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Human Capital Development

Setting Personal Goals

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.”

Lawrence J. Peter

Many people feel lost. They work hard but never seem to do anything worthwhile. One reason people feel this way is that they haven’t spent much time thinking about what they want from life and haven’t set themselves formal goals.

The process of goal-setting helps you choose where you want to go in life by identifying what you want to achieve and where you have to concentrate your efforts.

There are three basic steps in the personal goal-setting process:

  1. Understand: Understand yourself by knowing what motivates you and what you want to achieve.
  2. Collect & Create: Compile an extensive list of what you want to achieve.
  3. Prioritize: Is it worth your time, is it relevant and is it sustainable?
Setting Personal Goals

One easy way to ensure you achieve your goals is to set SMART ones.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

REVIEWING YOUR LIFE GOALS

Goal-setting is not enough. Reviewing your goals regularly is quite important to determine whether they are still relevant, and whether you are on track. If not, you need to adjust them in line with your current situation.

By reviewing your goals, you can measure your achievements. If you fail to achieve one step, you can reassess your situation and try new approaches. 

Keeping your goals defined and updated as your situation changes is one of the ways to stay motivated throughout your journey in life.

ACHIEVING GOALS

When you’ve achieved a goal, take your time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so. If the goal was a significant one, reward yourself appropriately. This helps build your confidence.

Also, absorb the implications of goal achievement, and observe the progress that you’ve made towards other goals.

With the experience of achieving a goal, review the rest of your goals if:

  • You learned something that can lead you to change them.
  • You noticed a deficit in your skills despite achieving your goal. Take deliberate steps to fix this.

When setting your life goals, it is good to base them on your strengths, but ensure they are relevant and ultimately achievable. To achieve more, I repeat, set SMART goals.

For more insights and practical solutions on personal talent management and goal-setting, contact Lead Resources here.

AUTHOR

Adetoyese Oyedunmade is an Associate Solutions Architect at Lead Resources. She is an Agriculturist by profession and is enthusiastic about entrepreneurship.

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Human Capital Development

The Need to Work

People say that having nothing to do for a long period is bad for one’s mental health. It is also said that an idle mind is the devil’s abode. I believe that this is true.  Research shows that being idle for a long period can lead to anxiety, depression, poor concentration, poor thinking capacity, forgetfulness, and even decline in memory.

Most times, we think of work as paid employment, that is, the exchange of services for money. Although this definition is technically correct, it does not adequately describe why work is necessary. 

In Physics, work is defined as a force causing the movement or displacement of an object. Every human has the ability to exert some force that changes his or her state or the state of an object.

Therefore, work may be more meaningfully defined as an activity involving mental or physical effort carried out to achieve a goal. It produces something of value for yourself or other people. This definition highlights that work has a purpose. It is productive. Productivity keeps one’s mental health in check. Like a car parked for a long time, the brain deteriorates if left idle.

Work can be created. You should engage in some sort of work every day whether you are being paid or not. It may be as simple as reading, cooking, doing the dishes, nursing a baby, creating a playlist or taking a music class. Work to achieve a goal. Regardless of how meagre it seems, work uses brainpower. You can also practice mindfulness by taking a quiet stroll. This helps to eliminate the anxiety that comes with being idle.

LEAD Resources is a place where idleness is not an option. We pride ourselves as knowledge leaders who are gainfully engaged in thinking through problems till solutions are generated. Using world-class skills and techniques, we incubate ideas till they come alive and develop human capital till they become digitally competent and relevant to society.

Be like LEAD Resources. Idleness is not an option!

AUTHOR

Oluwatobiloba Dairo is an Associate Solutions Architect at LEAD Resources, where she is exploring a rapid Knowledge Acquisition path, building digitized competencies relevant for Career Development and stimulating solutions for Individuals, Organizations and the Government. She is a graduate of Mathematics and an advocate of Women in Leadership. She is interested in Financial and Data Analysis.

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Entrepreneurship

Business Idea Development

Before you start a business, you need to have an idea that can birth the business. Generating a business idea is not an easy task; sometimes, you may experience an “idea block.”

According to Wikipedia, a Business Idea is “A concept that can be used for financial gain that is usually centered on a product or service which can be offered for money.

When thinking of ideas for a business (old or new), it is very important to carry out research, pay attention to details and follow a rigorous development and review process. Follow me…

MARKET NEEDS 

Before an idea is generated, it is wise to carry out research to identify the needs of your target customers. 

