Vol 14, Issue No. 04 – April 2014

Magic of Enthusiasm

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief goals of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” –Charles Kingsley 


When I think about the impact of enthusiasm, I recall that the original use of the word meant “having the god within” (Greek ‘entheos’). Keeping in mind that ‘god’ was thought of as the powerful-without-limit creator.

On the flip side, another view of the word was “possessed.” It meant that you had given over your senses and could no longer perceive reality.

So you could be crazy or passionate, motivated or a maniac. And the boundary can be a thin line. As is true in everything in this world, I’m finding, the optimum is usually between the two extremes. But it is only when we become
aware of those two defining points, can we determine our preferred position.

Enthusiasm is the difference between caring and not caring, between interest and disinterest. Enthusiasm is energy motivated. Energy is the capability for doing work. When you work and play you draw upon energy stored within your body.

The energy that makes organizations move, depends upon ‘individual’ enthusiasm. Leaders with bright ideas and the ability to inspire high thought and action in others are the main generators of energy. Their individual brand of enthusiasm rubs off onto other people and inspires them towards greater achievement. They are effective generators because they filter out the negativity which transcends through casual channels.

There are untapped sources of energy within all of us. When we tap our energy supply we become more dynamic, more productive and consequently more successful. Psychic energy combined with physical energy is a mighty power that can elevate your present position in life and bring most of what you desire through expanded personal production and creative accomplishment.

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Featured Articles
Team Leadership The Manager’s Role

There has been much made of the importance of teams in the workplace. Whether you are implementing TQM, or just want to increase effectiveness or employee morale, developing effective cohesive teams is a good tactic. But teams ain’t simple. We are going to devote the PSM supplement to examining some principles related to team-building with particular emphasis on the role of the manager or supervisor. 

What Is A Team?

Mark Sanborn, an expert on teams, outlines a few characteristics of a team.

First, Sanborn defines a team as being composed of a highly communicative group of people. Poor communication means no team. Second, Sanborn suggests that a team must have members with different backgrounds, skills and abilities, so that the team can pool these things to be effective.

In other words a team with no diversity in it will be unlikely to work in an innovative fashion. Third, and perhaps most importantly, a team must have a shared sense of mission. Whether we are talking about a temporary work improvement team, or a branch, all members must share the sense of mission. Fourth, a team must have clearly identified goals. A team must be able to gauge its success, and know what it is trying to accomplish.

How Does A Team Differ From A Work Group?

Sanborn suggests the following differences:

On Competition:
Work groups tend to compete inwardly, with members competing against each other for favour, recognition, etc. High performing teams compete, but with those outside the organization.

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The Winning Mindset

Are you unhappy when others are succeeding? Does your success seem dependent on someone else’s failure? 

“Keeping up with the Joneses” is an expression that is commonly used to describe the attitude of always wanting to keep up with the neighbours in terms of possessions and wanting to have the things that our neighbours have.

Envy is another word that can be used to describe this frame of mind. This is a very appropriate word because it encompasses greed, jealousy, resentment and a strong desire for something somebody else has, usually at whatever cost.

The Winning Mindset – origins

Unfortunately, it is an attitude that is widespread, not only in Zambia, but all over the world. Throughout our childhood and most of our adult life, competition is the order of the day. Right from our school days we are taught that our self worth is measured in relation to other people.

At school, our grading system gives you a number at the end of the term. If you “pass number one” that means you are the best in your class. If you “pass number 25” that means there are 24 other kids that are better than you are. So if you want to be number one and “win” you must make sure that all the other kids “lose” and pass number two or more.

Wait a minute though, why can’t all the kids in class pass number one? Why must we compare one child to another? A simple pass or fail remark on the report card might be sufficient without necessarily stating numbers. Unfortunately for children, parents take these numbers very seriously.

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Editor’s Choice

Book of the Month / Previous Workshop / Psyche’s Realm

The Psychology Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

by: Nigel Benson, Joannah Ginsburg


All the big ideas, simply explained – an innovative and accessible guide to the study of human nature

The Psychology Book clearly explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in this fascinating field of science. How does the brain remember faces? What makes us choose one decision over another? Where does language come from?

With the use of powerful and easy-to-follow images, quotations from all the major thinkers, and explanations that are easily understandable, this book demystifies hard-to-grasp concepts and shows how these have shaped our knowledge of the human mind. All the schools of psychology are covered from cognitive to behavioural psychology making this ideal for students or for anyone with a general interest in this popular area.

