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  • The 8 Missing Critical Needs for Zimbabwe's Successful Economic Recovery!

    Here Are The Eight Missing Critical Elements Zimbabwe Needs in the Search for a Winning Solution for Zimbabwe’s Economic Recovery:


    Written By Simon Bere

    For a country regarded as one with probably the highest literacy levels on the continent to be entangled in a devastating economic situation for close to twenty years is a big misnomer if not a slap in the face of education.

    The main purpose of education is supposed to empower individuals and society with the capacity to solve their problems, continuously improve their lives and overcome what the uneducated societies are unsurmountable. Education is even supposed to give a society or nation the capacity to effectively compete with other societies and nations and gain its own economic space. Education is supposed to be the vehicle for economic development. 

    This is not what is in Zimbabwe today.

    For a person from outside Zimbabwe and without the inner details of things, the economic situation in Zimbabwe may sound all too political and nothing else. There is no doubt that political harmony and normalisation of relations with the global community will add impetus to Zimbabwe’s economic progress. What is flawed is believing that political resolution is all that the country needs to solve its economic problems. There is way more to Zimbabwe’s economic challenges beyond the theory of global and internal politics.

    Here are some missing 12 missing elements:

    1. The Need for a Long-Range Economic Master Plan: For a long time, apart from a brief phase when the country talked about Vision 2020, Zimbabwe has been using five-year economic plans to drive its economy forward. 

    Regrettably, the country has not been able to follow through with any of its plans, measure its successes and then build another five-year economic plan based on the previous. 

    The economic plans have always been conceived as part of election manifestos and interest on follow-through has traditionally suddenly dropped once elections were over. Not only that, every election cycle has come up with a completely different economic plan. This is a major challenge in planning, as it leads to cycles instead of a consistent trajectory creates sustained growth.

    In the strategy cycles, we have always argued that Zimbabwe desperately needs a long-range economic master plan. This master plan can have a fifty-year horizon or, if bold enough, a hundred-year time horizon. This is, in fact, separating the country’s economy from the past and the present and creation of a new economic future for the country. 

    One of the biggest advantages is that such a master plan provides for all generations present and coming to galvanise on one common desired future to which they can contribute in series, some carrying on from where others leave it. With the long-range master plan in place, political parties can then contest on what they will do in the next five years to contribute to the attainment of the master plan and how. This will maintain economic direction. 

    Of course, the master plan can continuously be improved depending on ground realities and the global forces.

    The process of creating and managing the long-range economic master plan can be called visionary economic management, which is the highest level without which it will be a struggle for Zimbabwe to shirt towards a path of sustained economic growth and prosperity. 

    In fact, the recommendation is a four level, hierarchical, simultaneous economic management model:

    1. Visionary economic management.
    2. Strategic economic management.
    3. Operational economic management.
    4. Tactical economic management.

    In this model, the long-range, the medium term and the short term are all operated at the same time by different teams and the four levels. It is different from the linear approach of starting with the short and hoping to them move to the medium term and finally to the long term.
    The 8 Missing Critical Needs for Zimbabwe's Successful Economic Recovery!

    2. The Need of a Complete Process from Problem to Solution and from Plan to Desired Results: Legend has it that Zimbabweans are very good at coming up with brilliant plans but fail dismally at the implementation of those plans. Given the number of economic plans and blueprints that have been crafted but never survived beyond official launch, this may actually be true. The most important strategic question to ask is;

    Why does Zimbabwe fail to follow through with its economic plans and blueprints?

    I will argue here that the first reason why Zimbabwe fails is most likely due to a lack of well-defined guiding process for translating plans into practical actions and then the practical actions into results. In other words, Zimbabwe seems to excel and “the what of things” and then struggle on the how, the process.
    The 8 Missing Critical Needs for Zimbabwe's Successful Economic Recovery!
    There is some generic process used to deliver results in strategy. The simplest is a six-step process-asses situation, think, plan, act, measure results and review and adjust performance and strategy. Another popular and effect process is the vision, image, strategy, performance, alignment, resourcing, action, results in measurement and strategy and performance review and adjustment. The use of processes to guide people from ideas to action and from problem to solve is the cornerstone of success especially in science and in other high-performance disciplines. The same tools are underutilised in Zimbabwe, leading to many stillborn economic plans and blueprints.

    3. The Need for Skills and Capacity: The second major reason why Zimbabwe’s economic plans execute poorly or fail to execute is lack of skills and capacity. First, when the country produces economic plans and blueprints, serious questions are not asked and answer on the skills and capacity required to drive those economic plans successfully. There is an assumption that there are enough skills and capacity in the country to drive the plan and turn it into action that will lead to results. The other question that is never asked is who exactly is going to do what to make things happen with the economic plan.