CREATION 

Brainstorming is the key to Concept Creation. You must also keep track of all ideas (as no idea is a bad idea), evaluate them and determine which is most valuable and profitable. 

ASSESSMENT 

This involves market research where data about your idea is collected and analyzed. You must assess all aspects of an idea before moving to the next stage. 

PLANNING 

A well-defined business plan will steer your business in the right direction and increase the chances of having a successful product launch. 

DEVELOPMENT 

At this stage, your ideas will be developed. You should create manufacturing and operations processes and market testing plans. 

TESTING 

This stage involves a test market that is as close as practicable to a real market. Here, your prototype will be released to the public. The prototype will be tracked and your test market results will determine whether your idea is valid enough to become a product. 

LAUNCH 

A successful product launch should address whether you have:

  1. A sufficient number of products in existence.
  2. Correct planning and marketing strategies.
  3. Appropriate documentation for your product. 

Business Idea Development can be high-risk, time-consuming and money-consuming, especially if the wrong steps are taken. This is why we go beyond offering courses on Business Enterprise Training at LEAD Resources. We incubate your ideas and give you all the necessary support for a successful product launch. 

Need some help? Contact us for organizational support here.

AUTHOR

Adetoyese Oyedunmade is an Associate Solutions Architect at Lead Resources. She is an Agriculturist by profession and is enthusiastic about entrepreneurship.

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Technology and Innovation

Three Important Roles of a Product Manager

In the digital world where customer engagement is premium, creating great products matters more than ever. With both digitally transformed tech and non-tech companies striving to deliver digital products, Digital Product Management has emerged as a new function in the digital world.

The job description of Product Managers (PM, for short) is ambiguous – it differs across companies and industries. To know the important roles of a Product Manager, we must know what Product Management is.

WHAT IS PRODUCT MANAGEMENT?

Product Management is the process of managing the lifecycle of a specific product of a business. It cuts across the phases of idea generation, product development and product marketing. It is a function at the heart of an organization as it strives to balance the needs of providing the customers’ wants and creating value for an organization as much as operationally possible.  

Now that we technically know what Product Management is, let us discuss the roles of a Product Manager. 

THREE IMPORTANT ROLES OF A PRODUCT MANAGER 

  1. Product Strategy 
  2. Team/Stakeholder Communication 
  3. Managing the Product Lifecycle 
PRODUCT STRATEGY 

A product strategy is a high-level plan describing what a business hopes to accomplish with its product, and how it plans to do so.  Product Managers develop the product strategy for execution.

TEAM/STAKEHOLDER COMMUNICATION 

Product Managers persuasively communicate the product strategy using a product roadmap to key stakeholders across their organizations: Executives, Investors, Development Team, etc. They sustain ongoing communication across their cross-functional teams throughout the development process and beyond. They also ensure all decisions made concerning development, marketing, etc. reflect and support the product strategy. 

MANAGING THE PRODUCT LIFECYCLE 

Product Managers manage the lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products. 

At Lead Resources, assisting businesses and organizations to build sustainable digital products is our forte. We offer consultation and incubation services to technology and non-technology startups. For more information, you can contact us at info@leadresources.com.ng or call 08097777094. 

AUTHOR

Itua Emmanuel is an Associate Solutions Architect at Lead Resources and a Digital Marketer and Product Manager at Lanepact Ecosystems, a tech solutions organization that aids individuals and organizations to build sustainable solutions. Itua Emmanuel is also a business enthusiast and during his free time, he watches anime or reads a book.

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Character Development

Honesty

Almost everyone has been hurt at some point by the discovery of a secret, a distorted truth, a lie, and/or something that should have been talked about openly. Dishonesty hurts because it undermines relationships, breaks trust and destroys intimacy. Instead of feeling secure in the fact that you know the other person and are known by them in turn, you have doubts about them and no longer feel safe in the relationship. 

Honesty is a facet of moral character that connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, as well as the absence of lying, cheating, stealing, etc. Honesty also involves being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere. Honesty is a choice; it is an acquired trait.

WHY CHOOSE HONESTY?

