By Peter Egwuatu
Professionals andÂ entrepreneurs across various disciplines have created a platform to sharpen the skills and effectiveness of an average business minded person in the areas of finance, capital market and other sectorsÂ with the inauguration of Conference of Business Leaders (CBL) in Lagos last week.
Conference of Business Leaders (CBL) is a network of professionals and entrepreneurs from the different sectors of the economy including finance, capital market ,manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, information technology, media, education, transport, hospitality and public sector.
The primary aim of CBL is to improve the personal effectiveness of members and thereby enhance productivity in the workplace and ultimately in the overall economy.
Speaking at the inaugural meeting and forum of the network in Lagos last week, Mr. Ayobami Ogunkeye, conference coordinator, Conference of Business Leaders (CBL), said the group aims to bridge the knowledge gap that tends to reduce individualâ€™s effectiveness and productivity with a view to optimize the potential of the Nigerian economy.
He pointed out that effectiveness and excellence in service is the bane of any successful individual or organization noting that in order for any professional or entrepreneurs to succeed it is necessary for them to be guided accordingly by the quality of information made available through platforms such as CBL.
According to him, the professionals on the CBL platform will overtime develop multiple utility competences that will enable them compete at higher strategic levels which will in turn make their organizations more productive and competitive.
â€œThe essence is to develop individuals to be resourceful, creative, self motivated and result-oriented. Well also create a mix between the employed group and the entrepreneurs with the ultimate aim of producing better leaders at all levels,â€ Ogunkeye said.
He outlined that the CBL plans to consistently organize for a, workshops, seminars, mentoring programmes and retreats as well as provide knowledge-based resources that would ensure steady development and enhance productivity of members.
He added that that members would get opportunities to share practical experience, review different management topics and peculiar case study, initiate mentoring and participate in international exchange programmes.
Ogunkeye said CBL would later this year organize business and investment fora across Nigeria in collaboration with some Chambers of Commerce and Industries while the group would also provide platform for key players in specific sectors of the economy to share their growth objectives and strategies with members of the group.
He said the group would also initiate career talks in higher institutions to create awareness and expose students to potential opportunities. Meanwhile, Mrs. Mavi Isibor, chief executive officer, Poise Nigeria , has identified integrity as a key driver of business success urging Nigerians to relearn ethical and moral values.
Speaking at the inaugural forum of the CBL, Isibor said Nigerians need to shun acts of indiscipline and corruption in their efforts to build business asserting that it is possible to do business the right way and remain profitable.