How to Run Down Your Own Company . . . Gradually, Part 2

“Every institution is vulnerable, no matter how great. No matter how much you’ve achieved, no matter how far you’ve gone, no matter how much power you’ve garnered, you are vulnerable to decline. There is no law of nature that the most powerful will inevitably remain at the top.” – Jim Collins, How the Mighty Fall In the preceding part of this article, published a month ago, I sought to establish that a company can be run down and gradually destroyed by its founder. That the same person who invested sweat, money, time, savings, relationships, career, … [Read more...]

How to Run Down Your Own Company . . . Gradually (Part 1)

“It turns out that a company can indeed look like the picture of health on the outside yet already be in decline…” – Jim Collins, How the Mighty Fall I do not yet know anyone with the intention to run down his or her company. Normal people do not set out to destroy the company or business that they themselves started. Normally people want to see growth for a business or project or initiative that they started. Why then do some people run their businesses down? Why then do some of us manage our businesses as though our intention is to run it down? How … [Read more...]

Why You Should NOT Resign . . . Yet

Avoiding Career regrets In times of deep private introspection, I think there are many people who would look back at their careers and admit that they once made a resignation error. If you were to conduct a poll, asking people what they think was their worst career regret, I am convinced that wrong resignation would top the chart for more people. Some people make their decision to resign personally, a lot of others involve family, friends, colleagues, pastors/spiritual leaders, mentors, etc, hence, this article is addressed to everyone. Parents and … [Read more...]

The Value of Volunteering

Volunteering builds team spirit, interpersonal and communication skills, leadership skills, humility and a spirit of caring … all that we need in employees and citizens of the nation – Nike De’Souza Introduction Sometimes good passes by unnoticed. Sorry, a lot of times good passes by unnoticed. Volunteering is one of those good that could pass us by unnoticed, unutilized and un-harnessed. Volunteering bears many advantages for teenagers, the youth, fresh graduates, employees, recruiters, employers, human resource leaders, organisations, and society … [Read more...]

Why You Should Work in a High-Standard-High-Pressure Workplace

Prologue Sigmund Freud it was who propounded the doctrine of pain and pleasure. The pleasure principle says that we will seek immediate gratification of needs, for which our bodies reward us with feelings of pleasure, while the pain principle propounds that we also seek to avoid pain. This may be true but it is definitely incomplete. Can we not be motivated by things that do not fit squarely under pain or pleasure? Or rather, “What if our definition of pleasure or pain is flawed?” by this I mean to ask, “Is there pain that is welcome and pleasure that … [Read more...]

LAZINESS and CASUALNESS: The 2nd Biggest Problem in Nigeria

The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head – King Solomon After corruption and selfish and clueless leadership, what would you rate as the next biggest problem? Many answers would come to your mind. No doubt, many answers would come to your mind. I daresay most of what would come to mind will be a reflection of the socioeconomic challenges currently facing the nation. But think again about my proposition. The second biggest problem in Nigeria is that loads of our youth are lazy and casual about their … [Read more...]

Wait and Zap Performance Management

“I hate performance appraisals. They work against the very thing we desire – improved performance. Peter Block, W. Edwards Deming, Philip Crosby and Steven Covey harangue[lecture] against them, and if they can’t change organisational fascination with this annual bloodletting ritual, I don’t imagine my words will help either. Nonetheless, I’ll try” – Rick Maurer Listen to this conversation: Manager: Mary, you had a good year except for the problem on the AnnatermGas account. Employee: I thought that was no longer a problem. I’m not sure why we have … [Read more...]