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. There’s fairness – the belief that one ought to do what one has been contracted to do. There’s righteousness[…]

Nigeria’s HR Problem is Your Problem!

On Nigerian Twitter, there’s always one controversy or the other, about the poor quality of Nigerian graduates and their misplaced sense of entitlement. May I offer a perspective? Perhaps the entitlement mentality of the younger generation, springs from seeing their forebears rewarded for patronage, ethnicity, nepotism and corruption; instead of hard work. The reasoning thus goes, “If[…]

Waking Thoughts 18: Hiring for Personality

The reason why the personalities of Nigerians seem more hardwired than in many other nations may be that culturally, we are resistant to change, innovation and youth independence. As a manager, you may be better off recruiting the right personality for each role than expecting people to change. It’s easier to teach a skill than to adjust a personality,[…]

HR: Cost or Asset

As a company grows, sometimes there’s a subtle shift in the owner’s thinking. The entrepreneur begins to think of staff more in terms of cost than asset as his wage bill rises. There’s health insurance, pensions payments and benefits & perks to consider among other things. At the fledgling stages of the business, you may hear the founder tout the[…]

Mind the 10-Year Gap

As an entrepreneur, you have about 10 years from the inception of your company to create the next generation of managers. You must actively do this as a strategic imperative. It’s not a “nice-to-have”; it’s a “must-have”. I know succession planning can be unsexy and tedious but if you fail to actively groom managers, here’s what will happen in 15[…]