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#BGIM- Bless God It’s Monday: ARE YOU RELIABLE?

Another Monday presents itself today along with the whole working week ahead full of God’s blessings. It’s Monday and it’s time to work.

ARE YOU RELIABLE?
This week’s #BGIM asks a very interesting question for all workers and companies. Are we reliable? Can we be relied upon? Can people depend on our attitude and service always? What’s your TRADEMARK β„’ as a worker or as a company?
Just recently, my mum on her way to the market tasked me to turn off the fire under her palm nut soup on the gas stove after 10 minutes. She knew so well that I would do it because I could be relied upon. But sadly, I failed this time: I had received a visitor before she was going out and the interesting nature of our conversation made the two of us talk so much that I FORGOT to turn the fire off such that when I finally remembered to do after about 30 minutes, I had burnt my mother’s painstakingly prepared Palm nut soup. So so sad. She even said that she felt like calling but felt there was no need to call since I could be relied upon.
That’s an unfortunate story over there. But can your boss vouch that you are reliable such that when he/she is out of town for a week, everything would go on smoothly at the work site? Can he be assured you would remember to perform all duties required to keep the company running especially in his absence?
Can he rely on you? Can he rely on you to report early to work always? Can he rely on you to submit your projects before deadlines? Can he rely on your honesty and discretion should he send you on an errand?
These are crucial things most companies and employers consciously assess workers on without their notice. And the assessments can be heard from even how the employers or other colleagues speak of these employees.
As for Mr. A or Mrs  B, he or she would surely do that, that or that….
That’s the HALLMARK of those employees mentioned. What’s yours???
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#BGIM- Bless God It’s Monday: VERSATILITY is Crucial

Another Monday is here again for us to work hard to receive the blessings of God through the work of our HANDS.

VERSATILITY IS CRUCIAL
It’s true you work diligently and you are very punctual to work. It’s also true that you are respectful and work well as a team player as well as you being able to work under pressure. Thumbs up for all these good work ethics. 
But today I admonish you to pick up a new work ethic called VERSATILITY. Versatility deals with your ability to fit into any place you are put irrespective of your speciality. Meaning you should be able to swim in water like a fish, fly in the air like a bird whilst keeping your speed as a cheetah on the land.
Jack of all trades is said to be master of none. But Jack can fit into any trade should one trade fail or that trade lose its relevance in society. Aside that such versatile people have a comparative advantage of those who have knowledge/ skills in only one field, because any employer would prefer to have a person who can do the job of two people than to employ two different people for those two tasks.
A neighbour friend of mine recently was trying to help her friend get a job as a personal driver but the employer wanted someone who could also serve as a gardener. Meaning after driving the man and his family up and down town, he could also keep their house aesthetically neat by his gardening skills.
Aside the ease of gaining employment, such a person would most likely be maintained during any crisis period of a company that requires LAYING-OFF of workers. In such times, companies would look forward for ways to unwillingly dispose of all others workers except the INDISPENSABLE FEW which in this case would comprise of many versatile workers at various levels of the company structure.
SO BE VERSATILE no matter what. You may be asking how can I be versatile. It starts from somewhere.
1. Begin to show interest in the work of others or work from other fields.
2. When there is a chance to work with others from other departments or the chance to work in those departments, don’t oblige. Take it as an adventure to learn something new.
3. Have friends in other departments who you don’t only chat with but talk consciously about work in their departments.
4. Take a conscious visit to other departments during break time to see what is also happening there.
5. Partake and contribute keenly to interdepartmental meetings with the more conscious attempt to learn from others there.
With these few keys, VERSATILITY would soon become your personal trait. God bless you in this quest.
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#BGIM-Bless God It’s Monday: ARE SERIOUS WITH YOUR WORK?

#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday
After all our prayers to God over the weekend in church, it’s time for us to see the manifestation of these blessings this week, starting today.
#BGIM- HOW SERIOUS DO YOU TAKE YOUR WORK?
The Bible attests about the SERIOUSNESS of s man’s work in the Book of Proverbs chapter 22 verse 29 that _”See thou a man diligent in his work. He shall not stand before mean men but before great men_”. The Bible is informing us that the allotted portion of SERIOUS people is not just before anyone but before great men such as kings.
Are you serious with your work?

