Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Consultants Boot Camp & Certification: A Bright Light for Consulting in Nigeria

Consultants Academy International
Press Release

Education Hub Africa, an education management, private sector led organization established to empower African's through global education and exchange programs is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard L. Weinberger, PhD, CPA, from Austin, Texas, USA, will be the lead faculty member at the upcoming Consultants Academy International boot camp to be held June 1-5, 2015, at the Oriental Hotel Lekki.

Dr. Weinberger is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants, which is the only global association specializing in training and certification of small business consultants. Dr. Weinberger states, "We are seeing a tremendous increase in independently-owned businesses throughout the world. These businesses, whether referred to as micro, small, SMEs, or SMBs, form the foundation of every country's economy. This drives a tremendous need for qualified business consultants."

With over 30 years' experience as a management and financial consultant dealing exclusively with SMEs, Dr. Weinberger has provided a diversity of services to a wide range of clients in all industries, has tackled every conceivable business problem, and trained consultants and business owners in the art and science of business problem solving. He is an international speaker, highly esteemed small business thought leader, and published author.

In addition to his business experience, Dr. Weinberger has been a professor at several U.S. universities and has taught continuing education courses for professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in organization and management, a Master of Business Administration degree in management, and two Bachelor of Business Administration degrees - accounting and marketing. He is, also, a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S.

Dr. Weinberger says, "I could not be more excited about coming to Nigeria as the lead faculty member of the consultants boot camp. With Lagos being the most populous city in Nigeria and one of the fastest-growing cities in both Africa and the world, the demand for qualified consultants will continue to increase. Business owners need expert advice to help them improve operational efficiency and maximize profit. This is a perfect time for Nigerians to enter this growing field of business consulting."

With experience in business and academia, Dr. Weinberger offers a valuable combination of real-world practicality and lively, charismatic presentations designed to be informative, practical, and motivating. As stated by Dr. Weinberger, "The important aspects of operating and growing a successful SME will be covered in the boot camp. I encourage industry professionals, aspiring business consultants, and entrepreneurs to attend this quality boot camp. You will not be disappointed!"



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A beautiful return

Over the last few months friends and family, in fact a medical  doctor who google searched me, have encouraged me to blog again.

Its a commitment to keep the good work of motivation and form the chronicle of success in the life and career of every reader.

Its my joy to start out afresh!


Saturday, August 31, 2013

7 Keys to growth Part 3

6. STRONG CORE VALUES
Strong Core Values - developing accepted fundamental principles, standards or beliefs that motivate the organization and drive decision making.
Do you have a documented set of core values, mission statement, core principals or beliefs?
Would your leadership team unanimously define the company’s core values?
Would a survey of your employees indicate that you are really living your values?

7. ABILITY TO EXECUTE
Ability to Execute - The ability to execute is a fundamental capability that all organizations need as a competency. Yet, most organizations have not developed tangible strategic objectives or a process or culture of accountability and performance. Without the ability to execute, a company will not grow or improve its performance.

Research shows the four areas a company needs to focus on to improve its ability to execute. They are:

  • ·      Define tangible objectives: many companies do not have tangible objectives. Tangible means you can measure success – with numbers.
  • ·    Balance objectives with resources: many companies have too many objectives to accomplish based on the limited resources available. Successful companies complete a smaller list of objectives then add to them.
  • ·         Link incentives to performance: people are motivated by incentives that drive them to accomplish objectives. Successful companies link accomplishing objectives to incentives.
  • ·         Develop a culture of accountability: successful companies are extremely disciplined in focusing on the objective, measuring progress and holding people accountable. If a company struggles with execution this is most often where the problem lies.

Questions to ask yourself to see how well your company executes.
  • ·         Are there a discrete number of objectives with tangible results defined?
  • ·         What per cent of the objectives defined last year did you accomplish? (Don’t exclude the objectives which weren't accomplished because ‘things changed’.)
  • ·         Do you find the company starting off well yet ‘losing steam’ later in the year?
  • ·         Are there concrete incentives for accomplishing objectives?
  • ·         Would your employees score the company high on its ability to execute?



        (I found this enriching I hope you do. Courtesy: Growth Strategy Partners)

Friday, June 21, 2013

7 KEYS TO GROWTH PART 2

3. ADVANCED CUSTOMER MANAGEMENT

Advanced Customer Management - providing customized solutions to segmented customer groups through unique delivery channels. Do you have specific customer niches or groups to whom you target the sale of your products or services? For example, women’s religious retirement communities are a niche. Retirement communities aren't.
Do you provide customized solutions to these niches or the same solution to most customer groups?
Do you use the same sales or delivery channel to service each unique niche group?

4. ROBUST PROCESSES
Robust Processes - defining and developing effective and efficient core business processes
Would your leadership team agree upon the core business processes of your business? (Most don’t.)
Would your leadership team agree upon the amount of flexibility or efficiency these key processes should have?
Have you specifically improved at least half of your key processes in the past two years?
Would you define your key processes as ‘best in class” or best practice? How do you know?

5. DIFFERENTIATED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Differentiated Products and Services - providing superior, innovative and differentiated products and services
Would your customers define your products or services as innovative or unique?
Do you have a ‘world class’ new product or service development process?

Do the products or services you've introduced in the last 3 years account for at least 50% of revenues?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

7 KEYS TO GROWTH Part 1

1. RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT SEATS

Having the right seats filled with the right people is fundamental for business success and growth. Most entrepreneurial organizations are lacking the strategic talent they need. This is partly due to the difficulty of finding superior talent, but mostly due to not knowing what to look for, or how to develop existing talent. If you want to improve your business performance, you need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your talent, increase the value that your team adds to the business strategy, and ensure that your talent is a key part of your competitive advantage.

