- Business Lessons from Anthony Joshua Loss
A lot will be said about Anthony Joshua first ever lost but our focus at Investors King is to breakdown factors that led to such an upset considering its odds and what could be done to avert similar fate as business people.
Focus on What Matters
Leading up to the fight, Anthony Joshua focus was on Denotay Wilder, the WBC champion of the world.
Despite Andy Ruiz been a last minute replacement for Big Baby Miller who got banned for testing positive to three different substances. Joshua continued to focus on a possible fight with Wilder, the American Champion.
It was last minute that Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua’s promoter, started saying Anthony Joshua needs to focus on Andy Ruiz Jr who was determined to be the very first Mexico’s heavyweight champion of the world.
Hearn knows Anthony Joshua had to abandon his previous training strategy and find a way to learn and adjust to Andy Ruiz style within just about three weeks. While Andy Ruiz Jr just came off a solid win against German Alexander Dimitrenko who shares similar attributes with Anthony Joshua.
In business, it is important to focus on the present and effectively masters its mechanics and execute your strategy precisely while hoping you would have done enough to earn a solid future. It is pointless to prepare for a future you may never have. Now is your moment, give it your all!.
It is pointless to prepare for a future you may never have. Now is your moment, give it your all!.
A Good Strategy is Nothing Without A Good Execution
Anthony Joshua, his team and promotion company has a perfect strategy to break into the American market and enhance their earnings after conquering Europe. What they never anticipated was the depth of the American market in terms of competition and execution.
What they never anticipated was the depth of the American market in terms of competition and execution.
In heavyweight boxing, the smaller guys can adapt to the bigger guys easily but the bigger guys like Anthony Joshua struggle with the smaller guys as seen against Povetkin, Joseph Parker, Dillian Whyte, Carlos Tekam, etc.
Andy Ruiz Jr and his trainer knew he was coming off a good win with someone just as big as Anthony Joshua, meaning he has 10 weeks of successful training camp and a trainer that has lost to Anthony Joshua in previous fight against Dominic Breazeale, hence, they understand how to handle his perceived edge, developed a strategy to negate it and perfectly executed it.
They studied every piece of the ‘Anthony Joshua puzzle’ and magnified every little thing Anthony Joshua and his team overlooked.
Therefore, a good strategy is just as good as its execution. A perfect example is the recently listed Jumia shares on the New York Stock Exchange, good strategy but poor execution.
A good strategy is just as good as its execution.
We All Lose at Some Point
You are not always going to have it your way, so don’t be rattled by your loss. Focus on your mistakes, make adjustments and celebrate your wins no matter how little.
Anthony Joshua may have failed to break the American market with a win but he has won the market with a lost, media won’t rest throughout next week. Even if it is negative news, he has a chance to convince them in the rematch it was just a ‘bad day in the office’.
Therefore, he can focus on the negative noise and allow it to break him or just forge ahead, knowing the rematch will now be bigger than the first fight.
Standard Bank Appoints Sanni Chief Executive for Africa
The Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets has appointed Yinka Sanni as its new Chief Executive for Africa Regions and a member of the Group Leadership Council.
Sanni, the group’s Regional Chief Executive for West Africa, takes over from Sola David-Borha, who is retiring after 31 years of service to the banking group.
This was disclosed in a statement.
Sanni holds a B. Agric. (Hons) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria and an MBA from Obafemi Awolowo University. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2009, and the Global CEO Programme at the Wharton School in 2017. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial sector across wholesale, retail and asset management, and joined Standard Bank Group’s Nigerian subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, in December 1990.
In a note to employees, Standard Bank Group CEO, Sim Tshabalala, congratulated Sanni on his appointment and thanked David-Borha for her extraordinary contributions to the group.
“Sola was appointed as the Chief Executive of Africa Regions in January 2017 and is one of the group’s most deeply expert and experienced bankers,” Tshabalala said.
“Under her leadership, the Africa Regions portfolio has grown remarkably in capacity, market share and contribution to the group’s headline earnings.”