Being honest isn’t always easy, otherwise, we would all be honest. However, here are five main reasons why honesty is important: 

  • Honesty is the foundation for lasting relationships in any context whether with family members, friends or romantic interests. Honesty is the voice of love that builds trust. Without it, even “I love you” becomes a lie in itself and there’s no real security in relationships. 
  • People can’t read your mind. Being honest doesn’t just mean telling factual information but also the way you feel. If you were hurt by something someone did, he or she may not realize it until you are honest with him or her about how it affected you. If you hide the way you feel instead, you disempower the other person from doing something about the problem and refuse the relationship the opportunity to grow. He or she may also feel hurt if he or she realizes you were upset with them but said nothing, or if he or she knows you’re not being honest with them about the way you feel. This could fester and damage the relationship. On the other hand, being honest about your feelings can bring healing, solve a problem, renew hope and foster good communication.  
  • When people don’t know the truth, they try to guess the truth. That is, not being honest about something makes people try to figure out what you’re not saying, or what the truth is. This breeds gossip which can foster lies that others mistake as truth. Finally, this causes many more people to feel hurt and betrayed when the truth is revealed, all of which could have been avoided if honesty was shown in the first instance. 
  • People are usually more hurt by the concealment of the truth than the truth itself. Some people lie because they’re afraid that the truth will get them in trouble or cause another pain, but more often than not, while the truth may be painful, it is usually less painful when delivered honestly than when it is wrapped in deception. Holding back or lying to cover up only causes people to feel betrayed and hurt, and to question why you weren’t honest with them in the first place. 
  • Being honest improves relationships and saves us from having to live as liars. A lie rarely stops at one; one is usually needed to cover another, and this continues until it spirals out of control. It becomes complicated for the one who started the lie and confusing for the one(s) being lied to. On the other hand, being honest about difficult situations may be uncomfortable at first, but if worked through, relationships are strengthened, trust is built and love is deepened. 

Although the words, “I’m sorry,” can ameliorate certain ugly situations, they can’t heal rifts or set things back to order before they went to hell. If someone finds out that you have lied to them, they may never fully trust you again, never. Even if you spend the rest of your life being a paragon of honesty and integrity, the person you lied to may always wonder if you’re being dishonest on some level. You may be sincere to your very marrow, but they may never have faith in you again…

Can you live with that? 

AUTHOR

Folakemi Oyeyemi is an Associate Solutions Architect at Lead Resources, a strategic human capital development social enterprise that helps organizations become the best they can be using world-class tools and practices. She is a Mathematician and is also passionate about entrepreneurship.

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Finance and Accounting

Creating a Savings Masterplan for 2021

I have discovered that most of the challenges people face stem from a lack of control of their finances. Apparently, many people have a distorted view of the place and the value of money. While some overestimate money, others underestimate money such that they do not give thought to how much comes in, how much goes out and where it goes to. This nonchalant attitude has run so many households into financial crises. 

In this article, I am going to share with you why savings is important as well as some strategies you can use to save a sizable amount by December 2021.  First, let’s look at some statistics that show that the lack of savings is a major problem in the world today. 

STATISTICS ON SAVINGS 

According to an article by fool.com,

1.     42% of the American workforce live from paycheck to paycheck (including 25% of those earning more than $100,000 per year). 

2.     29% of the American workforce have less than $1,000 in savings. Half have less than one month’s income saved. 

3.     The personal savings rate in 2014 was 4.4%. This means that out of every $1,000 earned, an average American spent all but $44. 

4.     Thanks to factors like high student loans and skyrocketing rent prices, millennials in America have a savings rate of negative 2%.

5.     Approximately 10 million households in America have no bank account whatsoever. 

6.     52% of Americans can’t cover a $400 unforeseen expense without borrowing or selling something. 

7.     Only 17% of the population have an emergency fund that can last three to five months.

8.     Finally, 36% of Americans are not saving at all for retirement.

Although the statistics apply to America, I believe the situation is not different in Nigeria and other developing countries. The statistics give you an idea of the poor level of savings in the world today. Unless we educate ourselves about the need to save and budget, nothing will change. This is why I write this article: To help you understand where you lost it, pick yourself up and get ready to take charge of your finances in 2021. 

WHY YOU LOST CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCES IN 2020 

Before I divulge some strategies to take control of your finances in 2021 and beyond, let’s examine what went wrong in 2020 – why the New Year Resolutions you made on 1st January 2020 fell through after the first 2 months! We are taking stock of your financial life in the past year to ensure you don’t repeat the mistakes made anymore. 

