Monday, 16 December 2013

NELSON MANDELA: Quintessential Leader and Role Model

Nelson Mandela is not your run-of-the-mill type of leader; he is a leader to the core. The Madiba himself is an exemplary and selfless leader. He is a model and a huge inspiration to all manner of leaders worldwide, and a great lesson too, especially for African leaders, i.e. anyone who cares to draw from him any lessons at all. Now, let us meet our role model/case study: He is the South African statesman (1918-2013) who was released from prison to become the nation's president after the first multi-racial election in 1994. By exhibiting unflinching and unparalleled selflessness, and sacrifice, Nelson Mandela finally stood himself out as an epitome of an astute leader for the world to behold.

Nelson Mandela

Leadership must drive a definitive image along with it in order to be reckoned with. Thus a good leader must be one that is both devoted to his career, and diligent towards his calling and vocation. It is quality leadership and integrity (at work), vision, principle, and a predilection for the sublime that unfolds your inner being to the approval and admiration of civilised society. In the end therefore, it should matter to you when you ask yourself – what image do I portray, or how do people see me?

On the very day Nelson Mandela passed on; on that night of thunder in South Africa, when a mighty tree fell and the eagles fled their nests, top world leaders left everything to pull up the rostrum and pay tribute before anything else, and before the strike of dawn. That very moment the American president – Barak Obama ordered that the American flag be flown at half mast immediately, starting from the White House in Washington DC.

While fellow African leaders in unison with their counter parts all over the world join in mourning, uttering ululations and pouring encomiums on the departed world hero, which is the usual ritual, one should wonder if anyone is actually drawing any lessons from the life and times of this fallen hero; this dogged fighter, defender of justice, and an astute leader of the African continent and the world. Usually these African leaders are just wont to come out publicly just to identify with a great brand or personality and, to eulogise the dead – just mouthing off tributes that do not emanate from their heart. They are sober only for a second and the next moment they are back to who they are – what a pity.

In the Holy Scriptures, Jesus Christ referred to the prophet – John the Baptist (a man of no means) as ‘the greatest of all prophets born of woman’. And many who are professed religious people and Christians alike today would be shocked to know that; many would even want to contest it in their hearts unfortunately for them because, greatness, contrary to their brainwash beliefs, does not have to do with, and does not consist of your material possession. So also, our Nelson Mandela has revealed himself larger than life – a very great man and leader of unmatchable stature, not basing it on material possession, but on quality leadership and life style. What more – Michael Jackson, the late music icon of the world longed to meet this great citizen of the world and shake his hands until he did, ditto for so many other world leaders that eventually met with him. Even his enemies had no choice but to admire him.

Greatness, and by the same token, quality leadership, is measured by the core values and a sound philosophy of life which all sum up to the legacies you build and eventually bequeath to posterity. But on the contrary – our leaders, most of them in Africa, and especially here in Nigeria do not seem to care about image or integrity; they are just too busy aggrandising themselves. They do not cherish those virtues that stand out Nelson Mandela; they neither have candour nor cherish peace in their hearts because the truth of the matter is that without justice, there can never be true peace in the land. Our (rulers) leaders are too material conscious and value above all else, primitive accumulation and power acquisition. But Nelson Mandela compared to these lot looms like a translated being, towering above them all, having also transcended all these and other primordial idiosyncrasies.

Our leaders, and in fact everyone of us must learn the lesson that greatness is never measured by the size of your bank account, or the size of car your drive, but by the size of your heart and the values that drive you. Greatness is never measured by the size of mansion you live in or the number of houses all over the world that are in your name, but rather a true leader and great personality is acknowledged by the love he shows, the courage he musters to remain resolute to lofty principles; to uphold them and to stand up and stand out, even if alone, only to make a difference. Such is the man Nelson Mandela; a man of simplicity, a man of charisma, a man of humility and outstanding accomplishments.


