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Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding… ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. These are words of wisdom straight from the lips of the greatest men who ever walked the earth – King Solomon and Jesus Christ. Lies and myths have the capacity to make you perpetually underproductive. Unfortunately, as Africans we grew up with a lot of myths and folklores that curtailed our adventurous affinities. Africans have myths and toxic tales for just about anything from as simple as sleeping position to as unconventional as management philosophies. So university experience is not an exception, I have compiled here 22 notorious lies you were told (and may have probably believed) about the university. I have also made deliberate attempts to clarify them so that you can have the freedom you need to exploit the opportunities the university education offers.
In many of my speaking engagements with undergraduates, I usually tell them to compare their Admission Letter with the Certificate of Returns issued to a presidential aspirant who has just won the popular vote in an election.
Only you can determine your continued success. The President’s time starts to tick from his first day in office as much as yours starts to tick from your first day on campus. And the President (like most undergraduates) has four years to leave a print on the sand of time and determine his (or his party’s) continued success.
Dedicate the next four years of your life to discovering, developing and deploying your talent.
Meet you at the Kings’ Banquet. Proverbs 22: 29
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Dear CoachFaith, What do you advise for someone who doesn’t like working? I’ve never liked any of the jobs I’ve ever had. I have a good history of longevity with jobs, but I’m always unhappy. I’m over 30, and I still don’t know “what I want to be when I grow up.” — Mary Read the rest of this entry »
Dear CoachFaith: I just graduated from University and can’t find a job. I want to start my own business, but everyone says I shouldn’t do it. I have some money saved and an idea for a company. I have no experience in running a business and didn’t take any classes about it at school, but how hard can it be? Do you think I’m crazy, too? – Godwin
Dear Godwin: No, you’re not crazy, but you need to understand the majority of first-time business owners fail, which answers your question. But, Read the rest of this entry »
Dear CoachFaith: Am tired of job-hunting, just can’t land any good one! And I believe I can make a better use of my life that this ‘private-slavery-farm’ I work! Am thinking of starting a SME. I’ve been reading alot lately and meeting other startup entrepreneurs. Just came across your blog and want to to ask if you have any advice for me. Jide, Ibadan
Dear Jide: What exactly do you want to do! What business do you want to launch, a brief insight will help us both!
Dear CoachFaith: Am considering blogging…and email/social media marketing. Read the rest of this entry »
Almost every single aspect of modern civilization can be traced back to collaboration and some division of labor on a grand scale. This fractal of synergy is what makes us the most innovative species by far on the planet. In the 21st century, we count on things like team meetings to clarify everyone’s individual tasks and coordinate large projects. But you can’t count on meetings alone to boost the productivity of your organization. If you want to remain competitive, the meetings have to lead to something. If you’re hosting the meeting, you need to lead the discussion into something highly-productive and positive.
You need to know how to have a proper team meeting on Zoom! The road to a great meeting can be summed up in four basic principles that you must adhere to whenever possible in hosting your meetings. Let’s have a look at those, shall we?
Make the conversation about data.
After the chit-chat has finished, it’s time to make it clear that we’re getting down to business. One of the best ways to do that is to get the numbers flowing as soon as you can. All the data related to the conversation should be discussed here. Emotional and opinionated talk should be discouraged and put aside in favor of empirical discussion. This pushes everyone towards a data-driven mentality. It makes people use the numbers discussed to justify their points of view later in the conversation. Read the rest of this entry »
Traditionally, we have separated the world of learning from the world of work. Professors refer to life outside the ivory tower as life in “the real world”. But today, business and education need each other more than ever. The school cooked you until you were done and then you went to work. But like many other ideas, this has lost all relevance. Today you have to be continuously cooked. Any business, work group, or individual that isn’t continuously learning new and better ways to do the job is going to get steamrolled by competition. The old adage says “if you think education is expensive try ignorance.” It is truer today than ever. Ignorance is bankruptcy.
The good news about learning is that it is in high demand and it pays better than ever. Business Week magazine paints an accurate picture of the new economy that affects us all, it said, “Competitive advantage no longer belongs to the biggest nor those blessed with abundant natural resources, but nations that excel in creating new knowledge, transforming it into technologies and products in years to come. In the global economy, knowledge is king.”
Unfortunately, woefully unprepared people are looking for work in a knowledge-intensive, information-oriented, rapidly changing global economy. That is a big problem for people who need work and for businesses that need skilled people. Read the rest of this entry »
Let’s flashback to the beginning of last year. Remember those promises that you made to yourself “I’ll get back into regular employment”, “I’ll change my career”, “I’ll earn that promotion”. Fast forward twelve months and you’re still in the same position and that ideal career seems as further away as ever.
Here’s the good news: the advent of a new year brings with it the chance of new beginnings and it’s certainly never too late to start again. Here are five key resolutions that will help you aim for that career that you’ve always dreamed of.
Make This Year Count
Lets forget about last year and what might have been, instead it’s time to turn your focus towards achieving your goals this year. Try keeping a diary of all your efforts from the beginning of the year, this will help you to stay focused and help you to keep on track of your goals.
It is important to maintain your resolve and refrain from becoming sidetracked. Seize any opportunity and apply for as many positions as you can. Just think of where you could be twelve months down the line.
Give Your CV a Makeover
There’s a lot to be said about a well presented curriculum vitae. In fact many employers base their decisions over whether to hire a potential candidate on the quality of their CV. Read the rest of this entry »