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Think Big – Bolaji Akinlabi

Some people believe there are special individuals who are self-made because they are highly successful – I totally disagree with that. My simple belief is that they succeeded because they tapped into and unleashed their potentials for excellence. The world focuses on talent and highly publicised individuals with sought after jobs, giving them public recognition for their achievement. Other people achieve something and they get no reward or recognition simply because they failed to think critically before putting it into effect. This will take us on a short journey to Dr Ben Carson’s story: Ben’s parents got separated when he was eight years old. He and his brother Curtis were raised by a single mum. They moved from Boston to Detroit where he continued his education and attended Higgins Elementary School. Being a new student in the school, other students discriminated against him and tagged him as the dumbest kid in his class. They made jokes about him frequently. Ben gave in to this negativity and he actually saw himself as a dumb kid, but his mother who had always believed in him, saw him as a very smart kid. Of the different laws that guide the universe, the Law ...

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Effective Recruitment in Digital Age

Not very long ago, preparation for an interview required people to diligently arrange their academic transcripts right down to the certificates they won during extracurricular activities in schools and college, in a neat folder with crisp white A4 size papers of their resume stapled in proper alignment with each other. “Every important document must be in print” was an advice given by elders in my family. I remember going a step further with laminating them to prevent any damage whatsoever, especially dog-ears. Those days even the discoloration of papers was also an agenda of discussion. As I look at my email signature saying “Think before You Print”, I cannot help but be thankful of how convenient our lives have become ever since digitization has happened. In my capacity as a Chief People Officer, I often encounter questions on how can recruitment be made effective in this digital age? What most people miss out on is that recruitment has already been effectively digitized. The age of paper resumes and CVs are gradually being replaced by their digital counterparts. Did you know, 14.4 million job seekers have used social networks to find a job; 93% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, 66% use ...

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Elon & Mark: How the Success Story of these 21st Century Innovators Inspired Me

Hello guys, it’s another beautiful Tuesday today and I have decided to share with us, people that have inspired me. I hope we all get inspired. Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, Engineer and inventor.He is the founder of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.Musk is also chairman of the Musk Foundation, which focuses its philanthropic efforts on providing solar-power energy systems in disaster areas. Musk started out in 1995with his brother, Kimbal, where they started Zip2, a web software company, with their father’s money which was later acquired by Compaq with Musk getting a percentage from the sale. In March 1999, Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services and e-mail payment company, with money he got from the sale of Zip2. One year later, the company merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer ...

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Rainoil: Starting Your Business From The Scratch

I read this story on Gabriel Ogbechie, who happens to be one of my mentors, I was really inspired. It felt like he was talking about my exact start-up experience. Please be inspired! Good afternoon everyone. My name is Gabriel Ogbechie, I am the Managing Director of Rainoil Limited. Rainoil Limited is a company playing in the downstream sector of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. We’ve been in existence for about 19 years. The title of our lecture today is RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IN NIGERIA: My Experience. So, essentially, we will be talking about running a business in this country from my own point of view. I am essentially going to share my own experience; it’s an experience that has worked, but I don’t want to delude myself by saying that is the only way through which it works. But let us learn from my own experience and see what we can get out of it. I attended the University of Benin. I left the university in 1987. I took a degree in Engineering, I did my Youth Service in Kano, 1987-88. I worked briefly in Kano, then came to Lagos and joined the company called Pricewater House. I ...

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“Be Like Sasha” – Tokunbo Fasoro

I was speaking to undergraduates at the University of Lagos last week on planning for a successful career in future . I emphasized that it was important to do some internships while on holiday. Our environment and upbringing in Nigeria has given us a general mindset that working to earn, or working to learn does not start until after graduation from the university. I have discovered from experience that most people who stand out in their early career lives have interned or done holiday jobs while still in school. Amazingly on the news I heard that President Obama daughter; Sasha took a job as a waitress in a restaurant. Amazing isn’t it? The question is “How many of us can actually do this?” A Nigerian or an African child from a middle-class family can hardly be caught doing holiday jobs today. The truth is that we have a lot of universities churning out graduates every day, the national population is growing, and universities are increasing in number all at a rate that is not commensurate to the jobs available out there – the question here is “How can I stand out?” Why wait till you graduate before you gain some ...

