I was away for two weeks and before that I was very busy at work so I apologize for not writing for some time. However, in pondering over the busy time at work and the great support that I have from staff, my mind raced back to my readings of Stephen Covey’s writings.

In addressing the habit of ‘Being Proactive’, Dr. Covey tells the story of Kyambadde Stone, a former soccer player from Uganda. He was a very successful soccer player and was admired by many professionals and team scouts. His dream was to play for a European soccer team and the national team. One day, while he was playing an important game, an opponent purposely struck him from the back and tore his knee ligaments putting an end to his career. In a country where revenge is a way of life, Stone could have reacted to this tragedy with a vengeful attitude or he could have simmered in self-pity for the rest of his life. Instead, he immediately told his opponent that he forgave him and that he did what he had to do and turned his focus to help the young people in his neighbourhood and town to find a purpose.

Dr. Covey said of him: “With unrelenting passion, he has reached to the young men in his country so that day could learn to govern their own lives, gain a vision of becoming professional soccer players, then becoming economically self-reliant, responsible adults, fathers and contributing citizens.”

His life, passion and ability to respond to the challenges of losing his career and turning around his life are portrayed in the following video prepared by the Franklin Covey Group and Cornerstone Development.


About alby59

Alberto has a 25-year plus career in Local Government which began as City Manager in Italy. He currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Lake Country in beautiful Central Okanagan BC. In addition, Alberto is Adjunct Professor to the Political Science Department of the University of Northern British Columbia and teaches a variety of local government related courses. He has developed a series of lectures on Leadership and Ethics and is designing a Project Management course aimed at Local Government and public sector practitioners. Very active in both his professional and academic life, Alberto has served as President of the Local Government Management Association of BC and the Association of Records Management Administrators of BC and Yukon. He also served as member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Tsunami Recovery Committee for the reconstruction of communities and local governments in Sri Lanka and Indonesia hit by the 2004 Tsunami and managed an FCM capacity building program with the City of San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines while with the Township of Langley. Alberto has earned facilitator certifications with Franklin Covey and Cognitive Edge, and continues to foster his interest in personal education and professional development. He is an avid reader, music lover, and science fiction movie aficionado. He plays guitar and piano for fun and sings with his wife and his children. He is also very active in his church and community being a former Rotarian and currently serving as the Second Counselor in the Thompson Okanagan (Vernon Stake) Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, his most important interest is his family: his wife Silvana and their two children Victor and Grace.
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One Response to Stone

  1. Cesare says:

    It’s good to see you back. Good post. Are you going to be around Vancouver these days? I’ll like to see you and the family …


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