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4 Tips To Help You Fit Into Your New Job

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Article By Tokunbo Fasoro Shortly after graduation, I got my first job. I found it difficult blending into workplace, especially when I was just coming from an academic environment, the job was in Lagos Nigeria which was also a new environment for me and I had to learn a whole lot by myself. I took some time to study my environment, and I made a friend who had worked in the organization for about 10 years, I could ask him over 10 questions a day. He was a very pleasant person, always happy to respond and put me through. Being a fast learner, the questions began to reduce in number and gradually became none, by then I had fully blended and had began to perform, at the end of the year, I was awarded the staff of the year. Here are a few tips that will help you speed up your blending process Ask questions: It’s a new job; of course you need to understand your environment and the culture of the organization. Aside on boarding and orientation, it is important you ask questions when you are not sure of what to do. I am sure there would be people ...

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How to Discover What You’re Passionate About

How to Discover What You’re Passionate About

A common theme in most writing on goal setting is the need to follow your passions.  Do the things that make you want to get up early in the morning.  There’s only one thing missing: What if you don’t have any passions? I’m sure everyone on this planet has interests.  But that’s not the same thing.  Enjoying playing video games isn’t the same as spending thousands of hours designing your own.  Your passion has to be something you would work exceptionally hard for. So what do you do, if there is nothing you feel that engaged about? The Way to Start Isn’t With a Survey… A lot of career guidance involves measuring your current skills and personality, and then deciding what you would be most suited for.  I don’t like this approach because people are complex.  And any test will ultimately be a gross simplification of what’s important to you and what you like to do. I once heard a story about a wealthy woman who was looking for a husband.  She invested over $20,000 on a series of psychological surveys to match her with potential candidates.  She met individually with the dozen candidates that were her best match.  After ...

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Networking And Building Relationships Made Easy

Networking and building relationships

I went out one beautiful Saturday morning for an exhibition. On my way back, I saw some beautiful flowers along the lawn and I picked some. When I got back home, I dropped them in a flower pot, didn’t even bother to put some water in them. The very next day, I repeated the same thing. I continued like that……….on and on, days after days, weeks after weeks, it was becoming a habit, I was loving the idea of collecting flowers but there was a problem. I kept on gathering them without taking care of them. All I wanted to do was pick them up and keep them in the flower pot at home not considering the fact that I had to take care of them by giving them the required amount of water and sunlight they needed. I wasn’t even concerned about the number of flowers I could manage at a time in my small flower pot. One day, they were all dead. Many times, when we go to networking events, we end up collecting a thousand business cards not minding if we can successfully manage the relationship with all these people. We don’t even keep in touch to ...

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“The Have-to’s” and “The want-to’s”

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I was chatting with a friend and she was talking to me about how the house would be so dirty sometimes and she wouldn’t just feel like cleaning.  She would instead ‘want to’ sleep or watch TV, but unfortunately, it’s something that she ‘has to’ do. As human beings, most times we don’t want to be stressed, we all just want to sleep, have fun, relax, play, hang out, party etc. These are things we ‘want to do’ and there are so many things we wouldn’t feel like doing, especially when it comes to hard work, setting goals, following through, making sacrifices etc. but unfortunately these are things that we ‘have to do’ to remain relevant and be successful. Relating this to careers, goals or even aspirations in life, we just find out that most times we prefer to remain where we are. Quite a lot of people find it difficult getting out of the status quo. Many times you discover a lot of people are limited because they are not intrinsically motivated, most people want to be motivated or pushed by other people before they can take the next big step in their lives which would take them to ...

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Your Habits Make You Or Break You

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Article By Opeyemi Komolafe HEY……..STOP THAT!! Yes, you……stop it!!!! What is that thing, now a habit that is sabotaging the achievement of your goals? What is that activity that you love so much that is a hindrance to you taking the timely and calculated steps towards the achievement of your life’s purpose. They are not always bad things. They might appear to be harmless little actions or habits that make you do the opposite of pursuing your life’s goal. For me, it is television. I loooooooooove TV!!!!! I always tell myself that it helps me unwind and relax after a long hard day so the hours I spend watching tv are slotted under the section of ‘work/life balance’ or ‘helping Ope relax and prevent her from pulling her hair from the roots.’ Watching tv is not necessarily bad, but its effects on me became glaring after a recent decision by my husband that cable network would not be subscribed to during the school term. You see, my daughter picked some of my habits and always found it difficult to focus on school work as long as a tv is switched on in the house. This drove my husband’s insistence on ...

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Sprinting Theory: How to Have Self-Discipline on Steroids

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There ain’t no such thing as willpower. Explaining away wins and losses by some magical force is only useful if you don’t understand anything about your own psychology. Having concrete theories about why your self-discipline can fail you is far more useful. I’m going to explore one of those ideas for putting your self-discipline on steroids. Using this concept has been incredibly useful in breaking through my own laziness. This simple idea I’m going to refer to as sprinting theory. 100-Meter Dash or Marathon? Running is all about pacing. If you go too fast early in the race, you’ll burn out all your energy far before the finish line. Completing a marathon is quite different than bursting through the 100-meter dash. If you get the pacing wrong you’ll either finish way behind or stop halfway. Pacing a sprint is straightforward because of one thing: you know the length of the race. You know before the starting pistol fires whether you’ll finish a brief lap around the track or several miles. The goal of sprinting theory is to help you set a pace for your discipline. Discipline is a Fuel Recent research suggests that self-discipline is a fuel, not a state ...