By: Morgan Nwanguma (www.workamania.blogspot.com)                                  
Brand/Creative Executive - Energy Group, Lagos
                                           


Monday, 2 December 2013

A Little Secret

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As you set to start a business today; as you think of what manner of investment to embark on today; as you search yourself to know what areas are your strong points; as a business woman or man intending to venture out, have you asked yourself that one question that matter most? I tell you today, this is the one secret to success that every one successful person out there has applied at one time or the other. 
In your area of business, it doesn’t matter, be it in your chosen career or profession, this one question remains forever relevant:
What Do People Need?                                                                                                                                              This is the one big question that answers all your questions on success. 
A. T. Stewart, a poor boy in New York once made the mistake of his life and lost most of his capital. He bought needles, thread and buttons, etc. He went to people to try and market his wares and did not get any positive response. When he realised he had gambled his resources away, he swore never to gamble in business anymore. The next thing he did was to go from door to door in his entire neighbourhood asking and finding out what exactly they needed. 
As he discovered what the people actually wanted, he then went ahead to invest his remaining capital and became very successful in the years to come amounting to some forty million dollars. 
Simply put – you must put yourself in the position to want to solve problem in whatever area of endeavour, calling or profession. Attend to what people need.

By: Morgan Nwanguma

Friday, 4 October 2013

How to Write a Convincing Curriculum Vitae

It is no longer a surprise that most school certificate holders and even graduates alike today have not come fully abreast of the acceptable or prevailing trend in a simple CV or Resume presentation. Your CV is the first gateway of any prospective employer to getting to know and assess who you are and what you can do at first glance.
Thus a CV or Resume has to be arranged in sequential order, enabling any prospective employer to be able to read your progress and experience. It is important to elaborate on your outlook in life, skills strong points, and the various positions held as well as the duties carried out accompanied with dates.

Also, should you not have been engaged at any time, you are not supposed to leave any blanks in your sequence of experiences. Thus, whether you were engaged or not, it is important to indicate whatever it was you were doing. It does not matter whether you were being paid for the engagement or not. As such it is always advisable that at every point in time you ought to be positively engaged with something. They all add up in the end as no experience is useless. Following is a typical example of how you could tailor your Curriculum Vitae:

Objective

Place your text here.

Qualifications

Place your text here.
Present Occupation

0000 to 0000, Title, Company

Job Responsibilities

Work History

0000 to 0000, Title, Company

Job Responsibilities

0000 to 0000, Title, Company

Job Responsibilities

0000 to 0000, Title, Company

Job Responsibilities

0000 to 0000, Title, Company

Job Responsibilities

Education

0000 to 0000, Degree, Institution

0000 to 0000, Degree, Institution

References

Name, Position. Company, Phone

Name, Position. Company, Phone

Primary Business Address

Your Address Line 2

Your Address Line 3

Your Address Line

Phone: 555-555-5555

E-mail: someone@example.com



By Morgan Nwanguma











Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Writing a Business Plan


The preparation for a business proposal includes the presentation of a clearly defined Business Plan or Feasibility Study as the case may be. Mr. Sina Monehin is noted for his expertise in this area, and I think I should share his understanding of this all important matter.        
          
Objectives
At the end of the session, you will:

l      Learn and understand the content of a business plan and what to include in it;

l      know what data to use in facilitating the business financial projection;

l      Become skilled in writing a business plan.

 
Grow from small

What is a Business Plan?
l      The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines a plan as “a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something’.

l      The Encarta Dictionary defines a business plan as “a plan that sets out the future strategy or financial development of a business, usually covering a period of several years”.

What is a Business Plan?
l      “A business plan should set out the business objectives; how and when these will be achieved; the resources that will be needed; the evidence that supports the assumptions”. – Paul Barrow in ‘The Best-Laid Business Plans’

l       “Business plans are simply a formal list of your objectives and a road map which illustrates how you plan to achieve them with a budget for doing so attached” – Sahar & Bobby Hashemi in ‘Anyone Can Do It’


Does a Business Plan Help?
l      Having a business plan does not necessarily guarantee the success of a business.

l      Not having a business plan too does not necessarily mean that a business will fail.

l      There is however a high correlation between not having a business plan and failure rate of a business.

l      Having a business plan helps; the business gets more matured and chances of survival increase.


Some Arguments against Business Planning

l      ‘I’m not borrowing any money so I don’t need a business plan’. Wrong.

l      ‘You cannot predict the future’. Partly correct but remedy do exist.

l      ‘My business has been going for long. I don’t need a business plan – I won’t go bust.’ Risky statement. The universe is constantly changing.

