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Author: Amachree Isoboye Afanyaa

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My unique message to the world is the power behind the words of our mouths. We have made light of it but cannot escape the fruits thereof. For me, words are the unit of creation, the building block on which our existence evolves. This podcast is for everyone who wants to better their living by using words and applying themselves wisely. I will be using the storytelling style fused with imaginative nuances to transport the listener to that place, where possibilities are not luxuries but everyday experience; movie in voice. This podcast will emphasize the power of routine, and what you repeatedly do, you most likely build capacity and expertise for what you repeatedly do. My podcast will help the listener learn how to practice success because the same amount of time you use in complaining is the same you can use to plant, build, prune, etc. I intend to draw the listener's attention to the power of their words.

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How would you feel 50 years from now if you didn't take that step towards doing that thing which you have been nursing, but because of fear, you abandoned it? It will be a life full of regrets at the end of the day.Is there a way to manage regrets to optimize one's time here? Making those decisions based on faith, and not fear, willing to take that risk which appears to be crazy but exposes one to living.The idea generally revolves around making decisions that align with one's values, goals, and long-term well-being to minimize the likelihood of experiencing regret later on. Some principles and strategies that people might use for regret management include:1.     Reflective Decision-Making: Reflecting on potential choices and considering their long-term implications can help individuals make decisions more likely to align with their values and goals.2.     Clarifying Values: Understanding personal values and priorities can guide decision-making in a way that minimizes the chances of regret. Making choices that align with one's core values often leads to a greater sense of fulfillment.3.     Balancing Risks and Rewards: Evaluating the potential risks and rewards associated with a decision can help individuals make more informed choices. Considering both short-term and long-term consequences is crucial.4.     Acceptance of Uncertainty: Recognizing that uncertainty is a natural part of life and that not all outcomes can be predicted or controlled may help individuals cope with the possibility of regret.5.     Learning from Experience: Viewing regrets as opportunities for learning and personal growth can be a positive way to cope with them. Understanding why a decision leads to regret can inform future choices.Developments or new frameworks have been introduced since my last update in January 2022. Suppose there is a specific regret management framework you are referring to, and it has emerged or gained prominence after that date. In that case, check the latest literature or authoritative sources for the most up-to-date information.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
."Thoughts" and "thinking" are fundamental aspects of human cognition and consciousness. These terms are often used interchangeably but can have distinct meanings in specific contexts.Thoughts:Thoughts refer to the mental processes or products of the mind that involve the activation and manipulation of information. These can take various forms, including ideas, beliefs, memories, images, etc. Thoughts are the building blocks of cognition and are integral to how humans make sense of the world, solve problems, and make decisions.Thinking:Thinking is the broader cognitive process encompassing various mental activities in forming thoughts. It includes reasoning, problem-solving, decision-making, and creative imagination. Thinking is not limited to conscious processes; much of it occurs subconsciously.Key Points:Multifaceted Nature: Thinking involves diverse cognitive processes, from logical reasoning to creative imagination. It's a complex and multidimensional activity.Conscious and Subconscious: While we are aware of some of our thoughts and the thinking processes that lead to them, much of our cognitive activity occurs subconsciously. This includes automatic processes and background mental operations.Influence of Emotions: Emotions play a significant role in shaping thoughts and influencing thinking processes. Emotional states can impact how we perceive information, make decisions, and solve problems.Language and Symbolic Representation: Thoughts are often expressed and communicated through language. The ability to use language and symbolic representation distinguishes human thinking from other forms of cognition.Metacognition: Humans have the capacity for metacognition, which is thinking about one's thinking processes. This ability allows individuals to reflect on and regulate their cognitive activities.Neurological Basis: Thoughts and thinking have a neurological basis, with various brain regions involved in different aspects of cognitive processing. Advances in neuroscience have provided insights into the neural mechanisms underlying thought processes.Cultural and Social Influences: Cultural and social factors also shape thoughts and thinking patterns. The context in which individuals live can impact their cognitive processes and the content of their thoughts.Understanding thoughts and thinking is crucial for psychology, cognitive science, philosophy, and neuroscience. It involves exploring the intricate connections between the mind, brain, and external environment. Additionally, the study of thoughts and thinking contributes to our understanding of human behavior, decision-making, and the nature of consciousness.I share some thoughts from my interactions and relationships for this show episode. The power of thoughts undeniably cannot be relegated to the background. If we must achieve success in whatever we focus on, embracing thoughts is vital, and taking it from that thought level into the thinking level. Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
