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Beating Procrastination

October 31, 2011 3 comments

Procrastination comes from the Latin pro, meaning “forward, forth, or in favor of,” and crastinus, meaning “of tomorrow.” However, to go beyond this notion of delay is to encounter considerable disagreement. Not everyone believes it means the same thing, as there are many definitions to the concept. Consider the following:

1. “The intentional and habitual postponement of an important task that should be done now.” www.procrastinus.com
2. “Procrastination is the illogical delay of behavior.” (Sabini & Silver, 1982)
3. “The act of putting off important tasks over and over again.” Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
4. “Voluntarily delaying an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse-off for the delay.” Piers Steel

Putting off important tasks over and over again is a situation faced by many people. Everyone procrastinates to some degree – but some are so chronically affected by procrastination that it stops them achieving things they’re capable of and disrupts their careers.

The key to controlling and ultimately combating this destructive habit is to recognize when you start procrastinating, understand why it happens (even to the best of us), and take active steps to better manage your time and outcomes.

Want to put an end to procrastination? Do you want to be on the edge in managing your time and getting results. Follow the link below.

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Kibonen NFI on JCI

October 26, 2011 8 comments

I remember in 2002 when i took the JCI PRIME course which was a Training the Trainers course after having resisted JCI for over 2 years. Just refusing to be open to the idea – yes that was childishness and ignorance. When i walked into this course room, after my first interactions which basically was teaching us how to introduce ourselves and introduce others, i was called up to introduce my partner. From that moment the chains around my life were broken. the chains of fright, fear, being shy, and lack of confidence. these all flew out of the window. The reason for this was because i got an amazing applause from the crowd after i did the introduction. I definitely could not believe i did such an amazing job. I gracefully embraced self confidence and courage. I remember very well i was in the same promotion as Roland Kwemain Immediate Past World President of JCI , Lambert Obenson, Joseph Ikome Mbiand Katia Kerekou. Roland was my greatest pal and the biggest force that kept me moving. We had been bitten by the JCI Bug. This is a good bug.

It was over 4 days of deep and thorough work, late night sleep doing group assignments and early wakes for the workshops. I was more than proud when on the graduation day i was called up as the best participant. Then my life officially changed as i equally had to live up to the task. I developed the confidence to do all that could be done and i knew the sky was definitely where i was aiming at.

After being bitten by the JCI bug i was on “fire” i wanted to do all kinds of projects and was just super energized.
To start Roland Kwemain and i hosted al the events organised by JCI – Yeah we were the host couple and yeah i just discovered i could host.

Then Lambert Obenson and i created a JCI Chapter which was called JCI Douala Ideal. The real and true ideal chapter. Oh definitely i realized i could inspire and lead. wow!!! You can tell i was ready to bring every thing down and do it all. I travelled to Gabon, Nigeria, Benin, Senegal USA all on my JCI adventures (Conferences and Congresses.)

These were the best days of my life. I met incredible people and i remember meeting with chief Dele Momodu who was the key-note speaker at the africa and the Middle East Conference in Cotonou Benin. I was unstoppable.

I made great friends from all over the world and most of all i realized my age mates in other countries were doing amazing things and this only pushed me further.

I progressed in my career as a trainer and a trainee – i trained my chapter members on various topics, I developed my leadership skills as i took over being chapter president from Lambert. I expanded my international network, helped my community enormously as we together developed projects following the UN Millennium Development Goals that directly touched them.

I realized to be an active citizen, it depends on me and one thing always remained in me- love for my community, the ability to take responsibility and not wait for what the government has to offer. I equally started discovering my entrepreneurial skills.

From JCI i believed
– That Faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human lives
– That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations
– That Economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise
– That governments should be of laws rather than of men
– That earths greatest treasure lies in human personality
– And that service to humanity is the bets work of life.

These have governed my life till this point. I love JCI and all it has been to me and many others.

Douala Ideal my baby has produced amazing leaders and has changed the lives of so many people. I will ensure Douala Ideal never dies.

Today i have been invited by JCI to host their JCI Morning show during the World congress. this to me is an honor as i will represent Africa together with my Asian and American counterparts. I am completely excited about it and i will invite you all to stay tuned.