Sound businesses need a business plan. It’s not optional.


The Benefits of Business Planning
l      It’s the recipe for success.
          - it will help you identify needed resources;
          - it will help you test your business propositions b4 you commit to action;
          - it will ensure that your business is best suited to the changing business                      environment.
l      Business planning makes you feel more confident about the future.
l      It helps give an invaluable tool to monitor and control your business.
l      It is a great communication medium in terms of getting the commitment of others to its execution.
l      By identifying weaknesses during the implementation phase, it helps in better resource allocation.
l      Removes reliance on taking decisions through hunch feelings.

What Sort of Plan?
l      Not a universal form of plan exists.
l      Different plans for different purposes.
l      Requirement too varies from plan to plan.
l       Common reasons for needing a plan include:
          -        To raise money
          -        To obtain approval for a course of action
          -        Performance enhancement
          -        enlist external support i.e. from suppliers, government body, etc.

What Makes a Good Plan?
l      The business is not going to exist in space but within a given economic system.
l      Knowledge of key macro-economics indices is important.
l      For Nigeria, the following are the key indices:
        GDP in real terms   - External Reserve
        Inflation                 - External Debt
        Interest Rate - Exchange Rate
        Oil Revenue           - Employment situation

Before You Start to Write Your Plan
l      The plan must be fully researched and documented. Avoid sweeping generalisations.
l      Be appropriate. Just tell the users of the plan what they need to know.
l      Be understandable. Avoid technical jargons.
l      Ensure that it can pass the reality test.
l      Report must have a smart and professional appearance.
l      Presentation must be first-class.


The Business Plan Guide – Executive Summary
l      Usually the last section of your plan to prepare but the first to come up in your presentation.
l       As the name implies, it is a summary covering the essential features of the business.
l       Covers basic business information of:
        Name of business (and when it was started if old)
        Legal status (sole trader, partnership, limited, etc.
        Authorised and issued share capital (and major shareholders)
        Registered office and trading addresses
        Professional advisers (bankers, lawyers, accountants, etc)
        Current mission and objectives
        Milestones and financial performance
        The opportunity and strategy
        The target market
        Competitive advantage
        Profitability potentials
        The management
        The offering 

The Industry, the Company and its Products or Services
l      The Industry:
          -        Present the current status and the prospects
l       The Company:
          -        Describe briefly what business area your company is in or intends to enter, what products or services; and who will be the principal customers.
l      The Products or Services:
          -        What USP’s (Unique Selling Points)
          -        Product Offerings

Market Research and Analysis
l      The marketplace as where everything plays themselves out.

l      Sound marketing information as the foundation for all financial projections.

l      Must be very comprehensive and not leave unanswered questions.

l      Might involve the use of professionals, consultants, apart of doing it yourself.

What Information?
l       Customers:
          -        Who are they? How homogeneous (major market segment)? What characteristics? What influences purchase decision? Etc. List potential customers if they exist.
          For existing business, list principal customers. Discuss trend in sales, expected growth rate, what share of the market, etc.

l      Market Size and Trends:
          -        What is the size of the total market?
          -        What is the potential annual growth rate?
          -        Projections should be for at least 3 yrs.
l      Competition:
          -        Who are your competitors? What market share?
          -        What are their strengths & weaknesses?
          -        Compare on basis of price, performance, service, sales/distribution network, production capacity, and other pertinent features. What strategy to defeat them?
          -        What’s exit and entry like in the industry recently?

l      Competitive Business Strategy:
1.     Determines what makes your business different from the others and why it will succeed.
2.     Your strategy will form a linkage between your mission, the business objectives, marketing and financial projections.               
3.     Environmental Scanning - PEST
4.     P – political pressures
5.     E – economic pressures
6.     S – social pressures
7.     T – technological pressures



Ø     SWOT Analysis:
-         S – Strengths
-         W- Weaknesses
-         O – Opportunities
               -    T – Threats


For more business and entrepreneurial advantages refer to further references for self reliance.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

GROW YOUR OWN BUSINESS TODAY


Are You Trying To Grow Your Own Business? Then Apply for “BET 3” – Diamond Bank’s Building Entrepreneurs Today Programme


Diamond Bank (Nigeria) Plc is pleased to announce the launch of the 3rd phase of the Building Entrepreneurs Today programme tagged “BET 3”. The first phase of the BET programme commenced in 2010 in which Diamond Bank empowered 5 entrepreneurs with growth capital of N3 million each after they emerged top 5 from rigorous business training at the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan African University.

