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Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nigeria. 12th-17th November, 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration for Entrepreneurship, celebrating creativity, innovation and job creation, and without doubt, has been an amazing form of publicity nationally and internationally for entrepreneurs! During this week EDC the Nigeria partners with entrepreneurs to hold various events; from conferences to organized walks. Every year Nigeria never fails to raise the bar higher and higher with her involvement with GEW. Here is a Synopsis of the events: Saturday 12th November, 2016 a) GEW Walk for Entrepreneurship Venue:Muri Okunola Parks & Gardens Adeyemo Alakija, Victoria Island. Lagos (Starting Point) Time: 7am The GEW Walk for Entrepreneurship jump starts the activities for the week and aims at physically raising awareness and promoting entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and job creation. The GEW walk will take place in five different geopolitical locations within Nigeria including Lagos. Monday 14th November, 2016 b. Technology in HR Management Venue: Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University, KM 22, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Ajah, Lagos Time: 9am-1pm. The first event of the week coined ‘Make It Work,’ is one that focuses on effective online method for job placement and management. It will consist of informative talks, facilitated by business consultants. There will be an open discussion ...

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6 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Joke Bakare, MD, Medplus

Medplus was not a dream Joke Bakare had always carried. Before she started Medplus, she was just another bright pharmacist who had interned at University College Hospital Ibadan, served the nation at Military Hospital on Awolowo Way, worked with Right Aid Pharmacy in New York after obtaining a New York license to practice Pharmacy, and had a brief part-time job at Cleanipharm Pharmacy on her return to Nigeria. At the time she started, the concept of pharmaceutical chains, where one could have a pharmacy in different locations, was not one people were used to. Here are 6 key lessons from her transition into entrepreneurship: Not being sure of what you want does not necessarily signal failure. Many people think you need to know exactly what you want to do from a young age and go for it, but not everyone follows that path to success. Joke Bakare never really wanted to become a pharmacist; neither did she want to study Medicine because of the duration. She simply was not sure what she wanted to do. Her father, God rest his soul, suggested Pharmacy to her since she had distinguished herself in Chemistry as a secondary school student. She went with his ...

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Learn Soft Skill and other Courses on Dexlearn

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ABOUT DEXLEARN Soft skills are increasingly becoming the hard skills of today’s work force. It is just not enough to be highly trained in technical skills, without developing the softer, interpersonal and relationship-building skills that help people to communicate and collaborate effectively. This is what gave birth to DexLearn. DexLearn is a next-generation online learning platform built for individuals and businesses striving to stay at the forefront of innovation and bring teams up to speed with people skills. It is specifically designed to offer relevant skills on-demand skills and a whole host of other personal attributes crucial for career success in the skills-driven economy. Therefore with  DexLearn, you can save time, money, and resources with effective, on-demand skills training anytime, anywhere. Courses Available Are: PROJECT MANAGEMENT Project Management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time.  The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual (or operations), which are repetitive, permanent, or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services. In practice, the management of such distinct production approaches requires the development of distinct technical skills and ...

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What Opportunity Can I See? The Mind Of An Entrepreneur – Opeyemi Komolafe.

Listening to the news and people around me, what I hear is how jobs are being lost and businesses are being shut down because of the ‘recession’, I wonder why everyone is so frantic! About 10 years ago, there was a conversation that my mother had with me. My takeaway from that talk resounds in my mind almost everyday. Amongs’t the many things she said, I always remember her say ” Opeyemi” (she only calls my full name when she is dead serious or I am in deep trouble……..) “If your certificates were taken away from you, have you really thought about what you can do to generate income”? I was quite surprised at her question because I had graduated with a good result and companies had already started headhunting the group of us right from school. She went on to say “Multiple streams of income will always be an asset to you”. In the world of today, that phrase, ‘multiple streams of income’ has become a household slogan. Everyone is now under pressure to generate income from all sources by all means available. It is great if you have a salaried job, fantastic if you have a side business, ...

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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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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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Why Be Average When Excellence Is Possible? – Zika Nwaise

Hello dear BIE readers, I trust you are all doing good! I know you all must have missed me(as I did you) but don’t worry, I have prepared something special to make up for all the time I was away. It’s a clip from my autobiography, a story of how I learnt to do more and go the extra mile. I learnt so much from that experience and I thought to share with us- who knows? I just might be helping someone out. Read and be inspired. When I was 20 years old, I joined a department in church and I was so zealous and enthusiastic that I would jump at everything I was asked to do.If I was given a task with a deadline of a week later, I would return with feedback as early as a day or two after. I continued like this for months and was expecting that in very short period I would be promoted in that department.Unfortunately I wasn’t. I remained in that position for about two years and would always be commended with comments like “Good job girl”!Or given a ‘thumbs up’ for doing well. I wasn’t satisfied with that so I started ...

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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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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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