TIPS TO MANAGE CHALLENGES IN WORKPLACE.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 23, July 2014 10:18:26, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 159.
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Know what,why and how a task needs to be achieved:None of us will be sufficiently motivated to do anything unless we know what it is for and the anticipated result.Motivation is key to managing work challenges as it drives us to find solutions,stimulates creativity and develops perseverance.

Prioritise what needs to be done:Everything may seem important but not everything can be done all at once.Sorting out what's more important than others to get done is the key managing and executing tasks.

Be organized to successfully execute tasks:Insufficient planning often causes many to take one step forward and several steps backward.Developing the flow of events or sequences of action and likely consequences,will help anticipate and prepare for eventualities.



       

TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - DO IT YOURSELF!.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 23, July 2014 10:03:33, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 280.
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As Africans many of us were raised with a more emphasised consequence of error, failure and mistakes than the reward of getting it right or doing it well.

As toddlers the earliest kind of instructions we received was more of caution, restrain and refrain. Don't go there, don't touch that, leave that place, sit down, stop that, keep quiet, come here and the likes.

Of course these words of caution were borne more out of love and the desire to protect our innocence as children, but because it lacked balance we learnt more to be afraid, to be very careful and averse to risk. Our potential as children for great performance and productivity was however, diminished.

As we grew older, more inspiring and self-assuring remarks like ‘you can do it’, you can make it, you're intelligent, you're gifted, you're bold, you're special, you're talented, you're the best, you can win, you're beautiful and so on should have been directed at us when we attempted anything or felt discouraged by our parents and care givers but unfortunately, most of us were criticised even the more.

TIPS ON MANAGING YOUR CAREER EFFECTIVELY.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 22, July 2014 14:02:40, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 253.
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A constant theme for both high-performing and high-potential professionals has been the pitfalls and promises of corporate politics and finding the keys to career success. Here are some insights that can shape, advance and revitalize the careers of executives and managers:

Take responsibility for managing your own career. Don't wait until you're fired, laid off, burned out or fed up to revitalize your career. Manage your career on an ongoing basis, particularly through the good times. This reflects a belief you should embrace—“take responsibility for everything that happens in your life.”

KEEP THAT YOUR BOSS OR SUPERIOR HAPPY.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 22, July 2014 13:51:11, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 209.
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Find out what is important to your boss and make it important to you. If your boss is fanatic when it comes to deadlines, then do your best to get everything in ahead of schedule.

Make note of anything that you and your boss have in common. From non-work related points of interest like pets, golf and jogging, to professional ideals. In general conversation, find an opportunity to make your boss aware of your similar interest.

TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - THE TRAP OF COMPLACENCY .
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 22, July 2014 10:21:33, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 411.
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Your life is what you make of it. Your career status today is exactly how you designed it to be either deliberately or not.

This world is such an interesting adventure and life itself is ever changing - ever evolving and consistently dynamic. Things never remain the same. Environments change, systems change, people change, philosophies change, belief systems change, priorities change, powers change, ideas evolve, processes, positions and orientations keep changing.

In the midst of all these changes and inconsistencies is where you are, and where you must live and succeed not just survive.

People, governments, events, religion, education, science and technology, business and economics, global resources and wealth, climate and nature make up some of today's most powerful fundamentals shaping our tomorrow.

The implication of how all these elements play can either propel you into a future of success, accomplishment and fulfilment or lack, deprivation, poverty and regret.

 

CORPORATE CLOTHING ETIQUETTE FOR MEN.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 21, July 2014 12:40:58, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 480.
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Men have separate rules for clothing then women do, when you have an appropriate wardrobe then men will feel more powerful and they have a sense of self-development and self-worth. Men appreciate their public image and by dressing the part, it can really make or break a business deal or even a dinner date. So when it comes to clothing etiquette for men, here are just a few of the rules of thumbs.

MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS AT WORK.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 21, July 2014 12:29:55, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 375.
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We've all been in one of "those" situations before. You know... when your favourite project is cancelled after weeks of hard work; when a customer snaps at you unfairly; when your best friend (and co-worker) is laid off suddenly; or your boss assigns you more work when you're already overloaded.

Stressful situations are all too common in a workplace that's facing budget cuts, staff layoffs, and department changes. It may become harder and harder to manage your emotions under these circumstances, but it's even more important for you to do so. 

So, how can you become better at handling your emotions, and "choosing" your reactions to bad situations.

TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - REAL CONTROL.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 21, July 2014 09:37:51, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 423.
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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.

A man struggling to provide for his home today may lose control over his wife and children, a man yet to be married to a lady lacks the power to control what she does, but immediately after their married, he can put his foot down and her resistance is interpreted as rebellion.

