Monday Fever (2): A Worldwide Condition

Good afternoon!

It’s the first Tuesday in August! Since yesterday morning, we’ve seen several sad-face #MondayFever dps on bbm. Do you have any? Share the pictures with us on Instagram: @eshowtv and Twitter: @Eshowtv.

It’s worth the mention that Ebola is in town. Be careful whom you make contact with. My Advice is this: Don’t be embarrassed when people decline handshakes. Many are afraid of Ebola. I was shunned too. LOL. In all crisis, there is profit. It’s a great Monday for those in #Ebola business.

Last week, we asked the billion dollar question: DO YOU LIKE MONDAYS? Several responses flowed from Twitter, in the studio and from personal contact. Some practically detest Monday! To them it ends the weekend holiday…Gosh! Some do not see the difference in days. All days are same in their eyes. Seems they have a routine… 😄
Some said Monday is sweet! Evidently, they were gonna make some money. LOL. Whatever Monday means to you, share it with us. Use hash tag #MondayFever & mention @Eshowtv on Twitter.

Today’s objective is to help you overcome the frustration & depression that comes with #MondayFever.

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What exactly is #MondayFever?

Some believe it to be a medical condition. Some think it’s personal. #MondayFever according to Urban Dictionary is “when everything is extra difficult because it’s Monday”. Other online definitions speak of a medical condition, Metal Fume Fever, with symptoms.

To us, at #ICLC, #MondayFever is “a state of frustration and depression at the mere thought of going to work on Monday”. The frustration manifests as nausea, headache, raised Blood Pressure level, fear, anger, irritability, brashness etc. Some profound signs are an unhappy look, loss of passion, sluggishness, closing early, watching the time etc. Sometimes, you notice a sudden blast of energy at the appearance of entertainment (music, gisting, games movies). It was reported that staff of a certain company in Surulere, Lagos watch home videos every Monday, 8am-10am. They watch the home video on loud volume even in the presence of customers. They finish before Boss arrives. Once the boss is around, they act up like they’ve been working really hard. That is #MondayFever!

For economic development, critical issues as #MondayFever must be looked into. Their effects on productivity are very lethal! We must point out that #MondayFever is not limited to Mondays. It usually begins with Monday hence the name. Imagine the despicable state, by Thursday, of a person with no drive to start the week in Monday. That is #MondayFever.

What starts the week usually determines what stars all week. ~Adeleke David

Here are some fundamental ideas about overcoming #MondayFever:

1. Everyday should be enjoyed like Friday.
We should thank God it’s Monday too!
2. Your job is your opportunity to fulfill purpose.
Your purpose is tied to work!
3. Passion on your job needs frequent refills.
You can’t run a full tank for life!

Knowing those fundamental ideas, you can correctly position yourself to overcome the frustration associated with #MondayFever. #MondayFever isn’t a jumping disease. There are triggers. Here are ten reasons why people suffer #MondayFever:

Reason 1: Working under a difficult boss.
Inability to handle a difficult boss is frustrating!

Reason 2: Distorted Workplace Psychology.
Ignorance of the essence of work triggers #MondayFever.

Reason 3: No vision for working.
Working with no personal vision for your role is a detriment.

Reason 4: Absence if clear purpose for working.
Working without knowing why leads to confusion.

Reason 5: Sexual Harassment
Some people are being sexually harassed by orientation & by contact.

Reason 6: Workplace Politics
When office politics corrode workplace atmosphere, the consequences are grave. No one wants to work in war zone.

Reason 7: Job is off Career Path
Working in a job role out of your career path easily pushes you off the cliff.

Reason 8: Overstay on current job.
You don’t need 25yrs to make impact. Move once you’re done!

Reason 9: Incompetence
Insufficient ability to perform on the job and deliver high quality finish is depressing.

Reason 10: Drained Enthusiasm/Passion
Lack of motivation or burn out is disadvantageous to work.