Lack of financial discipline in the way you manage your money is the major reason your finances went haywire. It doesn’t matter that you intended to save a certain amount every month. What really matters is that you have the discipline to “work out your intention” by creating a plan and sticking to it. That said, here are the specific reasons you lost control of your finances in 2020.

1.     You Didn’t Have a Budget: 

In my next article, you will learn in-depth how not creating a “written budget” for your finances literally cost you a lot of money in 2020. To achieve financial discipline, a budget is necessary!

Perhaps, you have negative thoughts about budgeting. You see it as a self-imposed constraint and as such, you detest it. You are not alone; I was there too until I realized what harm I was causing myself! The truth is this: If things must change, you have to DUMP that mindset. You must understand the purpose of a budget. It is created not to prevent you from spending money, but to ensure you have money for what is most important to you. Without it, you will spend money on impulse. So, you need to be convinced to make a budget for yourself as we get into the new year. 

2.     You Failed to Stick to Your Budget: 

The decision to take control of your finances by having a budget is preliminary. Following up on it is where many people give up. Perhaps, you were disciplined enough to sit down and draft a budget for yourself. But, somewhere along the line, you ditched it for your old habit of financial uncertainty. Why so? Here are some reasons: 

·       You Didn’t Have A Concrete Financial Goal for Your Budget: Having a budget without a financial goal is like having a map without a destination in mind. 

·       You Got Distracted from Your Goal: You couldn’t contain the temporary pains of delayed gratification. 

·       You Didn’t Have an Accountability Partner: Many a time, all you need to stick to a new habit is to have someone you are accountable to like a spouse, reliable friend or coach. 

3.     You Spent a Lot on Liabilities: 

According to my Rich Dad mentor, a liability is anything that takes money out of your pocket. Most of the things you were happy and eager to buy actually took money from you. In the long haul, you discovered that you had very little money left for the things that are important to you and financial hardship set in. 

Save

WHAT IS SAVINGS? 

The Business Dictionary defines savings as “The portion of disposable income not spent on consumption of consumer goods but accumulated or invested directly in capital equipment or in paying off a home mortgage.”  

To me, savings is income not spent or deferred consumption. It is not necessarily the absence of spending, rather, it is the intentional act of setting money aside for a particular goal or purpose. Any money that is not used for immediate consumption but preserved in a deposit account for future use can be referred to as savings.

Accumulating money for future use and delaying impulse buying can help you to determine whether what you want to spend on is a need or a waste of money. If you do not save your money and your expenses exceed your income, you can be said to be “living from paycheck to paycheck”. 

WHERE DO YOU SAVE YOUR MONEY? 

There are various ways of saving money. Some people make use of a jar, piggy bank or envelope system when dealing with hard cash. This is okay for short-term saving. However, long-term savers need a safer method of keeping money, which is why it is wiser for them to use a depository institution like a bank or cooperative. 

In banks, there are different kinds of account in which you can save, e.g.: 

1.     Savings Account

2.     Current Account

3.     Certificate of Deposit 

4.     Money Market Deposit Account 

These accounts offer varying interest rates based on certain terms and conditions. You need to educate yourself on their pros and cons to make an informed choice. 

HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD YOU SAVE? 

How much you should save depends on your financial goals. To be considered “financially secure,” it is recommended that an individual or family should save at least 6 months’ worth of expenses. For example, if your household incurs a monthly expense of N50,000, you are expected to have a balance of at least N300,000 as savings to be considered “financially secure.” To reach this amount, it is recommended that you save between 10 – 20% of your net income until that amount is reached. 

WHY YOU SHOULD SAVE MONEY 

Your savings is money which you set aside for a specific purpose. It takes discipline and sacrifice to save. Now, it is tough to develop a saving habit without understanding why you should put in the effort in the first place. Here are some reasons to save instead of splurging:

1.     Save for Freedom:

If for no other reason, save money because it gives freedom – the state of knowing that you have cash reserves to use whenever and however rather than feeling stuck in financial problems because you await the next paycheck. 

2.     Save for Financial Security:

Financial Security is only possible when you have enough money saved to cover your emergencies and support your future financial goals. 

3.     Save for Annual Expenses:

There are certain (household) expenses that are far beyond your budget. They require that you save for them. 

4.     Save for Retirement:

For government workers, retirement money is automatically deducted from their gross income alongside taxes so that they never waste it. However, for entrepreneurs and workers in the private sector, they must put money aside every other month for their retirement. 