    While talking about this, it is important to highlight a skills audit done by the government which concluded that Zimbabwe has skills deficits in many areas. I tend to agree with that. First, it is important to clear a common confusion between knowledge and skills. High literacy levels do not necessarily equate to high levels of skills. It is easy to very articulate in an area, for example, marketing or leader and lacks the marketing or leadership skills at the same time. Skills are the capacity to do. Knowledge is about awareness and understanding. The two often work together but they are different.

    There is another element of capacity and skill to discuss. Most of the skills that the skills survey targeted are academic and subject matter skills. The survey did not include critical skills such as thinking skills including strategic thinking skills, leadership skills, critical thinking, emotional skills, managerial skills, entrepreneurial skills and organisational skills that are so vital for economic recovery and growth.

    The bottom line regarding skills is that any organisation can produce a brilliant plan, but if what the plan requires for successful implementation is beyond the available skills and capacity, that plan is doomed at birth. The only way to make a plan succeed is also to acquire or develop the skills and capabilities required to implement it.

    4. The Government-Private Sector Binary Approach: The government-private sector binary economic management model is a major flaw that contributes to the failure to drive the economy forward. According to this model, the government and the private sector are the two critical economic players. 

    In other words, the fate and destiny of the economy lie in the hands of the two players and so the government excessively relies on the private which it sees as the only important part for economic development and growth. Here is the problem:

    1. The private sector is composed largely of business owners who are intensely interested in preserving their economic value. Private sector players are by large extremely busy running their enterprises and may not have enough energy and time to commit wider economic issues especially those that are futuristic and might adversely affect their current enterprises. Most private sector players are concerned with the present with a special focus on how they can survive and thrive at the moment. But shift the economy from the current to where it should require thinking beyond the present and investing huge amounts of time and energy in creating the future that may be radically different from the present and might actually sink some of the existing entities that belong to the present day private sector players.

    2. In many cases, the private sector players may shy away from engaging government in a brutally honest way for fear of being victimised economically. They may play the “good guy” with government and deceive it, making the situation worse for everyone.

    3. The private sector, being too busy running their entities may not have the time and energy in research and development, in the creation of the new that is a must for economic advancement, in the accurate assessment of the situation and in the generation of credible and powerful solutions for extracting the economic from where it is to where it must be.

    Instead of the government-private sector binary model which is inherently weak, Zimbabwe needs a more robust economic management model which also brings two critical players into the core of economic management. These two players are

    1. Philosophers, Original Thinkers, Theorists and Strategists (The POTTS)
    2. The technocrats, intellectuals, teachers, academics and specialists (The TITAS)

    One can argue that Zimbabwe’s rate of economic failure was fuelled when the country started dismissing input by academic into economic management by labelling it “bookish” or theory. 

    Yet in reality, books are only a medium for collecting and sharing knowledge and theory is informs the practice. In other words, the quality of the theory used in the attempt at solving a problem or achieving a goal determines whether or not one will succeed in solving the problem or achieve the goal. In that vein, one can argue that the reason why Zimbabwe has not yet succeeded in solving its economic challenges is simply that it has not yet discovered the winning theory for solving the problem. 

    In the same vein, one can also argue that Zimbabwe will not be able to successfully resolve its economic challenges until the country discover the correct, accurate and comprehensive theory for doing so. Between them, the POTTS and the TITAS are the best places to provide the critical invisible philosophical, theoretical, analytical, innovation and strategic input into the economy, enabling government and the private sector to thrive and survive and propelling the economy forward towards prosperity and growth.

    5. The Lack of an Integrated Planning and Execution Approach: The economy is a multivariable system defined by the following and distribution of goods, ideas and services within the society. The challenge is that the way the economy is structure can deceive us into thinking that the economy is made of many disintegrated elements. Even the government ministry approach which is supposed to improve performance can actually undermine economic success is the ministries operate like independent silos within the economy. Synchronised, integrated, thinking, synchronised integrated planning and synchronised integrated execution are irreplaceable from success, the reason why Zimbabwe must operate like one powerful economic machine with one powerful team of teams if the country is to make it.

    6. The Need for a Strategic Approach: Although the strategic approach is an integral part of integrated thinking, planning and action, I singled out the strategic approach because of how vital the strategy of things is for success. It is not by accident that strategy originated in the military wherein war the stakes are high and loss of human life is a real possibility. Sadly very few in the corporate and economic worlds are deeply interested in strategy to understand its vitality and the implications of ignoring it or paying lip service. Strategy and leadership are one and the same thing in the military and yet in other spheres of life that borrowed strategy, they mutilated it and dismembered strategy, taking the lead away. The results are we have many people in a leadership position who have been robbed of the critical insight that strategy is the main key result area of leadership in every discipline and situation.

