Tag: improvements


07
Feb 2019
The Employer’s Employee

An office is an assortment of different personalities. There is the dedicated to duty, lassez-faire, eye service, task procrastinator, etc. There is the grumpy, grouchy, overly happy and ever smiling types. There is also the can-do, reach-over-the-moon, aim-for-the-skies and then the-afraid-to-get-off-the-ground types. Who can be described as the best type of employee? What kind of personality can win awards year in, year out or get recommendations? Let’s take a look at some qualities. Dedicated: This is not in the eye-service kind of way and definitely not in the sense of been seen to be doing something when the boss......

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Is it Too Small?

Is it Too Small?

‘I am a dreamer, an ambitious goal-getter; I know what I want and I work extra hard to get it. I want the sun, the moon and stars; how is that an unreasonable demand?’ I have heard this cliché so many times, I feel it’s a mantra for those who just want you to think they have it all together. I am slightly different. What if I tell you that what I want is not as complex as others? That what thrills me is being able to improve on existing processes and scale-up businesses. What if I say that...


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He’s so Annoying…

He’s so Annoying…

Hi, I’m Fola and I am a straight arrow; I’ll tell you what it is, as it is, and you bet that what you see, is what you get. I have no time for charades, guess-my-mood or any such game that requires me to pretend that I do not know what I know… and this often translates to work. As much as this might be hard to believe, I do not like confrontation, but my personality has put me in that position so many times, I just go with it. Which brings me to the object of my anger,...


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Appraisal Time Again

Appraisal Time Again

Admit it, at least I can, the appraisal period is stressful and uncomfortable. No matter how amazing my performance was during the period, there are always thorns of doubt trying to choke the seeds of confidence. Like the time I forgot to send the email to a client, or the time I missed a deadline. Or that other time, when it was not entirely my fault, but I was partly to blame. I know we have monthly feedback sessions, and those are as comfortable as pulling a tooth, however, there’s always a feeling like my Manager is not showing...


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New Year Goals

New Year Goals

Today is the first day of the rest of my life, everything looks brand new or is that just the new year euphoria talking? As I get out of bed, I am thankful it’s resumption day, I have actually missed my colleagues and the rush that comes with deadlines. I went on my customary 2week vacation in December to ‘reflect’ on the past year and strategize for the coming one; I also used the opportunity to indulge in amazing cuisine. I look forward to getting back to the office and showing off my new-found confidence; stemming from my New...


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Ideology

Ideology

Ideology, culture and core values are all essential to the DNA of any organization; it is what forms the corporate identity and can be either positive and life-giving or negative and toxic. What is your organisation’s ideology? Yanza was a little taken aback by the suggestions coming from his colleagues; the board room was thick with anxiety, but is that enough to throw away everything XTY Corp. stands for? Situations like this strengthen who we are or does it? He stood there thinking about some of the reasons he joined the organization – the commitment to excellence and integrity;...


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Breeze Or Blaze?

Breeze Or Blaze?

Bayo, being the boss in the office, made it a bit difficult for people to let him know how his actions were affecting the other staff. Titi dreaded being at the departmental meetings because it was too draining. Three months down the line, they had not been able to arrive at a way to stem the loss of customers and it was already affecting the bottom line. Idea after idea had been thrashed by Bayo, and he had not been able to come up with a solution better than she or any of the other team members had come...


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Brianstorms And Clouds

Brianstorms And Clouds

Priye was sure he’d misread the email, his HOD had sent a meeting invite to him and the HOD Corporate Transformation, with the Subject – ‘Lightbulb Moment’. What does that even mean? He was fond of sharing hairbrained ideas with his boss, mostly because Richard, his HOD always humored him enough to listen and sometimes asked him to come up with a proposal. He never got around to writing those. Sitting at his desk, staring blankly at the invite, Priye tried to remember which idea he shared the last time in Richard’s office. ‘Me and my big mouth’ he...


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Idea Snatcher

Idea Snatcher

What do you do when your boss takes all the credit for your ideas? Kayode could feel the weight in his chest get heavier, as his boss claimed the accolades for another one of his ideas. Kayode stood with the rest of the team as they gave his boss a standing ovation. ‘Another excellent idea and presentation’ the chairman remarked giving the man a handshake. ‘Your boss is a very brilliant man’ the CFO said with a smile as he shook hands with Kayode. He smiled back through his teeth, fighting back the surge of words threatening to come...


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I Have An Idea

I Have An Idea

Ndatse had an idea but was not sure it was a good thing to share it. He seemed hesitant as he stepped into my office, for our 30 minutes Idea Review Session (a monthly chat initiated by my department to encourage everyone to share ideas). He’d barely taken a seat when he asked: “…as a staff of an organization, do I need to have ideas, and if I do, can I share them or is that something reserved for ‘Strategy Meetings’?” I was taken aback by his pointed yet honest question. “Everyone has ideas and it’s up to you...


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