Mr. President-Elect: People, Policies, or Projects…Which Way?

“Inheriting a country whose infrastructure is damaged and in desperate need of repair, many look towards Obama’s appointment of cabinet members as a sign of change.” - Michael Gallagher   Mr. President-Elect’s Hand is a Tough One In any game of cards, success has a lot to do with the type of cards you are dealt. The set of cards a player has in a game is called a hand. The odds are better with a better set. However, a good hand doesn’t guarantee a win. A win takes experience and skill. A telepathic peek into the hand dealt to Mr. President-elect … [Read more...]

The Future of Recruiting: Social Media and You

Here is the plot. LinkedIn conducted its last global survey on recruiting trends in 2013 and it came up with the five most important trends shaping the future of recruiting. If you would be a career person in the next 10-20 years, then this should be important to you. Hiring managers and recruiters would also be interested in this, so that they can be more successful at attracting, hiring and retaining top talent. Human resources departments seeking to get more buck for their hiring investments would also find this an invaluable treatise. From … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why You Should Work for Chimezie & Boys . . . FIRST!

Here is the thing: I know you would like to get a job with the Shell Development Corporation. For parents and guardians, I know you would like your ward to get a job with McKinsey and Company, but here is why she should work for Chimezie & Boys . . . first. Chimezie & Boys is a metaphor representing start-ups or the small business – the smallest of businesses in fact. I consider it my task to help you or your ward get on the tracks of life surely and firmly and help you gain the momentum you need to drive your life’s success. My objective is to … [Read more...]

WeREADY 2015: The Recruitment Funnel

Has it occurred to you that regardless of your grade from school, if you are looking to get hired by any serious employer, you would need to go through the Recruitment Funnel? What is this Recruitment Funnel? Has it also occurred to you that regardless of your qualifications and years of experience, if you are looking to change your job or get a new job, you would need to go through the Recruitment Funnel? So what is this Recruitment Funnel? It is the selection or screening process organisations use to determine who gets employed into their … [Read more...]

TALENT Management: How ONE Great Employee Can Change the World!

At the beginning of every great business success there's a human capital story - Dave Lefkow, CEO Talentspark Introduction – the other story of success The narratives we have been using to describe public, corporate and personal successes have been incomplete. Yes, we have been guilty of a single story. We tell stories of the successes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Apple, Microsoft, Dangote, Adenuga, Fashola, GTBank, Oando, Oyedepo, Adeboye, Sam Adeyemi, Fola Adeola, Daystar, Gani Fawehinmi etc. It almost sounds as though these people are the only … [Read more...]

Nigeria Decides 2015: Hiring the Next President

Next month Nigeria decides. Nigerian people decide the fate of our nation. The fate of generations unborn. Few decisions can compare to the weight of this decision. The weight of the import of this decision is overwhelming. Such is the weight that rests upon each voter’s card. Who would ever have thought that a simple plastic card could wield such power? It has crossed my mind that some may shy away from voting because of the enormity of this decision. Is this the first time we are going to the polls? No. Is there something different about this time? … [Read more...]

The Spirit Behind Strategy

“This new century is a time of extraordinary complexity, opportunity, and risk” – Tony Manning, Making Sense of Strategy Introduction Where are we now? We are in a transition. We are probably in the only time on earth when having a strategy and not having a strategy is a good thing. Call it organised chaos! But if you are looking for ‘a method out of the madness’ it is still better to have the semblance of a strategy than otherwise. But where are we coming from? We were coming from the realization that strategy, on its own, was not enough. Just … [Read more...]