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10 Excuses Top Executives Give About Their Emotional & Mental Health – 1

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Dr. Abiola Salami

As we prepare to host leaders for Dr. Abiola Salami International Leadership Bootcamp in Mombasa, Kenya in June 2024, we consider it important to discuss Emotional and Mental Health (EMH) in leadership this month of May. We started the month by discussing 10 Warning Signs A Leader’s Emotional & Mental Health Might Be At Great Risk. Today, we conclude the discussion with Part 2 of 10 Excuses Top Executives Give About Their Emotional & Mental Health

10 Excuses Top Executives Give About Their Emotional & Mental Health – 1

Excuse #5 – This Is Just The Way I Am

Humans are generally resistant to change even though we talk about it a lot. Many people have adjusted to their traumas and have seemingly built a coping mechanism around such nasty experiences. Seeking professional help for such traumas that have messed up their emotional and mental health for so long would mean, taking off the masks and faux personalities they have carefully built over the years and come face to face with the root of their pain. That’s too much for some top executives, they would rather continue with their lives than deconstruct those layers of alter egos and heal into their authentic selves – hence the lame excuse, “this is just the way I am”. Others are scared to find out who they could become on the other side of getting professional help; they prefer the familiar to the possible.

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Excuse #6 – Everybody Does This

Another excuse bothers on the fallacy of generalization and is usually used in corporate environments where toxicity is entrenched, accepted and a staple. In essence, the ecosystem rewards such bad behaviour that there is no incentive to unlearn it. For example, many top executives don’t see bullying their colleagues from the perspective of having an emotional and mental health challenge because what bullying really speaks to is a lack of a healthy self-image or self-esteem but masked by aggressive behaviour towards others. They rather explain it away by saying that it is how people survive in a space that is akin to a shark-infested water – hence, the best form of defence is attack. Such top executives find solace in the fact that the society is seemingly indifference to their untoward behaviour; so the absence of sanctions or consequences makes them double down on their dysfunctions.

Excuse #7 – It’s Not That Bad

This excuse comes from a perspective of cognitive dissonance and intellectual dishonesty. It’s an attempt by top executives to gaslight people by downplaying the gravity of their emotional and mental health challenges. This view is prejudiced especially coming from business executives because judging by the power dynamics within an organization, they are usually high up the totem pole – which means that there are fewer voices that can challenge such people on the negative impact of their actions on others. It’s very rare to see employees on a much lower cadre, stand up to someone in top management. Even the Human Resource Manager who should be the port of call for those who seek redress are more disposed to protecting their personal interests than ensuring the right thing is down – the lack of moderating influences for top executives eventually hurts them.

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Excuse #8 – I Can Handle It On My Own

This excuse bothers on self-help. Here a top executive believes that he or she can apply DIY-solutions to their emotional and mental health challenges. This excuse is underpinned by expertise in other areas of their lives especially their professional endeavours. These top managers extrapolate success in one or more areas of their lives and use such as metric for determining their ability to solve problems in other areas of their lives. In doing so, they underplay the level of skill that is used by professionals to manage emotional and mental health challenges. It takes a level of respect to acknowledge that just as you are an expert in a particular area of life, someone else is also an expert in another area of life.

Excuse #9 – I Don’t Talk About My Issues To Strangers

For top executives, they are within their rights to be concerned about how much personal information can be shared with third-parties because owing to their being at the helm of affairs, such information could be weaponized by their rivals and used for a smear campaign which could hurt the fortunes of their organization very quickly. However, a simple solution to this is the involvement of legal counsels who will adopt memorandum of understandings, non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses that protects the executive. There is no guarantee that even with familiar faces, personal information would be safe – so seeking professional help for mental health challenges is certainly worth the risks.

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Excuse #10 – All I Need Is God

The overly religious executives who hold extreme views about their faith don’t believe that there is anything wrong with them and to engage in therapy would be to imply that a perfect God didn’t create a perfect human. This puritan view downplays the effectiveness of intervention. Some extreme views even reject interventions such as accepting blood transfusions, taking medications, or engaging in therapy. These top executives embrace a perception of divinity that signifies that “man-made” solutions demean their spirituality. This notion is misguided because first, the very definition of human implies to be imperfect and most of the solutions to human problems were discovered by those who took time to study what God created. For example, people were inspired to create the aeroplane from studying the science of how birds fly in the sky, it only presupposes that God can use people to help other people.

