Cliquey

lady boss taking charge at work avoiding cliques.
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Clique

nnoun: clique; plural noun: cliques

  1. a small close-knit group of people who do not readily allow others to join them.”his flat became a haven for a clique of young men of similar tastes”synonyms:coterie, circle, inner circle, crowd, in-crowd, set, group

The one thing I have avoided over the course of my career within the workplace is ‘Cliques’. No matter the form or shape it announces itself in, I stick up my middle finger in its’ face, and own the spot I occupy. This dark form of nepotism, destroys the soul and culture within the workplace. I do not think highly of people who belong to ‘Cliques’ as it tells me you have subjugated your individuality for the common individuality of a group.

How boring and utterly stupid? Thinking from a common point of view gets you nowhere on the career ladder. You must learn to stand alone and own your thoughts, irrespective of whether you’ve got supporters or not. Don’t imagine this exists within Naija alone. No! Its’ a global affliction and I have seen this operate everywhere, while working in Dubai and other places.

Belonging to a clique will dumb you down and take you along a narcissistic path, where you will lose all forms of creativity and wit to aid you in your career. That is, if you eventually end up having a meaningful one without spending your days, licking asses up and down (this is the bane of most Nigerian men in the workplace. So timid and always agreeing with every dumb ideas or words, that comes out of their bosses mouth, without taking a moment to think and reflect). It pisses me off completely. Miss me with the B.S.

Rather, choose to be different. Yeah, you might be hated, called weird names, hey sugar, deal with it. How have i dealt with this negative phenomenon?

In my unit, we ain’t got time for ‘Cliques’. Once I notice there is a cliquey thingy going on, I break it up immediately by assigning each person an onerous, individual task that takes a month to deliver. It works like a charm. Since they are so busy with meeting deadlines, each day is filled with heavy grunts and lots of silent thinking.

I love that especially when your unit has been noticed as the only unit, where employees do not dwadle or gossip, you know you are building the right culture.

What’s Next?

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I have been thinking of closing this blog down since life and other stuffs have finally caught up with me. I thought I would rather transition this blog to a podcast. After thinking about it, I thought to myself, “Jan, why don’t you do a pivot with this blog, by sharing some of the steps you have taken in the corporate world to get to where you are today?

Yeap, you guessed right, I will be using this year to share my nuggets of wisdom on navigating the corporate ladder. Note of warning: my approach is quite brutal and mafioso. I am not a wallflower when it comes to the workplace and I always take no prisoners alive.

So if you are not comfortable with being hated, gossiped about in the workplace, feared and respected for the values you bring into the workplace, then this might not be for you. However, if you are comfortable with being hated, and can use that negative emotion to propel you on the career ladder, you are welcome on this ride, however nerve wracking it might be.

I will share how I have orchestrated my career working with expats and locals. If you’ve got organizational challenges in your current workplace, shoot me a email (your current employer/organization should be denoted “All Way na Way”). I will try to point you to a conclusive option. The actual work lies with you.

Welcome once more!

Migration

Hello Ladies,

It’s been a while. I’d like to inform you all that this blog will be migrating to a new platform by Saturday. A warm hug goes to all the incredible ladies I have met over the years while running this blog.

Change is good and it’ll only get better. I’ve set up a new home for this blog and you can visit us by clicking here or here. We’re still available to attend to all orders tat come in through this blog but you can catch up with me on all news relating to hair matters and other stuffs as well.

Thanks a lot.

Jan

Hair Regimen Update

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I’ll be introducing you to ‘Red Handle-Less 1875W Ceramic Tourmaline’, recommended for Pik Hair Straightening & Drying. As part of ongoing effort to change my hair regimen, Stevie had recommended this particular dryer for my hair needs. I had earlier told her about my desire to cut down on the number of hours I spent on wash days and how I felt air drying was making my ends more image imagebrittle than I liked.

According to her, long drying times can cause undetected damage to hair. Air dried hair sustains more damage to the Cell Membrane Complex, the sandwich-layer of proteins, lipids and covalently bonded fatty acids that is the glue that binds cuticles together. Once the CMC is damaged, cuticles can become dislodged easily which leads to rough damaged hair which may eventually split or break. She stressed the importance of blow drying on cool or low heat and how it was vital I did not abuse the process.

Upon receipt of the Kiss Handless Dryer, I was struck by 2 things:

– it was lightweight

– it has 3 settings: cool, low & high

– the box contained 2 Pik sets

– it also had a concentrator as well

– it’s cool to touch allowing you to manoveur easily.

– you’ll get salon like results at home…so convenient.

Unlike other blow dryers, this brand didn’t have the protruding handle making it easy to swing across your hair easily. It’s quite easy to manoveur and I spent 5 minutes drying and straightening my hair. The tension method has never been this easy.

