Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Human Capital in the 21st Century

 In this disruptive world great companies and organizations that will live beyond the test of time will depend on the foundation (skills, passion, innovation, knowledge, talent, etc.) of their team members that forms the unique culture around emerging innovation that will help them design the next future of human interaction in any sector (smart people + smart device).

The question is how do you select the appropriate individuals to join your team? In this era of disruption the search for the best fit for the company's / organization's culture has also been evolving affecting the human capital in equal shares in terms of recruitment. There are many ways that are used in searching for individuals that best fit a particular company or  organization for example online application and research, shortlisting by an agency, headhunting, panel interviews, pitching conference, practical test , referrals just to mention but a few. Nowadays it's easy to get the most educated but finding the right talent and perfect fit for your organization or company culture is a process that can't be achieved through randomness. 

I would advise on the model that I call ART which stand for Attract, Retain and Train in ensuring a winning team in pursuit of the company/ organisation vision. As a passionate founder, I have been taking keen attention on how people work in relation to establishing a great team behind existing or new initiative that would take the idea to the next level of financial sustainability and scalability. Establishing a great team isn't an easy process at any stage of your organization or company, it is also a daunting task, especially when most of the things seem to be at the point of stagnation, especially if you are running on limited resources to get the best talent in the market.

I'm privileged to have worked as part of a founding team in different setups. I can't claim everything was successful based on the constituted team, there were many loops of great times and challenging moment, which only the bold could confront. I'm happy to have gotten a chance to work with a great founding team, which wasn't afraid of failures or even speaking out their minds in shaping the desired future. I remember vividly the unrelenting passion, teamwork, shared team's vision and sacrifice optimized in our team based on our shared values to make ourselves better and that of the next generations to come. At the startup level pay wasn't a big concern, but the impact we brought to the success of the organization was the big deal.

Would you work for less pay while pursing the desired future in impacting people's lives positively? I have done this in the past and still would do it again. It is rewarding to work alongside people with the same aspiration in building the desired future while we impact other peoples' lives, learn in the process and earn salary progressively. This is the best experience I received as a founding member and I believe I was very lucky to meet colleagues whom I call the founding type. Founders, board members and all management structures have the biggest role in driving a shared vision mirrored in all the employees that eventual attracts all the external partners that we work with at different levels. In my pursuit for long life learning while implementing Wilsen Initiative (Wi), which is at the funding stage and team building, I have come to learn and appreciate two types of people that is; the founding type and the following type which is a reminiscence of my journey and experiences working in a team.

Inspirational quote; 

"Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients." - Richard Branson 

In conclusion;

We live in an ever-involving world, we have seen a massive shift on how people work and great process inspired by technology. To mitigate the gaps in human and technological changes we need to take a deliberate strategies in recruiting the best talents with a good mix of both the following and founding type. I believe in the ART model philosophy which is; Attracting the best, Retaining the best, Training all (ART).

Monday, March 13, 2017

Brand Identity ; Through My Lens Photography

Official launch of +throughMylens brand identity; photograph and graphic design. More about my work www.behance.net/wilsenx

Monday, March 6, 2017

Networking – The Golden Contact

Many times we are encouraged to build our network so that we may build that bridge for the next opportunity, and as Porter Gale state it clearly “Your Network Is Your Net Worth”, the question is how do we do it right? Reflecting back on my 17 years’ journey in the field of community development, ICT, design and training, I don’t remember anywhere we were taught how to network.

Networking might sound simple and yet it is not, you have to be prepared to handle the unexpected and the expected. I have stumbled upon on many trials, no replies, disinterested people just to mention but a few, these are factors that can take you to a lonely corner, especially if no one knows you in a particular event or if you aren’t a celebrity.

Celebrity or no celebrity status, you shouldn’t be afraid to give it another try until one day that the CEO or whoever you are targeting responds. Below I would like to share with you some pf the tips I have gathered from my many years of experience at meetings, fellowship, events, etc. Remember, an opportunity for networking can present itself in two folds; planned events and unplanned occasions.

Your Pitch / Story

I would advise you to have an elevator pitch that genuinely reflects what you do, who you are and why you do it. I wouldn't advise on cramming your pitch because the context might be different and you may need tweaking to fit the context.

Always be alert and flexible to fine tune on the fly to fit in your content in the context. One thing that you shouldn’t forget to do is to offer your contact a chance to also explain what they do, while you actively listen for any synergies to take the conversation to the next level. The rule of the thumb, always give and take, be willing to find areas of collaboration. Remember the world out there is in shortage of genuine collaborators playing the win-win from the start.

Your Target 

Do you have a specific person you are targeting? What about particular titles or position? Do you have any preference? How many people would you love to connect with at an event? Here the answer is yes / no, but I would advise you have a brainstorm on the above questions so that you just don’t end up talking to everyone which is also impossible in an event and also to keep it open because you never know, the person who might not be on your preference list might be the gate pass to the next golden contact.

A good knowledge of the person or the organization they work for would also come handy in connecting the dots, even though I wouldn’t say it is must whilst you might be meeting your contact for the first time especially for the unplanned occasion, so keep your option open in some scenarios.

  The heart of a connector; made by me and my son Adrian.

Follow Up 

If there is one thing I have come to love and learn is follow up. Following up is a golden skill in the world of procrastination. It is good to take note of the action points during the conversation and make a point of doing it within the best time possible, especially not more than 2 days because people tend to forget first especially if there were no clear point of interest for further discussion. I would usually try to connect with my next contact on appropriate social media channels and by writing a follow up email.


Sometimes it might be challenging to start and end a conversation, especially in an event context. This is a skill you need to master together with active listening to avoid going in circles. I would advise not to pour your heart all out at the fast meet up, the relationship is built over time to achieve the win-win connection. In conclusion, I would say, I rather content with one or two people who are prospective in building the connection further than to try to reach out to as many people as possible in one event. Feel free to share your experience on the comment section below; Thanks for reading, I hope the insights will help you in your next networking hunt! Related article on my blog;