Friday, October 20, 2017

Experienced and unemployed?

Youth unemployment has been with us for a while, but consider that even for "grown-up-adults" (who in many cases have tasted of the fruit of nicely-paid employment) the struggle is getting quite real  😎  No, really it's not funny.  😅

Ageism is a thing.  Trust California to take it to the extreme.  
“We Want People Who Have Their Best Work Ahead of Them, Not Behind Them.”  
Well, ok, that's just more business for this cosmetic surgeon: A few months ago, a 26-year-old came in seeking hair transplants to ward off his looming baldness. I told him I wouldn’t let him. His hair pattern isn’t even established...  Ok, that was funny.

http://www.businessinsider.com/stressful-lives-of-older-tech-workers-2015-11?IR=T
2015 chart showing median employee age at leading US companies
Here are gripping battle-stories, mostly told by older workers and entrepreneurs.  They speak of the need to constantly upgrade skills, they speak of overwork, of workplace culture and sometimes faking the young-people behaviours to fit in, of the possibilities of exiting the race... I suppose many of them can become successful entrepreneurs

On the policy-level too, we should be thinking about how to apply all the abilities of all the people, and in particular, how to apply the accumulated wisdom of older workers, that is, how to 'turn grey into gold'. 


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Free tips at instagram.com/alituplife :







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We are not what you think we are // We are golden, we are golden.  - Mika








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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Because we ain't got time to waste time no mo'



Which inspired a song!


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Let's really break this all the way down: 

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Nothing new in the #news - The American presidency is still rubbish and the Nigerian presidency is still nonsense. #DumpTrump and #FireBuhari















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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Technology Today


Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing  . Artificially-intelligent robots  . Self-driving cars  . Neuro-technological brain enhancements  . Genetic editing  .  .  . 21st-century stuff . . .

in the light of which the constant drama of Nigerian (African?) society, the stuff of our daily news for instance, must appear supremely daft and irrelevant.  Yaba would save us, but that dream too may be dying. 

If you have a ray of hope to share, put it in the comments.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

What is inflation?

It shouldn't be too high, it also should not be too low.  1, 2, 3 % is very ok, it means that the price of something you buy today may be doubled after about 25 years or more.
Inflation rate in the G20 nations mid-2017
Source: tradingeconomics.com 

But let's say it's around 10% or 15%, that means that your money is being watered down very fast because things you buy for 1000naira now, try again in about 5 years and the price is about 2000naira.

Nigeria's inflation rate is now around 16 percent.  
It was far worse in the military regime more than 20 years ago when inflation exceeded 40%.
It was tamed to below 10% recently until it started to rise again about two years ago. 



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Nigeria Inflation Rate Notes  ||  Source: Inflation rate in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures the change over time in prices of 740 goods and services consumed by people for day-to-day living. The index weights are based on expenditures of both urban and rural households in the 36 states. The most important categories in the CPI are Food and Non Alcoholic Beverages (51.8 percent of total weight); Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuel (16.7 percent) and Clothing and Footwear (7.7 percent). Transports account for 6.5 percent of total index and Furnishings and Household Equipment Maintenance for 5 percent. Education represents 3.9 percent of total weight, Health 3 percent, Miscellaneous Goods and Services 1.7 percent and Restaurants and Hotels 1.2 percent. Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco and Kola account for 1.1 percent of total index, Communications for 0.7 percent and Recreation and Culture for the remaining 0.7 percent. This page provides - Nigeria Inflation Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Nigeria Inflation Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on September of 2017.
 
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Monday, September 04, 2017

What can Buhari do to redeem his bonkom presidency? #HurricaneBadluck #BuhariCare

Inspired by various state-funded universal health provision programs e.g. #ObamaCare and now #RouhaniCare, I'm hoping that the Nigerian government can take similar measures to give our people a life worthy of citizens of The Giant Of Africa.
Hoping.  Hopeful. 



Obama CARES.  Rouhani cares.  DOES BUHARI CARE?  READ.


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Speaking About the Economy


In this program, I was guest on AIT discussing the state of the economy, missed opportunities and next steps.

