“Excuses are monuments of nothingness, tools of the incompetent, and those who use them are not wise, because they build bridges to nowhere” — Unknown

As part of activities to mark the end of 2016, BOG’s CEO, Kayode Thomas, delivered a message to members of staff both in Lagos and Port Harcourt offices. In this message, the CEO charged all staff not to allow the downturn in the oil and gas industry dim their aspirations or become a source of worry. He urged them to display traits of self-determination through self-evaluation and self-reinforcements.

He identified the stumbling blocks against self determination to be fear and excuses. To him, fear holds people down from realising their full potential while excuses deter people from accomplishing set targets.

To overcome fear and excuses, the CEO suggested changes to identity (the way they see themselves), beliefs and values, capabilities, behaviour and the way one views their environment.

He further emphasized that the way people view their environment has a huge impact on their success. He urged staff members to abandon the “3D” image of Nigeria (Discouragement, Demoralisation, Demotivation) and begin to focus on the positive opportunities that abound in Nigeria.

He recommended his ECBV model as an approach that can help staff to succeed in any climate or environment. The ECBV model connotes that all aspiring to be a super achiever must have the vision of an eagle (E), the speed and agility of a cheetah (C), the strength and determination of a bull (B) and patience of the vulture (V).

The ECBV Model




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