To his previous employer..

“Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity… nor can you buly a subordinate into become a genius.” ~ Hugh McLeod (gapingvoid.com)

I saw this cartoon on Hugh’s blog, which totally summarizes the essence of this post. I hope this post will evoke a positive change at organizations that are guilty of this “act”.

Image and cartoon copyright (c) Hugh McLeod’s gapingvoid.com

A modified version of this cartoon was suggested by one of the commenters (chris) on the gapingvoid blog who said and I quote:

..you should flip the thing over but keep sociopaths at the top, etc – so that the size of the chunk indicates the % of company salary it consumes..

That’s his idea though. Is he right? You decide!

PS: if you do not understand anything in this post, it’s time to take a short vacation

Update: This is my 100th post. Just noticed. 🙂

No one cares until…

Just had to chip this one in..
Been so busy this past few weeks/months (lol) but that’s not a good enough reason not to blog.
I need to be more focused and consistent…..

Meanwhile, do you know that NO ONE CARES UNTIL YOU GIVE???
Well, if you did not know, now you know.
I’m using it to my advantage in life and especially business.

Hugh McLeod calls it “GIFT ECONOMICS”

Don’t just think about it. Start doing it.

Cheers

Why Haiti?

“…though I walk through the valley of shadows of death…”
..

Was it Haiti’s many sins?
Nigeria has committed worse.
I don’t think it was.
..
So, why Haiti?
..

image source: national geographic

Are Miracles Real?

These are my views on miracles:

Miracles can be divine or man-made.

Doctors and medicines are miracles.

Divine miracle will step in where man-made miracles are ineffective.

If you have a headache, you don’t need a divine miracle to get well. All you need is the miracle called paracetamol or another miracle known as rest/sleep.

If you have an incurable disease, you can seek divine miracle through prayers. This will work because there is no known solution yet for that incurable disease.

There are miracles like Penicillin or antibiotics for bacterial infections, or chloroquine for malaria. These are man-made. However, since there’s no man-made cure for deafness, dumbness, blindness or lameness yet, a prayer of faith will make a divine miracle take place. If you are at the early stages of diabetes, miracles like reduction in sugar intake and diet management can help.

Since there’s no known cure for HIV yet, one can seek and get a divine miracle. However, there are also preventive miracles for HIV and other STDs called abstinence and the condom miracle.

Family planning is another miracle.

Our friends, family and neighbours are miracles.

The fact that you can think, pray, cry, laugh and the fact that you are even privileged to be alive is a miracle.

Miracles are real. They are everywhere. I believe in Miracles.

What’s your view?

The miracle called Penicillin for bacterial infections.. or chloroquine for malaria..these are man-made. Since there’s no man-made cure for deafness, dumbness, blindness or lameness yet, a prayer of faith will make God intervene. If you have a small headache, take paracetamol. If you are at the Read Moreearly stages of diabetes, reduce your intake of sugar and manage it with diet…or another way you can look at it is since there’s no cure for HIV yet, GOD will intervene if one prays with faith… else prevent HIV by using the miracle called abstinence or the condom miracle.

The Cute Book…

17 secrets

I came home 2days ago to find a cute little book in the house.
It was orange, colourful and well designed. It caught my attention immediately.

“17 secrets of high flying students” was the title. It was written by Fela Durotoye.

The book as the title goes is written for students. However, after taking a quick glance through the pages of the book, I quickly found out that the book is not only good for students, but for everyone who wants to succeed and  strive for excellence in whatever they do.

Throughout the book, the author tried to share secrets and principles that try to deliver excellence in academic pursuits. The author helps readers understand these principles through the use of stories of individuals who have used these principles or secrets to achieve excellent results.

Secrets like the laws of decision, foresight, motivation, reward, prioritization, concentration, reputation, consistency, admiration, sacrifice, affection, focus, retention, hindsight, self-discovery, appreciation and supernatural are all well laid out beautifully in an easy to read and direct manner.

