Issue #270 *June 2024

International Institute For Global Leadership

Issue #270 *June 2024
Asheville, NC USA

Guest Editorial

Crucial Conversations

Udeme Idem (Nigeria)

The central message of the book “Crucial Conversations” revolves around the critical importance of effectively addressing conflicting viewpoints that are often accompanied by intense emotional reactions, all with the objective of improving relationships and the overall performance within an organizational, family and personal setting. Below are some highlights:

Start with the Heart:  Conversely, when people aren’t involved, when they sit back quietly during touchy conversations, they’re rarely committed to the final decision. Since their ideas remain in their heads and their opinions never make it into the pool, they end up quietly criticizing and passively resisting. This is the first principle of dialogue: Start with Heart. That is, your own heart.

As the mediator in my family, I always do my best to be open to hear each party involved and try to be objective in not letting my feelings get in the way, this has helped resolve complex issues between my siblings, my mom, and now its extending to my nieces and nephew. Managing my emotions allows me not get manipulated by any of my siblings who is try to gain an advantage over the other. By starting with our own heart, we lay the groundwork for building connections, resolving conflicts, and promoting understanding in various personal and professional relationships. People who are skilled at dialogue do their best to make it safe for everyone to add their meaning to the shared pool even ideas that at first glance appear controversial, wrong, or at odds with their own beliefs. Now, obviously they don’t agree with every idea; they simply do their best to ensure that all ideas find their way into the open.

At the end of the day, what qualifies people to be called “leaders” is their capacity to influence others to change their behavior in order to achieve important results. Nothing fails like success. In other words, when a challenge in life is met by a response that is equal to it, you have success. But when the challenge moves to a higher level, the old, once successful response no longer works; it fails; thus, nothing fails like success.

At this point, you could be tempted to water down your content. “You know it’s really not that big a deal.” Don’t give into the temptation. Don’t take back what you’ve said. Instead, put your remarks in context.

As much as others may need to change, or we may want them to change, the only person we can continually inspire, prod, and shape with any degree of success is the person in the mirror.

“Conversely, when people aren’t involved, when they sit back quietly during touchy conversations, they’re rarely committed to the final decision. Since their ideas remain in their heads and their opinions never make it into the pool, they end up quietly criticizing and passively resisting.” This phrase is important to me because it emphasizes active participation and contribution in discussions and decision-making processes. It highlights how individuals who remain silent during important conversations may not feel truly committed to the outcomes because their perspectives and ideas are not shared and considered.

For instance, family discussions are usually very touchy, I try as much as possible to involve all my siblings and ensure they share their thoughts on what ever discussion we are having. Early this year when we need to install a solar energy system for my mom, I ensure each of my 4 sisters were actively participating in the conversation, at the end we bought the one suggested by one of my sisters, the amazing thing was that everyone was satisfied with the what we achieved.

While I may not consistently excel in communication, and dialogues may not always unfold as intended, I am committed to continual self-assessment and enhancement of my conversational aptitude. I aim to educate others on the advantages of establishing an inclusive space where individuals are encouraged to express their thoughts openly. It is my firm belief that through this dedication, I can contribute to the creation of a more harmonious environment.

(Udeme is a Level Four Student and is the IIGL incoming Board Vice President).

What Others Are Saying

Lynda Eze (Nigeria/USA)


My name is Lynda Eze and I am a registered nurse from Nigeria.  I currently live and work in the USA.  I joined IIGL approximately 12 years ago as a Freshman in school.  I must say it was one of the best decisions I ever made.  

IIGL helped me commit to personal growth and development.  It allowed me to surround myself with individuals from different parts of the world who are also dedicated to personal development and making impacts in their various communities through working on different projects.  

One of my favorite books I read in IIGL is “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen.  The book truly changed everything for me!  After reading that book which is one of the first books IIGL shares with each student when you join, I made the commitment to graduate from IIGL and apply whatever I learned in my life.  

I believe IIGL is one of the best platforms out there that will help anyone.  It is completely tuition free.  If you are on the fence about joining IIGL, know that it will really help you tremendously.  

