Whenever leadership is mentioned, most leaders think of their followers which is not the case. A leader must be able to lead in all directions that is; those above you, your peers and those below you in order to be considered an effective leader.Prior to that everyone needs to lead themselves first before they can lead others and this makes self reflection and inner growth key for all leaders as they tackle the challenge of self leadership.
Self leadership requires a leader to know and develop their gifts to the best of their abilities for example through mentorship, consultancy, voluntary work and going for further studies. It is also the leader’s job to keep their passions alive for example read whatever he has to read, go wherever he has to go to stay on fire. And he does not need to apologize to anyone as he/she works at keeping their passion alive.
In addition, it is the responsibility of the leader to know their envisioned future and keep it sure. This can be through having constant personal vision nights where you answer questions like;
- Is my vision clear?
- Is my passion hot?
- Am I developing my gifts?
- In what area am I most gifted?
- Is my pace sustainable?
- Are interior issues undermining my leadership?
“It is difficult to lead people to the future when your own picture of the future is fuzzy” hence the importance of personal vision nights.
Finally, a leader’s character needs to be in the right shape for the whole team to be able to achieve the mission. A leader needs to have moral authority given that followers will only trust leaders who exhibit the highest levels of integrity.Hence, leaders need to maintain a good character as they desire to influence others!
I therefore encourage you to partner with us in raising change agents who will exhibit high levels of self leadership as they roll out into the community to foster development.
Team community is doing life deeply with one another when providing services and every great leader needs a great team to achieve great goals.
First and foremost, when building a team; one needs to first identify the purposemore specifically in order to know the kind of people to look for.
Secondly, when you get into the field to look for the right people; you need to consider their character that is see evidence of honesty, a teachable spirit, humility and reliability. You need to also check if they have proven competence that is; you should do everything within your means to ensure that they possess the right skills that have been developed and refined over time.
In addition, the selected people should have a relational fit with the team leader as well as the other team members. This is mainly because it easier to do bidding with people that love you and vice versa.
Thirdly, each team needs a top quality leader who will keep it focused on the mission, ensure that the right people with the right skills are in the right positions maximize every team member’s contribution and emphasize communication so that all team members remain in the information loop.
Finally, you should build team performance by establishing clear goals and also rewarding achievements as you walk the journey to greatness!
At Kyusa, the youth are equipped with Team Dynamics skills which are included in the Kyusa curriculum so as to effectively work in teams.
I therefore encourage you to partner with Kyusa in raising generations of change agents who believe in team work being the way to get work done faster!
Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field – Dennis Waitley.
There is no one who knows it all (except God). We are all ignorant of something at a certain time and this ignorance requires that we seek to know. It has been said what you do not know cannot hurt you. This saying is not necessarily true. In fact what you do not know may actually be the answer to the question you have been asking. Ignorance can no longer be an excuse. We have to continuously learn and get better at our trade (whatever that may be.)
In the words of Thoreau, “how can we remember our ignorance which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?” There is so much out there to be learned. In the area of business and entrepreneurship, new systems of operations are being invented. You cannot afford to use the same old methods our ancestors used in this new competitive era. Find ways of fine tuning your skills, abilities and potential. Make yourself indispensable so that you will remain relevant in your field.
The Kyusa mandate is to raise a generation of passion driven change agents who will transform their communities and the world at large. This we do through empowering our change agents with life skills and we encourage them to discover their passion which they can turn into their profession. Partner with us today to make this dream a reality.
We concur with Malcom Forbes in his words “formal education will make you a living but self -education will make you a fortune.”
Successful people do daily what mediocre people do occasionally.
Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines habit as ‘a thing that a person does often and almost without thinking, especially something that is hard to stop doing’
Habits can be positive or negative. They can either make or break a person. In life there are those things that we must do consistently in order for us to survive. For example eating food and drinking water.
In the world of business and entrepreneurship, habits must also be formed. If you want to see your business grow and become successful, you must do daily what you know will yield the desired results. Get into the habit of keeping financial records and your books will always balance. Save and invest a percentage of your money monthly and it will become a habit.
At Kyusa, we teach and encourage our Change Agents to engage in life transforming habits that will enable them achieve their goals faster. We therefore call upon as many as can partner with us in this regard as we raise a generation of Change Agents.
It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. The onus is now yours. What habits will you break and which ones will you keep?
The dictionary defines stock as a supply of goods available for sale in a store. It further defines it as supply of something available for use.
I love the latter definition most simply because it brings reformation to the thought that stock is only that which has to be sold. Stock can even be that which I am going to use. Simply put the five different ideas I could have in possession are my stock.
The palest ink being much better than the most retentive memory, we ought to write. In this case we are dealing with a stock book.
