March, 2013

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The Eight-Steps of True Visioning

LiftingMyHandsYesterday, March 26 2013, I had a wonderful opportunity to share the eight-steps of visioning. I opened the speech by making a point. If we must divide the world right now into three, we will find three categories of people: Visionless, Visionaries, and people in between. I have been in these three categories and I know how it feels to be in each category.

I was merciful (because I was there :-) ) to call people without vision visionless. Otherwise, Helen Keller called them ‘Pathetic’. She said, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision”. You will be surprised to know the full meaning of pathetic: sad, pitiful, fearful, and unloveable. Who in his/her right mind would like to fall in this category, and most importantly, stay there for a very long period of time!? These are horrible words…

In my brief speech, I shared with my audience about how it was difficult for me when I made a shift from being pathetic to pseudo-visionary, and finally into the visionaries camp. As a guy from the eastern part of Ethiopia, I used to chew Khat as the majority of the youth in Harar do until this day. Every afternoon, we chew  Khat, which is a green leaf considered in the US as an illegal drug. Of course, it is not as powerful as other amphetamine drugs. But when you chew chat, you enter into a state of euphoria. While you are in that state of elation, you fantasize things that are crazy and unrealistic.

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Values-Focused Consulting

One of the keynote addresses Success Pathways provides is Values-Focused Living. Last Friday on March 08 2013, Assegid had a chance to facilitate a discussion entitled “Values-Focused Consulting”. The presentation was given to Consultants who attended in person and virtually. To learn more, check out his blog:

Published article: Embracing mentoring

Leadership mentoring isn’t as common as other leadership development approaches such as coaching. However, mentoring is vital, not only for the individuals involving but also for the continual success of an organization. Thus, this article uses a metaphor and also puts forward the most important elements of mentoring to help both mentors and mentees embrace mentoring and contribute their share to make it work in their favor. The article tries to answer questions such as how mentoring differs from coaching and counseling; what are the common types of mentoring; the most important roles mentors and mentees should play so as the mentoring relationship to succeed.


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Editorial on Mentoring


If you are interested in mentoring, you should read the magazine, Voice of Leadership. In this magazine, great writers including Success Pathways own Assegid shared wonderful insights, tips, and stories. Check this link to check out the editorial Assegid wrote and other great articles, stories, and interview featured on this magazine:

Presentation on Mentoring

Mentoring1Assegid had a chance to present an educational session of 12 minutes on February 06, 2013. In this presentation, he used a metaphor to explain how a mentoring relation between mentors and mentees should be if the desire of both parties is to make the relationship work in their favor. The metaphor he used was how Eagles raise their eaglets.Eagles start to mentor their eagles at the early stage of their infancy. The most important lessons we learn from this relationship between eagles and eaglets include but not limited to:

1. The preparation starts even before the eaglets are born. The eagles build their nests on higher grounds, mostly on top of a big tree or on top of a cliff. That means, the eaglets are born into highness, and they won’t have height phobia (They won’t get scared of heights) when they begin their flying exercise.

2. The eagles have the best interest of their eaglets throughout this relationship. They want them to succeed. The stretch them like by pushing them out of their nest and comfort zone while they are too unprepared but the male eagles catch those that cannot flap and fly by themselves before they crash on the ground.

3. And more…

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