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TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - A BAD BOSS; A BAD RELATIONSHIP
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 11 February, 2014 04:00:56 AM, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 2417.
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It’s a popular school of thought that most times employees don’t resign from their companies; they actually resign from or due to a bad boss.

Very common today are very many employees with all kinds of complaints, animosities, criticism and ill will towards their bosses.

Naturally, as people, we have our wishes and desires in life. Many of us have been through seasons of struggles, pains, disappointments and frustrations in our journeys through life.

We have come to know and grown to discover, life isn’t all that a piece of cake, not a bed of roses, life is indeed a complex mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. Growing up in our innocence, we’ve trusted and we’ve lost, we’ve tried and we’ve failed, we’ve had our backs against the wall several times and many times we’ve had to cry through series and seasons of agony and real hurt.

We’ve been let down by others, betrayed by close friends and relatives, failed others and disappointed many with high expectations from us too, and so many times we have done very silly things that hurt us so bad.

THE 10 BIGGEST AIRPORTS IN AFRICA
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 11 February, 2014 03:41:33 AM, in the Category Windows in Africa.Total Views 2598.
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The air transport hub of Southern Africa, OR Tambo caters for almost 19 million passengers each year and is Africa’s biggest and busiest airport. More than 18,000 people are employed by various companies at OR Tambo, and the airport plays a key role in the Gauteng province’s economy

3 NIGERIANS MAKE FORBES LIST OF 10 MOST POWERFUL MEN IN AFRICA
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 10 February, 2014 09:39:50 AM, in the Category Business News.Total Views 3122.
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Simdul founded Konga Online Shopping Limited (Konga.com) in July 2012 to be the leading one stop shop online retail company in Nigeria. Konga offers low prices and fast delivery services on thousands of products.

Sim is also the Founder & Executive Chairman of DealDey Limited, one of the foremost and now the most prominent group buying website in Nigeria, which offers amazing services and products at discounted prices.

Prior to building ecommerce businesses, Sim founded E-Motion Advertising a successful, fast growing and leading Out-of-Home advertising company in Nigeria.

He graduated from George Washington University, Washington DC and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Electrical Engineering. He proceeded to obtain a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College; he later obtained an MBA from the prestigious Harvard University, Boston Massachusetts in 2003.

Simdul has over 11 years managerial and entrepreneurial experience, which he brings to Konga Online Shopping Ltd.

TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - THE DREAM THEN THE MEANS
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 10 February, 2014 09:06:43 AM, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 3280.
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She looked pretty innocent as she stood in front of the fairly large crowd that Thursday midday. She was the best graduating student from grade six, she was so proud, so glad, so confident and full of hope as she shared with the crowd comprising parents, teachers and special invitees to the price giving day and send forth ceremony for the grade six pupils in that well known and respected private primary school.

The teachers indeed have done a great job teaching, imparting and instilling knowledge, hope, confidence and faith in these very young children.

Being the best graduating student and the head girl of her set, she was consequently asked to make a speech, a presentation about herself, her life, her hopes and ambition.

And I listened attentively as she began to share her dreams of becoming a very successful petroleum and gas engineer; she said she believes in this country Nigeria and is also confident we can effectively and efficiently manage our oil and gas resources to better the lot of the very poor and suffering majority.

FAST TRACK YOUR CAREER
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Fri, 07 February, 2014 07:29:13 AM, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 2507.
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A startling discovery was made by our sister company in research, when a hundred employees in the middle and junior management cadre of leading multinationals in Nigeria were interviewed, and less than 5% had a strategy on how they hope to become the CEO of their company.

Some believe becoming the CEO is sheer luck, some believe it’s by selection; others think it’s by godfatherism. Others just want steady salary and promotion and they’re okay like that.

In the light of this discovery I think it’s imperative to state some reasons why becoming a CEO is worth it.

