Monday, 19 December 2016

Work-life balance: all should attain it

Hello readers, today I will be writing about work-life balance. According to businessdictionary.com, work-life balance "is a comfortable state of equilibrium achieved between an employee's primary priorities of their employment position and their private lifestyle." All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, thus, you should find a balance between work and play. Here are some tips to help you achieve it.

1. Do not check your email (work) after working hours, this will help improve the quality of time you spend with your family and friends. Thus, you should not be distracted by work when spending time with your family and friends. 

2. When you decide to improve the situation of your work life balance, take it one step at a time. For example if you do not get to spend time in the evenings with your family during the week days due to coming back late from work, you should decide to spend one day a week and gradually increase it to two and then three till you get to spend the whole five week days with them. According to researchers, you cannot change your working pattern drastically as  you will be unable to keep it up.

3. You should spend some of your time daily doing exercises. This will equip you emotionally. When you carry out exercises you are taking good care of yourself which is part of having a work-life balance.

4. You should establish your boundaries and should not be afraid of communicating them. You should respect your  boundaries so that you can get others to respect them. Learn to say no to work when it is past your working hours and you need to spend time with your family or friends

All of this will help improve your work-life balance. Thank you for reading this article. Keep checking out my blog regularly, cheers!









Friday, 16 December 2016

Prayers for all muslims

Assalamu alaykum, today I have prayers for all muslims. Hope you are good. Here they are

Rabbana Aatina Fid Dunya Hasanatou Wa Fil Aakheerati Hasanatou Waqeena Aazaban Naar

Oh Allah give us goodness in this life and goodness in the hereafter and save us from the punishment of the fire

Waqeena Aazabul Qabr

.... and save us from the punishment of the grave

Waqeena Aazabul Hashr

.... and save us from the punishment of the day of reckoning

Waqeena Aazabul Faqr

.... and save us from the punishment of poverty

Waqeena Aazabul Meezaan

.... and save us from the punishment of the scales

Waqeena Aazabul Karz

.... and save us from the punishment of debt

Waqeena Aazabul Marz

.... and save us from the punishment of sickness

Waqeena Aazabul Aafaat

.... and save us from the punishment of calamities

Waqeena Aazabul Sakraat

.... and save us from the punishment of the pangs of death

Waqeena Aazabul Maut

.... and save us from the punishment of death

Waqeena Aazabul Fitnatul Masihid dajjal

.... and save us from the punishment of the trails of dajjal

Waqeena Azaban Naar

and save us from the punishment of the fire

Amin

That is all for today, do enjoy your weekend. Keep checking out my blog regularly, cheers!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Marketing strategies to be used during a financial crisis

Hello readers, today I will be talking about marketing strategies to be used during a challenging period. In order to be able to cope successfully during a financial crisis in an economy your business operates in, you must do the following.

- Find an opportunity in the market that other competitors have not explored and focus on attracting new customers. These new customers include the ones that have not been provided with your services as a result of not meeting their requirements. This will help you survive during the financial crisis.

- Promote your products by sending emails to potential  customers. This will help you get more customers during the crisis. The title of your email must be catchy so that your emails will be read.

- Build a good customer service relationship with existing and potential customers. That could serve as a competitive advantage. Thus, you can keep in touch with customers that are comfortable with it, this can help differentiate your products.

-  A low cost pricing strategy should be used cause the financial capability of customers would have reduced, thus they will be attracted to the cheapest product of high quality.

Thank you for reading this article, keep checking my article regularly. Cheers!


Thursday, 8 December 2016

6 top universities in Nigeria

Hello readers, I will be writing about the top 6 universities in Nigeria according to the National Universities Commission (NUC). Here they are

1. University of Ibadan
It is the oldest university in Nigeria. It was established in 1948. It takes the number one position according to NUC. It is located in Ibadan, Oyo State. It has more than 33,000 students. It is the first university in Nigeria to be ranked within the top 1000 universities by Times Higher Education.

