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Integrity as an ambassador of Christ

When I started out in my career, I was just eleven years younger than I am now; naturally much smaller in size, and not as confident as I am now.

In that period, I met several people and extended my hand in an introduction to many. I was privileged to be in the presence of government officials and very influential people and to interact with them in both formal and informal settings. Many times, I have reflected on how and where I got my confidence from. Two issues come to mind:

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A toast to Prophet Samuel.

 

It was his retirement party. After serving his people as a public servant for many years, he was retiring – old, grey and tired. Like it happens at some retirement events, he was expected to give a speech. Typically, everyone expected he would pay glowing tribute to his team, say a bit about his achievements, maybe joke a bit about his failures and possibly the nicknames his teammates may have called him. He did not. This leader kept it short and sweet.

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First among equals

 

My first real test of leadership started in the year 2010. It was the fading embers of the year, I had returned from maternity leave and was moved into a management role. I remember the birth of my son as a blessing to my career. The challenge of being a new mother and a new manager is one I will share another time.

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A Journey of Grace, Serendipity and Hard Work

In 2013, I was the guest speaker for a personal development programme in my church. A participant asked me during the Q and A session: “you have a degree in Political Science but you work in sales, don’t you feel like a round peg in a square hole?”

Interestingly, I remember that question because many times it had come up at similar events; maybe not in the same words each time and often not directed at me in a question, but many have wondered and questioned how I have functioned in my roles, given my background and education.

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If You Do Well, You will be accepted.

“In the world of work, if your absence is not felt, then your presence is not needed” – Petra Aba Asamoah, LiFT Conference, 20.5.2017

I’ve thought about this statement several times after I made it last weekend.

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