Diamond Bank seeks to continuously increase the capacity and enhance the growth potentials of Nigerian entrepreneurs and has renewed its partnership with EDC to implement Building Entrepreneurs Today 3 (BET3).
BET3 which opened on Tuesday March 19 2013 is aimed at encouraging interest in entrepreneurship. Application for the program is open to the general public, in which 50 entrepreneurs from the numerous applicants shall be selected to undergo a robust 30-day intensive Entrepreneurial Management Training out of which 15 Top breed entrepreneurs will be selected for Business Development Support. Five (5) outstanding applicants/entrepreneurs will qualify for the Next Level Award which is the sum of N3 million each as a capital boost in support of their respective businesses.

Your Own Boss at Last


SELECTION CRITERIA
Selection criteria will be as follows:
1. Applicant must have a fully functional business (at least 3months in operations)
2. Applicant MUST not have attended any entrepreneurial Management program at EDC.
3. The business must have high growth potential.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants can download an application form from http://nigeria.smetoolkit.org/nigeria/en orwww.edc.edu.ng. You can also click here to download the BET 3 application form. Completed application forms should be submitted to bet@pau.edu.org. Please spread the word to your family and friends.


Process
APPLICATION PHASE (March 19 to April 5, 2013)
Entries open to the public for entrepreneurs to apply for the BET programme
CAPACITY BUILDING PHASE
EDC will be responsible for selecting the best 50 entrepreneurs that will partake in the 3 months Capacity Building Program at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan African University. These 50 participants will enjoy the following;
  • EDC networking meeting
  • Business advisory and counseling session
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PHASE
From the 50 entrepreneurs, 15 will be selected as Top Breed Students and they will be further engaged in an Intensive Business Development Support Service for another period of 6 months. This set of 15 students shall be provided with the following services;
  • A quarterly consulting session to be provided by experts in various fields
  • Provide monthly monitoring contacts with mentors for participants
  • Provide a mentor for each participant who shall be a second year MBA student at the Lagos Business School
  • Organize a platform for participant’s review of their plans with the University
NEXT LEVEL AWARD
From the 15 Top students entrepreneurs, EDC will select 5 outstanding entrepreneurs that will be given the “Next Level Award”. Diamond Bank will reward the 5 outstanding entrepreneurs with a sum of N3 million Naira each as their growth capital for their businesses.
An Award / Prize Presentation ceremony will be organized by the Bank to showcase the 5 outstanding entrepreneurs to the general public.

By: www.workamania.blogspot.com

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Fashion Modelling - Career for Your Kid?

In this modern day and age of high fashion and wide spread activities in the modelling world, a vista of hope and a myriad of great opportunities have emerged on the business world as well as the employment market for all manner of talents that have to do with this whole world of show business, fashion, and modelling. 

Favour on the right at age five, with her friend Ozioma

It has become imperative therefore that bright young talents can be harnessed right even from the cradle and so on, and pushed right into lime light both for fame and a whole new career direction and success.

Favour Lucky walking  the Catwalk

Enter Nigeria’s Next Super Model, a contest that has become a successful annual event in Nigeria, and now entering its season 7 this year 2013. The contest has been growing and after some years, it has risen to be one of the topmost model contests in the whole of Africa. Yearly winners emerge with a life-changing offer as well as brand new cars for the finalist. It is however aimed at catching them very young and nurturing the visible talents and potentials that these future super models can present.