I strongly recommend this book for every student (primary to secondary to higher institutions) – get one for your kids or siblings or for any kid out there – orphanages, etc.

Project RAISE is in charge of this and they have a mission to put this book into the hands of 12million children.

I was lucky to chat up with the author and immediately sought permission to put this up on Ochuko’s blog, which he obliged. [In the spirit of finding something good and sharing it with others]

I feel this is a good thing to support. This is a good book to read. This could help us avoid the “44th position” challenge.

For more information, visit www.feladurotoye.org and projectraise.org.

To our success and those of our future leaders.

Cheers,

Ochuko 🙂

I’m not dead..

…What if i was? how would you know? how would readers of this blog know? and beautiful tweeps? and the FB crew?

Ok, that’s an issue for another day.

I’ve missed blogging. I’ve missed you all. I’m SORRY. 🙂

In fact, there’s no excuse for not putting up posts. So I won’t go into details.

One sure thing was metamorphosis was doing it’s thing. Talking about metamorphosis, which is the main theme of this blog, I have been battling about the direction of Ochuko’s blog. Where’s the blog going? has this blog really added any value to readers? has it added any value to me? do I keep writing from my heart or make posts more formal? and a whole lot of questions and evaluations.

And then it struck me: “You don’t stop your fast moving car on the expressway just because you are thinking about how better the car will get with new alloy wheels or solid leather seats or a better sound system…” You just DON’T do such things.

So, KEEP MOVING. While moving, plan, change, drop, clean-up, fix, learn, try, test, re-brand.. but keep moving. The success and joy is in the journey. Keep moving people.

Thanks to everyone who kept keeping in touch and urging me to get my a** back on track. 😀

I’m back for real. I’m not dead. Just a phase. Just metamorphosis.. and it was a positive one.

I’m doing more twitter these days too. Follow me: @ochukosblog

Hey.. and Vera’s online radio show.. hmm interesting stuff, you should listen in on it. Visit here for more info.

Cheers people.

Much Love.

Ochuko 🙂

#lightupnigeria series

LightUpNigeria is a movement which has arisen out of necessity in reaction to the current problem with power supply in Nigeria. The movement aims to highlight the problems caused by the lack of constant power supply in Nigeria and raise awareness of the situation globally. Through the awareness raised by this movement, it is highly anticipated that the current policy or policies governing the generation, distribution and transmission of power via the national grid service in Nigeria will be reviewed and reformed. According to the website, it is not a political campaign or organization, and every Nigerian is encouraged to get involved!!

In my own way of getting involved, I’m putting together some crude light photography series, which I hope would add value in my little way to the #lightupnigeria movement. We want light. We need light. We want to SEE!! We are NOT the city of the blind!!

Click on the pics to view. Enjoy. 🙂

City of the Blind

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man doesn’t exist!!
Isn’t it called the land of the blind? How come there’s a one-eyed man?
How come he’s king?


A city set on a hill
Is like a light that can’t be hid
Men don’t light candles and put it under a bushel
But on a candlestick; and it gives light to all


The people want to be led and will go anywhere
But they have been led and they followed
The blind leading the blind
To nowhere


Let the blind acknowledge their blindness
Let those who have eyes see and lead
Not with distorted, ‘one-eyed’ view
But with a clear, complete view of the direction of light
Mediocrity will not be celebrated
The ‘one-eyed’ man will not be king
It was never the City of the Blind
A land set on the hill it was


Who has eyes?
Who can see?
The people await YOU to lead

[Written for Nigeria]
[Brighten the corner where you are]
Ochuko’s Blog | Creative Commons]

Joe Wilson

We hear popular catchphrases like “keeping up with the Joneses” or “before I say Jack Robinson” or “only Nixon could go to china”, and so on..

Well, I recently learned there’s a new one.. A new guy has joined the catch phrase block: [Usage] “You lie by Joe Wilson” or “Why act like Joe Wilson?“.. LOL

Interesting website’s blog has a post on the power of the internet especially as regards responses to Joe Wilson’s act. Check it out.

