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LOOK….WHAT DO YOU SEE? – Opeyemi Komolafe

Doing back to back interviews have further revealed that most prospective job seekers don’t see beyond getting a steady income. The question ” Where do you see yourself career wise in the next 5-10 years?” is often met with confusion, agitation or or at best  uncertain hesitation. Those who are deemed confident and eloquent enough to respond will reel off a list of contradicting and inversely proportional plans that cause the interviewer’s jaw to drop in amazement.  I interviewed someone yesterday for a position as an educationist, the fact that all he had was a National Diploma in Estate development was not what puzzled me, the fact that he had no plans of furthering his education (remember he wants to be an educationist!) was not what amazed me, it was the fact that his career plans for the next 5-10 years was plainly ” I want to be employing people to be working as my labour” is what completely knocked my socks off!!!!!    EVERYONE HAS A DREAM Everyone on earth has that as a dream. It is the vaguest and most ambiguous plan anyone can have.  The error in grammatical construct and the fact that he came in sagging ...

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LEARN AND KEEP LEARNING – OPEYEMI KOMOLAFE

Keep Learning Raising my children has taught me that you should be careful what you mention to a child because you will be quoted verbatim even if you have reconsidered your stance on that subject. One day, my daughter was ranting on how she hates school and doesn’t understand why she needs to always read while I got to do whatever I liked. I remember saying ” My dear daughter, I have finished studying all the books I want to study in my lifetime, anything after those are optional. You, on the other hand have a long way to go, and I’m not even seeking your opinion. You must have a good education”. My six (6) year old wailed louder and walked away.  Back to present day: The dynamism and competition in the workplace and business sphere today has driven me back to those books. I envision my daughter laughing at me the moment she realizes that I have no option as well. There are nights that father, mother and children in my home have their noses in one piece of literature or the other. To remain relevant in the world today, continuous learning is not optional, it is mandatory. ...

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Business Partnership (Pt 3) – Opeyemi Komolafe

Business Partnership Part 3 As much as having a partner gives you leverage, having a problematic partner can cost you business, clients, your reputation and even your entire company.  So what do you do when you find out you have made a partnership error?  Dissolve the partnership as soon as possible. Knowing that a business partner is a fellow member of a business by contract, to dissolve the partnership, you will have to go back to the contract, get your lawyers and settle amicably (hopefully out of court).  It is important to note that all partnerships have their ups and downs, that said, we must be able to separate differences in personal and corporate affairs. Irreconcilable differences in some personal affairs might not necessarily impact the business, so to dissolve a viable partnership over preferred educational systems for your children is just plain folly, no matter how heated the argument. The denomination of your church does not impact on your business. A necessity to take an annual leave to vacation every year doesn’t necessarily impact your business.  As long as those differences don’t affect the business or reputation of the business, the partnership can work.  The minute your differences begin to ...

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THE LITTLE BIG THINGS RECRUITERS ASSESS

What Do Recruiters Look Out For Recruiters complain day after day on how there is a shortage of skilled manpower in the labor market. I could interview 15 different ‘qualified’ candidates for a role and be amazed at how short they fall from the mark. The universities churn out graduate and postgraduate students every year, yet recruiters search endlessly for the right candidate; that square peg to fit the square hole.  You have an interview that you are qualified to the teeth for. You’ve memorized all the jargon you’ve been told recruiters want to hear. You have donned the right outfit to appeal to the widest range of personalities. After the interview you could swear that you nailed it, yet you never got called for a second interview. Let me give us an idea of some subtle things recruiters assess, but would never be caught dead stating as a reason for not selecting you. Ideas Your breath: If you have an interview, please do not eat spicy food or onions. Even if you are too nervous to eat, kindly have a mint before you go in. Bad breath is a major turn off for recruiters. Your smell: If you have ...

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Business Partnership (Pt 2) – Opeyemi Komolafe

Business Partnership 2 In business relationships, integrity on your part and the part of your clients, vendors, financiers and employees cannot be over emphasized, however, in a business partnership it is completely non-negotiable. Apparently I am back to this topic of integrity, click here to read Part One. It can never be overstated. Imagine having a business partner who is completely unpredictable, someone you can’t trust to deliver on a job, someone you cannot assign as a signatory to an account, someone with whom you cannot take a well deserved vacation, I can go on and on but my point is clear. Having a business partner means you agree to some extent with the personality, value system and priority rating of that individual. You are better off facing the challenge of running a business on your own than having a partner who keeps you up at night, raises your blood pressure and has you keep your Account Officer on speed dial. We’ve spoken at length about integrity in one of my previous posts. As we did for ourselves, in picking a business partner, kindly ask yourself these questions based on what you know about this person. “As a person, what ...

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INTEGRITY: A NECESSARY GOOD IN BUSINESS

Integrity…………. a core value that is listed on every organization’s wall, physical or virtual, yet is one of the scarcest commodities in business relationships today. Let’s look at the meaning of integrity. The Oxford Learners’ Dictionary defines integrity as “The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles”. The Cambridge Dictionary adds a clause at the end of that …………..”that you refuse to change”. As an entrepreneur, your reputation is a large part of your business, and your clients, your vendors, your staff should be able to bank your words. You should run your business in such a way that if you ask for a loan extension it will be approved, if you ask a vendor to deliver and be paid later they oblige, if you promise a client a delivery within a certain timeline they won’t need a backup plan,………..you get my drift! Unfortunately, integrity as an entrepreneur is not suddenly endowed from heaven immediately you start a business, it starts from having integrity as an individual first. Your business is an extension of your person; your values; your ethics. If as an individual you are not known for reliability, honesty, dependability, quality, excellence, morality, etc it won’t ...

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The Keys To An Enduring Business

By Opeyemi Komolafe In the world today, we hear about so many businesses which do not outlive their creator/founder/owner. The business is meeting needs, providing goods and services for  thousands or even millions of clients, but shortly after the owner dies or retires, the business is run aground. As an entrepreneur, no matter what grand innovative ideas you have, no matter how fantastic your business acumen is, you cannot live beyond one lifetime. To ensure that your business; your legacy endures for generations: You must set up systems and structures. You must replicate yourself. You must pour yourself into others. You must select a group of future leaders into which you will transmit your way of doing things, your ideology, your creativity, your morality, your principles, your standards and your personality. It should be so effectively done that when you are absent, things should run as well as if you are on ground or even better. This select group of people should spend time with you getting to know how you think, how you react in situations, how you get inspired with ideas and what you envision the business to be.  You should have laid down documented policies and standard ...

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Understanding The Mind Of An Entrepreneur

By 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. Amongst 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 ...

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