15 STRIKING LESSONS TO LEARN FROM BUHARI’S LEADERSHIP PERFORMANCE

Excerpted from Anon

If you cannot learn from people’s success, you can indeed learn from their failures. There are 15 important lessons to learn from the performance of the current administration.

Warning: Please note that the writer is not a politician or a party affiliate. He is a leader, a management consultant,an author, a trainer and a citizen of the greatest black country in world-Nigeria

1. Have a plan before you set out to lead. The APC party never had a plan, they only had promises. It is easy to say I will make one dollar to one naira- that’s a promise, but how do you make that happen was never mentioned. A plan is the road map to every achievement.

2. Be honest with why you want to be a leader. The reasons they gave why they want to come into power and the incoming addressing of those reasons became totally different. How can you say “you are for nobody but for everybody” and end up recruiting people only from your region and your state having the largest share?

3. Promise little, deliver more or Promise more and deliver little. They obviously had more promises than they could definitely deliver. Of all their about 21 core promises, their scorecard shows they have delivered very little. So if you want to achieve much, make few promises and over deliver!

4. You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. Most of the gigantic promises were built on what to do, not what has been done in the past. People will not take you serious if you have all it’s takes to perform and you are still promising or giving blame. Act, do, keep doing and keep going and best of all know where to go.

5. The past cannot always determine the future. In the past as a military administrator, it is easier to make decrees and to rule with an iron fist and cover gross mistakes with threats and stringent millitary brutality. But Nigeria is not in military reign and can never go that way again. Past successes may sometimes not predict future ones if the man and his methods aren’t changing. So if things are not working change the method and if it is still not working change the machine if it’s still not working, change the man.

6. Never be partial. It is said that if dirt is too much in a blind man’s soup he will know it’s no longer crayfish. When you are swift in dealing with IPOB and proscribing them as terrorists and you then turn around to say that you don’t know what to do to Fulani Herdsmen incessant killings, or you ask the people to pray about it, then you know the people are not blind, they know who and what you stand for. To succeed in LEADERSHIP you may need to step on the toes of those too close to you.

7. He that must come to equity must come with clean hands. You cannot have people who have soiled their garments with oil in your showroom where you hope to sell brilliant white clothes. And you cannot turn a blind eye when your friend steals from the market place and then shout ‘ole’ or ‘barawo’ when you suspect your enemy. If you want to fight corruption, start from yourself, your circle, then the circle after that, and so it goes. Change comes usually as a spiral effect

8. You can never make people rich or happy by sharing 10 thousand naira to them, not even a hundred thousand naira can do that, when indeed the roads you took to that place you shared the money are probably in bad shape. A man who used the kpomo he would have used to cook for his in-laws to make band and gives his in-laws fu-fu without meat, should know that when his in-laws are going they will go with his wife. It is better to teach people how to fish than to give them fish.

9. Stop blaming your past. You can’t go forward until you get done with the past. If you keep blaming people on what you are asked to do, you end up becoming lame. Blame makes people lame. Humanity is lame today because of Adam’s blame!

10. Integrity is everything. Integrity is not when you are clean and clear in one area, integrity is wholistic. A man was wrongly given a carton of money instead of a carton of fish, and he returned it. To appreciate him the store owner, wanted the news to go out to mass media, but the man objected that because the woman that was with him the time he came to buy the fish was not his wife- he was actually cheating on his wife that day. So he’s honest with not stealing, but not honest to his own wife. Integrity is doing what you say you would do, how you said you would do it and even when you said you would do it.

11. Take decisions on time. Decision taking is LEADERSHIP. If it’s takes you forever to take a decision, when will you act on those decisions and when will you achieve your decision? One would have thought, the longer the decision, the better it is. But that’s an hypothesis, not in reality. Sometimes the quicker the decision, the better it is. Strike the iron when it’s hot!

12. Use professionals. Not propagandists. The difference between a professional public servant and a hound of propagandists is what is the major difference between America and Nigeria. The American economy was built by professionals not propagandists. And no economy in the world was ever built on propaganda. Even China a Communist country relies on professionalism. So what 10 Lai Mohammed’s cannot achieve, only one Liu He- the man in charge of China’s ecenomy can.

13. Accept mistakes sincerely and don’t cover them up with more excuses. A friend mentioned sometimes ago that excuse givers are good for nothing and I sincerely agree. If you make mistakes accept them as no one is infallible only GOD is. Hence you are not GOD, you shouldn’t always defend your shortcomings. Those you are trying to showcase a defence to know your blind spots. They also know they have their own weaknesses. So why trying to play holy when indeed you can confess your sins and be forgiven.

14. Listen to others, especially your wife. Your wife is the only one that can boldly tell you your mouth has an odor. The next person might be a honest friend. People might be feeling ashamed or thinking you might feel embarrassed when they tell you. But if you got honest people who tell you things rightly, rather than those who tell you only the right things they think you want to hear you will be a great leader.