  1. It’s an opportunity to be one of the leaders in contributing to solving problems and meeting needs in our society.
  2. It provides an opportunity to connect, interact and relate with influential personalities in the society.
  3. It provides leverage for exposure, publicity, recognition and vital contacts.
  4. It puts you in charge; hence you’re hardly a victim of business decisions.
  5. It greatly improves your people management skills and tough decision making responsibilities.
  6. Upon retirement you’re equipped with what it takes to manage your own business and the network and contacts required for success.
  7. Lastly as the CEO, you’re automatically the highest paid executive in the company, besides other allowances and perks. Hence you can’t be broke. Bills will be paid, needs met, school fees, training costs, accommodation, travels and vacation allowances and the likes would most likely be borne by the company.
TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - REAL CONTROL
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Fri, 07 February, 2014 06:08:30 AM, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 1531.
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I believe control is the ability and power to determine processes, directions and outcomes. Being in control means you’re in charge, you make choices and rule in certain affairs.

When you’re in control, all outcomes are determined by you, you’re not in contention with anyone as regards what you desire concerning any matter. Being in control puts you in a position of rest, confidence and power, you are happier and secure.

When you’re in control you plan better, think better and can actually make your will and desires come to pass.

Control comes through empowerment. When you have the power, you take control; a powerless person cannot take charge, only the strong and superior take charge.

TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - FINANCIAL FREEDOM AS A GOAL
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Wed, 05 February, 2014 07:44:43 AM, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 3734.
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For many of us, almost 90% of our problems today are money related. If you have enough money today my friend, most of your challenges would be resolved. In fact a survey we conducted late last year confirmed more than 80% of Lagosians would resign from their current employment, if they suddenly become very rich.

Many of us, wake up every morning and diligently rush to work not really because we enjoy what we do or are passionate about what we do, we daily go to work and invest several hours working because we want to secure our monthly income; salaries and allowances.

Many of us today work very hard purely for monetary reward. We are not really passionate about achieving anything great, outstanding or phenomenal, we just want to do enough to impress our bosses, employers and retain our employment. We don’t go the extra mile, attempt to improving what we do or where we work, we just want to get the money.

TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - A NEW CHANCE AT LIFE
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Wed, 05 February, 2014 07:41:08 AM, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 2730.
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It’s alarming the number of individuals who today are not living the lives they want but the lives dictated to them by situations and circumstances.

Many today are living lives far inferior to what they dreamed of and wanted for themselves. Many today are not enjoying their lives; many are just enduring their lives, they endure one day at a time and they have more cloudy days, sad days, problem filled days, sorrowful days and rarely happy and exciting days. True happiness for many is rare and occasional.

The experience of a life not so amazing or interesting have however, pushed many into perpetual anger, frustration and bitterness.

They hate successful people, can’t stand the achievement of others and get irritated by the success stories of people they know. They have become envious, jealous, covetous and wicked. They always anticipate and wait for the downfall of others and they love to spread bad news and hardly rejoice at good news.

They blame everyone and every situation for their life quality and exonerate themselves from any blame. They reject any responsibility and nothing is ever their fault.

HOW TO BECOME OUTSTANDING!
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 03 February, 2014 09:24:44 AM, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 2684.
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Are you exceptional in your line of work? Do you love what you do? Perhaps that’s why you are or aren’t getting the results you want.

People who consistently achieve outstanding results all have this in common: they are passionate about what they do. It’s no longer work, but an active participation of joy and creativity.

Here is a summary of lessons I’ve learned through this experience:

  • Anything is possible if you want it bad enough
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF WORK PLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 03 February, 2014 09:10:44 AM, in the Category Real Career Issues.Total Views 7488.
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1.Don’t Ignore The Harassment.

If you believe that you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, don’t ignore the problem. Studies show that individuals who sexually harass other people at work do not stop simply because their victim does nothing. Ignoring such behavior may actually make the harasser escalate his or her behavior. Talking about sexual harassment can be uncomfortable, but you can empower yourself by talking with other employees who may also be experiencing harassment by speaking up.

2. Make It Clear To The Harasser That The Conduct Is Unwelcome.

An essential element of a sexual harassment claim is that the conduct must be “unwelcome.” Harassers sometimes contend that their victims welcomed and enjoyed their words and actions. Although it can feel uncomfortable or even frightening to object, you must tell the harasser unequivocally to stop the behavior. There is no special way to do this or magic words to use; but you must make it clear that the behavior is unwelcome. You may want to put your position in writing, perhaps in an email. By doing so, you will have proof that the conduct was unwelcome if the harassment doesn’t stop.

