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Oct 2019
Partnerships And Collaborations

Businesses grow in levels and stages. At some point or the other, they might be a need for some form of collaboration or partnership to attain a new level or even to break into some new field of expansion. A partnership is a legal form of business operation between two or more individuals who agree to share management and profit. Collaboration is almost like a partnership, however, it is not binding, legal or contractual. It could just be cooperation. It is important that businesses know and understand their capabilities and how to maximize their opportunities. Businesses that leverage on......

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The "Mistake" Of Being Perfect

The “Mistake” Of Being Perfect

WARNING: Explicit Spiri-Koko Content Follows Two weeks ago we discussed how it may be difficult to learn from your mistakes because things constantly change and only God’s omniscience remains the same. As we continue with the theme of “Understanding the Season, we must “gbos” our own “gbas” to give you balance. You avoid failure and mistakes by walking in God’s wisdom, but you must learn not to even be so sin (mistake) conscious in the first place. The truth about redemption has not been emphasized lately in our local churches and denominations because of fear (an unwarranted phobia for...


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Negotiation Skills 2 - Forcing Strategy

Negotiation Skills 2 – Forcing Strategy

Femi sat at the back of the class as the lecturer talked about basic approaches to managing conflicts. Though he had always liked Dr Ikenna Williams, his lectures were not interactive enough so you find students dozing during his sessions. Femi sometimes wondered how an Ibo man came by the name ‘Williams’, it was synonymous with people from the Western part of Nigeria, not the Eastern part. He dragged himself back into the lecture as he heard Dr. say conflicts can be resolved through Negotiation, Arbitration, Mediation and Adjudication. That was five years ago and today, he is faced...


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When The Saints Go By!

When The Saints Go By!

While in the university, Ifeyinwa ensured she dated only the rich guys. Even when they treated her like dirt, she didn’t care. For her, follow the money was the ko-ko. She had been in the school fellowship choir but she secretly loved the badass parties the rich kids threw. She wanted so badly to be rich and so ensured she was a part of their lifestyle, even though it was against everything her parents taught her. She would sneak out of school so no one would notice and join their parties. She got drunk a couple of times and...


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Cashflow Activities

Cashflow Activities

The popular saying “Cash is king” is so very true, especially for businesses. There is no activity you wish to carry out that does not involve cash, whether in raw currency or debt. The more cash a company has, the easier it is for them to meet their obligations. While a company needs to keep a healthy amount of cash, it is not advisable for it to keep too much in its raw form. The cash activities of a company are typically divided into 3 – Operating Activities, Investing Activities and Financing Activities. Operating Activities: These are the day-to-day...


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Understanding Wealth

Understanding Wealth

The Government: “Nigerian youths are lazy!” Nigerian youths: “Our public office holders are inept and corrupt!” Who are your roles models? Is education a scam? In a system where a president need not be a BSc. holder to rule a country, but you go to school, spend maybe 7, 5 or 4 years, graduate, serve your fatherland for 1 year and still be considered unemployable (Kmt). It is fair to think that education is a scam. What then is the key to wealth? How can a young, smart and hardworking individual break into wealth? Is it just by sheer...


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Negotiation Skills 1

Negotiation Skills 1

It was way past the closing time, Femi still sat at his work station, thinking on how to solve the problem at hand. The management had given him the task of negotiating with the community to avoid more distractions to their ongoing project. Well, he has always seen himself as a problem-solver and prides himself on his ability to manage a crisis. He was invited to the M.D’s office a month ago and without mincing words, the M.D told him his plans. “I am setting up a new committee, I will be the head of this committee, but I...


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Winter Is Gone!

Winter Is Gone!

We are often not prepared for the downsides of life. For instance, a bride is so carried away, planning the perfect fairytale wedding that it’s a big shocker to learn that in real life, marriages aren’t like a fairytale or Hollywood love story. Or the youth corps member who got it good, posted to a big city and to one of the best companies in the city, only to find out that the work culture is chaotic and one will practically live in the office. We are in the 4th quarter of the year and in most cases, we’re...


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My Start-Up Story: ShoeSpeed

My Start-Up Story: ShoeSpeed

I have always had a love for shoes dating as far back as 21 years ago. As a little boy living with 9 other siblings as well as cousins, half-brothers and half-sisters, I was quite restless growing up and my mum decided and ensured that I polished everyone’s school sandals which used to be about 20 pairs in total. That was a blessing in disguise because it helped me to realize my love for shoemaking quite early. I also had issues with my late father because I became a Christian in a family that is known for Islam. My...


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Why You Can't Learn From Your Mistakes

Why You Can’t Learn From Your Mistakes

Hocus pocus!!! The idea that you can learn from your mistakes is like being a pro at Marco Polo (a game where one person closes his eyes whilst another gets as far away as possible, then the blind person shouts “Marco!” and the other shouts “polo!”, and the blind person is to find the other using sound alone). Problem is this hide-and-seek game is played in the swimming pool. Same game, same water but I bet the variables will change in the sea in the midst of a storm, or in a lake in the midst of swans, or...


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