Career

FORGIVE YOUR CLIENTS

 

Forgive your Clients. They do not know what they do.

 

Your clients are probably the most annoying people on earth. They make inconsiderate demands, talk anyhow and cross the line countless time.

The truth however is that, your clients are your “first love” and they want to be treated as such. Always put on a forgiving heart when dealing with them, because, they’ll always get on your nerves. And the truth is, if they are not pleased you’ll be out of business in no time.

So, if you want to stay in business and make profit, treat them well. Nurture them, forgive them, be patient with them and work well with them.

Your clients are your customers. Your client is your boss in the office. Your client is your co-worker. Your client is your company’s customer. Your client is

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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PHASES

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There are different phases in one’s life. It will suffice to say that one moves from one stage of life to another, just as a baby grows into a child and then into an adult.

Work and career have different phases. The ignorance phase, the learning phase, the growing/grown phase and the phase of mastery. Your movement and evolvement from one phase to the next determines how far you’ll go.

You can’t stay at the stage of ignorance for the rest of your life, strive for mastery. Be the person that knows his/her onions in your industry. Understand and command great knowledge and intelligence.

One day at a time, strive for mastery. Be the commander at what you do.

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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DEALING WITH A DYSFUNCTIONAL WORK ENVIRONMENT

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Dysfunctionality means different things to different people. Some people embrace unconventionality while some people find it difficult to adjust to things that are go in a straight and predictable fashion. If you are the type that embraces unconventional ways, i guess you’ll be fine. If you are not the type then you can use these tips:

• Take a little time and study the people that sit around your work station. Look and learn how they go about their work.

• If you love music, and it helps focus your mind, then I think it’s time to become friends with your ear phones. They aren’t so healthy but they do a wonderful “concentration” trick.

• Understand your assimilation time frame and do your important work during that period. So, if you work well in the morning, do all your important work in the morning.

• Don’t stay aloof. Get into the groove of your work environment and relate with people. Enjoy your work place and embrace everyone’s idiosyncrasies.

• If your work environment is tensed and filled with competition, stay calm and peaceful. Don’t let things get to you, stay focused and don’t be involved in any squabbles

• It may take time, but soon you’ll learn to live above the noise; deal peaceably with co-workers and enjoy life at work.

No work place is perfect, the same way no man is perfect. Even that organisation you adore has its own issues.

Love life. Love what you do. Be fulfilled even when you don’t have all you want.

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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FLESH UP YOUR TALENTS : ACQUIRE THE RIGHT SKILL(S)

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A lot of people have dreams and aspiration. I mean everybody aspires to be someone or something more than they are at a point in time.

It’s easy to wish and dream and make plans, but what essentially helps you is getting the right skills/tools for meeting your dreams.

Once you’ve decided on the career path you want, make enquiries on the skills required to grow in that career. Take courses that will groom you in that line. Read books that will give you great knowledge advantage in that field or industry.

The major thing is this- if you want to be a welder, acquire the skills for it and be a damn good welder.

I have a particular hairdresser I go to, and I love her because she’s always on top of her game. She embraces new tools and uses them effectively. Even though she extorts me sometimes, I still go there because I know that she has the talent, skill and tools.

Talent and interest are never enough. Acquire the right skill to go with your interest.

Flesh it up.

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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THINK DIFFERENT

I have a creed that is pasted on the wall of my room. So, every day when I wake up in the morning that’s the first thing I see. It sinks in and sinks well. Every time I pick up my pen to write, I think about it and use it. It has helped shape my writing, my reading, my philosophy of life and indeed my career.

It’s the Apple-Steve Jobs Campaign creed. The Think Different Campaign. Here’s to you who want to change something in that industry of yours. Think different.

Think Different

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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WALK TALL! WALK SMART!

I had some clients I was assigned to at work; to follow them up, get new jobs from them and make sure their work was perfectly done. So I used to go to the organisation to ensure that i did my work perfectly well.

Well…I kinda noticed that about 90% of the girls were tall looking and mega-confident, carrying themselves perfectly. Of course, I kept wondering why all the girls were confident and tall looking. I was constantly enamoured by the aura that exuded from them.

Are they all smart? Do they all have very high I.Q? Are they all rich kids? All these went on my mind….

Until I figured out that it’s an air that they have and carry around with them and it helps them get a lot of things done; opens a lot of doors and makes things happen.

The long and short is this- Always be professional in your manners and carriage. Exude an aura of confidence at all times. It keeps you balanced and gives you an edge in conversations and business discussions. Confidence breathes smartness. Smartness breathes intelligence and a problem solving attitude. A problem solving attitude wins the client over.

Walk Tall. Walk Smart. Be Smart.

And oh. I went there one Friday and the ladies didn’t look so tall. I guess they were all wearing flat shoes, sandals etc.

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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LOVE IN THAT STRANGE PLACE

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I always had an idea of what I wanted to do and the industry I wanted to rule, even before I graduated from the University. So, I tried to get any job I could get in that industry so I could at least fix myself in the right place and then move up the ladder from there.

I got a job and was excited….and then the disillusionment set in, as what I expected was not what I found. The professionalism, the skill and passion I had expected was nowhere to be found at the job. I woke up everyday bored and pissed at the dreariness. lot of people are faced with this sort of lack of fulfilment and disappointment at what they currently do.

I found a way out of my misery and it was not in getting a new job. I met people that shared and understood my original passion and drive and groomed myself. These people understood and were crazy about what got me fired up. And this fire kept me going. I therefore got up every day and stared monotony in the face with joy, turning and being creative with my every day task.

Monotony and boring job is a strange place to be; but if you can find people who understand and share your ideals, passion and fire, you’ll be able to handle it. And then you’ll find love in that strange monotonous place.

