Ifedolapo Ogunjubee: Head of Global Business and Partnerships, Termii
Finding win-win roles for team members, building a culture of trust within a fast-moving startup team, and translating your personal superpower into a business advantage
About our Guest
This episode’s conversation is with Ifedolapo Ogunjubee from Lagos, Nigeria. Ife serves as the Head of Global Business and Partnerships at Termii, a YC-backed startup that helps businesses use messaging channels to verify and authenticate customer transactions. Ife is a result-oriented expert, experienced in business strategy, strategic partnerships, go-to-market strategy, and marketing with a successful history of developing intelligence to improve business operational planning and implementation in the highly competitive Software-as-a-Service industry. He has a proven track record of contributing to and managing high-value projects in both B2B and B2C companies.
Everyday Leadership in Action
Here are a few highlights from the conversation with Ife:
Finding win-win roles for each team member: Ife learned early on about managing team members during an experience hiring and managing interns while working in marketing at Transsion. In his efforts of training and motivating these interns, he realized that the most motivated and productive interns were those where there was a clear sense of that their responsibilities were aligned with their interests, and where their output had the most direct impact on the company’s success. He has carried this learning with him when hiring and managing staff at Termii.
Building a culture of trust within a fast-moving startup team: Ife has reported to Termii’s CEO and Founder since joining over two years ago. One of the founder’s strengths that he has picked up on is creating a sense of trust and empathy by allowing for constructive learning. Ife shared an example when the company invested heavily in hosting a virtual event which did not produce the expected results. Afterwards, the founder didn’t blame anyone but made sure to have the team reflect on the learnings. This environment encourages everyone to go beyond and beyond to move the business forward.
Translating your personal superpower into a business advantage: Ife says he’s always enjoyed building professional networks and establishing relationships. He has been able to bring this natural skill to his business development role. He uses networking activities for the benefit of his company as well as his own professional growth. For example, he regularly engages with peers and prospective customers through platforms like Clubhouse, LaunchClub and CoffeeChat.
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