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Business Executives can learn from Toriola’s Leadership Style

Business Executives have heard stories about taking the lead in Organizations from across the world. As a leadership and career mentor myself, it breaks my heart very often when the majority of the anecdotes we share during training sessions with clients in corporate Nigeria are from foreign business experiences. Foreign to our culture and personalities. Most Business Executives in Nigeria corporate world are seldom seen to be “taking the lead” accepting culpability and assuring their clients an error will not be repeated. That is the reason many Nigerians and I were shocked (Pleasantly) when Nigeria's MTN CEO Karl Toriola came...
Entrepreneurship,Inspirational,Personal development,Uncategorized

Learnt Helplessness and the Nigerian State

In 1965, Martin Seligman and his colleagues were doing research on classical conditioning, or the process by which an animal or human associates one thing with another. In the case of Seligman's experiment, he would ring a bell and then give a light shock to a dog. After a number of times, the dog reacted to the shock even before it happened: as soon as the dog heard the bell, he reacted as though he'd already been shocked. But then something unexpected happened. Seligman put each dog into a large crate that was divided down the middle with a low...
Branding,Entrepreneurship,Inspirational,Personal development,Sales & Marketing

5 Ways Millionaires Approach Their Careers

Hey, it's 3:43am in Nigeria and I am excited because I just stumbled on this great piece written by Ken Sundheim on the entrepreneur webpage and I just know you will love it! Enjoy this read: In the majority of cases, it’s not luck that makes people money, nor is it who they know. Rather, the people who make the most money in their careers are the ones who display discipline, and who have a definitive sense of purpose and heavy duty resiliency. The positive news is that even if you don’t possess these skills now, it is very possible...
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MOST ENTREPRENEURS DON’T PLAN TO FAIL, THEY FAIL TO PLAN

I periodically read research reports about business failures. I always find them interesting, although often they are depressing. Such as what I recently read. Which was research from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. This research found that 70% to 80% of new businesses fail within their first year. And while this was frustrating enough to read, the research further stated that half of those companies which do survive the first year will fail within the next four years. Now, let's turn to the cause of this failure. According to Dun & Bradstreet, the number one cause of this failure is...
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Crafting your Elevator Pitch.

We had just gone to say hi to a neighbor who just moved into our area in Lekki Lagos. My wife and I went to say hi and welcome them to the Area with a cute basked of home made cheese cakes. After the Initial pleasantries and settling down to some of the snacks and a couple of drinks. The man of the house an avid investment Banker in his Mid 40's threw the question "...So what do you do?" I was sure I muffled some words about being a Strategic Plan Consultant cum Management Trainer and whatever else came...
Inspirational,Love,Uncategorized

How Not to Destroy Your Marriage: 8 Tips for Staying a Happy Couple

“All marriages are happy. It’s the living together afterward that causes all the trouble”.  -Raymond Hull So how do you make your marriage work? Or do you just blindly hope it’ll take care of itself? Think of a hot, successful date with someone you’re attracted to. You have fun, great conversation and more sexual chemistry than a warehouse full of pheromones. You don’t have to “work at” the date because it’s self sustaining. It runs as smoothly as the gliding hand of a classical guitar maestro and you can’t wait for another rendition. But marriage, or any long term relationship;...
Entrepreneurship,Inspirational,Personal development

3 Things Start ups should avoid when talking to investors

People who advise entrepreneurs over a decent chunk of time tend to have the kind of world-weary perspective you'd expect from someone who has seen so many startups succeed or fail. They know what can scupper investment opportunities and turn off potential investors. Wayne Barz manages entrepreneurial programs at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, an economic development program to foster new companies and job growth. It runs an incubator for life science and technology companies called TechVentures. In a blog entry for its website this week, he called attention to three things startups should avoid when talking to...
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Ten Questions Still Baffling Scientists

Science has done a terrific job of answering some of the world’s most difficult questions, but certain mysteries still elude researchers. How does gravity work? Can your pet fish really predict an earthquake? Why do we yawn so much? Here’s what we don’t know and how close we are to figuring it out. 1. Why Do We Yawn? Theories about why we yawn are as common as grumpy toddlers at nap time, but two explanations seem plausible after experimental tests. One is that yawns help cool the brain and optimize its performance. Psychologists at the State University of New York...
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A note to the frustrated Dreamer- Tyler Perry

THIS IS FOR FRUSTRATED DREAMERS I was driving in to work this morning and I started thinking about all the days I dreaded going to work. I was so sick of it… the job, my boss, the people I worked with, the traffic… I would wake up angry every morning. I didn’t want to deal with the crap of the job, but I was forced to go. I had been homeless, I was broke, living paycheck to hopefully the next paycheck. I couldn’t take a day off for fear I would get fired. I was just frustrated. I thought I...