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It takes a lot to be a great leader. Here are the 25 top characteristics that entrepreneurs need to lead a thriving business:
1. They have a vision.
2. They are passionate.
3. They are outstanding communicators.
4. They have character.
5. They take responsibility.
6. They praise often.
7. They decide and act quickly.
8. They are humble. Read the rest of this entry »
PICTURE OF THE DAY:
This Virgin Airlines employee was caught NAPPING on the office couch when his billionaire boss, Sir Richard Branson stopped by for a visit. But the boss said it was ok because he was only on standby and was getting some much-needed rest!
This is so wonderful that a boss Sir Richard Branson cared enough to understand his employee deserved a much needed rest. There are not many bosses that would understand this. I think this boss deserves a standing ovation. God bless you Sir Branson. It’s cool that Sir Branson has a great attitude about it all, but I would be so disappointed that I was asleep, when one of the BEST CEO’s in history took a selfie with me, and I wasn’t conscious enough to be in that moment!
However, it’s funny how majority of the comments about this on social media are about people wishing they would have a boss like Sir Richard Branson but not aspiring to be a better boss like/than him!
How can you be like him? Simple, just realize we are all humans!
The staff of Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) defiled decorum and corporate ‘paparazzi’ as they (we) welcomed the new Vice-Chancellor Prof. Kayode Soremekun into the University with great noise and jubilation. The Vice-Chancellor walked through the main road of the University flanked by the obviously jubilant staff (lead by PPU crew am sure!) and other principal officers such as Mr. Akin Fatoye (Chief Security Officer), Prof. Olademeji (immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture), Mr. Biodun Adeyemo (Registrar) and Prof. Raphael Omolehin (Deputy Vice-Chancellor).
I took my time to capture the moment! It was a triumphant entry for Prof. Soremekun (an astute Political Scientist and columnist). Beyond his academic prowess he is a pre-eminent media personality (You’ll most likely came off with that if you googles his name ). You might want to check out Prof Kayode Soremekun’s abridge CV.
While we savour this moment, may I pray that this joy be fruitful. They said we ‘can’t smile’ but God has brought us our joy-agent to ‘rewalekun’. I pray this ‘soremekun season’ brings the student, staff and management of FUOYE beauty for ashes in Jesus Name!
clips below… Read the rest of this entry »
Just last week Friday I thought of starting a monthly article-series of some important personalities in my life, these are people who at some point or the other have been of tremendous influence or help to me.
Taiwo, stands out as one. I met Taiwo around October 2004 while we were running around for fresher registration as new students of UNN.
I was in the company of my loving mom who was helping me around with the registration *face-covered*, she really believed I can’t do any of those things alone ‘cos I was fresh from Secondary School. Taiwo jokingly challenged my mum and asked why she wouldn’t let me do these things myself and kindly offered to take me around while my Mum hangs around somewhere… my Mum gladly handed me over to Taiwo and that was the beginning of our friendship! Taiwo coincidentally was also putting in to study Economics (same course as I). And he became my governor for four years by mutual consensus of other course mates! He was a great leader and for four years his leadership was unquestioned Read the rest of this entry »
I think we should start by answering this age long question about entrepreneurial education. Can entrepreneurship be taught? (Or is it “wired into our DNA”?)
Well if asked? My reaction would be to say ‘no’. It cannot be taught in the sense that everyone is a potential entrepreneur. However, I do believe that certain skills can be taught that develop that potential into a more effective entrepreneur. I also believe that individuals can be taught how to support an entrepreneur or a start-up business. In that way, even people who do not have the inclination to take major career risks can learn how to help those who do. Just as not everyone can learn to be a great artist, musician/dancer, or industrialist, there are many supporting careers that are connected with those professions – and those activities can be taught and learnt. While I might not have enough talent to make great music, I should be able to learn the necessary skills to help market and ‘sell’ a great musician. Thus, there are many reasons to support and develop effective entrepreneurship education.
While courses in entrepreneurship continue to be popular, I must admit that the lesson and theory behind entrepreneurship education lacks enthusiasm. For example, most entrepreneurship courses rely on the teaching and development of a business plan. However, the goals of business planning education remain poorly understood.
We can teach all the great curriculum of Entrepreneurship Education, but it is up to the individuals involved to stir their entrepreneurial mindset or what some call “entrepreneurial Spirit”.
Entrepreneurial Spirit conveys so many different thoughts and images but while there are many interpretations, I perceive entrepreneurial spirit as “The resolve and precision devoted to the work (products or services) that an individual endeavours to provide through their special abilities”.
More plainly, it seems that successful entrepreneurs always possess 2 attributes:
1. They possess the creative ability, mindset and desire to work through obstacles with a beneficial result; and
2. They find opportunities where others see problems. Read the rest of this entry »
Nigeria at 55: President Buhari’s speech
“October 1st is a day for joy and celebrations for us Nigerians, whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in because it is the day, 55 years ago; we liberated ourselves from the shackles of colonialism and began our long march to nationhood and to greatness.
“No temporary problems or passing challenges should stop us from honouring this day. Let us remind ourselves of the gifts God has given us. Our Creator has bequeathed to us Numbers – Nigeria is the ninth most populated country on the planet. We have in addition arable land; water; forests; oil and gas; coastline; and solid minerals
“We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose. This would have enabled us to achieve not only more orderly political evolution and integration but also continuity and economic progress.
