Catherine Lesetedi: Botswana’s Boss Woman

Botswana

Catherine Lesetedi is a graduate of Statistics from the University of Botswana. She has built a career in the insurance industry since she joined it in 1992. Currently, Catherine is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL).

She has built her career from scratch, and over the years, she has been adamant that adopting a flexible style of leadership is beneficial for leading an organization and getting the best out of her team.

Her career so far…

Looking at Lesetedi’s career, nothing about her story and her leadership principles and philosophies are ‘textbook’. Her style of leadership is pliable and acrobatic. It lends itself to whatever situation she and her team are in.

She’s extremely driven, open and open-minded, preferring to lead from behind, pushing her team forward, encouraging their gifts and honoring their intellect, allowing them to innovate, to grow and give to the business what she cannot.

Catherine maximizes on their strengths and makes sure that wherever there are gaps, there are people who are passionate, willing and able to execute and fill them.

Her journey there…

There is nothing predictable about Catherine Lesetedi. Even her choice of Statistics as a field to study at the University of Botswana (UB) was a bit of a wild card, even for her.

She describes it saying, “when we were making choices about what to study at varsity, we didn’t really know much about careers, to be honest with you, I didn’t know anything about Statistics until I got to the Department of Student Placement at the Ministry of Education.”

“I was late; my father and I had run out of fuel. By the time we arrived, I was out of breath, and I had forgotten my initial course choices. My brother, who I really admired, had studied Public Administration and Political Science, and that’s what I wanted.”

“They said that that weird combination didn’t exist, and told me that I was going to do Statistics and Demography.”

“If you think something is difficult, it becomes really difficult. If you think you can do it, sometimes you even surprise yourself.”
– Catherine Lesetedi,
CEO, BIHL Group

Her life experiences…

She studied Statistics at the University of Botswana, and even though her journey into that field was incidental, once there, she made the best of her situation, excelled and gleaned many things that she took forward with her into the rest of her life.

Certain experiences and her mindset set the stage for her early career and propelled her forward.

According to her, “in terms of decision-making, logical thinking, the confidence, and aptitude to learn; the program grounded me.”

“I may not use the formulas every day, but there are skills that I gained that I apply on a daily basis, even if I don’t recognize that ‘this is Statistics.”

The mathematical element empowered her to be able to engage with budgets and numbers, and not shy away from that aspect of whichever job she did.

Her philosophies for life…

All of the disciplines in the world are interrelated, so having a good understanding of what is going on across the board is beneficial for one; especially if a young woman wants to build herself up and build her career.

This is something she practices herself because, throughout the course of her career, she has gradually improved upon her leadership skills, attending leadership courses and taking on the responsibility of self-improvement.

Doing this has encouraged her to take a deeper look at herself; what drives her and pushes her beyond her own limitations. This outlook has put her in good stead as a leader, as someone who encourages others, ensuring that they are able to get the best out of what they need to do.

As a mentor, both personally and professionally, the story that she tells, the
example that she sets, is one of “show up and do your best.”

Ms. Lesetedi is big on recognizing talent and putting it to good use within the BIHL Group. These are some of the elements that make her up as a woman, as a leader, and these are some of the things that she has imparted to her mentees.


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Top 5 ways a Diverse Workplace can Help Companies Thrive


Leading companies know that having a diverse workplace and culture is the key to boosting employee morale.

As the workforce demographics shift and global markets emerge, workplace diversity becomes harder to ignore. Companies are beginning to see its importance and are beginning to embrace it.

What you need to know about workplace diversity…

The word ‘diversity’ connotes different things. It could be age, gender, race, color or even culture.

A diverse workplace represents an inclusive company. It is important to the employers that employees feel like they make a significant contribution to the organization using their unique qualities.

If organizations want to improve their competitive advantage, they must learn to manage a diverse workforce.

A diverse organization creates a positive image for businesses as it shows inclusivity and equal employment opportunities. 

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1. Increased exposure

A highly diversified workplace comprises of people from different culture and backgrounds.

This gives room for increased exposure as employees learn from each other.

2. Innovation

Inclusive companies are 1.7 times more likely to be innovation leaders in their market. You can never run out of ideas when you have a diverse team.

Why? This is b Juditecause they all bring something to the table. Having different cultural backgrounds means the way they think differ; the beliefs that shape their thoughts are not the same.

