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Plenary Session with George Bush - Access Conference 2013

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Dear Readers, A while back, Access Bank Plc put together a stellar conference where 4 ex presidents were in attendance. One of the standout sessions was with George Bush. Going through my notes this morning, I found some priceless gems I thought to share. I hope you find these nuggets useful in your daily life. We need to create an environment where entrepreneurship flourishes, develop young entrepreneurs and improve the ease of setting up a business. Remove trade barriers among African countries It is important to set goals and have tactics in place to make them come to pass. Toughest decision - committing troops to war Protect the homeland, security of the people. Focus on educating children Project calm in time of crisis. If you panic, the people who follow your leadership will panic Say something when in crisis. Do not keep quiet It is important to gain the trust of the people around you.  Gain the confidence of the people by busting corruption The greatest gi

Leadership in unlikely ways

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One cool evening after work, I was driving home on the busy Adeola Odeku Street in Victoria Island. The beauty of the night lights really gives the street a nice dazzle. Away from the aesthetics of the road, from afar I saw one of the traffic lights blinking - signaling it was about to turn red and I frantically tried to pick up speed to beat the light to no avail.  As I settled down accepting my fate, the drivers behind me didn't seem to understand that RED meant stop as they kept on blaring their horns for me to move so they could also move. I decided to wait for the light to turn green before I moved ignoring the resulting noise pollution coming from behind me. As I drove off , I started seeing leadership from a different dimension. The fact that the right actions of one man can actually compel others to act right. In this situation, once I wasn't going to beat the light every other person behind me had to wait whether they liked it or not. I re