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Flying Geese



Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life."

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut way all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, 'He's a dead man.'

"I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breathe and yelled, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them. 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.

You have 2 choices now:

1. save or delete this mail from your mail box.
2. forward it to anyone you care about.

* Hope you will choose choice 2.

You will thrive!




Our firm is an international multi-disciplinary consultancy outfit involved in providing personal and corporate consulting, motivational and skill development training and other services to the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy. Our focus is to help organizations brave up to the challenges and dynamism required in the management and administration of human and material resources.




Building world-class business professional




Think today, thrive tomorrow


Our mission in Private word Int’l could be summarized thus:


         To add value to human lives through the use of the mind and capturing of imagination


         To contribute to the human resources development of our clients by enhancing their skills through training intervention in various aspects of operation and technical development.


         To promote excellence in organizational management







Theme: Managing at the speed of Time


What’s in it for me!


Quite a lot! Participants at this fun-packed, highly practical session will learn how to

  • Give positive feedback
  • Effective emotion management
  • Practice how to give constructive feedback
  • Effective decision making
  • Manage conflict and handle difficult situations
  • Facilitate, guide, and close discussions in one-on-one or group settings
  • Give and receive feedback without putting others on the defensive
  • Build on and credit other people’s ideas
  • Improve teamwork and productivity within the work unit to achieve common goals
  • Prevent misunderstanding by determining what people are really saying
  • Define and set up a method to track subordinates’ activities
  • Managing deadline with subordinate.
  • Discovering the unrevealed.


Seminar fee: N20, 000:00 (Including 5% VAT).





The Managerial Coaching Skill Workshop will be facilitated by Prof. Pat Utomi, The Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Business School, Mr Don OKhuofu, M.D Ecobank, Engr. Charles Aladewolu, The Executive Director, Centre for Business success and Alex Larry, The Chief Executive Officer, Private word International.


Time:                10am to 5pm


Date:                Saturday October 29th 2005


Venue:                Regency Hall (Otunba Jobi Fele Avenue, M.K.O Abiola Garden, Hill side).



Duration of training:          - One day


And can you beat these offers!

Free copies of the Training Audio Cds for Companies who sponsor (Three and Above) Persons and 10%

Discount for registration before 15th October 2005.


Take Action!

You cannot afford to miss this life-changing Workshop for anything! Get on board and learn to be the leader every one sort after.


PAYMENT TERM: All payment should be made directly into our Diamond Bank Account 0272010006310 in Favor of Private word international. Send a confirmation via SMS (08037887583 0r 08023371391) with information of your full Name, Office address, Phone Number, E-mail Address.



Yours Faithfully,



Alex Larry-CEO

For: Private word Int’l           


Think today, thrive tomorrow…



You cannot afford to miss this life-changing Workshop for anything! Get on board and learn to be the leader every one sort after.


We invite you to visit us or attend an event. Our members are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the organization and how you can join.

The Administrator, Private word International, 1B, Adegbeyeni Street, Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.

Tel: 793 4274, 0803 788 7583 and 0805 520 5752,