Thank you IIGL for continuing to make this platform available to anyone around the world!  I hope that many more people can benefit from it!

(Lynda is an IIGL Graduate and the newly elected Board President. Recently this was recorded as a video testimonial! Please check it out on the IIGL Linkedin page or email Deb to view it!)

What are Students are Reading

The Power of Self Confidence (Ebook)

The Power of Self-Confidence explains how to increase your “mental fitness” by thinking like top performers in every field. Little by little, you build up and maintain ever-higher levels of self-confidence in everything you do. Self-confidence allows you to move out of your comfort zone and take risks without any guarantees. With step-by-step guidance, author Brian Tracy will help you build the foundations of lifelong self-confidence. You discover how to determine what you really want, and unleash your personal powers to accomplish it. Your level of self-confidence determines the size of the goals you set, the energy and determination that you focus on achieving them, and the amount of persistence you apply to overcoming every obstacle. In this powerful, practical book based on work with more than 5 million executives, entrepreneurs, sales professionals, and ambitious people in more than sixty countries, you learn how to develop unshakable self-confidence in every area of your life. 

Students/Graduates In Action

Springboard Edible Cricket Bread is the first protein bread in Nigeria!

Springboard Founder and IIGL Graduate Afere Lawrence recently shared the news about their new product Edible Cricket Bread:   

“Farmers are trained and supported to rear Edible Crickets. Upon maturity, crickets are supplied to Springboard’s bakery. Farmers are paid thus boosting their livelihoods.

Edible cricket insects are then milled and added as part of recipe to the bread. This provides our bread micronutrients which offer an excellent nutrition source especially for all classes of consumers, particularly children. Protein Bread is supplied to retailers and wholesalers especially in rural and semi-urban communities in Ondo State; thus creating jobs and boosting livelihoods. Springboard Protein Bread production is currently between 1000 to 1500 loaves daily based on our current edible cricket yield. We plan to scale to reach more people; train and support more farmers to rear the Edible insect crickets, produce much more protein bread and create new jobs. There is a global need for alternative protein sources, and insects are packed full of the stuff! By 2050 meat production is predicted to double and, to meet current environmental targets, impacts of livestock on the environment will need to halve compared to what they are today.”

Congratulations to Lawrence and Springboard for another innovative manifestation! 

Valuable Resources for Personal and Planetary Transformation

Free Affirmations was started Thomas Allan.  Thomas has used positive affirmations all of  his life; for over 30 years.  He first used them for confidence building to grow from a shy 17 year old into an outgoing, confident young man.  Once he saw their power for himself in this simple way the only was forward!  For the past 20 years, Thomas used positive affirmations for almost every area of life imaginable and along the way he became successful in business, real estate and land acquisition.  After using the affirmations for over 20 years, experiencing amazing results from them and huge successes plus never paying a penny he decided to that they should be freely available to everyone!  The mission was and still is to build the world’s largest collection of free positive affirmations, in a variety of tenses for people’s varied personal preferences!   


2024 IIGL Annual Meeting Date Set for June 1

IIGL will be holding its Annual Meeting on Saturday June 1, 2024 via Zoom.  Email Deb or simply reply to this newsletter if you have questions. There will be a detailed review of the meeting and an Introduction of the incoming new IIGL Board in the July Newsletter!

Help IIGL Recruit New Students!

Feel free to share this newsletter or just this poster with your friends, family, co-workers and colleagues to help IIGL continue to grow and flourish globally!  Thank you to those who have referred others! 

IIGL Book Sales Continue…   

The IIGL Board of Directors shared that the IIGL book, “Creating Your Path Through Leadership” book sales continue to provide a Royalty payment to IIGL each month. It has also helped new potential donors understand more about IIGL!  The book is available both on Kindle and in Paperback on!  Check it out!   Here’s the link:… 

Meet Our New Students

There were 3 new students this month.

