Common Sense Campaign (3) – Reading habit

Reading HabitsWhat a book does for you is diverse. Apart from the derived enjoyment, a book creates another world for you, takes you on a journey to destinations and ways of life hitherto unknown. A book also opens up knowledge opportunities invaluable for life and for your personal and professional development.

One more thing. Reading as a habit is one of the surest way to improving your communication skills.

Our advice for the week

1. Pick a book today. Now, in fact! Don’t delay. You will be glad you did.

2. Read widely too – novels, history, memoirs, biographies, magazines etc. Don’t limit yourself to one genre.

3. Plan reading into your daily and weekly routine. That’s the way to make it a habit.

4. Don’t give in to the excuses! “I don’t have the time”, “I can better use my time for other things”, “I have a challenging job” etc. Reading a book is a Quadrant 2 activity i.e. not urgent, but important. You will be glad you develop this habit.

We all benefit when we do things right.

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Common Sense Campaign (2) – Make friends, not enemies

Make friends not enemies

One of our most valuable and enduring possessions are relationships. Some relationships are inherited, like family. Others, like friends and work relationships have to be built. This can take time, and requires commitment, integrity and character.

In all cases, when relationships are neglected, they can be lost, sometimes forever.

Our advice for this week are:

1. Make friends, not enemies. Making ftiends is easier, cheaper and better for your health than acquiring enemies.

2. Once made, nurture relationships by treating people with kindness, dignity and respect.

3. Don’t ignore family relationships.  Avoid taking family members for granted.

4. A very important core of successful relationships is personal integrity and kindness.

We all benefit when we do things right.

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CommonSense (CS) Campaign (1) – People are important

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People are important. Period.

Therefore treat everyone you meet with dignity and respect irrespective of their social status or financial muscle.

It is almost foolhardy to mistreat people. It is certainly unwise to be rude to anyone.

In this new year, make it your resolution to speak kindly to people, and to treat everyone fairly and decently. This should include but not limited to your subordinates, spouse, maids, servants, friends, superiors, children and parents.
Remember the popular saying: people may forget anything but they never forget how you treat them or how you make them feel.

We all benefit when we do things right.

ParkRoyal’s Phonetic Alphabet


Today is Nigeria’s 55th independence day.

We would like to wish all our Nigerian readers a happy celebration.

The picture is ParkRoyal and Lagos Finishing School’s phonetic alphabet.

We can make Nigeria great when we all do our individual bits.

This phonetic alphabet is to get us thinking in that direction.

We all benefit when we do things right.

How to Avoid a Feeling of Entitlement


Some people believe they have a right to their brother, sister, fellow congregant or friend’s money.

This is usually not a direct claim but an implied one. Some people believe that if a friend or family member is financially better off, even, if only slightly, he must of necessity dole out money to them, set them up in business or assist with their grand wedding or parent burial plans.

Oftentimes, people are bullied with incessant telephone calls or text messages requesting for assistance. To them, it does not matter whether the perceived benefactor has his own overwhelming responsibilities.

The result of this belief of entitlement is that resentment sets in from both sides, leading to a breakdown in relationships. Some so-called benefactors may even draw back from family if they are unable to meet up with the obligations expected of them.

In order to avoid this problem, we advice the following:

1. The starting point is that no one has a right to another person’s money.

2. Financial assistance from a friend or family member is therefore a privilege, not a right.

3. It is presumptuous to expect someone to simply dole out money they have laboured and kept sleepless nights for.

4. While financial support from family members has become our own form of welfare/social security system in Nigeria, there should be no feeling of entitlement from recipients.

5. Frequent telephone calls and text messages are bullying tactics and can give a feeling of stalking. They should be avoided.

We all benefit when we do things right.