How To Identify Your Strengths

The effective executive builds on strengths – their own strengths, the strengths of superiors, colleagues, subordinates; and on the strengths of the situation - Peter Drucker, The Effective Executive Introduction “While there are many good levers for engaging people and driving performance – levers such as selecting for talent, setting clear expectations, praising where praise is due, and defining the team’s mission – the master lever is getting each person to play to his strengths. Pull this lever, and an engaged and productive team will be the … [Read more...]

The Return on Right Hiring (ROR)

The old adage “People are your most important asset” is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are. - Jim Collins (Good to Great) The story is simple and I remember it now for it bears a semblance to the issue of right hiring at hand. The Emperor’s New clothes. Depending on when you grew up or the school you attended (no pun intended), then you would be familiar with the story. "The Emperor's New Clothes" is a short tale about two swindlers posing as cloth weavers who promised an Emperor a new suit of clothes that are … [Read more...]

Technology meets Human Resources

The full title of this article is Technology meets HR: Selecting and Justifying the Right Solution. I had my first chance to publicly crystallize my thoughts and research on the confluence of HR and Technology at an international HR conference held in Ghana in 2009. Then, like now, my task as the speaker, was to provide HR professionals and business executives with a sort of road map for selecting and justifying investments in people management technology. In choosing the right solution your objective is to get a solution that meets your needs at the … [Read more...]

Linking People, Strategy and Performance

  “The greatest concern here is that, in the New Economy, human capital is the foundation of value creation. (Various studies show that up to 85 percent of a corporation’s value is based on intangible assets). This presents an interesting dilemma: the asset that is most important is the least understood, least prone to measurement, and hence, least susceptible to management. Clearly, we are at a watershed”(ref.The HR Scorecard, Brian E. Becker et al). If we are to resolve this dilemma, HR leaders and practitioners, being custodians of the people … [Read more...]

Leading Employees in High Emotional Times

High emotional times, or crisis times, have hit people in different parts of the world at different times in the last plus-ten years.These have ranged from the ones caused by natural disasters (hurricanes, floods, thunderstorms etc) to man-made or man-influenced variants (bomb-blasts, kidnappings, intra-company recession, industry recession etc). It had been more common to hear of them in other lands than around Nigeria but that seems to have changed now. Business leaders and Human Resource practitioners need to awaken to the fact that some of our … [Read more...]

Managers are Born

Of course managers are not born. But the way a number of new managers and their organisations carry on, you would actually think some people arrive as managers from the womb. There is this consciously and unconsciously emitted aura around a manager that seems to suggest that being a manager is the exclusive preserve of a rare about-to-be-extinct species from outer space. We have inadvertently (I hope) mystified the managers’ role and this is to the detriment of younger managers and their organisations. Paradoxically, great built-to-last institutions … [Read more...]

Free eBook: The Unemployment Manifesto

I wrote this free eBook; The Unemployment Manifesto to expose the staggering state of unemployment among Nigerian youths and offer a way out! Unemployment: The REALITY The level of idleness or unproductivity among young adults in Nigeria has risen to a proportion that demands the enactment of a state of emergency on unemployment.   Unemployment: The STATS Here are some very troubling statistics; With an estimated 170 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. The Nigerian National Youth policy (2001:2), defines … [Read more...]