Self control is a virtue. Accepting one’s mistake and apologizing is also a virtue.

You can also check out this post.

TGIF!!

Artificial Lines

Boundaries, tribes, regions, religion, race, status…

What artificial lines have ‘they’ used to limit you?

You can cross these lines. They aren’t real.

What matters? The lives, not lines.

[Quote of the day]

[“I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one ‘race’ – the human race – and that we are all members of it.” – Margaret Atwood]

A story you won’t forget

Excerpt from: The Heart of a Teacher,
by Paula Fox
[taken from SimpleTruths newsletter]

He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary’s School in Morris, Minnesota. All 34 of my students were dear to me, but Mark Eklund was one in a million. Very neat in appearance, he had that happy-to-be-alive attitude that made even his occasional mischievousness delightful.

Mark talked incessantly. I had to remind him again and again that talking without permission was not acceptable. What impressed me so much, though, was his sincere response every time I had to correct him for misbehaving. “Thank you for correcting me, Sister!” I didn’t know what to make of it at first, but before long I became accustomed to hearing it many times a day.

One morning my patience was growing thin when Mark talked once too often, and then I made a novice teacher’s mistake. I looked at Mark and said, “If you say one more word, I am going to tape your mouth shut!” It wasn’t ten seconds later when Chuck blurted out, “Mark is talking again.” I hadn’t asked any of the students to help me watch Mark, but since I had stated the punishment in front of the class, I had to act on it. I remember the scene as if it had occurred this morning. I walked to my desk, very deliberately opened my drawer and took out a roll of masking tape. Without saying a word, I proceeded to Mark’s desk, tore off two pieces of tape and made a big X with them over his mouth. I then returned to the front of the room. As I glanced at Mark to see how he was doing, he winked at me. That did it! I started laughing. The class cheered as I walked back to Mark’s desk, removed the tape, and shrugged my shoulders. His first words were, “Thank you for correcting me, Sister.”

At the end of the year, I was asked to teach junior-high math. The years flew by, and before I knew it Mark was in my classroom again. He was more handsome than ever and just as polite. Since he had to listen carefully to my instruction in the “new math,” he did not talk as much in ninth grade as he had in third. One Friday, things just didn’t feel right. We had worked hard on a new concept all week, and I sensed that the students were frowning, frustrated with themselves and edgy with one another. I had to stop this crankiness before it got out of hand. So I asked them to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then I told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed me the papers. Charlie smiled. Mark said, “Thank you for teaching me, Sister. Have a good weekend.” That Saturday, I wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and I listed what everyone else had said about that individual.

On Monday I gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. “Really?” I heard whispered. “I never knew that meant anything to anyone! I didn’t know others liked me so much.” No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. I never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn’t matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another again.

That group of students moved on. Several years later, after I returned from vacation, my parents met me at the airport. As we were driving home, Mother asked me the usual questions about the trip, the weather, my experiences in general. There was a lull in the conversation. Mother gave Dad a sideways glance and simply said, “Dad?” My father cleared his throat as he usually did before something important. “The Eklunds called last night,” he began. “Really?” I said. “I haven’t heard from them in years. I wonder how Mark is.” Dad responded quietly. “Mark was killed in Vietnam,” he said. “The funeral is tomorrow, and his parents would like it if you could attend.” To this day I can still point to the exact spot on I-494 where Dad told me about Mark.

I had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. Mark looked so handsome, so mature. All I could think at that moment was, “Mark, I would give all the masking tape in the world if only you would talk to me.” The church was packed with Mark’s friends. Chuck’s sister sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Why did it have to rain on the day of the funeral? It was difficult enough at the graveside. The pastor said the usual prayers, and the bugler played taps. One by one those who loved Mark took a last walk by the coffin and sprinkled it with holy water. I was the last one to bless the coffin. As I stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to me. “Were you Mark’s math teacher?” he asked. I nodded as I continued to stare at the coffin. “Mark talked about you a lot,” he said.

