Pursuing Your Passion Is The KEY

by Onyeka Nchege on November 3, 2014

2fafbf92-6436-456e-80a3-f75c9fa5580dI’m often asked if I always knew that one day I would be CIO of a large corporation, and my answer is always “Absolutely not”. However, I did always know that I enjoyed developing and presenting solutions to complex and simple business oriented problems, interacting with and serving a variety of people, and mentoring and coaching others. I am blessed to have found a position/platform where I am able to practice the things I enjoy on a daily basis.

In Proverbs 18:16, it states very simple and straightforward that, “A man’s gift maketh room for him before great men”. I believe that to be true, and, hence, I believe that pursuing your passion (God given gifts inside you) is the key to fulfilling your destiny and achieving success.

I wholeheartedly believe that when you pursue the things you are passionate about then your passions will provide a path of success for you. Though I didn’t realize early on in my career that I was on the path to becoming a CIO, I always sought out roles that leveraged intentionally developed relationships, and positions that involved presenting information/solutions, because I knew these were things that I had in my “passion toolkit” which represents strengths for me.

Now though I encourage everyone to pursue their passions so that they can move further down their path of success, it must be understood that there will be trade-offs while walking your path. For example, being a CIO means that there are times when I have to travel extensively. Fortunately, I have a wonderful family that is very understanding about the time I have to spend away from home. Pursuing your passion could mean that you will also have to sacrifice some of your personal time, or that you will have to stretch yourself to truly study your passion, or that you will have to build relationships with people whom you would not normally interact. The basic point to remember is, don’t allow the trade-offs to turn you off from pursuing your passion.

A great law of growth is to try, fail, adjust and try again until you succeed. Many of us are so afraid of failure that we don’t realize we are risking the success we can have when pursuing our passions if we let our fear of failure take precedence. Trust me, you will be successful when you pursue your passion; not necessarily because you will make a lot of money or because you will hold a position of authority, but because you will have built a platform on which you will naturally shine and that platform will give you maximum opportunity for success.

Take Action: Decide today to identify your passion, believe in your passion, and pursue your passion. It will make room for you to be your best YOU!

Leadership on the Go…It’s O.N.


The Triumphs and Challenges of Recognition and Awards

by Onyeka Nchege on October 21, 2014

Decision Choose Change or  Same Old StreetRecently, Apple stores across the world were flooded with patrons waiting to purchase the new iPhone6.  Many will agree that the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 raised the bar in the technology industry and ushered in a wave of innovation.  Apple has not only profited greatly for setting a new industry standard, it has also gained worldwide recognition as being a technological pioneer. 

As wonderful as recognition is, it can also be a challenge to some.  For example, though Apple has once again shattered records for the amount of iPhone 6 pre orders, there are still many who believe Apple hasn’t moved much past the bar they set seven years ago, because they continue to release the same phone with modest additions in each generation.  The amount of patrons who believe that Apple’s innovation has decreased over the years is translated by comparing Apple’s current market share with their competitor’s market share.  Those patrons have started purchasing phones and tablets from other companies who they feel are now raising the bar in the technology industry.  Hence, Apple should now be realizing that with recognition and awards also comes a new set of expectations.

In a more direct manner, we as individuals have opportunities to be recognized in our professional and personal lives often through awards.  Recognition and awards are excellent promotions of you and your capabilities.  They can help to elevate your career to the next platform, and they can allow for you and your talents to be exposed to a broader audience.  However, it must be understood that once you are a recipient of any recognition or awards, you have raised your own bar.  As an example, I recently championed a golf tournament to benefit a scholarship fund.  This year we had a good mixture of new participants and our faithful contributors.  Though everyone participated mainly for the benefit of the scholarship, there was still the motivation of receiving a trophy for placing in the top three.  There was also the motivation for prior trophy winners to beat their score from previous years and to once again go home with a trophy. 

The healthy competition you encounter while striving for recognition is a great motivator in assisting to raise your own bar.  Be mindful that once your bar has been raised and you have received your recognition, the expectations of you will be changed.  I can tell you from my own experience that it is a more rewarding road to travel having embraced this new set of expectations as opposed to seeing them as burdens.  The new set of expectations may increase your workload, apply unwanted pressure or force you to grow into new, initially uncomfortable, positions.  These are not burdens, these are new initiatives.

Your overall determination of success depends on how much you raise your bar.  Also, it is important to remember that though your performance has been beyond exceptional in the past; your past performance does not equal future growth.  Future growth is dependent on managing and meeting the new expectations of you.                                 

Take Action: Are you really growing yourself or repackaging the old to look new?  Understand the new expectations of you and innovate yourself to meet those expectations. 

Leadership on the Go…It’s O.N.


How Good is Good Enough

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By now, most people across the world know that Apple has recently released their latest phone, the iPhone 6. Like many technology enthusiast, I waited anxiously to see what the post Jobs era release would bring. Admittedly, over the past several years, I have not, as my children say, been on “Team iPhone” so I […]

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Diversity of Personality Deserves Promotion (WHY?)

September 22, 2014

Often I have spoken about how competition breeds innovation, which I standby because I have witnessed it firsthand within my own organization. Another catalyst to innovation success is diversity. By definition, a diverse organization is one that is comprised of eclectic individuals of varying races, sexes and backgrounds. Additionally, there is one other characteristic that […]

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Laboring From Idea to Plan

September 2, 2014

In 1882, the first Labor Day parade took place in New York City to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the American worker. Since that initial parade, the first Monday of September rightfully observes the American workforce on a national level. For, throughout history, the American workforce has demonstrated its outstanding ability to hone ideas […]

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