Do you work because your boss is watching?

Are you working so that you wouldn’t be sacked?
If your answer is YES to one or all of these questions, I am sad to inform you that you are not DILIGENT/SERIOUS with your work, and your allotted portion however hard you pray to God at church is with LOWLY MEN. So sad!!!
It’s about time some of us begin to take our various works serious. If we don’t we would stay down there forever and God promises would never come to pass.
It’s time we become punctual at work. It’s time for us to be more prudent in the use and management of resources put in our care, be it in cash or in kind. It’s time we give out our best at work whether we are paid well or not.

It’s time we understand that it is not the work we do that makes us great but HOW WE DO IT.
For the life of the Great men of Today always tells of a seriousness or diligence in their work long ago before they came to prominence.
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#BGIM SEQUEL to PAY YOUR WORKERS- FOUNDERS’ DAY EDITION

Anytime workers here of pay πŸ’΅, they are very excited. So most workers were happy to hear that this week’s #BGIM was urging employers to pay their workers and not to delay with it in order for God’s blessings to be on their business continually.

As it is said, there are always two sides of a coin. Now, we look at Workers’ side of the coin.

RESPECT YOUR BOSS

Colossians 3:22-23 reads from the NIV
v22. Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

v23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

The King James puts part of the text as “…obey your masters in all things, NOT AS EYE PLEASERS πŸ‘€ as menpleasers…”

It is the moral and religious responsibility of every worker to respect their employers and superiors at work. Some workers just don’t respect their workers. They look at the flaws of their masters and use it as a reason to disrespect their masters.

Some say their boss is not a religious person say a Christian, hence they do not give such bosses the maximum respect they would have given to a Christian boss. Others look at the low education of their boss and don’t respect because they are always talking about big things, looking at other so-called big companies and also looking forward to become the Managing Director of that same company. Some say their boss is not compassionate or generous, so they don’t show maximum respect to them.

But truth is whatever the reason is, you have to respect your boss. The God who gave you employment is that same God that placed you under him. If you disrespect your boss, unknowingly, you are being disrespectful to God Almighty in Heaven. That’s a truth most of us don’t know especially the young people of today anytime we disrespect our bosses and the elders in our community.

The Bible reiterates this point in Romans 13:1-“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

Respect your boss no matter the reason even if your pay has delayed. If you respect, the Good God who sees all you do would open greater doors πŸšͺ of blessings for you there whereas your colleagues are acting as menpleasers. Don’t be like them who work only when their master is watching.

God is watching πŸ‘€, so respect your boss.

#BGIM FOUNDERS’ DAY EDITION
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A special *HAPPY FOUNDERS’ DAY* to all my fellow Ghanaians as we celebrate our founding fathers who with all their might and property founded this nation on a good soil. Notable mention is our first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to whom we celebrate πŸ™Œ his 107th birthday πŸŽ‚ today.

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday- PAY YOUR WORKERS!!!

After all your prayers to God at church β›ͺ during the weekend, it is important you pay your workers and actually pay them well to activate God’s blessings upon your life.

The Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:18 that “a worker deserves his wages“. As you seek God to bless the fruit of your labour, it is imperative you pay your workers however small the money πŸ’΅ might be and make it a point not to delay in the payment.

James 5:4 interestingly reads “Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.”

If you fail to pay your workers, not only does it affect their attitude but it ultimately reaches the GOD YOU SERVE AS EVIDENCE AGAINST YOU. And God is always JUST.

One thing I picked up from my dad is anytime anybody came to do something at home 🏠, however small it is whether electrical, gas, plumbing, carpentry etc, the money was readily available to pay the person as soon as he finished. And if he wouldn’t be around when the person comes, either he leaves the money πŸ’΅ with us, the children before going out or makes sure the person gets the money πŸ’΅ when he returns to find the job done.