    The mere shifting of dealing with a situation from the reactive or tactical approach to the strategic approach dramatically shifts everything else and maybe the decisive factor between the fate and destiny of an economy. This is so important is we remind ourselves that the purpose of a strategy is to produce the best theory to guide action to achieve desired goals as quickly as possible with the least loss of time, assets and resources. The strategy seeks to bring efficiency, preservation and effectiveness is the execution of plans and programs for solving problems and achieving goals.

    7. Poor Leadership Model: While everyone agrees with the adage that everything rises and falls on leadership, definition, meaning and understanding within the Zimbabwean society of what leadership is all about is so varied and even so flawed that to claim to understand the meaning of the adage that it rises and falls on leadership becomes contradictory. 

    In the context of many, leader and leadership are one and the same thing. When there is the talk of leadership deficiency of leadership failure, the majority quickly relate this to a specific individual or individuals in positions of authority. 

    There is a common but sad misunderstanding that being in a position of authority is what leadership is all about, the expectation that it is only the people in positions of authority who are supposed to lead. The result is that everyone else will easily blame leadership failure on those in positions of authority because authority is confused with leadership. The truth of the matter is, in practical terms, leadership is everyone’s business and leadership success and failure cannot be possibly be attributed to single individuals or group. 

    The truth is leadership is not about positions of authority. Leadership is a shared responsibility. Everyone in the economy has a leadership role and no single individual can produce leadership success especially in a big and complex system such as an economy. In any functional society and economy, there are at least seven dimensions of leadership and five levels of leadership (Visionary, Strategic, Operational and Tactical) that must operate synchronously.

    The point here is that for Zimbabwe to succeed, the country must develop the best possible leadership model for driving the economy forward. The current theory of leadership is defective and will lead the country nowhere. Also, the country needs a serious leadership capacity building program so that there are effective leaders in all dimensions especially in the political, economic, business, organisational and technical domains of the economy. 

    It is important to emphasis!

    8. The Need for High Levels of Organisation: In one of the senses, a strategy is a way of organising resources to produce a predetermined result as efficiently and as effectively as possible. People are one of the most important resources that need to be organised to deliver success. A nation may have all the skills and resources it needs to succeed economically, but if there is disorganisation especially of the people, then there will be no success. Zimbabwe suffers severely because of predominant cultures of competing and of individualism instead of organising themselves into a high powered team of teams pursuing a common economic vision.

    Certainly, this is not the full solution for Zimbabwe’s economic recovery, neither is it a replacement of the current efforts but the government and other players. However, these soft invisible issues cannot be ignored, neither can they be trivialised without severely undermined the country’s capacity for a speedy economic recovery and return to prosperity and growth. The theory is practical. A strategy is vital. Philosophy is the centre of practical success. 

    The meta economics determines economics.

    ©Simon Bere, 2019 simonsbere@gmail.com
  • How To Pray For The Seven Mountains Of Influence In Zimbabwe and Africa

    If you are looking for a strategic and effective way to pray for Zimbabwe and Africa, there are seven areas that need your faith and prayers. 

    Read this article to find out how to pray for the seven mountains of influence in Zimbabwe and Africa!

    If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

    As citizens of Zimbabwe, and believers in Jesus Christ, we are called by God to humble ourselves and pray for righteousness in our culture. If we, as God’s people, seek His face and His right way of doing things, He promises to heal our land.

    The enemy has attacked our nation and culture from every direction, making it difficult to know where to even start. A simple way of approaching it is this— there are seven distinct cultural areas, or “mountains,” that shape and influence our culture and nation. 

    Those people at the top of each mountain are the gatekeepers of that particular influence. The more righteous people at the top of each mountain, the more righteousness will reign in our country.

    According to Deuteronomy 28:13, we are to be “the head and not the tail.” We, as Christians, are to be reigning in life, which includes these seven areas—not to lord over others, but to love and serve them through righteousness. 

    Benjamin Rush said, “Nothing can be politically right that is morally wrong.” There is a lot morally wrong in these seven mountains of influence, and that is why we, the Christians, are needed in this hour.

    When you pray for the seven mountains of influence and godly leaders to rise up within each cultural sphere, you are attacking the enemy’s plan in that particular realm and taking back the dominion that rightfully belongs to us, as Christians. 

    How To Pray For The Seven Mountains Of Influence In Zimbabwe and Africa
    As David Barton said, we must “move that seven-mountain philosophy forward [and] take God’s principles into all aspects of life.”