Monday, August 21, 2017

#giving #goals


http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/20/africa/sierra-leone-mudslide-survivors-grief/index.html
Hundreds dead in mudslide disaster

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Business help for artists - should you work with a rep?

I'm a writer.  I can't really deal with 'the business side.'  Many artists face the same: need to focus on their craft and find an external solution to the need for sales, marketing, and things to do with making money.  That's what this really fabulous and short MuddyColors.com article is about: 
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com.ng/2017/07/some-pros-and-cons-to-working-with-rep.html
Some Pros and Cons To Working With A Rep

 ** SHARE THIS WITH THE STARVING ARTIST IN YOUR LIFE **

Together, we will work this out
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Million-Naira Game-Plans

NakedConvos.com has asked the million-naira question and got many interesting answers.  Enjoy.

http://thenakedconvos.com/what-can-you-do-with-a-million-naira/
what can you do with N1m ?

http://thenakedconvos.com/if-you-are-given-n1million-to-invest-in-a-business-to-break-even-by-end-of-2015-what-would-you-do/
can you reach break-even in one year?
Having read the two pieces and allllll the comments, what are your comments?  What are the best ideas you found?  

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Of negative psychology

Enjoy: 
How assholery works - a case study.  
 
Take this Dark Triad Personality Test to learn to what extent you're psychopathic, machiavellian, and narcissistic.  Would you share your results?  Why or why not? 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nothing seems to make sense anymore...



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

What is a real job anyway? Here are some examples:

The Wildlife Keeper
Photo by @amivitale. Wildlife keeper Kamara has spent 10 years at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife) and is an expert in caring for orphaned animals, from baby rhinos to lions and now he is working at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) where he is raising an orphaned baby rhino but also gives love to the elephants when they need it. The team will work to rehabilitate these orphaned and abandoned elephants and reunite them with their wild herds. Read more about Reteti in my @NatGeo story: https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69 You can help support the great work happening here by visiting Sarara Camp (@sararacamp) and Lewa or supporting the organizations working directly with the local communities. Follow all of us, @lewa_wildlife, @r.e.s.c.u.e, @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. @nrt_kenya @kenyawildlifeservice @tusk_org @sandiegozoo @conservationorg @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nature_africa #elephants #saveelephants #retetielephants #ecotourism #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
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The Stay-at-Home Parent

http://www.artofmanliness.com/category/money-career/so-you-want-my-job/



The Professional Gambler

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/06/03/so-you-want-my-job-professional-gambler/



and one more:
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial for @natgeo Deadly encounter... Not really... People frequently explain to me that I have a dangerous job. Working close to elephants, tigers, polar bears, leopards, lions, sharks, illegal logging operations and venomous snakes such as this beauty. In my line of work doing serious research and reading nature well is key! It'll get my closer to my subjects and it has so far kept me alive! During a @natgeo assignment in the republic of Congo I managed, with kind assistance from Samuel, (my camera assistant at the time) and Zoltan (a great herpethologist), to close in on this beautiful and highly venomous banded water cobra! It resulted in a series of unique images of this rarely seen species. Go to @mattiasklumofficial if you want see some "result-pictures". Photo by #samuelsvensäter/Tirragrande Productions #grateful #teamwork #determination #respectnatur #watercobra #congo #cobra #snake #conservation #rainforest #respect #photooftheday #protectbiodiversity #bestjobintheworld #instagood @irisalexandrov @mattiasklumcollection @thephotosociety @natgeo
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More interesting options here: So You Want My Job / Trade on www.ArtOfManliness.com 

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Can NonProfits change our world?

Consider these Articles of Incorporation  - a sample document from an arts and culture organization. 

Comments? 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Wake up, Africa.


Just old men everywhere.   

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Friday, July 14, 2017

FATE Foundation wants to help your business GROW - Apply


http://fatefoundation.com/scaleuplab/
~ Information ~
 ScaleUp Labis a 3-6 month accelerator programme and comprises the following sector tracks:

Deadline July 15th

10 agribusiness owners will be selected for fantastic support.  Apply now. 