Can you do so? Or do you do so with your workers? I believe we all have to make sure our workers are paid and paid promptly not only to boost their morale and output but TO SECURE πŸ” OUR BLESSINGS FROM THE GOD WE SERVE.

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Watch πŸ‘€ out for the Sequel concerning workers on the FOUNDERS DAY SPECIAL Edition.

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#BGIM Editorial Apology

I write on behalf of the entire #BGIM Editorial team to offer an unqualified apology to anybody who has suffered the negative side effects of trying to apply any of the #BGIM principles.

Our 1 Year Anniversary Day Edition, for which I talked about how I was able to overcome a huge load of unwashed clothes for about 2/3 months by the LITTLE BY LITTLE PRINCIPLE inspired a friend to also wash all his unwashed clothes the next day. Unfortunately for him, it rained while he was taking an afternoon nap hence all his stuff were further soaked by the rain. But that isn’t the sad part actually, his loafers (shoes πŸ‘ž that can’t be polished but can only be washed) which he had to wear to class the next day also suffered from the downpour.

After class, a friend offered him a lift on his way back to his hostel 🏨 and that is when his shoe πŸ‘Ÿ i.e. loafers gave him out. The stench was quite bad such that when his friend, who happens to his superior too, questioned him a few days afterwards, he stood there dumb unable to defend himself. So saaaaaaaaaad…

So on this note, I offer an apology to his friend and also to my friend, Giant Andoh. I also offer a similar APOLOGY to readers of #BGIM,who might have suffered a similar fate.

DISCLAIMER:

As said at the end of a write-up I read about the Principles of the Richest Men in the world which read “These might not make you Bill Gates but would surely make you rich”

So also #BGIM might not make you the best worker with the perfect result always but would surely bring about IMPROVED RESULTS IN YOUR OUTPUT.
Thank you.

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#BGIM- FIRST IMPRESSION IS NOT ENOUGH

#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday

After another Sunday at church β›ͺ, I hope you are getting ready for the blessings received this week. But remember God’s blessings always come via the work of your hands (Deut 28:12 , Job 1:10). Another Working week therefore means another Blessing week, so trust God for his blessings this week.

#BGIM- FIRST IMPRESSION IS NOT ENOUGH

First impressions count and most likely last because you don’t get a second chance to change that impression. First impressions can’t be negotiated with if you want to succeed in what you do. The impact of first impressions cannot be overemphasized. But sadly, first impression is NOT enough.

Two friends preparing for their National Service at a company in a conversation came to a conclusion that for the first two months of their one-year Service period, they would go to work very early and keep a high work ethic because they have to give a good impression of themselves at their new place of work. And I thumbed them πŸ‘ for that idea but on second thought I realised there was a flaw in that logical reasoning.

Going to work early for the first two months only was not enough. So would they start going to work late from the third month onwards? Hmmmm… Hmmmm… Hmmm…

After such a sigh, I am sure, we now understand why first impression is not enough. In fact, I would advise that if you know you are a habitual late person don’t come so early such that when your real character begins show forth, people who initially accepted you would be put off by your ‘new’ behaviour.

My personal observation about first impression have been that you can always use first impressions as a platform to turn over a new leaf 🍁 or to improve massively on any area you are lacking in. It is a moment you can use to start afresh and commit yourself to that new behaviour and attitude you desire to have.

So after two months of going to work early, CONTINUE going early so that the benefits of going to work early and having a high work ethic for which you convinced yourself that are necessary to give a first impression, would continue to show forth in your work life.

You would benefit more from it than the people who you were initially trying to impress cos it would lead to BETTER Appraisals for you: YOUR allowances, promotions, contracts, rewards, awards and external benefits would not be delayed at your new place of work.

May your First Impression be a CONSTANT Impression.

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Special Wishes to our Muslim brothers as they celebrate Eid-ul-Adha. Bakr da Sallah.

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#BGIM Bless God It’s 1 Year: #ANNIVERSARY DAY

Today being 7th September, 2016 is the exact 1 Year Anniversary of the launch of #BGIM.

We commemorate the Anniversary Day with the story of how I overcame the challenge mentioned in this week’s #BGIM by the LITTLE BY LITTLE principle.

