Simply Grateful…

by Onyeka Nchege on November 25, 2015


“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others” ~ Dalai Lama

 During this time of year we are encouraged most to think of others and reflect on all that we are thankful for. In both of those regards I can honestly say that I am thankful most for those that surround me. In my personal life, I have the honor of being: a husband to my beautiful wife, a father to wonderful children, a son to loving parents, a brother to remarkable siblings and a friend to many outstanding people. In my professional life, I am privileged to lead an organization of talented individuals into greatness.

Throughout most of our careers it is ingrained in us to focus on our individual experiences and achievements, and that is understandable since it is our responsibility to drive ourselves forward. However, just as there is a need to take stock of ourselves as individuals, it is equally important to pay homage to those who paved the paths we travel, work diligently alongside us and support us in our efforts. We all need to recognize that our individual achievements are often essential parts of a greater collective.

Having been, and currently residing as the leader of an IT organization, I am grateful for the system architects that ensure we build solutions that align to with our strategic outlook, the help desk specialists that work through issues in a timely manner with our end users, the network and telecommunications specialists that ensure our entire company and external customers have connectivity to us and our systems, the analysts who ensure we deliver high-quality solutions to our end users based on their needs and specifications, the PC technicians that ensure our entire company of users have the hardware and devices they need to perform their daily tasks. These, and many more, are all essential parts of the greater collective that my position is dependent on, and I am grateful to support them as they support me. 

Take Action: My ask to everyone reading this is to not only take the time during this season to reflect on all that you are thankful for, but to also tell those who surround you why you are grateful to them. As individuals we are each strong, and as a collective we are absolutely substantial. 

I am grateful to YOU.  Thanks for reading and sharing and commenting on the Leadership on the GO….. It’s O.N blog posts.   

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A recent finalist for the 2017 ORBIE CIO of the Year award, Onyeka brings more than 20 years of experience leading teams, developing strategies and building technology solutions. He has also led the creation and integration of technology solutions for a network of retail store franchises and distributors across North and Central America. Onyeka contributes to CIO Review magazine and shares his insights and experience with peers and colleagues via his own blog, Before joining Interstate Batteries in 2015, Onyeka led teams at Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, where he modernized technology practices and powered business processes for daily, on-the-street use. He is a graduate of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and currently serves on the EVANTA Dallas CIO Governing Body. If Onyeka were not at Interstate, he’d find another way to combine his three biggest passions: his faith, helping others, and, of course, information technology. Because ultimately, as he puts it, “we can’t help everyone, but everyone can always help someone.”

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