Showing posts from February, 2016

Mentor Monday - Episode 1 : Progression

I have quite a number of people (mentors) whom I seek wisdom and guidance from at Intervals. For the next 9 weeks, I would share some key lessons I have learnt from these amazing people on Mondays.  I remember one day sharing with my mentor  Yemi Sanni  about how I just had a great year in business and was wondering if I could do it again. He sat me down and told me a very short story that has forever changed my perspective. He said "When I was in Primary 2, I would walk past the Primary 4 class and see the maths they were solving on the board. It would look so difficult and I would wonder how I would manage to pass maths when I get to Primary 4 but then I got to Primary 4  and not only did I understand the maths at that level, I was topping the class" The lesson sank in clearly. Some things in life are about progression. Doing stage 1 well helps you succeed at stage 2. This advice has been one I constantly remember and YES, I had another fantastic ye

Why Cards Episode 2

So I told you guys in my last episode of Why cards that I learnt this stuff from my sister. I got her to give my readers a dose of her witty insights. enJOY (Her name is Joy...pun intended) Q: Why greeting cards? A: They are cheap and save you the breath Q: Why movies? A: You can live many lives in a few hours Q: Why machines? A: They don’t get tired Q: Why doormen? A: People don’t like to enter a place unnoticed Q: Why make up and perfumes? A: They are masks Q: Why Zoos? A: Saves travel time to have the animals in one place. Q: Why shower stands? A: It is like rain Q: Why do people keep long hair? A: It’s a covering Q: Why write blogs? A: You get to keep a public diary Q: Why do we pay taxes? A: For benefit of the public or not, depending on who collects it. Q: Why build a career? A: Become a ‘Jack’ of one trade Q: Why do we use pressing irons? A: To imitate the look of new clothes Q: Why build

CFA @ 23!!! Interview with CFA Wizkid - Folashade Odejayi

This is the part where I get to famz. I and Shade (Flash as she is popularly called) were in the same graduating set in Unilag and we also worked together at Vetiva for a while. We also took our first CFA exams at the same time but while I went on to fail, she has gone on blazing the trail and now gives us clues to lead us in our quest for the revered CFA designation.  In August 2015, she passed the final level of the CFA exams and in this interview, she tells us how she was able to do it at 23 and also shares some useful insights - DA.  Tell us about yourself (Education & Work background) – Thank you David. I studied Finance in the University of Lagos…finished with a good degree too. Since then, I have worked as a research intern at Vetiva Capital Management. I did this for 3 months after which I had to serve at a private school in Festac, Lagos. Once I was done with this, I decided to further my education and just generally build on my knowledge base, so I enrolled i

Startups and Maternity Leave

A female colleague at my startup recently informed me about her wedding plans later in the year. After congratulating her and assuring her of my commitment to attend, the costs of this news began to dawn on me. As the business leader, I am responsible for the financial management of the firm and so I deal with costs everyday. Aside from the cost of buying her a befitting wedding gift, I began to think long-term about the other costs. Her upcoming wedding means approximately nine months from that time, we are likely to expect her to turn in a request for maternity leave. Now this is where things get tricky. Asides the fact that a key member of our team would be away for a long time, this maternity leave is also a paid leave. With startups, policies get formulated along the way. They are never all in place from day one. We did not have a maternity leave policy so we needed one! I must confess, the thought of one of my staff members needing maternity leave never crossed my mind