Category: Women And Development

6 Tips You Could Learn From Serena William Winning Mindset

6 Tips You Could Learn From Serena William Winning Mindset

Since university back to Cameroon, I have been hearing about a famous american female tennis champion.

She has been beating records and became the greatest in her area for decades. I never knew  in my university years that I will find myself in the same country of such a legend.

Last month, as I was watching the news and a lot was said about her, I became curious to know what was the secrets of her success.

I found six things that made her successful. I found them so so simple that I wish I knew them since my twenties and started applying them on a concentrated way.

Thanks to God, I was exposed to other successful tips and, learning from her example is adding a great value in my life.

I would like you to learn and apply these simple life principles that will better your entire life.

1. Build  a Winning habit:  Daily practices for outcomes

-Make sure everyday is a day to practice the good habits that prepares you to succeed: Be consistent.

-Plan every day, week, month, year in advance and start today with the first excellent behavior that guaranty your success.

2. Learn How to adapt to today’s reality and forget about the past

-Anticipate changes in culture.

-See ahead of time changes in your team’s life.

-Envision new ways of taking advantage of Technology to be unbeatable.

3. Value what makes you and others successful

-Celebrate the success of others.

-Use your success to trigger your future success in your business and all other areas of your life.

4. Encourage Diversity

-Invest your money in different sectors of business so that your money works for you.

-Step out of your comfort zone and look for new investments opportunities.

5.Invest in what is greater than winning all the time: Family, friends and giving

-Being rich should not be the goal of life but a mean to create more opportunity to spend more time with your family, friends and those in needs.

-Being successful is a mindset not the amount of money in the bank account.

-Cultivate the good habit to be grateful  to God for everything and for everybody.

6. Parental Coaching Power

-In every child lies a champion. It only requires a parent to invest his best to make the champion manifested.

-Serena Dad’s quit his job to focus on his daughters training to make them become tennis champions.

Among the above tips that made Serena William the greatest in her field, which one challenges you to work towards becoming the best version of who God wants you to be?

For me, I am dedicated to invest to best to help those I lead to know themselves and become champions for God.

Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer.

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3 Mythes au Sujet de l’Entrepreneuriat en Afrique Sub-Saharienne

3 Mythes au Sujet de l’Entrepreneuriat en Afrique Sub-Saharienne

Pendant cinq années d’enseignement du second cycle et des enseignements supérieurs privés, j’ai eu l’occasion de me frotter à l’imagination des jeunes Camerounais en ce qui concerne l’emploi. Il suffisait de poser la question : ” Quel métier aimeriez vous faire dans l’avenir?” pour avoir l’unanimité des élèves : “Hommes d’affaires”. Les raisons qu’ils avançaient constituent de nombreux mythes au sujets de l’entrepreneuriat en contexte  Sub-Saharien.

En Ouganda, il est reconnu que les entreprises meurent avant leur troisième anniversaire. La raison fondamentale est l’absence de chef de projet; L’autre raison réside dans la création des entreprises par imitations. En effet, le mimétisme social fait que les entrepreneurs le deviennent parce qu’ils ont vu un autre réussir dans une affaire et non par souci de satisfaire un besoin de consommation crucial à la survie et au développement de la communauté.

Dans cet article, j’aimerais relever certains de ces mythes et les moyens de s’en débarrasser efficacement. Les idées de cet article vont en droite ligne avec les résultats des recherches que j’ai mené sur l’insertion professionnelle au Cameroun et les analyses faites sur la faible durabilité des entreprises Ougandaises dans la ville de Kampala.

L’entrepreneuriat c’est l’art d’entreprendre. C’est l’habileté à prendre des initiatives pour créer des richesses à partir des matériaux/connaissances non exploités. Selon Peter Ducker, l’entrepreneuriat est la capacité d’appliquer des procédures scientifiques pour commencer et continuer de manière durable un projet de création des valeurs à consommer. L’entrepreneur a besoin d’innover et de créer en permanence afin d’ assurer la continuité du business pour assouvir les besoins de consommation.

Avec cette définition, voici les mythes que j’ai identifié au sujet de l’entrepreneuriat en Afrique Sub-Saharienne:

Etre entrepreneur c’est facile. En parcourant l’histoire des entrepreneurs Américains (Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg), Africain (Dangote) et Asiatiques (SamsungJack Ma Alias Alibaba) , je suis impressionné par leur acharnement au travail extrêmement dur. C’est évident que l’entrepreneuriat n’est pas facile.

Etre entrepreneur c’est avoir beaucoup d’argent très vite. J’étais surpris en regardant un interview vidéo dans lequel Bill Gates affirmait que sa motivation dans les affaires n’était pas d’abord l’argent. Les débuts sont tellement difficiles qu’il faut plus que l’argent comme motivation. Ce qu’il faut c’est la passion de voir des communautés épanouies parce qu’un besoin capital a été satisfait.

L’entrepreneuriat c’est pour ceux qui n’ont pas réussi dans les études. Cette idée est venue d’un élève qui comparait les salaires exorbitants des footballeurs avec ceux des fonctionnaires. Malheureusement les footballeurs ne sont pas des entrepreneurs mais des employés au service d’une vaste compagnie de football. Il est vrai que beaucoup d’entrepreneurs n’ont pas fait de longues études sur les bancs mais ils ont étudié à leur manière: Ils ont  tiré des leçons de leurs échecs; Ils ont cherché à développer l’unique talent qu’ils avaient; ils ont creusé le secret de ceux qui ont réussi en lisant leurs histoires.

Quels sont les besoins de consommation que tu identifies dans ta communauté et comment comptes-tu faire pour créer des produits et des services qui vont satisfaire ces besoins?

La réponse à cette question simple à deux volets fait de toi un entrepreneur dont les services seront durables.

Je t’encourage à suivre cette vidéo de Dangote, le plus riche entrepreneur Africain de l’heure en cliquant sur le lien suivant : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE9atq7o8W8

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