These ten reasons are snapshots of why people suffer from #MondayFever. As said earlier, there could be more. We suggest you subscribe to our Twitter handle, @Eshowtv, so that you get notified as we tweet on each of these ten reasons. Watch out for short video clips of our studio moments on instagram. Follow us @eshowtv on Instagram. Videos launch this week. You can also get access to podcasts of LIVE broadcasts of our radio show, #EffectivenessOnRadio, airing every Monday on Praise World Radio (www.praiseworldradio.com/tune-in) via our SoundCloud channel: http://www.soundcloud.com/eshowtv

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To your effectiveness,

Adeleke David Adekunle
(Mr Effectiveness)

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MONDAY FEVER: A Worldwide Condition

Hello!

If you’re reading this, it means you are either wondering at the title of this blog post or you want an answer to get out of his worldwide condition.

Some startling stats I came across a couple of years ago said:
1. 80% of employees don’t think their job is fun (Reuters, 2007)
2. Only 50% of people are satisfied with their jobs (Conference Board, 2007)
3. 32% of all workers call in sick when they are not. (Harris, 2007)
4. Every year, 2.5 million people will quit their jobs (BOLS, 2007)

Just this morning, a young female graduate who got her first job in January 2014 and is currently in her 2nd job confessed saying, “Having a job doesn’t necessarily mean the job is what you want or you are happy in it“.

Today, in Nigeria, the work week begins right after a two-day public holiday for the Muslim festivities. The holiday was to the delight of many because they had escaped Monday. Howbeit, Wednesday (today) is a nightmare as several BBM personal messages read things like, “Gosh! Back to the earth“, “So there’s work tomorrow! Where are my socks, shoes, belt?” The PMs go on and on.

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The question is, Why do people hate Monday?

Maybe they liked Wednesday before now, but they suddenly hated it because it had become the Monday of this week. Watch this space over the next four weeks as I share insights to help you overcome Monday Fever. You should tune in to listen to me LIVE on http://www.praiseworldradio.com/tune-in every Monday, 1pm (GMT +1) as I deal a blow to this sensitive matter. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @Eshowtv and @davidadeleke. Search and use #MondayFever in your tweets and remember to mention @Eshowtv.

You will soon begin to thank God it’s Monday… just follow this conversation.

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Adeleke David
(Mr. Effectiveness)

#MondayFever

YOU ARE AN ICON!

ONE THING TO NEVER FORGET!!!

Till you draw your very last breath, don’t you for one second forget this; don’t let it slip into forgetfulness; don’t relegate it to the backside of your mind. Keep it in front of your eyes, on your wrist and paste on your forehead. Convince yourself everyday and remind yourself of it.

YOU ARE AN ICON!

Would you grant me the privilege of tuning in to Radio Continental 102.3FM tomorrow morning from 7am to 10am as I discuss topical issues that affect our lives as Nigerians; and to http://www.praiseworldradio.com/tune-in from 1PM to 1.30PM for EFFECTIVENESS ON RADIO (Your premier Business & Career Effectiveness Show with Mr Effectiveness)

Enjoy your Sunday massively!

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Adeleke David (Mr. Effectiveness)
Twitter: @davidadeleke
IG: @mreffectiveness
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The Problem with being an Entrepreneur (3)

We started out some days ago by examining the problems with being an entrepreneur. Today we will conclude on that.

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Problem Four: Employee Headache
For some days now, I’ve been writing episodes for Effectiveness on Radio, our weekly radio show airing on PraiseWorld Radio (an online radio) and I was forced to write three episodes on employee headache. Hiring becomes a problem when you don’t know how volatile a recruitment error can be and how lethal its effect can be on the company. Managing people is one of the many headaches that come with being an employer, and if you don’t have the shock absorbers for it, you can go bananas. People remain the number one most appreciable asset of any organization but they remain the number one headache of employers (especially when you hire wrongly). For small organizations, your hiring decisions are very important. One wrong hire out of two payroll staff is a 50% loss to the company and a capital down effect. Pls be guided.