From nothing to somethingFrom here to thereFrom impossibilities to possibilitiesFrom pain to gainFrom minion to dominionThe validation you need to become is the breath in your nostrils, yes, the life God has given, and this He has given abundantly, for that is the license we all need in exercising Divinity on this side of eternity.Breath is often considered a fundamental aspect of living in many cultures and philosophies. Breathing is essential for sustaining life in most living organisms, including humans. The exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide through respiration is crucial for cellular function and energy production within the body.The absence of breath or the inability to breathe independentlyis often a clear indicator of the end of life. In this sense, the presence ofbreath is intricately linked to life itself, and it is often used as a symbolicrepresentation of life and vitality.Breathing is an essential physiological function that supplies oxygen to the body to support cellular functions, including those necessary for movement. However, the ability to walk and work primarily relies on the intricate coordination of various bodily systems, such as the musculoskeletal system for movement, the nervous system for coordination, and cognitive functions for decision-making and task execution.The above is significantly accurate from the scientific front. Still, from my observation, the breath within our very being animates us and places us in time and space to express purpose as it was pre-ordained. As Humans, an aspect of our being that is very significant and, without it, makes us ‘lifeless’ is our breath, and the origin of our breath is divine. In my opinion, our understanding of this will put us on the platform to find and appreciate meaning in everything we do.I would love to look at it from this perspective;Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living beingThe breath of Divinity is what animates us; it is what gives us purpose, and it is what drives our meaning.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
Can we see organizations as platforms for self-actualization? As an HR professional, this question has been on my mind, and from my observation, I have come to see that the answer to this question is plausible. Instead, it stems from the purpose question which drives our everyday activities.Organizations can be viewed as platforms for self-actualization. When an organization fosters an environment that supports personal growth, fulfillment, and development, it can become a space where individuals can strive toward self-actualization. Here's how organizations can facilitate this:1.     Meaningful Work: Providing employees with meaningful work that aligns with their values and interests is crucial. When individuals feel their work has a purpose and contributes to something greater, it can be deeply fulfilling.2.     Supportive Culture: An organization that nurtures a culture of support, encouragement, and open communication enables employees to express themselves, their ideas, and their aspirations freely. This inclusive environment can promote personal growth.3.     Development Opportunities: Providing opportunities for learning and growth through training programs, mentorship, and challenges allows individuals to develop their skills and reach their potential.4.     Autonomy and Responsibility: Granting employees autonomy to make decisions and take responsibility for their work can empower them, fostering a sense of control and ownership over their achievements.5.     Recognition and Feedback: Acknowledging and appreciating employees' efforts, providing constructive feedback, and recognizing their achievements can significantly contribute to their self-actualization process.6.     Work-Life Balance: Encouraging a healthy work-life balance helps employees maintain well-being and allows them to pursue personal interests and passions outside of work.By integrating these aspects into the organizational structure, leaders and managers can create an environment where individuals feel empowered, valued, and motivated to reach their highest potential. When an organization prioritizes the growth and fulfillment of its members, it can serve as a platform for self-actualization.However, it's essential to note that individuals also have a role in their self-actualization. While organizations can provide an environment conducive to personal growth, individuals must be proactive in their self-development and take advantage of the opportunities and resources available.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
"We humans appear to be meaning-seeking creatures who have had the misfortune of being thrown into a world devoid of intrinsic meaning. One of our major tasks is to invent a meaning sturdy enough to support life and to perform the tricky maneuver of denying our authorship of this meaning. Thus, we conclude it was "out there" waiting for us. Our ongoing search for substantial meaning systems often throws us into crises of meaning."― Irvin D. Yalom, The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients"Meaning-seeking creatures" is a term often used to describe human beings. It conveys the idea that humans naturally seek purpose, significance, and understanding in their lives. This concept is often associated with the philosophical and existential quest for meaning, a central theme in the works of many philosophers, psychologists, and thinkers.The idea is that humans are unique in their ability to contemplate their existence, question the meaning of life, and search for deeper purpose and understanding. This search for meaning can manifest in various ways, including through religion, philosophy, art, science, relationships, and personal experiences. It reflects our innate curiosity and desire to make sense of the world and our place in it.‘We look and find meaning anywhere we can. Inject enough meaning into an idea, and eventually the idea gets deified, or at least, we start behaving like it is.’ Gapingvoid culture design groupIn this episode of the Word Café, I dwell a bit on this and share some thoughts on the topic.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
