Archive for October, 2012

THE BULLIES

October 25, 2012

You can never be completely free if you are in the private sector and especially if you work for a typical Nigerian capitalists, they are slave drivers.They may be a little different from the Lebanese, have heard terrible things about them too, but they are terrible. I may not categorically determine the gender that is more devilish in inflicting pains and tormenting his or her employers. I have worked for both, and have come to the conclusion both are in a competition to determine the worse.

The moment you have accepted their offer, they believe the own you, your time is completely theirs.They seem to equate the length of time one hangs around at the place of work with productivity. Some totally lack the parameters to measure your contribution to their organization and only get to know your worth when you are gone.

Most bosses creates such a hostile environment for their workers , the air becomes so tensed that it can be cut with a knife. It is happening right now where i work, and i pray that the outcome would be pleasant. The interesting aspect of this is that the employers are not given any free hand to work, their steps are ordered by the management. Creativity and ingenuity are viewed with aspersion, yet they are blamed for the failure of any of such programmes. Sometimes i wonder why they were even employed in the first instance.

The people deserve the government they get, that is the saying. Most of these bosses are not better educated nor more talented that their employees, they are just risk takers. Maybe the workers deserve what they get by being treated so shabbily. Why should they be listened to? If they had anything good to offer, cant they first of all help themselves before helping another man achieve his dreams? That may be the thinking of some bosses. All the same be it say it may, hostile environment isn’t the ideal place of work. But then you can never be free until you are your own boss.

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HUMBLED

October 24, 2012

I have always had issues with people who claim to know it all, The Jack of All Trades and Master of All. It has been my belief that none is an epitome of knowledge, a repertoire or a reservoir of wisdom. It is a pity that most people can not see things this way. Although we are wired differently, and are entitled to our perception of an issue based on our different perspective, the inalienable truth is unassailable and can never be thwarted.

Some people have refused to learn, others learn from their mistakes, only the wise learn from other peoples’ mistakes. With a little time for reflection and deep pondering, the end of a known series of actions can be envisaged. Why then must one wait for the unfortunate to redirect his steps from such calamity?

Power is sweet, authority is lovely. Both come with  responsibilities. Power, they say corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. When it is welded with impunity and reckless abandon, the end result is not usually palatable. The graveyard is believed to be full of people who thought they were indispensable only to realize that they are not only dispensable but also disposable. It is in the compound of the coward that ruined of the brave is view from. When entrusted with such a delicate thing as power don not forget everything with a beginning does have an end.

Enough of this rambling, a word is enough for the wise. Proverbs 5:12 -14 state thus; ” Why would I never learn? Why would I never let anyone correct me? I wouldn’t listen to my teachers. I paid no attention to them. And suddenly I found myself publicly disgraced” .

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MY FAULT FINDING BOSS

October 18, 2012

 I wonder at times why people have to go to school to get an education just to be bosses when all they would ever do is find fault.

If management is all about fault finding, who needs some years in college to obtain certificate to do it? I mean any Tom, Dick an Harry can do that without any need to be schooled on how to do it.

Over the years, I have come across people in management positions who know nothing about it more than the way the word is spelled. Even the president of my country believes that the ability to share monthly allocation to the states and appointment of ministers and ambassadors are the only prerequisites to occupy the exalted position he is now on. Why the then do people spend so much on MBA program, if its application is that simple?

My boss is a fault finding one, she has no idea what motivation and vision stand for. Am quite sure she has not heard those words before. I do not blame her in any way, but those who see competence in any other skin color, except black. The unfortunate thing is that these people are so highly paid for doing absolutely nothing, yet we still worship them.

Management is much more than fault finding, especially when you are dealing with men and educated men at that. My boss, Miss Fault Finder and a welder of iron fist has refused to learn from history. She has decided not borrow a leaf from the Qaddafis and Mubaraks of this world. Threatening and confusing the organization can never be a good strategy. Portraying yourself as the best in all can never pass the test of time, none is an epitome of knowledge. You do not need to be the best to be in charge, all you need is the common sense to tap from the pool of experienced and professional hands at your disposal to you own advantage.

Fault finding and power welding would result in a revolt, when people are pushed to the wall, they definitely fight back. It does not pay at the end of the day, with you being at the losing end. Individual with those huge MBA may sometimes shelf those the framed certificate and make a little use of their common sense or learn fro history. I do wish my boss the best, because the fire she ignited may soon consume her.