This vast difference, even between gender breeds innovation.

Creative concepts are born out of each one offering a solution or suggestion. People from different backgrounds have different experiences and perspectives. This leads to creativity. 

3. Grows the organization’s talent pool

Embracing diversity means you’ll attract a large number of candidates from all walks of life. These are people well versed in different diverse skills set and knowledge.

As the number of candidates increases, the chances of finding a suitable candidate will increase too.

4. Employee retention

Who doesn’t want to work for a company that embraces diversity? They don’t discriminate but accept employees from all backgrounds. In the long run, this promotes quality and boosts the morale of the employee.

5. Employee performance

The chances of being happy in an environment that is open and inclusive are higher than one which isn’t.

Employees are more likely to feel comfortable, happy and safe in an organization that embraces diversity. This boosts the confidence of the employee as they feel confident in putting their best.

The higher your employee’s morale, the more productive he or she is.

Organizations who have a range of employees enjoy the benefits of having a broad skill set and experience. All of these gives the company an advantage over others. 


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POSITIONING YOURSELF FOR THE JOB MARKET

For any job posted out there, there are several candidates interested in it. Some of these candidates will be as qualified as you are, others are less qualified than you are, while several others are even more so.

So how do you stand out from the crowd?

With such a myriad of challenges, you need to sell yourself by indicating why the company should consider you than your competitors.

Most people feel uncomfortable with the notion of selling themselves, but it is very essential. If you don’t fight for yourself, who will?

Here are a few pointers on how to place yourself at the top of the ladder when searching for a job.

Set your USP

What is that unique thing that you promise to bring to the organization that other candidates don’t have?

Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is part of your brand name.

As such, you need to be careful when picking what exactly makes you tick and stand out in a pool of competitors.

Develop your brand

There is no better way to emphasize the need to develop your brand.

While you could go all out with witty tweets and posts, you do not have to feel pressured to do this. A few tricks, such as having a career statement/ objective could work.

Your statement might be as follows: “A highly motivated and technically competent communication expert with strong interpersonal skills and proven record in writing, and editing seeking to empower individuals and communities through storytelling”.

In an effort to build your network, be clear about your goals and what you are searching for.

Depending on your background, you can create your career statement to complement your brand. You could use this statement on your CV or on your LinkedIn profile.

Create an online presence

Ensure that you create an online presence that supports your brand.

One good example is LinkedIn – where you not only have an opportunity to sell your skills and talent but also expose yourself to those who are hiring.

If you are a writer, photographer, or a person who needs a portfolio create shareable samples and post on your social media.

You have the option to create a blog or a website that details your experiences and credentials. Alternatively, you could utilize free-to-use platforms such as LinkedIn’s Medium among others.

Get yourself referred

With the world becoming interconnected (a global village), more and more people are relying on recommendations to get what they are seeking.

Recommendations can come from family, friends, colleagues, classmates, or acquaintances.

If you are interested in a particular job within a particular industry, find out among those that you associate with who could recommend you.

In an effort to build your network, be clear about your goals and what you are searching for.

Attend job fairs, alumni events, or workshops that could expose you to even more people.

Be Flexible

We all want things to go according to our plan. Unfortunately, this always isn’t the case.

Don’t give up though. Accommodate flexibility in your plans to avoid disappointments.

Initially, you might not get your desired salary, but instead of rejecting the job offer try negotiating it.

If you are sure the value you are bringing to the company can fetch you a good package, then stick to the salary package.

As you seek a job either as a graduate or just changing jobs, apply these to convince your employer that you are the right candidate for the job.

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Meet The Motherland Moguls Shattering Glass Ceilings at Filmhouse cinemas

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform”.
Although each woman has the power inside her to be able to achieve all these things, they can also be dependent on her environment. Filmhouse cinemas creates the environment to allow women to easily create, be able to nurture and to transform into the best we can be, and not see our gender as an impediment…but rather as an advantage. At Filmhouse cinemas, women are equally positioned for opportunities, growth, all-round progress and each of them plays crucial parts in driving the success of the business. Therefore, celebrating women goes beyond just a day earmarked to celebrate women. However, International Women’s Day is the day to crown all our women who are visionaries, dogged, ambitious and would not settle for less. With phenomenal women maintaining the helms of leadership at various levels of the business, to working countless times with female movie executives, it is impossible to overlook how impactful the women are in spearheading groundbreaking movie marketing campaigns, to co-producing box office hits, human resource management and guest services to match international standards, the Filmhouse woman is able to manage personal life and work is able to “Balance for Better”. In celebration of International Women’s day, the ladies of Filmhouse share their experiences and advice for women looking to dive into the movie marketing industry.

