Gbenga Awomodu Speaks on #CareerLessons

Career Lessons

On Sunday, October 5th, 2014, I was the Guest on Career Wise Consults (@careerwisenig)’s weekly ‘tweetmeet’, #CareerLessons where I shared some lessons/insights from my career journey so far. While I have not been around for a long time yet, it felt very important that some people would find these observations useful in their respective journeys. I have embedded the tweets below for your easy reference, especially if you missed the live twitter discussions.

Please let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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#Audacity2Lead | Leveraging New Media for Influence – Tweet recap

Before I start today’s post, I want to thank you all for welcoming me back to blogging. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be tweaking a number of things on this blog. As you would have observed by now, there’s a new design/look and feel. Please bear with me as I conclude the work of restructuring and remodeling over the next couple of weeks and months.

Last Saturday, I spoke at the #Audacity2Lead Conference and it was such a lovely time sharing a few tips with the audience. I have reproduced the tweets below. I also gave out an e-book after the session. Enjoy!  xoxo

Books | A Review of Chude Jideonwo’s “Are we the turning point generation?”

Are we the turning point generation?

Title: Are we the turning point generation?

Author: Chude Jideonwo

ISBN: 978-978-52058-7-9

Pages: 187

Publisher: Kachifo Limited (Under its Kamsi imprint)

Year of Publication: 2014

Category: Non-fiction – Essays, Leadership, Governance, Nation building

Everyone has said something about Nigeria’s numerous problems and opportunities. There’s nothing new under the Sun. Nevertheless, for the ignorant, the forgetful, the curious, the historians and the curators of knowledge, Chude Jideonwo has written a collection of short, engaging essays, speeches if you like, that his generation, the one before, and the ones to come should take seriously.

In “Are we the turning point generation?” Chude – arguably one of Nigeria’s most influential young people below 30 – x-rays the past of our beloved country with boldness and wit beyond his age. He borrows a leaf from some of Chinua Achebe’s most important works; highlights Lee Kuan Yew’s narrative on Singapore; plus stories from Israel and China. He is unashamed and fearless to tell the truth.

“Government is the single most important force for change in any society – print that and paste it on your door if you want to do something to change your country,” he writes. That’s a simple, sound and insightful piece of advice. It took me several years to realize how the wrong people in government can sabotage the most brilliant of ideas from private and non-governmental initiatives.

Chude acknowledges the relevance of activists, freedom fighters, the opposition, radical lawyers, dogged journalists and progressive clergymen in governance; nevertheless he emphasizes the equally crucial need for competent and vision-driven individuals with the capacity to transform the government from within. “Many capable leaders will be flawed and will have undesirable attributes, but Bola Tinubu need not be flawless if he could create the political environment for a visionary like Babatunde Fashola,” he argues.

“Nations are not changed by the innocent and the unscarred, and people who have an unblemished record. In reality such people do not exist…”

He questions the existence of “the Nigerian dream” – whatever that means – and cautions against neglecting the country’s peculiarities as a nation and the dangers of outright transplantation of ideas and solutions from other parts of the world.

“How is it that perfectly reasonable and principled people get into the Nigerian government and suddenly begin to speak in tongues that normal people cannot understand? How come what is crystal clear to everybody else is not at all clear to those who make and drive public policy? Governance should be made unattractive to those who only want the easy life. Our government is one continuous owambe party, and it’s time for the music to stop.”

Chude is sharp and crisp as he sets aside sentiments whilst highlighting the failures and successes of some of our country’s past and present leaders. “Mr. Ribadu was clearly not a politician and didn’t have the skill set to convince, to persuade, to influence, maybe even to inspire. It was like watching a train wreck… the failure of his candidacy was spectacular. Mr. Ribadu was a fine public official, a model for effectiveness in service that has and will inspire a whole new generation – that much remains.”

He draws important lessons from these examples as he urges Nigerians to continue to ask the right questions and identify and support people with an agenda for our country – one of competence, development and nation building.

The headline question remains: Could our generation, Generation Y, be that critical generation in which Nigeria takes a decisive turn and step into the reality of the ever-elusive dream of a Nigeria that works like the most advanced of economies? “The young have it in them to be as clueless and as corrupt and as close-minded as the old. Our social media savvy and general openness to technology will not by itself save us.”

Chude does not pretend to have all the solutions. He presents a 52-point road map for incremental change as an alternative to forceful radical change. However, the onus lies on each one of us to step up and save our nation. “We are all we’ve got, and this should be the turning point generation. Let’s keep faith. If we stumble, let’s rise. When we fall, let’s rebound. Let’s refuse to let Nigeria go; let’s insist that it must work.” I agree.

Originally published on BellaNaija.com.

#Audacity2Lead | Leveraging NEW MEDIA for INFLUENCE

I rece@gbengaawomodu speaks at #AUDACITY2LEAD TWEET CONFERENCE ntly got invited to speak at a Tweet-Conference by a friend, Dayo Samuel. His birthday was yesterday, June 18th and he had thought to celebrate the week of his birthday with an 8-day gathering on Twitter. This would also culminate in the official launch of his leadership blog: www.audacity2lead.com. Every evening, select speakers would tweet and engage the audience for an hour.

It has been an awesome time since the kick-off last Sunday and many lives are being blessed already. Follow the conference on the hashtag #Audacity2Lead.

I will be Tweet-speaking on the last day of the conference as follows:

Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Time: 6:00pm (GMT+1)

Venue: www.Twitter.com (#Audacity2Lead)

Topic: Leveraging NEW MEDIA for INFLUENCE

Join us at the conference daily> I look forward to specially engaging with you during my session on Sunday.

Thanks, and talk to you soon! :)