Brokerage Tasked On Time Management, Team Spirit, Others During Pandemic
The focus was on effective time management, creating work-life and mental balance in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic when members of the flagship Lagos Area Committee (LAC) of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) came together for the first internal retreat of the year held at the Insurance Brokers House in Yaba, Lagos.
While welcoming guests and speakers to the special occasion, Chairman of the Lagos Area Committee, Rotimi Olukorede thanked the leadership of the NCRIB for their consistent support to the committee. He explained that the two-day training is important for the fact that the year is a unique one that requires a unique approach and preparation towards the actualization of set goals and objectives.
“2021 is still young and there is a paramount need to prepare our members to face the year headlong to achieve their set objectives and attain our collective aspirations. That is why the topics and areas of concentration have been carefully selected. We have seasoned speakers and facilitators lined up to do justice to them,” he said.
Speaking on the topic ‘Optimising Efficiency and Growth’ with emphasis on time management, Ayokunle Olubunmi, Head, Financial Institutions Ratings Agusto & Co., explained to participants that time management is central to personal effectiveness and optimising efficiency. Explaining that time management requires balancing career, family and personal priorities, he added that is also important for organisations to achieve sustained growth.
He added, “Your ability to work, produce, and earn money is your most valuable commodity. And this value of course comes from you. It is who you are and who you have become through the knowledge and skills you have attained that is your greatest and most valuable asset. And of course, how you use that asset determines the quality of life you will experience.”
Advising brokers on how to best utilize their time, he urged them to focus on more than being effective to being efficient, avoid overworking, over-committing and stop emphasising perfection instead of excellence.
For the second day of the programme, Abideen Musa, Executive Director of NSIA Insurance was the speaker. He spoke on the topic, ‘Benefits of Team Spirit, Work-Life and Mental Balance in The Midst of A Pandemic.’ Enumerating the benefits of maintaining work-life and mental balance which includes fostering creativity and learning, blending complementary strengths and building trusts, etc., he urged participants to always aim to reach a balance of the two variables especially during the pandemic.
“While it may seem overrated or impossible, maintaining balance throughout our lives is a cornerstone for overall well-being. Balance prevents stress, and we all know stress causes adverse health effects and leads to 75-90% of all physician visits,” he explained.
The Lagos Area Committee is the flagship area of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers. The Nigerian Corporation of Insurance bBokers, the precursor of the council, was established in 1962 to provide a central organization for the regulation of all practicing insurance brokers in Nigeria. This body got its first legal recognition in 1991 when the Insurance Decree N0 58 of 1991 made compulsory for all practicing Insurance Brokers to be members of this body before being registered by the Commissioner for Insurance.