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On 11th October 2016, Mustapha B. Mugisa, CEO Summit Consulting Ltd was invited by Uganda Development Bank to give a talk about business sustainability during the bank’s customer engagement forum. Many bank customers had expressed serious concerns of business failure following the prevailing harsh economic conditions in the country. Mustapha had been tasked to give insights explaining why most entrepreneurs fail businesses and how to sustain them in the wake of economic volatility.
The UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 focuses on ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. Globally, 443 million school days are lost each year due to a water related disease and about 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year because of water- and sanitation-related diseases. (The Water Project, Facts about Water, 2016).
What would you do if your doctor sent an SMS to your phone that he needs you urgently at the hospital? Of course many questions would race your mind and most probably be unsettled until you meet the Doctor. Perhaps do so or reminisce and track all your activities leading to the last checkup. Such scenarios are often not commonly played out in our minds because we believe it just could never happen to us.
Pius Atuhaire, (not real) is the head of business development at marketing agency called Market It. He wakes up early so every other day. Pius is so furious about dressing. He is always dressed to kill. Pius makes his way to the well- furnished building that houses their office. They work six days a week from 7am to 9pm.most of the employees here are paid on fixed salary rate. In times of hard economic situations, Pius is always exposed that he can’t sustain the cost of living. The expenditure is overwhelming in comparison to the monthly earning.
Many women and girls in Uganda suffer from sexual and gender- based violence committed by various actors within the family and the community. The persistence of patriarchal patterns of behavior and the existence of stereotypes relating to the role of women perpetuate the discrimination of women within Uganda society. The difficulties women face are not only due to intimidation, hostility and ridicule from the community, but also due to the states inaction in ensuring redress.
It was just three months away to the end of our final year at campus. The excitement was high following the three years of hardship at the university. At our faculty, it was a culture to have career guidance sessions to prepare the graduates for the tough times ahead. For that particular day, the Head of Faculty had invited Summit Consulting Ltd as facilitators. The theme was ‘digital evidence, perspectives from a forensics investigator.’ All the students were anxious to know about digital forensics. The attention of the audience during the presentation clearly demonstrated that the topic was timely. This marked the beginning of our new life outside university.
We all know OTT voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services such as Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and WeChat provide an alternative to traditional voice and SMS services. The old high charges accumulated while roaming on other networks abroad can be significantly minimized.
We all have something we want to do, something we want to own, some where we want to go. These are our dreams. It is what we hope for and what we hope to become. Very importantly, one has to believe they can achieve whatever they want. Self- confidence is the key. It is the power that lies within us letting us know that we can do anything we put our hearts and minds to. That inner voice we have to listen to. It is always reassuring us that regardless of the current conditions, we will make it.
Accept reality. Abandon obstacles. Appreciate your people and processes and Adjust to better ways. Below is Mustapha’s speech to executives and managers who want to create commitment not just compliance and have staff morale through the roof again.
Last December, I went to the village and attended a village meeting. While at the meeting, one of the Elders said, since we have Mustapha here today, let him say something before we proceed.
So, how do you turn down elders? I stood up and said something.
That is what it means being a leader. You must stay ready.
Again in April, I was at the conference of auditors. And the MC noticed me in the room. He said since fraud is a big problem in this country, and we have the President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Uganda Chapter, allow me to ask him say something. How do you turn down such opportunity? I stood up, and said something about fraud! Did you know that an average organization loses over 5% of her annual revenue to fraud? And then you wonder why your business grows slowly, if any.
After my comments, one of the people inside that room came to me and requested for my business card. He said ‘’I really liked your ideas on fraud prevention. We are organizing a seminar for accountants. Do you mind being one of our speakers? Hey, the seminar is next week.’’ I said, ya, count me in.
These experiences have taught me one thing: when it comes to leadership or business development I don’t have to get ready, I must stay ready. So that I may get any opportunity wherever it is! My new motto is ‘’don’t get ready, stay ready.’’ That way you are able to grab any opportunity that comes your way!
Good luck is when preparedness, meets opportunity. You want to get lucky? Stay ready!
Do I sound like a Pastor?
But that is not just like leadership. It is true with everything you do. You must stay ready. It does not matter what you do. What matters is that you must stay ready. Because the people who need you always need you.
So what you are going to pick up today, are the 4 As to remarkable results is not only how to stay ready, but how to become a type of leader who can create commitment, when others are just creating compliance.
Be the type of leader who can get other people to admire and what to follow you, rather than have to follow you.
And a type of leader who can have morale shooting through the roof, when for other leaders people are saying do I have to come to work today.
And if you can do that, believe me you will become a leader whom others want to follow, and a role model.
So stand up. Make sure you can look at me. Can everyone see me? Alright.
This is what I want you to do.
I want you to put your right arm straight out like so. And I want you to keep it parallel to the ground.
Now I want you to take your right thumb and right index finger and put them together like so, making sure that your arm is absolutely parallel to the floor. Now, as fast as you can, without hurting yourself, I want you to take your right thumb and right index finger and put it on your chin and turn to your neighbor and say: that is not your chin
What I love about that is that most people who did it want to say, see me, I did it.
It makes a good point. Actions speak louder than words.
You didn’t do as I said, you did, as I did. Is that right? Turn to your neighbor and say ‘’ I know that is right.
So here is the key.
When it comes to the 4 As to remarkable results, lead yourself first. Everything you ask them to do, you must first do yourself. Because they won’t do as you say. They will do as you do. If you tell them to be in office by 7 am, first be in the morning by 7 am. If you tell them don’t put your phones in silent during a client meeting, always put your phones in silent mode! Lead yourself first. Lead by example. The first A to remarkable results is that you must accept reality.
