Showing posts from July, 2017

Education is the most ... International Scholarships and Job Opportunities for week ending 29 July

Went through my typical Sunday morning routine today. First said prayers alone before my eyes were open to the world, then with my wife as soon as my eyes were open to the world and checked on our son in his cot (he was asleep). Next I quickly checked both mobile phones. One notification stood out. It was a view album request from Google showing pictures from this date 5 years ago.

Besides the happy fact that everyone in the photos had progressed in the years since that family wedding in Atlanta, I thought about all that could have, should have and actually did happen in the past 5 years. I have talked about how we are virtually on the move by dint of the earth's rotation but it was clear once again that in the journey of life we need to "seize every moment, squeeze it and own it!" (to quote Professor Eminem).

During the week it was Mandela day and twitter was agog with various Mandela quotes. My favourite? I tweeted, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you …

Unleashing Creativity ... Global Scholarships & Job Opportunities for week ending 21 July

Until this past week I would not have considered myself super-creative. Just like everyone else I do have my moments when the need arises. One that easily comes to mind was the final pitch to secure funding for my PhD research at the University College London. After 2 unsuccessful attempts over 2 years, the aim of my final presentation to the Panel of Experts was to convince them that in a crowded field I deserved funding. My audience was a mix of distinguished academics and industry professionals so I tailored my talk accordingly. My presentation was simple, unexpected, concrete, credible and emotional, all wrapped in a good story. You can say that it had s.u.c.c.e.s (do you get?) written all over it! Why was this pitch creative? It stuck. I did not come across the book Made to Stick that explains the s.u.c.c.e.s model until 2 years later while at London Business School. This was divine inspiration and it worked.

 Well back to the story, this week I participated in an online worksho…