Storytelling plays a significant role in human development and has been an integral part of our culture and history. It impacts various aspects of human growth, including cognitive, emotional, social, and moral development. Here are some ways in which storytelling contributes to human development:Cognitive Development:Language Acquisition: Stories help children acquire and develop language skills. They expose them to new words, sentence structures, and grammar.Critical Thinking: Listening to and engaging with stories encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills as individuals analyze the plot, characters, and outcomes.Imagination and Creativity: Stories stimulate imagination and creativity, allowing individuals to envision different worlds, characters, and scenarios.Emotional Development:Empathy: Hearing stories about diverse characters and their experiences can foster empathy by allowing individuals to understand different perspectives and emotions.Emotional Expression: Stories provide a safe space for individuals to explore and express their emotions, as they can relate to characters' feelings and experiences.Coping Mechanisms: Stories often contain themes of adversity, resilience, and overcoming challenges, which can help individuals develop coping mechanisms and emotional resilience.Social Development:Communication and Social Skills: Listening to and discussing stories with others helps improve communication skills and promotes social interaction.Cultural Understanding: Stories from various cultures introduce individuals to different traditions, beliefs, and values, fostering cultural sensitivity and a broader worldview.Bonding: Storytelling is a communal activity that can strengthen bonds within families, peer groups, and communities.Moral Development:Ethical Dilemmas: Many stories explore moral dilemmas and ethical choices, encouraging individuals to consider their values and principles.Character Education: Stories often feature characters who demonstrate virtues like courage, honesty, and kindness, providing examples for moral development.Consequences of Actions: Stories frequently show the consequences of characters' actions, which can help individuals understand the impact of their choices.Identity Formation:Role Models: Characters in stories can serve as role models, helping individuals form their identities and values.Self-Reflection: Reading or hearing stories about characters facing similar challenges can lead to self-reflection and personal growth.Cultural Preservation:Stories are vital for preserving cultural traditions and passing down values and knowledge from generation to generation.Education:Stories are used as educational tools to teach various subjects, from history and science to moral values and life lessons.In summary, storytelling is a powerful tool for human development. It nurtures cognitive, emotional, social, and moral growth, fosters imagination and creativity, and transmits culture and knowledge. Whether in the form of bedtime stories, books, movies, or oral traditions, storytelling remains an essential part of the human experience.In this episode of the show, I have the privilege of discussing this with Timi Yeseibo.Timi is a storyteller who Helps you, businesses, and other communities shape their ethos by telling your stories with heart through various media. This is what puts a spring in her step. She has twenty years of writing expeSupport the showYou can support this show via the link below;
Undeniably, our world is revealed in the words we utter; they bear the power that literally bends the fabric of time and space, which gives matter a place of occupancy, and we, the occupation of ownership that now we call where stand, live and have our homes our own, our land, our possession. No wonder it was Abram, an exalted father, at the beginning of the narration. Still, to further deepen the conversation and reinforce the image of divinity, Abraham was revealed as the Father of many nations. This opening came to define the tongues of men, propagated in their languages spoken all over the earth, releasing the breath of the Creator, which now has become the tool to transform the land into a world of beauty and wonders that are ongoing and will never end. Instead, every end is the beginning of another. Life is a gift of miracles, and these miracles are released when we speak, not in the manner of chattering, but instead from the position of authority that we have received from the Father from whom our being emanates, and in this strength we express these miracles.Our words are beyond magic, they carry the very essence called life, more than bread they carry so much power that the elements without, cannot but respond.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
Managing career transitions can be a challenging but rewarding process. Whether changing industries, advancing within your current field, or pursuing an entirely new career path, thoughtful planning, and proactive steps can help you navigate these changes successfully. Here are some critical strategies for managing career transitions:Self-Assessment:Reflect on your strengths, weaknesses, values, and interests. What do you enjoy doing? What are your long-term career goals?Identify transferable skills that can be applied to your new career or role.Set Clear Goals:Define your career objectives and create a timeline for achieving them. Having specific goals will help you stay focused and motivated.Research:Learn about the industry or field you're transitioning into. Understand the job market, trends, and the skills and qualifications required.Network with professionals in your desired field to gain insights and advice.Skill Development:Identify the skills and knowledge gaps between your current position and your target career. Consider taking courses, earning certifications, or pursuing further education to bridge those gaps.Leverage online resources, workshops, and professional development opportunities.Update Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile:Tailor your resume and LinkedIn profile to highlight relevant skills and experiences for your new career path.Showcase your transferable skills and achievements that align with your new goals.Build a Personal Brand:Create a personal brand that aligns with your desired career. Share relevant content, participate in online discussions, and attend industry events.Be consistent in how you present yourself professionally.Networking:Attend industry events, conferences, and seminars to meet professionals in your target field.Connect with alums, colleagues, and mentors who can provide guidance and potential job leads.Gain Experience:Volunteer, intern, or freelance in your new field to gain relevant experience and build your portfolio.Consider part-time or transitional roles that allow you to gain experience while maintaining financial stability.Prepare for Interviews:Practice interviewing for your new role. Be ready to explain your career transition and how your skills and experiences are transferable.Develop compelling stories that illustrate your qualifications and fit for the new position.Be Resilient:Expect setbacks and rejection along the way. Rejection is a natural part of the job search process.Stay positive, adapt to challenges, and continuously refine your approach.Seek Support:Consider working with a career coach or counselor who specializes in transitions.Talk to friends and family for emotional support and advice.Evaluate and Adjust:Periodically assess your progress and make adjustments to your strategy as needed.Be open to pivoting or refining your career goals based on new information and experiences.Remember that career transitions take time and effort. Be patient with yourself and stay persistent in your efforts. Each step you take brings you closer to your new career goals.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