 Lolu Desalu – Head of Marketing

“I serve a team of 17 people within 6 spheres of the marketing department of Filmhouse Cinemas. The design, sales, digital marketing, brand marketing, media marketing, and events management teams.

The most interesting part of my work is…

Working closely in partnership with some of the biggest and best companies in the world and brainstorming with my amazing team members. If you’ve seen marketing teams in films/sitcoms during their brainstorm sessions, that is just a tip of an iceberg in comparison to ours. It’s seriously one of the best parts of my week.

Ladun Awobokun – Co-Head, Theatrical Distribution

“We’re shifting a mindset, and that, no matter how you think about it, is revolutionary. However, that is our superpower – the fact that we as women, can actually work ten times harder, twenty times smarter, and multi-task through it all, in sky-high heels. It doesn’t matter what industry you want to work in or how many caps you want to wear. You can do it all”.

How I promote the brand with my role…

One of the key focus areas in my role is empowerment and mentorship. The Filmhouse Group is known for its people. Without people, there is no brand. In addition, critical to my role is managing and growing our existing relationship with industry stakeholders; in particular, our licensors Warner Bros & Fox. The opportunity of partnering with these parties on such a broad scale provides much value exposure to the brand, and in turn, strengthens our offering and ensures a service that is based on trust, reliability, and excellence.

Mimi Bartels – Head of Accounts, Nollywood & Independent Films

“My job is really not about the glam. Do I meet amazing celebrities? Yes. Do I go to premieres? Double Yes! But the amount of work that goes behind the business of film is NOT glamorous at all”.

One interesting fact about me, and my job role…

Most people see me and don’t know I handle a One Billion Naira generating account or handled 70-90% of Nollywood’s most successful films of 2016-2018 and such films like – Wedding Party 1/2, Chief Daddy, Merry Men, King of Boys.  All these films were under my account and my job was to make sure we hit those targets”. This job has taught me to be humble, to be diplomatic, to be fierce, to be honest, and most importantly to be me. I have the best and most supportive line managers and the best team.

Ozioma Sammie-Okposo – HR Manager

“We cannot talk about strategy at Filmhouse without delving into our values which are – Trust, Passion, Ownership, and Innovation. These are the guiding principle that has helped my department in shaping the Filmhouse limited and pushing the brand”.

How my work impacts society at large…

My work does have a rippling effect because we help create jobs and reduce unemployment in the society as we have sites in Lagos, Akure, Dugbe, Samonda, Benin, Port-Harcourt and Kano. Also, our team across the site helps with guests and giving guests good services. We are also driven by the need to continue discovering new and innovative ways of creating inspiring experiences, delivering world-class service and bringing the magic of cinema to life.

Tolu Senbore  – Branch Manager at Filmhouse Cinemas, Lekki

“I don’t think the reason I need to work harder in the industry is based on my gender. It’s not even a criteria for me. I only want to work harder because there is relevance that my person and role as a business manager requires and must communicate and it is one of the ways I appraise myself”.

My one advice to females who hope to start a career in the cinema industry

Behind the lights, cameras, glitz, and glam lies HARD WORK! Be open to all the opportunities and do not be afraid to ask for help.

Tomilola Bukola Ayeni – Legal Officer

“There is pressure coming from all sides to be the best you can be, both at home and in the corporate world, this is why women should celebrate themselves and society should also celebrate them as well. “Pop that champagne girl, you deserve it”.

The most interesting part of my work…

Every day I am faced with a new set of challenges I think I cannot overcome. But when members of my team push me to act on those things, and I eventually overcome them it gives me an abundant sense of accomplishment which is so fantastic. The free tickets to shows and movies do not hurt either LOL.

Osho Vivian Olajumoke – Branch Manager

“Build up yourself in every way to prepare for achieving great things and while at this try not to think about being a woman too much but rather try to be the best person you can be and being the best at your job”.