 

DEALING WITH A BAD BOSS
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 03 February, 2014 09:00:54 AM, in the Category In the Office....Total Views 2342.
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Many employees have to deal with bad bosses at one time or another during the course of their careers. Bad bosses may behave like bullies, yell at or insult employees, provide incomplete or confusing instructions to employees, fail to train employees properly or otherwise make it difficult for employees to perform their jobs well. Bad bosses can make work unpleasant and lead to excessive job stress. Managing a bad boss properly can minimize conflict and job stress.

Instructions

  1. Ask your boss questions if you are not sure what tasks he wants you to complete or how he wants them done. Bad bosses sometimes provide unclear instructions and then get angry if employees don't do things correctly. Ask for clarification whenever needed. If you don't know how to perform a task correctly, ask for instructions. Ask for additional training if needed.
SOKOTO TO ESTABLISH =N=6.8 BILLION CEMENT COMPANY
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 03 February, 2014 08:28:33 AM, in the Category Business News.Total Views 1724.
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The Sokoto State Government will establish a N6.8 billion cement company in Kware, its Commissioner for Solid Minerals, Dahiru Maishanu, said on Thursday.

Mr. Maishanu said in Kware that the project was a joint venture with Brew Tech. Nig. Ltd., consultants of the project and other investors.

The commissioner, who spoke shortly after inspecting the site for the project with officials of the consultants, said that the state government would provide 20 per cent of the amount.

“The consulting firm is to provide 10 per cent, while an indigenous investor in the state is to provide 20 per cent of the money,” he said.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 03 February, 2014 08:17:27 AM, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 1826.
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Long ago back in the days when I was still in school, I learnt a very big lesson on perception and reality.

I was a very playful down to earth kind of person, no airs, no pretense, realistic and vocal. I didn’t really bother much what people thought of me. I just wanted to do my stuff enjoy myself and be cool like that.

I had friends, gosh I did have friends and I was always in and about everything, politics, shows, events, various campus activities and all that. I wasn’t particular about how people saw me or rated me or interpreted my personality – if I was okay with it, then its fine.

I loved to study and my grades meant so much to me, not to impress or compete with anyone, I just loved my course and enjoyed being totally involved with it. This academic passion and performance made me popular and friendly with many of my lecturers and in fact I became very good friends with quite a number of them and we had relationships outside academic matters.

I was quite popular in my department and many people especially the guys couldn’t stand me.

TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - SUCCESS SYSTEMS.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 03 February, 2014 06:26:28 AM, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 3433.
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Nowadays the most common, yet misleading way of viewing or measuring success in our society is by financial status and material possessions. Once a man is seen to be rich or wealthy everyone most likely concludes he’s successful irrespective of the means, irrespective of what he does for a living.

In my opinion, success measurement is not standardized. Success is as unique as the number of humans on the surface of this planet.

My success definition and factors should be different from yours. What I see and define as success shouldn’t be the same as yours because, I ought to have my personal dreams, aspirations, visions, plans, mission and destination different from yours and upon the fulfilment, achievement or accomplishment of these set goals, I say I’ve succeeded.

If through the accomplishment of my dreams I become materially outstanding, all well and good, but it doesn’t necessarily translate to failure if I’m not outstanding materially. The richest men in the world today may not be the most successful people on earth.

MANSA MUSA; THE RICHEST MAN EVER!
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Thu, 30 January, 2014 11:02:03 AM, in the Category Business News.Total Views 6643.
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Mansa Musa I of Mali is the richest human being in history with a personal net worth of $400 billion! Mansa Musa lived from 1280 - 1337 and ruled the Malian Empire which covered modern day Ghana, Timbuktu and Mali in West Africa. Mansa Musa's shocking wealth came from his country's vast production of more than half the world's supply of salt and gold. Musa used his wealth to build immense mosques that still stand today, nearly 700 years later. His kingdom and wealth didn't last much longer after his death. His heirs were not able to fend off civil war and invading conquerors. Just two generations later, his world record net worth was gone.

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