Humans are naturally drawn to stories for various reasons, which can be traced back to our evolutionary history, cognitive processes, and social nature. Here are some key reasons why we are drawn to stories:Emotional Connection: Stories often involve characters and situations we can relate to emotionally. This connection allows us to empathize with the characters and their experiences, helping us better understand and process our emotions.Information Processing: Stories are an effective way to convey complex information, ideas, and concepts. They provide a structured and memorable format for presenting information, making learning and remembering easier.Entertainment: Stories entertain us by captivating our imagination and engaging our senses. They offer an escape from the routine of daily life, allowing us to experience new worlds, adventures, and emotions.Cultural Transmission: Stories are a fundamental way in which cultures transmit their values, beliefs, and traditions from one generation to the next. They help preserve cultural heritage and pass down essential lessons and knowledge.Sense of Identity: Stories can help individuals and communities form a sense of identity. They provide narratives that help us make sense of our lives and the world around us, shaping our personal and collective identities.Problem Solving: Stories often revolve around conflicts and challenges that characters must overcome. By following these narratives, we can learn valuable problem-solving skills and strategies for dealing with adversity.Social Bonding: Sharing stories is a social activity that has been integral to human societies for millennia. It fosters a sense of community and connection, allowing people to communicate, bond, and build relationships.Psychological Closure: Stories provide a sense of closure by offering resolutions to conflicts and mysteries. This closure can be emotionally satisfying and help reduce anxiety and uncertainty.Imagination and Creativity: Stories stimulate our imagination and creativity. They encourage us to envision possibilities and think beyond the boundaries of our own experiences.Escapism: Stories offer a form of temporary escape from reality. They can relieve stress and everyday concerns by transporting us to different worlds and scenarios.Learning from Others: Stories often feature characters who face moral dilemmas and make choices. Observing these choices and their consequences teaches us valuable life lessons and ethical principles.Our attraction to stories is deeply rooted in our psychology, culture, and social nature. They serve various psychological, emotional, and social functions, making them a powerful and enduring form of human communication and entertainment. Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
The burden of leadership! Undeniably, many of us desire to lead, and only very few understand the cost of leading and leadership. Leadership is often mistaken for fame and power; these two obvious trail the path of leadership, but truthfully speaking, leadership is beyond these. Leading and leadership comes with so many responsibilities that it will only take individuals willing to lay down their lives sacrificially speaking to lead effectively. The world is leadership-driven, be it good or otherwise. Good leadership brings about prosperity, while I leave the results of bad leadership to your imagination.The burden of leadership refers to the significant responsibilities, challenges, and pressures that come with being in a leadership position. Leadership carries a weighty set of expectations and demands, whether it's leading a company, a team, a community, or a nation. Here are some critical aspects of the burden of leadership:1.     Responsibility: Leaders are responsible for their followers' or constituents' well-being and success. This means making critical decisions that can impact the lives and livelihoods of others. The weight of this responsibility can be emotionally and mentally taxing.2.     Accountability: Leaders are held accountable for their actions and decisions. They must answer for the outcomes of their choices, whether they lead to success or failure. This accountability can be stressful and may result in personal and professional consequences.3.     Decision-Making: Leaders often face complex and high-stakes decisions. These decisions can be challenging, and the consequences of making the wrong choice can be severe. The burden of making such choices can lead to stress and anxiety.4.     Pressure: Leaders are under constant pressure to perform at a high level. They must meet the expectations of their followers, stakeholders, or superiors. The pressure to achieve goals, maintain morale, and handle crises can be intense.5.     Sacrifice: Leadership often requires personal sacrifices. Leaders may need to give up their time and hobbies or even make difficult choices that affect their family and personal life in service of their leadership roles.6.     Risk: Leadership involves taking calculated risks. Leaders must be willing to step into the unknown and take risks that others may not be willing to take. This can be intimidating and stressful.7.     Criticism: Leaders are often subjected to constructive and destructive criticism. They must learn to handle criticism gracefully and make adjustments when necessary while also maintaining their vision and integrity.8.     Loneliness: Leadership can be isolating. Leaders may find it challenging to confide in others about their doubts, fears, or uncertainties. They often need to project confidence and strength, even when they may not feel it.9.     Ethical Dilemmas: Leaders often encounter ethical dilemmas where they must balance competing interests and principles. Navigating these dilemmas can be morally and emotionally taxing.10. Legacy: Leaders are concerned with the legacy they leave behind. They want to be remembered for their positive contributions and impact. This concern can add to the burden of leadership.Despite leadership's many challenges and burdens, influential leaders often find meaning and fulfillment in their roles. They are driven by a sense of purpose, a desire to make a difference, and the opportunity to inspire and guide others toward a common goal. Leaders often rely on support networks, self-care strategies, and a commitment to personal and prSupport the showYou can support this show via the link below;