Key strategies my role plays in pushing the Filmhouse brand…

I’m into core operations in one of our biggest sites, and basically the first line of contact with the customers.

The key strategies include upholding our company’s values, delivery high standard of customer service, creating “Filmhouse memorable experiences” In the minds of our customers thereby garnering customer loyalty and influencing repeated visits.

Itohan Izugbokwe – Sales Lead and Accounts Manager 

“Some journeys are incredible. You start out in one place, believing you have a complete sense of where you’re headed, then you end up in another place”.

How my background prepared me for my current role…

It’s been 9 years of acceleration and sharp bends. From starting out in customer service in a mid-size establishment in New York to coming back to Nigeria and starting off in Oil & Gas, to ICT, to Digital Media. And now, to Filmhouse Cinemas. While paths change, the vehicle that has stayed with me in all this time is client relationship skills. Nothing as propelled me throughout my career than the obsessive need to fulfill one purpose. Always providing value.

Odezi Onyeke – Business Manager Filmhouse, Surulere

“One of the most interesting parts of this job is meeting new people daily, it is both exciting and challenging and the movies too. I have now become the encyclopedia of movies to families and friends. Need an update about movies? I’m your girl”.

On how to become successful in this line of work…

The only way you can be successful in this line of work is through dedication and passion. I’m very passionate about what I do and this drives me to want to succeed more. Also having a very supportive and understanding partner who is tuned with your goals plays a huge role in your success.

Stephanie Dan-Okafor – Guest Services & Branch Manager 

“If I could say anything to my younger self, I would tell her to stop tracking the A’s. She should focus on finding ways to improve herself so as to gain a competitive advantage”.

On how my career at Filmhouse began…

I began my career at Filmhouse cinemas as a Guest Services Executive. Over time, I was promoted to the Guest Services Manager position for Filmhouse cinemas Lekki. Starting off at Filmhouse cinemas, I had the best support system; in all my years of experience, I’d never seen people genuinely go out of their way to make sure you succeed. Senior management regularly called to ensure I was transitioning into my new role properly, I was asked whether I was satisfied with my job so many times that I almost panicked thinking I was giving the wrong answers. I am now the Branch Manager at the newly opened Filmhouse cinemas Oniru-Twin Waters, in addition to my role as the Guest Services Manager for Filmhouse Cinemas Lekki.
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FCMB Launches Hub One – A tech-themed co-working space in Nigeria

The Nigerian Tech industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the years. Many innovative ideas, platforms and more have been developed, which have provided more job opportunities.

However, certain infrastructural gaps created a need for affordable tech spaces and enabling environment where tech start-ups can thrive, collaborate and share ideas without having to deal with exorbitant overhead costs.

To address those gaps, FCMB has created Hub One, a tech-themed co-working space. Hub One is a space that allows for partnerships, collaborations, and possible investments.

It is a professional office space with unlimited internet, constant power supply, free coffee and a community of like minds. Speaking at the official launch of Hub One, Adam Nuru, Managing Director of FCMB, said the Bank recognizes and believes in the power of technology and youth-driven enterprises. He assured the public that FCMB will continue to invest in initiatives that support and develop Tech start-ups in Nigeria.

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According to Bukola Smith, Executive Director, Business Development, FCMB “Hub One is designed to engage the Tech ecosystem as a means of providing solutions for today and the future’’.

She further stated that the Bank intends to create physical and virtual hubs across the nation over the next few years.

 Situated in the heart of Yaba, Lagos, Hub One which is created in partnership with Passion Incubator, is a conducive environment designed to foster collaboration and drive creativity within Nigeria’s tech start-up ecosystem.

Olufunbi Falayi, CEO of Leadspace by Passion Incubator commended FCMB for the initiative. He disclosed that “Hub One provides the necessary infrastructure for tech start-ups, as well as capacity building events, to enable them to focus their limited resources on their business development.

Routinely, Hub One will host several incubation programmes, hackathons and pitches to support and provide a platform for tech start-ups

For FCMB, Hub One is more than just a physical location, it’s a vision. A vision that supports the aspirations of Nigeria’s tech start-ups to attain their full potential.

First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited is a member of FCMB Group Plc, which is one of the leading financial services institutions in Nigeria with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their respective segments.