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About Dr. Abiola Salami

Dr. Abiola Salami is the Convener of Dr Abiola Salami International Leadership Bootcamp and The Peak PerformerTM. He is the Principal Performance Strategist at CHAMP – a full scale professional services firm trusted by high performing business leaders for providing Executive Coaching, Workforce Development & Advisory Services to improve performance. You can reach his team on [email protected] and connect with him @abiolachamp on all social media platforms.

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Samsung begins pre-order deals for AI TVs in Ghana

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Samsung has announced a new era of AI TVs with the launch of its Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K and OLED TVs at the Unbox & Discover event, with an amazing pre-order offer. Samsung, the Global Number 1 TV brand for 18 years, sets the benchmark for video innovation, with the ultimate embodiment of next-level AI TV technology and excellence designed to upscale every moment at home.

Imagine a world where your viewing experience is always extraordinary no matter the content! Thanks to the 2024 Samsung Neo QLED 8K AI TV powered by the NQ8 AI Gen2 Processor with built-in 8K AI Upscaling Pro Technology, the TV offers quantum leaps in performance by transforming any content into 8K resolution, even your old videos. You will see these videos transform into looking so clear and real, it is like bringing the past right into your living room with sizes ranging from 65 to 85 inches.

The 2024 Neo QLED 4K AI TV comes with cutting-edge innovations and elevates the viewing experience with groundbreaking features powered by the NQ4 AI Gen2 Processor. Enhanced by Real Depth Enhancer Pro and Quantum Matrix Technology, the screen ensures impeccable contrast even in complex scenes. With the world’s first Pantone Validated display for color accuracy and Dolby Atmos for an immersive audio experience, Neo QLED 4K sets the bar. Neo QLED 4K will be available in sizes ranging from 55 to 85 inches.

Made for more than just watching, the 2024 Samsung OLED AI TV ensures peak performance for ultimate gaming experiences. Samsung is also introducing the world’s first glare-free OLED, eliminating unnecessary reflection while preserving deep blacks and clear images under any lighting condition. Powered by the same formidable NQ4 AI Gen2 Processor as the Neo QLED 4K lineup, Samsung’s OLED TVs boast features like the Real Depth Enhancer and OLED HDR Pro, bringing picture quality to new heights from 65 to 83 inches.

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The 2024 AI TVs will be available for pre-order with exclusive premium freebies until 27th June 2024 in all Electroland Ghana Limited and CompuGhana Limited showrooms. Pre-order a Samsung AI TV now to receive a Soundbar, Freestyle Smart Projector, and Galaxy Fit3 with free delivery and installation.

 

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Soulful Songstress Emeli Sandé Scores “Roots” for The Macallan’s Bicentennial Celebration

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Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé takes a surprising turn, crafting a stirring soundtrack titled “Roots” for the esteemed single malt Scotch whisky, The Macallan. This poignant composition marks a unique collaboration as The Macallan celebrates its momentous 200th anniversary.

Sandé, known for her soulful vocals and impactful lyrics, delivers a heartfelt ode to The Macallan’s enduring legacy. Her Scottish roots lend a special resonance to the project, mirroring The Macallan’s deep connection to the land and its unwavering commitment to exceptional craftsmanship.

Just as Ghanaians cherish the rich heritage of Highlife and Afrobeats passed down through generations, The Macallan honors its meticulous craftsmanship and centuries-old legacy with the collaboration.

“Roots” perfectly captures the essence of The Macallan’s enduring spirit. Sandé’s lyrics, “Time will bring its changes, but our roots they will remain,” resonate deeply, reflecting the brand’s commitment to tradition while embracing innovation.

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According to Emeli Sandé, “Roots means legacy. You have your roots and they spread so far around the surrounding ground. You have your trunk and that’s your journey through life – the branches can go here, and there, but at the end of the day, everything is coming from the same point.”

The celebration extends beyond music. A captivating film by Jérémie Rozan accompanies the soundtrack, taking viewers on a mesmerizing journey through The Macallan’s past, present, and future. The film showcases the enduring connection that binds generations who have stewarded this iconic brand.

This unexpected collaboration between Emeli Sandé and The Macallan promises a powerful exploration of heritage,artistry, and the pursuit of excellence.

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Founding Partner and CEO of the Fearless Fund Arian Simone visits Ghana Presidency

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In a delegation led by Pan African company Ifactorylive CCO Michael Djaba with Dora Whittley managing partner of Whittley Agency.

Arian Simone had discussions about Fearless Fund and Fearless fund foundation Africa.


Fearless fund have invested over 27 million US dollars in women of color businesses,Additionally, they have Invested over $850,000 USD in African-founded businesses and provided grants in Côte d’Ivoire.