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How Do You Know If You’ll Be Successful

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By Brett Fox When times were really rough, I would get Avery’s magic eight ball. I would ask it, “Do you think we’re going to be a  success?” I would shake the eight ball and wait for the answer to appear in the triangle. The answer came back, “Prospect Good.” My fear was over for a day. The magic eight ball said we were going to be okay. Then, the next day I would shake the magic eight ball again. This time the answer came back, “No.” “It must be a mistake,” I said to myself. “Today, it’s the best two out of three.” So, I shook the magic eight ball again, and this time it came back, “Yes!”. I breathed a sigh of relief, but I still had one more shake to go. So I shook the magic eight ball really, really hard and this time it came back, “Maybe.”   And that about sums up the life of an entrepreneur, doesn’t it? It’s a big maybe. Unfortunately, no one can tell you, not even the magic eight ball, whether or not you’re going to succeed. But there are leading indicators. Here are my eight leading indicators of entrepreneurial ...

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Body language mistakes even experienced professionals make

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You may have chosen the perfect words for the meeting, the presentation, or the one-on-one conversation, but if your body language isn’t in sync, your message won’t stick. Moira Lawler, Monster contributor You’ve mastered the firm handshake—congrats! But don’t stop there: Body language in the workplace goes way beyond that. Think about it: You can only get out so many words per minute (yes, even you fast talkers out there), but your body gives off thousands of messages in that same stretch of time, says Patti Wood, an Atlanta-based body language expert and author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma. Problem is, many managers and senior execs don’t pay attention to their body language. “They have two conversations going on: the verbal conversation and the nonverbal conversation,” says Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., a California-based body language expert and author of The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help—or Hurt—How You Lead. “And the nonverbal can either support or sabotage what they say.” Read through these six common mistakes to see if your body language is working against you. Mistake #1: You’re making too much (or too little) eye contact Without eye contact, you’re telling ...

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The one area where women still fail to stand up for themselves

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Women are leading the charge for change—except when it comes to negotiating their salaries. Don’t get cheated. Use these tips to boost your bargaining power. Vicki Salemi, Monster career expert There’s no denying it: Women are calling for change. They’re mobilized, invigorated, and determined to make sure the future is one that supports them both in their personal and professional pursuits. But a recent study says there’s one glaring area where women aren’t standing up for themselves. And that’s a huge bummer.Only 34% of women negotiate their job offers, compared to 46% of their male peers, according to a recent survey of more than 2,700 workers by global staffing firm Robert Half. And actually, from my experience as a corporate recruiter, I’d say the discrepancy is even greater! We expect today’s modern women to be more vocal and fearless than previous generations, so this news is especially bewildering.As someone who has been on the other side of the desk in countless job-offer negotiations, I can tell you this: Everyone should negotiate their salaries. With all of that in mind, I thought I might offer some insights for women on how to approach this kind of discussion with confidence. You might ...

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HELP SOMEONE AND DETACH

Opeyemi Komolafe

BY OPEYEMI KOMOLAFE I heard this statement from Paul Foh, the No 1 salesman in Nigeria. He is a force to be reckoned with in the area of Sales and Sales’ Training. It struck a chord in my heart because a lot of us don’t know how to do this. You often hear people say “After all I did for him/her, look at what was done to repay me!” Paul used a tree analogy; when you plant a tree, as long as you have chosen a good piece of soil and you have made sure it gets all its nourishment, walk away and plant other trees. It is not normal to plant a tree and then loiter about remaining connected to the tree, constantly reminding the tree of your good deed because you are waiting for that tree to grow and provide shade for you. When we are instrumental in setting someone up in business, helping someone get a job, putting someone through school etc, we shouldn’t wait around and expect to reap from it. God is the rewarder. PLANT THE TREE (HELP) AND DETACH!!!! That’s where the dignity lies. That’s where the blessing is guaranteed. That is where the legacy is established. As human beings, it is only human and subconsciously expected, to reap where we have sown and to be hurt when there is no harvest, or if the the harvest is evil, but when you walk away and wipe the slate clean, you have no expectations and that way, it’s difficult for you to get hurt. By God’s grace I helped a young lady from a challenged background to get a really good job (some old relationships paid off) recently and she was so appreciative that I actually started getting embarrassed. In my mind, I was like “Please don’t use your thank you to cancel out my heavenly blessing.” But I would be lying if I said my human mind didn’t enjoy the acknowledgement and appreciation. A lot of us have been hurt by people we helped in the past and that has made us reluctant to plant another tree. Believe me, the pain is less when you have no expectations, that way, looking forward to planting another tree is just going to be second nature. The reward that matters is incomparable to the paltry shade that your planted tree can provide you. I speak to myself also when I sound it once more…….PLANT A TREE (HELP A PERSON) AND DETACH!!! Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 404

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