Having successfully transformed to a retail banking and wealth management-led group, FCMB expects to continue to distinguish itself through innovation and the delivery of exceptional services.

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9 Great Internship Opportunities for Students in 2019

Across colleges all over the world, students are encouraged to take educational transfers to other schools or gain work experience through a number of programs.

All geared towards building new skills, meeting new people and improving on coursework. Doing an internship serves many purposes, including giving you real-world experience that will serve you well when you finish college and enter the workforce.

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While considering the right place for your internship, you should ensure to examine all opportunities available to students which can make up their Internship semester.

Below are 9 options and opportunities for IT students and for parents looking to recommend these upcoming opportunities below to recommend to your college kids for their Educational exchange or IT semester.

Use a Job Board

Job boards and forums like Indeed and NGCareers list opportunities available by companies looking for interns.

These are easy to apply to and provide a slew of opportunities from all over the country and the world.

Residency opportunities

Every year platforms like Chimamanda Adichie writing Farafina workshop.

Art noise residency programs also offer a number of programs for students graduate and postgraduate alike throughout the year. You can sign up to either of these to get alerts on new residency opportunities.

Online Experience/working from home

Websites like fiverr.com and upwork.com provide opportunities for people who want to earn money from home. While these tend to give more freelance options, they also serve as great options for IT students.

Volunteer writing

Platforms like The Sole Adventurer and She Leads Africa have regular openings for volunteer writers.  Having such brands on your resume can help boost your CV and give you the opportunity to publish your thoughts and hone your writing skills.

You can also intern at She Leads Africa, and gain hands-on experience on how to work with a diverse team and navigate the training period in a fast-paced company.

Short Practical Courses

Another option for your IT semester is to take a short-term course in a practical course like baking, catering or fashion design that not only allows you an opportunity to learn practical skills, but also a great opportunity for you to earn an additional skill that can make you money immediately.

International Volunteering

You can become a United Nations volunteer through the UN Volunteers platform which provides a slew of opportunities for students and graduates alike to volunteer and gain work experience as well as meet new people from different parts of the world.

Entrepreneurship

With business registration now easier than ever, your holiday period presents a good opportunity for you to try your hand at entrepreneurship!

Look into setting up a small scale business and creating an opportunity not only for you but for others.

Cryptocurrency Trading

Cryptocurrency is currently at an all-time high, with bitcoin getting to over $30,000 = B1 during the end of 2017. Try your hand at trading in this new way for little to nothing and explore the opportunity of making more.

There are varying classes on meetup offering free bitcoin classes and meetings to get you started.

Investment

Investing is also another opportunity to learn and earn money. While this is significantly more difficult and requires some money on hand, there are investment options that anyone can hop on.

Pork money which is a great way to invest in agriculture, gain new experience in investment as well as make more money.Not to mention pork agriculture investment runs a fairly short cycle.

These are a number of options that would ensure that students do not miss out on or waste their Internship Training opportunity as the skills, knowledge, and experience you gain through an internship are fast becoming one of the most important things that employers consider when they hire.

You’d be doing yourself a real disservice by not seeking out an internship opportunity before you graduate.


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4 Reasons why an effective On-boarding process will help you keep your employees

On-boarding is a process of integrating a new employee into the organization. We all mistake Induction for On-boarding, while the former ends in one day. Onboarding usually lasts for about six months till a year depending on the company.

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Here are some things to note about onboarding:   

1. A good Induction is the first step to retaining your employee.

Induction shouldn’t be just a storytelling session about the company rather it should integrate the staff to the company’s vision which will enable them to run with it.

You would save yourself a lot of headache in micromanaging your employees if you can ensure they are well aligned with the vision. Induction shouldn’t be one-off, there should be a frequent induction program which should cascade to each department and roles.

2. It helps employees think like a business owner

Empowering an employee through an effective onboarding process to think and act like the CEO would go a long way in retention and business growth.

The mindset of a CEO is much more than completing tasks or meeting up with deadlines; it’s about the growth of the business.

Each employee should be able to align their functions with the growth and success of the company.   

3. It protects and improves your company culture

A good company culture improves employee productivity which in turns drives business growth. An underlying factor for an organization’s culture lies in its Values and purpose.

I’m talking about the REAL core value that forms the basis of major decisions and strategy. A proper communication during the onboarding process will prevent future cluelessness by an employee in the future.

