July 4, 2015

Rubbing the right way

It has been awhile since I wrote a blog post. Life has been busy with its ups and downs coupled with, a PhD that must be completed. I have been thinking about a conversation I had a few days ago with an old friend. This former colleague is someone I admire a lot for his wisdom and work ethics. He recounted an experience he had concerning a recent endeavour and how his no-nonsense attitude is a limitation to being able to achieve his goal. He is particularly not a very tactful person.Yet, his goal cannot be achieved without astute people management skills. From time to time, we need to make use of a bit of diplomacy with people. Some people call it white lies, my stance on it is that as long as no one is hurt then, it is OK. genie

As I reflect upon our conversation again this morning, the story of Aladdin, the sorcerer and the genie readily comes to my mind. I hope my friend gets to read this post and is encouraged by Aladdin’s story. Like Aladdin, at some point in our life’s journey, we will meet people like the sorcerer. Their intentions may not be pure but we still need to skilfully manage them. It may be unpleasant because it sometimes mean reacting in a way that is totally not us. It could require being meek when you feel otherwise. The crucial thing however is your intention. If it is right, hopefully the sorcerer will inadvertently lead you to the genie in the lamp. However, as powerful as the genie is, it is also of no use to you if you do not apply the right skill. You need to know how to rub the genie’s lamp the right way!

November 13, 2014

Caribbean entrepreneurs need to look to Diaspora for funding — World Bank Group exec – Business

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Caribbean entrepreneurs who are looking for funding to develop new or existing businesses are being encouraged to look to their own nationals living abroad.

“Diaspora financing should be explored as a source of f …

Source: www.jamaicaobserver.com

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November 13, 2014

Project wants to find the successful Welsh overseas

Walter May wants Wales to champion so called diaspora direct investment an area where the Irish and Serbs have been so successful in recent years with a new Welsh diaspora initiative

Source: www.walesonline.co.uk

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November 12, 2014

US State Department studying Irish diaspora network

Source: www.rte.ie

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Is the diaspora an under-utilised economic resource?

October 31, 2014

Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) 2014

So what’s the big deal about November anyway? November is the academic writing month and this is my third year of participating in the month-long writing marathon. I try to write everyday but in November I write more because I consciously work to meet the goals I have set. It’s all about accountability; and it starts by setting and declaring of goals, and daily updating ones progress on the accountability sheet. Some days would be great, some days might not be as you expect but you’ll always get the support of other writers on Facebook or Twitter (#AcWriMo).

Read more about AcWriMo 2014 at PhD2Published.

October 11, 2014

Let’s Shake Up the Social Sciences


“New social science departments could also help to better train students by engaging in new types of pedagogy. For example, in the natural sciences, even college freshmen do laboratory experiments. Why is this rare in the social sciences? When students learn about social phenomena, why don’t they go to the lab to examine them — how markets reach equilibrium, how people cooperate, how social ties are formed? Newly invented tools make this feasible. It is now possible to use the Internet to enlist thousands of people to participate in randomized experiments. This seems radical only because our current social science departments weren’t organized to teach this way”. Read the full article here at nytimes.com


October 11, 2014

Tips for developing PhD research questions | News | Times Higher Education


“Time management skills and extensive reading can help students develop a sophisticated set of research questions”. Read the full article here: Tips for developing PhD research questions | News | Times Higher Education.

September 11, 2014

The Power of Constructive Feedback

Constructive feedback involves giving both positive and negative aspects of something. Feedback helps in making necessary adjustments that will help in enhancing ones effectiveness. It is expected that if you look at feedback as constructive it should make you better i.e. more effective.

When the feedback is viewed as criticism, we tend to be defensive and deny its legitimacy. It can also lead to questioning the motive the person giving the feedback which may lead to a negative outcome like resentment rather than enhancement.

From my personal experience, it is good to be humble in receiving feedback especially when it is coming from a more experienced person. After all, no matter how good you think you are other people’s ideas would be a bonus to yours – there’s really nothing to loose.

I got a feedback that has been of tremendous help to my thesis. However, my first reaction to the feedback wasn’t positive. I moaned for hours to the poor kids who had no clue about what I was doing. I was defensive because I felt the feedback was a criticism.

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I got over my initial feelings and sat down to analyse the feedback in relation to what I had written. I decided to ‘hear’ what the feedback said by pasting the feedback alongside my writing. For some aspects I felt I could have successfully defended the validity of my ideas if only I had the opportunity. I smiled at the very positive ones and gave myself a pat on the back for a job well done.  I was drawn to a line where it was suggested that I change a keyword. I decided to change “influence” to “support” as suggested and that was the magic word!! That suggestion turned my work around for good. If I had ignored the feedback I couldn’t have made as much progress as I have.

There is a saying that, ” you cannot buy experience”, I couldn’t have bought the experience of the provider of the feedback.

April 28, 2014

So True!

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April 26, 2014

Nigerian Women Role Expectations and Entrepreneurial Performance

The Nigerian women entrepreneurial performance is often viewed as low and hindered by role expectations. Education is recommended as a solution for improving women entrepreneurial performance and helping women resist role expectation pressures. This conceptual paper argues that patriarchal basis…
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