    To be most effective when you pray for the seven mountains of influence, you can target specific areas where change is needed the most. Below are the seven mountains of influence in Zimbabwe and Africa and prayer targets, so you can pray with boldness and faith:

    1. Government: First Timothy 2:1-3 says that we are to pray, intercede and give thanks for kings and all people in authority. This is God’s command to every believer today. 

    This means we are to pray for all people in authority, whether we agree with them or not. You can pray that all leaders will make righteous and godly decisions. 

    Praying for leaders, even when we don’t think they are doing the right things, is productive toward God’s plan and purpose for our nation. Proverbs 21:1 says the heart of a king is in the hand of the Lord. He can turn it however He wants, so your prayers are important.

    While praying for those who are already in authority, we must also pray for more godly men and women to rise up and take their place in positions within government across our nation. “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice” (Proverbs 29:2). Pray that those Christians God has chosen will heed the call and run for office. Pray that they will be elected even against strong opposition.

    Finally, pray that the Spirit of the Lord and His wisdom will be upon all the following:

    - Federal Government: Executive, legislative and judicial branches.
    - State Government: Executive, legislative and judicial branches.
    - Local Government: Executive, legislative and judicial branches, as well as police and first responders.
    - Military: Pray for leaders, divine protection for our troops, and courage and dependence on God.

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    How To Pray For The Seven Mountains Of Influence In Zimbabwe and Africa
    2. Media: Whether we like it or not, the media influences our culture greatly. Seen as the main source of information, the media has the power to sway viewpoints to match its own. The devices used are often cunning and many lack integrity.

    With that in mind, pray that the media will be truth bearers and contributors to unity. Pray that they will build up, rather than tear down. Then, rebuke the enemy from his work within the media, and tear down evil foundations with spiritual authority.

    Pray for godly people to rise up in the area of media and become producers, station owners, anchors and reporters. Pray that the influence of the godly will outweigh that of the wicked.

    Have faith and believe God for a supernatural turnaround in our country’s media outlets!

    3. Arts and Entertainment: The mountain of influence encompassing arts and entertainment includes television, movies, video games, magazines and books. 

    Most of these means of entertainment find their way into every Zimbabwean home, and they have a great influence on our culture. What we consume through our eyes and ears is what we will begin to believe and even act on. Through these channels of entertainment, messages about marriage, sex, family and politics are sent to every watching eye and listening ear. 

    Their aim? To change Zimbabwe's’ view of what is and is not acceptable in mainstream society.

    Sadly, the messages most often sent via these outlets are negative and ungodly. They instil fear, hate, violence, lust and sin into the hearts of people everywhere. 

    That is why we must pray for the pulling down of demonic entertainment and the uprising of Christ-centered television, games, books and magazines, and movies. Through prayer, we must go to war against the blatant celebration of ungodly values and sin, and those who call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).

    Pray that the Bible will rise up as the standard for behaviour and beliefs in our nation, and come against the forces of darkness that are permeating arts and entertainment.

    Finally, pray that Christians will rise up to become movie producers, magazine editors, authors, video game creators and actors. Pray that they will stand for righteousness and not be pulled down by the evil influences around them. Pray for a shift to righteousness in the entertainment world.

    4. Business: Business is powerful in our culture. The free market system is one that is given to us by God, enabling us to grow a healthy economy and build personal wealth. This mountain is important, as, without finances, none of the other mountains can grow.

    With that in mind, pray for kingdom-minded leaders to rise to the top of big businesses as CEOs, and that they will be among those who have the greatest influence. 

    Let the godly rise to the top of each industry and be leaders of integrity and creators of economic blessing. 

    Let them be givers of resources to the community, and speak boldly for righteousness without fear.

    Pray that men and women who are called to be in the marketplace will have a revelation of their high calling and walk in it, being blessed and seeing supernatural increase.

    Pray against the operation of unlawful and ungodly businesses that perpetuate sin and hurt our society, such as the drug and alcohol, abortion, pornography and sex-trafficking industries. Pray that the strongholds keeping these centres for profit in operation will be pulled down in the mighty Name of Jesus.

    5. Education: Satan is after our children. And so are those with evil, unbiblical agendas in this world. The indoctrination of children at a young age is the goal of many who live against the Word of God. More and more, we are seeing children being taught morality according to those who stand against everything the Bible represents, while God has been driven further and further from our schools. 

    From ungodly curricula to the silencing of Christian students, education is under assault.

    When you pray, ask that God will be brought back into our schools. 

    Pray that more Christian teachers will enter the classrooms and be bold in their faith. 

    Pray that Christian parents will stand against evil curriculums and be a voice. 


    Pray for a shift in thinking within educational institutions and that educators will teach the full view of Creation and the truth about God. Ask that God will call believers to be principals, administrators and school board members.

