April 2018 - Archieve

Under the hood articles from the past.

The 10 Bad Boss Behaviors that can Kill any Firm.

A former manager of mine once told me, “If I am going down, you are going down with me.” That was in relation to having a bad sales quarter. From that point on, there was no need to pay attention to her. It becomes difficult to continue to feel passion for the job once you see a lapse in integrity in your boss. It only got worse from there, so I knew it was time to start planning my exit strategy.
Bad boss behaviors lead to poor employee engagement and high turnover. When you have a manager who treats you with respect and has your back, you are more likely to give your best and stay longer in a company but when you have a bad boss, you're much more likely to be disengaged, suffer from anxiety and want to leave.

The 10 Bad Boss Behaviors:

These are complete deal breakers:
1.Micromanaging - This is the number 1 killer of creativity and innovation in the workplace. It fosters an environment of distrust as employees feel suffocated and confined. They monitor an employee's every movement. To some employees it feels like harassment. If you hired someone for a job, give them room to get it done.
2. Setting up people to fail - focusing more on employee's weaknesses rather than strengths. Such bosses keep tabs and use this against employees in their performance appraisals. They can list all the mistakes an employee makes even if it was discussed and rectified. They also don't hire people who are smarter than them or share their knowledge to preserve their position.
3. Picking favorites - hiring and/or promoting the wrong people. They only recommend employees in their "inner circle" for assignments or growth opportunities whilst they keep back other employees. They recognize and reward the same employees. They surroud themselves with sycophants. Additionally, if an employee stands up to them, the victimization begins - they are considered a poor team player and treated as an outcast.
4. Taking the credit for employees' work or successes. - Bad bosses will do anything to look good including taking credit for the employees work or ideas. Self-promotion is their top priority. There is nothing more demotivating than working hard to earn something only to have it unfairly taken away. This causes employee engagement to plummet.
5. Making false promises to get an employee to accept a job or a responsibility. Once the employee is in the position, they keep changing the goal post when target is almost achieved or after achievement. They are seen as untrustworthy and inauthentic.These types of bosses don't keep their word. They practice the carrot and stick approach for employee motivation.
6. Ignoring feedback - Not listening- Some bosses don't listen to subordinates or they only want positive feedback. They don't admit mistakes. They take negative feedback personally and treat those poorly who give such. So onlooking employees learn not to say anything. Worst than asking for feedback is not doing anything about it. Employees know they are wasting their time and stop giving helpful feedback. Such leaders operate in a bubble and set themselves up for failure.
7. Not standing up for employees - Throwing employees under the bus. It's demotivating working for a manager who does not stand up for their team. If someone makes a mistake they turn into judge, jury and executioner. They are quick to point fingers. It leaves employees feeling like they are on shaky ground.
8. Overworking employees. They have unrealistic expectations about what is possible from employees. They don't stop to celebrate successes. They see this as a waste of time. Their main focus is on the bottomline and they show no empathy. They don't care about employees and don't try to hide this. If an employee is ill, their main concern is when they will be returning to work. It's demoralizing working for such a boss as this. They don't want to authorize personal days or they question the need for sick days.
9. Losing their cool when things go wrong. These types of bad bosses have low emotional intelligence and employees know to stay away when they are upset. They also insult employees or come off as disrespectful with the tone they use. They make employees cry. They rely on fear and intimidation. Employees have to walk on eggshells around them.
10. Displaying incompetence. They keep offloading their workload and responsibilities on high performers. They view their position as one of entitlement rather than one of responsibility. They fail to give clear direction or provide frequent feedback.. These type of managers get promoted based on the "The Peter Principle" which states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate's performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, "managers rise to the level of their incompetence."
A manager's job is to facilitate a good working environment for his/her employees. Good bosses are those comfortable and secure in who they are, whilst bad bosses are competing with their subordinates. Bad bosses create toxic work environments. Toxic environments drain employees emotionally, mentally, and physically. I have seen many employees in these circumstances become so disengaged to the point, they are only there for the paycheck until they quit. Good bosses are few and far between, and employees long for such bosses who will support, inspire and help them to grow thus making their work experience a memorable one.
In the end, people make companies successful. Any strategy or business plan relies on motivated and engaged people to make it happen. This is why the most successful companies focus on people and relationships. Your success is a result of your team. Take care of your team! - (Credit: Linkedin


