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Extra Qualities Which Make You An Outstanding Employee Part 2- Tokunbo Fasoro

Yesterday, we talked about some qualities which make you an outstanding employee, you can find the link here if you missed out on the part 1. Here are some more qualities. Paying attention to detail: Avoid little things that can ruin all your hardwork. I rememberonce, we had a presentation in a school to ‘inspire the students to success’.We packed everything we needed except making arrangements in case of a power outage. Unfortunately for us, there was apower failure and we had to do the presentation without power.Can you imagine how we must have appeared? That was a big lesson for us in the company. You can guess that we always factor back up power sources into all our planning now! Communicate Effectively: Always think before speaking. You want to leave your listener with the idea that you can articulate your thoughts and your presentation well. Be a good listener too, pay attention, it’s embarrassing to refer questions till a later date. Confidence: Confidence produces results and encourages employees to take on challenges that others shy away from. Outstanding employees are highly confident in their abilities to perform, and this opens the door for more opportunities for them. Marketability: Employers ...

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7 THINGS TO AVOID WEARING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW

Avoid wearing tight clothing: It might not only give the wrong impression, it may also be distracting. The interviewer should focus on your skills not your figure. Short Clothes: Some interviewees wear really short clothes and it is obvious they are even uncomfortable. For an interviewer with morals, you have practically failed the interview without even saying a word. Avoid wearing overly casual clothes: Do not wear jeans, tennis shoes, shorts, T-shirts, hats, flip flops, sandals and flat shoes (Ladies). Ladies, wearing heels helps your posture. A good posture not only gives an air of confidence it makes you look smart and professional. Garments with messages written on them are a definite NO! NO! Avoid wearing obnoxiously colored suits such as yellow and red for the men, busy printed shirts or overly patterned ties (except you are interviewing as a clown of course!). It sums you up as unserious and can be very distracting for the interviewer. Save the fun till after you have got the job. Anything Distracting: Women should avoid exposing their cleavage or anything too revealing. No brightly colored dresses, make up should be minimal. Dresses with sleeves are preferable to sleeveless clothes. Both men and women should choose subtle and ...

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Managing Workplace Conflict

Workplace conflict is a common phenomenon in every organization and it takes many forms from simple instance of rivalry between teams to more complex cases of lack of trust and cooperation between groups of employees and management. Whether we like it or not we will have drama queens and kings who tend to blow non-event out of proportion just to create grief for other people and make the relational atmosphere in a team tense. As leaders in organizations the ability to effectively manage workplace conflict in a quick, objective and confidential manner says a lot about our leadership qualities. It should be noted however that not all workplace conflict is unhealthy. Some conflict are healthy conflict that helps to create innovation between teams example is conflict that arise from task that should be handled first or what methods to use in meeting a particular target. To tackle workplace conflict so that it has a positive impact rather than negative impact on the workplace consider using any of the following tips   Ensure your Organization has a Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure Disciplinary and grievance procedures remain the most frequently used method of handling conflicts. The disciplinary and grievance procedure are frameworks ...

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Beyond Beauty – The Jokotade Story

‎Jokotade and I met last month in Houston and within seconds got talking and just couldn’t stop, she is beautiful, brilliant and amazing and I just thought it was important for BIE readers to learn from her inspiring story. Enjoy. Vivian “Jokotade” Adeniyi popularly known as “Jokotade” is a Nigerian-American author, speaker, and thought leader on topics relating to women, business and leadership. She is the founder of The Jokotade Network where she hosts a group of talk shows with audiences in over 100 countries. Along with serving a large audience, she is a wife, mother and an entrepreneur running in her own lane. Her life as a serial entrepreneur began at the age of six when she started assisting her mother with her retail goods business in Tejuosho. She has since launched a growing list of businesses including one of Houston’s full-service design and print firms – a company she started with less than $100 over 12 years ago. Jokotade was born in Lagos and moved to the United States of America with her Parents in 1997 after completing her secondary school in Federal Government College Lagos, Ijanikin. Upon arrival in the United States, Jokotade got to work beginning ...

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How To Create A Career Development Plan

The world is becoming less accommodating for people who are content with ‘stumbling upon’ or ‘serendipitously discovering’ opportunities. Competition levels in the business world are being raised, and the margins that separate relevance from oblivion are tending towards being razor-thin. In such a setting as this, you will need to be as close to perfect for the opportunities that come your way (or simply pass on the highway) as you can. This preparedness can only be achieved by planning. A career development plan is perhaps the simplest tool you can devise to make your transition through a career path more organized. It signifies an intention on your part to set life-goals and pursue them- a desire to be more than just mediocre. So, if you are keen on writing one for yourself, you should be commended. But beyond this, you will have to ensure that your plan is realistic and time bound, if you do not want to wind up in the depressing position of having to pick up the pieces from a failed long-term project you created yourself. Here are some steps you should take in order to reach the career goals you have dreamt up for yourself Identify ...