Let’s have a look at a sample stock book
||Description of The Stock
|4th July 2016
||Business Ideas for 2017
This stock book gives us an experience of one who jots down her business ideas every time they come in and continues to write them down when she uses them. In this case, she did not use any ideas and this reflects in the number of stock recorded to have been released.
Your stock could be an idea, clothes, books or any item of possession. “The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory”. Write it down! It is much better to keep track of your stock that way.
The stock book is one of the essential business records in which change agents are trained as they go through the business development training under the Kyusa curriculum. It enables them keep track of their stock and in that way ably manage their businesses.
“Happiness is the progressive realization of a worthy idea or goal” – Earl Nightingdale.
Many people today when asked what they desire in their lives will tell you they want to be happy.
According to the fifth edition of the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, the word Happy has many definitions. I chose to go with the one that describes it as – feeling or expressing pleasure or contentment.
Happiness or being happy in itself is not a goal to be attained. A goal, we know should be S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, attainable and time bound); of late there is a newer version referred to as SMARTERgoals where E stands for exciting and R for rewarding.
As a result of all this vagueness and illusion of what happiness means, we find that we are chasing after wind by building castles in the air which crumble the moment we realize it was just a dream.
We ought to pursue something that will bring the happiness we desire as opposed to pursuing happiness. A worthy goal or idea is one that brings fulfillment and satisfaction. It is tangible and its effects should outlive you.
At Kyusa, our heartbeat is for the youth to live their lives in pursuit of worthy goals that will empower their lives and cause them to transform their communities.
In the words of Paulo Coello, “success is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace”. And this state can be achieved by knowing what you want and going for it all the way.
It is greatly emphasized that “Every cloud has a silver lining”. A silver lining is a metaphor for optimism. Simply put, there is good in every bad! It is a huge bump on the road when one drops out of school and cannot continue with formal education for whatever reason. Most youth often feel like their dreams have been shattered, no more careers and all hope is gone. Well, Kyusa is here to encourage you that there is some good in being a school dropout: there is a silver lining on this dark cloud; don’t give up yet! Cheer up.
We believe that everybody is passionate about something and it is against this background that we empower youth to develop passion driven, sustainable careers. Being a school dropout does not eliminate or even reduce the passion that one has for something. We therefore encourage you to look within yourself and excavate that passion that is deeply buried; it’s about building onto what already exists and affirming it.
Kyusa looks to empower Out of school youth in urban slums and rural areas with employable skills, life skills and entrepreneurship skills including business development through our 8 weeks training program. We turn your mindsets of hopelessness to hope by encouraging you to take on passion driven careers that are able to earn you a living. So don’t lose hope; dream big!
The ability to stand by one’s word is in itself a gift not everyone possesses. It breeds a spirit of principle consequently enabling one stay on the right path towards the realization of their dreams.
Ephrance Nanyonga has been blessed with this gift. Passionate about swimming, travelling and nurturing people, the 20 year old, S6 leaver envisions a future bigger than eye has seen.
Before the Kyusa intervention, Ephrance was involved in a poultry project with a group of friends in pursuit to realization of her vision. This experience turned out to be the bench mark on which the interest in the Team Dynamics module arose.
While taking the program Ephrance was empowered to set SMART goals, manage herself, boost her confidence and foster her own independence which has made her a stronger leader among her peers at the Maisha Community Clubs where she serves as a manager for the kitchen section. The financial literacy training also empowered her to manage her finances and as a result her saving culture has greatly improved as she saves for future investment.
As she intends to advance her studies with a Tours & Travel course. Ephrance has identified Piggery as a business venture, made a standard business plan and is taking necessary steps into its breakthrough so as to realize her immense vision for life.
Our Society is filled with a lot of leadership potential such as that within Ephrance. Only when we create platforms for them to blossom do we better the lives of the generations to come.
You cannot create a future for a generation, but you can create a generation for the future.
”Raising Generations of Change Agents”
One may have the most skills and greatest of strengths but such is an unfortunate man until they master how to use their skills as a raw material to earn them a living.
This vividly describes Andrew Ssemombwe before the Youth Outreach Program with Maisha &Kyusa. Richly blessed with cookery, electrical wiring, swimming & shoe making skills, Andrew lacked the knowledge on how to earn from them. All his businesses ideas in this regard did not live to turn into business opportunities consequently keeping him in the rat race.
While partaking the Kyusa program Andrew was greatly intrigued by the Business development module where he learnt how to turn his ideas into opportunities from whence he could earn a living. The records’ keeping in business training was a wake up call for him to track the happenings and earnings of his shoe making business.
Fortunately, he has been involved in shoe making business and intends to apply all the entrepreneurship skills that he has attained through the program effective immediately. He has also set his goals clearly and is steadfastly working towards accomplishing them.
The world has many Andrews today that need our intervention. Only with Kyusa can this intervention be made.