    Pray that prayer and righteousness will once again reign in our classrooms.

    6. Religion: There is a fight for religion—truth—in our nation. Many want to silence Christians and elevate other religions or even universalism to the top of this critical mountain. To be a city on a hill and light in the darkness, you have to be in the right position or no one will see you. To love others is not to step aside and sit quietly in a corner with your beliefs.

    Love rejoices in the truth (1 Corinthians 13:6) and truth speaks; truth doesn’t stand by and watch others go down the wrong path. Truth doesn’t huddle in a corner.

    Our country needs Jesus. Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend,” (KJV). In other words, a friend always tells the truth in love, knowing that it is the truth that makes you free (John 8:32). No—there is not more than one way to heaven. No—there are not many gods. No—it is not acceptable, true or right to participate in another religion. There is ONE way to heaven, ONE way to the Father—JESUS CHRIST.

    It is time we start contending for the right to speak the gospel in every arena as if lives depend on it—because they do.

    Pray for the greatest revival this country and world has ever seen. Pray that we will return to gospel-centred messages and making disciples in the earth. Pray for a spirit of unity in the Church and for the furthering of the gospel to all nations. Pray that our rights to speak the gospel freely will be protected and that we will not be silenced. Pray that there will be no divisions among us and that churches will be led with a spirit of love. Pray that we will become a beacon of hope to a hurting world.

    7. Family: Perhaps the area most under assault is that of the family. The devil seeks to steal, kill and destroy the family unit. Why? Because it is at the core of who we are and what God intends for us to be.

    Satan knows if he goes for the jugular—our family unit—he has us right where he wants us—crumbling and falling apart. Premarital sex, cohabitation, divorce, abuse, neglect, abortion and same-sex marriage are all against the Word of God and a direct assault on the family in Zimbabwe and Africa.

    When you pray, declare that marriage between one man and one woman will remain the foundation of the family in Zimbabwe and Africa. Pray for marriages to be healed and strengthened. Pray against the spirit of divorce and for divorce rates to plummet. 

    Pray that Christian families will understand and engage in spiritual warfare for their families. 

    Pray that Zimbabweans will stand for life and defend the unborn. Pray that fathers will take their place as leaders in the home, renounce family curses, and loose blessing for current and future generations.

    When we all come together in unity and pray for the seven mountains of influence, God will hear our prayers, and we will begin to see a shift in our culture toward righteousness. The earnest prayers of the righteous have great power and produce wonderful results (James 5:16). Let’s take our place in prayer by faith, and see our land healed!
  • Hard Work, Perseverance Pay says Cynthia Chirinda Hakutangwi

    Even great writers like John Keats and George Orwell have endured that austere patch where publishers reject works, critics savage them and readers take years to read them.

    However, that has not discouraged Cynthia Hakutangwi from authoring several works that touch on personal development and her undying passion for Pan-Africanism.

    Her passion for writing, in addition to many other hats she puts on, emanates for her passion to communicate and positively influence communities to bring out the best in themselves.

    “I want to influence positive change among communities.

    “I won't allow people to believe in themselves and unleash their potential so that they can create better communities around themselves,” she recently said.

    Cynthia, who is a communications and personal development consultant, a pastor and an author, was in December crowned the Northern Region 2015 Female Entrepreneur of the Year by Megafast in recognition of her efforts in connecting community needs with resources for empowerment at various levels.

    “I consider myself as a strategic broker who is able to identify and link resources and areas where they are needed most,” she said.

    While she has already earned credit for her strategies in resources broking, Cynthia is equally versatile as a writer.

    “Intelligent Conversations,” one of her more ambitious works, deals with how Africans secure the future by asking the right questions, aligning their beliefs, thoughts, perceptions and actions to greatness.

    “There are so many resources in Africa that we can use to better our situation and take us to another level. However, for us to maximise on those resources, we would need to engage in intelligent conversations, build synergies and strategies so that we can achieve our mission,” she said.

    Her passion to engage people in conversations related to their personal development has also seen her produce several films and documentaries whose messages provoke people and institutions to move out of their comfort zones and create trans-generational solutions.

    “The tragedy of Africa is lack of documentation. My heart bleeds when I realise valuable information lying around that has not been documented,” Cynthia said.

    “In every generation, there is a wealth of information that is being destroyed or being lost ours without passing it on to the next generation, when we should be employing the baton technique to preserve our narratives.”

    Cynthia says she chose to become a writer and a personal development trainer after realising her that she utilises her public speaking skills to impart knowledge to the largest audience possible.

    “I developed good public speaking skills during my school days, as a mechanism to deal with self-low esteem, having had a very difficult childhood.

