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

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

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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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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

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

For more information visit our website http://www.varianceconsultltd.com

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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Top 10 Most Paid Jobs In Ghana.

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Presently in Ghana, unemployment is on the rise and a lot of people are complaining about low salaries and what have you. But as they always say, ‘all hands are not equal’ so as all salaries are not equal. You may be complaining about hardship and low salaries but it is exciting to know that others are really enjoying and having broad smiles anytime they go to cash out their salaries. Below are top 10 most paid jobs in Ghana.

1. FUEL HANDLERS
Fuel handling is a technical job where the fuel handlers supply and deliver high quality and sufficient fuel to power commercial airlines, power lines and plants. They are also certified to maintain store fuel. Annually, their net income is around GHC 120,000 in Ghana.

 

2. SHIPPING SUPERVISORS
These are also a group of professionals are getting very huge salaries in Ghana. They perform the duties of ensuring that shipping of goods and services are carried out smoothly. This includes scheduling, planning routes and liaising with customers. Their salary is about GHC 108,000.

 

3. PROJECT MANAGERS
Project managers are responsible for all projects within the company. They are to ensure that they put together ideas and birth it into workable plans. They receive about GHC 70,000 as annual salaries.

 

4. PROFESSORS
It is widely known that lecturers enjoy huge salaries but professors in particular enjoy the hugest ones. Their annual salary can be estimated around GHC 60,000

 

5. OPERATIONS MANAGERS
They control the manufacturing and production of goods and services in businesses or companies. They take home about GHC 48,000 annually.

 

6. MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS OR DOCTORS
Apart from the fact that it is prestigious to be a doctor, doctors earn a lot. Senior doctors earn up to about GHC 5000 or more.

7. ENGINEERS
One of the enviable and reputable professions in Ghana is engineering. There are petroleum engineers, aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers and so on. They take more than GHC 5000 a month.

 

8. BUSINESS MEN/ FINANCIAL CONTROLLERS/ BANKERS
Jobs relating to money or finances really pay a lot. These jobs are reputable also. People who do their own jobs make a lot of profits and are well respected in society. They get about GHC 24,000 annually.

 

9. LAWYERS/ LAW PRACTITIONERS
Lawyers in Ghana are responsible giving legal advises to people, representing them in court. Their job has to do with everything concerning the law. Their salary ranges about GHC 1890 – 15,100 per month.

 

10. MEDIA PERSONALITIES/ BLOGGERS
Certain media personalities like actors, actresses, musicians, presenters, news casters, journalists and all others involved in the media are very well paid in Ghana. It is one of the fastest rising most paid jobs in Ghana. Bloggers are also picking up at a faster rate in Ghana. It is termed as an online job where the bloggers create contents and publish online. Some bloggers are able to earn about GHC 1500- 3000 monthly in Ghana.
In sum, it is everyone’s desire to get jobs which really pay well like the aforementioned. However, you need to carefully look through yourself and choose a career path that will best suit your interests and one that will make you happy.

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