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How Does A Good Service Look Like (Sponsored)

Every business that is oriented on providing services requires a certain level of quality. A good customer service will bring you many more customers, on the contrary to the bad customer service, which can scare your existing and potential customers away. Learn what features of a good customer service are today. Whether you are a service provider or a service user – be sure to meet the highest quality services on Jiji. Don’t make your customers wait Patience is a virtue – but it doesn’t regard to your customers at all. As quicker you are able to provide your customers with the services required, the better reputation you will get. You see, time is the most valuable asset for any human, and every good businessman understands it. So the less time your precious customers wait for their order, the more often you’ll see them as visitors of your restaurant. Provide with transparent transactions This rule regards the online trading mostly, as the e-commerce has become especially popular nowadays. Remember that it is important for the customers to see what they pay for. It is important for the customers to be able easily access the information about delivery time frames and ...

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5 Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria Who Have Inspired Me – Zika Nwaise

Hey everyone, hope our Tuesday is going as cool as it can be. Guess what, I decided to share with us this write up on these beautiful successful women who have been a source of inspiration to the society. As for the guys in the house, don’t feel so sad and just watch out for who is coming up next. In the meantime I hope you are all inspired because I am beaming with so much excitement from the inspiration I just got. Enjoy!!! Mosunmola Abudu The talk show host, usually known as Mo Abudu, is the CEO & host of a TV talk show, Moments with Mo. She is also the founder of The Inspire Africa Foundation.  Mo Abudu is not only a talk show host but also a TV producer, media personality, human resources management consultant, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Mo Abudu launched Ebony Life Television, “Africa’s first Global Black Multi-Broadcast Entertainment Network” in 2006. Though she was a successful human-resources executive for oil giant ExxonMobil, her heart was set on migrating from the boardroom chair to the chat-show sofa but her challenge was the fact that she had no TV experience whatsoever so she attempted to contact the ...

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14 Success Tips for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

A must read for aspiring Entrepreneurs!!! While growing up, I realized that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I did research on successful entrepreneurs who were in my line of business and I began to learn from them. I watched them closely; attended meetings where I could hear them speak. For those who had authored books, I tried as much as possible to read and learn from them. No one can know it all, we all learn from other people, especially people who have gone ahead of us. Here are a few tips I learnt from my mentors that have been of great help in my entrepreneurship journey. Push yourself – Keep learning. Try things you have never tried before. Ensure that your business is your passion – Do work that you totally believe in and would do for free. Get over your fears and just do it– You can never really know the outcome until you try it. Be positive – Always believe that if you can think it, you can do it. Click here to read more on if you can think it you can do it Have a vision – Ensure your vision is clear, written out ...

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The Management Student Association of UNILAG Organizes An Entrepreneurship Talk

We were invited to an entrepreneurship talk by the Management students of the University of Lagos. I was asked to speak on ‘What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur’ and I was so excited to find out that Mrs Ayodeji Megbope was a co-speaker. She happens to be one of the people who inspired me into being an entrepreneur about 5 years ago, when I listened to her speak at a meeting. It was a privilege to listen to her tell her story again, as she is a source of inspiration each time she speaks. Click here to view her inspiring story – “From 1k moi moi to the White House” I was also inspired by Mrs Eniola Salu Akintunde; the CEO of Styles by Saennys who got fired from the University of Lagos because she was running a full time programme alongside. She talked about how she took it as a challenge, went into entrepreneurship and today is a producer of Gem stones, accessories and unique jewelry items. Her company is one of the leading jewelry creation companies in Nigeria today. There were other inspiring speakers like Mrs Kemi Adesina, the CEO Kess Karpets and the CEO of ...

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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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