    Conscious of her strong rural background and limited exposure, Cynthia would spend most of her time reading different books and make up for her deficiency on issues that her peers well familiar with.

    “With no exposure to city life, having grown up in Chivhu, reading was my only passport to attain knowledge on issues that I was not familiar with.

    “I would read everything and that shaped and fine-tuned my knowledge on a number of issues. Through reading, I could travel to places I had never been and still attain the same satisfaction.

    It was also during that time that Cynthia realised that she wanted to be an influential person, so she started working on her public speaking skills, to strengthen her communication skills.

    That decision meant that she had to be actively involved in different public speaking forums and writing clubs, to further consolidate her resolution.

    With her siblings cheering her on in her newly found passion, Cynthia’s passion in becoming an influential figure was further strengthened and by the then Queen Elizabeth School headgirl, Lindiwe Sileya’s unrelenting leadership skills.

    “I was so inspired by her powerful presence whenever she stood up to address the girls, or read out the riot act. I vowed that one day I would be like her,” said Cynthia.

    After finishing school, she enrolled for a course in marketing while working for a corporate organisation.

    After finishing her course and equipped with corporate experience, Cynthia registered her company Traincor Business Consultants in 2004.

    The company offered marketing consultancy services, organizational strategy design and human capital solutions.

    That decision laid the foundation for her career in personal development training and writing. Starting her own company also gave birth to her passion for motivational speaking, where she focuses on creating tarns-generational solutions among other issues.
    Hard Work, Perseverance Pay says Cynthia Chirinda Hakutangwi

    “Intelligent conversations are critical in laying the foundation for our future,” said Cynthia.

    “Solutions that we need for our problems as individuals, nations and communities are not far away from us, but might be with the next person seating to you,” said Cynthia who also serves as a pastor at New Life Covenant church under Bishop Tudor and Pastor Chichi Bismark.

    A firm believer in women’s empowerment, Cynthia says women need to brand themselves to ensure that they are strategically positioned for leadership positions.

    “From the time that I was in primary school up to this day, I have met awesome and intelligent women who should be holding powerful positions in the country, sadly that has not been the case.

    “They are competent, intelligent, powerful and hardworking, but they don’t get the recognition they deserve. It is simply because leadership in women has not been cultivated.

    “That can only happen through training,” she said.

    With perseverance and hard work, women are unstoppable, says Cynthia.
  • Check These 25 Serious Questions To Ask Your Boyfriend

    Getting into a love relationship is by no means easy. There are so many issues at stake, including one’s lifetime happiness and commitment. 

    There is a need for people involved to take every step necessary with the importance and scrutiny that it deserves. One simple way to do so is to ask your partner a mixture of both soft and hard questions and see how he responds to them all. 

    Observation is key in noting the reactions and tone to be used in responses. In this episode, we look at the typical questions that a girl can ask her boyfriend for some answers.
    Check These 25 Serious Questions To Ask Your Boyfriend

    1. What are the two biggest lessons you have learnt from your previous relationships?

    2. What would be your ideal perfect day constitute?

    3. What did you learn a little too late in your life?

    4. Which two gross and unhygienic things do people do that bother you?

    5. Which habit do you have that you think other people may not enjoy?

    6. What areas are you too hard on yourself?

    7. Have you ever slept with someone before? If so, how many people?

    8. Have you ever been married or engaged? If so, why did you leave your partner(s)?

    9. What do most people overestimate or underestimate about you?

    10. How often do you feel like utterly worn down?

    11. What is something you should probably do, but will never do?

    12. What is the best thing about how your parents raised you?

    13. What do you most look forward to about getting old?

    14. What is something you tried really hard to like but just couldn’t?

    15. What is the biggest sign of weakness in a person?

    16. What makes you different from most people?

    17. What was the worst mistake you have made in your life? A mistake that turned out really well.

    18. If money was not a problem, where would you live?

    19. Who is the most toxic person you have ever known?

    20. What makes you nervous?

    21. What makes you angrier than normal?

    22. What is the most difficult task you have ever attempted? And did you succeed?

    23. What were the last two books that you read?

    24. How do you feel about pets and animals?

    25. Which movie was so sad to you that you will never watch it again?
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    About Tapiwa Zuze Tapiwa has been employed as an Aviation Accountant since 2008, specialising more in Management Accounting, Strategy Formulation and Implementation. He has vast experience in using the SAP Accounting System; working more in the Controlling (CO) module, and partially in Financial Accounting (FI) and Materials Management (MM) modules.

    Leadership Exposure: Tapiwa Zuze is an ADMINISTRATOR by calling; and an ACCOUNTANT by profession.