Attaining Perfection may be an uphill task,  but striving towards excellence in all life's endeavor should be a top priority for you my friend.
You see,  Switzerland is reputed for Quality wristwatch and no matter how much such watches are being sold,  it sells.
People recognize excellence/Quality when they see it and can pay highly for any excellent service or product.
So why settle for less? Why be a mediocre earning peanut when you can sharpen your skill and serve excellently?
You need sustainable increase in your resources? GET REPUTATION IN EXCELLENCE.



A lot of Nigerians are getting frustrated by the day. People are unnecessarily throwing tantrums at each other,  no thanks to the dwindling economy we find ourselves in. But to survive,  our destinies lies in our hands,  we'll need to develop and propagate the culture of helping one another however miniature way it may seem. 

For instance,  'let us Stop buying airtime from banks.
Buy from hawkers (those who sell on the road or around your home areas), because our brothers/sisters are becoming jobless.' 
Buy from people not machine,
So they can earn a living. This looks small,  but it can help someone stay in business and stay out of the street perpetuating crimes. 

Some times,  little little acts of kindness would keep your neighbors hope alive thus reducing the number of suicide being committed daily. 

Before the world would end as predicted by the Holy Books,  I doubt if this entity called Nigeria would ever get a Messiah to take us to the promise land. The promise land can only be imagined but not experienced by the citizens of this nation

Therefore,  helping one another would cushion some effects of frustration which many are undoubtedly passing through at this moment. Waiting for our leaders for a better life has recurrently become an exercise in futility 

The future as a whole seem bleak,  but there can be fragments of rays of hope for the select few that will heed my advice succinctly suggested above.  God Bless Nigeria. 

Yours' inspirationally, 


ENTREPRENEURSHIP: 4 On-line Business You can Start With Little Capital

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If you are looking for any online business to start with low start-up cost, then this post is ideal for those with a small budget. The era of the high cost of starting an online business is long gone with the advancement of technology. Thankfully, technology has created a level playing ground for all those who want to start an online business but with a small capital or budget.

The first step to start an online business is to know the secrets of such business and its model of operation. I have written extensively on that, and my secret knowledge which I have gained over the years would help you achieve that. (You can check it out here)

I have compiled 4 online business ideas for those with low startup capital. These ideas can be brought to reality with just your laptop and Internet connection.

online business with low startup capital

Start an Online Store

This is one business idea that makes Thousands of Naira on a monthly basis. The reason is that I don’t bother selling my own product, I only sell what others have created, and make my money via juicy commissions in dollars.

This is one of the online business ideas with low startup cost, and one of the most lucrative. If you don’t have a product (like I don’t have), with no idea on how to get, then I will show you how I make thousands of Naira without having my own product.

If you don’t have an online store, it would cost just a little to set up for yourself. If you don’t have the cash, then you can follow my secret method and take all the profit for yourself without spending a dime.

Open sources like WIX, Wordpress can also be of help when trying to design an online store. However, you would still be responsible for hosting your online store on the internet. I have listed other ways you can bypass these steps and still make a huge profit for yourself.

Become a Social Media Manager

This is one of the online business ideas for those with low startup capital. With several social media platforms coming up with great speed, several individuals are looking for those who are capable of managing their online platforms.

The importance of a social media presence has created several business opportunities. It is hard work creating contents for social media. Then with several platforms to manage, you can end up making it a full-time business.

Many companies require social media managers to help drive up the number of followers they have, create contents to keep them engaged and keep them active. You can then start an online business around this model without the need of much startup capital. All you need is just your laptop and expertise to create engaging contents.

Become a Web/Mobile App Developer

This online business is basically for those who have spent some certain amount of years learning how to code and develop websites. If you don’t fall into the above category, there are also other options for you.

It is also possible for a non-tech enthusiast with no prior coding skills to develop and create their own applications. With the introduction of Mobile Apps Production Software, anybody can possibly develop their own mobile application.

