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Reflections on ‘Taj; G for Genius’

I had an opportunity, a rare one I think, to have a sit-down with Olamide Adedeji. It was rare to sit with him at his office because we would typically communicate via calls, IMs or SMS. And if I do not succeed, his home would be the last resort for an informal meet if I harassed him long enough.

I admire Olamide a lot. He may be surprised to read this but I have known him since he was 18 or 19 years and to listen to the successful, confident and assured man I met a few days ago (about 31 or 32 years now), inspiration swelled inside me like a proud mother (Sorry, ‘Lamide I did mean sister. Trust me!) When you watch someone work very hard and over time attain great heights, it would be impossible not to identify with him.

This meeting was also an opportunity for me to engage the CMA Group as a corporate entity and best practice for the industry. I had long wondered how the company made money, expanded rather quickly after some quiet periods and significantly raised the bar in becoming the only media company to successful run over 6 TV & Radio Channels at the same time. For me, it was important because ThistlePraxis & CMA Group have both metamorphosed into a group of companies within the creative and core business sectors that I was certain I had a few lessons to learn from my trip to Lekki.

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#Recommended: I refuse to work for free.

“When ‘free’ becomes the way creative work gets assessed, it undercuts the market for everyone, famous and obscure alike. Writers are exploited. That won’t change until we acknowledge that writing isn’t a hobby or a passion — it’s a job.”

– Yasmin Nair 

READ: I’m a freelance writer. I refuse to work for free.

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#Recommended: ECO Leaders for Tomorrow

As an Associate Fellow and ‘Graduate’ of the May 2008 Future Leaders Seminar (FLS), I am pleased to recommend NLI. It was a weekend of inspiration engaging many young persons from many backgrounds. Some of those friendships which started at the FLS have grown into marriages, business partnerships and unique relationships.

I spoke to Idris Bello a few days ago and it was great to catch up on all his ‘exploits’ in Lagos over the past few months. I look forward to a sit-down when he returns from his trip to South East Asia. Idris was also a member of my class and similar relationships such as these remind me about that fateful weekend when we all met.

The NLI experience is sure to encourage and challenge. I hope that NLI will forge a much stronger and vibrant alumni network in order to ensure motto, ‘From Success to Significance‘ is epitomised at all times.

NLI is currently accepting entries from Exceptional, Community-spirited and Outstanding young Nigerians (between 25-35 years old) with leadership qualities in their respective fields of engagement.

See the official announcement below and image for contact details:

Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) has commenced the process for the selection of new Associates Fellows through its Future Leaders Seminar (FLS). The Future Leaders Seminar (FLS) is conceived to help mobilize and groom a critical mass of emerging leaders in Nigeria and in the diaspora with outstanding leadership attributes and accomplishments. The FLS is a program for emerging public and private sectors as well as civil society Nigerian leaders aged between 25 to 35 years. It is a residential seminar with intensive text-based knowledge sharing.

The Future Leaders Seminar (FLS) was designed to define the mission of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) by creating a growing, global network of credible, accomplished community-spirited Nigerian leaders, committed to taking responsibility for driving positive change in Nigeria and Nigerian communities.

The seminar readings and discussion formats allow and encourage the participants to deeply reflect on themselves, the root of their values, what influences their styles of leadership and what changes (if any) need to be made in their leadership styles for the greater good of the society.

The Seminar is capped by the launch of a class project by the participants. The class project is a voluntary project undertaken by each FLS session and represents a practical way of learning and taking responsibility. At the end, the participants are inducted as Associate Fellows of NLI.

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Don’t, don’t what?

My work — responsibilities, job title, salary, benefits, compensation, long-term rewards, security, and achievements — is a core part of my life, purpose, and identity.

I have heard, “Oh, it’s business. Life is not fair, don’t take it personally”.

Don’t, don’t what?

Of course, I will take it personally!

No employer should joke with these and no employee should be scared of clarifying these in the fine print before taking a job.

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Quote of The Day

“The future’s already here, just not evenly distributed. The budgets are moving, the skills are shifting, the measurements are changing, the outcomes of our work are changing….No company is immune from digital disruption and our profession isn’t either.”

— Jon Iwata, SVP, Marketing and Communications, IBM

Source: Holmes Report on ‘The New CCO: Why Senior Communicators must change‘.

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Happy Holidays!

From all of us at ThistlePraxis….

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Quote of The Day

People change. Situations change. A documented CONTRACT does not. Always have a contract; one that reasonably considers your future growth.

Obiora Obiwon

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WATCH: Tomorrow will be #TechPlus

Yesterday was technology driven, tomorrow will be #TechPlus.

 

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Tomorrow will be #TechPlus

TechPlus, an amazing technology event which debuted last year is back, bigger and better.

Read about the 2016 Edition here

I am serving again this year on the Advisory & Planning Teams.

Look forward to an exciting outing in July.

Please register to attend!

 

 

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#Recommended: ‘Corporate Countries’…

Interesting article on Foreign Policy’s Website…