    He is an esteemed Bible-Believing MINISTER of the Word, a CONFERENCE SPEAKER, a LEADERSHIP COACH, upcoming AUTHOR of various leadership books and articles, and a BLOGGER on various administrative, accounting and leadership topics.
  • Let’s Appreciate The Sacrifices Of Our Parents

    Every human being was born of a biological mother and a biological father. You did not have the option to choose these parents; God, in His infinite wisdom, just gave them to you. 

    You might have grown up with or without your biological parents for whatever reasons, but you were brought into this world by them. You have biological parents; I have them too.

    As we grow up as children, we tend to compare our family setups by those around us. We tend to judge the success or failure of our parents by the standards of our next-door neighbours. 
    Let’s Appreciate The Sacrifices Of Our Parents
    We tend to wish if our friend’s parents were our parents! Because within the context of our limited judgements, we tend to think that our parents ‘are not doing enough for us’. We tend to see them as ‘failures’ in our lives. Ummm, is that really the correct assessment?

    However, the majority of the people who harbour this type of thinking, later on, repent when they become biological parents themselves. It is only then that they realise parenting was never, is never and will never be an easy task! 

    It takes God’s grace to raise up children, and a generation that impacts the world. Those parents we think are not doing enough, are actually sacrificing a lot for us in order to make ends meet in this world. 

    There is so much at stake in parenting and parenthood.


    About Tapiwa Zuze Tapiwa has been employed as an Aviation Accountant since 2008, specialising more in Management Accounting, Strategy Formulation and Implementation. He has vast experience in using the SAP Accounting System; working more in the Controlling (CO) module, and partially in Financial Accounting (FI) and Materials Management (MM) modules.

    Leadership Exposure: Tapiwa Zuze is an ADMINISTRATOR by calling; and an ACCOUNTANT by profession.

    He is an esteemed Bible-Believing MINISTER of the Word, a CONFERENCE SPEAKER, a LEADERSHIP COACH, upcoming AUTHOR of various leadership books and articles, and a BLOGGER on various administrative, accounting and leadership topics.
  • Overcoming The Challenges Of Youthful Life

    God has a very good and glorious destiny for you as a young person. His plan is that you may prosper and have a future. 

    The realization of that destiny however is determined by two things: what you have identified as a thing you must flee from and what you are passionate to pursue in life. The choice is always yours. 

    The Bible, the book of your destiny presents an inexhaustible list of what you should flee from and what you should pursue as a young person.

    Overcoming The Challenges Of Youthful Life
    2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (NKJ).

    “Run from temptations that capture young people. Always do the right thing. Be faithful, loving, and easy to get along with. Worship with people whose hearts are pure” (CEV).

    Your pursuit in life is very important. Your pursuit determines the amount of time and energy you will dispense at every point in time. Your pursuit definitely saps your energy either negatively or positively. Youthful time is a time to make good and godly choices because they have direct consequences on how the future would look like.

    There are things peculiar to youthful time. King Solomon of Israel said:


    “The glory of young men is their strength but the pride of old men is their gray hair”

    Because of the peculiarity of your time, you have a lot of challenges to cope with.

    Let me go straight to the point. You have monsters to contend with as a young man. There are “things” around you that will always crave your attention. There are appetites in you that will always cry for satisfaction mostly at the wrong time. I encourage you to say NO to them (see Titus 2:11). 

    These are things that will sap the energy of your youth and later waste your years on earth.
    Overcoming The Challenges Of Youthful Life
    DEFINITIONS

    Let us consider our text again. The Bible says:

    “Flee also youthful lusts…” “Run from temptations that capture young men…”

    The two keywords are “Flee” and “Lust”
    To flee means to disappear very quickly. It suggests a situation where danger is imminent. The same definition goes for “Run.” When you are asked to flee from something; it leaves no room for asking question or argument.

    Lust is simply a wrongly placed desire or an appetite satisfied in a wrong way. In other words, lust is energy wrongly channeled. In a general sense, lust is a great eagerness or enthusiasm for something. But in a particular sense, it means spurious sexual desire. That is, the strong physical desire to have sex with somebody, usually without associated feelings of love or affection.

    PERCULIAR NATURE OF YOUTH:

    Energetic:
    They are lively generation!
    Under normal circumstances, every young adult is very strong physically, emotionally, and sexually. The normal thing for them is to look for what to engage this strength in unless there is somebody to guide them appropriately. 

    Some invest this strength in sexual immoralities while others utilize theirs in street gangsterism. 

