I am delighted to reflect the multilingual
status of Nigeria on this platform. Today, I said My People in Esan language of Edo State, Nigeria. I
had a very engaging weekend with various activities; I joined a family in the
christening of a new baby girl and also an exercise session in which we walked
for two hours.
The vast body of water has a tale
for all of us. Waters are in various categories namely; streams, rivers, lake,
dam, lagoon and ocean. Some people had also classified various organizations
into such. There are organizations that are very small, they are typically
group under the Micro-Small and Medium Scale Industry (MSMEs); some are national
companies, example Transcorp, Nigeria while some are multinationals, example are
Oil and Gas companies.
The mode of operation of
companies makes it categorized. There are companies that are sole big fish.
These companies have the competitive advantage in just a particular field or
location. The owners of these companies might be everything: secretary,
accountant, marketing officer, business analyst and the human resources
personnel or have few employees with fantastic titles. Truthfully, the owners
are the CEO but it has a minimal sphere of influence and projection beyond the
immediate environment of operation. As such, senior officers in these companies
are the big fishes in small ponds. Small pond is restricting in terms of
In the big pond, many of the
fishes are relatively small. In such companies, some staffs are “forgotten” in
specific roles amongst others. The small fishes scenario, allows for career
progression, greater recognition is accorded to the company, policies are made
& implemented, in-depth trainings are done from time to time.
In the big
pond scenario, fantastic titles are for top professional; such titles are
acquired over the years.
As it is known that small bodies
of water flow into larger bodies; a small company can decide to partner with
bigger companies. For example, a small firm in West Africa can increase its
global relevance by being part of an international company.
Whatever little that you do, you
can make it flow into global relevance. The doors in this era of globalization
are readily available. The question is, “Will you avail yourself the opportunity
of becoming a part of a big pond which allows you to grow proportionately with size
of the pond?”
Have a grand week.
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