Problem Five: Clients Problem
The next terrible set of people you will have to deal with will be clients. I’ve been burned a number of times, so I speak from a standpoint of experience. Many things can go wrong from default in payment agreements to unnecessary difficulty in relating with them and much more. As a rule, it is wise to back all verbal discussions with written and jointly signed documents. And be sure to honor your part of the agreement. Making assumptions on behalf of clients can be a terrible experience too, especially when your staff makes such assumptions on behalf of the company. Client feedback is also a great way to measure yourself but getting that feedback can be a herculean task as most clients do not want to fill forms.

These are just a few problems I have highlighted. My intention with this writing is not to discourage you from entrepreneurial pursuit but to affirm the validity of that pursuit. If you should be an entrepreneur, you must have been reading with a burning excitement and figuring out what went wrong sometime ago. If you read with a broken heart or got all the more confused as you read, chances are you don’t have the software of an entrepreneur in you. You are better off not venturing into the jungle; there are wild ferocious beasts at large.

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So, if I am not an entrepreneur at heart and I don’t like having a job, what should I do? I’ll end this article with my answer to that. People in this category are often supporters. They are drawn to entrepreneurship but do not have the spirit of enterprise. They are usually the people who support the entrepreneur. Hey, find an entrepreneur with a vision you are crazy about and support him to the very end. Lay all the cards on the table from the very start; express your desires, expectations and reach a conclusion so that you don’t strain your working relationship later on. Every entrepreneur needs an avid supporter, an undefatigable helper, a trusted second-in-command. That I believe is where you fit into the whole picture.

And if you are not in any of the two categories I have spoken about, stay on your job or make a transition to another job that you will find more fulfilling and challenging. Whatever you do, make sure that you are doing the right thing always.

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I am Adeleke David (Mr. Effectiveness)
Twitter: @davidadeleke
http://www.mreffectiveness.wordpress.com
http://www.about.me/adelekedavid

The Problem with being an Entrepreneur (2)

We started out by looking at the story of Louis in my last post. Did you answer the questions?

So can we take a look at some of the problems with being an entrepreneur?

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Problem One: Structural Problem
You will be faced with a lot of issues from the outset that are purely structural in nature. If you don’t understand what I mean by structural problems, I bet you already are facing such problems or you are about to face them and won’t know what is wrong. The ability to execute your technical competence very well doesn’t confer organizational skills on you. Organizational skills are what it takes to build an organization in a way that puts the odds in your favor. Let me put it like this: you need two kinds of companies not one; a holding company and a trading company. Most entrepreneurs are never told when they start out. The trading company trades with clients and customers to make the ongoing profits while the holding company owns the assets in the trading company. If you still don’t understand, ask a lawyer.

Problem Two: Financial Problem
By this, I do not mean insufficient capital; in fact I do not belong to the school of thought that money is always the first thing needed to start a business. By financial problem I mean accounting, bookkeeping and financial management tactics. Most people starting businesses do not realize how much they have to do per day. You have to learn how to keep your books, bank account(s) and make financial decisions strategically. This can erupt into business failure and bankruptcy if you violate the laws guiding organizational financial management. I’m not writing to teach you how to do that, but to show you the problems. Visit my blog for that.

Problem Three: Sales & Marketing Problem
This can be the most delicate problem of any enterprise as some are facing today. You cannot be an entrepreneur and report that you don’t like selling, you’re not good at marketing or that you’re shy to talk to people. Let me help you out: Go get a job! You are not an entrepreneur at heart; you don’t have the software pre-installed. I always jokingly tell people during conferences that the MD is the Chief Seller, Chief Marketer and Chief Public Spokesman for the company. Those are unabdicatable responsibilities of yours. Brian Sher, in his book What the Rich know and desperately want to keep Secret, advised “Never delegate your marketing and sales to anyone else”. Why? No one can sell what you produce or offer the way you can. Remember, bringing in cashflow is the most important area for any company. If you’re not making profit, you’re not in business. Bradley J. Sugars quipped, “You can cut costs to profit, but you can only sell your way to prosperity.”

