Exclusive: Your Past Failures Shouldn’t Be A Summary of Regrets, But Lessons learned – Ms. Kimberly Ofori Shares With SammytheAuthor

Failure doesn’t automatically predict the outcome of our future. Just because you failed doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t try again. Rise up after every fall. Your dreams are achievable. Don’t stop now, keep pushing. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian – Netherland based Serial Entrepreneur, shares with us, her life story and career as an Entrepreneur and Philanthropist . Checkout the Interview Below.

1: For the benefits of the people who might not know you, tell us a bit about yourself. (Background, Education, Career, etc.).

I was born and raised in the Netherlands by my Suriname mother and Ghanaian father. I have always been an advocate for self-education and lifelong learning. So after studying marketing and communications, I set out to educate myself on other topics that interest me such as, digital transformation, Design Thinking, Business strategy, and finance through programs from Boston University, Harvard Business School, and Oxford University.

I spent a few years in the banking and insurance industry until I moved to Dubai, where I started my consulting career. A few years after that, I traveled a bit in Europe before moving back to the Netherlands as an Entrepreneur. Aside from my businesses, I now work together with an amazing team at ScaleupNation on a mission to increase the odds for startups to scale successfully through research and innovative tools.

2: What’s the story behind your personality?

I think a lot of different life events and environmental factors play a role in one’s personality. At the core, I believe I am as much a dreamer as I am a realist, allowing me to approach life, relationships and decisions more holistically. It’s probably the reason why I connect well with different people and on all levels.

3: What has been your go-to-source when all hell is breaking loose in your life?

Reflection. I try to take time to reflect daily but, sometimes life gets tough. I usually decide to retreat, spend some time alone to clear my mind, write things down and re-energize. It’s such a powerful thing to meet your obstacles head-on with a clear mind, knowing exactly; what you’re going to do about it.

4: What triggered the idea to commence Growth Lab? Give us an overview of what you do.

Growth lab was born out of the idea to help more growth-stage startups to scale by focusing on specific elements of the scaling journey. Unlike an accelerator that tries to get everything patched up a bit and all at the same time we focus more on the successful execution of sprints on strategy or leadership; for instance, through growth programs. We are currently pivoting, however, and I’ll be able to share more about that soon.

5: Being a Woman Empowerment Enthusiast and Growth Strategist, what are some of the necessary steps to take as a young lady looking to build her brand? Anything shareable?

It’s funny, I never saw my personal brand as a thing to work on; Up until 2020, and I was happily doing the work on the background. It wasn’t until I had to face the fact that in the world of business, the same rules do not apply for (black) women as they do for men, I decided something had to change. I think the biggest insight for me was how powerful sharing your unique story is. It’s something so uniquely yours, that it will attract the right audiences in due time if you just keep showing up authentically.

6: What is your take on Social Entrepreneurship?

I am a strong supporter of social entrepreneurship initiatives. It will be great if we start to hype and support these initiatives as much as we do with new tech solutions that don’t necessarily solve any real-world problems. There is a shift happening, however, and I believe we will see more startups with a social impact focus in the next decade or so.

7: If you had the chance to turn back the hands of time, what would you have rectified in your business life?

I would have allowed myself to fail more. Try more things, involve more people earlier, and ask for help. However, it’s those elements of the entrepreneurial journey that you can only find out by learning. So in as much as; it would be nice to see where that would have taken me, I know for sure I wouldn’t be who I am today had I not done things exactly the way I did. So this is definitely not a summary of regrets, just lessons learned.

8: What has been your greatest fear ever since you started this walk?

The fear of failure. Funnily enough, not towards others by failure to meet my own expectations. I tend to set the bar for myself very high, and I think that’s good. I also know that not being able to meet my own expectations is something that I still find hard to deal with. The lesson for me in this is; about finding the balance between aiming for the moon and giving myself grace sometimes.

9: How can one transition his/her team to remote-working times of crisis.

Although it is always preferable to establish clear remote-work policies and training in advance, in times of crisis or other rapidly changing circumstances, this level of preparation may not be feasible. Recent developments have left many employees and their managers working out of the office and separated from each other for the very first time.