What do you look for and how do you assess it?
Research shows that successful companies first define how they compete and what their strategic priorities are. This means that if a company focuses on being a product leader, then their product development talent should be their best talent. 

With the strategic priorities defined the talent development process begins.
A successful talent development program focuses on these four key areas:
  • ·         Skills – are the skills needed for the job? Technical, problem solving, etc.
  • ·         Knowledge – what knowledge is needed? Industry, customers, strategy, products, services
  • ·         Behaviours – what behaviours are required? Leadership, decision making, values, ethics
  • ·         Results – what results are expected? Revenues, profits, new products, new processes

Questions to ask yourself to know if you have the Right People in the Right Seats
  • Have you defined how you compete and your strategic priorities?
  • Do the skills of the people in your key seats support your strategic priorities?
  • Is your leadership team the team to grow your business or just maintain it?
  • Do your key people have all four of the right characteristics listed above?


2. EFFECTIVE GROWTH PLANNING

Effective Growth Planning – the development of an effective growth planning process which delivers tangible strategies and tactics to grow the business, supported by the alignment of the leadership team

If we asked your leadership team to define the goals for the business, would we receive unanimous, consistent and specific answers?

Have you prioritized your company’s method of competition? Product leadership, Customer Intimacy and Operational excellence are the only three options. Which one do you want to be great at? Which two do you want to be good at?

Do you have a analytical process for developing your plan? One that includes tools such as a SWOT analysis, Ansoff’s Matrix, Balance Scorecard?

Do you have less than 7 tangible goals to accomplish in the next year or two? (A goal is not tangible unless numbers are attached to it.)

Have you quantified how much of your growth is going to be through new customers or existing customers? New products or services or existing products or services?
Do you review your goals at least quarterly with your team?


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lessons from a broken heart





“When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?

I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her!

With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.

The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.

I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. . She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully.

My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don’t tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.

She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me… she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it’s time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.

But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy. I drove to office…. jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind…I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.

She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart. Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.

That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed -dead. My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push through with the divorce.— At least, in the eyes of our son—- I’m a loving husband….

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves.

So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. If you are not in a relationship now, remember this for the second (or third) time around. It's never too late.

If you don’t share this, nothing will happen to you.

If you do, you just might save a marriage. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thank you for reading. 

Author Unknown

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wind under your Wings

This is the way of the Eagle,
this is the training of the Father,
this is the proof of Son-ship.

What is it?
The first flapping of the wings of the eaglet was in fear and anxiety,
after the mother eagle takes the eaglet to the highest altitude and letting it go,
suddenly as the eaglet flap the wings in survival a wind will carry it.

what is this?
Help.
Grace.
The spirit.

Conclusion.
Help is coming.
Keep at it.

Friendship Tonic

To a friend,
Do you know the relationship
between your 2 eyes?
They blink together,
They move together,
They cry together,
They see things together
and even,
They even sleep together.
Even though they never see each other
Friendship should be just like that...
Life is like hell without FRIENDS........
I have a testimony that i have never lost a friend ,
how do i do it?
Just like Abraham......Gen.13:7-10.
The mature one reconcile first even when he is right,
this is not British,but Biblical.
Choose one.
People are precious,you cant afford to loss a friend.
learn to apologies,even when you are right but a friend is offended in you.
Now to everyone friend offended or disappointed in me.......do pardon me,lets be friends again.
Ayodolapo is my name.........i am your friend.

One Step after another

“One before two, two before three, occupation before pleasure”

Every good and pleasant adventure or acquisition in life will always call for attention, only the matured knows how to weigh their options rightly and take appropriate steps in the right direction.

Window shopping is one of my hobbies, it helps me make plans and cut my wild dreams to actionable and budget size plans. Even when I had the money to pick the items immediately, I prefer a quick view of the options available and take some time to making quality decisions. The quality of our planning determines the quality of lives that we eventually find ourselves living.

There are two plans you can make in life: first is a "no plan plan". Many persons live in this kind of circumstance and have found themselves in the deep hole of failure, again and again.

To live without a goal, is to live like a goat.

Second it’s a strategically planned live. A step-step processed action. Sometimes, they may not be a well calculated plan, but the mind set of plan will help in achieving a definite goal and succeed extra-ordinarily.

Success is a mind game.

Get focus, think deeply, be creative at doing so and let the pen meet paper.

When pen meet paper, a miracle is birthed.

Miracles happen everyday, when we can put our minds to achieve a definite goal.


Success is the attainment of pre-set goal.

If you have never set a goal, you have never succeeded, you have only been lucky, living by chance.

Living by chance is the live of a mediocre, the below average life.
Only animals are pardon to live in such low mental stagnation.

Wake! Plan; put your goal in a step-step achievable action plan.

Then just do it! Only the bold and courage wins

The future is yours!




Friday, February 1, 2013

7 Secrets of Light Part 2

7. Focus: the strength of light is in its focus.

Distractions are part of life. Your most important person may be a distraction to your fulfilling purpose sometimes. The principle of setting our priorities right makes the difference between us making a good friend a distraction and vice-versa.

What is the focus for this season? That should be your question per time.
Times change, seasons waits for no man. Knowing your season and plugging in rightly is the key factor in success.

Train your mind to know the seasons and stay focus to the assignment of the season.
Life is a bunch of experiences, if we do it right or not we will learn how to or how not to, do a thing.
But the time at your disposal for errors is short, why not get it right by patiently focusing on what is important.

Concentrate! Focus your passion on one objective until successful.