The term "creative realm" refers to the domain of human creativity and imagination, where individuals and groups generate original ideas, concepts, artworks, innovations, and expressions. It encompasses various fields and endeavors, including:1.    Art and Design: Painters, sculptors, graphic designers, and artists of all kinds work within the creative realm to produce visual expressions of their ideas and emotions.2.    Literature: Authors and writers create novels, poetry, short stories, and other forms of written work that transport readers to new worlds or convey profound thoughts and emotions.3.    Music: Musicians and composers compose melodies and lyrics, producing music that evokes emotions and tells stories through sound.4.    Film and Theater: Directors, screenwriters, and actors collaborate to create films and theater productions that entertain, inform, and provoke thought.5.    Architecture: Architects design buildings and structures that combine functionality and aesthetic appeal, creatively shaping the physical environment.6.    Innovation: Innovators and inventors explore the creative realm to develop new technologies, products, and solutions to problems.7.    Science and Research: Scientists and researchers often require creativity to formulate hypotheses, design experiments, and make groundbreaking discoveries.8.    Culinary Arts: Chefs and food artists experiment with ingredients, flavors, and presentation to create unique culinary experiences.9.    Fashion: Fashion designers use creativity to design clothing and accessories that reflect individual expression and cultural trends.10. Crafts and DIY: Hobbyists and artisans engage in various crafts, such as woodworking, pottery, and crafting, to produce handmade items that showcase their creativity.11. Digital Media: Content creators, including YouTubers, podcasters, and social media influencers, use their creativity to entertain and inform their audiences.12. Advertising and Marketing: Marketers and advertisers employ creative strategies to capture consumers' attention and promote products or ideas.The creative realm is boundless and ever-evolving, allowing individuals to explore, experiment, and innovate across various disciplines. It is a space where human imagination knows no limits, and new ideas continually emerge to shape culture, society, and the world.Top of FormFor me, this space is real and tangible, waiting for those willing to pay the price of discipline and ready to lay down the sacrifice of time to harness the energy within this realm and create the future.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
S2 Ep. 143 Friendship

S2 Ep. 143 Friendship


The power of friendship cannot be taken lightly; it is one aspect of life and living that cannot go unnoticed. The bond of friendship can be viewed as one that cannot be easily broken, and its strength can be said to be eternal; even biology does not have what it takes to define it because even in biological families bound by blood, friendships exist. Brothers and sisters can relate beyond bloodlines.Friendship is a form of relationship that goes beyond the walls and veils of our differences and embraces the character within rather than the outward looks. Friendships bring out the best in us and point to the beauty and possibilities we can achieve when we stand on the platform of friendship.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
S2 Ep. 142 Tithe

S2 Ep. 142 Tithe


Does The Theory of play support the idea of rest? Our human existence, our human lives rides on traditions that are based on ordinances. These ordinances ordinate our lives; they help serve as pointers that guide us through the maze of life. These ordinances can be likened to laws; one’s ignorance does not deny their impact in terms of value, they very much enforce, but your being aware of them and knowledgeable helps in appropriating yourself wisely and receiving its benefits with the framework of its hidden yet compelling values.No, denying it, our being Human goes beyond the limits of our flesh is tangible, but not beyond our spirit, is intangible and very real, and impacts our living. One thing I have come to observe about our spirit, the reality that defines our being, is that she yearns to connect with her source by way of giving, offering that true essence to Him who she knows is higher in being and value, and has come to embrace as the Divine. This acknowledgment has a release, a flow from the Highest endowing her being. So I have been processing a thought on the Tithe, an offering, and how I perceive it from my experience as a person of faith, the Christian faith. A careful look into the various cultural nuances, the thread of offering, giving something sacred in a covenant or contractual relations is very apparent; our longing and a strong desire to provide a piece of ourselves, which reveals our commitment and a gesture that points to a reverential fear that we surrender to our source.The Tithe is one way the above conviction is expressed within the Christian faith and reflects practically on everything. The Tithe is a Hebrew word and the meaning;The first Tithe (Hebrew: מעשר ראשון, romanized: maʿśēr rîshôn) is a positive commandment in the Torah requiring the giving of one-tenth of agricultural produce to charity, after the giving of the standard terumah, to the Levite (or Kohen). This Tithe is required to be free of both monetary and service compensation.From the above, the connection is quite clear, Humanity giving to Divinity and having Divinity respond in infinite and limitless ways.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
S2 Ep. 141 Vision

S2 Ep. 141 Vision


