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03
May 2018
Praise Or Raise?

The rate of staff resignation had hit an all-time high in the company, and Priye was charged with the responsibility of fixing it. His shoulders sagged as he felt the weight of his task. He picked up a pen and tried to come up with a plan – he had to analyse the exit forms, hold one-on-one sessions with current staff, rely on past experience and pray very hard for it to work. Plan in hand, he swung into action. Due to the diverse demography of staff, Priye thought to analyse based on – age, sex and criticality of......

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Officially Speaking

Officially Speaking

Yvonne was a typical introvert, no contest. She detested any gathering that had more than 3 people, worse with people that expected her to mingle and network, that’s what they called chattering these days right? Funke, a colleague, earlier on today, went on and on about the benefits of this party and it wasn’t like an express flight to heaven! But when they said it would be an appraisal matter, Yvonne had no choice. Upon arrival, Funke pulled her in and was making a point of introducing her around. Aaarggh! Yvonne longed for her couch and John Grisham novel....


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Faith It Till You Make It!

Faith It Till You Make It!

I don’t know about you but I don’t believe in faking it. Because it’s a more expensive way to live. Instead, I faith it and trust that it will be mine when the time is right. You ask how? Well for one, I don’t lie about taking Uber when I just jumped a bus after running a marathon to board it as if my life depended on me getting on. I also don’t spend all my money on “a la carte” when a plate of hot rice from the road side is as sweet as a plate from an...


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The Game Of Change

The Game Of Change

Alfred sat and looked at the schematics before him. It would totally change the dynamics of the team but it would be a change for the better. Since he joined the travel firm a year ago, he had observed how the office had been run and he realized that there was an attitude ingrained in the staff that was making them lose customers. He looked at the dreary office and knew that change required creativity; you can’t have one without the other. He had an idea for changing the staff and office outlook but he needed everybody’s buy-in. He...


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From Zero To Hero: You Can Do It

From Zero To Hero: You Can Do It

Sam graduated with a first class from the Engineering Dept of OAU at the age of 23. He had thrived despite the family challenges he had, the hardest being the loss of his dad when he was in 200L, leaving his mum with the daunting task of fending for him and his siblings. Sam, inspired by his mum, was determined to excel in his academics so that he could get first pick in a multinational, earn a good paycheck and take care of his family in return. His convocation was a memorable one; he graduated top of his class...


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Reputation: Can Good Apples Fall From Bad Trees?

Reputation: Can Good Apples Fall From Bad Trees?

Like all his previous jobs, Kingsley once again finds himself in the company cafeteria having lunch at a communal table all by himself. He could hear whispers and snickers as people walked by. What else must he do to fit in at his new job? A little over three months ago, Kingsley was all fired up, ready for another new start. At 36 he seeks work stability and yearns for friendship. This time ‘it was going to be different’, he told himself. He was not going to be judged before people got to know him. He had taken a...


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Higher Pay Vs Career Growth: An Influencer's Dilemma

Higher Pay Vs Career Growth: An Influencer’s Dilemma

Sitting across the room from Yemi, I could feel the frustration, anger and a tinge of regret in his eyes as he struggled to accept that he had been rendered redundant; and his services were no longer required. The hurt of many missed opportunities, the betrayal by the organization he loves and the confusion of where to start picking up the pieces. After 25 years in the banking industry; it was time to take a bow. Yemi started out as a young, energetic and intelligent graduate, who knew exactly what he wanted from life – an oil company job...


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Manipulation Vs Influence In The Workplace

Manipulation Vs Influence In The Workplace

Street-smart, tech-savvy charmer, Dolapo is on the hot seat. Will his ‘influence’ make room for him? Dolapo looked at his watch in trepid excitement. The meeting would begin in 45 minutes… so much ground to cover before then! It was important that the management team arrived at a positive evaluation of all his work in the last 6 months. He dug up his phone and texted Mr George with concerned pleasantries, using style to remind him of the favour he had rendered 2 months ago when Georgina, his daughter was in the hospital. Dolapo looked around the cafeteria, picking...


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Tridimensional Influence: Secrets To Complete Success

Tridimensional Influence: Secrets To Complete Success

Ehis felt lost. He had tried every means possible to please his boss but has not succeeded and this was a major career problem. He knows he is a people person; he finds it very easy to get people to do his bidding thinking it was their idea. Well yeah, he had the power of persuasion but it seems it worked only on his subordinates and mates but not on his boss. He had read all the books possible, had prayed and even fasted for wisdom on how to tackle his boss but no result. This worried him a...


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