This is how I finally overcame a huge task I had bring trying to overcome for the past 3-4 months. I inadvertently had a pile up of all my clothes πŸ‘— down for washing caused by a short period of not washing my clothes. It was so much that I always told myself I would CLEAR IT the day I had enough time. But sadly for the past quarter, anytime I had time, I didn’t have enough physical strength & anytime I had enough physical strength, I didn’t have enough time. So I resorted to short short impulse washing of my clothes on demand for any occasion. Thus I have been washing the clothes needed for the next few days periodically, all until now.

I wondered to myself when I would ever overcome this huge load of dirty clothes anytime I looked beneath my wardrobe UNTIL just last week when I finally gathered the enough personal human resources to overcome it,

Going for a Church β›ͺ Camp Meeting, I decided as usual to wash another small clothes on demand (enough for only the Camp Meeting). After washing those few clothes, I told myself, “School πŸŽ’ is about to start, why not wash a few for the first week of school”, so I did so. By the time, I finished, it occurred to me that there’s a Wedding πŸ’’ ahead, why not wash a few nice clothes….

By the time, I had realised I had gathered enough momentum such that any time I finished a washing few clothes, I would instinctively go for another set and so on and so forth. This continued until we (family πŸ‘ͺ members) were called for a Family Prayer Time by which I had conquered 70% of that huge mass. The 30% is going to be conquered in the next available washing time.

As it is said, the Empire & Kingdoms of this world were conquered ONE AT A TIME.

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*#BGIM ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS*

In my earlier acknowledgements, I inadvertently forgot to acknowledge my spiritual fathers whose prayers have been made silently for me to keep #BGIM always on the move. Thanks to all spiritual fathers.

*Special Mention* goes to Pastor B. K. Adrakpanya (Rtd), my immediate past District Pastor whom I have worked in close relationship over the past year. It was during one of his Assignments that I wrote my first #SPECIAL Edition on Founders Day in Ghana. God richly bless him.

Thanks once again to all faithful readers of #BGIM.

LITTLE BY LITTLE

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#BGIM BLESS GOD IT’S ONE YEAR (ANNIVERSARY EDITION)

Woooowww!!! So soon, it’s one year already. A Monday like this last year #BGIM (Bless God It’s Monday) was officially launched and indeed God has been good to make us reach this milestone with our Monday Editions. We bless God for #BGIM.

#BGIM @ 1 Year: LITTLE BY LITTLE

Isaiah 28:10 (ESV) reads “For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little” (Also in verse 13)

Some versions put it as “Do this, do that….”, “…a rule for this, a rule for that…” but all end with “a little here, a little there”

I have realised that the changes and improvements in life that last are not the ones that happen sudden but the ones by that HAPPEN SMALL-SMALL REPEATEDLY.

Small-small repeatedly. Remember little drops of water make a mighty ocean. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with the doing of BIG things such that when the enormity of the situation or challenge begins to prove too strong πŸ’ͺ for us, we begin to lose hope of finishing and finally give up.

Every big thing is made of small things. So if we can break the big things into its small parts and work on them *consistently*, we would collectively accomplish /overcome that big thing.

Dr. Larebee told Akeelah in the movie 🎬 “Akeelah and the Spelling Bee” that big words come from small words so in order for her to spell big words she had to learn how to spell all the small words in this world in order to become the Spelling Bee Champion πŸ† she eventually became.

I also overcame a HUGE challenge this past week by the same “little by little” principle. So i can attest to the fact that this principle works. Every huge challenge in this life can be broken into smaller challenges and dealt with.

So the next time, a challenge is ahead of you which seems insurmountable but needs to be done, consciously break it down into smaller tasks and finally clear it. If you have to sweep a large auditorium in preparation for an Event the next time, DIVIDE the auditorium into smaller compartments and sweep them one after the other for which you would see the auditorium swept neatly at the end.

No challenge can’t be overcome by the LITTLE BY LITTLE concept. Try it for it works. God bless you all.