2. University of Lagos
This beautiful university takes the number 2 position according to NUC. It was established in 1962. It is located in Akoka, Lagos State. It has more than 57,000 students. It is also known as Unilag.

3. University of Benin
According to NUC, it takes the number 3 position in Nigeria. It was established in 1970. It has more than 49,000 students. It is located in Benin, Edo State.

4. Obafemi Awolowo University
This nice university is located in Ile-Ife, Osun State. It was established in 1961. It used to be called University of Ife and was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University in 1987. It has about 35,000 students. According to NUC, It takes the 4th position in Nigeria.

5. Ahmadu Bello University
NUC ranked this university 5th. It is located in Zaria, Kaduna State. It was established in 1962 as the University of Northern Nigeria. It was later renamed Ahmadu Bello University

6. University of Ilorin
It is located in Ilorin, Kwara State, It was established in 1975. It has over 34,000 students. According to NUC, it takes the 6th position. It is also known as Unilorin. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The process of formulating your strategy

Hello readers, I will be writing about strategy formulation. Strategy formulation could be seen as a process whereby the best courses of actions are chosen so as to achieve the goals and objectives of your business. Thus, achieving the vision of your organisation.

The first step to take when formulating your strategy is to define the long term goals and objectives of your business. You will then have to evaluate your business environment using the PESTEL analysis framework. You will also analyse the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your business using the SWOT analysis framework. The PESTEL analysis will help you understand your environment. Both frameworks will let you know the competitive position of your business, which will guide your strategy.

The next step you will take is to turn some of your objectives into quantitative targets. This will help you know the value that might be added by various operating departments. These values must be identified, after-which, a business strategy will be composed for each department.

The last step you will take is to formulate the strategy. The strategy will be influenced by the goals and objectives of your company, the environment  your company operates in as well as the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your company.

Thank you for reading this article. Keep checking out my blog regularly. Cheers!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Preventing competitors from imitating your products

Hello readers, today I will be writing about ways you can prevent competitors from imitating your products. “Imitation is the most direct form of competition; thus, for a competitive advantage to be sustained over time, barriers to imitation must exist”. (Robert M. Grant). Isolating mechanisms is used to describe the barriers that limit the threats of imitation. 

Obscuring superior performance:
“A simple barrier to imitation is to obscure the firm’s superior profitability“. (Robert M. Grant). That is you should hide your firm’s profitability from the public. However, public limited companies are not able to do that

Deterrence and Preemption:
“A firm may avoid competition by undermining the incentives for imitation”. (Robert M. Grant). Making variety of products could leave new entrants and smaller competitors with few opportunities. Market opportunities for rivals can also be preempted if you invest largely in production capacity that is greater than the growth of the market demand.

Diagnosing Competitive advantage:
“If a firm is to imitate the competitive advantage of another, it must understand the basis of its rival’s success”. (Robert M. Grant). Thus, the way you achieve your competitive advantage should not be known to the public.

Acquiring Resources and Capabilities
"An imitator can mount a competitive challenge only by assembling resources and capabilities necessary for imitation”. (Robert M. Grant). The period it takes competitors to acquire and mobilize resources and capabilities is the period of time your competitive advantage can be sustained for. Thus, complex firm specific resources should be used

Thank you for reading this article. Keep checking out my blog regularly. Cheers!


Friday, 2 December 2016

Verse and Chapters of the Quran to recite after every obligatory prayer and at bedtime

Hello readers, today I will be telling you what verse and chapters you should recite after every obligatory prayer and at bedtime. Here they are

Surat Ikhlass (Chapter 112)

Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Rahim
Qul Hu-wallahu Ahad;
Allaahus Samad;
Lam yalid, wa lam yunlad;
Walam yakul-la-Huu kufuwan ahad.