4. Having a documented process to drive uniformity makes it more effective.

It’s not enough to assume to think that line managers are helping the employees integrate better. Documenting the process starting from the induction and ensuring line managers are held accountable for following the process makes it effective.

I have realized that the competency of the person managing the process goes a long way so Training is advised.

With this points of mine, I hope I’ve been able to convince you why you need to revisit your onboarding process or create one if you never one before now.

This article was written by Yewande Jinadu


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How to Hire an Attorney for Your Business

For the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the number of female entrepreneurs in Africa. In the 2017 MasterCard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE) report, Uganda – as one of the only two low-income economies to be included in the report – had the greatest number of female-run businesses in the world, which corresponds to 34.8%. The country even superseded high-income countries like New Zealand (33.3%), Australia (32.4%), and Russia (32.6%).

2017 has been an amazing year for many African women who chose to take the entrepreneurial path, so as in 2018. If you’re thinking of launching your own business, now is the time to do so.

There are many kinds of business that require very small capital, some you can even start from home. Sometimes, a loan can help you get started if your savings are not enough.

Why Should You Hire an Attorney?

You’ve got a great business plan. A great product. A great concept. But how do you transform all your ideas into a tangible, operational business that is headed for success?

Of course, you need help from the professionals.

You probably have thought about hiring an accountant already. The reasons are pretty obvious. You need someone to help you with your books, make sure you’ve got the numbers right, and manage all your business taxes.

But how about an attorney? You probably haven’t thought about it yet. Or maybe, you think that it’s too soon to get one.

But the truth is that you will most likely need a good business attorney at every aspect of your business, from ensuring that you meet all the requirements set by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to organize your business (what type of business is most suitable for you as well as your tax structure), getting copyright and trademark advice, and many more.

And as your business grows, a good attorney can help you carry out your expansion plans, understand the tax consequences of any changes with your business structure, prepare and execute contracts with your customers, suppliers and business partners, and file or deal with a lawsuit.

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Hiring an attorney is essential to achieving your business goals. Check out the following tips and suggestions in order to find the best lawyer to help you:

1. Look for an attorney who specializes in business law

Like doctors, attorneys are becoming increasingly specialized these days. Some specialize in family law, others in criminal law or real estate law.

Basically, you want to hire the attorney who has the experience and skills with corporate and mercantile laws. He or she should be skilled with making contracts, familiar with various business structures, understand real estate (you might have leasing issues for your commercial space), experienced with tax and licensing matters, etc.

Depending on the nature of your business, you will also need other legal services. For instance, if you’re into media, design or any other creative type of business, you will need a lawyer who will help you get copyright protection for your work.

2. Look for an attorney who is familiar with your industry

He or she may not know every aspect of the industry you’re in, but the right lawyer should be at least familiar with it. Don’t forget to check the track record of the lawyers you are considering.

He or she should have a pretty good understanding of the industry’s ins and outs. Also, make sure that the lawyer does not represent any of your competitors.

The last thing you want to happen is to have your confidential business info leaked to your competitors.

3. Find someone who educates

A good attorney does not just give you the results you want. He or she also keeps you well-informed about the legal concerns your business is facing.

The attorney should be willing to educate you and your staff about your current legal needs and situations, how it affects your business, and how similar problems can be prevented in the future.

Your lawyer should also be proactive about updating you with recent policies or changes in existing policies that affect your business.

4. Get a good attorney who charges a reasonable fee

Most lawyers charge an hourly rate, but some do a fixed rate. Good lawyers are willing to negotiate with their fees without compromising the quality of their services.

Choose an attorney who is flexible with his billing. It is not all the time that you will need his or her services so paying monthly or hiring a company lawyer may not be a strategic idea yet, especially if you are just starting your business.

Hiring an attorney for your business should not be that complicated as long as you keep all these suggestions in mind.

Once you found the right one, keeping a good relationship with your attorney is the key to ensuring that he or she will be there when you need help.


This article was written by Lidia Staron

Lidia Staron is a part of Content and Marketing team at OpenCashAdvance.com. She contributes articles about the role of finance in the strategic planning and decision-making process. You can find really professional insights in her writings.

4 major problems that may arise at work and how to fix them

Our work environment affects our happiness, productivity, and success. Through my experiences and discussions with colleagues, I understand how different workplaces can affect you positively and negatively.

