PEOPLE MANAGEMENT-An Entrepreneur's guide
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“I am delighted to write this foreword, not only because Mopileola Amusu has been in the entrepreneurial space for over 11 years, but also because I believe deeply in the appropriate management of our competitive advantage in every business – people. The author is a passionate entrepreneur moving from the corporate world spanning through different departments, thus blending the best from both worlds. It is a privilege indeed to put down a few of my thoughts on this ‘well-written’, ‘engaging’, ‘hit the nail to the head’
“As a business leader responsible for people in the workspace, you can enrich and strengthen your knowledge on people administration by learning the discussion patterns and practices presented in this book. Your involvement in people management can help you get the best out of your people [I call them ‘people possibilities’] as employees. Thus, as a business leader you can make or mar the business.
“By reading this book, the author introduced me to the concept of owning the business as a kingdom, the business owner – the king and the employees, its citizens such that the culture of the king is imparted to its people through its culture which stems from its uniqueness!
“Over a long and fruitful career with a taste of balance in both worlds and Christendom in practical application, Ms. Amusu identified the ultimate importance of replicating God’s governance in heaven on earth in the language understood on earth, ‘teaching His ways without necessarily quoting the scripture’. She conceptualized intellectual foundations of people management, elaborated the methods and practices of engagement, studied its patterns and impact on business leaders, managers and even our political leaders. This book offers a valuable guide to the intellectual and practical work of people management.
“As Mopileola promises in her introduction, the book aims to “detect poor people management skills and help people saddled with leadership responsibilities practice the rewarding art of people management with success and satisfaction.” She takes us inside her thoughts as she prepares for, leads, and reflects on this guide.
“In short, ‘People Management: An Entrepreneur’s Guide’ offers a curriculum for leaders at every career stage. Reading this book, you will find it hard to defend the view that good leaders are born, not made. Mopileola Amusu provides evidence that a core application of people management can be taught and learned by business leaders, but not without serious, conscious, and sustained effort. And what better way to strengthen the quality of people management in our businesses? I hope that this book will become a primer for business leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, supervisors and even employees at large, helping them to learn, teach, and practice the art of people management.”
Founder, FOAK Business Solutions Ltd.
(A HR Consulting Firm)
“The world of business is dynamic, thriving on success in people management in the provision of goods and services across industries. Whether it is Information Technology, Financials, Education, Energy, Real Estate, Health Care or Hospitality, proper people management will always remain the tower of strength of any organization.
“‘People Management: An Entrepreneur’s Guide’ articulates the purpose of people management highlighting the expedience, sagacity, and prudence necessary for building enduring business structures to serve existing and emerging industries. Workplace leaders are people managers, this could be supervisors, managers, team leads, and departmental heads who monitor the workflow and boost employee’s daily performance.
“In this e-book, Mopileola Amusu introduces the topic by discussing the necessity of establishing systems that will uphold the organization and enhance performance. She further guides the reader with a few guidelines and expectations to facilitate good leadership, workplace behavioural principles, workplace culture, change management, recruitment, training, regular coaching and making minor adjustments to behaviours.
“All aspects of the society, including businesses are going through a collective crisis when it comes to hiring the right people, which is the issue of mismatching. This is when the criteria utilized to assess the ability of candidates to perform a job is drastically out of step with the actual demands of the job itself. We are living in a world where the standards and cognitive demands have changed. The book highlights the use of more multifaceted measures for identifying the right hire in an organization as people cannot be understood easily and cleanly. Therefore, the significance of people management skills cannot be overemphasized and remains one of the top skills in high demand. The author’s astuteness on managing people will positively impact the reader and serve as a business handbook and quick reference for the entrepreneur, individuals in management and leadership roles.
“In conclusion, I want to congratulate the author for sharing her profound knowledge which is highly sort after by men and women who are in the business of managing people. I highly recommend the purchase of this e-book for self-enrichment and advanced strategies on how to initiate, improve, and fortify effective and impactful leadership principles in new and complex business environments.”
Director, LaurelGabe Solutions Int’l Ltd.
People management - An Entrepreneur's guide
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“People Management: An Entrepreneur’s Guide” by Mopileola Amusu is set in the Human Resource Management genre.
‘The book is designed to prepare would-be business leaders with the critical elements for achieving enterprise success. The book presents the need for vision and adequate planning by a start-up and budding entrepreneur to match your business requirements, the rules, and overall guiding policies you desire for staffing. It heightens entrepreneurs’ awareness of how a good, established structure and order can help to facilitate system(s) that take care of potential employees, viz. equipping them to function optimally, enhance staff welfare with tangible and intangible motivating benefits, as well as put in place recruitment processes to hire the best fit – as the business grows.’
“The author gives you a good idea, with clean standards and understanding of employees imbibing an organization’s culture – depicted in both their corporate attitudes and personal behaviours. Reading Ms. Amusu’s book makes you think how odd it is, that your employees fail to exhibit certain values and traits in consonance with your business operations. Moreover, it expounds the overall spiritual influence and character uniqueness of the business leader to establish, communicate and impact positively a “culture of excellence” to help build the reputation and success of the business. According to her, “the features of culture (your uniqueness) should become so inculcated in your people, that it manifests at work, home and everywhere they go, as it becomes their nature.”