Meaning in English
The Unity

In the name of Allah , the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Say: He is Allah, the One!
Allah the eternally Besought of all!
He begetteth not nor was begotten.
And there is none comparable unto Him.

Surat Falaq (Chapter 113)

Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Rahim
Qul a-uuzu bi Rabbil Falaq,
Min-sharri maa khalaq:
Wa min-sharri gaasiqin izza waqab,
Wa min-sharrin-Naffaasaatil fil-uqad,
Wa min-sharri haasidin izza hasad.

Meaning in English
The Daybreak

In the name of Allah , the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of Daybreak,
From the evil of that which He created;
From the evil of the darkness when it is intense,
And from the evil of malignant witchcraft,
And from the evil of the envier when he envieth.

Surat Naas (Chapter 114)

Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Rahim
Qul a-uuzu bi-Rabbin-Naas,
Malikin-Naas,
Ilaahin-Naas,
Min-sharril- Waswaasil-khan-Naas,-
Allazii yuwas-wisu fii suduurin-Naasi,-
Minal-Jinnati wan-Naas.

Meaning in English
Mankind

In the name of Allah , the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of Mankind,
The King of mankind,
The God of mankind,
From the evil of the sneaking whisperer,
Who whispereth in the hearts of mankind,
Of the jinn and of mankind.

Ayat-al Kursiyyu (Chapter 2:255)

Bismillaahir-Rahmaanir-Rahim
Allahu laaa illaaha illa Huu. Al-Hayyul-Qayyum. Laa ta-khuzuhuu
sina-tunw-wa laa nawm. Lahuu maa fissamaawaati wa maa fil-arz. Man-zallazii yashfa- u indahuu illah bi-iznih Ya-lamu maa bayna aydiihim wa maa khalfahum. Wa laa yu-hituuna bi-shay-im-min il-mihii illa bimaa shaa. Wa-si-a Kursiyyu-hus-Samaawati-ti wal-arz; wa laa ya-uudu-huu hifzu-humaa wa Huwal- Aliyyul-Azim.

Meaning in English
The Throne

In the name of Allah , the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.






Thursday, 1 December 2016

Top 6 universities

Hello readers, today I will like to tell you about 6 top universities. The aim of this article is to keep you informed. I hope your week has been good so far. Here they are

California Institute of Technology
This university has been ranked first by timeshighereducation.com, fifth by topuniversities.com and seventh by bestschools.org. This institution was founded in 1891. It has 2,240 students while undergraduates students are 979 in all. Post graduate students are 1,261 in all. It is located in Pasadena, California, USA.

Harvard University
This university has been ranked sixth by timeshighereducation.com, third by topuniversities.com and first by bestschools.org. This institution was founded in 1636. It has 21,200 students while undergraduates students are 6,700 in all. Post graduate students are 14,500 in all. It  is located in  Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This university has been ranked fifth by timeshighereducation.com, first by topuniversities.com and third by bestschools.org. This institution was founded in 1861. It has 11,319 students while undergraduates students are 4,512 in all. Post graduate students are 6,807 in all. It  is located in  Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Stanford University
This university has been ranked third by timeshighereducation.com, second by topuniversities.com and second by bestschools.org. This institution was founded in 1891. It has 15,877 students while undergraduates students are 6,980 in all. Post graduate students are 8,897 in all. It  is located in Stanford,  California, USA.

University of Cambridge
This university has been ranked fourth by timeshighereducation.com, fourth by topuniversities.com and fifth by bestschools.org. This institution was founded in 1209. It has 19,515 students while undergraduates students are 12,230 in all. Post graduate students are 7,285 in all. It  is located in Cambridge, England, UK.

University of Oxford
This university has been ranked second by timeshighereducation.com, sixth by topuniversities.com and tenth by bestschools.org. This institution was founded in 1096. As of December 2015, It had 22,602 students while undergraduates students were 11,603 in all. Post graduate students were 10,499 in all and other students were 500. It  is located in Oxford, England, UK.

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