I dare say here that the success of season 6 of this contest is ‘the story of Favour’. The story of Miss Favour Lucky, the winner of the 2012 edition, strikes me personally with great interest and delight. It is a classical a fairytale-like story, and indeed a dream come true for little 14 year old Favour whom I watched growing up where we lived together with her parents as neighbours in Lagos. She would come home from school and climb up to my flat and say “Uncle Morgan, please come and help me draw a house or a table” for her class art assignment, etc. Favour‘s story is truly a case of triumphant escape, an explosion that has taken her in a twinkling of an eye, to stardom and victory, which automatically to a great extent rubs off on the family too. I know what I am talking about. And her parents – my own friends must be very proud, and I extend my big and hearty congratulations to them.



You may also wish to encourage your little daughter or ward, and indeed any other girl out there in whom you see the slightest visible talent for modelling. Visit this link: http://fashion.olucaprimedia.net/nigerias-next-super-model-2013-registration-form/ to access and fill out their form for the next edition NNSM 2013.



By: Morgan Nwanguma.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Become a Customer Care Professional Today

This is an invitation to attend training and avail yourself an opportunity to start your career as a customer service professional.
 
You should know that well trained Customer Care Professionals earn as much as 90,000 Naira per month.
 
A Call Centre Staff at Work
Telemarketing Diploma a leading performance improvement company that specializes in training and developing front-line agents in call centers is offering you the opportunity to train and become a world class Certified Customer Care Professional. This training comes With a job placement opportunity after training.
 
Benefits of training with Telemarketing Diploma:
  1.  American Instructors will train you;
  2. American Issued Certificate;
  3. American Accent Training;
  4. Telemarketing/Telesales Training;
  5. Customer care training;
  6. Job Placement Opportunity after training.
  7. 80% practical training (not just handouts or eBooks)
 
Training Dates
  • 2 weeks of intensive training
  • First training class 18th of Feb - 1st of March 
  • Second training class 4th of march-15th of March
 
Training Venue
9 Jubril Liadi Street, Magodo phase 2, near Secretariat Ikeja, Lagos State.
 
Course Fee 
Our normal course fee is N75, 000 but right now we are running a promo and our promo fee is N35, 000/ applicant for two weeks intensive training (80% practical).
Installment  Payment accepted 
 
You can make payment at their training venue or pay to the account details and go there with your bank teller as evidence of payment to the training venue. Good luck to you all.
 
For Enquiries email: admin@telemarketingdiploma.com or Call: +234-706-331-0536, +234+809-229-8673
 
 
Morgan Nwanguma

Friday, 11 January 2013

Ten Ways You Can Make a Great First Impression



Are you meeting someone for the very first time, or are you going somewhere for the first time, or perhaps you are set for a job interview and wondering what to look out for? Then you had better prepare because the impression you make can be for a life time. It can either be your undoing or a great making for you from that very first instance.

What do you think?
 
To ensure that you make a great first time impression and keep yourself on the winning streak, just make sure to be in line with the followings:

1.     Be Punctual: Punctuality they say is the soul of business. This attitude or otherwise will give you out as either serious on not. It will always give you the winning edge if you remain punctual.

2.     Make use of Eye Contact: Eye contact pulls attention to you; it also gives an impression of openness and confidence.

3.     Give a Firm Handshake: A firm handshake also communicates to the other person a sign of confidence and eagerness.

4.     Do Not Slouch: Never put up a stooping carriage in walking or standing, and even sitting. This will easily give you away as a lazy and incompetent person. A drooping posture will not win you that position except pity.

5.     Do Your Research: Make sure you do an advance search or research about who or where you are going to, especially if it is for the very first time.

6.     Do Not Think Too Much: Try to be a little spontaneous in your responses, of course with some thoughts behind them. But feel free and be relaxed during the meeting.

7.     Be Careful with Humour: Also try to be yourself, but trying always never to overdo anything. Do not force anything out of yourself if it is not natural.

8.     Remember – Appearance Counts: Be sure to dress neatly and appropriately depending on what the occasion calls for. Never take chances or under rate any opportunity, and so presentation is key at all times.

9.     Be Attentive: Always pay due attention so as to continue to maintain the flow. The other person will always be glad that you are with him or her, and that what is being communicated is not wasted. Nobody enjoys abandonment.

10. Also, Be Cheerful: This will usually make you approachable, and the other person feels a sense of security. The warmth will set the pace for a convivial association which lends itself to achievement of common goals.


 
By Morgan Nwanguma