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12 Challenges New Entrepreneurs Face And Ways To Conquer Them Pt2 – Tokunbo Fasoro

Hi BIE readers , you can refer to the part 1 of this post. Here… not to miss out on the points, for those just reading this, this is a brief introduction to the post. ‎ The economy is not smiling in a lot of countries in the world right now, especially countries that were totally dependent on oil as income. A country like Nigeria has been one of the greatest ones hit since the fall in oil prices and this has led to a lot of pay cuts, job losses and a hard time for employers to even pay salaries. This situation has forced a lot of people to seriously begin considering entrepreneurship like never before. Here are the final 6 challenges you may face as a new entrepreneur and ways to conquer them. 7. Dealing with the stress of not having a steady income: To me, that was one of the greatest challenges I faced. Many times I would say to myself, “Wow! I should have received a credit alert today, if I was still under paid employment”! At those difficult times, it is your passion for rendering the service that keeps you going. 8. Managing your money: ...

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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Poroku Oluwaseyi

Poroku Oluwaseyi is the CEO and Founder of SketchStage, a web design business he runs in Lagos. He had his primary and secondary school in Lagos. He attended Bowen University in Osun state and obtained a BSc in business administration. After which he went for different interviews, but got no job. Wrote a lot of job examinations but got nowhere with that, he was so eager to get a job that he became so depressed, but he always had a flair for web design, so he decided to go into web design training which lasted for 6months. After which he ventured into the IT world and acquired a diploma in web design. Little did he know it wasn’t that easy, after months of searching for a client, no fruit yielded so went back to the drawing board, learnt more on his own, discovered his selling point, worked for three IT training schools where he got his first job of 25000 naira. He was really excited because he could have done the job for free because of the passion he had for it. This gave birth to the idea of starting his business which he named SketchStage. During the course of ...

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BI Empowerment in collaboration with Dexlearn is offering young people on this platform, online courses at a discounted cost of #5,000 only per course. Don’t miss this

Courses Available Are : PROJECT MANAGEMENT CUSTOMER SERVICE GOAL SETTING AND GETTING THINGS DONE ENTREPRENEURSHIP HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROJECT MANAGEMENT OBJECTIVES: Define projects, project management, and project managers Identify the five process groups and nine knowledge areas as defined by the PMI Describe the triple constraint Perform a project needs assessment and write goals, requirements, and deliverables Create key project documents. Build a project schedule by estimating time, costs, and resources Understand and use the work breakdown structure Create project planning documents, such as a schedule, risk management plan, and communication plan Use planning tools, including the Gantt chart, network diagram, and RACI chart Establish and use baselines Monitor and maintain the project Perform basic management tasks, including leading status meetings and ensuring all documents are complete at the end of the project COURSE OUTLINE Module One: Getting Started Module Two: Key Concepts (I) Module Three: Key Concepts (II) Module Four: Initiation (I) Module Five: Initiation (II) Module Six: Planning (I) Module Seven: Planning (II) Module Eight: Planning Tools Module Nine: Executing the Project Module Ten: Maintaining and Controlling the Project Module Eleven: Closing Out Module Twelve: Wrapping Up CUSTOMER SERVICE OBJECTIVES State what customer service means in relation to ...

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All It Takes Is Some Care, Some Dedication And A Little Discipline – Tokunbo Fasoro

One morning, while on holiday, I decided to take a walk around the environment. After walking a few meters, I couldn’t but notice how neat and properly maintained all the lawns around looked. I mean ‘ALL’ the lawns! They looked so perfect, it was like I was looking at a picture. Then I noticed something- I saw that 4 different houses had people mowing their lawns, and I saw a woman tendering the flowers in front of her house. I was so amazed that these people paid so much attention to their environment. I saw dedication. I saw discipline. I just kept looking on in admiration. Then I began to think, if only we paid such attention to our lives; in the same way that made this environment look so perfect in areas such as our careers and goals, it could probably become perfect one day . If we could just take sometime to think, “How can I become perfect on this job? What do I need to do to get to the peak of my career? What do I need to do to take this business to the next level? How can I stop this addiction?” And so on… ...

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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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