Monthly Archives: July 2016

6 Reasons you should get an education via E learning

In the world today, it is no longer news that there is a gap between the usual classroom learning and what learners actually want; if given a choice, learners would prefer mobile, relevant, personalized and self-paced content at a point of need. Whilst many want learning at a point of need, many learn in evenings and at weekends and on the way to or from work. Ask yourself, as we race into the 21st century: do you have what it takes to compete and excel in the new economy? Forward thinking organizations and individuals around the world are jumping on the e-learning bandwagon through certificate courses and certification programmes. Don’t be left behind because you lack the skills and knowledge necessary to keep up. Millions of learners and hundreds of thousands of organizations have taken steps towards their dreams through various e-learning pathways. Don’t be left out in the new dispensation. Many have asked us to provide cogent and convincing reasons why they should invest in online learning programmes. Here is our expert opinion on the value of e learning drawn from our years of experience in the sector. The following are the clear evidence of what eLearning brings when compared to the ...

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Standing Out in the Workplace – Tokunbo Fasoro

We have a lot of universities churning out graduates every year, the numbers of universities are increasing, the first class and second class upper recipients are increasing and employers are downsizing due to the economic situation in the country. These days, if they were to keep one person, or there is an opportunity for only a few people out of the whole group, what makes you stand out from the crowd? What makes you different or better than the other employees? Why should the organization keep you? Here are a few qualities you need to possess to stand out in workplace; Integrity:The organization should be able to trust you, believing that you will not exploit the organization. They should know you as possessing high moral standards. Being Responsible: When you feel personally responsible for her job performance, you get to work early, practice proper time management and meet your deadlines. Excellence: Most employees do not pay attention to quality and excellence, but employees with strong work ethics care about the quality of their work. They do their best to constantly produce a great piece of work. If all employees can work excellently, the organization’s productivity will improve. Discipline and Dedication: ...

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Working Your Way into Career Success – Tokunbo Fasoro

A lot of us make mistakes in our career choices because we do not plan. We assume that our grades can get us to our target careers. I was speaking with a group of students in a University in Lagos about how we have so many second class upper and first class candidates these days. In my own days, a whole department might just produce one second class upper and no first class student at all! Lol! On a serious note, this simply means that there is a lot of competition out there. The question is“What makes you stand out from the crowd?” This question led to my developing the acronym DPA, i would like to share with BIE readers today. Follow these steps and you will have a great chance at career success. Discover Prepare Act Discover:  Know yourself –“Who am I? What are my likes? What am I passionate about? Where do I see myself happy in the next 10 years?” A lot of people are miserable and stuck in the wrong careers just because they failed to take time to discover, who they really are. Prepare: Match those abilities, passion and who you are with a particular ...

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Rules and habits that can shape you into a great leader: Part 4 – Tokunbo Fasoro

Hello every one, we apologize for our unavailability over the weekend. It was due to technical issues.  But now we are back with a bang! Lol! Just to refresh your memory, we have been talking about how most successful leaders did not get there by accident; they learned and applied habits of great leaders. This is the Part 4 and the last part of our shaping a leader series. Be reasonable: You need to listen to everyone’s opinion and be fair in picking the most sensible one to adopt. Keep learning and improving: A great leader looks for every opportunity to learn. Read as much as you can, take classes when you have the opportunity and work on improving your skills and processes constantly. Never give up: You need to keep trying, not giving up. A little persistence does not hurt anyone and eventually might do the trick. Learn from your mistakes: Avoid making the same mistake twice. If something isn’t working, change your approach. Always give feedback: It is important you let your team know what they are doing well and what needs further improvement. A person usually feels motivated and would do better when they are told how ...

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Rules and habits that can shape you into a great leader: Part 3 – Tokunbo Fasoro

The most successful leaders did not get there by accident; they learned and developed habits of past great leaders. Experience, they say is the best teacher. Not in all cases. You don’t need to experience all the pitfalls that past leaders went through, when you can read about their mistakes and learn how they eventually got it right. You can just skip that gully and jump to getting it right the first time. This is Part 3 of our shaping a leader series; we trust you are following closely. Great leaders are supportive: They are genuinely concerned for the welfare of their team. They identify a team member with personal challenges and see how they can show support. They are honest people: Great leaders treat people the way they want to be treated. Honesty and ethical behavior form the foundation of success. They possess a great sense of professionalism: They conduct themselves in a way that sets them apart from their employees. Lead by example; dress properly, carry yourself properly and speak intelligently. They are organized: Great leaders organize and plan ahead. They plan: They think and plan everything through from point A – Z. They never exclusively trust their ...