What is a vision? A vision typically refers to a mental image or concept of something that doesn't currently exist but is imagined or anticipated as a future state or outcome. It is a clear and inspiring description of a desired future that an individual, organization, community, or society aspires to achieve. Visions serve as guiding principles that help shape decisions, goals, and actions by providing a sense of direction and purpose.In various contexts, "vision" can refer to:1.     Personal Vision: An individual's aspirations and goals for life, career, or personal development. It represents what they want to accomplish or become in the future.2.     Organizational Vision: A statement outlining the long-term objectives and ideals of a company, non-profit, or other organization. It defines the impact the organization aims to have on the world or the change it wants to bring about.3.     Community or Societal Vision: A collective vision shared by a group of people or society as a whole. It often addresses broader societal issues and desired improvements in quality of life, environment, education, etc.4.     Artistic or Creative Vision: In artistic contexts, vision can refer to a creator's unique perspective, style, or creative direction. It's the distinct way an artist envisions and communicates their work.Visions are powerful tools for setting goals, inspiring motivation, and aligning efforts toward a common purpose. They provide a sense of meaning and help people or entities stay focused on their goals, making them an essential component of planning and goal-setting processes.Where do visions come from?Visions can arise from various sources within an individual's mind and external influences. Here are some common origins of visions:1.     Imagination and Creativity: Visions often stem from an individual's imagination and creative thinking. People can envision new possibilities, ideas, and concepts by exploring different perspectives and combining existing elements in novel ways.2.     Personal Values and Beliefs: Visions can be shaped by an individual's core values, beliefs, and passions. A clear and inspiring vision can emerge when aligning one's aspirations with what they deeply care about.3.     Problem Identification: Sometimes, visions are born out of recognizing a problem or gap in current affairs. The desire to address these challenges and create positive change can drive the formulation of a vision.4.     External Inspiration: Exposure to external influences such as books, movies, art, conversations, and experiences can spark new ideas and visions. Observing others' achievements, struggles, and contributions can inspire individuals to envision their path.5.     Shared Goals and Collaborative Efforts: In organizations, communities, or teams, visions can be collectively developed based on shared goals, values, and missions. Collaborative brainstorming and discussions can lead to a shared vision for the future.6.     Anticipation of Future Trends: Visions can also arise from a keen understanding of emerging trends, technologies, and societal changes. Envisioning how these trends shape the future can lead to innovative ideas and directions.7.     Reflection and Self-Discovery: Personal reflection and introspection can uncover an individual's desires, strengths, and areas of interest. This self-discovery can contribute to the formulation of a clear and meaningful vision.8.     External Guidance and Mentorship: Guidance from mentors, role models, or advisors can help individuals refine their visions. Constructive feedback and advice can assist in clarifying goals and strategies.9.     Desire for Impact and Legacy: ManSupport the showYou can support this show via the link below;
The evolution of Human Resource management has never been envisaged as it is today. It has become so amoeboid that the only way to manage this is to be agile-conscious, pre-empting the changes and coming up with solutions that best fit the challenges. HR has never been so in demand as it is now.The above no doubt holds a very significant place in the workspace, but we still have to deal with the mindset change for some HR leaders, who have found it quite a big deal moving away from the 'old' to the 'new' and as such the fight to maintain the status quo is very much alive.From where I stand on the evolution of the HR model regarding management, what I consider crucial and very pivotal is how it has the capacity and potential to bring about the prosperity of both the people and the business owners, not just the profits they often see and hear within the business space. That is how I perceive the new model, One that embraces the prosperity of all within the organization, which brings their talent to play in the organization's overall progress, moving away from that mindset of just profiting for one, instead embracing that participation which acknowledges and recognizes all who put their hands on the wheel.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
This is how I view KNOW-L-EDGE;The KNOW: is to be awareThe ‘L’: your awareness leads to LEARN on a continuous cycleThe EDGE: when the above factors are embraced, your EDGE becomes apparent, that advantage.So imagine bringing this into the space of carefully managing available resources and manipulating them to create more value.The knowledge economy is an economic system in which knowledge creation, acquisition, dissemination, and application are the primary drivers of economic growth and development. Unlike traditional economies that heavily rely on producing and exchanging physical goods, the knowledge economy places a significant emphasis on intellectual assets, information, technology, and innovation.Key characteristics of the knowledge economy include:1.    Intangible Assets: Intellectual capital, knowledge, skills, and expertise become essential resources in the knowledge economy. These intangible assets often value more than physical assets like machinery or real estate.2.    Information and Communication Technology (ICT): The widespread use of information and communication technologies plays a crucial role in the knowledge economy. Advanced ICT infrastructure enables the efficient exchange and access to information, fostering innovation and collaboration.3.    Innovation and Research & Development (R&D): Continuous innovation and investment in research and development are critical for the knowledge economy. Companies and countries prioritizing R&D efforts are more likely to develop new products, services, and technologies that can lead to a competitive advantage.4.    