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Own Your Ideas

Own Your Ideas

Sometimes when you’re in a brainstorm session at work, after many hours, an idea is finally adopted. To your surprise, it’s the same idea you mooted hours before that everyone ignored. Now the same idea has been selected but no one remembers you were the...
Business Lessons From Scrabble

Business Lessons From Scrabble

I won a game of Scrabble over the weekend. I was down by 30 points, but played the word, logjam, on triple word and double letter spots to earn 50 points. But another day, I was leading in a game of Ludo and had 2 seeds left. My boss was lagging behind, but then he...
You Will Have More Than One Idea

You Will Have More Than One Idea

I spoke to a young man recently about a business proposition. He was more concerned about the money he would make, than the opportunities he would gain. I’ve also noticed that many entrepreneurs seem obsessed with people stealing their ideas. Some entrepreneurs...
Money Cannot Always Buy Competence

Money Cannot Always Buy Competence

Competence is the capacity to consistently deliver, without being micro-managed. But sometimes, it is assumed competence is about skills or attitude alone. No. It’s also about ideology and personal drive. The ideology behind competence is multifaceted....
The Old Man’s Tale

The Old Man’s Tale

I met the old man at a presentation. I was a brand consultant for a large corporate project and the client insisted I sit on a panel to select marketing agencies. The distinguished gentleman; old enough to be my father, represented an agency in Nigeria. As he stepped...
Unexpected Snow

Unexpected Snow

Some time ago, I went on a road trip around the southern tip of America with a number of people from around the world. We began in California, driving our way through Nevada and Arizona. The weather forecast indicated warmth. The travel advisory stated we should bring...