TOPE POPOOLA'S BLOG

  • THE DEATH OF KAIZEN 2

    THE DEATH OF KAIZEN - 2 Complemented by management concepts like Total Quality Management (TQM) and Six Sigma with its impeccable standard of 3.4 defects per million parts, (the Six Sigma Concept was popularized in the nineties by Motorola) it seemed that Kaizen would be the cure-all solution to all the problems affecting sustainable business operations. But...
  • CAN YOU SELL A COMB TO A MONK?

    CAN YOU SELL A COMB TO A MONK? Have you ever met one of those glib-tongued salesmen who succeeded in making you buy something you did not really need but you bought because the salesman was able to convince you about why you needed it? I am resolutely convinced that the value of a product is not...
  • THE DEATH OF KAIZEN 1

    THE DEATH OF KAIZEN - 1 "You can't shrink your way to greatness" - Arthur Martinez "Wall street won't pay any more for raising profit margins on a stagnant sales base. The crucial issue has become how far does a company stretch for growth." Pankaj Ghemawat The global competitive business environment of the 70s to the mid-80s necessitated a...
  • THE POWER OF PROCESS

    THE POWER OF PROCESS   In my part of the world, people build businesses for power and for sustenance, not for legacy or sustainability. One is for short-term survival while the other involves an enduring process of long-range planning and a trans-generational vision. If we are to grow as a nation and truly prosper as individuals, we must...
  • ARE YOU CONTENT OR CONTAINED?

    ARE YOU CONTENT OR CONTAINED?   An American tourist was visiting a little Chinese village whose inhabitants were predominantly fishermen. He was excited at the rustic life and the simplicity of the people. He was particularly intrigued by a particular man that he saw who at that time of the day, had already brought his boat to shore,...
  • THE LIBERATING POWER OF TRANSPARENCY

    And the man and his wife were both naked and were not embarrassed or ashamed in each other's presence – Genesis 2:25(AMP) THE LIBERATING POWER OF TRANSPARENCY Once upon a time, a little boy and his sister went to spend their holiday with their grandparents. One day the boy decided to take a walk through the large expanse of woodland...
  • ASK FOR THE PRICE TAG! 3

    ASK FOR THE PRICE TAG! 3 If you want money to flow towards you, then let it flow through you. That is why the other name for money is currency. It was designed to be mobile! What you see flowing into a wealthy man’s life today is a function of what flowed out of his life in...
  • ASK FOR THE PRICE TAG! 2

    ASK FOR THE PRICE TAG! 2   Opportunities can be equalized. Success cannot. Opportunities can be random. But true success is usually predicated on certain laws.   Want to be forever dependent, insolvently broke and perpetually frustrated? Then jump at every free offer around you without asking questions. It’s very simple. It’s the very plank on which oppressors over the years...
  • ASK FOR THE PRICE TAG 1

    ASK FOR THE PRICE TAG   An old Jewish prophet’s wife died. He desired to give her a befitting burial. The unfortunate thing however was that they were strangers in the land where she died. So he approached the indigenes to sell him a piece of land where he could not only bury his wife but also use...
  • A DIFFERENT KIND OF INVESTMENT 2

    A DIFFERENT KIND OF INVESTMENT 2  You don’t have to ride on life’s rollercoaster and get to the end of the bumpy ride wondering what happened. Wealth that you get by accident will be frittered away by design. Life isn’t a rehearsal. It’s the real thing. Wake up! The play has started. But have you mastered your...
  • A DIFFERENT KIND OF INVESTMENT 1

    A DIFFERENT KIND OF INVESTMENT 1   When you hear the word investment, what immediately comes to your mind? CASH capital right? I get different types of questions from people who feel so exasperated about their inability to raise enough cash for any kind of business. Let me declare emphatically at this juncture that investment is a principle...
  • ENVY, ENEMY OF SUCCESS

    ENVY, ENEMY OF SUCCESS The Webster’s New Dictionary defines envy as “bitter or longing consideration of another’s better fortune or success or qualities.” The English Thesaurus defines it in its noun form as “jealousy”, “greed”, “desire”, “resentment”, “spite”. In its verb form, the following words define it as “be jealous of”, “be envious of”, “covet”, “resent”, “begrudge”,...
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE IS NOT A DEPARTMENT

    CUSTOMER SERVICE IS NOT A DEPARTMENT As he entered the banking hall, he marveled at the beauty of the interior décor. Obviously, this would be a good bank to operate an account with. He patiently took in the allure of the enchanting ambiance that made you feel like Alice in Wonderland. Instantly, he took two decisions in...
  • ENJOY YOUR HOT CHOCOLATE

    Enjoy your hot chocolate.   Sometime ago in Dubai, I was teaching on Corporate Governance and Leadership. In one of the classes, I shared a story along with some lessons that I would like to share with you. Having become well established in their careers, a group of graduates met at a reunion gathering and thereafter decided to go...
  • WHATS A DOG GOT TO DO WITH STRATEGY?

    WHATS A DOG GOT TO DO WITH STRATEGY? If you ever thought Strategic Thinking was a waste of precious time, wait till you read this. A dog that had strayed away from its owner got lost in the forest. Frustrated and thoroughly worn out from wandering up and down the forest without being able to find his...
  • LIFE LESSONS FROM A DEAF FROG

    LIFE LESSONS FROM A DEAF FROG You ran well, who hindered you…? Galatians 5:7 Once upon a time, a bunch of tiny frogs decided to embark on a competition to determine the first person to reach the top of a very high tower. On the appointed day, a large crowd of spectators gathered around the tower not only to...
  • THE ART OF INTELLIGENT NEGLECT

    THE ART OF INTELLIGENT NEGLECT All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient… 1Corinthians 10:23a ...Keep this man: if by any means he be missing, then shall thy life be for his life, or else thou shalt pay a talent of silver. And as thy servant was busy here and there, he was gone. And...
  • TODAY IS WHENSDAY

    TODAY IS WHENSDAY Let no one think I just lost touch with the calendar. What you read in the title is not a spelling mistake. As a Public Speaker and preacher, I get to meet quite a lot of people – some hugely successful and some just merely getting by. One characteristic that I have found common to...
  • WHAT IS WRONG WITH MASLOW PART 2

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH MASLOW? As seminal as Maslow's theory on the human motivations is, I would like to submit that it is at the root of the frustration experienced by several people, rich or poor, in today's society. When the desire for success becomes codified in the quest for things and an elusive self-definition, there is...
  • WHAT IS WRONG WITH MASLOW PART 1

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH MASLOW? Let me state upfront that this title has nothing to do with the man Maslow's person but with the theory of psychology which he propounded. Known as Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs, it is practically a mantra in classes in sociology research, psychology and management. But first, who was Maslow? Abraham Harold...

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