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TOWN/GOWN LECTURE SERIES: BEING A SLIDE PRESENTATION AT THE COVENANT UNIVERSITY ON MARCH 24 TH, 2015 BY OKEY AKPA, FPSN IN LEARNING AND CHARACTER.

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1 TOWN/GOWN LECTURE SERIES: BEING A SLIDE PRESENTATION AT THE COVENANT UNIVERSITY ON MARCH 24 TH, 2015 BY OKEY AKPA, FPSN IN LEARNING AND CHARACTER

2 ROAD MAP  Learning – the making of the human mind, body and soul  Character – the driving force to all we become in life  Moving on to the real world – the challenges of the corporate world and how to navigate them  My personal experience – the man and The Grace  Conclusion – the future is yours Okey Akpa FPSN

3 On Learning  The human race has always developed and made progress through solving problems and overcoming challenges that confront it. From the time of gathering food in the forest to hurting in the wild, to making fire by striking stones (the early technology breakthroughs), the challenge has remained how to solve problems, discover things, conquer new frontiers and make the world a better place to live in Okey Akpa FPSN

4 On Learning LLearning has remained a the process of opening up the mind, connecting with our environment, asking and finding answers to our problems and acquiring KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS LLearning must recognise the need to serve the mind, body and soul OOur environment contributes in shaping us and can not be ignored TThere must be a purpose for learning Okey Akpa FPSN

5 On Character  One of the major objectives of education both formal and informal is the formation of character “Education has for its object the formation of character. To curb restive propensities, to awaken dormant sentiments, to strengthen the perceptions and cultivate the tastes, to encourage this feeling and repress that, so as finally to develop the child into a man of well- proportioned and harmonious nature – this is alike the aim of parent and teacher” Herbert Spencer Okey Akpa FPSN

6 On Character “A man’s fortunes are the fruit of his character, his growth is declared in his ambition, his companions and his performance” Ralph Waldo Emerson  Learning and character must be well balanced to achieve performance  Companions are major influencers of character  “show me your friends...and I will tell you who you are...” this is most true in life Okey Akpa FPSN

7 On Character OOne of the major challenges facing our education today is that of character-building FFrom the monster called cultism in our schools to graduates that attach less to no premium on ethics and morals, what we have are people who are not building our society, people who are destroying our civilizations, and setting humanity backwards AAny character moulded around self, greed, sole focus on material things will fail CCommon good, service, value, and sustainability must attract adequate attention if the right character must be built Okey Akpa FPSN

8 Moving on to the real world FFrequently asked questions: HHow do I fit into the society? HHow do I make the right choices? CCan I find a space? WWill I become successful? EEtc FFor those who have been prepared in LEARNING and CHARACTER, the answers are obvious – YES YOU CAN and YOU WILL! BBut there still more questions

9 ...the Real World HHow do I ensure happiness? WWhat will be my relationship with my family? HHow do I contribute to shape the society and sustain civilization? WWhat about my faith? WWhat makes the answers to these questions not so easy are twofold: IInternal – has to do with the individual EExternal – has to do with the society Okey Akpa FPSN

10 Challenges in the Real World WWhat comes to mind for those graduating from our universities are the issues of EEmployment JJob Satisfaction LLife- work balance FFamily SSustainability BBut what are the demands of the real world, weather corporate or not? Okey Akpa FPSN

11 Key Success Factors  VALUE – if there is a single answer to what is required to succeed in today’s world that answer will be defined by the word VALUE. More than ever before and increasingly, you must create or add value if you want to succeed in anything you do.  Value is that fundamental or contributory output that satisfies need or addresses the issues that create questions or anxiety in the minds and lives of people. It represents the premium that is placed on things both tangible or intangible. Okey Akpa FPSN

12 Key Success Factors  SERVICE – I believe in the popular cliché “to serve is to live”!  Service is that single most powerful element that connects a provider with the customer (or a giver and a receiver) both internally and externally in any organisation or set up. It is a major differentiator between winners and losers.  A culture of service both at individual and corporate levels creates and retains customers – the most valuable asset in any venture! Okey Akpa FPSN

13 Key Success Factors  PERFORMANCE- let me call this simply the ability and capacity to get things done  Performance will demand:  HARD WORK – doing more than just enough  KNOWLEDGE – Knowing what to do  SKILLS – knowing how to do it  TENACITY or RESILIENCE – keeping at it until it is done  VALUE – ALIGNMENT – agreeing your personal values with that of the organisation  TECHNOLOGY – the cutting edge element Okey Akpa FPSN

14 Key Success Factors  ETHICS- doing the right things ethically, legally and morally. No matter how you look at it, without ethics there is a real risk of making a shipwreck of one’s career and life.  Sound ethical practice guarantees enduring success both at corporate and individual levels. Where is Enron, Worldcom and all the corporate giants that violently violated the ethical codes in United Sates of America?  INNOVATION- new ways, better ways, new ideas, new products, better products... Think out of the box, break the mould... The reward awaits you Okey Akpa FPSN

15 Making it personal – starting off VISIONMISSION PURPOSE PLAN & ACTION What did I want to be? Why am I here? How do I get there? Getting it all done Okey Akpa FPSN

16 My Value Wheel ABILITY &COURAGE INTELLIGENCE & EXCELLENCE HUMILTY & DISCIPLINE HARD WORK &TENACITY INTEGRITY & FEAR OF GOD Okey Akpa FPSN

17 Views on Leadership  I share the view that to LEAD is to SERVE and to SERVE is to LEAD  I believe that leadership by example is the most effective leadership  I hold the view that if you must lead, you must be trusted, and remain trust worthy  I share the view that Charisma and Humility are both needed for the effective leader  On Humility – this is essentially “the esteem with which we regard others” (Christensen) Okey Akpa FPSN

18 My Special moments  The need to be inspired – “the most powerful motivator in our lives isnt’t money; it’s the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others and be recognised for achievements” (Fredrick Herzberg) Such moments, come to us all the time, to recognise it, and seize such moments have created my special moments, both my career and in my personal life – the opportunity to SERVE Okey Akpa FPSN

19 On the journey... “ Life is like a bike. To keep your balance you must keep moving” (Unanimous) KKeeping focus is important RRole models and Mentors play vital roles – don’t seek to re-invent the wheel, seek for how to better ride on them, improve on them if you can KKeeping a balance helps in the race LLife is for the living...make the best of it Okey Akpa FPSN

20 Finally...  Above all things... I depend on the GRACE of GOD! Okey Akpa FPSN

21 True Happiness “Those who serve God, having found Him; others who are occupied in seeking Him, not having found Him; while the reminder live without seeking Him, and without having found Him. The first are reasonable and happy, the last are foolish and unhappy, those between are unhappy and reasonable” Blaise Pascal Okey Akpa FPSN

22 THANK YOU!


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