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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ON BEHALF OF YES

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So, I saw this on Seth Godin’s blog, TypePad.com and I thought it was worth sharing.

It’s something to keep in the left hand (as our elders say) as we go about and do our daily job.

It’s a poem and an ode to Yes and having a constructive mindset. Read it and walk with it 😉 :

On behalf of Yes

Yes, it’s okay to ship your work.
Yes, you’re capable of making a difference.
Yes, what you do is important.
Yes, you can ignore that critic.
Yes, your bravery is worth it.
Yes, we believe in you.
Yes, you can do even better.
Yes.

Yes is an opportunity and yes is an obligation. The closer we get to people who are confronting the resistance on their way to making a ruckus, the more they let us in, the greater our obligation is to focus on the yes.

There will always be a surplus of people eager to criticize, nitpick or recommend caution. Your job, at least right now, is to reinforce the power of the yes.

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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CREATING VALUE; THE BONE OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT

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In everything you do always ask these questions:
Am I creating and adding value?
Am I putting my best in this? Is this the best I can give to this?
Is my organisation better since I joined?
Seeing that I’m some sort of investment in my organisation. Am I bringing much return on me as an investment?
Am I improving on myself every day?
If I were a mass-produced product would I buy me?
Would I attract the kind of target market I desire??

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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SCRATCH YOUR OWN ITCH

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You know the simple parable that posits that you remove the log of wood in your eye before thinking about the insect in another’s nose.
Well, that theory isn’t so wrong in all ramifications applicable: life, business, job, career, marriage etc.

The parable is simply telling you to scratch your own itch. That way you’re sure of what you’re doing and you can determine how to go about it.

So, let’s comb it out: you have a deep interest in music, you want to pursue a career in the line but it drives you crazy that the content level in the Nigerian music industry is crap. This theory simply says get in there, scratch your own itch by giving good content.

You have a beef for the way a business or industry you are crazy about is being run. Go into the industry in your own disruptive way and carve/scratch out a path for yourself.

Basically, your choice of a career path and business should answer a quest/thirst of yours. It should be a personal itch you want to scratch.

So, what’s that itch? Are you going to scratch it or watch it fester?

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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MY MONEY GROWS LIKE GRASS AND I SPEND LIKE ITS WEED TO GET HIGH

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That’s a singsong line that rules these days. But of course we know its a lie. Money doesn’t grow like grass and if you spend it to get high. Well…let’s just say you’ll get low pretty fast; Low on cash. Well…unless you are money making machine.
So, how do you balance getting high on buying and maintaining a healthy cash flow?

1) Pick a period of the month to buy things you need. And it should not be immediately after collecting your pay check. Having a buy-period as opposed to buying every time you feel the urge; puts a cap on your expenditure.

2) Save. Save. Save. It takes a lot of grit but saving N5,000 a month can go a long way on rainy days when your mum/siblings suddenly ask for extra cash.

3) Buy inexpensive things. Seriously! Do you need that N100,000 wrist watch or gold chain. You can get good stuff at prices that are not maddening. Look out for sales and get good things there.
Moreover, some shops and labels are just labels. I remember going to a shop to buy accessories for my grad dress. I went to a shop in one of the shopping malls, bought some nice things including a pair of earrings and left. I launched the earrings the next day to work and by night my ‘all-wonderful’ earrings had changed colour. I just said to myself, “you should have gone to Ikeja or Balogun to buy these things”
Moral of my story: Save your money. Save every savable dime. Watch what you spend your money on. Forecast, buy cheap, and know your buy-time.

PS: I’ve not been able to wear the remaining pieces of accessories for fear of being over-disappointed at how much I wasted.

*Written By Gbemi-Lolade*

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MAKING YOURSELF INDISPENSABLE IN YOUR WORKPLACE

There are a host of reasons you may have for wanting to impress your boss (a promotion or raise, a glowing reference, work perks), but the question of the day is whether or not putting in extra hours, bringing work home, and taking on more responsibilities is worth the value of making your boss think that you are a shining star among mere light bulbs. While effort is obviously required in order to be a stand-out employee, there are a number of ways to become an indispensable workplace presence without spreading yourself too thin.

1. More likely than not your boss is big on punctuality and consistently arrives at work on time. You can easily show your dedication to your job by always arriving at work and being prepared to begin your day by your official start time. Make a note of when your boss typically arrives at work and shoot for showing up about five minutes ahead of his or her regular time. And no matter how sleep-deprived and grumpy you may feel, slap a smile on your face and politely greet your boss every morning.

2. Though your workload may already be jam-packed you should seriously considering being among the first to volunteer for select, high-visibility projects that can help shape your bosses perception of you into one where you are seen as an eager person willing to branch out and take on responsibilities beyond your required duties. This also gives you some amount of control over any additional work you must complete by not simply taking what you boss assigns but speaking up and taking the tasks you want.

3. Every office has a “go-to guy;” that person who everyone turns to when something is going wrong in the office. Even if it has nothing to do with your regular job, make a small effort to learn the tech side of how the office runs. You know – learn where paper, ink, and toner are kept and how to properly install them into your office printer. Know how to use that million dollar software system that no one else does. And when you encounter an inevitable tech problem, take the time to learn the solution instead of simply ignoring the situation.

4. Be the person who brings life to the office and is fun and positive to be around. Unexpected small actions are fun and keep work life interesting.

5. Listen to your boss’ word choices when discussing business concerns and note any buzzwords that are used frequently. Assimilate them into your own vocabulary and use them in meetings and emails. This smart use of language helps to show your boss that you genuinely understand what he or she is after.

Working hard and performing well will always be the best method for success, but in order to reinforce positive perceptions and get the attention your deserve, you would have to build yourself to be indispensable.

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