Human Capital: The knowledge economy places a premium on education, skills development, and ongoing learning. A well-educated and skilled workforce is essential to drive innovation and adapt to rapidly changing conditions.5.    Globalization and Connectivity: The knowledge economy transcends geographical boundaries. Information can be shared and accessed globally, increasing interconnectedness among individuals, organizations, and nations.6.    Entrepreneurship and Startups: The knowledge economy encourages entrepreneurship and the formation of startups. New ventures often focus on technology-based innovations and disruptive business models.7.    Creativity and Problem-Solving: Creativity and solving complex problems have become highly valued skills in the knowledge economy. Companies and individuals that can develop novel solutions thrive in this environment.8.    Services Dominance: The knowledge economy often shifts the balance from manufacturing industries towards service-based sectors, where knowledge and expertise are vital in delivering value to customers.9.    Flexibility and Adaptability: Rapid changes in technology and knowledge require organizations and individuals to be adaptable and flexible in their approaches and strategies.The knowledge economy has transformed many aspects of society, from how businesses operate and create value to how individuals access information and communicate. It has also led to the rise of digital platforms, online learning, remote work, and the growth of industries centered around data analytics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology.Countries and regions transitioning successfully to a knowledge-based economy tend to experience higher economic growth, increased productivity, and improved living standards. However, the shift to a knowledge economy also brings challenges, including issues related to data privacy, the digital divide, and the need for lifelong learning to keep up with the fast pace of change.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
Can you take a moment and imagine what the other side of impossibility will look like? Our mind has been designed and gifted with imagination, and from here, we come to see and appreciate our world and create that future we so much desire.The "other side of impossibility" refers to a realm of existence beyond what we currently perceive as possible within the constraints of our understanding of the universe and its laws. It represents a world where the seemingly unattainable becomes a reality. Imagining such a scenario involves delving into the realm of science fiction and the boundaries of human knowledge.I have seen life as a gift that must be unwrapped and experienced. In this experience journey, we encounter many things, which depend on how we perceive them. Are they obstacles that will deter us from progressing or opportunities to take advantage of to propel us forward?On this episode of the Word Café, I have the opportunity of sharing the story of an individual who came to see the other side of impossibility, taking hold of the gift of life, leaning in completely, and making the best of what he has been given, not accepting the challenges as a limitation. Instead, he saw that as a ladder to climb to the zenith of life.His name is Chindah Chandah. He is technically an astute service design professional with a 9-year track record of practical business process engineering and end-to-end project management. Broad knowledge and success in identifying gaps and bottlenecks in business processes to apply corrective actions and improve service delivery. Innovative in developing process designs based on evidence of user needs and organizational requirements, with sound decision-making and design thinking to implement new processes. Effective as part of a team with experience operating in partnership with offshore and onshore personnel while engaging with senior stakeholdersSupport the showYou can support this show via the link below;
Moving from one form of change to another requires management principles and a framework to adapt to the new change or evolve from the old to the latest in a guided framework. This management can be viewed from the Human Resources Management lens.  For the future of work, evolving or changing is inevitable in keeping up or coping with the changes that will be encountered.As of my last update in September 2021, the future of work was already undergoing significant transformations, and these trends have likely continued to evolve since then. Here are some key aspects that were shaping the future of work:1. Remote Work and Hybrid Work Models: The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of remote work and was expected to continue reshaping how people work. Companies embraced more flexible work arrangements, such as hybrid models, where employees split their time between remote and in-office work.2. Automation and AI: Automation and artificial intelligence were expected to impact the job market profoundly. While they would eliminate certain tasks, they also create new job opportunities and enhance productivity in various sectors.3. Gig Economy and Freelancing: The gig economy was rising, with more people opting for freelancing and project-based work. This trend was reshaping traditional employment structures and offering more flexibility to workers.4. Upskilling and Reskilling: As technology advances, the demand for new skills grows. Lifelong learning, upskilling, and reskilling became essential for employees to stay relevant and adapt to changing job requirements.5. Work-Life Balance and Well-being: Companies increasingly recognize the importance of employee well-being and work-life balance. Work culture was shifting towards more inclusive and supportive environments.6. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Building diverse and inclusive workplaces was gaining more attention. Companies took proactive steps to address systemic inequalities and create a more equitable work environment.7. Rise of Remote Collaboration Tools: Collaboration tools and platforms were becoming essential for teams to work together effectively, regardless of their physical location.8. Focus on Employee Experience: Organizations prioritized employee experience to attract and retain top talent, including company culture, flexible benefits, and career development opportunities.9. Global Talent Market: Remote work and digital communication broke geographical barriers, leading to a more globalized talent market. Companies could hire from a broader pool of candidates worldwide.10. Environmental Sustainability: Some companies incorporated environmental sustainability into their work practices, reflecting a growing awareness of the climate crisis.NOTE THIS: The future of work is dynamic and subject to change, influenced by technological advancements, economic conditions, societal values, and unforeseen events. The years beyond 2021 may bring additional shifts and developments that further shape how we work in the future.Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
