Entrepreneurship is not for Everyone, You Can Excel within a Company – CEO, Biola Alabi Media
Although, this may be the stack reality, some are wont to disagree with Biola Alabi, CEO, Biola Alabi Media’s submission at the June edition of VivaWomen quarterly event where she held that entrepreneurship is not for everyone suggesting instead that people can spend their entire career life within an organisation and excel.
According to Alabi, who is also the Founder, Grooming for Greatness, “while entrepreneurship is a rewarding venture, it is not meant for everyone”. The quarterly event which held at Insight Publicis Nigeria office in Lagos, is an initiative of Insight Redefini (Troyka Holdings) and a Publicis Groupe Internal Women’s network within Troyka.
While delivering her keynote address on the topic: An Anywhere Leader – Lead with a Difference”, Mrs. Alabi remarked that everyone can be leaders, regardless of their titles. Telling her story, she spoke of how she grew from being a Content salesperson at Sesame Street in America to leading the largest PayTv channel in Africa.
In her words: “when I took on the position as MD of MNet, I had no clue what I was getting into. I literally had to learn the hard way, to lead albeit with fear. Along the line, I came to the realization that to be an anywhere leader, you are constantly going to be in a flux and you need to transform and adjust to different circumstances”.
As much as Alabi’s submission may be easy way out and a reality, it is open to critique as it may be construed as a ploy to instil fear in the minds of would be young entrepreneurs who may be willing to bite the bullet, leave the comfort zones in a bid to pursue their dreams.
Meanwhile, the VivaWomen Nigeria Lead/Chief Operating Officer, Quadrant MSLGroup, Mrs. Tosin Adefeko while speaking at the event reiterated that the VivaWomen initiative is to provide a platform for women within the group to share their experiences, best practices, mentoring and for networking.