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Positive Or Polluted Negative Leadership

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General George Washington and General Benedict Arnold were both effective leaders; however, their lasting effects on their organizations were profoundly different. Although both men were heroes of the continental Army, one went on to become the father of our country and is universally viewed today as an exemplar of selfless and inspiring leadership. The other became our nation’s most notorious traitor. His name evoking thoughts of someone who’s pride and self-oriented actions led him to sell out his young nation in hopes of personal fame, glory, and reward.
Two leaders. Both gifted. One added value and left his surroundings better than he first found them. The other’s unchecked ambition and inability to keep his toxic tendencies in check resulted in a legacy of disillusionment, betrayal, and mistrust.
We have all likely endured the overly ambitions boss or overbearing leader.  However, leaders with toxic-tendencies are something more. Rather than creating conditions for people to flourish and thrive and come fully alive, their destructive tendencies sap our strength and steal our joy. Their toxicity is a contagion which, in time, pollutes the culture of the entire organization.
The term “toxic leadership” is often used to describe those who have a profoundly negativeeffect on others. Be it a promise-breaking politician; arrogant or ignorant media personality; greedy corporate executive; demanding and demeaning military leader; or anyone else who routinely undermines, demeans, or micro-manages subordinates, toxic leadership has become all too commonplace. Much like General benedict Arnold, those men and women in positions of power and influence who possess an almost narcisstic preoccupation with themselves and their agendas do much more harm than good.
Richard Wagner, in his book Smart People Doing Dumb Things: The Case of Managerial Incompetenceshares how individuals with toxic tendencies are often the first to take more credit than they deserve when things go well and are often the first to point fingers of blame when they do not.  Rather than leading in a manner that creates strong bonds of mutual trust and respect in order to facilitate mission accomplishment, toxic leaders generate serious and enduring poisonous effects—fostering a climate of fear, distrust, divisiveness, selfishness, and a host of other unhealthy and unproductive conditions.
In their insightful article entitled Narcissism and Toxic Leaders, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Doty and Master Sergeant Jeff Fenlason note that leaders with toxic tendencies are also notoriously:
  • Poor listeners;
  • Overly sensitive to criticism;
  • Willing to take advantage of others to achieve their own goals;
  • Intent on seeking every opportunity to be in the spotlight;
  • Uninterested in others opinions, ideas or feelings; and
  • Prone to conduct themselves with an air of self-importance that’s impossible to miss.
That’s quite a sad list, if you ask me. And the fact of the matter is, toxic leadership is neither new nor limited to a particular industry.
So what can each of us do to help prevent ourselves from exercising or expressing toxic tendencies? Try these simple practices:
Don’t Foster Blindspots. Going through life without asking for feedback is like driving in a foreign country without ever stopping to ask directions. One of the best ways to guard against developing toxic tendencies is to periodically ask those you know for their candid and constructive feedback. Determine if the way you see yourself is accurate with how others perceive you. Assess if your words and your ways, your tone and your temperament, carry tinges of arrogance or hints of haughtiness. Be open and genuinely interested in others feedback about your performance.
Don’t Be a Decision-Deflector. One of the single biggest ways a leader can undermine confidence and breed complacency is to be indecisive. Rather than step into their role as a decision-maker, leaders with toxic tendencies tend to deflect decisions, especially challenging or unpopular ones, for fear of looking incapable or incompetent. If this describes you, stop. Assert yourself when necessary, and take advice when needed.
Don’t Be Emotionally Hijacked:  Don’t allow your emotions to get in the way of your success. Knowing when to practice self-control and self-discipline communicates a sense of consistency and maturity to those around you.
Don’t Dodge Disappointment: Although setbacks, failures and disappointments can be a very real byproduct of leading, those with toxic tendencies often strive to play it safe. Given their insistent need to guard their egos and protect their public personas, toxic leaders prefer to dodge disappointment rather than recognize that risking  the sting of defeat is what could very well unlock opportunities for growth.
Don’t Be Afraid to Raise Your Hand:  Leaders with toxic tendencies are quick to reject responsibility. They refuse to accept the consequences of outcomes anytime doing so threatens their self-perpetuated myth they are too good to err. Don’t let that be you. Remember, sometimes your role as leader means having to shoulder the responsibilities of others’ actions. Are you ready to improve your leadership skills? Adopting some or all of these traits could be a step in the right direction.
