It’s a Service Not a Favour

“Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad”. I believe this is true for the service providers who are trying to f@$* with me right now. I’m a low maintenance client. I use technology. This means I will rarely visit your office. I will pay as at when due, via online transfers.[…]

You Need a Closer in Management

If you run a growing business that needs to hire middle-level managers, this is for you. Please look for people who have a combination of these qualities which cannot be taught or which only need to be taught once: Wisdom, political savvy, intuition, responsibility, drive, intellect and maturity. Beyond skill which you can pay for,[…]

Business Needn’t Be Cold

A dear friend says I take business personally. It is true. I am passionate about the things I do. It’s in my DNA. A long time ago, I realised there were already enough cold businessmen in the world. The world didn’t need another one. There’s too much hardness in the world, so let business be[…]

You Need Intellect in Business

Everyday in business, I realise that there are some deals that hustling and charisma will not deliver. You need brute intellect and an appreciation for numbers to do a great job. Process simplifies business, but business can still be very complex and convoluted. It takes an orderly mind to unravel it, especially in financial services.[…]

We Must Produce the Next Generation of Leaders

When I began working, I took a career personality test called Creatrix Inventory. It revealed I was a Practicalizer. A Practicalizer loves to get things done. But, in a bid for speed, they sacrifice excellence on the altar of good. So, they fall short of true brilliance. A few years after, I repeated the test.[…]

Read a Lot and Take Work Home

Here’s some personal advice if you’ve just begun working. Know that, you cannot afford to work at work alone. You should work from home too. Do so, and your supervisor will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of your preparedness and the depth of ideas that were cooked at home. This means the value of[…]

Pay Attention to How Customers Use Your Brand

Two years ago, I read an article about the media company, ABC. They discovered that a significant number of viewers watched their hit show, Scandal, while concurrently tweeting about it. I discovered a similar phenomenon, when I watched the live broadcast of The Experience Lagos concert, on YouTube. For some reason, instead of watching the[…]

My Innovation Secrets

I have learnt a few valuable lessons about innovation, some of which you already know. I would like to share a few of them. 1. I once failed SSCE Math. I scored an A the second time around, because I learnt something that has never left me. If I read and think about something repetitively, I will eventually spot[…]

Economy of Decentralisation

Because of the work I do with blockchain technology and social media, I am keenly aware, that one of the world’s most disruptive forces is decentralisation. Decentralisation is the ability to create, distribute, store and get rewarded for content and information, without recourse to central authorities. It’s about a reliance on voluntary collaborative networks, for data validation[…]

Brand Power

I recently commented on a friend’s social media wall, about whether Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) would lose customers to other banks, over its recent spat with Innoson Motors. Here are my thoughts. I’ve used GTBank’s and other banks’ e-channels. GTBank’s is better. What banks fail to realise is that, if a brand is not technologically superior, this generation won’t[…]