I hope this article will help you consider whether the environment you’re in or want to enter is the best fit for you.

If you’ve been contemplating whether you are in the right place or not, I have some key points to share with you. 

Here are some problems you may face at work and how to overcome them:

1. Low Employee Retention

 

If you’ve done research on an organization and as you enter, you realize that most employees are new, that can affect how you fit in the workplace. At times, for certain start-up environments, the case of low employee retention is prevalent.

The structure in a start-up environment is different. Therefore, when you make the decision to enter an organization where the employees are relatively new, you have to consider what your main goals are and what you hope to bring in and achieve in the company.

It’s best for you to take this into consideration before you make a decision. You should be prepared for how you can fit into the role and the organization.

Other times, an organization might have low employee retention due to the work environment.

In the past at a job I worked for, I noticed that a majority of employees were new. I remember a co-worker told me that there’s a “revolving door” in the organization. As the months rolled by, I understood why.

There was a lot of negativity in the office.

Through discussion with my colleagues, I found out that most like myself were unhappy and also seeking a different employment. After I left that work environment, I got to later find out that a majority of the people I worked with were no longer there. They found new opportunities.

 

If you’re about to take a new job, I suggest you ask in a subtle way about the duration of stay for the employee who was in the role you want to take. Or you can ask about how long other employees have been with the company.

2. Lack of free speech/ expression of ideas  

 

One of my favorite work environments was when I was an intern at the university. I had the opportunity to work as an editorial intern for a magazine.

What I enjoyed about the internship was my boss. She created a very open environment where I was encouraged to present my ideas and actively participate. Due to the fact that I could feel that my superior was encouraging and wanted me to progress, I was able to accomplish quite a lot.

Now, I’ve been in other environments where I could tell that the structure was rigid. You don’t feel open to discuss your ideas and your superiors show no interest in your growth or progress.

Though one can still thrive in such an environment, I don’t necessarily believe that it helps you to be very productive. You also won’t be able to feel content in your workplace because there’s no good rapport with those you work with.

However, if you notice such issues in an environment where you want to advance in, a way to fix such issues would be speaking up.

You will have to make an effort to express your ideas and opinion. This matters because unless somethings are spoken out, not everyone will be able to pick up on whether there is a problem or issue to be addressed.

3. Constant Tension in the Office

 

In any workplace, there are going to be days where you might feel some pressure. Pressure in the workplace is normal because different situations arise and demands have to be met. However, if you’re in a workplace that there is constant tension among co-workers, that is not a good sign. I was in a work environment where through meetings, I could always sense and see the bickering from disgruntled staff.

Human Resources had to arrange a meeting and numerous co-workers expressed their dissatisfaction.

If you are feeling a constant tension in your workplace, it would be best to bring it up to your superior or take it to the Human Resources department.

The HR professionals often address the issues of how the management and staff communicate. They can advise you and co-workers on how to resolve issues.

 

4. You Always Leave Work Feeling Emotionally Drained

 

Yes, work is just a part of our lives. I’m aware that you can’t seek to find complete happiness at work. But if you always feel terribly sad at the thought of going to work and if it drains you, that’s a big issue.

I remember a co-worker told me about her experience of being deeply unhappy at the job. She said she would spend her mornings crying because she knew she had to go to work.

After work, she said she could not stop complaining to family members and friends about the workplace.

Her negative work environment was seeping into her personal life because that’s all she could think about. Fortunately, this co-worker/ my friend obtained a new job. Not only does she say she is much happier, I can see it through her demeanor and through the conversation.

If most days at work are making you negative, you have to consider why? Be able to question why you are feeling negative about your work environment. If it has to do with the specific work, communicate with your superior a challenge you might be encountering.

They could provide you with some resources to make things efficient. If the negative emotions are due to the people around, also be open to communicate that with a mentor or your HR. They could best advise you on how to move forward.

However, If most days at work are causing you depression, you have to consider if that’s the right environment for you?

Have you had an experience with problems in the workplace? What were the signs, and how did you rectify such issues?


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Christine Jawichre: The journey from intern to CEO

Christine Jawichre at 32 is the newly appointed CEO of Blue Platinum Events. An events agency in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her journey began at the same company as an intern 8 years before and through hard work and dedication.