Don’t Wield Power Over Others. Leaders with toxic tendencies routinely forget their primary job is to effectively guide others to achieve mutually beneficial goals and objectives. It’s not to indiscriminately wield power over them. If you are operating effectively as a leader, you likely have figured out the value you add is often invisible. It is what those around you achieve that truly validates your role, not what you do to promote yourself. Keep any toxic tendencies at bay by focusing on enabling others to succeed. Strive to liberate their talent and potential then, get out of their way.
Toxic leadership demotivates individuals and damages organizations by decreasing the commitment and motivation of their members. The negative outcomes caused by leaders with unchecked toxic tendencies create lasting and enduring harm to an organization’s culture and climate. As Ron Kaufman reminds us, “The culture of an organization is like a river. It can be fluid, strong and consistent, serving as lubricant while guiding its members in the right direction. In contrast a river can become stale and toxic, silently killing those who drink at its shore.”
What kind of culture are you promoting? Is it positive, energizing and inspiring others to be and do their best? Or is it polluted, stagnant and stifling, draining those around you of their energy, creativity, and potential?                                -(Credit: LeadershipNow)

Graduate Recruitment At Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)

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The Nigerian Stock Exchange services the largest economy in Africa, and is championing the development of Africa’s financial markets. The Exchange offers listing and trading services, licensing services, market data solutions, ancillary technology services, and more. It is an open, professional and vibrant exchange, connecting Nigeria, Africa and the world.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: General Ledger Management Officer
Location: Lagos
Division: CEO
Department: Finance Department
Report to: Chief Financial Officer
Grade: Assistant Officer – Officer
Estimated Date of Resumption: Wednesday, 1st November, 2017.
Job Summary
  • The Nigerian Stock Exchange services the largest economy in Africa, and is championing the development of Africa’s financial markets. The Exchange offers listing and trading services, licensing services, market data solutions, ancillary technology services, and more. It is an open, professional and vibrant exchange, connecting Nigeria, Africa and the world.
  • The incumbent is expected to work with the Financial Reporting team to ensure that all general ledgers are managed in an effective and efficient manner by ensuring all accounting entries are accurately posted and are up to date at all times.
Key Responsibilities
  • Ensure timely postings of transactions into the ERP. Ensure that fixed assets register is updated monthly and all assets are ascribed with identification tags. Ensure that depreciation is charged and posted by monthly
  • Ensure that transactional documentations are time-stamped, signature verified and reviewed for completeness, accuracy and consistency before the transactions are processed
  • Ensure that all General Ledger accounts are proofed monthly and escalate over aged open items to team lead and/or departmental head
  • Must ensure that accruals, prepayment and amortization schedules are prepared and relevant entries posted by month end
  • Ensure that transactional documentations are complete with all the requisite approvals before such transaction is processed. Ensure that transactions are called over daily to ensure that errors and or irregularities are discovered promptly and escalated to the team lead and/or departmental head promptly.
  • Ensure that all transactional documents are filed in neat and easily retrievable manner.
  • Support external audit exercises and other statutory inspections of the Exchange’s books
  • Minimum of 2-5years work experience in financial control of a bank or financial services firm, top firm of auditors or Investment Management Company
  • University degree with emphasis on Economics, Finance & Accounting or any other numerate courses (sciences and Engineering)
  • At least one relevant professional qualifications e.g. ACCA, ACA will be an advantage
Functional Competency:
  • Financial Analysis
Behavioural Competency:
  • Accountability
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
Application Deadline: 5th October, 2017.
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5 Fresh Vacancies At Seamfix Nigeria Limited

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Seamfix Nigeria Limited is a software company that builds application software and middleware solutions for businesses, governments and institutions. Our corporate slogan is “value innovation powered by technology”. We conduct business by innovating value, empowering our customers to exploit such values through technology, measuring the results and benefits of value to the customer and keeping a smile on their faces
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
1. Job Title: Senior Human Resource Executive
Location: Lekki, Lagos
Job Type: Full time
About the Role
  • Think People Management, think Compensations and Rewards, think Learning and Growth, that’s what makes Human Resources at Seamfix tick.
  • Every organisation is only as strong as its weakest link and for this we’re particular about recruiting the best talents into our workforce.
