. So they come to pick that money to go and implement those great ideas. Only poor people operate savings & fixed deposit accounts. Fixed deposit accounts are  for the living dead. People who undertake & commit that they will not think about any idea for that money until the expiry of that period of time, otherwise they will be penalized. Rich people operate current accounts. Therefore, a bank exists purposely for two reasons:

A) For the poor to bring in the money

B) For the rich to come & take it away.

Banks make more money from borrowers than savers. Hence they respect the latter more

3. They have High Level NETWORKS!

These people as explained in the 1st point believe in the power of many. As a result, they have many likeminded friends who can be of benefit to them. They have friends all over. Rich people have no age, tribal, geographical or gender boundaries. It doesn’t matter who or what u are as long as you are of value to their ventures. Building such networks need a lot of travelling & interacting with people. People never get rich in their hometown. Somebody who dreams of being rich, regardless of their age or status, must have; a Driving license (because they will own a Luxury car not just any car – its criminal to be seen in cars everyday but never own one.), a Passport (because you must travel widely to expand your networks and sharpen your mindset.

4. They Are Great Risk Takers!

As long as you avoid taking risks, you are headed to the grave poor. Taking risks is like walking in the dark. You know where you are going but can’t see it. Better still, you are more confident & secure when you are accompanied than when alone. The more people you are, the more secure, hence the 1st point. Risk taking is about numbers.

5. They Have Read The BIBLE!

They understand & make use of the parable of the sower. The seed is the shilling. They put the shilling on fertile land. They simply know where to put their money & where not to put.

They understand the current business trends & make business decisions with this in mind. If u bought a plot 5 years ago at Ksh. 500,000, u are worth nothing 5 years later except that plot even if it will be worth 2M. A rich person will invest that same money somewhere where it will be worth 2B within the same period of time. That’s why u find a 2-bedroom hse varying from Ksh. 2,000 to Sh. 80,00 or even more from one place to another. Or a cup of tea ranging from 5 bob to Ksh. 1,000. Yet when u ask all these business people, u will discover that each one of them decided the price. Why the variance? They know the value chain. In business the “Higher u go, the cooler it becomes….. & the lesser the pressure”. A landlord collecting 2,000 for a 2-bedroom house has more problems than his colleague collecting 80,000 for the same house elsewhere. While one has to literally come collecting payments at 4am every 1st day of the month (lest the tenant escapes), the other’s money is safely banked in his account even before the month ends. While one can even bargain with the tenant about the rent, the other is fixed, & you either take or leave it. While one, regardless of the cheap rent has few tenants, the other has a problem of to many tenants coming to look for housing. Same with the tea business. The one for 5 bob, the cup is bigger than the 1,000. Yet the 5 bob one can even “choma” you if u are not careful & you can even pay later if you don’t hv cash unlike the 1,000 one. Chances are the 5 bob businessman doesn’t even have a bank acct or goes to save, & he does everything in his business. 

You should know where to put your money. Create value for your cash, don’t battle with market prices. They are not your limit. It’s  better to be the last among the rich than to be the 1st among the poor.