4 steps to remote work

Daily huddles:

The first thing that I recommend managers do is to establish daily check-ins or daily huddles. The morning huddle is a great way to get the team aligned on individual and company priorities for that day. The huddle is a really short meeting to share your number one or two priorities for that day, it is not a place to go over your to-do list. You will share your definition of done on those set priorities so that everyone understands exactly what you will be working on today and when this is considered to be done.

The huddle also functions as a way to recognise hurdles or bottlenecks that may get in the way of progress for that day – which then can easily be resolved on the spot by making use of the collective intelligence present – avoiding people getting stuck for hours trying to fix something all by themselves (which is killing for productivity). And I recommend doing this via a video conferencing tool always to keep that sense of human connection within the team.

Communication tools:

Secondly, provide several different communication options – because you will find that email alone is insufficient. When it’s time for deliberation, strategy sessions, team collaboration sessions or any type of meeting that will take on more than 10 minutes by the rule of thumb – use a video conferencing tool. Being able to see the visual cues of meeting participants allows for increased mutual knowledge that can be tapped into, and will help make meetings more effective.

Of course, there are other circumstances when quick collaboration is more important than visual detail. And for these situations, provide mobile-enabled individual messaging tools like Slack, which can be used for simpler conversations as well as time-sensitive communication. And then you can make use of project management and tracking tools such as Monday, Trello, or Asana.

Click on this link: How to transition Your Team to Remote Work in times of Crisis

10: Any challenges faced coming up as an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. It is a long and hard journey that will stretch you on all levels. I personally found being patient and trusting the process when you are building your business the hardest, part, especially when you are the only person who believes this is going to work. They say it’s lonely at the top, and at some points, it truly is. That’s why it’s important to be careful who you surround yourself with; your circle plays a big part in how far you will go.

Join Mr. Justice Offei Jr, Managing Director, Sikadan, As He Speaks At This Year’s Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum. Don’t Miss It!

Join us on Bold Conversations for Shaping and Nurturing High Growth Entrepreneurs at this year’s edition of the Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum scheduled to hold this month.

Meet Justice Offei Jr @justiceoffeijr Managing Director, SIKADAN, Award Winning Entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu 40 under 40 Entrepreneur and Business Coach as he shares his wealth of knowledge and expertise on the panel topic:

Fundraising for Startups and Growth Businesses.

Date: 21st November, 2020

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Venue: Workshed Spintex Whitehouse, 2nd Floor Republic Bank Building

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Meet Broadcast Journalist, Jennifer Ami Amlade, The Moderator For This Year’s Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum (VAEF).

Have you registered yet for the Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum (VAEF)?

Don’t miss out!!!Share your business story and interact with an expert panel. Gain insights, tools and resources on the following topics:

1. Fundraising for Startups and Growth Businesses.

2. Sustainable Team Building, Business Relationships and Partnerships.

3. Business Management, Corporate Governance and Value Creation.

4. Defining and Implementing your Core business Strategy.

Event Details:

Theme: Bold Conversations for Shaping and Nurturing High Growth Entrepreneurs.

Date: Saturday, 21st November, 2020

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Venue: Workshed Spintex Whitehouse, 2nd Floor Republic Bank Building.

And now, introducing our event host/moderator for this event…

Meet Jennifer Ami Amlade, (Broadcast Journalist).

Jennifer’s intellectual ability to probe and ask thought-provoking questions is just the right blend to help you get the best out of our exciting Panel.

No need to wait!

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Exclusive: The Long Awaited Banger, I Like It By De Hero Is Out. Watch It Here!!

Afro-pop and Hip-pop Artist, De hero is newest big thing to hit Gh soon. His long awaited single which is “I Like It” is out now and as we promised, here we come with the hottest banger for this Christmas. You need no soothsayer to aid you in this. The best remains the best.. And so far this is what we have for you. ENJOY!!!

