The Ultimate Hiring Question: Why Should Anyone Hire You? (2)

I should be hired because of the knowledge that I possess. When it is said that someone knows his onions it means that he or she is experienced or knowledgeable in one's field or in the matter at hand. Particularly because we live in a knowledge-driven society, the knowledge that a person has has become a source of differentiation. For the entry-level person there is something I call knowledge-above-the-expected. At that level, fresh from school or NYSC, employers don’t expect that you would know much; they would give allowances for errors and some … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Hiring Question: Why Should Anyone Hire You?

Let’s call her name Chikodi. She came to see me the other day. I had asked her fiancé to ask her to see me for a chat. Chikodi was (at the time of this meet) 24yrs old (I think); had spent over a year post-NYSC without a job and had a second class upper degree. My objective in this discussion was to help unravel the internal and external (excluding spiritual though) factors that may have ‘helped’ her situation and to assist in charting next steps. And this is what I discovered. Chikodi admitted that, while in the university and also NYSC, she never … [Read more...]

How Humility Impacts the Bottom-line (2)

Organizational learning rises and falls on the personal learning orientation of its leaders. It is until we institute continuous searching and learning as a personal pursuit before we can underscore its importance in the corporate world. Well, herein lies a challenge. In today’s fast paced world people say they have become too busy (or too distracted) to even read. So how is learning or continuous learning going to happen? Just how? If you ask me, reading as a source of personal competitive advantage is fading fast. Reading as a fundamental bridge … [Read more...]

How Humility Impacts the Bottom-line

The title of the book is ‘How Toyota Became Number 1: Leadership Lessons from the World’s Greatest Car Company’ by David Magee. It’s a book I have had in my library for some time now. The copy with me was published in 2008. Exactly one year after, Toyota began to careen down from its heights; recalling over 8.3million cars; resulting in massive loss in reputation, loss in double-digit billions of dollars; a pile of lawsuits and most especially loss of customer lives. Listen to this commentary from David Buss in 2010: “Not very long ago at all, Toyota was … [Read more...]

The Error that brought the Nobel Prize

Alfred Nobel was one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the nineteenth century. In 1867 he patented his new explosive – ‘dynamite’. Soon he had patents in every industrialized country. By 1880 he was head of the largest dynamite-producing cartel in the world. Royalties, dividends and profits grew. And then one day a simple mistake changed his life forever. A French newspaper confused the death of Nobel’s brother, Ludvig, with his own. Alfred got the opportunity to do what many of us would love to do – he sat down with a cup of coffee, read his … [Read more...]

Who will save the Customer?

The Inspector General of Police Force Headquarters Abuja – Nigeria  Dear IG, I write to you sir with heaviness in my heart. I don’t know whom to turn to seek redress and repair for the injustice that the customer has suffered in the hands of residents and people of Nigeria. Who then can save the customer? To whom shall we turn for the long awaited emancipation of the customer? As the customer is being battered on all sides by service providers, regulators and products, to who then shall the customer turn for salvation? The perennial perils faced by … [Read more...]

The N25billion Human Resources department

What will the Human Resources department look like as the New banking emerges with the N25billion capitalisation being requested of banks by the CBN. Which people management strategies will be employed from day one? What competencies and structures will we need to manage our chief resource (people) in the consolidated organisations that will emerge when the dust of the capitalisation exercise finally settles? Basil Onugu in his piece to Atedo Peterside on this same issue loaned us the phrase ‘New banking’. It would seem that this … [Read more...]