5.     Save for Emergencies:

We don’t pray for them, but unexpected circumstances happen every now and then, ranging from health issues to car and house repairs, etc. It is wise to save for rainy days. 

6.     Save for Education:

Some people save in order to further their education.

7.    Save for cars, homes, electronic appliances and gadgets.

8.    Save to get out of debt.

9.     Save for Investment:

For those who want to grow their wealth, this is the most pertinent reason for saving money.

Saving is important to the economic progress of any country as well as wealth creation for any individual. There is always an increase in productive wealth when people are willing to abstain from consuming their entire income. This is consummated when these savings are invested in productive ventures in order to earn more money.

HOW TO SAVE MONEY 

Usually, people save by subtracting their current expenditures from their income and keeping the remainder. The problem with this method is that many a time, after subtracting expenditures, very little or nothing is left for savings.  

Therefore, the RECOMMENDED method of saving is by Paying Yourself First. What this means is that you decide beforehand what percentage of your income will go into your savings account, deduct that percentage FIRST whenever you receive your paycheck, then live off the remainder. Although it takes greater financial discipline to tow this path, this method works, every time. 

HOW TO DEVELOP A CONSISTENT SAVING HABIT 

Once you have made the decision to save, the first challenge you will face is the struggle to keep the ball rolling. Without a clear goal and a concrete plan, it is easy to give up on your Savings Masterplan. When trying to save, it is important to take on the challenge as you would when trying to develop a new habit. This new, consistent saving habit is called Financial Discipline. To develop this habit, here are the steps to take: 

1.      Be Angry at Your Current Financial Situation:

Until you get mad and express dissatisfaction with where you are today, you will not have the willpower to do anything meaningful. You cannot solve a problem with the same mindset used to create it. Don’t just wish to save. Get your emotions involved by being so mad about your finances that you want to do something about it. 

2.      Increase Your Financial Intelligence: 

After you realize what a financial mess you are in, the next step is to invest in financial education and learn how money really works. Visit blogs, read articles and take courses on Personal Finance. Depending on your situation and schedule, you may employ the services of a financial coach to guide you. 

3.      Make a Budget:

A written budget is a plan that shows where your money comes from and where it goes to. It gives you a sense of direction and makes the habit of saving easier to adopt. Experts recommend that you allocate, at least, 20% of your income to savings in your budget. You may allocate a greater percentage if you want. However, if 20% seems like a hurdle, feel free to start with a smaller percentage and grow from there. Savings is a habit that can be cultivated by taking baby steps. 

4.      Pay Yourself First: 

You may automate your savings (using either a bank standing order or FinTech platform like PiggyVest). Hence, you will save without even thinking about it. Remember, your savings should be your first major expenditure after receiving your paycheck. 

5.      Be Mindful of Your Spending: 

Before you buy anything, ask yourself, “Do I need this? Is there a cheaper alternative? Can I do without it altogether? Am I just buying this to feel good?” 

6.      Reward Yourself Periodically: 

Find creative ways to celebrate when you cross certain milestones in your Savings Masterplan. It trains your brain to remember that good things come with hard work. 

Savings, like every other endeavour or resolution, needs a masterplan, a systematic approach, and focused commitment for it to work for you.

Given the information shared in this article, I believe that you are well-armed with all you need to take your finances seriously in 2021. If you need help creating a customized savings and budget masterplan for the next year, I advise you to enroll for my 2021 Savings and Budget Masterplan Accountability Program which lasts for 30 days. I will guide you through such that you will be confident enough to create a Savings Masterplan for next year. By the time you complete the program in early January, you will have a personal finance blueprint that can guide you throughout the year. Enroll now

If you cannot afford the program, there is a limited offer for a discount on my book, “How to Save Like A PRO: 30 Radical Money Saving Hacks That Can Help You Hit Your Financial Goals.” You can get it here

N/B: This article is an excerpt from a webinar which was first published on my Facebook community – Financial Intelligence Forum (FiFo). Join the community to access my past and future publications. 

AUTHOR

Obot Essiet Jr. is an Associate Solutions Architect at LEAD Resources, a Financial Intelligence (FINTEL) Coach and a Co-founder/COO of Naiyuan Mart, a Chinese-Nigerian procurement and manufacturing company. He runs a blog and a community on Financial Intelligence. He is passionate about helping people journey towards financial freedom through practical financial literacy solutions. Obot Essiet Jr. loves writing, gardening, watching adventurous movies, cycling and playing chess. 

