Monthly Archives: May 2014

The 140 Xter Employee

Last month I wrote a post about The 140 Xter Manager and how this Manager gives an opportunity for employees to lead and showcase their skills in the workplace.

Today I would like to discuss the 140 Xter Employee.

A 140 Xter Employee is one that contributes to the organization in 140 Xters or less. This person is dormant, passive and inactive during team discussions. We all know this person. They are the people who are quiet during discussions, not because they are quietly strategizing on how to move the organization forward, but because they really have nothing to say.

Let me just say immediately that it is unwise to be a 140 Xter Employee as this sends the wrong signal to the management of the organization. Anyone who does this should not think that they are being smart and that no one notices them or their actions.

Every human being wants to be surrounded by people who add value to them and organizations are no exception.  If a person cannot add value and contribute during discussions, it causes one to wonder why they are even in the team or organization. Team spirit is lacking here.

In recent times organizations have devised a method that helps them know upfront, if a prospective employee would be a 140 xter employee. The method: Assessment centres. This has fully been integrated into most interviewing processes of organizations. The way in which it works is that the prospects are placed in teams and given a project to work on. Here the employer is looking at the team dynamics and looking out for team playing and team building skills. The results at an assessment centre go a long way in determining if a person would get the job or not.

Job seekers may have all the technical skills needed to get the job done but if team spirit is non-existent, there lies a big mis-match.

So for job seekers, go on out there and develop your team playing skills and for currently employed individuals, hone those team playing skills as well.

Speak up! Speak out! Contribute!

Join the conversation below.


Future of Work Africa – The Stilettos


Women keep making a difference in the world, women also continue to be awesomely employed in certain occupations that have been traditionally oriented toward women. “Future of work Africa: The Stilettos” will engage discussions generally on where women are today and how they can become more effective workers and leaders as we head into the future.

This conversation will bring some of the most dynamic women who have work experiences across the world to discuss major issues and topics that are important to women today. We will be exploring future of work trends, challenges and progresses made by women at work, the challenges of balancing work and family, the benefits and limitations of working outside the “office” and how females can transform their personal performance and empower themselves to perform above their current expectations.

There has been predictions that the number of women will continue to increase in the workforce. Women will continue to have primary responsibility for home and family matters, thus affecting work attendance negatively… There will be discussions around all these and much more.

As we prepare to join this conversation, the questions on our minds should be, what does the future hold for women in the workplace?


  • Awareness on how men and women can join forces to create the workplace of the future
  • Awareness of roles in the workplace available for women
  • Success stories from women of leading organizations
  • Gain new ideas and networks for building capacity in your work place
  • Valuable source of information, insights, networking and development for leaders and managers across industries, functions and organizational sizes


  • Women and Men in the work place
  • High-potential women and men looking to enhance and advance their careers
  • Line professionals responsible for hiring, developing and advancing an unbiased workforce
  • HR leaders overseeing diversity and inclusion, leadership development, talent management and acquisition, strategic workforce planning, total rewards, and/or organizational development


Amini Portrait


  • 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm :Registration/ Networking
  • 4:30 pm – 4:50 pm: Welcome & Introduction
  • 4:50 pm – 5:00 pm: Spoken words
  • 5.00 pm – 5:30 pm: Keynote Address “WOMEN & WORK: Then, Now and the Future” by Amini Kajunju, President/ CEO African American Institute, New York, USA
  • 5:30 pm – 5:40 pm: Spoken words
  • 5:40 pm – 7:00pm: Panel Discussion “WOMEN & WORK: Work life balance & Future trends” Panelists: Amini Kajunju, Toyosi Adekoya, Ayodeji Ajibola, Subomi Plumptre 
  • 7:00 pm – 8: 00 pm : Close out, Networking & Reception


AWP Presents the HR || PR Business Series

Join us in a few hours!

AWP Network

The AWP Network recently developed a PR || HR Business series for young people who want to become entrepreneurs. AWP touted for its unique ability to turn dreams into reality, carries out its mission through an online platform that shares the inspirational and entrepreneurial stories of African women and youths.

On Thursday, May 8 2014 (3:30pm West African Time) or (10:30am EST), Ann Ayinde – Product Lead at Career Solutions Africa will highlight key HR tools entrepreneurs can use when hiring.

This program is geared towards entrepreneurs looking to hire the right talent.

Register for the event here: AWP HR || PR Business Series

Ann Ayinde

Ann Ayinde serves as HR Manager at Career Solutions Africa and Product Manager for HR4SMEs – a tool tailored to SMEs to help manage their HR processes and systems. With over 8 years of experience spanning between the financial services sector and customer relationship management…

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