This then allows you to offer your services on several freelancing platforms like Fiverr and Upwork. The secret to making money on these platforms depends on knowing how they work.

Coming in as an armature might cost you so much frustration and downtime, but once you know how it works, you can start earning as fast as possible.

Sell Books on Amazon

Instead of writing and collecting a one-time payment, you can keep getting recurring revenue by selling your books on Amazon Kindle. This business idea is good for those with low startup capital.

All you need is just a book cover designer, and you are in line to earn money for a lifetime through your book. The more books you write and host, the more money you make. You can either sell the books on your online store or you utilize Amazon kindle.

Whichever method you desire to use, you are in line to make good money for a lifetime.

If you desire to either start up your online store or sell as an affiliate, I have written down this guide that would help you know all the secrets I use to make money. Once you start your online business, you make money without limits.

See you at the top!

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POETRY: Africa my Africa By David Diop

Born in Bordeaux,  French West African Poet David Diop wrote poetry that reflected hope of an Africa free of colonial rulers, and in support of African Independence.
In his Poem ‘Africa my Africa,’  we can depict his pain, his struggle for understanding, and his yearning for the freedom of  black slaves. 
I love this poem first for its inspiration and secondly  cos it echoes patriotism for the African race. 
Enjoy Reading! 

Africa, my Africa
Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannahs
Africa of whom my grandmother sings
On the banks of the distant river
I have never known you
But your blood flows in my veins
Your beautiful black blood that irrigates the fields
The blood of your sweat
The sweat of your work
The work of your slavery
Africa, tell me Africa
Is this you, this back that is bent
This back that breaks
Under the weight of humiliation
This back trembling with red scars
And saying yes to the whip under the midday sun
But a grave voice answers me
Impetuous child that tree, young and strong
That tree over there
Splendidly alone amidst white and faded flowers
That is your Africa springing up anew
Springing up patiently, obstinately
Whose fruit bit by bit acquires
The bitter taste of liberty.

Talent Magnet: Finding Qualified Talents to Meet an Organization's Growth Goal

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IS YOUR ORGANIZATION a Talent Magnet? An organization so attractive that top talent will be standing in line to work there? 

Too many organizations find themselves in the position of not being able to find enough qualified people to meet their growth goals. 

To answer the question, what attracts top talent, author and Vice President of High Performance Leadership at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Mark Miller commissioned a research study to interview over 7000 people from age fourteen to sixty-five and included both professional and hourly workers across all educational backgrounds. The result is Talent Magnet

Talent Magnet looks at the talent predicament from both sides—both those seeking work and those recruiting workers. It is the story of CEO Blake Brown who finds that they have a talent crisis and begins a journey to discover what it takes to find and keep top talent. It is also the story of his son Clint and his friends who are looking for a great place to work. 

What they discover is that what top talent wants and what organizations need to provide is a Better Boss, a Brighter Future, and a Bigger Vision. These concepts are all broken down in the story, but the diagram below provides an overview. 

Talent Magnet 

You don’t advertise that you're trying to attract top talent, you simply create the culture that top talent is looking for. “If you build it they will come.” You make people aware by practicing the qualities that make a top talent culture—Better Boss, a Brighter Future, and a Bigger Vision. An organization’s leadership must understand their individual roles in delivering on the promise. 

On their journey to discovery, they realized that “Many looking for work will be indifferent to our message, but Top Talent will resonate deeply with our story.” The promise should run through all of your corporate communications: engaged, caring leadership, champions of growth and opportunity, and a connection to a larger story that impacts society. 

The Top Talent Magnets are universal; they are not gender or age specific. People may leave and move on and take their skills with them. Each job is a learning opportunity. And you want people with that kind of mindset because that will serve you best. When your goal is to help your people learn the skills that will serve them the rest of their life, then you are more likely to attract and retain top talent that will drive your organizational goals. 

Blake concludes, “Working with people is the most challenging and rewarding part of being a leader. We can never shirk the responsibility. It comes with the job. If we abdicate our people responsibilities, we forfeit our leadership. People must always be our top priority. More than vision, strategy, creativity, marketing, finance, or even technology, it is ultimately people who determine our success.”                                                                                                   -(Credit: LeadershipNow)