After the funeral, most of Mark’s former classmates headed to Chuck’s farmhouse for lunch. Mark’s mother and father were there, obviously waiting for me. “We want to show you something,” his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. “They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.” Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. I knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which I had listed all the good things each of Mark’s classmates had said about him. “Thank you so much for doing that,” Mark’s mother said. “As you can see, Mark treasured it.” Mark’s classmates started to gather around us. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, “I still have my list. I keep it in the top drawer of my desk at home.” Chuck’s wife said, “Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.” “I have mine too,” Marilyn said. “It’s in my diary.” Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. “I carry this with me at all times,” Vicki said without batting an eyelash. “I think we all saved our lists.” That’s when I finally sat down and cried. I cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don’t know when that one day will be. So please, tell the people you love and care for that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.

Nigeria for Dummies

!

Tairebabs has a post on SONY’s big insult on Nigeria and Nigerians. See post.

Why would they make such reckless and irresponsible statement?

This post and subsequent ones that follow are for ignoramuses who need to be educated with facts and REALITY, see below.

1. In 2008, Nigeria’s GDP (Purchasing Power Parity) was $338,100,000,000 only behind the likes of EU, US, Saudi Arabia, Canada, etc… and the 2009 estimates are looking good… proof

2. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the eighth most populous country in the world, and with a population of over 150 million it is the most populous ‘black’ country in the world… [translate that in monetary terms]

3. Nigeria is listed among the “Next Eleven” economies… proof

4. Nigeria has a very solid labour force…  proof

5. Over 68 million mobile phone users… [can’t you just see opportunities?]

6. Huge Oil and Gas reserves… [no need for proofs]

7. Just 49 years old. Huge growth potentials. Guess how old the US, UK or dear old China is?

8. Nigeria is Secure. Yes secure. See list of countries prone to terrorist attack.

9. Low debt profile compared to other countries… proof

Do a google search on “Huge frauds” and you would not see any reference to ‘NIGERIA’ in the first few pages. Tell me if I’m wrong.

Add to this list. Talk positive. Clean things up. Blog about Nigeria. Let the world know. Bury the negatives where they belong – six feet down.

I refuse to hear, feel, see, think or do negative!!

The more you look…

The more you look, the more you see.

It’s plain and simple. It’s common sense. It happens everyday.

Don’t let anyone deceive you.

The more you do, the more you get done.

Keep looking. Keep doing.

I’ll Report to Twitter & FB!!!

30min is too long?

“I’ll report you on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and wotnot…”

Those were the exact words of Mr. Customer after a bad time with his service provider.

Mr Customer knows his rights. He is well armed. He can send signals to thousands or even millions in an minute. He has the power.

He is to be pampered. Give him quality customer service and he’ll use his power to your advantage. He’ll spread you. He’ll spread your business.

Treat him like he don’t matter and you’ll get the exact opposite to your disadvantage. He’ll arm your business and maybe, you.

Strive to make Mr. Customer happy.

Give him the best. He is King.

The Rewards Theory

Dear,

Cast your mind back to the months or weeks preceding the naija bloggers’ awards.

There was a boom in blogville. New blogs came up. I got to meet lots of bloggers. I made friends, networked, read quality, hilarious and life changing posts. I was motivated. It was a great period.

I had just started blogging, but I could feel the warmth, the energy, the family, the motivation…

The success of blogville will always have a connection to those awards (at least in my mind).

As humans, we expect rewards for our acts or services. These rewards could come in different forms.

Reward is a motivator. Reward reinforces. It strengthens. It approves. It is a honour. We all need it even if you don’t acknowledge the fact that you need it.

Truth is, reward is a good thing. It is very natural to need rewards. It keeps us going.

Reward comes in different forms. It doesn’t have to be huge. It’s just:

A little “thank you“.  A little hug.  A little kiss.  A little apology– “I’m sorry.  A warm handshake or holding of hands.

A little bonus.  A little extra.  A little “checking up on you“.  A little donation.  A beautifully crafted SMS.  A quick “flashing“.