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Rules and habits that can shape you into a great leader: Part Two – Tokunbo Fasoro

We started this series yesterday, and we would like to encourage you to carefully and intentionally follow these rules. If you do, you will be amazed at the results you will get, so let’s get to it. Identify mentors and role models: Find people you want to be like or people you have seen succeed in that area you desire. Follow them closely and learn from them. I am a typical example. I have benefited tremendously and have been shaped positively through my mentors. It was a good thing that they always took out time to listen, attend to and advise me. Your mentors actually go a long way in determining where you go in life. ‘Choose Wisely’. Interfere only when necessary and know your limits: Avoid interfering except if your delegation could result in a major problem. When you trust your team to do good work, kindly leave them to do it. A great leader teaches well. It is important to know when to talk and when to keep quiet, when to react and when not to react. This is where emotional intelligence comes in. Identify your strengths and weaknesses: Identify your strengths, hone them, and use them as ...

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Great leaders are not born they are made – Tokunbo Fasoro

Part of why we started the BI empowerment Blog is to ensure that we develop leaders as simply asby making sure they read our content on this platform.  All we need you to do is follow this series closely for the next few days.  Rules and habits that can shape you into being a great leader: Part One Being a great leader is not something that happens over night, you need to work hard at developing that skill.  It is achieved through discipline, hard work and commitment to continuous improvement through experience. So kindly follow, enjoy and share with your friends. Great leaders are not born, they are made. Here are a few rules or habits that can help you develop your leadership skills. They think of others first- It is not about you, but about the other person. Great leadership is always about “How can I serve this person or these people?” They crave for new things- The desire to learn more, the hunger for wisdom; they are open to feedback, new ideas, different opinions and views. They take responsibility- They take responsibility for their actions; they don’t push blame on other people. They listen to their team- Great ...

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Dare to be different – Tokunbo Fasoro

In order to thrive in today’s market place, its not enough to just do the same things as other companies are doing, we need to think differently to outperform competition. These days there is so much benchmarking, but benchmarking can only bring you up to best practices, it may not move you above your competition. Most people or organizations focus on matching or beating competition and their strategies tend to take similar dimensions. This cannot make you stand out. Thinking differently is a very important skill in your business and it can position you as No1 amongst your competitors, but a poor differentiation strategy might fail making you irrelevant. You need to think outside the box and do something different from what others are doing. For a different strategy in your business, consider what separates you the most from your competitors. The things you do which make your business different might be the way your services are provided, priced or delivered, depending on the business. ‘The following text is used by ‘Think different’ caption of Apple computers” as stated by the book 5 Thinkings to win; authored by Praven Rajpal. “Here is to the crazy ones The misfits. The troublemakers. ...

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NO PAIN, NO GAIN – Tokunbo Fasoro

Last week Monday, I left my house, situated at a certain area in Lagos by 5:27am. I had a training commencing at 8:00am, but I was stuck in traffic. I did not get to my destination in Victoria Island until 9:10am. I spent close to three and a half hours in traffic!! I looked out of my window and I saw people just like me who do this 5 or 6 times a week, I thought to myself, “Will I be doing this again tomorrow?” That was when I realized that for many of them on the street, it was a Yes. They had no choice. There was a reward at the end of it all. You can call it profit or salary, depending on the destination, but the point I am trying to make from this is “No Pain No Gain” My mind also flashed back to my aerobics class and the trainer who will never let us have any rest. He keeps pushing us to keep doing those very strenuous and painful exercises over and over again, telling us “No Pain No Gain” The moral of this is that nothing good comes easy, you need to keep pushing ...

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Are you an undergraduate, NYSC Member, fresh graduate, young professional, passionate entrepreneur or even a DSTV Super Sport Lover in our quest and passion of empowering young people by assisting as many as we can into discovering and building a successful career as well as inspiring young people into greatness. Hold the 1st edition of our quarterly Drink up section with Felix Awogu, The General Manager of SuperSport West Africa. This is a chance to relax, enjoy some great ambience, beverages of choice, socialize and Network with Mr. Felix Awogu while learning from his wealth of experience during the best time of the day – Happy Hour. Be one of the 6 Lucky BIE readers and get an opportunity to be inspired in a relaxed atmosphere with Felix Awogu, the General Manager Super sports West Africa on Saturday the 30th of July. To be shortlisted for the Drink Up, Comment with your full name and email address and tell us 3 sport channels on DSTV. Event venue and further details will be communicated to shortlisted BIE readers. The BiEmpowerment Team Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 13

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