Rise and Shine
Sometimes, we do well and then suddenly, we go through a significant change in career or life and then we lose the success momentum but cannot point out what really caused the problem. You might do very well in one department and as a result, you get promoted or transferred to another section as a way of developing you further for bigger challenges but then you fail to exploit the opportunity. What is going wrong? How can you fix this? Or, better still, what can you do to proactively avoid such challenges?
Delegation is a powerful practice once it is well embedded in day to day business operations. At the same time, delegation is one of those sensitive areas not widely or appropriately practised for many reasons. Today, we want to spend some time to explore the benefits of delegation and how this important practice can be used to the benefit of the institution, from both the perspective of the delegator as well as the delegate.
Last week, we discussed the importance of paying attention to one’s other categories of intelligence beyond just the traditional IQ as we now know that up to 85 percent of contribution towards one’s success can be influenced by factors beyond IQ.
One of the key things you need to do in order to excel in your job and ultimately to have a great career is to ensure that your relationship with your boss is good. Your boss has a lot of influence on you at work and it is therefore only logical that a good relationship with such a person will do you good, compared to a situation where the relationship is not great.
Last week, we shared some success lessons that we can draw from the just ended finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). We requested you the readers of Rise and Shine column to also share the lessons you learnt from the 2012 Afcon. Below are some of the lessons shared by some readers of Rise and Shine column:
A lot of people are capable of generating brilliant ideas, but only few have the courage to take the first step. Most people remain with their ideas in the mind, some write them down as plans that gather dust on the shelf, but only a handful have the gut to take the first step. Many have fear of the unknown, unfounded hesitation and simply lack drive and self-determination. How can you change yourself to join the club of the few? How can you take your first step?
I have you observed that not all highly intelligent people are very successful? Have you also observed that some of the most successful people may not have been top in class? Today, we will discuss this important, even though very sensitive topic. From the outset, I want to declare that I am very aware that this topic is very sensitive, but given the fact it is central to success, I will take the risk to tackle it with as much care and sensitivity as possible.
Last week, we shared the story of Femi, who through certain workplace behaviours and delivery practices, made his name BIG and known around the company. We discussed how you too can become omnipresent at work due to your works. Over the weekend, I met a friend of mine — whom I have known since our secondary and college times. He told me that the story of Femi resonated a lot with him because he has a very similar experience to Femi’s story. And I know he is right because I have tracked his career path since he graduated some eight years ago or so. For purposes of this article, we will call this friend Khama.
By the age of 24, John Kuhn had completed his Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits). He was already in his first year of a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree at the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar. At the same time, John was also doing studies majoring in ‘spin doctoring’ with a long-term vision of joining politics and possibly becoming a future president of South Africa.
One time, when I was working for some global company, there was a gentleman from Nigeria who was well known and highly respected in our field and function within the global group. For purposes of this article, we will call him Femi. In many teleconferences and video conferences, his name was mentioned in one way or another. And yet, very interestingly, this gentleman was born, raised and educated in Nigeria and at the time, he was a manager in his home country. Given the kind of ‘corporate stature’ that he had built for himself, Femi was promoted and moved to the global headquarters within a few years.