Benefits of Working Within a Team

Team work at the Women in Development Summit organized by Ideation Hub Africa

Team work will take you far and help you achieve more.

working in a team opens you up to learning about what others know and you don’t.
Teamwork gives room for creativity and it is an opportunity to carry out tasks quickly.

Working in a team is an escape route from spreading yourself too thin. Working alone can put you under so much pressure and stress. Learn to share the workload with your team members.

Stop being a Local champion thinking you are the best; there is so much value others can bring into your life, tasks and projects.

Working with a team is fun and gives you company. You are not alone to bear the challenges and failures that sometimes comes with carrying out tasks/projects.

None of us is as good as all of us.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development.
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

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#WomenYouCanRun 1: What You Must Know If You Want to Join Politics

This morning listening to Oluwaseun Omoakinola, a dear colleague, and brother on his program, “The Conversation”, on Splash FM 105.5 I was richly informed about practical things women who intend to join politics must know. I will be sharing a few interesting down to earth points from one of the guests he featured on the program. It has inspired a title for a series I have been working on and hope to begin to share here. My own small contribution to encouraging more women to be bold in taking up leadership and political positions once they have what it takes.

There is all lot of discussions about women’s participation in leadership and particularly on increasing involvement in politics. And so I hope to be sharing practical points of view of notable women and men leaders and also profile women we can all be inspired by their success in leadership positions and in the political arena. And so welcome to the first post in the series of #WomenYouCanRun 1.

Hon. Nnena Ukeje Elendu on the floor of the House of Representatives. Credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq7gqj6ypsA

Honorable Nnena Ukeje Elendu has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2007. She is a third term member representing Bende Federal constituency in Abia State under the People’s Democratic party.

Her Political Aim: To leave a much better country than I met it.

Honorable Nnena’s Lecture at an event organized by Women in Business and Public Service(WIMBIZ) an NGO for women on 22 March at Eko Hotel and Suites. It is in commemoration of the 2018 International Women’s Day.
Theme: Women, Politics and Nation Building (Press4Progress)

If you are running for office as a woman you must answer these questions:

1) Self- Evaluation: Why do I want to run? Find an answer to that question because people will ask. Men are not psychoanalyzed when running for elected office. They believe that every woman who wants to run has a blind ambition to control everyone. Determine also what office you want to run for. Is it a senatorial position, Governor, House of Representatives etc.
2) Are you Prepared? What are you bringing from your present life into office? I was in the hospitality business and found out that my strength was in hold anyone spellbound in a five minutes conversation. And so I was able to convince people easily, this I brought into office when I was elected.
3) Emotionally are you prepared? You are not allowed to have an emotional meltdown; you are not allowed to cry in public. In politics Might is right. You need to be strong.
4) Physically are you prepared? Campaigns are tough. You are up from 5am – 6pm. You must be physically strong and ready to give it the time it takes.
5) What is your cultural view about women in leadership? Family questions must be answered. What is your family’s take on a strong woman? Break the idea that you are either married or be in politics. A woman who can run both the home and be a good politician.

Having answered these questions you are ready to move on to the next level.

A few more points to note:

  • You must understand that competence, CV doesn’t win elections; emotions win elections. The aim of your opponent is fake news, emotional scam and alternative fact.
  • The most important persons in your party is the chairman, the National Organizing chairman, and the secretary, make friends with them. They are the ones in charge of sending your name to INEC.
  • Develop very thick skin…keep your children and family out of social media. You can read stuff about you that you will never believe in the media. Prepare your family for this.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Project Director Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral change Radio Drama. Communication4Development
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#NAWOJ Ibadan – International women’s day Celebration 2018 in Pictures

The Nigerian Women Journalists Ibadan chapter commemorated the 2018 International women’s day with a lecture which brought together women at the community level ; female politicians, Intellectuals, religious leaders and a good number of men who support women any day.

The event took place at the Nigerian Union of Journalist conference hall Iyaganku Ibadan today, 9th March 2018.
Theme: Progress For Women in Governance.

In a next post I will update you about the highlights and interesting points of view for now enjoy The Event in Pictures:

Honourable Mulikat Adeola – Mother of the Day /Chairman
Mrs Foluso Lala – NAWOJ president, Oyo state
Guest Lecturer : Mr Soji Eniade Executive assistant to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on administration
Mrs Adekiitan Adeegbe – immediate past chairperson NUJ Oyo and Mrs Morenike Tony-Esan National Vice president B Zone NUJ.

NUJ chairman Oyo State – Mr Adewunmi Faniran presenting an award to Hon. Mulikat Adeola

Mc : Jade Inspiration FM
A journalist from Premier FM 93.5 – Bukola Adesakin – reading the citations of Awardees

Me, Stella Oyebanji posing with Honorable Mulikat Adeola

Female Journalists posing in a picture with Hon. Mulikat Adeola

 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Project Director Beehyve Initiative. Consultant Dev. Communication, Creative writer, journalist. 

Volunteer Work: Training & Equipping Young & Upcoming People with tools for becoming a 21st Century Media Personnel

We must learn to give back to society in every way possible and it is not always about money.

