Message of Hope

Aanu Damola Morenikeji (ADM) and Nigeria's President, Olusegun Obasanjo - as the latter affirms his hope for Nigeria and Nigerians

Leading the Future

ADM and some pupils at one of his programme.

Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child

Aanu Damola Morenikeji and Obiageli "Oby" Ezekwesili (CFR); World Bank's Vice President for Africa.

Award

Aanu Damola Morenikeji with the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun after becoming the first recipient of the Ogun State Youth Award for Excellence in Health and Community Service.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Increasing Responsibilities: Appreciation

Appreciation is one value i cherish and live with. Daily, I appreciate God for the gift of life, and for connecting me with myself and others. Do you know what joy it brings when you explore things about yourself in ways you do not expect? One of my greatest joy is realizing that a life positively lived can influence others to talk the horns of their lives, and work on it consciously to create positive change in their communities.

It is always refreshing growing, learning and sharing with people with an unwavering commitment to #changetheworld. We truly can make our societies better through our commitment and dedication to development, and appreciation of each . This is a journey for all to take.

While taking the route of appreciation - once again - I appreciate everyone I have come across till date. I appreciate all readers, subscribers and members of my online community.

Importantly, I deeply appreciate the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, for this feature. Reading thiswww.unaab.edu.ng/unaab-news/278-news-published-in-january-2014/16559-funaabite-shines.html ) - and a few others - increases one's sense of responsibility.

It is an amazing month indeed.

Blessings as another month begin.

ADM

Monday, 27 January 2014

Measuring Your Listening Quotient

Every great leader is a good listener. We have emphasized overtime the importance of communication in leadership development. I have learnt - through the absence of communication - how a community of vibrant thoughtful minds can become disengaged and moribund.

Listening Quotient
In as much as communication is important, listening is more important. Communication is faulty, if listening is phorny or ingenuine. I have witnessed several occasions when hearing, rather than listening is the order of the day. Thus, the essence of this post to challenge us to evaluate our listening quotients.

So, how do you measure your listening quotient? My formula for listening quotients is strength of active listening divided by unit time.

For my friends, who likes mathematics - only for the spelling, let me deviate from the mathematical expression and  highlight some key elements of active listening.

Attention
When listening to the next person that speaks with you, watch the quality of attention you give out. Let it be said about you that 'S/He listened to me like I'm the only person in the world, at that time'. Guide your attention.

Sincerity
One of the greatest gift you can give is your sincere and loving self. It is said that people do not care what you know until they know how much you care.

Minding your body
Body language plays an important role when listening actively to someone. Position your body, eye movement to be in unison with what your mind speaks which is 'I care, I am listening'. Nothing is more disappointing that observing that the person you are speaking with is hearing (not listening) what you are saying and his body communicating his absence.

It is necessary to be true to yourself and whoever you are discussing with. If circumstances will impede you actively listening to anyone, tell the person with all modest sincerity and love.

Listening is critically essential!

Question: Looking back into the last few discussions you had with anyone, how effective did you actively listen? If you were told to calculate your listening quotient, what percentage will you be rated? What other element did I not mention?

Let's connect on Twitter or Facebook.

ADM

Friday, 10 January 2014

Not Just A New Year

Just like 'that', the previous year has been stocked into the archive. A change (or in my case, flip) of the calendar comes with the courageous art/act of re-examining and learning from activities from previous years for a #ScaleUp.

Our modus operandi and modus vivendi this season should influence positive values on ourselves and impact others within our immediate and global hemisphere.

In place of letting out 'sincere' diatribe, let us individually (and collectively) committedly contribute towards making our nation (and world) better than it currently is.

Let's take each day in this year - not with the excitement of the 'new' year - but with the excitement of a new day, filled with the plausibility of a renewed you. A day the Lord has made, for us to be glad - investing - in it. The beauty of each of the 365-less days is not that it is new, but that we are being made new.

Since each day - if well lived - provides an avenue for a new and better you, i would not only wish you a 'new' year, but continually wish you a NEW YOU!

Thank you for the love and understanding you exhibited since the inception of our 'relationship'. I appreciate the advices and critiques of everyone i met through platforms of learning and sharing in previous years.

Together, (guided by the Truth) we can make our world better!

Regards,

ADM