A little scolding.  A little explanation.  A little mentoring and guidance.  A little treat.  A little acknowledgment.

An authentic smile.  A little acceptance.  And the rewards list go on…

…and you’d have changed a generation… and you’d have injected energy into humanity… and you’d have saved a life!!

Reward others. Be rewarded.

Have a great week 😀

Ubuntu

I am because you are.

I exist because you exist.

It’s a two way thing.

I (can) do because you (can) do.

I’m available to you. You are to me.

I don’t feel threatened by you. Neither do you.

I blog you read. You blog I read.

I learn because you teach. I teach, you learn.

We belong to a greater whole.

For a greater good.

I therefore can’t exist in isolation.

Ubuntu. The way of life.

Too long…

A second.. a minute.. a day.. a week.. two weeks.. a month.. a year…

is just… Too long!!

You love someone and you don’t see for just..

..a second.. a minute.. a day.. a week.. two weeks.. a month.. a year…

and it becomes… Too long!!

You get angry and you keep a grudge for just..

..a second.. a minute.. a day.. a week.. two weeks.. a month.. a year…

and it turns out… Too long!!

You are committed to something and you let go for just..

..a second.. a minute.. a day.. a week.. two weeks.. a month.. a year…

and its… Too long!!

And LIFE is the exact opposite… and life’s just… Too short!!!

It’s just too short to let go… and it doesn’t matter if it’s just for..

..a second.. a minute.. a day.. a week.. two weeks.. a month.. a year…

It will all be over!!

Just HANG ON… Hang in there!!!

🙂

…..

It’s been looooong, I’ve really missed everyone of you.. I have a lot to catch up with… I’m right at your spots!!!

Thanks to all who have been helping out with the DirectRelief cause as sponsored by Sprint. It’s free, just click on the help button of the SocialVibe widget and make a difference. 🙂

Do have a great friday and TGIF!!! 🙂

Love, Ochuko Φ

Word.of.the.Week(WoW): “Altruism”

Quote: “We are all here on earth to help others. What I can’t figure out is what the others are here for.” –W. H. Auden

This week’s WoW is the word ALTRUISM

I first heard this word from Larry Ellison, the Oracle CEO.

Altruism simply means the deliberate pursuit of the interest or welfare of others. It was coined from the latin word Alter, which means the other.

It also means the behaviour that helps others survive at your own cost, which implies self-sacrifice or selflessness.

You are an altruist when you align your wellbeing and happiness with that of others. You are happy when others are happy. You are not selfish. You are kindhearted. You think of others. You “do unto others what you want other to do unto you. You simply love…

In summary, live a life of altruism and you will reap the benefits.

Related words:

Benevolent, big-hearted, charitable, good, generous, humanitarian, philantropic, self-sacrificing, open-handed, and so on.

Further reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altruism

http://www.altruists.org/about/altruism/

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro01/web2/Costello.html

And of course don’t just Google up ALTRUISM, be a DOER too 😉

Have a great weekend (pix for humor only) 🙂

 

Altruism

Nigeria’s Problem… (1)

Nigeria

Nigeria

This was taken from a Facebook thread… read and add your comments!

DV says the odoriferous state of infrastructure in Nigeria is as a result of the cataclysmic scale of the loving neglect and patient mismanagement by these self aggrandizing, narcissistic and inherently selfish nature of these washed- out, nay-saying, demented, vomit-inducing, perpetually recycled old ruins we call politicians

Ochuko says I beg to disagree. The last word there shouldn’t be politicians, but rather NIGERIANS. We are selfish. We are corrupt!! Take it or leave it. Don’t blame it on the politicians. The politicians are us – our friends, our neighbours, our fathers, our cousins, our children, us, Nigerians…It begins with YOU!!!

