STRIKE!! – I Just Threw My Courage Ball

by Onyeka Nchege on August 16, 2015

Courage Vs. Fear Bowling Ball Strike Pins BraveryAs I have stated before, every day each of us performs acts of courage, no matter how minute or massive those acts are to us. It happens every day! I believe courage is an innate characteristic each of shares. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear”; it is important to remember that God bestowed each of us with a courageous spirit!

COURAGE… all that is needed to take the first, or tenth, or one hundredth step toward whatever it is that you want. When it is lacking, it is the thing that, most of the time, holds us back from getting after that which we know we should.

As I currently deal with my own set of wants, and quite honestly, lack the courage to get after them right now, I’m pondering the advice I have passed on to others in this same situation. A single step has to be made to start any journey.

Even as I sit to write this blog post about my lack of courage, and contemplate what my first step should be…I can feel my COURAGE ball starting to build up speed and gain momentum. Sometimes acknowledgement is a powerful accelerator.

So what lesson have I learned through this exercise? It is clear – Do not let your lack of courage keep you from chasing, or pursuing, or achieving, or declaring whatever it is God has put in your spirit. It’s all yours… just have to muster up the courage to go get it.

Take Action: If you are stalled in getting after your dreams – Acknowledge it, grab your courage ball, create a plan of action, and start the ball rolling. It’s time you bowl a STRIKE!

Leadership on the GO…..It’s O.N!

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Let’s Be FRANK…..

by Onyeka Nchege on August 1, 2015

Businessman with burning Mobile PhonesOver the many years of my career, I have both been on the receiving end and in the midst of some very heated and intense discussions. It is during these types of discussions that heart rates, tempers and voices sometimes rise to an uncomfortable level for all parties involved. In these later years of my career, it is often that I find myself bearing witness to and refereeing these discussions. As the referee, it is my job to enforce the rules of having a F.R.A.N.K. discussion.

The phrase, “being frank,” simply means to be honest. However, in my own experience, having a frank discussion not only means being honest; it also means having a value-added discussion that will be a benefit to us all despite the discomfort it can bring. To promote the value and reduce the discomfort, there are five guiding principles to truly having a F.R.A.N.K. discussion: Freedom, Respectfulness, Acknowledgement, Neutral Territory and Knowledge.

    Freedom - During these discussions, it is important that all parties involved feel that they are free from reprimand for expressing their opinions. Freedom of expressing opinions allows varying points of view to be shared and facilitates progress.

    Respectfulness – Unless all parties involved are respectful to one another, the discussion will not be beneficial. If disrespectful comments and attitudes are allowed into the conversation, then everyone will feel the need to protect themselves and hence will come from a place of defending their honor instead of defending their point of view.

    Acknowledgement – Voices are sometimes raised during these discussions due to people feeling like they are not being heard. It is important that all parties involved receive acknowledgement that they are indeed being heard and what they are saying is adding value to the discussion.

    Neutral Territory – A neutral place of agreement must be found between all parties involved to truly see where the variances lie. As a rudimentary example, we all have our own reasons as to why apples differ from oranges, but we can all agree that both apples and oranges are fruit.

    Knowledge – The varying points of view, ideas and opinions of those in the discussion must have a basis of knowledge and facts, otherwise the discussion will not yield a value-added benefit.

F.R.A.N.K. discussions can fuel progress by pushing us to a level of needed discomfort. These discussions force us into receiving and providing honest feedback. If we all forever remained in our comfort zones, then we would never experience the needed discomfort of growth.

Take Action: The next time you find yourself either on the giving or receiving end of a heated discussion, promote being F.R.A.N.K. You’ll find that your conversations are more productive and provide greater value to all parties involved.

Leadership on the GO….It’s O.N.


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