How Great Leaders Communicate

-by Patrick Leddin “Leadership is first, and foremost, a communication activity.” – Hackman & Johnson We’ve all benefited from the communication efforts of great leaders. We’ve also suffered through the pains of poor communicators in leadership roles. I’ve found that great leaders regularly make five communication choices. I invite you to review each, assess how well you are doing, and consider a few quick challenges to improve yourself. I also recommend you share these with new or struggling leaders to help them improve their performance. 1. Choose to Address Poor…

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Olusegun Adeniyi’s Against The Run Of Play – A critical Review

The twelve chapter book, ‘Against the Run of Play – How an incumbent President was defeated in Nigeria’ – is the latest attempt by Olusegun Adeniyi to chronicle how Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was upended in the 2015 presidential election. As a matter of fact, the reactions generated by the book does not only have a significant impact on the nation’s political space but has added to the existing literature on Nigeria’s political history. The antecedents of the author being the former spokesman of late president Umar Musa Ya’radua, the…

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Should we pay kids to read?

by DAVID EVANS A few weeks ago, my wife and I were reading aloud Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s newest book, a short volume entitled Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. The eponymous fifteen suggestions are Adichie’s advice to her friend on how to raise her daughter – Chizalum – as a feminist. Here’s the fifth suggestion: “Teach Chizalum to read. Teach her to love books. The best way is by casual example. If she sees you reading, she will understand that reading is valuable.” This all seems sensible.…

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Lagos Suicide Verdict: A sure Nudge to a 2nd Attempt – by Esema Aguse

by Esema Aguse As a Lagos court encourages the attempted suicide to a second attempt, let me tell you about my town and how interesting the Nigerian way of life (and death) can be. During my mother’s burial rites years ago, I noticed a man nobody cared to serve while everybody around him had something. Among my people, the expectation, maybe even custom, is that the mourning family ensures every sympathizer leaves with protruding stomach. Concerned for family honour, I had asked him why hasn’t he been handed food or…

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ZAMFARA GOVERNOR, MENINGITIS AND PRIMITIVE THOUGHTS -By Rahaman Onike

The recent asseveration by Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’aziz Yari that the outbreak of the calamitous Type C, Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, in the state was a manifestation of wrath of God has exposed the defectiveness of his thoughts on policy issues. Through his assertion, it could be deducted that Governor Yari has a wrong orientation of the mysterious affliction ravaging some states of federation. It is true that human iniquities could result into disease conditions and grievousness. Yet, the scientific nature of meningitis shouldn’t be mistaken for wage of our collective…

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‘GIFT’ TO JUDGE: WHY THE FURORE? IT IS ARCHYTYPAL OF THIS GOVERNMENT

By- Samuel Ajayi “If President Mohammadu Buhari knew he wanted to fight corruption when if he got to power, why then did he allow obviously stolen money to be used to fund his campaigns?” I was the one who asked a very senior colleague of mine this question shortly after Buhari became president and there was this talk that he was coming to jail anybody who stole even one piece of meat from his wife’s soup pot! It was those giddy days of governmental exuberance people like us knew was…

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