Please find the last set if problems in my next post.

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Adeleke David Adekunle
Mr. Effectiveness

THE PROBLEM WITH BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR (1)

The world of work has witnessed over the years, a radical shift in the workplace that has birthed some amazing stories; stories that inspire one’s courage and desire for something larger than life. Among these stories is that of Olujimi Tewe, the Human Resource Consultant and Founder of Inspiro Consulting (you can read the story here: http://www.bellanaija.com/2011/03/28/career-leaps-faith-success-the-olujimi-tewe-story/)

That story validated a lot of things for me, in fact many people have made that much anticipated leap after encountering his story. But I want to call your attention to one rarely considered area of entrepreneurship; that is why I am writing this piece for you to get well informed. For a few years, I belonged to the school of thought that said “you can only be rich if you’re an entrepreneur”. How wrong I was, as I came to discover later that being in the seat of entrepreneurship doesn’t hand you the magical wand of prosperity.

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First, let’s consider the experience of Louis, a creative artist. Louis grew up in a middle class family and learnt practical living as a boy. By the time he was six years old, he was already destroying his mother’s tablemats in the name of cutting cardboards. Soon, he started to do still life drawing and abstract arts which got the interest and attention of his father’s friends who came visiting. Some bought his artworks to encourage him to keep at it. By the time Louis gained admission into the higher institution, it was to study fine arts. Louis became so good at doing arts that he won several awards in school and was widely known across campus. On one occasion when they had a rag day, Louis was mistaken for a mad man. His interest in painting and pencil works got him to start an art studio, a business funded by his father who was proud to see his first son making waves with his talents and interest. Within three years, Louis had gained recognition from the National body and department of arts in leading institutions but his business did not take the same plunge. Three years after he set up the studio, it was no longer in existence. He had veered into different genres of art including stage drama, movies, lightening and set design. None seemed to present him with any fortune. Eventually, all the prospect and talent Louis had amounted to nothing. Now, with a wife and a set of twins, pressure keeps mounting for him to get a “proper” job. What exactly went wrong with Louis and when did it go wrong? What could he have done differently? What mistakes of his can you avoid? This craze for “being my own boss” topples those who wander into the jungle of entrepreneurship and frustrates them so much they lose a lot of money, time and credibility not because they lack talent or big dreams but because they have not learnt to handle the crucial problems with being an entrepreneur among other things.

You can learn more about the “other things” on my blog: http://www.mreffectiveness.wordpress.com. Now let us see the problems with being an entrepreneur. These are really problems that can easily become crisis in your hands if you are not an entrepreneur at heart and if you lack the relevant knowledge and skills required to effectively handle such problems.

Look out for Part 2.

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Adeleke David Adekunle
Mr Effectiveness

Global Icon: Adeleke David makes June 2014 Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter

Good day Friends.

I have some good news for you!!!

Just today, I was named among the June 2014 World’s top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter by Evan Carmichael. This comes just the 2014 world cup kicks off in Brazil tonight (WAT +1GMT)

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A quick x-ray of the list:
1. There are only 6 colored people on that list.
2. There are only two Nigerians on that list (Pst Taiwo Odukoya and Adeleke David)
3. The list was compiled by number of retweeted leadership insights over the course of the previous month.

This is the tweet I was mentioned in by @ECLeadership

“Congratulations @davidadeleke! You made our list of the June 2014 Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow on Twitter – http://t.co/7vjb7X8S2M”

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Follow the link to view the list. I am currently on number 84. This puts me on a global scale with top thinkers around the world.

Thank you for your retweets; they did a lot of work. God made it happen!!!

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Mr. Effectiveness