Taking a “Life Stand”

by Onyeka Nchege on August 10, 2017

There comes a time in everyone’s life when you must take a stand against the things that mean to derail you and push you further back down the line

At that point it ceases to be about you and your selfish needs and wants….it is absolutely bigger than you and it is undoubtedly about your survival. It’s you or it. You know you can do nothing on your own to win this “life stand”.

When you get here, dig deep within, plant your feet, square your shoulder, and stand firm. Simultaneously, believe deeply, tap into your faith, raise your praise and worship voice, and be bold.

What’s next you ask? Wait and see what happens!

Take Action: what you waiting on??? Stand and believe today.

Leadership on the GO….. It’s O.N


Raising Your Own Bar

by Onyeka Nchege on June 7, 2017

While spending time with my father during one of his recent visits, I made time to connect with him one-on-one, man-to-man, so that I could draw from his endless wisdom. These valued moments that I have with him, not only allow me to grow mentally, but they are also when I realize how blessed I am to still have my father in my life as a constant teacher of his life’s successes and setbacks.

During this reflective time together, he asked me, “What does it take to become a success? And, perhaps more importantly, what does it take to remain one?” I’ve never thought about that before. At that moment, I was lost in my own thoughts. My first thoughts were around some of the words that are synonymous with the definition of success: accomplishment, progress, happiness. The more I thought about it, the more I thought about how much time and energy aspiring leaders put into working toward success. So much so, in fact, that many fail to recognize just how much more time and energy is required to maintain that success. In other words, successful people must keep accomplishing and progressing towards their happiness to remain successful despite all that they have accomplished in the past.

As I thought about my own successes in life, and how the compilation of them has contributed to my overall success sustainability, the more I realized I already had a working formula to help explain the process of maintaining success. That formula has six working parts: Journey, Success, Progress, Realization, Motivation and Sustainability. Each part – in that order – is crucial for the formula to work. Here’s how we breakdown each of those six parts:

    Journey = Ideas to plan
    The journey is one of the most difficult parts. To execute a proper journey, you must turn your ideas into actionable, realistic plans. This is not easy, but this will serve as the guardrails for the entire formula.

    Success = Plans to action
    Once you’ve hammered out a set of actionable plans, you need to act on them. If you completed the Journey thoroughly, this part should be relatively simple. Think of those plans as your road to success. Once you’ve put in the dozens of hours of hard work to build the road, you must follow it.

    Progress = Action to continued action
    This is the part where we separate the leaders from the pack. It’s one thing to reach success, but it’s another to continually build on it. And that’s not the hard part. The hard part is recognizing how and when to do so. Timing is everything.

    Realization = Continued action to results
    Similarly, once you’ve realized how and when to build on your success, it will be on you to identify how to implement those tactics into everyday practice. It may be a bit cliche, but if you’re not waking up on Tuesday morning better than you were on Monday night, you’re doing something wrong.

    Motivation = Results to reward
    This is the most personal part of the formula. Motivation is purely subjective, as is a reward. For some, it’s materialistic. For others, its spiritual. Everyone is different, but find out what truly motivates you to be the best version of yourself and recognize when to lean on that motivation to get you through to the end, no matter how hard it may be to keep moving forward.

    Sustainability = Reward to repeat
    Remember when my father asked me what it takes to remain a success? My answer is “sustainability.” To truly remain a success, you’ll need to take each one of the six parts of the formula described above and execute them thoroughly, on time and continually.
    There are millions of success stories out there, but rarely do we remember those who just achieved success. We remember those individuals who were continually successful. Those who truly drive change that matters not only find a way to become successful, they find ways to remain successful.

Over the years, my father has taught me countless lessons, and one of the first ones he taught me was how to grow success. This formula that has worked for me, is a direct result of watching my father turn his ideas into plans, put action behind those plans, continue those actions to results, reap the rewards of those results and repeat this process with his next idea. Papa Nchege…Imela!!

Take Action: Take inventory of your past successes and look for opportunities to build on those using the 6-part formula to sustain and grow success.

Leadership on the GO…..It’s O.N


A Lesson in Selfishness

April 28, 2017

So many leaders think the most important thing about being an effective leader is leading people. But in reality, true leaders put themselves before everyone else. Sounds a bit arrogant, I know, but this very topic came up during a conversation among members of a mentoring group I lead. To better understand the importance of helping yourself before everyone else, there is a terrific airplane analogy used to help inform the value of doing so. Every time we take an airplane, the flight attendants run through a presentation about safety precautions. In the event of an in-flight emergency, we’re instructed to secure our personal oxygen masks before helping others with […]

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When Opportunity Knocks, Be Prepared to Answer

March 5, 2017

I recently had an opportunity to learn directly from the great John C. Maxwell. I was attending a partner forum in Atlanta and was fortunate enough to be among the select few invited to listen to, learn from and engage with one of the most influential leaders in the world. And I jumped at the opportunity, because I recognized the value of learning directly from an internationally respected, “been there done that” (BTDT) leader.   But there once was a time I may have missed out on the opportunity altogether. One thing I picked up from this partner forum was how to truly recognize the value of an opportunity like […]

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Real Talk: I Survived an Avalanche

February 5, 2017

I have always been fascinated by avalanches, though I know they can be deadly. I absolutely love the way the snow rushes down the mountain, oblivious to anything and everything in its path – they always look so incredibly beautiful, yet still so eerily scary.  In life, when you take a step back and look at things from afar – knowing you’re not in immediate danger – it’s easy to think about how beautiful something looks, for instance, how captivating an avalanche is when watching from afar. However, this is only true until you find yourself in its direct path and eventually stuck inside the relentless rush of snow and […]

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