To realize results, one must adopt high performers’ habit. Available research indicates that re-known world successful people put in substantial hours of work, face multiple failures, and make daily sacrifices to get there.
Kenya School of Government acting Head of the Centre for Leadership and Policy, Mr. Humphrey Mokaya, urged graduating managers to always be driven by performance and success.
“Performance refers to actions that drive the achievement of key results. Through high performance success is achieved. You are highly advised to leave the ways of mediocrity behind to develop a new and improved you,” Mr. Mokaya told the officers who had undertaken a Senior Management Course (SMC) at the School.
From the training, it emerged that in order for managers to perform, they need to have a clear and motivating direction, know what to focus on, know how to access and link with resources so as to maximize their performance.
Mr. Mokaya observed that success in business happens because of successful managers, ideas are not enough to change the world, unless they are put into action.
In real life, human beings have to make a mark and this mark is only made by doing something noticeable for the mere fact that life has no rehearsal.
“People remember actions and not thoughts,” he quipped. Indeed, a number of recent studies suggest that dressing up for work in a suit or blazer could do wonders for an employee’s productivity, whether going into a negotiation, making a sales call or even participating in a video conference with business associates.
That perhaps explains the formal dress code for the School. It is argued that wearing nicer clothes may raise one’s confidence level, affect how others perceive the wearer, and in some cases even boost the level of one’s abstract thinking, the type in which leaders and executives engage.
Expectations of results are totally meaningless if nothing has been learnt. The facilitator further urged the graduands to pick at least two or three lessons that they will apply in their work place.
“The road to the top level of leadership is not a straight line. It has ups and downs,” he advised.
The participants acknowledged that they were leaving the School better informed and well equipped with skills and knowledge that will help them face workplace challenges. Evidently, the class president, Mr. Christopher Aposo, commended the training, describing the sessions as informative in reference to senior management requirements.
He, on behalf of his colleagues, committed to apply the skills learnt beyond their work environment hence making Kenya, as a nation, a better place. They are ready to deliver worthy and valuable services to the Kenyan people.
By Ruth Wanjiru