If you’re fascinated by the human mind then The Psychology Book will get you thinking.

ISBN-10: 0061687456
ISBN-13: 978-0061687457

A Glimpse of Intek’s Previous Workshops

Psyche’s Realm: Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is an exercise with numerous benefits. It is proven to be an effective way of enhancing quality of life by improving physical, mental, and emotional well being. Meditation techniques are constantly undergoing scientific scrutiny. Research often provides new insights about the effects of meditation on the mind/body. It’s not just one particular method that has proven to be helpful either – benefits have been shown through the practice of a variety of techniques.

Engaging in meditative activities can provide many of the health benefits that are discussed below.

Meditation benefits your brain

1 – Improved mood and working memory – even under stress.

Meditation is not an activity designed to take us away from the problems of life, rather it helps us face them with our full capacity. Everybody has to deal with stress at some point. Whether it is work, school, or family life, our ability to deal with circumstances is sometimes pushed to the limit. Dealing with circumstances that seem beyond your control can result in negative mood, anxiety, or chronic stress. New studies have proven that meditation actually improves mood and working memory; even in times of extreme pressure.

2 – Alleviate mental distractions

Training the mind to stay focused is a major motivation for practicing meditation. Brain scans show that experienced meditators process distracting thoughts with ease, then quickly return to a state of focus. Fortunately the rewards of meditation practice don’t take years to cultivate. In a recent study it was shown that less than a week of practice resulted in significant improvement of cognitive abilities across a range of tests.

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Cross Cultural Awareness

Global Non-Verbal Signals – Nigeria & Sudan

  • People in Nigeria always try very hard to please their guests, thus they are congenial and hospitable and respect punctuality.
  • The most common greeting is a handshake with a warm, welcoming smile.
  • Address people initially by their academic, professional or honorific title and their surname.
  • Friends may address each other in a variety of ways: the title and the first name, the first name alone, the surname alone, or a nickname.
  • Always wait until invited before using someone’s first name.
  • Among the Yoruba ethnic group, an important guest will be greeted by applause.
  • The Yorubas will wink at their children if they want them to leave the room.
  • A gift for the children is always a nice touch.
  • Gifts should be given using the right hand only or both hands. Never use the left hand only.
  • At Ramadan, it is customary for Muslims to give gifts of food and fruit.
  • A vulgar gesture in Nigeria is called the “hand push”, wherein the hand is held forward at shoulder or head level, with the fingers spread.
  • Shake hands at the beginning and end of meetings.
  • To rush a greeting is extremely rude; spend time inquiring about the other person’s general well-being.
  • Business cards are exchanged without formal ritual.
  • It is a good idea to include any advanced university degree on your business card.
  • Make certain that your title is prominently displayed.


  • Sudanese people tap each other shoulders twice or hug when they greet, that if they know very well.
  • Always call older men uncle and older women aunt.
  • Expect to bargain for everything you want to buy.
  • When a patient is admitted to the hospital, it is a social obligation for friends and family to visit.
  • Men in Sudan wear casual business clothes on a daily basis.
  • Some men wear Jalabiya (which is a wide, ankle- long gown, and its usually white); it is the traditional clothing for men.
  • Women should always wear conservative clothes, mostly skirts.
  • Women garments should have sleeves, and dress length should be below the knee.
  • In Sudan people do not use last name, they just use their first name.
  • The official language is Arabic, but there are so many tribal languages.
  • Arab customs prevail in the North of the country, where handshakes are warm and gentle.
  • Good friends of the same gender may embrace one another. However, men will only shake a woman’s hand if she offers her hand first. Actually, a man should not touch a woman in public.
  • Avoid showing the bottom of your shoe to another person.
  • Some women wear a skirt and in top of that a white Toab (it is like bed sheet and it comes it different colors.)
  • Sudanese hosts tend to be very hospitable and regard treating guests with generosity and warmth as a point of personal honor.
  • Not a lot of people speak English, they might know how to read and write in English but they might never have the chance to practice it. If they speak English, they probably speak with a British accent.
  • Shake hands when greeting and make eye contact with the person and shake hands again upon leaving.
  • Sudanese people stand close to each other during a conversation.



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