Excerpts of Opening Remarks at Securex West Africa 2019

POSTED: 28th Apr

Here is a throwback to the Opening Ceremony of Securex West Africa 2019 when we had Consul General John Bray deliver his opening remarks.

"The critical skills set to accomplish any strategic objective is leadership.  Leadership is critical.  When I was in the military, we were taught an acronym that helped us remember a series of important words: J.J. DID TIE BUCKLE. J.J. DID TIE BUCKLE stands for: Justice, Judgement, Dependability, Initiative, Decisiveness, Tact, Integrity, Enthusiasm, Bearing, Unselfishness, Courage, Knowledge, Loyalty and Endurance. I continue to use that acronym to help guide me in my position of leadership.

And in the world of security, I use two other tools: I’ll start with the three P’s: Patience, Persistence and Perseverance. 

Patience: Things do not change quickly; we will not achieve our objectives overnight; we cannot rush success or we risk impeding our own progress; and small steps forward will lead us to our ultimate goal. I’m not saying it is inappropriate to have big goals; I am saying that it would be inappropriate to expect we might achieve those goals in one month, six months, a year or even five years, depending upon the scope of our goals.  We need realistic sub-goals and we need to move forward step by step achieving them.

Persistence: We must keep moving the ball forward down the field, because even the smallest step forward will help us achieve our goals. You can see how Persistence and Patience are interlinked.

Perseverance: We cannot allow slow progress to get us down; we must persevere even when our progress is difficult.  If we are patient and don’t expect immediate success, and if we persevere through difficult times, persistently moving toward our strategic security objectives, we will change the situation for the positive".

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