Kibet Methusela Keter (Kenya)

I am 21 years old. I am currently a student at the University of Kabianga, where I just completed my second year, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Arts:  English and Literature. I come from a Christian family and am the middle child of three siblings. I consider myself a go-getter, and I work incredibly hard, especially when it comes to my academic pursuits. I am driven to excel and achieve my goals.

James Wambua (Kenya)

I am from Eastern part of Kenya, Makueni county. I am a father of two one girl and a boy, I am self employed and my work is dealing with vehicles, by panel beating and painting, giving the vehicle new look, I have done this for more than 14 years, it helps me cater for my needs, by paying school fees, and my other bills. In this industry I have trained more than 20 youths who are using the skills to feed themselves.

Christogonus Chidiebere Ibe (Nigeria)

I am a Professional Counselor, Social Worker, Cyber Security Awareness and Cybercrime Prevention Ambassador, dynamic youth leadership and crime prevention expert committed to the reduction of crime and development of youths in Africa. I am an American trained Crime Prevention (Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute, Tallahassee, Florida) and a United Nations (UNODC) trained Drug Demand Reduction expert. I train Nigerian Police on Preventive Policing and Citizens Partnership. I hold a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling, Bachelor Degree in Human Kinetics and Health Education, Advance Diploma, Business Management, Diploma in Computer Management all from the University of Lagos.

To view complete profiles, Click Here

Student Progress

We had 11 students from 5 countries complete a total of  30 books in May. These students were from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda.

Kibet M. Keter (Kenya)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

* PsychoCybernetics

* Success through PMA

James Wambua (Kenya)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull                                   

Ibe Christogonus (Nigeria)

* As a Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Udeme Idem (Nigeria)

* Crucial Conversations

* Full Steam Ahead

Chinonso Ericson Judith (Nigeria)

* Crucial Conversations

* How to Sell Yourself

* The Leader who had No Title

* The Monk who Sold his Ferrari

* The Nature of Personal Reality

* The Power of Self Confidence

* This Child Shall be Great

Adebayo Christianah Kemi (Nigeria)

* Stepping Out of Time and Space

* The Interview with Richard Bach                                      

Atinuke Oyewunmi (Nigeria)

* The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Erasmus Rwinkesha (Rwanda)

* How to Sell Yourself

Salad Halane (Somalia)

* How to Sell Yourself

* How Successful People Think

* The Leader who had no Title

* The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Enock Joseph Mwesigwa (Uganda)

* Awaken the Giant Within

* Keys to Success

Stephen Okot (Uganda)                                       

* Leadership for Dummies

* Nonviolent Communication

* The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The following students have completed one or more levels of study this month

Chinonso Ericson Judith (Nigeria) completed Level Five


New Enrollments
7 enrolled in May
19 enrolled in 2024

Book Assessments
30 in May

88 in 2024

Books Shipped

0 in May

5 in 2024

Cost of Books
$0 in May

$70.55 in 2024

You Make It Possible

We extend a special thanks to the following individuals and/or organizations who contributed to IIGL last month. Your ongoing support makes this work possible.

Deb Silver (Israel)

Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ) In Blessed Memory

John Hornecker (USA/NC)

Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)

Kathleen Oweegon (USA/OR)

Deb Rosen (USA/WI)

Patrice Zorn (USA/WI)

Make A Difference

Dream Team 22

Please join Dream Team 22 as our goal is to have 22 people contributing $22 per month.  We understand that money is energy and that to sustain and build IIGL we need a lot of people pouring their energy into this endeavor on a regular basis. We also know that not everyone can afford to commit $22 a month – especially our students, who live in countries with economies in which this amount can be equal to a weeks’ salary. So we are offering two options for those who wish to become a part of the Dream Team. One can commit to a $22 a month contribution or to spending 22 seconds each day holding the vision of IIGL becoming financially sustainable by the end of 2024!

Please join the Dream Team and help us create an energetic foundation to support the transformational work of IIGL! You can really make a difference in the world by making a modest contribution of time or money.  To make the $22 a month commitment or a one time donation, click the link below.  To become a member of the Dream Team 22 by committing 22 second a day to help us hold the vision, contact Deb for details:

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