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Entrepreneurship

Invisible Economics and the Chain of Consequences

In his book, “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” C. K. Prahalad asserted: “Private Sector could have the greatest impact through creating profitable businesses serving the 5 billion people who represent the “invisible, unserved market.”

The worst thing that could happen to a people is not rejection or death; it is to be INVISIBLE, to be unnoticed. People aren’t just markets. They have dignity, choices, fears and needs that must be served. Sometimes, people are not really invisible; the onlookers are just blind. A society with few entrepreneurs is one with many blind citizens. Blind citizens cannot identify and explore resources, potentials and abundance hence, they perpetuate poverty.

Poverty is the testament that the dignity of a person has been threatened and his needs have been disregarded by self and others. It is the certificate of servitude issued by naïve societies and accepted by clueless citizens who have learned, accepted and endorsed self-helplessness. Poverty is the limit on alternatives. Abundance is the limit breaker. Abundance increases the quality of life; the quality of life improves with access; access is the inclusion of the excluded.

There are deep-seated motives that pass the test of reason and justify the need for entrepreneurship, enterprise, innovation and commerce. They, by far, outweigh the obvious need for survival and exchange. Citizens must organise, learn and self-educate to spot, earn and satisfy their dignity if ever they will disembark from the voyage of despondency. People of all races, cultures and tribes are beings of needs – needs craving attention. Entrepreneurs must be enabled to arise and arise to these cravings.

The Private Sector can institutionalize an enabling environment and push for equal opportunities thereby supplementing the deficiency of bad governance. The Private Sector can democratize access to ease, wealth and bliss. In an organised mode, the Private Sector can guarantee access to credit and uphold the currency of the Nation. This is required to engage the invisible economy and undo its chain of consequences.

LEAD Resources is an ecosystem enabler. We work to support the seamless catalysis of entrepreneurs and innovators. With fit-for-purpose capacity-building programmes such as our Business Enterprise Training and Digital Economy Emerging Managers’ programme, we contribute our quota to end poverty. To learn more about these programmes, contact us here.

AUTHOR

Elkanah Oluyori is a Digital Economy and Innovation Evangelist who is passionate about nation-building and community organizing. He has authored several relevant publications to this effect. Currently, Elkanah is an Associate Solutions Architect at Lead Resources, where he delivers Management and Development Consultancy to citizens, enterprises and the government. Owing to his vast experience in working with local and international development agencies, he leads Strategic Partnership at Reformers of Africa and coordinates West African Network on Peacebuilding (WANEP), FCT.

You may reach him via the following links:

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Human Capital Development

Human Capital Development

The most valuable assets in both developing and developed countries are humans. Human Capital refers to a collection of traits – knowledge, talents, skills, abilities, experience, intelligence and training – possessed individually and collectively by a population and used to create economic value. It is a form of wealth which can be utilized to accomplish the goals of a Nation or an organization.

Human Capital Development deals with increasing the number of persons who have the skills, education and experience that are critical for economic growth and organizational development. In my Nation, major projects are often outsourced to foreign hands because the skill-set required to execute such projects is unavailable in the Nation. This is a fallout of the negligence of Human Capital Development. Apparently, Human Capital Development determines the development of any Nation.

Human Capital Development in an Organization is the process of improving employee performance, capabilities and resources. This is vital to the growth and development of any organization. In recent times, many organizations have incorporated the use of digitized services. This is because the Nation is swiftly migrating into a digital economy – an economy driven by technology. We are no longer in the age of stereotypical work. This means that employees must skill up and co-evolve to keep up with the demands of this new economy. Skills like transdisciplinarity, novel and adaptive thinking, virtual collaboration, social intelligence and design thinking go in tandem with this rapid evolution and deployment of innovative technologies. The skills, values and perspectives required must be instilled into employees through Human Capital Development.

Apart from Organizational Growth, Human Capital Development in an organization brings out the best in employees. Employees like to acquire new skills on the job. A sense of pride and loyalty develops when employees realize that their organization invests time and resources in training them and this generates maximum productivity in return.

I advocate for the empowerment of humans with the skills required in the digital economy. When we engage in Human Capital Development, innovative solutions for organizations and the Nation can be birthed speedily.

