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2013 coming to an end

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Wow!!! 2013 has come to an end so fast. In what has been an amazing year for me, I want to specially thank you for taking the time to read my articles. When we reached 1,000 views , I set a target of 10,000 views by December 31, 2013. We aren't there yet. However, we are just a few figures off the 6,000 views mark. Beyond the views, I hope you have learnt something from me no matter how small. Shout out to Blast Magazine , EntreQuo Magazine, Jarushub.com , Under35CEO and my Shelze Consulting team . You guys have been fabulous. For 2014, we would have more guest writers. Watch out for the interview with the Man who moved from a 2.0 CGPA to a 5.00 CGPA simply by changing direction and much more. Looking forward to a very successful 2014. Happy New Year.

Tobi Adeseri: Even Beggars think they need improvement, how much more YOU?

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Yes!!! davidapaflo.com now has guest writers!!!! Below is a brilliant piece from Tobi Adeseri.Tobi is a Business Strategist and a Brand Consultant. Recently, on my way to work, I came across 3 beggars plying their trade as is usual with most places in Lagos. As I walked past them, one called out to me saying "Oga Good Morning, where my own". This statement made no sense to me and I just kept on moving. Walking past them I began to wonder what he meant by that statement and then I heard the other two making jest of him asking "wetin be where my own" then it dawned on me the former guy wasn't as skillful as his other colleagues. This really took me back to life and made me remember the story a friend told me of a popular beggar that had started building and developing his house and this made me realize that even begging is a skill and the best of them (the guys on the road you give money to out of pity) think they have to perfect their skill to invoke you

Google 2013 Trends - Behind the statistics (Nigeria)

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What would you do if you knew tomorrow? A whole lot right? Today’s behavior is one of the very good determinants of how tomorrow would be. Looking at Google’s 2013 trends list , I put together my own thoughts on these trends. What it could mean for business and also in general. TOP SEARCHED PEOPLE 5 of the top searched people are sportsmen. This shows that Nigerians are sport crazy. You cannot go wrong with a business that leverages on this fanatic love for sports especially football. MOST SEARCHED MUSICIANS With Wizkid, Olamide and Davido all in the top 3, we can tell the under 25s are rocking the entertainment scene. This might not be unrelated to the demographic characteristics of the Nigerian population with a very high percentage of the people below the age of 25. Does Nigeria need a “One Direction” kinda boy band? I think so. MOST SEARCHED NOLLYWOOD ACTORS Mercy Johnson & Tonto Dikeh controversy seems to increase the popularity of these celebs. With Mercy Johnson’s

DA Reflections - Episode 4 : Design for extreme affordability

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Design! What does it really mean to design and what does it mean to design for extreme affordability? I came across that phrase at a Stanford GSB event earlier this year where someone was talking about Stanford’s D-school and how they teach their students “Design for Extreme Affordability”. I left that program fascinated about that and started some research into that area. Surprisingly, this concept had been all around me but I never realized it! You might be lost and would really want to understand in the first place how design for extreme affordability works. Let me put it like this: it is simply using design thinking methods, to develop products and services that serve the needs of the world's poor. This is a business strategy which when applied to already existing products result in a surge in revenues and profits. Many times, when we think of innovation we think it means coming up with an entirely new product. Innovation can simply be selling old products in a new

Blog readers bag CFA Scholarship

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I am thrilled to announce that two blog readers were recently awarded CFA Scholarships . If you are a blog reader and were awarded, please let me know by sending me an email david@davidapaflo.com 2014 will definitely be a great year. You can get a whopping 10% discount on quality learning materials here by using the discount code BL11S

Rest in Peace Mandela - What do you really know about Mandela?

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I woke up this morning to the news of Mandela's death. With so many glowing tributes about Mandela, I know he was a great man. What he was great for, i probably didn't know. Oh yes i know he fought against apartheid, I know he wrote a lot in the book long walk to freedom but I haven't read that book! I know I am not alone. A lot of people are just shouting RIP Mandela simply because everybody is doing the same. If you are like me that doesn't really know much about Mandela, I suggest the following resources to help appreciate what Mandela fought for and represented. This way, his struggle would have not been in vain. Link 1 Link 2 Link 3 I also challenge you to live a life that can be celebrated while alive and when you die and more importantly in heaven. Cheers, DA

My Mckinsey Story - Part 3

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After 2 weeks, Mckinsey hadn’t contacted me and somewhere in my head I still had hope. After a month, I became apprehensive and sent emails to them and was told if I was successful they would contact me for the next round. Several months passed and I gave up hope and moved on with my life as I didn’t get any response howbeit of my success or failure. From that point on, any interview by a Nigerian company was very easy. I was over prepared. I ended up working with Vetiva Capital Management, (another great place to work in Nigeria), joining the 2012 ARM Young talent program (AYTP) and another investment bank shortly afterwards. So why didn’t I make it – My analysis 1. My responses perhaps weren’t well structured 2. The second interview was responsible 3. Maybe they had already filled the vacancy they had 4. Maybe I just wasn’t up to the Mckinsey standard 5. And of course, maybe it just was never meant to happen I didn’t make it in, but what I learnt has opened my eyes to

My Mckinsey Story - Part 2

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So you must have read the first part of this article where I had to estimate the dimensions of an airplane without any figures given to me. If you missed it, see it here . This is the sequel to the first part which contains a transcript of my second interview. Sadly, I didn’t make it through to the next round (reason why you are getting all these details – so you can get in) but I would also analyze why I think that didn’t happen in the third part and also answer some questions people have asked about the interview process. Let’s get straight to business. As part of feedback from my first interview , Fred mentions the following things to me: 1. Let there be a structure to all your responses . This means ensuring that your thought process is sequential, logical and organized. 2. Communicate without pauses. Don’t doubt your statements just go on and speak convincingly. 3. Think outside the box . When I asked you why airlines paint their planes, I expected something out of th