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Name: Taiwo Orbs
Title: Brand Marketing Consultant
Organisation: Orbs Copy
Taiwo Orbs is a multi-talented individual with expertise in brand marketing, copywriting, and the power of media and technology. As a Brand Marketing Consultant and Trainer, he assists individuals, businesses, and brands in creating profitable footprints through carefully crafted words and effective marketing strategies. Additionally, Taiwo Orbs serves as a Corporate Virtual Assistant, providing valuable support to organizations in various aspects of their operations.
Alongside his marketing endeavours, Taiwo Orbs is also a field engineer and post-installation support professional at Mojec International, a leading manufacturer of electricity meters in the West African region. In this role, he acts as a liaison between the company and electricity distribution entities, ensuring the resolution of meter faults and contributing to the smooth functioning of electrical systems.
Beyond his professional engagements, Taiwo Orbs is actively involved in volunteer work and is a member of Rotary International. Currently, he holds the position of Rotaract President at the Rotaract Club of Surulere South in Lagos, Nigeria. Through his dedication to service, Taiwo Orbs exemplifies a commitment to making a positive impact in his community.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
My challenge is to consider emotions and empathy before making difficult decisions and to ensure that I don't hurt my followers.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I became a leader in college by speaking up when I observed certain issues in my faculty and class. My unwillingness to stay silent when things were done wrongly led me to approach the class representative with suggestions. As a result, I was nominated and elected as the Public Relations Officer, representing my faculty of engineering.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
As someone who values organization, I have a goal book hung on the wall in my room. I write down tasks and goals on the board, and I typically achieve around 65% of what I write down. I consecutively follow up with the board, ticking off completed tasks and noting what's left to be done. Whenever I encounter roadblocks, I find that meditation helps me gain clarity and find solutions. This approach allows me to maintain a clean slate and work towards my goals effectively.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
A recent leadership lesson I have learned is the importance of always seeking a definitive response from individuals when assigning tasks. Inspired by Elon Musk, I realized that working smart involves ensuring that my team members can confidently provide a clear "yes" or "no" with reasons when asked to carry out a task. It is essential that they do not commit to something they know they won't excel at or simply say "no" without providing a rationale. Eliminating uncertainty and ambiguous responses enables me to work more efficiently and progress at a faster pace.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
"The Seasons of Life," written by Ronald L. Reynolds and inspired by Jim Rohn, has had a profound impact on me. This book taught me valuable lessons about building relationships and embracing change. It helped me gain a deeper understanding of life's different stages and provided insights into setting goals and navigating through challenges
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
If I could give one piece of advice to a young leader, it would be to prioritize continuous learning and personal growth, while also embracing digital visibility. Invest in developing your skills, expanding your knowledge, and cultivating a growth mindset. Additionally, be confident in sharing your ideas and expertise in the public sphere, and don't dim your light or shy away from showcasing your talents and achievements. Embrace the power of digital platforms to build your personal brand, connect with others, and make a positive impact on a broader scale.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
As a sensitive person, I vividly remember the day I was delivering my lines during a contest for the position of PRO in my faculty. Despite practising diligently, I found myself standing in front of the audience, only to forget my lines completely. I was extremely hard on myself at that moment. However, I quickly reminded myself of an important lesson: what truly matters is not how I failed in that instance, but how I respond and improve moving forward. I realized that dwelling on the mistake wouldn't be productive. Instead, I shifted my focus to learning from the experience and using it as fuel to do better next time. This incident taught me the significance of resilience and the power of embracing failures as opportunities for growth and self-improvement.