Follow @fearless.fund for more information

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Edward Asare Inducted into IPR Ghana and CIMG as Associate Member

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Edward Asare, a seasoned digital marketer, media expert, and PR professional, has been inducted as an associate member of both the Institute of Public Relations Ghana (IPR Ghana) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).

Edward Asare, who currently serves as Digital Marketer at UBA Ghana Ltd, has a passion for helping individuals, brands, and businesses communicate their value and build their online presence. With a background in social media community management and blogging, he has developed a unique approach that integrates marketing and communications to drive brand awareness, visibility, and engagement.

His induction into IPR Ghana and CIMG proves his expertise and commitment to excellence in the field. As an associate member, Edward will contribute to the advancement of public relations and marketing practices in Ghana, sharing his knowledge and experience with peers and professionals.

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Eye Care Tips for Different Age Groups

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Eye Care

Maintaining good eye health is essential at every stage of life. From childhood to old age, our eyes require different types of care to ensure they function properly and stay healthy. Here are some essential eye care tips tailored to different age groups:

Infants and Toddlers (0-3 Years)

  1. Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular eye exams to detect any early signs of vision problems. The first comprehensive eye exam should be done at 6 months of age.
  2. Monitor Development: Keep an eye on developmental milestones related to vision, such as tracking moving objects and recognizing familiar faces.
  3. Protect from UV Rays: Use hats and shades for babies to protect their sensitive eyes from harmful UV rays when outdoors.

Children (4-12 Years)

  1. Annual Eye Exams: Ensure children have annual eye exams to monitor their vision as they grow. Early detection of issues like myopia (nearsightedness) is crucial.
  2. Screen Time Management: Limit screen time and encourage regular breaks to reduce eye strain. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  3. Protective Eyewear: Encourage the use of protective eyewear during sports and recreational activities to prevent eye injuries. 

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Teenagers (13-19 Years)

  1. Balanced Diet: Promote a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids to support overall eye health.
  2. Avoid Smoking: Educate teenagers about the risks of smoking, which can lead to serious eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  3. Contact Lens Hygiene: Teach proper contact lens care to prevent infections. Ensure they follow the prescribed wearing and cleaning schedule.

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Contact Lens Hygiene           

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Adults (20-39 Years)

  1. Routine Eye Exams: Schedule comprehensive eye exams every two years to check for vision changes and early signs of eye diseases.
  2. Computer Vision Syndrome: For those who spend long hours on computers, use ergonomic setups, take regular breaks, and consider blue light filtering glasses.
  3. Sunglasses: Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays to protect eyes from sun damage, which can contribute to cataracts and other eye conditions.

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Middle Age (40-59 Years)

  1. Presbyopia Awareness: Be aware of presbyopia, a natural age-related condition that affects near vision. Consider reading glasses or multifocal lenses if needed.
  2. Monitor Health Conditions: Manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, which can affect eye health. Regular eye exams can help detect related complications early.
  3. Protect from Blue Light: Use blue light filtering glasses and reduce screen time to minimize the risk of digital eye strain and potential retinal damage.

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Seniors (60+ Years)

  1. Frequent Eye Exams: Increase the frequency of eye exams to at least once a year to monitor for age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Diet: Continue to eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that support eye health.
  3. Fall Prevention: Ensure living spaces are well-lit and free of hazards to prevent falls that could lead to eye injuries.

General Eye Care Tips for All Ages

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain good eye moisture and overall health.
  • Avoid Rubbing Eyes: Rubbing can introduce germs and cause irritation or infection.
  • Practice Good Hygiene: Always wash hands before touching your eyes, especially when inserting or removing contact lenses.
  • Regular Breaks: Follow the 20-20-20 rule to prevent eye strain from prolonged screen use.

Conclusion

Eye care is a lifelong commitment that changes with each stage of life. By following age-appropriate eye care tips and scheduling regular eye exams, you can help ensure that your eyes stay healthy and your vision remains clear. Prioritizing eye health is essential for maintaining overall well-being and enjoying a high quality of life.

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Ada Senior High Tech Students Receive 600 Math Sets from UK-Based Philanthropist Stacey Rosa

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In a commendable act of generosity and commitment to education, Stacey Rosa, a renowned Ghanaian philanthropist based in the UK, has donated over 600 math sets to the students of Ada Senior High Technical School. This significant contribution is aimed at enhancing the learning experience and academic performance of the students, particularly in mathematics. (more…)

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