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Monthly Archives: January 2017

CHANGE: A COMMON ENEMY – Stanley Awelewa

In our journey through life, we always aspire for greatness but we are often faced with several challenges. At one point or the other, you may come across people who appear to want to sabotage your growth. Why? It is simple, not because they are bad or evil, but because they are afraid of change. They are afraid because your change will force them to change, and they feel they either can’t change or don’t want to change. They will try to hold you back (sometimes unconsciously) in an attempt to keep everything familiar. In their minds, they are trying to protect you, but are they? No, they are not. They are only really looking out for themselves. You must realize that for effective change and growth, nothing stays the same. To do a new thing, you must empower yourself, grow and evolve. You must grow into a different (and hopefully better) version of yourself. For you to see those beautiful wings in the sky, the caterpillar must change (a complete metamorphosis) into the butterfly. Of course when it flies, it leaves the tree which has housed and nurtured its cocoon behind. In the same way, when we evolve into ...

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Would You Hire You? – Zika Nwaise

Some time ago, I had a chat with a long lost friend who told me about how she has been unable to secure a job and the only jobs around were low income jobs, so she had to settle for a job she “wasn’t proud of”. She told me about her endless search for a job until she finally gave up, consoling herself with the phrase – ‘There are no jobs’. I know at this point, you may be saying ‘oh yes that is true’ but I want you to take a minute to study this. If you had an organization and wanted to recruit staff, would you entrust your organization into the hands of someone you are not sure of his or her competency? Someone with no experience, whose resume looks laid back? If there was an opening for a ‘little or no experience’ position and you had two people applying for the job: One who has no experience at all on the job and shows no capacity to handle the position but is willing to learn… One who has very little experience but has demonstrated that they can handle that position with examples and illustrations of the things ...

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Steps To Becoming A Smart Project Manager.

Here are 5 steps to becoming a smart project manager Plan Your Project Putting time and thought into the planning of the project is the first and most critical step. While it might be tempting to plough ahead when enthusiasm is at its peak, retreat and have a think about realistic timelines and goals and set definitive deadlines for each.  It’s All About The People Having the right team in place to implement the project is another necessity when planning. The right people with the right skills assigned to a project will ensure a project is carried out as smoothly as possible. Communicating With The Team Having an in-depth discussion regarding responsibilities, expectations and deadlines is the next step. Have everyone’s roles laid out clearly and plainly, making sure everyone understands what’s expected of them. Have brief update meetings on a daily or weekly basis to ensure the project’s progress and so that any problems that arise are addressed on time. Organize, Prioritize and Be Flexible Having a management tool in place can be invaluable, allowing a clean, no-nonsense and organized approach to managing a project. Get the biggest jobs done first – that way, should issues arise, you will ...

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The Value of Self Impact – Zika Nwaise

  Over the years, I have realized as an HR person that people stand to gain a lot when they make a will to learn for themselves. Many times when we organize interviews, we meet different calibres of people ranging from the ones who are prepared to the ones who can never be ready except for an intervention in their lives. But in all these, I noticed that eighty five percent of the ones who stand out are the ones who usually attend trainings, conferences, programmes, seminars and even volunteer jobs. So many times I wonder why, but I have come to discover that ‘you are what you hear’.  These people no longer need to read question and answers from the internet for an interview because they have an experience for whatever questions they are being asked, they have groomed themselves to the extent that they don’t depend on other people’s opinion about a particular issue. So… why don’t we make out time to build ourselves instead of depending on others, there are some free reasonable trainings out there looking for people to fill up the spaces. Let’s all make an effort this year to impact ourselves for ourselves’ sake. ...

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Great Leaders Are Not Born They Are Made – Tokunbo Fasoro

  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 leaders always listen to their team. Who knows you could learn something from a fool! Besides this will make your team members feel relevant and in turn confide in you. Be an example- Be the type of person you want your team members to become. Be consistent and make firm decisions- Don’t leave things undecided for a ...

