By Providence Obuh
President of Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, weekend, urged women to have a vision and game plan so as to thrive in a challenging environment. He said this during the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) Annual Lecture themed: “Thriving in Tough Times: Navigating Challenging Environments.”
Imoukhuede noted that societies that do not allow women to contribute to societal development cannot grow, adding that companies with more women on board suffer fewer crises. He said that the WIMBIZ has become a beacon of light not for only women but all well meaning stakeholders in Nigeria and across Nigeria.
Describing vision, he said, “There is nothing more important than having a vision and there is nothing in life that has not been achieved without a vision, everything that you see has been achieved through a vision.
It is vision that makes you entrepreneurs and makes you succeed, vision is fundamental to survival, your vision is your anchor of hope and without a vision when you are beaten down you have no reason to get up.
“Your vision is your source of confidence, stability motivate your passion and your conviction to succeed. Dreams are good but then we wake up, plans are the actionable steps you must exude successfully to make your vision a reality. Without a game plan there is nothing to focus on, focus is relevant in the contest of a plan, focus without a plan is meaningless,” he said.
He added those crises are test of ability to overcome crisis, saying, “if you do not thrive in crisis you do not worth leading others.” In her welcome address, WIMBIZ Chairperson, Mrs. Osayi Alile, said that the topic was chosen as a result of the realities of Nigeria and the need for people especially women to prepare and learn the most out of the situation.
Alile said, “When we go into business we are always looking at the profit of today but when you go into business with a long term vision, you find out that regardless of the ups and downs and some challenges you face, at the end you are able to achieve those goals. So I think is a process but we needed to be prepared for that process having a strong decision.”