Watch the Official Video below:

Listen Via Audiomack

Audio(prod by N2

Connect With Him:

Twitter: @deherogh

Instagram: @deherogh

Facebook: @dehero/deheromusiq/heronation

CEO, Ampersand Technologies, Ms. Lady-Omega Hammond Will Be Sharing Her Wealth Of Knowledge At This Year’s Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum. Don’t Miss This!!!

This year’s Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum promises to be exciting and impactful.

Introducing our 4th Speaker in our exciting Panel lineup for this year’s edition of the Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum scheduled to hold this November.

Meet Lady-Omega Hammond

CEO, Ampersand Technologies
as she shares her wealth of knowledge and expertise on the panel topic(s)

1. Sustainable Team Building, Business Relationships and Partnerships

2. Defining and Implementing your Core Business Strategy

Date: Saturday, 21st November, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00PM

Venue: Workshed, Spintex Whitehouse, 2nd Floor Republic Bank Building

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Exclusive: Afro-Pop Artist, De Hero Set to Release A Banger Tomorrow. Don’t Miss It.

De Hero, a Ghanaian upcoming music artist currently living at the capital city of Ghana, Accra. He is from the Eastern region, Oda Ayirebi. Hold bachelor’s degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of science and Technology.
He does hip-pop and Afro-pop mainly but can also mingle with other genre type of music at his disposal. That make him an all round musician in his music career. Currently not under any management.

His basic dream is to add up positively to the music industry in Ghana and in Africa as a whole.
His current promotional song is ” I Like It” produced by B2 (DopeNation).

Fans should watch out for De Hero! New single dropping tomorrow..Anticipate!!!

Connect with him:

Twitter: @deherogh.

Instagram: @deherogh

Facebook: @De Hero

@Heronation

@Deheromusiq

Exclusive: Mrs. Constance Takyi Set to Speak At this Year’s Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum Happening This November. Register Now!!

Introducing our 3rd Speaker in our exciting Panel lineup for this year’s edition of the Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum scheduled to hold this November.

Meet Constance Takyi

Head of Public Relations, Registrar – General’s Department
as she shares her wealth of knowledge and expertise on the panel topic:

Business Management, Corporate Governance and Value Creation

Date: Saturday, 21st November, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00PM

Venue: Workshed, Spintex Whitehouse, 2nd Floor Republic Bank Building

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The Co-Founder Of POE International, Mr. Michael Emeane, Will Be Speaking On Core Business Strategy At this year’s Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum. Don’t Miss It.

Introducing our 2nd Speaker in our exciting Panel lineup for this year’s edition of the Variance Africa Entrepreneurs Forum scheduled to hold this November.

Meet Mr. Michael Emeaba @iam_poemack

Business Strategist and Co-Founder, POE International, as he shares his wealth of knowledge and expertise on the panel topic:

Defining and Implementing your Core Business Strategy

Date: 21st November, 2020

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Venue: Workshed, Spintex Whitehouse, 2nd Floor Republic Bank Building

Kindly visit http: //bit.ly/VAEntrepreneursForum to register.

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Is Your Current Job Right For You?

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Many people are in jobs where they have mixed feelings about the job being right for them or not. The question on the mind of many employees is ‘is this job right for me?’ Well, this is a rhetorical question which can be answered by you if you take notice of the following;

First, you will know you are doing the right job when you really enjoy your work and get home often fulfilled and happy. This shows that you are really happy with your work and that you are at the right place. But, if you are always not happy about the job and always complaining about the slightest thing, then you are doing the wrong job.

Second, when the work or job best fit your skills and personality, it is right for you. If your skills, passion and values match your job, then it is right for you. This is because you will do the work with less struggle and comfortably carry out your duties. Nonetheless, if your skills do not conform with what you do, you will have struggles with carrying out your duties making the job not right for you.

Also, if you see a career path in your organization or growth in yourself, then the job is right for you. If the job you are doing may help you reach your future career ambitions or helps you to improve yourself in various regards, then it is right for you but if otherwise, then it may not be right for you.

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You can tell the job is right for you when you are contempt with the role you play and the salary you are given. Anytime you feel you are overworking and under paid, it means that you may be using too much of your potentials at a place which values them less. Hence, that job is not right for you. However, if you are happy with the amount of work you put in and the salary you are given, it means you are at the right place.