I had an opportunity, alongside colleagues in the media to help train young and upcoming media On-Air-Personalities.

The training included: Presentation Skills, Radio /TV production ; Scriptwriting, Pronunciation & Elocution, Handling of camera, Understanding the use of Yoruba language for the media.

My assignment was to train participants the art of Scriptwriting. This equipped them with tools for writing ; writing for radio/drama. It was exciting and fun to be able to share some of the skills acquired in my over  16 years working in the media.

It was a great time volunteering alongside some of my senior mentors in the industry like Gabriel Onafurume- Rtrd Deputy Programs Director, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; Omowunmi Adebola Bello- Assistant Deputy Director Programs FRCN and my very resourceful & creative colleague, Tolu Adepoju – TV/Radio media consultant.

Success is reproducing yourself in others as a manager.

Talent is not enough – John C. Maxwell 

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

12 Success Tips for Project Managers

What you need to manage that project well and achieve a measurable success:

1) write down a clear blueprint for the project – This is where you put down the aim/purpose of the project; what you hope to achieve.

2) Develop the blueprint, aims, and objectives of the project with the organization hiring you as the project manager. It is important that you the project manager is on the same page with the project’s commissioner. This will prevent a misunderstanding while carrying out the project.

3) Identify team members you need to carry out the project successfully.

4) Sell the aim of the project to your team members clearly. Let them have a buy-in and team members should be clear about their roles and expected delivery time.

5) Get team members involved in the planning stage of the step by step processes of execution of the project. This will help them to feel like they own the project. It will also give a clear picture of what is expected on the field while gathering data or fulfilling their part in the project.

6) Write a budget that will cover all expenses such as staff salaries, transportation, accommodation, the cost of field trips, the fee for contractors.

7) As a project manager assess the progress of the project against your timeline for execution by taking note of what isn’t working; what needs to be improved upon; achievement so far and how much work still needs to be done. Ensure that team members have reports for each stage ready and sent to you for preview.

8) Don’t forget to let the hiring organization know their own role in implementing the project such as access to information; key staff needed to provide necessary input to make implementation possible.

9) Draw and sign an agreement stating clearly what area of the project will be covered by you and your team; what area will be handled by the hiring organization; what you will not do. This will prevent incitement of extra cost that may arise from the employer suddenly wanting to saddle you with responsibilities that are not part of the project initially.

10) Be clear that the hiring organization is willing and ready to pay you for the execution of the project. Agree on fees, how and when it will be paid before commencing with the project. Get paid with a responsible mobilization Fee that will help run the project.

11) Have a measurable assessment plan in place: This will help to assess to what extent the project achieved its aims and objectives. This very important to know whether a project was successful. It will also help to determine whether to consolidate on the present achievements.

12) Be honest and pay your team members what you have agreed upon. Do not short change them. Make them happy as they are the ones who will help make a success of the project. This will, in turn, make you look good in the eyes of the hiring organization. Your recommendation score goes up.

Most importantly take on projects that match your skills and you are equipped to execute successfully. 

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

How to be an Effective Manager and Leader

I am taking an on-line course on Future Learn Website
Here are a few tips about Management and Leadership – Growing as a Manager.ALIVE FEMALE ADDIS
How to effectively manage or Lead your team/employees
You need to be trustworthy: Your staff or team need to be able to trust you.
Communicate effectively with your employees ensuring that they understand tasks that need to be done; and what you want to achieve as an organization.
Learn to delegate effectively: Trust members of your team with a certain task but also ensure that you support them in carrying it out.
Admit bad decisions you make
Be firm when necessary(Autocratic)
Be democratic – Give room for the creativity of your team/staff to blossom. Engage them in the process of running the unit or organization.
Have an effective working relationship with those under your supervision
• Lead by example
• Ability to be able to make decisions…Managers/Leaders make decisions.

 

Taking Training courses is not the only way to learn

Other ways to learn:
Learn from other people’s experience by observing and talking with them.
• Read
• Use Websites
• Undertake development tasks by taking up new responsibility. Don’t shy away from taking up new assignments. You learn new things and grow.
• Seek feedback from other people.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Leadership Quotes: Getting others to follow you.

ALIVE FEMALE ADDISI have been reading the book The 360 degree Leader: Developing your influence from anywhere in the organization by John C. Maxwell. I am still reading but here are a few quotes and thoughts I’d like to share with you. Hope it helps you to become a better person/leader.

Helpful thoughts and quotes from the book:

Getting the job done makes you a success. Getting the job done through others makes you a leader.

When you add value to people they want to follow you.

Provide training to your people so they’ll know how to do their job.

If you don’t like what your people are doing, first take a look at yourself.

Put your staff in the right positions…where their strength lies.

Your followers become like you, so lead well

My thoughts and lessons on my readings of the book, The 360 degree Leadership:

When your followers believe in you
When they can trust you
They will follow you.

Don’t be the kind of leader that says one thing and does another thing. Take time to know your staff individually; connect with them somehow by knowing a little about their lives. It can be just  knowing about their hobby.

Develop your staff patiently and help them acquire skills and qualities that will benefit other areas of their lives.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)