Now let’s be honest. Have you ever been forced to face reality?
Raise your hand if you feel sometimes reality hurts.
Isn’t it interesting how when things don’t seem to go our way or we don’t seem to measure up, it is almost in our DNA to place the blame on someone else?
Isn’t it ironic that I am blaming my general manager for placing a wrong article when I the one responsible for the final product. But be honest.
How often do we blame others for our mistakes? How often do we sales blame underwriters, underwrites blame HR and HR blame loss assessors.
When loss assessors learn how to talk, I am sure they will blame someone else!
Average leaders place blame. Exceptional leaders take it.
Now get this. They take it even when sometimes it is not their fault. Why on earth would you take blame when sometimes it is not their fault?
Great that is good. But here is another person why. You are responsible for the environment. Take the blame, and they will also take the blame. When it is not their fault.
What is your scale? What is the thing that lets know whether you are getting worse or better at what you do? What is the thing that lets your team know whether you are improving or not? What is your scale? Write this down. You master what you measure.
Now I have interacted with several insurance executives and I must say, a lot of their efforts is not measured. Many insurance companies have websites, but none measures the amount of business generated through them. And you wonder on which basis do they operate it?
If you are the CEO, which reports do you receive daily to see whether you are improving or not?
As a CEO or senior management, what is your scale?
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SOURCE: SUMMUIT BUSINESS MAGAZINE/ VOL. 08 ISSUE 13 JUNE. 2016
Leonard hurriedly disembarked from his car. He had come to make a small withdraw of a small amount of money only to find a long queue at the ATM machine. He decided to get into the banking hall. To his surprise, the queue inside was twice longer than that at the ATM machine. It was hot, Leonard couldn’t withstand the conditions at the ATM machine.
“Tack and diplomacy are all about skill and sensitivity in dealing with others, particularity with difficult people and tricky situations. Understanding other people emphasizing with the way they think and fee is essential to effective relationships,” said Olivia Kirtley, president of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and a director of several public companies.
Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA) organized another exhibition for four days at Uganda Manufacturers’ Association (UMA) conference hall.
Speaking at the event, the minister for trade and industry; Hon. Amelia Kyambadde the chief guest at the event hailed the great work USSIA was doing to improve livelihood of the youth by empowering them and putting platforms for the youth to share their entrepreneurial ideas with those that have kick started.
“I have worked with USSIA ever since I joined the ministry and am glad to say that USSIA has been at the forefront of empowering youth with skills. USSIA should continue with such inputs,” said Amelia while addressing participants at the event held at UMA conference hall.
In addition Amelia encouraged the youth and those present to register with such member organizations like Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA), Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) and Uganda Manufacturers’ Association that will recognize, empower and support them.
The Hon. Minister further informed the youth to work hard starting with their body fitness since that stimulates fitness of the mind.
How can we change our lives?
“We can change our lives by becoming entrepreneurs” said Amelia. In becoming an entrepreneur, one needs to ask themselves the following questions:
Who am I?
What can I do?
What is my potential?
Where do I want to be?
How do I reach there?
Where am I doing my business?
It is not capital; “do not start by thinking about capital, you always move around with your capital which is your brain God has given you” she added. In starting business, it is not peer influence rather passion and talent that will make you prosper.
What then are the challenges affecting young entrepreneurs?
“Demonstration effect is the biggest problem affecting young entrepreneurs.” “I want to start up fish farming because Amelia is doing it and it is prospering.” Amelia noted. To survive in business especially in a very competitive environment creativity and innovativeness is very important, one needs to look for an area where he has a comparative advantage. For example if one is selling tomatoes, don’t start up the same business, look for what compliments tomatoes like onions so that as one comes to buy tomatoes from your neighbor, he can be able to buy onions to from you since these items go hand in hand other than the client moving to another place looking for onions, said Amelia.
In conclusion, everyone can live the live they want to, all they have to do is work very hard and embrace partnership whether at individual or company level and in partnerships, one ought to look for that partner that will better their business; an individual with qualities that will strengthen their business.
In Uganda, private and public organizations don’t take people with innovations seriously. In the process the economy loses billions of shillings in form of entrepreneurial excellence and employment opportunities.
Everyone has two natures. One wants us to advance, the other wants us to pull back. The one we cultivate and decide upon determines whom we become.
Luckily, with the right kind of training, every individual could be a success.
One of the worst career mistakes students make is thinking that their parents’ success is theirs. In the process they pay less attention to their career which adversely affects their future success. It is so bad to meet an OB who literary ‘lived’ life while at school on the street looking for a job, just any job. Such students had lots of grab, pocket money and wore the best clothes not withstanding having all the study materials they needed.
Zootopia (released as Zootropolis in some European countries) is a 2016 American 3D computer – animated buddy cop comedy mystery adventure  film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Animated Pictures.
Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only name he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no- nonsense panther
The Comboni Fathers of Mbuya Parish founded St. Kizito SS Bugolobi in 1997.
For the first three years, the Management Committee of St. Kizito Primary School offered to be the care-taker Board of Governors.
In 2000, a new Board of Governors was inaugurated with the principal aim of totally overseeing the management of the school.
The new Board was given the mission statement of the school,
Iganga High School is located in Iganga Municipal Council along Mpindi road, 100 meters from the Post Bank round about.
Iganga High School is a registered government aided school. It is an A level day and boarding school.
This, the 49th screen version of the Tarzan tale, is the story the Americans wish was so – Jackson plays George Washington , an American social activist who persuades Lord John Greystoke (Skarsgard) to travel to the Congo because he is sure King Leopold of Belgium is enslaving the Congolese.