“Countries far less endowed have made greater economic progress by greater coherence and unity of purpose.
“Nonetheless, that we have remained together is an achievement we should all appreciate and try to consolidate. We have witnessed this year a change in our democratic development.
“The fact that an opposition party replaced an entrenched government in a free and fair election is indicative of the deeper roots of our democratic system. Whatever one’s views are, Nigerians must thank former President Jonathan for not digging-in in the face of defeat and thereby saving the country untold consequences.
“As I said in my inaugural speech, I bear no ill will against anyone on past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We are not after anyone. People should only fear the consequences of their actions. I hereby invite everyone, whatever his or her political view to join me in working for the nation.
“My countrymen and women, every new government inherits problems. Ours was no different. But what Nigerians want are solutions, quick solutions not a recitation of problems inherited.
“Accordingly, after consultations with the Vice President, senior party leaders and other senior stakeholders, I quickly got down to work on the immediate, medium-term and long-term problems which we must solve if we are to maintain the confidence which Nigerians so generously bestowed on us in the March elections and since then.
“As you know, I toured the neighbouring countries, marshalled a coalition of armed forces of the five nations to confront and defeat Boko Haram. I met also the G-7 leaders and other friendly presidents in an effort to build an international coalition against Boko Haram.
“Our gallant armed forces under new leadership have taken the battle to the insurgents, and severely weakened their logistical and infrastructural capabilities. Boko Haram are being scattered and are on the run.
“That they are resorting to shameless attacks on soft targets such as I.D.P. camps is indicative of their cowardice and desperation. I have instructed security and local authorities to tighten vigilance in vulnerable places.
On power, government officials have held a series of long sessions over several weeks about the best way to improve the nation’s power supply in the safest and most cost-effective way.
“In the meantime, improvement in the power supply is moderately encouraging. By the same token, supply of petrol and kerosene to the public has improved throughout the country. All the early signs are that within months the whole country would begin to feel a change for the better.
“Preliminary steps have been taken to sanitize NNPC and improve its operations so that the inefficiency and corruption could be reduced to a minimum.
“Those of our refineries which can be serviced and brought back into partial production would be enabled to resume operations so that the whole sordid business of exporting crude and importing finished products in dubious transactions could be stopped.
“In addition to NNPC, I have ordered a complete audit of our other revenue generating agencies mainly CBN, FIRS, Customs, NCC, for better service delivery to the nation. Prudent house-keeping is needed now more than ever in view of the sharp decline in world market oil prices. It is a challenge we have to face squarely. But what counts is not so much what accrues but how we manage our resources.
“We have seen in the last few years how huge resources were mismanaged, squandered and wasted. The new APC government is embarking on a clean up, introducing prudence and probity in public financing.
“At an early stage, the federal government addressed the issue of salary arrears in many states, a situation capable of degenerating into social unrest. The APC government stepped in to provide short-term support to the debtor states and enabled them to pay off the backlog and restore the livelihood of millions of Nigerians.
“Fellow Nigerians, there have been a lot of anxiety and impatience over the apparent delay in announcement of ministers. There is no cause to be anxious. Our government set out to do things methodically and properly. We received the handing over notes from the outgoing government only four days before taking over. Consequently, the Joda Transition Committee submitted its Report on the reorganization of Federal Government structure after studying the hand over notes. It would have been haphazard to announce ministers when the government had not finalized the number of ministries to optimally carry the burden of governance.
“Anyway, the wait is over. The first set of names for ministerial nominees for confirmation has been sent to the senate. Subsequent lists will be forwarded in due course. Impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results. And better results for our country is what the APC government for CHANGE is all about.
“I would like to end my address this morning on our agenda for CHANGE. Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring change about. We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behaviour in schools, hospitals, market places, motor parks, on the roads, in homes and offices. To bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens.
“Happy Independence Celebrations. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
I’ll rather die the Jesus way than die the Methuselah way.
Its now about two years I added the title Coach to my first name hence CoachFaith …and in these short while even my only lil’bro, close friends, colleagues, and you now call me CoachFaith or simply Coach.
Some sarcastically ask me ‘what do u coach football or ludo’ or ‘where do you coach Arsenal or Sambisa Champions’ but I am patient to help them understand who a coach is;
“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who helps you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be”.
At a point I told someone I am a Life Coach and he said “what do I know about life?” Well, that too is so extreme. But I have always known there is a spirit in me and the breath of the Almighty gives it revelation, insight and understanding…If it was about age, then God failed at not keeping Jesus till 70 and he should have waited till he had gray hair to start impacting. Jesus died premature (that is what this generation will say) – He died at 33 but 2014 years after the world has not recovered from his impact. I’ll rather die the Jesus way than die the Methuselah way for it is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart. If you care to know my life purpose, here:
“I was created to add eternal values to individual and ‘small’ groups through systematic teaching, prolific writing and practical leadership”.
And that is what drives me to wake up in the morning, get out of bed and go to work, subscribe for internet assess, write this short articles under hash tags #iEpistles and #WordofWisdom, and books yet unpublished, inspire people in words like am cursed with talking whenever I have the opportunity to…one day at a time I know the big picture is forming and I hope people/’you’ are being blessed?
Look out for my other products and platforms of impact (speaking those things that be not as though they were).