Your job is not right for you if your level of productivity is always lower than what is expected of you. Every employer expects some level of productivity form his or her employees, if yours is always lower than expected, it insinuates that your potentials are too low for such a job, hence, it is not right for you. Nonetheless, if your outputs are up to standards of your employer or even more, it means that you are doing the right job.

Additionally, your current job is right for you if you feel very secure at your work place. If going to work makes you happy because the environment is serene, friendly and safe, it means you are at the right place. If you have a cordial relationship with your co-workers giving you peace of mind anytime any time you are at work, then it is right for you. Otherwise, you are at the wrong place.

Furthermore, your current job is right for you when your welfare and wellbeing is important to your employers. Working at a place where your welfare is not of concern to your employers is very dangerous and is not right for you. However, if your welfare is crucial to the company then it is right for you.

You are doing the right job if your work does not seem like a burden to you but you easily carry out your duties. In carrying out your duties at work, you don’t find it burdensome but joyful, then you are doing the right job. On the other hand, if you find yourself constantly murmuring or angry at your own tasks for no reason, then you are at the wrong place. When you dread that weekends are coming to an end and you will have to go to work on Monday, it is a sign that you are not really interested in what you are doing hence, it is not right for you.

When your first response to the question ‘do you like your job?’ is a yes with some enthusiasm, then you are doing the right job. But, if you are not sure of your response, then it becomes evident that you have no or less interest in your job therefore, it is not right for you.

To conclude, it is essential to know if your current job is right for you or not in order to help you make necessary decisions. If you find out that your current job is not right for you, you need to carefully plan how to leave and how to find a right one. On the other hand, if it is right for you, stay and be happy.

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How To Get A Pay Raise And What To Do If You Don’t Get.

Income is very crucial to all employees since that is what they feed on, use for their daily activities and go about their lives. Therefore, as long as one works for an organization, the person at one point or the other may ask for a pay raise. However, it is very important to note that one’s request for an increment in pay does not automatically guarantee that it will be done, this is to say that, one’s request may be rejected or not. Below is how one can ask for a pay raise and what to do if one does not get.

Firstly, you must prepare adequately before discussing such a delicate issue with your employer(s) A very rhetoric question one must ask him or herself before asking for a pay raise is ‘am I worth the pay raise?’. If you are going to win your employer(s) over, you need to build a strong case, demonstrating your value to the company and highlighting your worth in the market. Your employer(s) need(s) to be convinced that the business should invest more of its budget in you. Re-read your job contract and list the ways you have exceeded the role and delivered exceptional results, giving examples of your contribution to the company. You can quantify your contributions.

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Now, you can move on to schedule a meeting with your employer(s) in order to discuss this delicate issue. In meeting them, you ought to be professional and not aggressive. That is not the time to present to them, your sad stories and family issues, you need to present facts and figures and objective reasons why your pay should be raised. In a case where you are not given a positive feedback at the meeting, do not be unprofessional by threatening your employers to leave or to be reluctant, instead, be patient as your employers may be thinking through to get you your request. Alternatively, you can negotiate other employee benefits which may not be difficult for your boss to grant.

However, on the other side where you are turned down, do not fret, that is not the end of life. Firstly, give a proactive feedback to your employer (s). Ask them the reasons why you were not given the raise, maybe, the budget is not enough to give you an increment and if your performance is to blame, hearing these from your employer(s) will let you improve upon yourself. Secondly, focus on the future. Improve yourself. Focus on how best you can work in order to improve the productivity of the company in order not to be denied the next time you apply for a pay raise. Work closely with your employer(s) and seek constructive criticisms all the time in order to improve yourself. You can undertake short courses and other training opportunities to improve on your knowledge and skills in that particular field.

Lastly, if after a long while, you are still unsatisfied with your salary, you may look for other better opportunities. In so doing, do not rush to send a resignation letter but think through carefully if it’s the best decision for you before you make any move. Do not leave your ex company on bad notes.

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