Whenever any one asks me how did you become who you are – i tell them JCI made me who i am. See y’all in Brussels once more. And to all the young people click on http://www.jci.cc, become a member and see how your life gets a 18-degree change upwards.

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The Job Interview

October 20, 2011 5 comments

They were all impressed with his honesty. He had a great interview. They called me up and said he blew them away, and I said, ‘I told you,’ and then he was offered the job. ~ Rick Pitino

You have answered an advertisement or sent in a spontaneous application. The enterprise has invited you for a recruitment interview, the last step before you get the job. Interviews involve psycho-technical or general knowledge tests.

There is no model interview. There are almost as many types of interviews as there are enterprises. Furthermore, an interview is often much more a meeting. It is the final exam you must pass to get the job. You must prepare for it very carefully.

So what then is an interview?
• A show case for presenting your Talents and Skills.
• A judgment of your appearance, qualifications and general fitness for the job.
• An opportunity to convince the employer you can make significant growth contributions.
• A chance to appraise the job, the employer and job environment.
• Enables you decide if the job meets your career needs and interests, and if the employer fits your requirements.

An interview has three phases, before the interview, during the interview and after the interview, and each phase requires different approaches and attitudes.

Before:
• Dressing. (Wear clothes that reflect the nature and standard of the job you are seeking)
• Be on time. (Show up 15 – 30 minutes before)
• Find out in advance how much time it takes to get to the place of interview
• Have general information about the enterprise
• Relax (Do not smoke, chew gum, or fidget)
• Pray for confidence and inspiration to respond to questions
• Be in possession of all the originals of your academic and employment documents and other certificates (If requested)

During:
• First impressions always count, be conscious
• Proper attire and punctuality puts the employer in a positive frame of mind
• Introduce yourself properly
• Wait for the employer to offer his hand
• Wait to be offered a seat and sit up
• Do not place your documents on the employer’s table.
• Master you CV (Questions will be focused on it to establish a link between your accomplishments and the position)

Pay attention to the non-verbal signs shown by your prospective employer. Non verbal signs speak a lot about your performance and if the Recruiter loves you. If your interview reaches the 45 Minute stretch, then know you are doing good, above one hour, you did great. It is not easy to maintain interaction with a recruiter for more than 30 minutes given that if you were not suitable, they would try to end the interview as quickly as possible.

Have questions ready. Your questions should be meaningful and be oriented towards the employers dispositions and vision related to the position you applied for. Two or three meaningful questions is ok.

If asked for a remark, make sure you have a solid remark to make as per the interview. Your remark could be centered on the interview process, the environment, your reception or any other thing that struck you

After:
• In case you receive no feedback after the agreed date, you may contact the agency for information.
• Do not harass, be polite going about it.
• Send brief thank you letters
• Discuss salary issues, office hours, and social advantages only after you have been offered the job and you are now at the pre-contracting stage.

Talk to Yourself

October 14, 2011 4 comments

“Know Thyself.”  – Socrates   

(The article below is an article I read on a constant basis. It is an article written by Bruce Rector, motivational speaker, Trainer and Past JCI World President.)

“You were really carrying on quite a conversation with your dashboard this morning,” said my friend. He said that he had been driving the car next to me while we both waited at a stoplight. We both laughed as I explained that, I had been using the commute time to practice an upcoming speech.

As strange as it may sometimes look to others, I talk to myself a lot. I not only practice speeches, but I also do it to see how words might sound before I have a difficult conversation with others. Just as one might write several drafts before submitting a final written work, I like to “publish” spoken words as well before sharing them with others. Saying the words to myself helps my self-awareness and helps me better choose the right words at the right time.

A fellow leadership consultant helped me to develop the habit of talking to myself, particularly in stressful situations. During exercises called “moments of awareness,” I stop and ask myself these questions: What am I doing, thinking and feeling right now? What do I want to do right now? What actions and words will help me or prevent me from getting the result I want? What will I choose to do? These exercises and questions usually lead to a more measured approach and often change how I react or respond to the provocative words and behavior.

