Africans' communal mentality

In a comment to an earlier post, Patricia Ferrando shared her experience coaching successful Nigerian entrepreneurs. She highlighted their commitment to giving back to society and to contributing to the development of the less privileged. Patricia's comment made me reflect upon Africans' communal mentality. Let me share some examples I have seen while in Lagos.…

Empowerment Creativity Skills for a Social Entrepreneur

In his wonderful book on Creativity, Lifelong Creativity, Dr. Pradip Khandwalla talks about the concept of Empowerment Creativity. . History of mankind is replete with examples of great men and women who dedicated their lives to uplift the downtrodden and the poor. Social entrepreneurs provide a great example of empowerment creativity. In this post I…

"In-spite-of" attitude: A necessary attitude for doing business in Africa

Don't most of us have a perception that African countries are a tough environment for business? Yet, no matter how tough, you can succeed if you have an "in-spite-of" attitude. This is the experience of Nigerian entrepreneur Austin Okere, whose example illustrates this necessary attitude for doing business in Africa. Austin started Computer Warehouse Group (CWG)…
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