Giving as a leadership paradox

Date: 06 October 2016

Today my run took me to UPenn again and it go me thinking about the transformation that I want and the Africa WE want……I have concluded that I have to offer my life to changing livelihoods in Africa. Better education, better health, better resources, better disposable incomes, better worker’s welfare etc. for fellow Africans. These will all have to be done by the private sector not for charity but for a return. To many, this is still a paradox and doubting Thomases are still wondering how I will manage to pull the private sector to this noble course. On my side, I have concluded that it is doable and that it boils to giving/generosity. But wait a minute, there is another paradox……. generosity is paradoxical! Those who give, receive back in turn. By spending ourselves for others’ well-being, we enhance our own. In letting go of some of what we own, we better secure our own lives. By giving ourselves away, we ourselves move toward greater flourishing. This is not only a philosophical or religious teaching; it is a sociological fact. This is what is going to happen to companies. As they give more in the form of corporate sustainability (planet and people) they will receive more in the form of profits.

In our own life, giving is like love, we increase the love we have by giving it away. When we give to other people, we often then find that we also benefit more.The dynamic requires really giving to others selflessly. Giving must be genuine, and then when it is, the normal, bigger consequences of giving tend to follow. 
This kind of remind me to the song….. “Whatsoever you do to the least of your brothers, that you do unto me!” and it is really about blessing. My encouragement is that, let us open our door to help others and by doing so we will gain substantial value. 
Back to our project and the movement, this will have to be the thinking to make it to the next level….I am therefore calling for action to all the citizens, again we the people to get engaged and move the movement to the next level. 

This David Eisenhower, Grand son to president Eisenhower while addressing the fellows commented that what matters is not what you did….. what matters is what did you become and how many people did you help. Hence I also did my act by giving him a MasaaiShuka on behalf of all the USA and Africa fellows… what a timely message!