Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Everything Rises & Falls On Leadership - By Alex Afriyie




Looking at the situation in Afghanistan this phrase from John Maxwell - 
 'everything rises and falls on leadership' is clearly seen as working its truth out.

Its terrible to see desperate people not knowing if they are going to live or die as new leaders take over their country. 

Questions like 'can I trust this new regime with my life and welfare' or 'what will happen to my family' are oppressing people's minds and emotions.

What does such instability come down to? I believe as Maxwell says, it comes down to leadership.

The Western world did not have a strategic plan for rebuilding Afghanistan that would sustain things in the long run.

The Afghan people have not been able to unite over what kind of leadership and government structure they want. Is it democracy they are looking for, freedom for all people or power in the hands of the elite or one tribe, or one ideology, or the educated or those with the guns?

All these are lessons that can be learned for any organisation or anyone in leadership. We need to have

1) A long term vision, values and a plan

2) We need to be strategic 

3) We need to bring different stakeholders together to agree what will work for everyone

4) We need to transition carefully with full and clear handover putting the right people (qualified people) in the right seats (roles).

5) We need to care about the people and the organisation that we lead. Aligning people's needs with the needs of the organisation or country,

Let's hope and pray good leaders will arise


Alex Afriyie (c) 



Thursday, 25 February 2021

How Can I Get Things Done More Efficiently? By Alex Afriyie

In today's busy world how can the average person, writer, business owner, entrepreneur, leader, or CEO, get things done efficiently.

If you have a vision then it is so important to have a plan that you can implement to get it done. Sometimes we go as far as writing a plan but just find we haven't got the time to act on the plan.

A Vision, plus a Plan, plus Action = Reality.

A Vision minus a Plan, minus Action = A Dream

So there are a number of things you can do.

Daily Habits

One approach is to improve your daily habits. For example, go to bed an hour earlier each night, so you can get up an hour earlier each morning and spend that first hour working on your vision and plan.

Super-productive

However, if you want to really leverage your plan into action so that your vision comes into reality more rapidly then you can use super-productive time.

Productive time is when we are working directly on our goals. Unproductive time is when we are not working on our goals but someone else's goals or agenda. Super-productive time is when we are getting others to work on our goals. This is when we really begin to leverage ourselves and begin to rapidly achieve our goals.


Outsource

This could be anything from getting your children or partner to help you do the cleaning or shopping, to employing an outsourcer or employing someone to work on an aspect of your business or organisation that you don't have time to do. In this way you will free up time for you to do the most important thing that will accelerate your vision into reality. 

Many working on the plan will accelerate the accomplishment of your vision

Alex Afriyie ©