Expert Describes Improvement of Work Performance and Organisational Effectiveness as the Fundamental Objective of Team Building
The Department of Business Management of Covenant University on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, hosted an avid professional in the field of Sales and Marketing Management, Mr. Simeon Adeogun, to its first edition of Town and Gown training and interactive sessions for the 2015/2016 academic session. The theme of the seminar was, “Performance Improvement in the Work Place: The Role of Effective Team Management.” The aim of the session was to prepare the turn-out of industry-ready graduates for the global job and entrepreneurship market by bridging the gap between theory and practice as well as classroom and industry.
Speaking at the occasion, the representative of the Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Dr. Oluwole Iyiola, who is also the sub-Dean, thanked the management of the University for providing the platform for the Town and Gown interaction. He appreciated the guest speaker for making time to come; while commending the efforts of the Head of Department and members of the Department of Business Management in organising the event. He enjoined the students to take advantage of the interaction by asking questions where necessary.
In his remarks, the Head, Department of Business Management, Dr. Rowland Worlu said, “Last session, when the idea of Town and Gown took off, skeptics thought it would be an exercise in futility, but the testimonies of benefits we harvested gave impetus to continue the initiative. Today marks the first in the series for the 2015/2016 academic session in the Department of Business Administration. The bottom line is to make Covenant University graduates employable and industry players.” He encouraged participants to be attentive in order to make the exercise a rewarding experience, once again.
In his presentation, Mr. Adeogun, who is the Managing Director of Aspectx Integrated Resources Nig. Ltd, Lagos, a strategic partner and representative of Sunmak International, United Kingdom, reputed for marketing of FMCGs across Africa, defined an organisation as a formal and coordinated group of people who function to achieve particular goals. “These goals”, he said, “cannot be achieved by individuals acting alone; they are achieved in a team.” He described effective teams as those that possess emotional intelligence, have a mix of introverts and extroverts, share and understand their common goals, communicate pro-actively and make room for humour.
Mr. Adeogun, also stated that organisational performance is measured by the reliability, competence and cooperation of other functional units. For example, the performance of a business firm is dependent on the supplier quality, decision flexibility, product delivery, cost performance and prompt response to essential issues.
He enjoined the participants to uphold the tenets of effective leadership management through the virtues of accountability, minimisation of oversight through confidence and empowerment. He further stated that managers need to function more as facilitators and leaders while maintaining performance management and measurement as key contributors to improved team management. “Information sharing and effective communications are also critical,” he said.
Also at the event were the immediate past Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies, Dr. Chinonye Moses; Dr. Edwin Agwu; Dr. Mercy Ogbari and other members of faculty of the Department of Business Management as well as members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.