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Coming into Part 3 of the lessons learned from some of the wealthiest men in the world, I am once again reminded about how often we find ourselves searching for the latest leadership training material, latest tag words used, and all the things that will help us to better understand when to do what. However as I have also realised when teaching on leadership, the majority of the information shared are not necessary new information but rather confirmation of what we already know; just presented in a different way. What we do realise is that very little of the things that we so much agree with, we just for some weird reason do not apply. It’s like we acknowledge the value, but the application is left behind until someone reminds us of it.

My sincere hope through the five(5) part series is that the notes shared will not just remain theory, but that we will actively apply these values into our daily dealing with people around us…

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ERFA-Logo-no-backgroundWith a huge focus on Africa and the tremendous investment of many countries into the continent, it is no wonder that more and more articles are being written about its potential and its challenges. From youth unemployment to the creating of sustainable platforms of development, Africa is certainly high on the agenda of many leaders around the world.

Today I want to share for discussion three different articles written by three different authors who might not even know about one another. Yet all three of them were in fact not just complimenting each other, but also strengthening and challenging each others viewpoint.

The first article highlights the urgent need for companies to change their approach in becoming more like training schools who are there to equip and empower people. They need to start with training early and do it as often as possible. They need to make use of mentors and feedback programs to continuously monitor the growth and progress of each employee.

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For the last few weeks I have been in many conversations around ‘Aid vs Trade’. Fully understanding the negative implications around the providing of Aid in a world of desperateness, the opposite also exist that Aid in combination of discipline, guidance, and empowerment, could serve as a catalyst for change.

Below are two great ‘Ted’ conversations worth discussing. The first challenging the thought about ‘Aid vs Trade’, and the second giving great inside as to the growing economy and future of our beloved continent.

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Compass-web-300x199“Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open” – Elmer G Letterman

“Things turnout best for people who make the best out of the way things turnout” – author unknown

Motivational slogans have been part of my life for a very long time. They keep me going and just when I think I have reached the end of myself, the following slogan reminds me that things are still ok;

“Eat a live frog, every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you all day”

Isn’t it amazing, we tend to live this dream of which even we are not sure what the next sunrise may bring. Life has this way of exposing glimpses of the future that motivates us to take the next step. For some this might be strange or not true, but I strongly believe that if we keep focusing forward and are attentive to the things happening around us, we might be surprised of what we will discover.
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ImageRecently I had the privilege to be part of a team who facilitated the MANI Emerging Leaders Gathering (ELG) for Southern Africa. It has indeed been an enriching experience as we explored the uniqueness of the ELG, how it relates to previous and coming generations, and how it sees itself in relation to Global Evangelisation.

Young people from various regions across Southern Africa gathered for two days in Pretoria under the banner of MANI – Movement for Africa National Initiatives. Their goal was to learn from each other, and to produce a continuous working document on who the ELG of Southern Africa is. This was done in relation to a broader strategy established in March this year when a small group of us gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to establish the Africa ELG network. The Southern Africa gathering was the first of five(5) regional gatherings that will take place in the coming months.

Although a thorough report will be released soon, I can share a few interesting discoveries:

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salt_of_the_earth11One of the more discussed topics currently circulating the mission world is that of the ‘global north vs the global south’. With many referring to the global south now leading the way as to how missions are to be done, the question from those in the global north are what their responsibility heron forward should be.

Calisto Odede of Nairobi, Kenya, refers to the people of the south as the ‘people from the 11th hour’. Reading from Matthew 20, he acknowledge the great momentum people from the north gave in spreading the gospel amongst those in the south. However, although those who came early have been part of the mission movement much longer, their responsibility is not greater than those who arrived on the 11th hour. As those of the south start to take their responsibility within God’s mission movement, they are not to be seen as late comers, but us fellow workers who are to receive the same payment at the end.

Stories of great missionary legends such as David Livingstone are well known in mission circles around the world, which is great. But how many people know the names of ‘Chuma’ and ‘Susi’? The unknown heroes who carried his body for five month to the coast where it was then taken to Britain. We would not have known about the story if it wasn’t for these two men; people from the 11th hour.

The situation in the South is changing, very quickly. The question is not as much how the global north is to adapt, or what the south is about to do, but rather how we are to ensure the gospel is taken from everywhere to everywhere?
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limp-bookEvery now and then I come across a book that forces me to stop, and reflect on my current leadership style; ‘Leading with a Limp’ is one of them. Most of the time people are encouraged to lead from a place of strength. Admitting to one’s weaknesses and struggles are often seen as inappropriate in our western culture, however Allender challenges this worldview. His book ‘Leading with a Limp’ reminds us that “if you are a leader, you’re in the battle of your life,” and therefore leading from your point of weakness might just be the edge you need. Allender summarizes it as follow, “to the degree you face and name and deal with your failures as a leader, to that same extent you will create an environment conducive to growing and retaining productive and committed colleagues”.

Married with three children, Dan B. Allender is the founder of Mars Hill Graduate School, Seattle. Previously served as the president, he is a professor in counseling, a therapist in private practice, and a popular speaker. He is the author of numerous books including ‘To Be Told’, ‘How Children Raise Parents’, ‘The Healing Path’, and ‘The Wounded Heart’.
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