The Managing Director of Jumia Travel, Omolara Adagunodo, has urged Nigerian employees to embrace organizational awareness in order to guarantee personal and career growth.
Adagunodo made this call at the first edition of the Young Manager’s Summit organised by the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) (Chartered) held recently at the Management House, Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Presenting on the topic: ‘Harnessing the Power of Organizational Awareness’, Adagunodo stated that organizational awareness is about employees having a holistic understanding of their organization from top to bottom, and being aware of the external forces that impact their organization.
“Today, we have a lot of employees with an indifferent approach to the happenings at their place of work. But as employees and young managers, you have to show inquisitiveness and curiosity, identify influencers and get to know them and how they operate, go the extra mile, work hard, play hard, dig deep and fly high. Have informal conversations with co-workers and get their perspectives on how things get achieved,” Adagunodo said.
On the benefits of being organizationally aware, she highlighted that it helps to improve staffing decisions, promotes team building, communication, culture and leadership effectiveness. It also ensures that managers understand the strengths and weaknesses of all employees and give them an opportunity to think outside the box and learn new things.
In his opening remarks, the Director, Capacity Building, NIM, Mr Jude Iheanacho MNIM, FCA said: “The aim of the Young Manager’s Summit is to refocus attention on young Nigerians who aim to become future managers in their various fields of endeavours and equipping them with the right knowledge and mindset.”
Iheanacho reiterated the NIM’s commitment to nurturing the development and growth of young managers reeling out initiatives such as the NIM-NYSC partnership that allows corp members to be graduate members of the NIM and the Young Managers’ Competition to celebrate young competent managers among other initiatives.