  • Our HR department is looking to hire a Human Resource Officer with specialty in Talent Acquisition and Management.
About You:
  • For you, only the best will do, no compromise.
  • You will meet staffing objectives by recruiting and evaluating job candidates; advising managers; managing relocations and oversee the learning and development program.
  • Determine current and future staffing needs with management and manager
  • Implement and improve upon overall recruitment strategy
  • Continuous development and update of job descriptions & specification
  • Provide analytical and well documented recruiting reports regularly
  • Act as a point of contact and build influential candidate relationships during the recruitment process
  • Develop periodic talent acquisition strategies and hiring plans to fill all current and future staff needs
  • Strategically evaluate candidate’s abilities and accomplishment to determine extent of contribution to the business of the company if employed
  • Assist in employee retention and development initiatives that will minimize turnover rate in the company
  • Responsible for onboarding of all new staff and all exit interviews
  • Create and design L&D solutions to support the organization’s vision and values using a blend of methodologies including computer based, self-managed learning, classroom and on-the job learning
  • Evaluate all L&D initiatives between 1-3 months after implementation and report against agreed KPI’s
  • Attend to all training related issues and provide high quality customer service across the organization
We’ll be highly interested in you if:
  • You demonstrate great energy and passion
  • You are innovative in your approach to recruitment
  • You are very sociable and have a good network.
  • You are a self-starter and creative thinker
  • You love to travel
  • You have a first-class or second-class upper degree in Social Sciences , Management, Computer Science or a related relevant discipline.
  • You have 4 – 5 years work experience
  • An M.Sc in Human Resource Management will be an advantage
  • CIPM or an equivalent certification will be an advantage
  • Agile Problem Solving
  • Excellence Driven
  • Ownership mindset
  • Leadership Tendencies
  • Unquestionable integrity
  • Passionate about Human Resources
  • Ability to come up with sound analysis and exercise good judgement
  • Good interpersonal relationship skills
  • Ability to plan and prioritize optimally.
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

2. Job Title: Senior Business Development Executive
Location: Lekki, Lagos
Role Summary
  • The Business Development Executive is responsible for coming up with different strategies for product expansion and growth in the marketplace to drive sustainable financial growth through boosting sales and forging relationships with clients.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Take ownership of designing and driving sales activities
  • Present, promote and sell products/services using solid arguments to existing and prospective customers
  • Responsible for formulating market strategy for assigned products with excellence
  • Take ownership of growing Seamfix client base on assigned portfolio
  • Proactivity in gaining a clear understanding of customer’s business and requirements
  • Take ownership in conducting research and gathering Business Intelligence
  • Agility in building long-term relationships with new and existing customers
  • Collaborate with marketing communication
  • Experience in dealing with products in different life-cycles
  • First class or Second-class upper degree in Engineering, Business Management, Economics, or a related relevant discipline
  • 3 – 5 years as a Business Development Executive preferably in a technology environment
  • Proven experience in turning business prospects into paying customers
  • An MBA or MSc in Business Management is an added advantage
  • Agile Problem Solving
  • Excellence Driven
  • Ownership mindset
  • Leadership Tendencies
  • Unquestionable integrity
  • Passionate about Business Development
  • Ability to come up with sound analysis and exercise good judgement
  • Good interpersonal relationship skills
  • Ability to plan and prioritize optimally
  • Abreast with current trends
  • Technology and Market savvy
  • Competitive
  • Health insurance that covers your medical, and other health related issues
  • Birthday bashes on the house & TGIFssss.
  • Aerobic and Fitness Sessions
  • Training and Development
Benefits of being a Seamfixer:
  • You get to work in a cool office with great aesthetics. We’re in the heart of Lekki and have fancy restaurants, lounges and a movie theatre within 5mins walk from the office. Other perks
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
3. Job Title: Copywriter
Location: Lekki, Lagos
Role Summary
  • The copywriter will write winning copies. Copies that communicate clearly through any medium and ultimately achieve whatever the communication intent was, either to inform or ultimately sell.
  • He/She must have a very good command of English Grammar, must be versed, and highly articulate.
  • The copywriter will focus on presenting the company in the best light possible, have a growing knowledge of our products and offerings, discovering and communicating USPs.
