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Currently, we have five Generations in the workplace.
It is the first time in the history of the workplace we have five Generations.

Baby Boomers
Silent Generation
Generation X
Generation Z
The beauty of having these generations especially by multinationals in the workspace is the magic they all offer. The interesting part is they all lay claim to have the magic wand to solve all the problems the world faces. With “Millennials” leading the list of obvious outlaws and magician squad.
_ But in the words of Author “Nilofer Merchant” portrayed in her masterpiece “Onlyness”

(I’ve been a student of her works from reading her classic “11 rules for creating value in the
#socialEra “You should get it. which to me remains a blueprint to this era)

but let us get real here.
Have you ever met a generation?
In the end, we meet people with uniqueness who are aware of their superpowers and who keep using it to change their world.
Nilofer calls this “Onlyness”

So what’s your superpower and how do you use it in your career path and journey to change your world.
Yes, what’s your coconut?

Charles Umeh

Early in the year had been having conversations with more young people in my tribe.
Millennials and Genz’s and with no doubt I think there is a funny tricky problem reoccurring. Possibly I think I also got immersed in the deadline of my deliverables and to-dos and somehow forgot to add my own voice.

Looking at my written to -do for the year and hearing the same challenges again got me thinking. I had to at least put my thought on paper so if it makes sense to you soak it in. If it doesn’t, take a long walk.

You see this buzz word you hear about entrepreneurship being the main deal, sexy, the beautiful bride and all those things you wish its freedom gives you. For the records, they are half-truths.

If you have a 9-5 job that keeps your brains alert, stretch your thinking and demands more from you especially if you are a greenhorn and can make savings from it, you should stop trying to seek For sexy.

Most of the smartest young people in this generation are Intrapreneurs let me take time to break it down. They are the ones who have the entrepreneurial spirit and most times run the business the entrepreneur own.

They know how to kill their deliverables in their 9-5 jobs and make off money from their passion outside work. If you are one of these mates, you are doing fine. And please You can always get sexy in the future but stop searching for sexy because sexy looks cool outside.

If you hit a deal of 100million Naira or whatever the figures are you just hit a deal it doesn’t make you an Entrepreneur.

The life of most of the high fliers in this clime is filled with several chapters of failures few bother sharing because truthfully it’s part of the life.

The biggest deals most people you look up to came after sometimes 5 knocks on the door some 10 No’s! Most of my own close business clients also came from several we are not ready yet and when it stuck I wanted what I wanted because I was adding value and not because it was going to look good when I have it. There were referrals and trust me this is how it is for most that are open enough to share.

You just might be very good at all you do but never get it its nobody’s business nobody owes you Anything!

How does it feel Knowing you had someone who had the king’s ear but never tells the king about your competence?
Remember biblical Joseph… aside all the stories you know about his brothers selling him to slavery did it occur to you Joseph was still abandoned in jail for two years after he helped one of the men in Pharaoh’s palace interpret his dream?

However, there was the next time. A major problem broke out and his expertise was needed again and his interpretation this time made him king. Stop taking things personal do not kill yourself before your time you are still valuable.

If you think Entrepreneurship is your thing you must stop taking every failure as personal and understand your badge of honor and your resistant to pressure is a call for you to prove to YOU you have what it takes to play in the big league.

You don’t even need to “be your own boss” to make an impact in the world or reinvent the wheel.

understand how structures are done, how relationships are made and be trustworthy first. Take time to ask your boss how many failures they have had before they got their breaks.
Entrepreneurship is not sexy and not for everyone at some stage.
In the end, it’s a huge marathon.

As an Intrapreneur, you could be more fulfilled and acing your game. Don’t be cowed by the sexiness you see. Not all sexiness deserve your taste. Face your front!

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The man who would be king would be the first to spot what is wrong where others look away. The king would take on the path because the things which interest the crown are not completely random or coincidences. They connect him to his deeper core.

Everyone would see how bad things get and complain but the king would go beyond and make fixing it super simple. He is the king not because of the crown. Most times he has no physical crown, the heart makes him.

Let us backtrack a bit
The king has no crown. Lives with commoners and in self-doubt runs away from his path… sometimes because the normal craving of the flesh gives him reason to want to flee and live an ordinary life which normally is always the easy path until the dream starts to torment you. He never looks like royalty. His lot lies in the possibilities deep within him.

The king must go through his own wilderness to develop grit to fight for the throne and guts to put away trespassers when he becomes king.

In addition, when he is fully ready and stops refusing his path, he owns his lot. People show up to help him because they see through him and the movement. They know he is their lifeline.

You see, every king goes through his dark lands and sometimes self-denial of their superpowers. However, when they connect to see the effect of their action, they switch…

No one gets the crown on the platter of gold. We all fight for it.