15. Don’t surround yourself with only yes, yes people. Get feedbacks from your enemies, know what people think about your leadership from those who don’t like you also. Talking positively all the time may lead to information diabetes and soon the system will need insulin.
In customer service delivery, we teach that the best feedback is the one given by your aggrieved customers. Products are well packaged, software becomes more secured as a result of feedback resources from the complaint box.

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Living is loving and learning

By

Noel Ihebuzor

 

Living is loving, is leaving and
is learnng
from our falls
from our risks,
full of leaks,
from our hopes
which the snarer
the abuser, uses
as dope
to rope us in,
unwitting accomplices
to confuse,
to reduce, misuse
and abuse us

Soon we learn
from our pain,
our enduring gain

Hurt, wiser
we pray,
we strain
to live and love
and not fall or fail
or be fooled again

we step out
to live and love
fresh protective foliages
wrapped around our tender parts
screen protectors
for our fragile feelings,
from smashing
from fleecing
in the maddening den
where to live is to love
to love is to hope
and to hope is to risk
and risk is either
win or lose, even though

sometimes the choices
are between
empty, half full and full

between fleeing,
flying,
floating
and falling
or all
or none
of the above

Measuring a smile

By

Noel Ihebuzor

How do you measure a smile?
Some would say weight,
But wait, what scales measure
lines on a face?

Some would say length
a smile a mile short would
mean more than one a metre long – let emojis tell us then,
but these speak not!

Nay, no!
A smile is the stretch of lips,
the curve of the mouth,
the sparkle of the eyes,
where the head
unveils the mind
and the heart
as both reveal
the unfurling rainbow
the springs of joy
dancing happily within us

Scales cannot, do not
capture nor measure
the colours, the contours
the rhythms, the genuine joys
that release the warming
scented sprays of a smile…..

Not all that makes life
Beautiful can be measured

0810 hours, Ashbury, Manchester

Scribbles on Inclusion and exclusion

By

Noel Ihebuzor

 

 

 

 

 

Societies are made up of groups. Each member has to contribute but not everyone must hold similar views. Good societies are built on the principles of

 

Some common vision

Some common bonding/cohesion

Some shared values

Some commonly agreed norms along with

a recognition of the need for individuality

a commonly agreed and shared purpose interacting

with a recognition for the importance heterogeneity and diversity

for without diversity and heterogeneity,

Uniformity would not only be stifling but also suffocating

 

These elements make up what we call social capital

 

Good societies recognize and accept all their members, on the understanding that unity is not the same as uniformity

 

Happy human societies are founded on the principle of:

 

·         Human dignity

·         Mutual respect,

·         Social justice

·         rule of law

·         equality of all before the law

·         Social responsibility

·         Equity and fairness

·         Mutual trust,

·         Cooperation and inclusiveness

 

Good societies are inclusive There is a danger in some conceptions of inclusiveness as demanding uniformity and zero diversity as sine qua non for its operation. This is a flawed view as it could lead to a loss of individual freedoms as an individual who fails to meet its flawed and narrow requirement is singled out to become a victim of exclusion. Exclusion is the opposite of inclusion. It is negative and highly destructive.

 

What are the dangers of exclusion?

 

Exclusion – why do we exclude – we exclude because of fear, prejudice, wrong information, ignorance hatred, envy, xenophobia.

features of exclusion, Exclusion as Us versus they, antagonisms, blame games ,scapegoating, hate speech, demonizing the other consequences of exclusion – physical, psychological, emotional (trauma, self-pity, fighting back),  ethnophaulisms, marginalization, intolerance, mistrust

 

the features of exclusion – Exclusion is irrational, hurtful, destructive and subtractive. It creates tensions, creates scapegoats, uses negative words, results in us-they world, leads to further incomprehension and misunderstanding, creates suspicion, can provoke conflict.

 

when people are excluded they feel self-doubt, self-pity, anger, hate, and frustration, bitter, resentful

 

a culture of tolerance for diversity.

 

difference and diversity are not enough reasons for mistrust between people

 

Tolerance is a virtue.

 

Tolerance breeds more tolerance.

 

Difference and diversity enrich, we can build on these. But to do so, we need to include others.

 

We are all unique and same at the same time different. I am like you, you are like me, but yet each one of us is different. The “Ebony and Ivory on the key board” song by Stevie Wonder brings out this enriching aspect diversity.

 

The principle of reciprocity – you accept me, I accept you.

Discrimination, bias, stereotyping make bad sense

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Song

by

Noel Ihebuzor

 

as with the season,

so, with the poet,

seasons come

and seasons go

seasons that freeze

seasons that free,

seasons that foul,

season that flower

 

seasons for sowing

seasons for sewing

seasons for saving

seasons for singing

 

The season of singing

Voices springing

Moon winking,

Grasshoppers jumping

Kids bleating

Blades rustling

in the gay glades with

crickets chirping

the sun smiling, greeting

the happy season

which sings its coming

 

listen now as

songs well from within

they spring forth

at the first ring of spring

as poet, pen and

keyboard warm

to the rhythm and reason

of the season of renewal

to sing songs

that unfurl like a corolla

awakening, unfolding and stirring

drowning unhappy pasts

in their awakening and renewing

melodies