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Is anything wrong with this picture?


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sahara Reporters' Latest: How El-Rufai’s Wife, Children, Kaduna State Government Officials Shared N3billion Contracts

Despite ceaselessly advertising himself as an apostle of due process and transparency, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, SaharaReporters has found, runs an opaque contract award system in his state. Documents exclusively obtained by SR show that the lack of transparency in contract awards is characterized by blunt refusal to advertise bids, as required by the Procurement Act; contract splitting, cornering of contracts through fronts-by members of El-Rufai’s family, cronies and officials of his government. 

The full article and related pieces are here: Bazaar: How El-Rufai’s Wife, Children, Kaduna State Government Officials Shared N3billion Contracts


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Sometimes, hiphop is motivation

One nice example is I Decided., a 2017 album by rapper Big Sean.

It has tracks like: Bounce Back.  I got the MovesVoices in my head tell me I can do better // Stick to the plan.  Inspire Me.  Sacrifices.  Bigger Than Me. 

Let your Light shine y'all. 
Peace.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

A panel of Lagosian newlyweds



How do couples manage their career and marriage? 
IK Osakioduwa, Merci Egwu and Ayodeji Agboola share their thoughts on the topic with host/interviewer Liz Awoliyi-Osho.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Work // Career


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Friday, May 12, 2017

current #mood

 😂 laughing tears

 Like Falz, I wanna:
be a chairman 😎  .  eat sxy food  😋  .  afford general upbringing  😊  .  


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The big potential of Recommender Systems

Can you think of more applications for software recommender algorithms?

When you read a blog post or digital news item, it sometimes gives you a selection of related news items, designed to keep you enjoying the service on that site.  Amazon famously designed the "you may also like" marketing feature that in part contributed to making their site so useful and 'sticky'.  It's not like recommending is anything new: the other day I ordered snacks or food and the check-out staff asked if I would like a drink to go with it - human recommender :) 

Reading today about related work in progress, this time to assist doctors in caring for patients:
“I thought about how the Amazon product-recommender algorithm works and thought, `Can we do this for medical decision-making?’” said the 34-year-old Chen, a VA Medical Informatics Fellow at Stanford Health Policy.
So instead of, other people who bought this book also liked this book, how about: Other doctors who ordered this CT scan also ordered this medication.
“What if there was that kind of algorithm available to me at the point of care?” he asked. “It doesn’t tell me the right or wrong answer, but I bet this would be really informative and help me make better decisions for my patients.”
 Again, can you think of more opportunities?  In education, in training?  In hiring, in business?  In events, in design, in government?  Anything? 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Where do you want to go today?

Taking time in. A few old university friends and I touched base recently and told me, "You're doing what you said you wanted to do." Now, I don't recall having much clarity on life during my university days but I was pretty steadfast in wanting to travel. Had no plan/idea on how to but I kept that goal in mind. 5 years ago, I said I'll never work a regular 9-5 again and would clock in 20 hour weekends just to beat that and have free days during the week lol. About 3 years ago, I told myself that I needed to travel to a new country at least once year, which I did and now I've found myself in 5 countries since January. Then I told myself I needed to live long-term in at least two different countries before I'm 30 (one down). It does take action to move with life, but no, it doesn't have to be meticulously planned out all the time so don't worry, you're the only one who doesn't have everything mapped out. The urge to be on the move is so ingrained that it's almost second nature to navigate and find opportunities towards just that. Does that make sense? There's no plan B to not finding accomplishments for the goals I set myself. #noforreal #ilegitdonthaveaplan #abudhabi #uae #travelnoire
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Yalla!  Let's Go.  
  You too can travel. 
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

If the door is open to women as well as men, then SAY SO

Here’s a real female-slanted job posting for a chief technology officer at a company, with its name changed to Acme:




And here’s a CTO job-listing that skews male:

Source: HuffingtonPost.com - High-Paying Job Listings Are Written To Attract Men, Study Finds

Where do you stand on this? 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Keeping Up With L.A.