    The reason for several misdemeanors among the youths is simply because of the unguided utilization of youthful strength. Because of this energetic disposition therefore, every young adult has the tendency to be rash in every life issue.
    Inquisitive: They are a searching generation!
    They want answer for everything. They always seek to understand themselves, the world they live in and particularly their role therein. They reject every attempt to be treated as robot. That is why they question everyone and everything that comes their way.
    Adventurous: They are courageous generation!
    They are always interested in trying new things. They are never satisfied with yesterday’s report. They believe that each day comes with new challenge and they love to be the first partaker of it. Every young adult is a potential risk taker.
    Self-confident: They are optimistic generation!
    They believe in their abilities to do all things by themselves. They only believe in you as long as you have interest in what is their interest. This makes them to appear boastful and abusive to adults sometimes.
    Freedom: They are unbridled generation!
    Most young ones don’t love interference. They cherish freedom and rebel out rightly with whatever or whoever wants to cage them. Even within the church they desire freedom and where this is not made possible they look elsewhere.

    THE CHALLENGES OF YOUTHFUL LIFE:
    What then are the youthful lusts? What are those things that always look appealing to a young man but that are very destructive? A critical survey of our environment provides immediate answers. I will like to quickly share few of these things with you, namely:

    1. The challenge of Pornography and sexual addiction:
    Pornography is any depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures, music or writings) intended to cause sexual excitement. It all begins with a thought. And remember “a little seed of bad thought will turn to a bad action which in turn will lead to a bad habit. When bad is consistently indulged, then a bad character is formed”

    Unfortunately, pornography has turned out to be a big business in our days. It has found an easy way into our homes through the internet and mass media. Various advertisements and music industries have no other intention other than to expose young people into the world of sexual excitement. This is one of the lusts God warns the youth to flee from.

    2. The Challenge of Drug Addiction:Another monstrous appetite of the 21st century is drug. The rate at which young people abuse drug is becoming alarming. How adolescents’ use of drugs turn into addiction isn’t a mystery, because progression of drug use follows a fairly predictable pattern. It starts from taking little alcohol to tobacco smoking. Before long they open the gate to stronger ones like marijuana and cocaine.

    3. The Challenge of Mass Media:
    Contemporary youth culture is media driven. Thousand of images of immorality that are being acted out in movies, videos, cables have brought several young ones under some negative influences and have seared their consciences. Worst of all is the perverted use of the internet facilities where they get incessantly exposed to all kind of evils. What you get from all these means are sordid reflections that run contrary to Christian values.

    4. The Challenge of Materialism:
    Our generation is characterized with materialism. Whereas Jesus said “The life of a man does not depend on the abundance of things he possesses”, the pursuit of every young man of our time is how to amass wealth unto himself. The expectation of God is that kingdom minded youths will focus on the kingdom and its righteousness instead of the mundane things that perish with the world.

    WHY DO YOU SAY YES?


    The question that bothers one’s mind is why do young ones get involved in these things? Some of the reasons could be:
    Peer Approval and acceptance: Do you say YES so that you can “belong?”
    Experimentation: Do you say YES just to satisfy your curiosity?
    Media Pressure: Do you say YES because of the influence of a TV star?
    Feelings of being abandoned: Do you say YES because you feel you are lonely?

    OVERCOMING THESE CHALLENGES


    There is the need for you to consciously and carefully say NO when you are confronted with these choices.  But how can one actually live victoriously over these challenges? The Bible presents the answers:

    1. Flee: This suggests self-control. You have got to discipline your sight and your ears. These are the gateways to your mind. Whatever is stored up in your mind is definitely channelled by it. But the Spirit of God can grant you the grace to say NO to whatever may be disastrous to your destiny (Read Titus 2:11; 2 Timothy. 1:7)

    2. Pursue. Always go for whatever is right. Pursue faith, love and peace (Read Galatians 6:7)

    3. Be careful of your association. Move with people who call on God out of a pure heart. Evil company does not only corrupt good manners, but it also destroys good destiny. Be careful of your company (Read Psalm 1)

    4. The need for a Transformed Mind (Col 3: 16; Psalm 119; 9, 11,105):

    Young ones ask yourself these questions: What are some of your biggest influences? Do you find it easy to change the way you think? Normally the way one thinks is a major part of one's makeup. It affects the emotion, actions, heart, and soul. All these go a long way to determine the very essence of who a person is. 

    For this reason, we must ensure that the lives of our young ones are based on the truth. 

    Fortunately, there is absolute truth, and it can be found and defined in the Bible. A lot of young ones have been influenced by so many lies.

    Youthful time is divinely arranged by God to be a useful time. 

    You must ensure it does not become a wasteful time. The divine injunction to the young is to remember their creator while they are still young. When this becomes your preoccupation then you are set to overcome the battle that confronts the young. 

    With this, what Apostle John wrote in 1 John 2:14 becomes a reality in your life!













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