  • He/She will be responsible to write clear and concise copy for ads, publications, our website or for PR efforts.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide copy for all marketing initiatives including product launches, social media presence, company and products website and blogs, and corporate events.
  • Manage brand delivery and consistency across all markets for all product lines.
  • Provide compelling copy and work with the team (marketing and graphics) in delivering high quality sales/marketing content across all our brand touchpoints.
  • Keep abreast with trends, key into and spin trends towards promoting our product/company brand.
  • Spinning negative media on Seamfix or its product into promoting our brands
  • Any other responsibilities as maybe assigned by your line manager.
  • 1st Class or 2nd Class Upper Degree in a related discipline from a reputable university
  • 1-3 years as a Social Media/Communications Specialist
  • Proven experience as a copywriter
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Experience in corporate communications
  • Social media savvy & experience with SEO
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Highly creative
  • Analytical Ability
  • Agile Problem Solving
  • Excellence Driven
  • Ownership mindset
  • Leadership Tendencies
  • Unquestionable integrity
  • Good interpersonal relationship skills
  • Ability to plan and prioritize optimally
  • Abreast with current trends
  • Team player
  • Goal oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Technology and Market savvy
  • Negotiable
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 
4. Job Title: Social Media Executive
Location: Lekki, Lagos
Role Summary
  • Are you witty, smart and funny? And you’re not the only one who thinks so, Then we need a you as a Social Media Executive to rule our social media space.
  • You’ll compete fiercely but fairly with our competitors, and ensure we’re doing more than ‘just fine’ out there. You’ll creatively engage visitors to our pages/channels, you’ll sell and cross sell without trying so hard to.
  • Your ultimate goal is to gradually achieve superior customer engagement and intimacy, generate website traffic and impact revenue by strategically exploiting all aspects of the social media marketing roadmap available
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Handle Social Media Marketing
  • Ensure company presence on all major social media handles – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.
  • Curate and create original and engaging content on a regular schedule.
  • Drive content using both ‘paid-push’ and organic routes
  • Grow an organic and loyal following
  • Drive overall strategic direction of editorial, creative and management of production for websites (corporate site and associated properties), digital video (YouTube and other video channels) and other media outlets.
  • Research, communicate, and meet with internal stakeholders to gain adequate product knowledge, understand business goals and objectives to get a clear understanding of how pivotal your role is to meeting those goals.
  • Actively monitor and manage company’s public image on social image.
  • Ensure requests for materials (copy, graphics, video) from other internal departments are sufficient and being handled properly for content creation.
  • Ensure to keep things fresh, editorially correct  and factual before their display on social channels.
  • 1st class or 2.1 B.Sc degree in Business or a related relevant discipline from a reputable university
  • Good followership on social media platforms
  • Strong relationship skills and effective communication
  • 1-3 years work experience
  • Excellence Driven
  • Ownership mindset
  • Leadership Tendencies
  • Unquestionable integrity
  • Ability to plan and prioritize optimally
  • Abreast with current trends
  • Team player
  • Goal oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Technology and Market savvy
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
5. Job Title: Senior DevOps Engineer
Location: Lekki, Lagos
Job Type: Full time
Job Description
  • Build, configure, deploy applications in production & staging environments
  • Implement build and release automation tools, that covers source code control (Git), continuous integration (Jenkins), automated functional and unit tests, deployment and monitoring
  • Continuous evaluation of CD tools keeping in mind the latest technologies
  • Managing cloud infrastructure on eapps and AWS
  • Scripting for automation
  • Implement a central log management system, and drive its usage
  • Implement a central monitoring system for production applications and systems
  • Constantly look for ways to shorten production delivery & release cycles
Qualifications and Requirements
Educational Qualifications & Experience Required:
  • A First class or Second class upper degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related relevant discipline
  • 4-5 years of experience as a Snr. DevOps Engineer
  • Strong background in linux/unix administration
  • Knowledge of jenkins administration or similar CI tools
  • Knowledge of build systems like maven and ant
  • Knowledge of at least one of these scripting languages – Shell, Python, Perl
  • Prior experience in Java or PHP programming languages
  • Expertise in administering application & servers like tomcat, jboss (wildfly), Apache/Nginx
  • Experienced in cloud infrastructure, specifically AWS
  • Knowledge of log management tools
  • Knowledge of RDMBS and NoSQL databases
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply
Salaries are Negotiable.
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