Outstanding leaders know the importance of reflection and self-awareness. They know they must be continually mindful of what they are thinking, feeling and doing. They understand the importance of choosing the best words and actions to help them meet their objectives. They realize how easily they can get caught up in anger, frustration and their own self-image, and lose sight of their mission, values and goals.

What are you doing to become more aware of your actions, thoughts and feelings as you encounter stressful situations during the day? Do you pause at key moments to carefully analyze your how emotions might be affecting your words, actions and attitude? Are you letting hasty reactions to difficult people and stressful situations prevent you from getting what you really want?

This week, seek to be more self-aware as you lead and work with others. Learn to talk to yourself by using moments of awareness to better understand how your emotions, feelings and thoughts may be preventing you from reaching your goals. To best know, understand and lead others, you must first know thyself.

Motivation / Cover Letters

October 10, 2011 43 comments

And now the best part. In my time as Recruitment Specialist in Camair-Co, I had great laughs when reading motivation or cover letters. People wrote fun in the name of “motivation“. In my opinion, this happens because most candidates do not take time to read or research about how to write motivation or cover letters, relate these letters to the job they are applying for and some do not know what drives them forward (Motivation).

I have often read statements like the following, and please take note of the spellings and grammar errors. Need I mention the fun?

– “I am forwarding my reume to you for your review. Please look this over and hire me for any type of work you have available.”

– “My ultimate goal is to become a doctor, but since I was not able to get into CUSS I would like to work for your company in any capacity especially Top Management.”

– “I am nown for my close attention to detail.”

– “I have extensive experience with Windows programs such as Paint.” This guy actually applied for IT Project Manager

–  “Don’t take the comments of my former employers too seriously. They don’t know what they are talking about.”

Let me spare you by not letting all out of the bag. However, I designed below a simple guide to enable you write Motivation Letters. You will not see any sample motivation or cover letter because I believe we all have our own wordings which represent us as we are. Sample letters are words that represent other people – those who created them. Given that we are talking about “motivation”, they should come from us, from within, that driving force.

The Contact – Spontaneous Letter (Not answering to any job advert)

Sender/Date (Top Right of page)

Employer’s address

Subject: Motivation Letter

Sir,

1. Reasons for your choice (why you have chosen the company)

2. Similarities between the enterprise and yourself (Ambitions, experiences, needs)

3. Your availability for an interview to prove you can contribute meaningfully to the business

4. End the letter Signature

The Letter Answering an Advert 

Sender/Date (Top Right of page)

Employer’s Address

Subject: Motivation Letter

Sir,

1. Why you are writing (You have understood the expressions in the advert)

2. What you can do in connection to the advertised job role

3. Other skills you can use to enable growth in the organization

4. Mention your total availability for position/interview

5. End of letter Signature

Remember…don’t just spell check your letter. You need to READ it, slowly and carefully, before sending it. In fact, have someone else read it slowly and carefully. The last thing you want to end your cover letter with is, “hope to hear from you shorty.” (Shortly, the guy meant)

Elaborating Your Job Search

October 3, 2011 6 comments

“The voyage of discovery is not in looking for new landscapes, but in looking with new eyes.” Anonymous –

Where do you go when you want to look for job openings? Instead of jumping immediately on the available adverts, spend time on the other important steps of the job search.

These include Assessing your job interests, aligning these interest to your personal and professional values and Skills. This done, you need to carefully identify your needs and priorities. Invest time in quality research and informational interviews. Set goals and focus your search on jobs that relate to your passion and skills. Identify duties and qualifications from job adverts which may provide more information to help you make well-informed decisions about your career and job choice. Since many jobs are attained through networking, you should spend at least half your job-search time doing just that. The other half should be spent identifying positions through other means.

These other means  include;
Newspapers, Radio (Luncheon date, Announcements etc), Recruitment Agencies (National Employment Fund, Emploi Service), Friends and Relatives (Godfathers etc), Consular services and chambers (Commerce, Agriculture, SYBDISTRICAM, GICAM)

Sources for job listing are all around you. Brainstorming with other job seekers may help you uncover other sources in your area. Identifying all sources of job announcements and leads is impossible, but the research you do may give you job listing information and companies that are in need of your skills.

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