‘People Management: An Entrepreneur’s Guide’, completely dissects and keeps on enunciating spirituality, planning, organization, and project management capabilities as sacrosanct for a budding business leader. The author’s fresh outlook to business intelligence, creativity, and good use of business sense for determining the calibre of hire, reasons, skill gaps and training needs, as well as time to hire or fire, and platforms for advertising were very instructive. Recruitment through networking and collaborative effort remain a good strategy, however, it is better to “check” and “cross check” by conducting interviews for potential candidates to determine suitability as the author most appropriately recommended in the book.
While the author’s hoped-for objective, in this context, is that business leaders accept the onerous responsibility for making right or wrong choice staffing decisions – the larger argument beneath the unarguable logic of the book is that it cites several biblical injunctions and verifiable accounts on spirituality, personal development and creativity in human resource management for the reader to objectively picture expectations before, during and after staff recruitment.
“The book’s intended audience in my opinion is the non – academic business leader reader, generally uninitiated into the principles described. Also, it is a welcoming flavour to the plethora of past literatures on the subject matter for dealing with problems of poor people management.
“Ms. Amusu chooses her content to correlate with the topic and lurks of spiritual mass digression of Godliness in business management. Hereto, the book can fairly be referred to as, “Recipe for Staffing Success“, directed at a mass of entrepreneurial audience. One thing you can be sure – it stands you in good stead whether you are starting a new business or growing the business at hand.”
TAOFIK A. ADERUPOKO
Civil Engineer & Social Entrepreneur
Chief Initiative Director, CID
Think NIGERIA Initiative
“This book is a fusion of practical knowledge of Leadership and Human Resource Management on the one hand and Principles of life and work as laid out in the bible on the other. The product of this is a step-by-step guide for Entrepreneurs, Community and Nation builders to create a viable, sustainable, and superior place of work/living community.
“At the heart of this book is the understanding that people drive organizations and that to ensure that an organization is able to grow and develop in a sustainable way, attention must be paid to the welfare, professional development and character/ attitudes of the workforce. The author stressed the need to provide an enabling environment that would attract and retain top talent. One in which clear career paths are provided, plans for the growth and development of staff are made and staff are well advised on what is required from them as per skills, knowledge, and deliverables. This is an environment in which performance is accurately measured and rewarded, one in which the vision is well articulated and in line with the personal vision of each staff.
“Whilst this book looks to have been written first and foremost for entrepreneurs and leaders within business organizations it is also useful for public servants who are keen on impacting positively on the lives of their citizens. The author provides a step-by-step guide for leaders to groom their staff through training, coaching, and mentoring, through culture osmosis and by establishing an environment conducive to self-development. The end-product would then be an individual truly representative of the values, ethos, and culture of the organization. The attention of the reader is drawn to the necessity of building capacity in the workforce by increasing their capability and competence. Particular mention was made of ‘character’ as pivotal to outcomes, though often overlooked. When an organization finds candidates considered to be a suitable fit, every effort should be made to provide them the opportunity to perform and grow.
“Between sections four and twelve, the author provides the reader with core H.R. guidelines with respect to recruitment right from the skills gap analysis through deciding the best fit, to the hiring process, who to keep and when and how to fire.
“This book provides an insightful look at how leaders should approach developmental, transitional, and transformational change. The author underlines the importance of encouraging creativity, innovativeness and without the box thinking in staying ahead of the game… Navigating disruptions typical of the times we live in and even being the ones to cause disruptions through solutions provided by a mix of mature, skilled experienced staff and young, tech savvy, enthusiastic energetic Generation Z staff.
“The public servants are not left out as the book speaks to each one to see him or herself as a problem solver sent to meet the needs and satisfy the yearnings of the citizens. A gap which is obvious both in developed and developing nations through the global protests of the past months needs to be bridged through effective communication, empathy, and responsiveness by the leaders.
“A constant thread running through the fabric of this book is the faith of the writer. She seeks to marry the secular and the spiritual perspectives in finding solutions to issues of leadership and people management. A times I found the spiritual opinions expressed were somewhat long winded and could have been stated more concisely knowing that not all readers have the same faith convictions as the author.
“This by no means takes away from the quality or content in this book which I will give a star rating of eight on a scale of one to ten. It was written with an easy to read, flowing style reminiscent of books such as Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and “Before you Quit Your Day Job”. I recommend this book as a must read for would-be and existing entrepreneurs, public servants at all levels, and leaders in organizations.”
Modupe Osomo (MNIM; MISMN]
“Having read through the book, tons of value have been divulged in one material talking about people management and the scope of management itself.
“This book is a comprehensive guide to management in the workplace or in business.
“Another exceptional thing about this book is that it spoke about the skills of the future and brought a balance between the God factor and business. There are books that you read and keep referencing from time to time, to guide you; this is one of those books. You have gotten tremendous value in your hands.”