 Of course, people react to the cult of celebrity differently, with certain populations more susceptible than others. “I think the power of capitalism, and exploiting addiction in general, is looking for insecurities and weaknesses,” Greenfield said. “Everybody that has insecurities becomes a very good consumer. The way marketing works is, if you buy this thing, it will fix what you feel is missing.”
 See PHOTOS: Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

#BeBoldForChange: My Journey from Employee to Entrepreneur

In honor of the International Women’s Day, I’d like to share my perspective on what boldness for change means to me. I’ll describe my transformation journey from an employee to an entrepreneur.


I studied Accounting at the University of Nigeria. Upon graduation, I worked briefly as an analyst in an investment bank. Subsequently, I was employed as a Finance and Performance Management analyst in a global management consulting firm. In my third year, my career path took an unexpected turn. I was assigned to work as a change management analyst on a Modernization project for one of the apex regulatory bodies in Nigeria. Initially, I was skeptical about the assignment, as change management belonged to the field of Human Resources and seemed less structured than Accounting, which I had studied in school. Looking back from my vantage point today, I can trace my subsequent transformation to the 5 steps of the Kleos Change Model.
The first thing I had to do was to identify my stakeholders. As I learned more about the principles and practice of change management, I came to realize that there was more to the field than met the eye. When properly applied, it had the potential to solve personal, organizational and social problems and could bring about a better life for Nigerians and Africans. My vision was not just about personal ambition; it was about touching the lives of others and making a difference.
The second step was to assess the potential impact of the change. To pursue my passion for change management in a consistent and dedicated manner, I needed to count the cost. And the cost was high. I would have to turn my back on Accounting, which I had studied with dedication for years, and move into a totally new field, after a one-year acquaintance. There was another, even graver implication of becoming a change specialist. Because my firm had a preference for generalists, it became clear that my decision to specialize in change management would require me to leave the firm and become an independent consultant. It was a heart-wrenching decision, as I was thriving in my firm, and was perceived to have long-term aspirations and the potential for senior leadership, even partnership. However, at the end of the day, I decided to take the bold step and leave the security of my 9-5 job for the uncertainty of life as a freelance consultant.
The third step was to plan the change journey. I didn’t walk into this blindly; I had a plan. My strategy was to learn, share, grow and eventually develop into a change management expert. I planned to work as a change manager on several projects while recording my insights in my blog (www.the-change-catalyst.com). Eventually, I would write a book on change management and start my own business.
The fourth step was to execute the plan and ‘’work the dream into being’’. Over the next few years, I threw myself into my work. I was privileged to work as a change manager on several projects in multiple industries and multiple locations across West Africa. I eventually came to develop the Kleos Change Model. I registered my change management consulting firm in May 2016, created my website (www.kleosadvisory.com) in September 2016 and launched a month after. Project Change was live!
The final step in managing change is reinforcement. There are times when I resent my 80-hour work weeks, the irregularity of my cash flow and the isolation of being a solopreneur. I sometimes cast a lingering glance at job vacancies and miss the camaraderie of working in an office with other bright, young professionals. However, when my resolve begins to falter, I look back with gratitude at what I’ve accomplished. My dreams of inspiring positive change are coming true!
In summary, I’ve discovered that positive change is possible when you apply the five cardinal steps of the Kleos Change Model:
  • First, identify your stakeholders. The change should be carried out for ‘’them’’’ and with ‘’them’’; never just for ‘’you’’’ and by ‘’you’’.
  • Second, assess the potential impact of the change and commit to paying the price.
  • Third, make a plan.
  • Fourth, execute the plan with relentless focus and commitment.
  • Finally, reinforce the change. Be grateful for your accomplishments and continue to look forward.
I’d like to end with one of my favorite quotes from Winston Churchill. ‘’To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.’’
That’s what boldness for change means to me.
Glory Enyinnaya is the Lead Consultant of Kleos Advisory Services. For more articles on how to manage personal, organizational and social change, subscribe to her posts at www.the-change-catalyst.com.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

We are h-a-p-p-y . p-e-o-p-l-e .


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