#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday
1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY Edition
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*#BGIM Acknowledgements.*

I would like to express my sincerest Editorial gratitude to all patrons of #BGIM (readers, sharers, doers, critics and the like).

Special Acknowledgement goes to these 5 people for helping #BGIM see the light of its FIRST BIRTHDAY πŸŽ‚.

1. Abena Dede Adonu, the most ardent follower of #BGIM who could be asking me of #BGIM even on a Sunday. The days #BGIM was delaying, she would check to know why. In fact all these she has been doing has kept me on the toes.

2. Joseph alias $rΒ’ aka 3nnkasa, one of those who requested for #BGIM every Monday by 7am during the early stages of #BGIM. It was the strength required to help a seed germinate even in hard, dry soils.

3. My two best friends, Sammy and Jonathan, who always encouraged me when I started #BGIM even with funny jokes all in an attempt to keep me going on.

4. Finally, I would like to salute my Writing and Blogging Mentor & Trainer, Mama πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Jackie Hanson (The Khayil Woman) who gave little, little juicy pieces of advice all through the year.
God bless them all. Without them, I might not have been able to make the about 50 #BGIM Editions so far.

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#BGIM Bless God It’s Monday- PREPARATION IS KEY

#BGIM breaks from the Leadership & Training Special #LTS to provide today’s #BGIM. (Editor’s Note: LTS would surely be completed to the very last edition).

PREPARATION IS KEY!!!

Preparation is key in everything we want to succeed in doing. You can testify that anytime you prepared well for that task or assignment ahead, you excelled with little or no difficulties. This is because even as you prepared you tried to forecast unforeseen difficulties and find ways of mitigating their effects should they crop up.

I talk of this story with pride because I always like to salute people who excel in any work they do whether it be sweeping or scrubbing or any work you can think of. At the Aluminium Smelter where I did my National Service, one of the Metal Tappers (Final Product Extracting Person), Dogbey was being talked about by almost every member in my Department at Cell Lines. I wondered why everyone was singing praises of his name for being the ‘BEST TAPPER’. So I looked forward to meeting him one day either when he came for Personnel Backup during Crisis moment or when my Shift was changed to his permanent Shift.

I was glad when i learnt i was going to meet him finally after about 2/3 months. And to my surprise, it was a young man as compared to all the Much Experienced Metal Tappers i had already met in the Department. Irrespective of his age, i decided to observe and see what was his Secret that even sometimes our Department Director mentioned his name during our Training Sessions and most importantly requested for him among the lot during Crisis moment. After my observations and a few tΓͺte-a-tΓͺte with the gentleman with not up to 10 years experience, i realised a simple trick…

HE ALWAYS PAID ATTENTION TO PREPARATION

He never joked with his preparation. Immediately after the Safety Meeting commencing every shift, Dogbey would quickly move to his working area and start to prepare his tools down. That’s after he had finished copying his Metal Tapping Schedule accurately before the Safety meeting ended. He would clean them removing any little impediments and also move to the Siphon Area to check and make sure his siphon (Aluminium Extracting Equipment) was in good shape. He would then start Housekeeping (clean) his working area in the event it wasn’t done well by the men in the Previous Shift. Whilst doing all of this, his co-Tapper would be preparing the mouth of the Cell ( ‘machine’ from which Aluminium is extracted after Electrolysis is complete). All these acts along with other ones anytime necessary, believe you mean, he does in the first 15-20 minutes of every working day.

After thinking critically into Dogbey’s first activities at work, i realised that his Preparation was Top-Notch amongst all other Tappers and you would be surprised that whoever might have started Tapping Metal before Dogbey that day would still TRAIL him by close of the working day. He was used to finishing his Tapping Schedule an hour to time almost every single day.

Because he spent time to PREPARE adequately for the whole day, it gave him the edge over other colleagues who didn’t pay much attention to preparation but rather tackling the problems as and when they arose during the day.

Have you prepared well for Work today? Have you prepared for the whole week? What challenges might crop up and how are you going to deal with them?

PREPARATION is KEY to success in every field of work.
Work hard but PREPARE BETTER.

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