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Gisela Abbam: Motivational Monday

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With well over 45 reports on various public policy issues and a regular guest at different International conferences, she is definitely a voice you cannot ignore. Her name is Gisela Abbam, a global advocate for improving access to quality healthcare and development for all.

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Gisela holds a Bachelors degree in Education. In 1996, she did her Master in Business Administration with Middlesex University, London. The master was for her to further equip herself with broad skills, necessary to run a business, including leadership.

The most valuable skills to her, she had acknowledged has been leadership, creativity, being results-driven and having a good understanding of health.

In response to an interview with Middlesex University, she said:

“I had to determine what motivated me and find a career that I could be passionate about. I am passionate about improving people’s lives and so that was my starting point. I handpicked mentors to guide and challenge me. One of my first mentors was a Vice Chairman of General Electric, which was ranked the number one company globally at the time.”

Did I say that our main topic throughout this month of February is focusing on yourself and what you want? So if you are wondering why we are here talking about Gisela, that should answer your question. You really need to know what you want and have the courage to ask for it, like really going all out for it.

What if I don’t get it? You might ask. Well, go again and again, and again, because if you don’t go after what you want, you don’t even have the chance of getting it.

Working Experience

Gisela is a former Global Executive Director of General Electric and the inaugural leader in her last three positions where she designed and set up new functions. She has over 25 years of business experience.

Gisela is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and a Company Officer for ABT Associates, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. Her role entails developing global strategic partnerships with organisations to implement their vision and advance ABT’s mission.

She was previously the Global Executive Director for Government Affairs & Policy for Healthcare; the founding Chair of the Global Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare IT & Radiation Therapy Trade Association (DITTA), a Global Health Working Group, which represents over 600 companies and focuses on working with World Health Organisation and the World Bank.

Speaking after winning the Black British Business Awards in 2019, she said and I quote as was reported by the telegraph:

“I feel very proud to be a leading voice within my field. Being the first black chair of the British Science Association and being a role model has been very important to me.”

“I didn’t learn science at school; I came at it from a health perspective where I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I think that’s what has spurred me on – having a purpose, a passion; inspiring people coming behind me and being able to make a difference on a global and national level.”

Those are the keyword, I really want you to pay attention to here, the “Purpose” and the “Passion” and that just happens to be our main topic throughout this year. So if you have not yet seen our previous videos on life purpose, especially our self-improvement strategy, every Friday, try to do so now, so you might know where we are coming from.

A Personal Problem as Motivation

Why preparing this video about Gisela, I found one of her lectures at Lead University on YouTube and now I am going to quote just a few lines for you so that you too can have a better background of the story.

“My daughter was born 9 weeks premature and she was in an incubator for 5 weeks. The doctors only discovered that my pregnancy was at risk through the ultrasound, one of the technologies we have manufactured”.

Then she added that thanks to these technologies she and her daughter managed to survive. Really, I am not here to talk about technology and innovation, even though those are the indispensable argument of our time. I am actually more interested in the human angel in her story, the problems that now becomes a motivating force for her work.

The point I am putting across to you here is that we all have these situations and circumstances that we can transform into motivational energy in our lives and what we do.

Let’s say for instance you love talking to people and yesterday Sunday, you were walking along the street and you saw another person walking towards you. And thinking that it’s the right thing to do, you greeted the person who ended up ignoring you at a face value and you felt bad, like really bad about the situation.

Now, what can you do? And remaining with our general topic which is our life purpose, supposing you decided to start a training program where you will teach people how to better relate with other people or the basic manner that many people lack these days.

You never know what will happen if you can learn to better take advantage of the rather bad situations around you and motivate yourself with it.

What Can You Take Away From This Story?

This is what I want to take away from this video and I hope you do the same too: every problem or an unpleasant situation has within it, a possibility of remedy. So, it all depends on us, what we chose to focus on, the unpleasant situation or how to use the situation to find a deeper meaning and ultimately, a solution.

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Obehi Ewanfoh

Obehi Ewanfoh

He is an author and instructor on self-improvement strategy. He is the founder of A-classes eLearning platform and he is extremely passionate about helping people to improve themselves so they can get more out of their lives. He lives with his family in Verona, Italy.

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