FRIENDSHIP AT WORKPLACE.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 18, July 2014 12:10:24, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 503.
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I've been giving a lot of thought to the question of whether or not it's beneficial to be friends with your co-worker. And by the same token, are co-workers actually friends, or just being “friendly?”

Tips for Workplace Friendship.

When you do become friends with the people in your workplace, there are a few tips to keep the friendships healthy. While you can share details about your weekend, your children or your hobbies, there's a list of things that you should still keep to yourself:

Money-related conversations: Keep your salary and your financial history to yourself.

TACTICS FOR GETTING AHEAD AT WORK - NO MATTER WHAT.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 18, July 2014 11:44:26, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 456.
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If you want to get ahead, here are tactics you can use, no matter where you work.
Go to work well-rested and presentable: Never show up to work looking like you just rolled out of bed. Take a shower, wear clean clothes, use deodorant, brush your teeth, and do your best to look presentable. Also, get a good night of sleep before work so that you can be as mentally and physically fresh as possible. Every interaction you have in the workplace will reflect either positively or negatively upon you, and you can very easily increase the positive-ness of those interactions by just taking a half an hour to make yourself presentable.

3 WAYS TO BECOME TRULY IRREPLACEABLE AT WORK.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 18, July 2014 11:13:57, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 650.
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Some (rather pessimistic) bosses live by the mantra, “Everyone is replaceable.” And while it may be true that there is always someone who can take over the responsibilities in your job description if you were to leave, there are ways to ensure that it's really, really hard to completely fill your role.

So, what's the secret to becoming a unique coveted asset to your company  and team? Here are a few ways to get started being the linchpin of your office.

TODAY ON FRANKLY SPEAKING - CREATE YOUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 18, July 2014 09:50:57, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 554.
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The world is full of opportunities and the major mitigation of opportunities is competition. If there is nothing and no one who can seize your opportunity you can never lose it. Opportunities don't just disappear someone else takes it up. Someone faster, better, more fortunate, better position or better prepared.

Business opportunities, promotion opportunities, job opportunities, relationship, contacts, networking opportunities come up every day and every day, someone takes it up.

As much as we have these opportunities revealed, they are still insufficient compared to the number of people waiting to seize them. There is scarcity of opportunities and only the best prepared and best positioned can seize.

Come to think of it every time you lose an opportunity, your start-off time is further delayed. For example if someone gets promoted in your stead this year, you'll have to wait for another opportunity maybe another year or two, meanwhile time will not wait for you or wait with you for the next opportunity; time waits for no one.

This means becoming very successful cannot be divorced from the number of opportunities you seize and the frequency and speed at which you seize these opportunities.

 

HOW CAN INAPPROPRIATE ATTIRE IN THE WORKPLACE AFFECT WOMEN.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 17, July 2014 15:13:06, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 437.
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Dressing inappropriately for work is easy to do, especially given the relaxed rules concerning office attire and largely undefined terms like "business casual." Women may struggle with more wardrobe choices than do men; therefore, determining what's acceptable and what's unacceptable for the office is often learned by trial and error.

Self-Esteem

When a woman dresses inappropriately for an ultraconservative, moderately conservative or even a casual work environment, the reactions from peers, colleagues and managers can have a negative impact on her self-esteem. Internalizing comments that a woman's appearance draws can destroy her confidence as well as her ability to present herself as a capable professional. Consequently, the less confidence a woman has, the greater the likelihood that her attire and unprofessional appearance are damaging to her self-esteem.

WORKING CLASS WOMEN, FIX YOUR FLAWS,RE- ENERGIZE YOUR MARRIAGE AND BE RENEWED.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 17, July 2014 11:59:48, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 492.
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Some guys might not realize this, but when most women get married they usually imagine cozy evenings by a fire, sharing their hopes and dreams with the men they love and prince charming.

1. Take care of yourself
Turns out that the best thing you can do for your husband is also good for you. Eat healthy foods, maintain good grooming, and exercise regularly. You'll look and feel better, and you'll continue to be the vibrant and attractive woman he fell in love with, no matter your age.

NEGOTIATING A SALARY INCREASE.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On 17, July 2014 10:32:26, in the Category Frankly Speaking.Total Views 340.
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Negotiating a pay rise can be a delicate subject for many. Preparation is key in successfully conveying to your boss why you deserve an increased salary. But without doing your research first, your case may appear flimsy and unsupported, which might result in a negative outcome.

Remember that you are negotiating a salary increase, not demanding one, so consider the following points when you conduct your research.

What's your role worth?

Check job advertisement for roles similar to yours and see what the going rate is. Don't forget to take in to account the fact that different locations will offer different salaries; you might be making more if you work in a city than in a smaller town. Rates differ depending on the experience of the candidate too, so try and find a job with criteria that matches you.

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