How do I use it?

I divide freshly deep conditioned hair into 8 sections making sure to apply Chi Silk Infusion. Then I switch over to cool or low heat depending on how straight I want my hair to be. One single pass and voila!my hair is all straightened out as if I just flat ironed it. It’s made it easier to implement eyelash trimming for my ends. You can use this for natural hair as well on days you want to conduct a length check and trim your ends.
You might want to check the videos below from YouTube as well.

 

 

Fab Find for Christmas

For sometime now, I’ve been in search of a makeup kit that I can store in one place rather than searching haphazardly for my eyeshadow, lip gloss or lipstick each morning while going to work. It used to be tedious searching YouTube for the perfect makeup tutorial that’ll make my face pop without unnecessary drama.
My wish list for Xmas this year was a collection of palette that would suit my  purpose. I searched high and low and wasn’t satisfied with the ones I’d seen till I stumbled across this brand. I got the Stila Artist Essentials Set as an early Xmas gift from my mom and it’s set the tone for 2015.

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What do I like about this set? Several things. It comes in a sleek, earthy box with a clasp in front which keeps the content together. It’s lightweight and  compact size, makes it easier to travel with. I don’t have to worry about makeup spilling on my clothes or having to store it in a Ziploc bag. The clasp was well thought out.
This box contains the following items :
– 4 different sets of palette ranging from pop art, renaissance, abstract and surreal.
– #9 all over blend brush for applying and smudging your eyeliner or eyeshadow.
– smudge stick waterproof eyeliner in stingray.
– a convertible color dual lip & cheek cream.
– stay all day liquid lipstick in patina

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I forgot to mention it’s got an instruction sheet on how to blend the different palette to achieve whatever look you may be going for.

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Each palette type is represented on the instruction sheet making it easy to interprete.

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My first impressions? I love, love this makeup brand and I’m sold. I started by checking out the instruction sheet to see which of the looks I wanted to interprete. I settled for ‘pop art’ and went to work with my brush. I was done within 5 minutes. That’s a first as I usually spend a lot of time wiping off and doing up a new set once I’m not satisfied with my look. With the manual it was easy at a go. I applied the eyeliner and used the blend brush to smudge the lined eyes for a smoky effect.
For my lips, I decided to go with the ‘all day liquid lipstick in patina’. I must warn that a little goes a long way. I ate, drank loads of water and this lipstick stayed put throughout the day. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my entire makeup stayed put throughout the day. The eyeshadow stayed true to form all day.

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I haven’t used the lip/cheek cream but based on the experience I’ve had so far, I do not expect anything less. This is definitely a keeper for me.
For ladies who made specific requests for this brand, your package will be delivered tomorrow and I hope you enjoy creating different looks like I’ve done.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another fab find.

Import Window- African Edition

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If you reside outside Nigeria and are desirous of placing an order for products you have regularly read rave reviews about online, then this is for you. Shipping from one African country to another (with the exception of Ghana) can be darn expensive. To mitigate this, the team at Today’s Naira have gone into partnership with a preferred courier company to service our clients within other African countries.

How does this work?

At the beginning of each month once the import window is open, wherever you might reside on the continent, kindly send us the list of products you’d like to order. We will revert with the prices and payment process (this excludes shipping). Once we receive your payments, orders are placed immediately. Please note that the import window will be open for a week only to collate all orders.

How will this process save me shipping cost?

If you have a friend or someone who is also interested in placing an order for our range of products, collate your orders and send to us at sales@hairsage.com or todaysnaira@hotmail.com. Once the import window is closed, we will group all orders received from each country as a single bundle. Once this is done, we will send out an email to everyone within the list from each country and we will require you to nominate someone who can receive the products on your behalf. Now ladies, you can either decide to meet as a group at the shipment company (Think of a funky group name and send to us. We will be rewarding the group that has the most innovative and interesting name) to receive the package and unbundle within their premises or meet at a designated person’s house for tea to share your hair journey stories while you unbundle your shipment cargo (also share pictures of such meeting with us). What this means is that the cost of shipping this cargo bundle will be shared amongst each group from each country making it more affordable for you all.

What are the shipping rates looking like?

Shipping rates to African Countries
Weight (kg) Rates ($)
0kg – 0.5kg 72
0.5kg – 1kg 115
1kg – 1.5kg 115
1.5kg – 2kg 152
2.5kg – 5kg 256
5.5kg – 10kg 405

When can I place my order?

No better time to start than now. For the month of February, we will receive your  orders from the 8th of February till 14th of February 2014 and after this, we will not be able to handle more request to enable us place your orders and commence shipments right away.The first batch of shipments will arrive designated locations by 2nd week in March.