She along with an amazing team at Blue Platinum Events have dominated incredible once in a lifetime experiential events in and out of South Africa.

Outside of events, she is passionate about women and seeing more African women step into positions of leadership and having a voice.

In this interview with Cindy Leah, Christine talks about managing an events company and developing winning strategies for the business.


What challenges do you come across from a management point of view as an events company CEO?

We come across all kinds of challenges across the event’ing landscape – being onsite at an event or back at the office. Events are crazy, sometimes you’re and other times you’re just not winning.

That is a real onsite challenge. At the office, we can be dealing with anything from sourcing out potential clients and ensuring that you have the right teams to execute the right events.

Another thing will be continuous client relationship management and ensuring that we stick to the 18 year standard behind the brand. Keeping abreast if not ahead of the creative curve and ahead of the competition is also very challenging.

Blue Platinum is a brand to be reckoned with, I say that with no ignorance, there are always challenges but we rather focus on who we are and what we can do. We put our heads down and let the work speak for itself.

Christine Jawichre, CEO of @blueplatevents talks about managing an events company and creating a winning comcept for clients Click To Tweet

What is it like working around your director – Lee Den Hond?

Working with Lee is an absolute pleasure. She is a powerhouse, truly an incredible woman and human. She is like a walking billboard of inspiration. You cannot help but be inspired by her story and her positive energy.

I believe that she is one of the greatest leaders in this country, a person who truly embodies the idea that nothing is impossible.

She saw something special in me when we met all those years ago, a young girl that was hungry for life and till today she remains one of my biggest supporters.

Blue Platinum Events is an all-woman events team, was that intentional?

The all-woman team was not intentional, but, there is a powerhouse full of incredible women who work for the company.

The event industry was one of the most challenging jobs on earth, up there with jobs such as Enlisted military personnel, airport controller, airline pilots, firefighters, and police.

One of the hardest challenges is being able to make multiple decisions at the same time or else the whole place burns down….no pun intended.

Events are very hard. Period. And on our scale, events are crazy hard. It takes a lot of guts and drives to push yourself through the process. These girls on the team,….they have that!

What are the top criteria you look for when hiring someone new to the team?

Hard work!

Another thing will be experienced in running high-end events. Can they fit in with team and vice versa? We have a small team so our team dynamics are super important.

Last but not least, do they embody the essence of our brand.

What does it take to create a winning concept?

Creative chops. Some concepts come easier than others but there is a lot of work that goes into creating any pitch. We start with team brainstorming session to get onto an initial idea.

After that, we bring in relevant partners who assist with bringing the paper idea to life. Especially from a visual and physical perspective.

A ton of research follows to ensure that we create a world-class experience for our guests. This process can take weeks or sometimes just a day or so- depending on the budget and the client’s needs

Who’s the biggest brand you’ve worked with?

We have worked with some incredible local and international brands over the years. Our biggest and best brand to date (after an 18-year relationship) is still Mercedes- Benz South Africa.

We have done some incredible events, launches, conference, international trips and endless other events with these guys. We’ve just completed a month-long event series for the C-Class launch.

The C-Class is the only Mercedes- Benz manufactured in South Africa (for all the countries in the world) thus it is a flagship product.

The event was targeted at Media, Dealer Principals, Sales Execs amongst others and saw us conceptualize and create a World’s First. We created Mercedes-Benz World. Just an incredible once in a lifetime type of event.

Do you think there’s a lack of variety or opportunities for women in this industry?

There are definitely opportunities for women in this industry. The event industry is a fast growing and ever moving space, I do believe that there is a space for creative people with a real passion for events to succeed

What’s your turnover on a crazy successful year?

That varies, some years are more industry-friendly than others. Conservative estimate – 50 mill.

As a new mother, and a company CEO, what are your hours typically like in a day?

The beauty of this industry is that no 2 days are typically alike. We are either on the move, in meetings all day or doing admin at the office.

I try my best to stick to a 9-4 on not so busy days, that way I can run home for bath and bedtime with my little one. On busy days it can be anything like 6 am – 2 am or whatever else madness. Like I said, hard work.

What inspires you?

  • Happy people.
  • Good energy. Purpose.
  • When a person knows who they are in this life and live in full embrace of their purpose…That inspires me.

These are the things that inspire me.


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