Eric Osiakwan is part of the vanguard of entrepreneurs who were active in the early years of broadband technology enabling the launch of more types of startups. The angel investor who was born in Accra, where he still makes his home, has invested in eight companies based in six African countries, including Clak Impressions, Teranga Solutions, and MyeCampus. Read more
The African Development Bank (AfDB) will be receiving the swagger Dr. Akinwumi Adesina brought to Nigeria’s agriculture sector, as he begins his term as president today. He takes the helm in times that are significantly different from when his predecessor, Dr. Donald Kaberuka got his start, and present their own set of challenges and opportunities, some of which I will cover here. Read more
Now that you have the right people, you’ve actually trained them, you’ve established your northstar, and are providing stretch opportunities — what’s left? Accountability. But, not just any kind of accountability — peer accountability.
After putting all four of the previous keys in place, peer accountability is what makes a group of individuals a true team. It’s what you see on the sidelines of a football game when players on the same team get into each others’ faces after a missed assignment or dropped pass. Read more
What does it mean to stretch? We hear phrases like “stretch goals” and “stretch opportunities.” But, what are they and why do they matter?
I’ve always enjoyed coaching and developing others. Maybe it started when I was a kid running my own tutoring company. Then and now, I’ve enjoyed investing in others and helping them reach their goals. However, the goals we set for ourselves don’t always rise to the heights of our true potential. That’s why team members benefit from moments that push them out of their comfort zones and challenge them to be better, more effective versions of themselves. Those moments are stretch opportunities. Read more
“Winter is Coming.” Throughout seasons of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, the Starks use their house words to remind all of Westeros that darker days are on the horizon and that the foresight and preparation of the Northmen will serve them well as it has served Northmen for thousands of years. The words of House Greyjoy of the Iron Islands – “We Do Not Sow” – remind everyone that ironborn take what others have sowed, paying the iron price of battle against anyone who stands in their way. Similarly, Catelyn Stark’s ferocious desire to protect her children was no doubt a product of her upbringing in House Tully, where the words are “Family, Duty, Honor.” When key characters face tough moments, we sometimes see other members of their house asking them the rhetorical question, “What are our words?” Read more
OK, you’ve got a collection of great people on your team. Now, what? Can you simply put them to work and expect to get the results you want? Many a manager has taken this approach, and then wondered why their newly-formed team was less than effective. That’s because you actually have to train them. Read more
When the rubber meets the road, what kind of team can you trust to get you across the finish line? Think beyond the skill sets and backgrounds you need. That’s only part of the equation. What personality traits and work styles would make your team most effective? Do you want clones of yourself or people who will challenge you to think differently? Read more