Monthly Archives: February 2014

“Social Media is the best platform for Career Advancement” … Kunle Olaifa

The just concluded Social Media Week was an eye opener for Nigerian youths, as they were exposed to various ways of using the social media other than being a platform to connect with family and friends. One of these revelations is how to use the social media to get their dream job.

Kunle Olaifa, Head, Human Resource, Samsung West Africa, made this known at one of the sessions tagged ‘Social Media, The Future And Your Career’, which was put together by Career Solutions Africa, a company dedicated to providing career advisory services to individuals and organisations for attainment of career goals. In his words, “the social media is the best platform for job seekers to connect with employers and get their dream jobs”

Read more here: “Social Media is the best platform for Career Advancement” Kunle Olaifa.

 

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Employee Vs Intrapreneur…..Ann Ayinde

First off, do note that I said Intrapreneur and not Entrepreneur.

An Intrapreneur is a person who possesses an entrepreneurial approach, view-point,mind-set and strategy within an organization. He or she is one who takes complete ownership of their duties and responsibilities in the organization. The operative phrase here is FULL OWNERSHIP.

An employee on the other hand is a person who is employed in an organization to do specific tasks and duties based on a specified contract.

If you missed my post: Intrapreneurship – An Introduction, you may want to start there before you return to this post.

Most employers do not specify, when recruiting, whether or not they want an employee or an intrapreneur.  All that is required at that moment is for someone to fill up an existing position. But what happens when an employee joins an organization is one of two things:

They either start-up doing great at their job and then spiral downwards after they have gotten comfortable

OR

they start by doing great at their job and then begin to seek ways to make changes, streamline processes, innovate and OWN their jobs. They begin to go the extra mile.

Their colleagues, who are merely employees, begin to see them as busybodies, ITKs (I too know – A Nigerian term that refers to a nerd) and Slaves just because they care about the organization and always want to go the extra mile.

Here are some major differences between Employees and Intrapreneurs:

  1. Employees stick to their job descriptions while Intrapreneurs create wider and more robust job descriptions for themselves.
  2. Employees seldom care if the organization meets their bottom line while Intrapreneurs are concerned and are constantly looking for ways to grow the business.
  3. Employees are quick to run off when the next high paying job comes along while the Intrapreneur stays back to grow the business and earn a higher salary as company profit increases.
  4. Employees like to spend the organization’s money while Intrapreneurs like to save and grow the organization’s money.
  5. Employees remain employees  and go up the ladder slowly and seldom while Intrapreneurs go up the ladder much quicker and become the senior management of the organization.
  6. When Employees leave to become Entrepreneurs, they seldom succeed but when Intrapreneurs leave to become Entrepreneurs, they have a higher rate of success because they simply apply the same principles of Intrapreneurship.

Most people start up being employees and there isn’t really very much wrong with that but to gain influence and impact your organization, it pays to switch to intrapreneurship.

These are my views….what are yours? Express them below and let’s discuss!

Nigeria: Africa’s Hope

If foreigners are of this opinion, it says a lot. Nigeria has got great potential and we all need to position ourselves strategically by building/growing our careers. When the world is watching, you don’t want to be caught with your pants down.

If you believe that you are Africa’s Hope, Make the same kind of comment that i have made below.

A few years ago economist Jim O’Neill became famous for coining the now familiar phrase “ BRIC economies ”.  It was Jim who was the first realise in the early years of the new millennium that there were “new kids on the economic block”, about to take the western world by storm. These were of course Brazil, Russia, India & China. As it turned out he was pretty much right.

Now in an insightful series on Radio 4 Jim puts forth his opinion that the next wave of economic development from a new set of developing countries is almost upon us.  To describe these 4 new countries he has come with the acronym MINT economies. It stands for Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria & Turkey.

Of particular interest to all of us here at GSM, is the story of just one of the MINT quartet, and that is Nigeria.  In the…

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2014’s Most Valuable Employee: The Social Intrapreneur.. By Ashoka (Excerpts)

This year promises to be a tipping point for a growing group of corporate innovators, who are taking on initiatives that do well for their companies and also do good for society. Social intrapreneurs are quickly becoming the most valuable employees at many companies because they are good for the bottom line, good for the brand, and good for staff morale. They are being recognized as key players in tackling the world’s biggest problems like poverty, hunger, and the need for universal education.

Social intrapreneurs are making traditional CSR models look irrelevant, while also setting important examples for larger nonprofits and civic institutions that struggle with tight budgets and sustainability in their donor-driven charity and development work. By adapting entrepreneurial and start-up strategies, employees in the public and non-profit sectors stand to improve their organizations with hybrid value models, cost saving innovation, and increased efficiencies.

Social intrapreneurs are right now sitting within existing organizations at the intersection of innovation, social good, and entrepreneurship. They can be found at all levels of the organization and from any generation, working under the radar and struggling against bureaucracy to launch new programs, products, and initiatives that leverage the changemaking ability of established institutions. By acknowledging the value of social intrapreneurs, large companies will see higher employee engagement and create narratives on how their employees are making a difference in the world. For the social entrepreneurs struggling to scale their impact and lacking the resources and network for high level impact, finding or becoming the intrapreneur can change everything.

You can read more at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2014/01/24/2014s-most-valuable-employee-the-social-intrapreneur/

Love in the workplace

So there is an on-going conversation regarding love in the work place (#loveintheworkplace). Some people think its wrong while some support it.