At LEAD Resources, we leverage Human Capital Development for Organizational and National Growth. Want to know how? Learn more here.

AUTHOR

Oluwatobiloba Dairo is an Associate Solutions Architect at LEAD Resources, where she is exploring a rapid Knowledge Acquisition path, building digitized competencies relevant for Career Development and stimulating solutions for Individuals, Organizations and the Government. She is a graduate of Mathematics and an advocate of Women in Leadership. She is interested in Financial and Data Analysis.

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Human Resource Management

Strategic Self-Management: A Panacea for Organizational Growth

In this article, we shall discuss how self-management correlates with organizational growth.

According to Head & Heart (TransformEd & ANet), Self-management, also known as “Self-control” or “Self-regulation,” is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviours effectively in different situations. This includes setting and working toward personal and organizational goals, managing stress, delaying gratification, and motivating oneself.

It is important for organizations to pay keen attention to improving the self-management skills of their employees. This is because researches show that employees’ work input and effectiveness (which is in resonance with organizational growth) is often affected by their physical and mental wellness. 

Self-management skills allow you to improve your workplace performance, maximize your productivity and achieve your professional goals.  Hence, improving your self-management skills can help you increase your employability and manage your career path better. 

Examples of self-management skills include:

  • Organization 
  • Goal-setting 
  • Time-management 
  • Stress-management 
  • Accountability 
  • Self-motivation 

HOW TO IMPROVE SELF-MANAGEMENT SKILLS 

There is a need to focus on ways you can direct, evaluate and improve on your daily tasks. Here are a few ways to improve your self-management skills: 

  1. Assess Your Strengths: Determine what professional tasks you’re best at and focus on ways to maximize your abilities in these areas.  
  2. Prioritize Your Responsibilities: Clearly define which responsibilities are most important, focus on them and avoid distractions.
  3. Develop Organizational Systems: Find effective methods to help you streamline your daily activities and manage your time. Also, keep important items in easy-to-find places.  
  4. Create Strict Deadlines: Set deadlines for each stage of a project and maintain your schedule. Be accountable and sacrifice the hours needed to reach your self-designated checkpoints. 
  5. Perform One Task at a Time: Focus your time, energy and abilities on a single task at a given moment. Complete one task before moving on to another for efficiency. 
  6. Practise Patience: Maintain a sense of calm to help you think clearly and objectively. Be considerate of others, and try to empathize with their needs and experiences. 
  7. Take Care of Your Health and Wellness: Have a healthy diet, exercise regularly, maintain good personal hygiene and actively focus on lowering your stress levels.  
  8. Evaluate Your Progress: Objectively assess the progress you’ve made toward your goals by setting checkpoints along the way and tracking your accomplishments.  

With reference to the paragraphs above, the importance of strategic self-management as proportionate to organizational growth cannot be overemphasized. As individuals, we must strive towards personal development as it makes us better in our personal lives and at our workplaces. No doubt, stable employees make a stable organization. 

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#EndSARS Protests: A Call for Nigeria Police Reform

THE BEGINNING OF SARS

SARS, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, was a sub-unit of Nigeria Police Force under the State Criminal and Anti-Robbery Squad. The purpose of this squad was to investigate, apprehend and detain criminals who bore illegal firearms, robbed the masses, and kidnapped children and adults in the nation. For a fluid operation, they were allowed to serve as undercover agents.

However, over the years, various individuals and groups accused SARS operatives of violation of human rights, illegal arrests and detentions, manhandling of Nigerian youths, sexual harassment and rape, and extra-judicial killings. So far, Amnesty International has documented 82 cases of police brutality between 2017 and 2020. Yet, the bad eggs within the squad seemed to be beyond control.

CITIZEN’S OUTCRY

In 2017, the government responded to the public as regards SARS by stating that the unit would be reformed however the killings continued. On 8th October 2020, Nigerian celebrities such as Falz and Runtown took to the streets to protest against police brutality in solidarity with victims of the same. Following this, organized protests began all over the nation for the disbandment of SARS. The protests were called #EndSARS (End Special Anti-Robbery Squad) protests; this name was culled from the online protests which began in 2017 on Twitter to end the squad.

According to Wikipedia, about 28 million #EndSARS tweets were made on Twitter. For about two weeks, Nigerian youths protested against police brutality with no pronounced leadership. They marched in every state in the nation chanting, “Enough is Enough! Sorosoke! (Speak out!)”