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Signs Of A Bad Startup Culture

I was interviewing an engineering candidate a while back. Everyone on the team really liked him, and we were set to hire him if our interview went well. It turned out that I liked him too. He was smart, passionate about his work, and I felt he would fit into our culture quite well. He was working at a competing startup, so I asked him what was his motivation for leaving: “The founders were fighting all the time,” he said. “It made the work environment really bad.” You’re not going to have a great culture if the founders are fighting with each other. Here are some other signs of a bad culture I’ve seen during my career: A. Too much “I” and too little “we”. I worked at a company once where every other word out of the CEO’s mouth was “I”. “I dd this.” OR “How’s my division doing?” It’s very demoralizing for the rank and file. B. The emperor has no clothes. Not surprisingly, this same CEO never wanted to be told anything wrong. How can you do your job if you can’t tell the CEO problems? It’s very difficult. C. The rise of the ass-kissing sycophants. A ...

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2018 Rolex Awards For Enterprise

Applications are open for the 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise with an aim to encourage a spirit of enterprise in individuals around the world by supporting outstanding endeavors in areas that advance human knowledge and well-being. Five Rolex Awards will be offered to Young Leaders, between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, who have a ground-breaking proposal or initiative that will help to expand knowledge of world and improve the quality of life on the planet. Categories Environment Applied Science and Technology Exploration Award Information The five winners will each receive 100,000 Swiss francs, double the amount of prize money previously offered to young Award winners. They will also benefit from worldwide publicity and receive a Rolex chronometer. Eligibility Criteria The 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise are open to candidates who are between the ages of 18 and 30 on June 30, 2017. The application must be completed in English. Candidates are allowed to fill in only one application. The candidate should be the person who plays a leading role in the project or the orginization. The 2018 Rolex Awards for Enterprise do not provide scholarships for academic studies. Candidates have a maximum of three weeks to complete ...

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Push Your Limits This Year – Mofolusade Sonaike

Push your limits this year. I thought about doing Facebook live videos all of last year, every time there was something left to do, then there was the cold feet moments, me thinking about tiny details, “should I wear makeup?”, “should I dress casual or formal?”, “should I script it or just let it flow?” Then there was the struggle on the gadgets to use “I need lights, I don’t have that”, “oh I need a lapel mic” . Guess what? I even got the lights but I just never felt I was ready. Who can relate? Thing is, you will never feel ready? Entrepreneurs are doers , we really shouldn’t worry about looking stupid or getting laughed at (it can pain sha .lol ). Just get up, and do it! That’s how we grow. Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 3

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Success is not an Encounter, It’s A Decision

Hey guys, been a while. I heard something from a colleague today that really inspired me and so I decided not to be selfish, I put it together and here we are… I hope you enjoy. The on air personality Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa popularly known as IK battled with dyslexia while growing up, he found it difficult to read and concentrate in the classroom. His father then started to coach him at home for about 3 hours every day which helped to improve his performance at school. IK had always wanted to be an OAP and in fact own his own radio station so he decided to work with one of the top radio stations in Lagos after school. When he got to the radio station, the head of presentation said to him repeatedly“I don’t want to say you are not good” and it baffled IK because it looked to him like the man had already said that he wasn’t good enough,and the head then said to him “you might do well outside Lagos” but guess what happened, IK continued to go to that radio station every day for three months because he knew what he wanted to achieve and he ...

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7 Mistakes Every Job Seeker Should Avoid During an Interview- Tokunbo Fasoro

In the course of interviewing graduates and young people over the years, I have discerned quite a number of things they say/do that serve as red flags during these interviews; a lot of candidates have consequently, lost many job offers. Often times it’s difficult to give the much needed feedback due to reasons such as time constraints and a disinclination to cause offense. Hence, the decision to put this out for youngjob seekers to read, so they canavoid such mistakes: Bad Introduction- From the question ‘Tell me about yourself’, we expect you to sell yourself to us in a few words; talk about yourself and your achievements.Many a time, I can tell who is in and who is probably going to lose it just from the response to this question. In a nut shell, if your first 30 seconds is not great, it has an impact on the rest of the interview. C.V and linked in profile must match with personality- Lots of times, some candidates write half-truths or outright lies. Some lie about their ages, especially if the position has an age limit, forgetting that there would definitely be discrepancies between the claimed age and their primary and secondary ...

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