Various organizations also hold different views regarding this.

PRO-LOVE

These organizations do not have any reservations to love and marriage amongst co-workers as long as it does not affect their jobs. They actually believe that this enhances productivity in the organization. The belief is that when married couples work in the-same organization, they automatically attain ownership of their jobs as this forms the major income of the family. They want to ensure that their employer is happy so that they are remunerated accordingly. As the bible says: “One would chase a thousand, and two, ten thousand”. You can imagine two chasing the ten thousand in the-same organization. A united force to attain management’s goals objectives.

ANTI-LOVE

This school of thought believes that love and marriage in the workplace would have an adverse effect on the productivity of the worker. They believe that the individuals would loose focus and neglect their job responsibilities. Some also belive that it could lead to disrespect if one spouse is boss over the other…. Fireworks would probably fly if the boss happens to be the woman.

MY-View

As long as priorities are maintained and not misplaced, I believe that love can flourish in the work place. I am 100% PRO-LOVE if properly managed.

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What are your views? You can follow the Hashtags: #loveintheworkplace #tweetconvos on twitter to share your views. Powered by Career Solutions Africa.

You can also add your thoughts below.

Before I forget….Happy Valentines Day!

Social Media Week: The Future and Your Career #SMWCareers

For those of you who are not aware, Social Media Week comes up from 17 Feb to 21 Feb 2014 and various events would be featured.Its the largest technology, new media and business conference on the continent of Africa.

The event I am most particular about is: Social Media: The Future and Your Career

Excerpts regarding this event:

With Africa being home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies—and with new or emerging industries at the fore of the economic advancement—human resource professionals, senior company executives, entrepreneurs, job seekers and public servants alike face the exciting challenge of planning for the future success of their organisations or career paths!

New tools, technologies, strategies, knowledge, and skill sets are needed to meet the changing demands of the workplace. Many African organisations and individuals have been slow to recognise these workplace trends or prepare accordingly.

This event intends to jump start the conversation around these topics. It offers a unique chance to discuss how social media has caused a fundamental shift in the way people work and how to use social media to our benefit in the workplace. We are excited to provide a platform to share ideas, thoughts, collaborative techniques, and practical advice on how individuals and organisations can take advantage of social media tools in the evolving future of work, with a special emphasis on Africa.

Social media has invaded our lives, stirring up change in every sphere. How do individuals and organisations alike take advantage of this uprising especially in the areas of work and careers? Are social media tools just a means of socialising, or they could be a means to building a better work place? How ready are the workers and organisations for the infiltration of social media in the work place?

HIGHLIGHTS

Refreshment, games, networking, and two (2) invitations to the Future of Work Conference to be won!

TENTATIVE AGENDA

The day’s programme will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, interactive sessions and a networking cocktail. Please check back for detailed agenda two weeks to the event.

COME PREPARED!

  • Start thinking about the how social media tools can affect the future of your work and career
  • Evaluate your current role/status; think about where you (or your organisation) NEED to go next
  • Consider the opportunities social media brings that can be leveraged on
  • Consider how to work around the challenges of social media in the workplace
  • Read up articles/books on how social networks are affecting the future of work specific to your field – we’ll help out here by providing links to various resources that can get your brain cells moving.

WHAT WILL YOU TAKE AWAY?

Participants will gain fascinating perspectives on the relationship between the social media and the future of work. Expect to take with you practical guidance on how to leverage the social networks and other collaborative tools to engage the future of work in your various spheres. We also promise you rich new insights on how social media is affecting the future and connecting careers in Africa and globally, as well as the tools and skills needed to get ready for the future.

Date: Thursday 20 February 2014

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Venue: #SMWhq @ Volkswagen179 Akin Adesola Street
Victoria Island, Lagos.

For more information, please follow the link below:

http://socialmediaweek.org/lagos/events/?id=134721

Register now…as there are only a few seats left.

Intrapreneurship – An introduction …By Ann Ayinde

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I won’t bother you with terms and root words as they probably won’t mean much to you after the next second. As can be seen from the definition in the image, Intrapreneurship has to do with the possession of an entrepreneurial approach, view-point, mind-set and strategy within an organisation. One word spells this properly:

OWNERSHIP

Let’s take a look at some of the differences between Intrapreneurship and Entrepreneurship according to Guy Kawasaki (2013), a great proponent of the term:

Entrepreneur: A person who is innovative  and  revolutionary, churning out ideas and challenging norms as they grow their personal businesses. They take complete ownership of their business.

Intrapreneur: A person who is innovative  and  revolutionary, churning out ideas and challenging norms as they grow their careers. They take complete ownership of their jobs.

For junior-level and mid-level employees, this is a huge opportunity to drive that new idea, innovation or process. It shows that they are not just concerned about earning their monthly salary, but they also want to grow the organization, create impact and  become leaders. “Getting employees to understand the concept of intrapreneurship is the first step to empowering a new cadre of innovators within institutions; nurturing intrapreneurship just may be the key to powering the global economy forward. ” (Agoada, 2013)

You want to make a great impact out there, prove yourself by making one within your organization first!

References

Agoada, Joe (September 2013). What is Intrapreneurship? Available at: [ http://techchange.org/2013/09/30/what-is-intrapreneurship/ ]

Kawasaki, Guy (July 2013).  The Art of Intrapreneurship. Available at: [ http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130701110415-2484700-the-art-of-intrapreneurship%5D