MaryJane says I’m of d opinion that we’re really only as good as the politicians/rulers we’v got…we disobey traffic laws, bribe policemen, inflate invoices @ work 2 get a lil extra, help our wards cheat @ school, dnt pay NEPA bills, bad mouth our selves… we’r all corrupt n leadership is only a true reflection of what the general populace is…d fight for corruption begins @ our doorsteps, in our homes…we’r losing our values, morals…cheating is re-christianed as ‘being smart’…the change process must begin 4rm our hearts, n d time is NOW!!!

Please add your comments…

Problem 1:  Bad Followership(?)

Be Strong…

Just a quick one to reflect my current mood.

Dear LORD, at this moment, I need as much strength as You can give a powerless mortal like me…

🙂

I saw this picture on ~Sirius~’s blog and decided to post it… I’d just change the “hide” to “deal with”

strength

Be STRONG Ochuko!!!

Be STRONG people!!!

Cheers 😀

Conception and Birth

“The power of conception outweighs the power of birth” – Ekene Agabu.

This guy wrote a powerful note on Facebook that has caught everyone’s attention especially the ladies… most especially the men… (you all should read that note and share with others)

I went through the note and must confess that it’s life changing. One powerful sentence struck me in the note: “The power of conception outweighs the power of birth

Can this be true? I think so…

How else can we explain the birth of Jesus Christ’s without talking about the immaculate conception?

How else can we explain great innovations without talking about the concepts/ideas?

Can we give birth without conceiving?

How did we all get here? How did the universe come into life without the Creator’s grand concept/masterplan?

To conceive is to create; to become pregnant; the process of fertilization; to invent; to have faith; to form [from nothing];

The power of conception can only come from GOD.

Are we exploiting that power?

(: .ʇı ǝǝs ı ʎɐʍ ǝɥʇ s,ʇı

Back to Basics…

The past few days have been quite busy.. was engaged in so much activity that I couldn’t do anything blogging!!

While the buzyness smoke was going on, I was able to do some soul searching and critical thinking.

One lesson I learnt was simply:

Know the basics.

In case you skipped the basics, all you need to do is to simply

“Go back to the basics”

Think about it. It is a loaded statement. It covers every aspects of life.

I’m off to some basics… oops!! I actually meant a lot of basics!!!…

…and it may take a while…

🙂

Why Seth Godin is Unique!!

No doubt, Ochuko’s Blog has a healthy professional crush on Seth Godin’s blog.

To top this up, I was overwhelmed and excited when I read through Seth’s blog post today on “Learning from the MBA program”. In my honest opinion, Seth Godin has done what I consider to be one of the greatest achievements in modern times. It is a typical unboxed thinking. This is my idea of greatness and excellence.

The effect of this acheivement will cause a great revolution in education, especially business education and the MBA. The positive multiplier effect of this great act across many facets of life cannot be overemphasized.

YOU JUST MUST READ THE POST!!!

Ochuko’s Blog is proud to feature Seth Godin in the “You Are Unique” series.

This just goes to prove some thoeries we’ve put up on this blog:

1. The Free Theory

2. There is no box

Challenge the status quo. Think without the box because There is no box.

Darkwaters

It was Irving Penn who said: “A good photograph is one that communicate a fact, touches the heart,leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”…

Edward Weston also said that he saw no reason for recording the obvious (he was talking about photographs).

Today, drawing inspiration from quotes above, I felt a strong desire to share one of my old photographs called Darkwaters. Darkwaters is an abstract that seeks to summarize the complexities of the problems arising from the discovery and the ‘curse’ of crude oil in Nigeria…

The lives, the blood, the greed, the poverty, the hatred, the destitution, the ‘riches’, the struggle, the fears…

The waters have darkened… The bloods are black…

I’ll quote some lines from Daktari’s poem, H-matrix:

Crude makes unclean black from live green…I’m not instigating a violent revolution… But this institution needs relevent evolution!…

So, here is Darkwaters… what does it mean to you?

 

DarkWaters

DarkWaters

Appreciation

Let me also use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to you all for the warm birthday wishes and prayers. May your joys know no boundaries. Amen.

Ochuko’s Blog Φ