27 Leadership Lessons From X-Men

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Let me start by saying, X-Men: Days Of Future Past does not disappoint at all. From the beginning moments of the movie, I was glued to the screen. Seeing X-Men characters I had never seen on the big screen before was breathtaking. Facing a global extinction of both the human and mutant races, Wolverine, played for the seventh time by Hugh Jackman, must go back in time to stop a war with machines called Sentinals before it ever starts. The opening scenes with Bishop, Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat, Ice Man, Blink, Warpath, and other mutants helped the movie ride in on a high note. From there, the movie only got better, along with the leadership lessons.  

What Assembling A Dollhouse Can Teach Us About Success

Majestic Mansion Dollhouse PartsHave you ever tried to put together a dollhouse with a pile of small parts? My sister bought a lovely dollhouse for my twin girls and they were so excited to set it up. There was only one problem. When shipping the package, it was tampered with and the assembly instruction and pictures were missing. So the first job was to locate the product. I was fortunate to find the website (www.kidkraft.com) and product number on the packaging. I downloaded the 14-page long assembly instructions. See it for yourself here. I have attempted some build out of gifts in my time and learnt that confusing directions can lead to frustrations, dissolutions and failure. For anyone attempting to assemble a complicated item like a dollhouse, what is the most important part of all? The wall? The foundation? Screws, clips? No. All are very crucial, no doubt. The important item is the .......  

Mummy, I am a Loser – Four Lessons For Life and Business

FamilyOn Friday 28 February 2014, I was all geared up for the “Mini Olympics” organized by my twins’ school - Tender Cradle School, holding at the Agege Stadium Complex. We were all excited, Mum, Dad, Temi and Tami. We had been preparing for this day since January. Tami was representing Argos House (Green) in the 25 meters Tiny Toes Race and Temi was representing Athens House (Blue) in the 50 meters Tiny Toes Race. Every Monday and Friday, the school would go to the open ground just opposite my office complex and practice. Since the beginning of the term, they also learnt everything about the Olympic games. They came home with homework on the history of games and I was surprised with the level of knowledge my 4-year olds had about the games. Some of these questions include:  

Valentine’s Day – Why Hiring Is Like Dating

ValentineFirst you talk on the phone – get the sound of the person’s voice in your head. You share pleasantries, talk about talents and interests. Then, if you’re intrigued, you set a date and time to meet face to face. On the day of the rendezvous, each party is dressed to impress and on its best behavior. The beginning stages of a relationship can be hand-sweatingly awkward, but this isn’t a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy relationship – it’s a job interview. So why the emotional involvement? Well, if you’re striving startup or a close-knit company, a new hire will have to meld perfectly with the rest of the team and the mission of the business if there is going to be workplace harmony. The goal to dating is to develop a long-term relationship that is fun and enables both parties to grow and learn together. The same goes for the employee / employer relationship. So, how does one go about finding the professional perfect partner? Here is my 3 step process - very similar to my last article - The Four P's Of Hiring - HR Takes A Lesson From Marketing.  

CAMPARI Conclusion + Free Cocktail Recipe

If you just joined the series, click here to read the Introduction to the CAMPARI framework. We have looked at each of the key areas, which are essential in assessing a request to borrow money. CAMPARI is a very useful tool for Managers to be guided by and ensures that all the key points of your request are reviewed. The main purpose of CAMPARI is to stimulate debate and discussion, either during the Manager’s self assessment while reviewing the request, or with his superiors if your request has to be referred to a higher authority. As a recap, please click on each of these letters that stands for a part of the assessment process:  

CAMPARI PART VII – “I” is for INSURANCE

If you just joined the series, click here to read the Introduction to the CAMPARI framework. In this final part of the assessment process, ‘insurance’ is much wider than the question, "Is the business or individual insured?" In the assessment context, insurance covers the issue as to what the Bank can look to for repayment if the lending doesn't work out i.e. what security is being offered.  

CAMPARI PART VI – “R” is for REPAYMENT

If you just joined the series, click here to read the Introduction to the CAMPARI framework. No Bank is going to lend to any business unless it can see exactly how the debt will be repaid. In this part of the assessment process, the Manager reviews the forecasts, which are included in the Business Plan. The forecasts are the primary source of information to demonstrate that the loan or overdraft can be paid back. However, it's not just a case of looking at the figures and accepting them at face value - there are many questions to ask (just as you would expect!).    

CAMPARI PART V – “A” is for AMOUNT

If you just joined the series, click here to read the Introduction to the CAMPARI framework. We are now coming to the main part of the assessment process - how much you want to borrow. In this section, the Manager will review the amount being requested and decide if it's a request he feels comfortable with taking into consideration the size of the business, the information gleaned from the financial forecasts and what he has learned from your Business Plan and interview.  

CAMPARI PART IV – “P” is for PURPOSE

If you just joined the series, click here to read the Introduction to the CAMPARI framework. The next aspect to be considered under CAMPARI is the purpose of the loan or overdraft - what will it be used to finance? The Bank is more willing to support a request if the purpose is right for both them and the business.  

CAMPARI PART III – “M” is for MARGIN

If you just joined the series, click here to read the Introduction to the CAMPARI framework. Like it or not, Banks are like any other business; they are out to make a profit! In assessing your request the Manager has to satisfy himself that the income the Bank is going to earn fairly reflects the risk they are taking in lending you the money. They cover this risk by the interest rate and arrangement fee they will charge you. The amounts they charge you will then be assessed as a strength or weakness.