Hi everyone, here’s what we have for you today:
Listen to the first episode of our new podcast The Everyday Leader. We speak with Babatunde Ogundeko, a Growth Manager at Helium Health in Nigeria.
Read our spotlight on Karin, a coach in Mauritius. She shares her learnings from becoming a coach, and how she uses coaching both inside and outside her workplace.
Coach Arnold will host his free “Managing Your Job Search with Ikigai” group session next Wednesday. He’ll focus on guiding participants on how to apply the Ikigai framework when searing for their next career opportunity.
Read on for more details…
Stepping up to fill team gaps, partnering with existing teams to roll out new products, and the power of approachability
Babatunde Ogundeko has managed a range of sales, marketing, and credit teams and products, which has taught him leadership lessons which he shared with us during our conversation:
Manage individuals on a case-by-case basis: One of Babatunde’s first managers showed him the positive impact of understanding each person you oversee and adjusting your management style based on their temperament.
Be proactive if you spot a much-needed gap that you’re ready to fill that will help your company succeed: In a past role, when Babatunde noticed that a lack of a strong marketing team was holding back credit sales, he used his past experience in marketing to push forward. Senior management quickly noticed his efforts and added the increased responsibility formally to his role.
Make yourself accessible and approachable in order to open doors: Babatunde described how his efforts to make himself easy to talk to has paid dividends by building strong relationships with not only staff across other departments but the clients he works with, who now reach out to him proactively about a range of needs.
To instill a sense of ownership among direct reports, challenge them to propose changes to the product or process they manage: You don’t need to end up actually making changes if they aren’t warranted, but providing the space and permission to speak their mind and critically think about their day-to-day tasks, you’ll be able to rely on them down the road. This is a habit Babatunde builds into his new staff onboarding process.
Coach Spotlight: Karin
Karin is a Coach based in Mauritius. She uses the Co-Active Coaching methodology alongside EQ and Enneagram tools with both external clients as well as in her role at DHL as Head of their Middle East Africa Accounting Competency Center (MACC) in Mauritius. In her spotlight, she shares:
In my humble opinion, 21st century leaders should be equipped with basic coaching skills as a minimum. It’s tremendously beneficial for solution finding, team or one-on-one meetings. The rational for having a dedicated coach would greatly benefit the trust between the coach and coachee. Without trust, coaching relationships may not have the expected impact.
Coach Arnold will host a group career coaching session next Wednesday. He shares:
Only 15% of the world’s full-time professionals are enthusiastic about their work as per a Gallup research. Like most of us, we treat our careers and job search as an iterative process with every subsequent job, we sought a little more of what we liked in my previous role, and little less of what we didn’t like. With the Ikigai framework, Arnold guides you to a simple and elegant solution for assessing where you are in your career/ job search and determining what pivots to make based on a more long term outlook.
Please share with anyone who you think could benefit from attending.