Is What You Don’t Know Killing You?

Since 2017 began, I have been made more and more aware of the difference a tiny piece of knowledge can make.

Have you ever been faced with a challenge that seemed like a huge impenetrable wall, only to receive a piece of information that suddenly created a doorway in that wall? One minute you don’t know something, the next minute you do, and that makes all the difference!

Just a few days ago the significance of this was brought home to me all over again. My Blackberry went kaput 6 months ago so I finally decided to send it for repairs (I still love Blackberry, please don’t judge me) and it came back reset and updated, “new” and pretty. I quickly deleted the struggle BBM I had been “managing” on my Nokia Lumia and proceeded to set up my account on the Blackberry. That’s where the trouble started. Read more…

Should You Leave Your Children an Inheritance?

Many parents [agree] that leaving money to children is tantamount to digging their early graves, but must this always be the case? Isn’t there a way to allow your children learn hard work and financial prudence, and make their own way in life, while enjoying the benefits of an inheritance? Read more…

Important Questions You Must Answer to Beat Poverty

  • What can I do, right now, to increase my income?
  • How can I reduce my expenses? In what ways can I cut spending?
  • Apart from my main income stream, what do I have that is of value to others, and how can I polish and package it to earn income for me?
  • What am I naturally good at? What are my talents and gifts? How many of them have I honed into skills?
  • Do I know people who have walked my chosen path to wealth? How can I learn from them?
  • What opportunities for earning more and building wealth have I missed in the past and why? Can I salvage any?

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Career of the Week – Chinyere Anarado, Facilities Manager

Chinyere Anarado studied Estate Management at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus where she graduated with a Second Class Upper. She is currently Head, Facilities Management Department at Dayola Property & Development Company. We talked about career paths and decisions in this interview

 

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Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti: Bold for Change

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti is often mostly remembered as the first woman (allegedly) to drive a car in Nigeria, or as the mother of Afrobeat maestro Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

However, what she truly lived for, was seeing women break free. She breathed women’s rights, and she worked tirelessly to uplift women in every way she could. Many have fought relentlessly for the emancipation of women from every form of oppression, but the Lioness of Lisabi is in a class of her own.

On International Women’s Day 2017, we remembered FRK:

1. For teaching women.

Even while she was yet a student at Abeokuta Grammar School, she taught the younger girls. She was a strong believer in the power of education, not as a cure-all, but as a way to be empowered. Her eagerness to share all she knew led her to start a social club where young ladies could learn social graces, etiquette and handicrafts. She had a friend who “read” her hymnbook upside down, and another who kept buying newspapers, looking forward to the day when she would learn how to read. In 1944, FRK started teaching both of them to read. Before long, more illiterate women wanted in, and FRK’s Abeokuta Ladies Club started offering literacy classes. She studied abroad and was part of the city’s elite, but she did not sit and cross her arms. She may not have showered them with money, but she gave them a more powerful gift. She empowered them to educate themselves, by teaching them how to read. What can we learn from Funmilayo’s spirit? How can you lift up and empower one woman today? Can we claim to have women’s rights at heart if we do nothing with what we have?

2. For standing up to oppressors.

She was not called a lioness for nothing. Read more… 

6 Things Every Team Leader Should Know

It doesn’t matter whether you’re the head of the home, the head of a church department, or the head of a team at a multinational: the essentials of leadership are the same. Here are 6 things to keep in mind when it comes to leading your team, no matter how small or big.

10 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know About Taking Notes at Meetings

As a business owner (or someone managing a business), whether you’re meeting with a new client or an existing one, note-taking is one strategy that will accomplish more for you than most people realise. Here are 10 things you should keep in mind as you prepare for your next meeting:

1. If you’ve been given an appointment to meet with a prospective client, you’re better off listening to their past, present and anticipated needs, instead of talking about how great your product or service is. Pulling out your notepad and pen, and asking questions, is a great way to respond to “So, what can I do for you?”

2. By taking out your notepad and pen, you’re not just preparing to gather information. You’re sending a message to your client or prospective client: I am a professional, I am organized and your words are important to me.

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