The Pivot: New Beginnings, New Directions

While in Nigeria I read a book on execution—the concept of getting things done. It reminded me of another business book that I read about how companies restructured and reinvented themselves. I found both to be very compelling, most especially because they showed how good companies got better, bad companies improved and some companies innovated…

Turkey: Innovative Trade Hub of the Future

In 2013 Turkey’s Simplified Customs Corridor with Russia amassed a trade volume of $100 million dollars, by 2015 the trade volume had rose by nearly 50 percent to 142 million dollars.  The rise in trade volume for this voluntary agreement signed in 2008 helps exporting companies simplify customs procedures.  Due to its key position in…

Globalization and Labor: Gigs Grow As Stability Falters

In 2017, there were nearly 600 million entrepreneurs recorded, according to figures from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).  There are an estimated 27 million in the United States alone,  0.05 percent of that giant worldwide figure.  While the signs of growing entrepreneurship seem encouraging, are they indicative of a much larger issue throughout the world? …

African Girl Power: African Women Partnerships in the Diaspora

In the USA alone, African American women’s business is the fastest growing sector in entrepreneurship.   While this growth doesn’t speak much to capitalization or longevity, undoubtedly, African American women are going into business at an astonishing rate.  This may also be due to the fact that African American women are the most educated population in…

Protect Your Creativity: Is Media Working For or Against You?

I’m a writer, and I love to write.  But usually, when I sit down to pen a magna carta—I often shut out all other media (radio, tv, news, ads, even music with too many repetitive lyrics).  Media is powerful, and it can influence your choices in many ways.  More importantly, those choices can be detrimental. …

Go Global: Use the Power of Media

The power to go global is often thought to be a unique feature of the information age and the process of globalization.  However, this would be inaccurate.  Globalization has been going on for thousands of years.  We now know that Africans traveled to the Americas as far back as 60,000 ce, where relics of their…

Let Your Brand Evolve

Few know the story of the McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc, and few really care.  These day getting meal deal from McDonald’s doesn’t conjure up the thought of a hardworking business man who wanted to bring fast, high-quality food to the masses.  That is because the story of McDonald’s, the brand has solidified over time and…

3 Ways Social Media Can Improve Your Life

Social media has been a creeping phenomena over the past 15 years.   When we think about it, we often envision sights like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  However social media has been growing since the early days of AOL Messenger, CollegeClub and Myspace.  In fact, it all started with the online forum, which, in essence, is…

Finding Purpose in Work

There is a huge myth out there that one should find meaning in the work that s/he does.  While I agree that enjoying work is important I think we have forgotten that for many years people did pretty ordinary things like farm land, cut down trees, build houses and dig wells.  In fact, I believe…

Defy Your Niche: Why Diversification Matters

While it’s true that you want to hone what you’re good at, it’s an incontrovertible fact that companies that didn’t just stick to their first product offering excelled most.  You have to be able to see new avenues in your field and other fields to stay competitive. There is a great book by an Entrepreneur…

Why Africa Needs African-Americans

Yes.  While it may seem like a proud thing to say, it’s simply an observation based on evidence and history.   It is an incontrovertible fact that most developing economies in modern history gained massive strength through its Diaspora. One area African Americans (U.S., Caribbean, South America) can be of greatest help is in the fair…

You Are a Trailblazer: Get Back In the Game!

One of your greatest assets in life is the ability to find opportunity.  Anyone in business understands that looking for opportunity is a constant effort; it is something that never stops, day or night. A lot of us get into the familiar routine of clocking in at work, having a chat around the water cooler,…