Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: The Human Capital Developer in Adeniyi Adesanya

The author, motivational speaker, consultant and social reformer speaks about his entrepreneurial drive, challenges and inspiration. Adeniyi Adesanya is the CEO, FifthGear Plus, a consultancy, recruiting and publishing firm located in Lagos.

As a man of many parts, Adesanya speaks to people at seminars and trainings.He was an associate pastor at the Daystar Christian Centre; a facilitator to various organisations such as Etisalat, and the founding father of other various reputable organisations such as Empowerment Initiative (NAMEit).

The seasoned entrepreneur oversees and manages over 100 associate consultants and contract staff members, four staff members, over 200 volunteers and over 1,500 protégées.

Adesanya has received various awards for his achievements which include Most Promising Youth Leader award by Growth Impact ,Top 10 Motivational Speaker in Nigeria by The Daily Independent amongst others.

I am not a breakfast person...

When I wake up, I say my prayers and by default go into thinking about the previous day's work and how the new day's work will go. I start by organising myself mentally and putting my plans together for the day on paper. After these things that happen by default or by reason of repetitions in years past, I read my normal dose of the Bible, then get on the treadmill which is just outside my room; but not all the time.

I am not a breakfast person. However my cook has changed that by insisting I have something before starting the day and basically it's just fruit or fresh juice. At work, I spend my early hours alone except on Mondays and Tuesdays when we have management and strategic meetings.

I could be in the office till 9p.m. holding mentoring sessions, attending to clients and some days training or speaking at events.

I get back home tired and the next thing I want to do is take a shower and sleep off.

Weekends starts like the weekdays then I watch television from noon till late in the night and you can guess what I watch - football. Sunday is for church, cinema and fast food.

About FifthGear Plus...

FifthGear Plus is a consultancy, recruiting and publishing firm with the mandate to help organisations optimise corporate potential. Our consultancy arm is geared towards human capital development through building and sustaining a culture of leadership that can maximise productivity. Since 2005, I have grown my brand as a management consultancy, motivational and social reform brand.

It helps that I'm an entrepreneur...

I plan every aspect of my life on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. I make the effort to touch on all aspects of my life regularly and as necessary. It helps that I'm an entrepreneur. This allows me a huge control over my time, and with good planning, I am able to maintain a good work-life balance.

I go to the cinema at least twice a month. I love receiving visitors. Well, some people say I live a boring life and I sometimes feel they are right. I relax by watching music, reality shows - X factor, American Idol - documentary and detective movies.

Establishing the respectability of the speaking profession is challenging...

We face the same common problems that entrepreneurs face in Nigeria. We encounter erratic power supply and have to bear the cost of generating power to do business. It is also challenging to secure loans from financial institutions and to carry on huge projects. Personally, being at the forefront of the establishment of the speaking profession as a viable career path in Nigeria, has been somewhat challenging; to establish the respectability of the speaking profession as a distinguished and respectable career.

I'm motivated by the ability to provide for people...

The more we sell, the more we are able to overcome our challenges. We creatively market our products because we realised that the more we sell, the more we are able to meet our targets. Seeing many lives changed for the better keeps me going. I'm motivated by the ability to provide for people and meet their needs. I love watching people in distress get inspired and motivated and having solutions to their problems. I also get inspired by learning great opportunities to add value and make profit. Very importantly, my faith and belief in Jesus is my most vital inspiration.

Don't just make money, make an impact. ...

My advice to CEOs is very simple: don't just make money, make an impact. There is a lot of power and opportunity in the role of a CEO, and so there is a lot we can accomplish. We do not always have to wait for the government. Also, build relationships. This is important because the best guy does not always get the job; however, the best guy with the best relationship always gets the job.

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