David-Borha has been a passionate advocate of culture change and executive leadership development, having sponsored the ‘Last Mile’ programme, which has resulted in the successful promotion of talented people into both Regional Chief Executive and Country Chief Executive positions, including the appointment of two female Chief Executives in the Africa Regions business.
“It has been a great honour and privilege to serve and contribute to the growth of the Standard Bank Group,” David-Borha said.
“I am delighted to be handing over to Yinka Sanni, an exceptional, authentic and experienced leader who will take the baton forward in driving Africa’s growth.”
David-Borha will remain with the group until the end of June to ensure a successful leadership transition and handover process. Sanni’s appointment is effective from today, 15 April.
Experts to Provide Insights on Tech & Digital Transformation at MSME Dialogue 3.0
The third edition of MSME Dialogue will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10am (WAT). Experts at the virtual event will provide insights while discussing the theme: Powering MSMEs with Technology and Digital Transformation.
The event, which is organized by MSME Africa, is expected to have owners and managers of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Business owners from different sector in attendance.
MSME Dialogue which holds every quarter, seeks to address, burning and relevant issues about entrepreneurship and running a small business as well as proffering solutions to those issues.
The event aims to provide the right knowledge and know-how for MSMEs, Entrepreneurs, and Startups to enable them to grow and thrive and features subject matter experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, professionals, and players within the MSME Ecosystem.
The speakers expected at the event are: Akeem Lawal, Divisional CEO, Interswitch Group, Rex Mafiana: CEO, FPG Technologies, Fatma Nasujo, Global Head of Operational Excellence at Sokowatch, Kenya, David Lanre Messan, CEO, FirstFounders, Bisoye Coker, CEO/Co-founder, Kiakia FX. The session will be moderated by Solape Akinpelu: CEO/Founder, HerVest.
According to the convener of the event who is also the founder of MSME Africa, Seye Olurotimi “Every business owner who is serious with their business would agree with me that technology and digital transformation are important factors for business growth and success. We all can’t all run or won Tech startups but we can always drive our businesses and operations with Technology and Digital Tools”
“Tech-driven Businesses are making waves and turning in almost unbelievable results against all odds. Businesses who have embraced technology, automation and digital transformation are enjoying unquantifiable advantages. It is because of this that I am calling on business owners and managers to join us at the 3rd Edition of MSME Dialogue, on Saturday April 24, 2021 at 10am ( WAT), as we bring in experts to provide insights on this theme” Olurotimi added.
MSME Africa is a multi-faceted resource platform for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Africa providing capacity development, news, opportunities, business articles and other resources for MSMEs, entrepreneurs, and startups.
Olurotimi said the platform was poised to build the biggest network and community of MSMEs in Africa in the nearest future.
Ericsson Launches Automation Hub in Nigeria
Ericsson announces plans to create an Automation Hub in Nigeria to support operators for improved consumer experience.
Ericsson Automation Hub is an open innovation platform, inspired by lean startup methodology in which the Ericsson team works in close dialog with customers, users and partners to showcase and reach the high potential that network automation allows in configuration, provisioning, assurance and orchestration of network services.
This will enable service providers to gain the ability in their environments to govern, manage and orchestrate hybrid networks holistically and in real time and as a result, offer an enhanced consumer experience.
Fields to be covered include but not limited to 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, Network Slicing and Orchestration, Hologram Calls, Complex Standalone, Business Support System (BSS) and Operations Support System (OSS), Cloud and Core product cases, Automated Acceptance Tests demonstration and enhancements as well as complex charging scenarios for 5G and 4G networks.
Lucky La Riccia, Vice President and Head of Digital Services at Ericsson Middle East and Africa at Ericsson says: “As Industry 4.0 accelerates in Africa, automation in operations is proven to boost customer experiences. Ericsson continues to support the telecom industry players in setting #AfricaInMotion, and with the Ericsson Automation Hub in Nigeria, we will focus on driving business outcomes for our partners in Africa as they aim to leverage digital transformation to turn complexities into opportunities while offering a greater experience and value to consumers.”
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