On 11th October 2020, SARS was dissolved! DCP Frank Mba, Force PRO, stated 5 things for the general public to know about the dissolution of SARS:

  1. The Inspector-General of Police has dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across all the 36 state commands and the FCT with immediate effect.
  2. All officers and men serving in the unit will be redeployed to other police commands, formations and units.
  3. A new policing arrangement for tackling the offences of armed robbery and other violent crimes will be unveiled to the public soon.
  4. A Citizens’ and Strategic Shareholders’ Forum will be launched to provide an avenue for citizens to regularly interface and advise the Police Authority on issues touching on the general public.
  5. To deal with the report of crimes committed against citizens, an Investigative Team will be constituted which will include Civil Society Organisations and culprits will be punished.

In response to the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Youths made 5 demands – #5for5. They are as follows:

  1. Immediate release of all arrested protesters.
  2. Justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.
  3. Setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days).
  4. In line with the new Police Act, psychological evaluation and retraining (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS officers before they can be redeployed.
  5. Increase police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of citizens.

On 13th October 2020, the Presidential Panel on Police Reforms met and okayed the 5 demands made by the Nigerian Youths. The protests did not stop as the Nigerian Youths determined not to give in until their demands were implemented.

Later, the protests were not just about #EndSARS or #EndPoliceBrutality; they were about something bigger – #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria.

LEKKI MASSACRE

I raised my hand, clenched my fist and started walking back shortly. They were shooting at me.

Aisha Yesufu
#EndSARS
Aisha Yesufu

Unfortunately, the #EndSARS protests degenerated into a bloodbath on October 20th 2020 at Lekki tollgate as the Nigeria Army allegedly shot at unarmed protesters. In an Instagram live video of the shooting by a Nigerian celebrity, DJ Switch, protesters sat on the floor and lifted their flags in a bid to call for peace. The protesters sang the Nigerian National Anthem in agony and solidarity. The picture of a man who was shot during the massacre went viral as he was being helped by DJ Switch. His wounded legs were wrapped with the Nigerian flag.

According to Amnesty International, before the massacre, cameras at the scene – Lekki tollgate – were removed and billboards were switched off. Till date, the one who gave the order to massacre the unarmed protesters has not been apprehended. However, human rights activists like Femi Falana have set up private investigative panels to look into the killings of the protesters.

GOVERNMENT REACTION

After several days, the Nigerian President delivered a 10-minute speech to the nation. However, the speech did not address the matter of the Lekki massacre, rather, it focused on youth empowerment and the termination of the #EndSARS protests. The speech was widely condemned due to its apparent lack of empathy.

Initially, the Lagos State Governor denied that casualties were recorded at the Lekki massacre while the Army denied their presence at Lekki toll gate on October 20th 2020 and stated that the live videos were “photoshopped”.

DJ Switch openly testified that the Nigeria Army arrived the scene of the massacre without any warning and shot at unarmed protesters. Thereafter, a CNN journalist held an interview with the Lagos State Governor where he exposed the Nigeria Army and admitted that casualties were recorded. This sparked an outcry for the exposure of the one who ordered the shooting. The Army reacted by saying that they were at the venue of the incident to ensure that the curfew placed by the Lagos State Governor a few hours earlier that day was obeyed.

INTERNATIONAL REACTION

Joe Biden (The US President-Elect), Hilary Clinton (The former US Secretary of State), Africa Union Commission, etc. all condemned the killings, called for an end to violence and urged the Nigeria Government to negotiate with the protesters. Many international celebrities voiced their displeasure about the turn of events.

Although the protests were halted abruptly and the hearts of Nigerians were broken, there is still hope for the nation. The #EndSARS protests can be seen as a stepping stone towards the liberation of the nation from bad governance. Now, people must be educated on becoming and choosing leaders that can effect positive changes in the nation. Lead Resources trains people with hearts and track records of leadership for a national takeover in a programme called Mainstream Successor Generation. At no other point in history has this solution been more useful to the nation. Those interested may simply contact Lead Resources here.

2023 is near. In a jiffy, your vote will either be a life-jacket or a bullet. Vote wisely!  

AUTHOR

Osatohanmwen Osadiaye Osabuohien is the Executive Director of Nerve Empowerment Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Benin, Faculty of Arts, Department of Religion. He is a research analyst by profession and he has a strong interest in analyzing societal challenges.