Let’s Get Acquainted!
Ọgọ (pronounced ‘or-gore’) is a Writer, Creative Entrepreneur and Strategic Consultant. She helps creatives, experts and forward-thinking entrepreneurs who are fed up of ‘business as usual’ to develop personal, team and market leadership using creative thinking. In other words? 360 degree leadership development for more impact, income and freedom! An author of several works (e.g. a historical novel and a business paperback – plus articles in publications such as The Independent Blog, Training Journal, Better Business Focus and Talent Engagement Review to mention a few), she has also featured as a guest expert on various BBC World Service programmes as well as speaking at a live seminar at Bush House, The Strand – London (alongside other analysts and leaders).
Ọgọ typically works with those who already have practical experience in their field and a desire to leverage existing resources (without the pain and cost of unnecessary trial and error). Passionate about creating Intelligent Mindset, Content, Strategy and Systems that get results, she deploys a straight-talking approach and encourages people to consider new ways to solve problems. She lives in England with her husband (a commercial litigation solicitor) and also enjoys reading, public speaking, cooking, global travel and thought-provoking discussions with the discerningly curious.
Listed as one of the faces of modern Africa by The Independent on Sunday, Ọgọ strongly believes creativity to be the most vital ingredient for maximising leadership potential both personally and professionally. A graduate of Computer Science and a member of The Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs in the UK, she holds a certificate in Business Mentoring and Coaching from the University of Northampton Business School and harnesses digital technology to work with real-world experts and change makers globally. Her clients, be they SME directors or multi-nationals, benefit immensely from her dynamic training and consulting programmes as well as her innovative products and services. Her daily inspiration? People everywhere who live and work with passion, purpose, creativity and sense!
“From Bookworm to Business Woman!”
I’m Ọgọ (pronounced ‘or-gore’) and when I discovered writing talent from age 4, imagined that I was going to spend my entire adult life waxing poetry on the mountains. Other ‘back-up careers’ included water colour painting, craft making and assembling my own newspapers and magazines. However, thanks to reality (and my very practical parents), I soon set off for University in my teens to earn a degree in Computer Science. After graduation, I published my first book (a poetry anthology) but still didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing as a ‘proper job’. So like most sensible people, I ventured into the corporate world – but quickly realised that I was an entrepreneur at heart and that my creative skills were very valuable to professionals, businesses and brands. However, the big problem was that I still didn’t know how to turn this amazing possibility into a viable reality.
The light bulb came on when I attended a training course at the corporate organisation I worked for at the time. The trainers were dynamic, creative and so happy at work! I was thoroughly inspired and knew that I had found my ‘day job’. Mind you, my mother had been a mathematics teacher and writers are teachers in essence so this was not out of character for me. My father, after serving as divisional manager at a multi-national oil company, had also run several businesses. So my own journey into the cut throat world of business began. It was exciting – yet terrifying. I had imagined it would be easy but quickly found out that I had to learn tons of new skills. Fortunately I also discovered talents that I never knew I had.
The biggest challenge was trying to do everything at the same time and resisting the urge to do it all myself. My mindset about certain things also needed changing as ‘creative types’ often regard profit-making with both suspicion and trepidation. The ‘big aha’ occurred when I realised that when I inspired people, it became easier to attract clients, opportunities and income. Entrepreneurship is essentially about communicating ideas. Just like writers have to grab the reader’s attention from the very first few words and sustain that interest until the end, businesses today have no other choice but to stand out in the marketplace by inspiring their audience to Know, Like, Trust and Engage. As readers remain loyal to those who have inspired them, inspiring brands and businesses are far more likely to attract and retain the right clients and partners. This insight has helped me (and my clients) to focus on the essentials – relationship building, inspiring education and value provision. With the right foundation and an appreciative audience, the opportunities are endless…
#1. When I work with my clients, often the first thing we work on is ‘Authority Architecture!’ This gives them the mindset and unique message they need in order to distinguish themselves from the competition and most importantly, speak to the hearts of their ideal audience. The more authority you have, the more impact and income you can create.
#2. Ultimately innovative ideas and leadership vision need to be profitable – financially and otherwise. For experts and leaders who want to harness the power of best-in-class strategic thinking and group collaboration in order to create more impact, income and freedom, I offer ‘Leveraged Intelligence’ – an exciting initiative which harnesses emotional, creative, strategic and practical intelligence to help people achieve their goals. If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far? You need ‘Leveraged Intelligence!’
It’s great that I get to enjoy the best of both worlds – Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Many people are conflicted about their multiple talents and terrified of being different but therein lies the keys to success (however you define it). Both in business and in life in general!
10 Interesting Things About Me:
#1. I’m originally from Enugu State in Nigeria. #2. Have worked as a freelance newspaper columnist and as a marketing executive for a multi-national company. #3. Married my best friend on the entire planet! #4. Enjoy singing and can write songs. #5. My favourite colour is purple. #6. I am nearly six feet tall. #7. I have travelled or lived in three of the world’s continents. #8. I’m a teetotaller. #9. Wish that I could speak more languages. #10. I am an introvert – although a natural public speaker, not shy and highly extroverted sometimes!
Creativity and Sense:
I draw inspiration and insight from life, my Christian Faith, people and obstacles. In my view, creativity and business sense must go hand in hand in order for today’s professionals and entrepreneurs to fulfill their mission and leadership potential. In challenging times only the innovative survive. It is this belief that has inspired the business name ‘Creativity and Sense!’
Click Here to get inspiration and support to help YOU stand out from the crowd, reach the world with your message and achieve your goals!
“What Others Say…”Energy, Focus and Absolute Commitment…“Having spoken at another of Ogo’s recent events, I am once again astounded at this lady’s energy, focus and absolute commitment to making a real difference to the causes and communities she supports. Ogo is an author of renown, consultant and public speaker, all of which she combines very skillfully to great effect. Her audiences have great affection for her, they respect her dedication and are motivated by her wise words. As am I. I believe that everyone who knows Ogo counts themselves fortunate to be her friend. If anyone out there is interested in the areas that she covers – buy her books, join her talks or commission her services, you won’t regret it.” Mike Skidmore – Speaker and Brand Consultant for The British Council, United Nations, Unilever, Cranfield University Business School and The Chartered Institute of Marketing @ www.MikeSkidmoreOnline.com
Creative, Passionate and Uplifting…“Passionate and uplifting are two words that come to mind when thinking of Ogo Ogbata. Ogo is a multi-talented and creative woman who inspires everyone she comes in contact with to deliver excellence. An inspiring speaker and prolific writer, Ogo keeps her audience on the edge of their seats. Whether engaging her on a consultancy or a speaking engagement, one thing is clear, you will not be disappointed.” Chioma Isiadinso – CEO of EXPARTUS, former Board Member at Harvard University and Author of ‘The Best Business Schools’ Admissions Secrets’ @ www.Expartus.com