Even Jesus fought for his crown as king of kings. For every time he was baited for bread from stones, jumping the mountain and owning the world… all those banter were subtle fights.
Some of us fight longer. For others, the journey is the fight. However, everyone who won the crown paid the prize by breaking their old self.

In the end, this is not about kings like you think, this is about you. your path and all you have to do as the clocks ticks. yes, it’s about you #breakingthecoconut


Everyone is an artist. Our expression matters. Moreover, the fact that your kind of art is at the forefront does not make it better than mine.
Sometimes the belief you have in your version of art is so contagious even the blind can feel it and that is what you need until you catch the next bug or get clarity.

Even when we do not believe in ourselves the irony is that we recognize those who do.

When we see them, we recognize it in their eyes, their passion and their chase are super contagious.
So as the story goes you must be stubborn, persist and flawless in your art.
Let it connect with your heart and let the magic engulf us.

When people tell you, “you can’t” please do not take it personally thank them because you truly cannot in their eye.

Since you might have seen it. In your dreams and your own eye. Simply show us. We want to see you invite us to your own party of your “Believe” we would come seated starring smiling and dancing to your version art.

In the new year part of our work in #Thecoconutworklab where we connect generation Z’s, Millennials and social era natives with the new insights for the future of work in this side of the earth would migrate to some cities around Nigeria.

Our online and TV show #thebtcshow would own its space and create its own version of art with new contents and stakeholders.
We would create more contents for business, family, and case studies for the Genz’s, millennials, and African new business which might be in the version of books This journey would lead to rebirths and collaborations. we would serve you with our new version.
we would create our own parties and be super glad to show up in yours or gatecrash it if you give us reasons to.

in whatever art you plan to create, there is no rush but the clock keeps ticking. keep working.

In the end, it’s not a competition its simply purpose
Break your own coconut.

So I thought I should share this insight. Which is super useful to teams at this time of the year when reviews are been done. You would have to watch the short clip of an interesting organization earlier known as “Struggles and Co INC” to get it but I would help you with the characters
The Performer:
Every team has one. Most times they had the vision in the first place and see more clearly than anyone does to get the ball rolling. 
They figured out its best to start because of the responsibility in the work and they ignore several things just to keep the ship going and take full responsibility
Then they get
The Highly Effective Doer who is normally a gift to the team. Very Willing to learn and normally teachable. yes, still in need of direction, he needs guidance.

The third is the “less Effective Doer” I call them the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak spirit. .He normally makes no difference and is easily swayed.
The Potential trouble source
He has little on his plate and maybe because he has energy is put at key spots which makes his distraction more reflective on the team. He is the first target of the

The suppressive person who comes in to create the trouble in the team and if undetected can ruin the efforts of everyone on the team
Most times all it takes for the performer is to remember the vision and his why clearly before he puts back the ship on the right path and sails clearly.

look at what happened when the Performer did the right thing.
He even saw clearly he needed to change the company name to “No Struggles INC”
So aside what I shared feel free to share your own lessons from this short skit below…


As a rookie project manager, most of the first silly mistakes made on my part was hinged on this

The funniest part of that story is that it never looked like a big deal until the end when we looked at lessons learned.

It always shows up all the times that there were stakeholders who were either not identified or satisfied

In the real world, it’s still the same.
most times people might never be on par with you or might never be in “your league” worse part might never share your values.
The moment you take up a project they are involved at that moment it ceases to be about you but more about them so you must first identify them and figure their interest.

Their interest might not even be what you love or like… however, the goal of the project is a win and they are your stakeholders. The option that still wins is figuring options of satisfying everyone (It’s not being lame it’s fundamental) and making sure you all are on the same page.

  • What if satisfying their interest doesn’t align with your values?
  • A story for another day. But to be fair, I’ve learned in negotiations you must increase all options by creating a “mind map chart” and arm yourself with it.

In the real world, I figured out being a project manager rested more in soft and people skills and we all have #Stakeholders.

The moment we refuse to identify and normally Satisfy most of them…. this normally leaves even the best of us clueless or set up for a fall
Living in Nigeria? we countdown to our last workshop for the year 2018 with  the coconut worklab

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Think about Apple, Tesla, Google even the Newly re-invented Nike, their successful image, and customer loyalty come from amazing teams. Teams that are constantly working to refresh, impact and deliver a difference for customers every day.

So how can you create innovative teams within your own company, teams whose work consistently impacts your products and customers in a positive way?
The first step is recognizing that your employees are your best assets, and acknowledging that all teams from sales to the CEO are key players in your success.

To achieve this, you have to be intentional, great teams don’t just happen…

They are trained!!


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Our session is immersive
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