Month: March 2017

7 Secrets to Evaluate  Your Life Management Impact.

7 Secrets to Evaluate Your Life Management Impact.

First published, March 2017. Updated, April 2019.

Beginning April! One quarter of the year already gone! For some, they are still planning their year while some others are evaluating their goals.

What if you take some time to scan the first three months of this year with Drucker’s Managing Oneself approach to make sure you are moving in the right direction.

By answering the question below, you will see a demonstration that personal managing principles are powerful to help you reach your goals.

I hope you could benefit from them to catch up the nine remaining months of this year. In red, I rewrote the questions that defined the year objective; In that way, you just have to write your answers and make the necessary adjustments to reach your goals.

  1. Know your Strengths

Questions: Do you remember key decisions you made last year and the actions taken to realize them? Write down the expected results and the real one.

2. Know how you perform

Questions: Do you learn easily by reading or listening? Do you know how you work? What are your values?

3. Know where you belong

Questions: Are you a leader or a follower? Do you enjoy working alone or in the group? How do you feel when you work with small groups or large groups?

4. Know what your contribution is

Assignment: Write down 2-4 situations you know you will face this year. It can be: finding a new job, having a career promotion or change, getting married, live abroad for 6 months to develop new skills.

5. Understand Relationship Responsibility

Question: What are you going to do to understand the people around you?

6. The Challenge of the Second Half of  Your Life

Question: Do you volunteer for an NGO in your community? Can you pick another job, weekend or part-time?

7. Managing Oneself and Responsibility

Question: Do you feel a sense of responsibility when you work on your goals?

Would you like to reflect a sense of greatness people can’t explain? It’s not about the amount of money you have in your bank account, or how expensive you are dressed ….it is about the glorious future people forsee in you because of how they see you managing yourself now!

Write to me if you would like to share how far you reached your goals for the first three months of this year.

Herve Ngate. Founder/ CEO  Seed4future Corporation

How to Enjoy The Power of Social Media Without being Fooled!

How to Enjoy The Power of Social Media Without being Fooled!

I decided to write this article on a special request from my wife. As I was editing an article, she was lying on the bed near me reading about a famous wife’s personality in the world. She was actually very shocked that media depicted this lady as a devil without mentioning her wonderful accomplishments.

“Darling, can you write an article on the power of social media to explain to people how media make them hear only what they want you to know”. I was first reluctant because I wanted her to write the article herself but later I decided to work on it.

If I ask you the question: “How did you know about the last American elections?”, whether you were in the US or not, you will probably answer “through a media”. After Trump was elected president, a professional of communication in Kampala told me that she was aware of President Trump’s actions as if he was his neighbor.

The above example illustrates clearly the importance of media in our society today: Bringing real information as close as possible to the public. But if information is wrongly manipulated due to political, sociocultural or business egocentrism, social media become a bad tool.

Before you swallow anything from social media, particularly your favorite website or TV program, make sure you scan the information the following way:

  1. Make sure the media has no political or socio-cultural discrimination.
  2. Verify the information on other reliable media channels.
  3. If you know someone living in the area where an event is taking place, ask the person about real facts.
  4. Look for lives news, event or webinar.
  5. Don’t trust every videos and pictures on social media. New technologies enable their manipulation in a very dangerous way.
  6. Read blogs to know about people and connect directly with them.

These simple actions could prevent you from living in a utopic world with a lot of prejudices about people, societies, and cultures. They could also make you an active participant on social media when you provide real-time information on a situation.

I would like to know how you scan information on social media to have accurate news in your community and across the globe.

Hervé-Boris NGATE

6 Secrets Millennial Girls/Women Should Learn from Gen X Women: The Next Gender Breakthrough!

6 Secrets Millennial Girls/Women Should Learn from Gen X Women: The Next Gender Breakthrough!

I remember when I started working in that company, I noticed this woman (>45 years old) looking at me from distance every day. After few days of work, she called me and gave me some advice on how the company works: keep always busy, Cameras are watching you, Clean before leaving, be aware of managers.

On the other hand, I also came across younger girls (<30) and from some conversations, they started complaining about certain problems in the company. It was not difficult to take note of the difference in conversation: One advising and the second one complaining. Ever since I am applying the advice of the Gen X lady while making sure that my relationship with the other is superficial as much as possible.

These two women are part of 2 different generations: the first one is Generation X and the second one is a Millennial. According to a YAHOO’s research in 2015, Generation X are people born between mid-60’s and early 80’s whereas and Millennials are under 35. As I relate this story to organization development and growth, I found that many successful leaders received their advice from mentors who were WOMEN.

It could be their mothers like Doctor Ben Carson, Bill gate or their wives like Malcolm X, J.W. Bush, Barack Obama or Nelson Mandela. Whoever they were, these women were the key to the success of these leaders.

Is it why we should rethink the concept of leadership for the millennial generation? Why  such a gap between Gen X and  millennial women? How can millennials learn from Gen X women to produce a stronger leadership among women and men?

In this article,I  am writing some key points to share with you answers to the last question only:

  1. Gen X women were at the bottom of development 16 years after the Second World War. Since there were so much lost during the war, women had to work harder to contribute to development. 16 years after the Second World War, Gen X was born in a period of transition and renovation. They were at the core start of the technological advancement we see today.
  2. Gen X women are proud of their men. They know that if he is well-taken care at home, he will be the best outside. Maybe that’s why the lowest rate of divorce asked by women is among Gen X women.
  3. Gen X women value family standards. Transmitting education and financial discipline is part of their concern for their kids. If a Gen X woman is 54 years old and her child is 35, it means she delivered when she was 19 years old.She had to develop a high sense of responsibility to care for  a family at that time.
  4. Gen X women are more entrepreneurial and work harder than millennial one. Can we name the most successful business women our century? How old are they? The ability Gen X women have to generate sustainable incomes is amazing, since they are part of 29% of net worth dollars and 31% of total income dollars in America!
  5. Gen X Women know how to balance careers and kids. After delivery, Gen X women are less likely to increase their amount of work. It’s the opposite for millennial who increase their amount of work and spend less time with their kids (for those who decides to have).Some perceive having children as an hindrance to their professional goals.
  6. The danger of the digital generation. Imagine a picture showing a couple lying on their bed, each person with his cell phone chatting on social media. Which generation do you think it is? Most likely, Millennial I guess. For Gen X, the timeframe between 7 pm and 10 pm is the best moment to share about how the day was and the different challenges, to pray or plan the next family project.

If you are between 32-35 and 54 years old or, you were born after 1985, I would like you to write a paragraph writing  on the comment section of this blog on the gap between Millennials and Gen X Women.

You can also send me an email to seed.42@gmail.com or call me :+1 (240) 6317919

Hervé-Boris NGATE