In the recent past, the business environment has seen unprecedented evolutions on the back of change, and even continuous improvement cycles are trying to keep up with these changes. The above situation has thrown many organizations into panic mode, seeking solutions to these clear and present challenges. The Human Resources function has never been so challenged as it has been in the face of these challenges, and the practitioners within these spaces are grappling with the reality and working hard to come up with new models and styles in solving the problems.Remember that each organization is unique, so the HR model should be tailored to your company's specific needs and culture. Regularly review and update the HR model to stay ahead of industry trends and ensure it continues to meet the needs of your workforce and business goals.The general outline for designing a new HR model incorporates modern HR industry trends. Keep in mind that the field of HR is constantly evolving, so it's essential to stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices.1.    Data-Driven HR Approach: Employ data analytics and technology to make informed decisions. Use data to measure employee performance, identify training needs, predict turnover rates, and optimize recruitment processes.2.    Employee Experience (EX): Focus on creating a positive employee experience. Happy employees are more engaged, productive, and likely to stay with the company. Implement strategies to enhance workplace culture, work-life balance, and professional development opportunities.3.    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Develop initiatives promoting workplace diversity and inclusion. Ensure equal opportunities for all employees, regardless of background, and create a safe and inclusive work environment.4.    Remote Work and Flexibility: Embrace remote work and flexible work arrangements, especially after the global shift towards remote positions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provide employees with the tools and support needed to work efficiently from various locations.5.    Continuous Learning and Development: Establish a culture of continuous learning to foster employee growth and skill development. Offer training programs, mentorship opportunities, and employee resources to enhance their professional capabilities.6.    Agile HR and Adaptability: Adopt an agile approach to HR practices to respond quickly to changing business needs. Encourage HR teams to be adaptable and flexible in their strategies and processes.7.    AI and Automation: Incorporate artificial intelligence and automation into HR processes to streamline repetitive tasks, enhance candidate sourcing, and improve employee performance tracking.8.    Wellness and Mental Health Support: Prioritize employee well-being by offering wellness programs and mental health support. Addressing mental health challenges is crucial for maintaining a healthy and productive workforce.9.    Performance Management: Reevaluate traditional performance management systems and consider more continuous, feedback-based approaches. Regular check-ins, 360-degree feedback, and setting clear performance expectations are examples of modern performance management practices.10. HR Technology Stack: Build an efficient HR technology stack that includes HRIS (Human Resources Information System), applicant tracking systems, employee engagement tools, performance management platforms, and learning management systems.11. HR Metrics and Analytics: Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of HR initiatives. Utilize HR analytics to gain insSupport the showYou can support this show via the link below;
S2 Ep. 135 Life Addict

S2 Ep. 135 Life Addict


Addiction! Somehow, whenever this word is heard, a negative impression is evoked, and we feel sorry for the associated individual. It points to some form of dependence, creating this victim mode, and its bearer appears helpless. It makes this scenario which point to a state of despondency that seriously begs for help. It puts its character in situations of loss and waste.We often see this characterized in movies, where an addiction epidemic exists in a City or town, and those most affected are neglected and abandoned. They are seen as the dirt and scorn of society, and there is this dearth of compassion and empathy towards them.Rhetorically, I asked myself, can one be 'addicted' to something good? Something that brings out the best in us when we get 'hooked' on it, feeding our minds, body, and spirit with its content, and the results undoubtedly are apparent for all to see and embrace, referring to it, sighting it as the standard, encouraging all to emulate it?So I threw the question above out there to see what the response would be, and I got the following answers;'Positive sleep, eating, drinking, and even social habits can be addictions that can help you live a better life each day and even live longerA positive addiction does not dominate one's life; it stays confined within time. The beneficial consequences of the activity can spill over into one's entire life, but the action itself is limited. One's attitude toward the activity is crucial.So, I said to myself, we can look for that thing that will bring out the best in us, eliciting the beauty from within which undeniably brings our externals under our control; we can be addicted to life, placing a demand on it, because it is a gift that has the capacity and potency to bring us into that perpetual state of prosperity, with eternal hope, freeing us from any harm that what life is not may present.In this episode of the Word Café Podcast, I focus on what I title Life addict. I share some thoughts in this regard. Support the showYou can support this show via the link below;
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