Mustapha B. Mugisa is one of those rare people who provide value-based consulting to professionals and corporate entities who demand the very best. He is a prolific speaker, a strategy, risk and anti-fraud expert.
So many youth out there are obsessed about the Internet. They are missing Church as they 'update their social network statuses.' My mission is to bring the Church to the youth by giving a website to every Church. Under his Mustapha Mugisa Foundation, he teaches the youth in life skills free of charge. Join us and gain free life chaning skills, contact us today. Want to get side income? What to be a winner? Join us today and unleash your potential.
Mustapha provides tools and proven methodologies to remarkable results through making people appreciate change. For a change, have Mustapha keynote your business event, and you’ll get bold insights. His daily updated blog, is highly acclaimed for providing practical insights for your career growth.
His prolific publishing includes Summit Business magazine, which started in October 2008, and is now a leading source of business and finance in Uganda. He is the author of the personal growth book on Amazon, Your Three Keys to A Worry Free Life.
Do you want to take your business to the next level? Do you want to breathe life into your business function? Invite Mustapha as a speaker, and have your team’s morale through the roof! Mustapha is the Architect of WinningMindset® Leadership.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”, Matthew 11:28-30
He kept me waiting at the reception for about 45 minutes. This is a man who was once my student in my Master of Business Administration (MBA) class at University. As I grow old, I have ‘learnt’ to take it easy. Not to try to pull ranks, because as they say, “there is always a more senior fellow.” Let me digress. Once I was queuing at a restaurant in downtown Hong Kong. I noticed the person two people ahead of me was one of our top local politicians cum executives.
Fred Kyaligonza (1974 – 2010) was one of the sons of an Indian migrant who settled in Munteme Village, Hoima District, present day Kikuube District. The Indian married a Munyoro woman and the couple had three Children (boys), until the Indians were expelled unceremoniously from Uganda. As the Indians packed, they wanted to go with some of the kin and kith. All the sons were of age. Their father wanted to run away with them. Their mother did not. The man being old (about 50 years), did not want to go back into the process of raising a new family. One of the boys decided to ‘annoy’ the mother. He left with the Dad.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute, Proverbs 31:8.”
“When I was in prison, visiting, an inmate, a talk light skinned slender man, in a yellow prison Uniform, came right in front of me after my talk on In-Mate Reformation and Skilling During Incarceration and said while looking directly into my eyes “Mustapha thanks for your talk. It was great and eye opening. However, how would you advise someone like me serving a jail term of five years for a crime I did not commit?
What is the basis of your decision making? As Catholic Christians, mastering the 10 commandments helps us discern right from wrong easily. When confronted with several choices and tough situations, we take decisions based on Christian values. If someone is asking for your help to escort them to a shrine, for example, knowledge of the first commandment, I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any strange gods before Me, is key.
“A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it!” Proverbs 13:16
When a Nurse who had worked in Hospice as a caregiver for over 20 years was asked what key message she had learnt caring for the terminally ill, she replied “plan for your retirement.” She revealed that many patients in the face of death use their last breath worried about how their children and close dependents would survive past their demise.
I grew up with a single mother. She is one of the most hardworking and focused people I know of. In early 1990s, life in Munteme village was tough. It is around this time Uganda experienced one of the worst famines. The country was still undergoing political changes. In 1983, we had been told, was a year of scarcity. People died of famine. People had seen first hand the pain of living on an empty stomach. So how did famine hit again just seven years later? That is a question for our national planners at the time to answer.
“So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human.”
So many people, but few to trust. So many followers, few loyal cadres. That is the challenge of every leader. Which persons to empower who won’t take advantage of it to threaten my career. My seat. My shoes!
Every leader needs a close circle of people they trust. A team of people are loyal to one another and very straight forward. To be loyal is to be trustworthy and act with sensibilities. To act consistently in the interests of the leader who empowers your career to thrive.
It is easy to try to be all things to all people. Saying yes is the easiest decision. That way, you accept all ideas and end up rotating in circles. Yet great leaders are defined by their ability and frequency of saying no. You probably know of organisations that do a lot than the available resources and capabilities allows. They want to be in everything that comes along. They appear to be succeeding because of their size, staffing, resources and access to cheap capital. Such strategy of ‘playing in all games’ inadvertently slows down business growth. They talk about a digital agenda, but open brick and motor branches country-wide!
“Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart. If you do this, both God and people will be pleased with you.” Proverbs 3:3-4.
Loyalty not exceptional skills will determine your altitude. It does not matter how skilled and experienced you are, if you are not reliable and trustable, you are unlikely to be ‘seen.’ In any organization, you need to establish close working relationships with the key decision makers – usually people who sign on cheques, and those who influence them. The early signs of trust start with being assigned roles like being sent to one’s office to fix tea or bring a note book.
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