Archive for November, 2012

Effective employee selection process

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

In August 2010, our National Economic Management Team and the World Bank endorsed a pact with stakeholders in the Nigerian public and private sectors to stem the wave of unemployment in the country. Then, Mr. Richard Sandall, a private sector-development specialist with the World Bank disclosed that 10 per cent of Nigerians were (and are) in gainful employment; 50 per cent in low-paid and insecure employment while 40 per cent were (and are) unemployed.

Naturally, one would be tempted to conclude that employers have an advantage of easily making the right choices from the pool of available job-seekers. But this conclusion is wrong. Getting the right candidates is a challenging and costly task for any business anywhere in the world. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more business owners want to employ. While the economy has not regained its former strength, the number of U.S. job openings rose by nearly 26 per cent between June 2009 and June 2010. The most shocking revelation is that it is not many leaders that will successfully fill these positions. Read the rest of this entry

Entrenching credibility in your workplace

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Credibility is one thing that is very critical to corporate survival. It is also known as “truth”, “honesty”, “integrity”, etc. When organisations are just desperate for survival and profitability without being conscious of building their credibility profile, chances of long-term success will be greatly slim. How would you rate your workplace in terms of integration of trust and teamwork? Is a seed of credibility regularly sown and allowed to germinate? The reason for these questions is that research has shown that many executives and managers do not yet seem to grasp that credibility is a business asset that has enormous clout and needs to be carefully nurtured through conscious efforts.

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Managing your boss effectively

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

    Most people get stuck on the ladder of career advancement just because they lack the skills of effectively managing their boss. If you are one of those experiencing retardation in your career despite having the skills required to succeed, you need to review your relationship with your boss. If you know it is not cordial, you need to urgently do something about it. Maintaining cordial relationship with your boss in the workplace is very crucial to your career success. The quality of management may be rapidly declining in today’s corporate world, but the junior workers can do a lot to salvage the situation and enhance their job satisfaction in the process. Your boss holds your future prospects in the workplace in his or her hands. Expect little or no assistance from a boss that does not like you. Read the rest of this entry

One potent tool of leadership success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Leadership is developed not discovered. The truly-born leader will always emerge, but to stay on top, natural leadership characteristics must be developed. It is leadership that allows for innovation. Leadership results in well-run organisations that are known for efficiency and profitability.

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Fundamentals of entrepreneurial success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 Stakeholders have continued to blame the high rate of unemployment in this country on our school curricula that are not tailored towards making students entrepreneurs after graduation. Consequently, most times, graduates that even want to venture into self-employment or entrepreneurship after a long search for jobs do not know where to start from. This situation is worrisome, making sustained education in this regard a matter of compulsion. What is entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship is the practice of starting new organisations, particularly new businesses generally in response to identified opportunities. Entrepreneurial activities are substantially different, depending on the type of organisation that is to be started. Read the rest of this entry

Exploiting branding for business success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

If you discover that people, even those who know you very well, do not quite understand whom you really are and what they can rely on you to do for them, then, there seems to be a gap between perception and reality. In other words, there is a gap between the “real you” and the “you” other people see and interact with. It is noteworthy that businesses deal with this dilemma constantly. Their most successful responses tend to focus on one key concept, that is, branding.

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Interpersonal skills as a success booster

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

One attribute that accelerates human success is strong interpersonal skills. This is because the way we are perceived by people around us plays a major role in our day-to-day happiness at home, in the office; and also determines our career future among other things. So, no matter how hard we work or brilliant we are, if we cannot relate well with the people around us, our chances of success may be negatively affected.

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Self-discipline as a gateway to success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Discipline is about being able to control your own behaviour so that you can do what you are expected to do without being told by anybody. It is also a way of training your mind or learning to control your behaviour and obey rules. It is also known as “self-discipline”. We need a large dose of self-discipline to solve life’s problems. Discipline means having the vision to see the long-term picture and keep things in balance. Read the rest of this entry

Dreaming your way to success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Dreams, they say, are only dreams until you really believe in them and have an action plan to realise them. So, a dreamer with a vision will create an action plan to move forwards towards his or her goal. Some people have dreams that go astray and when that happens, their plan gets messed up, and their goals are never realised. This means that the seeds of our dreams need to be regularly watered with a well-laid-out plan so that our goals can be reached.

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Achieving personal and corporate success

By Goke Ilesanmi

 

Whether you are a business person, a young person starting out or a married couple, you aspire to lead a life that counts for something. To succeed in life, you need to create a vision for yourself for the long-term future because the clearer your vision, the faster you move towards it and the faster it moves towards you. This is so because a person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road. Apart from personal success, another type of success most cherished is organisational success.

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