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International Youth Day 2020 in the Midst of Chaos; Way Forward – By Javnyuy Joybert

International Youth Day 2020 in the Midst of Chaos; Way Forward – By Javnyuy Joybert


For Millennial young professionals and entrepreneurs and some Generation Alphas, COVID-19 is their major global economic crisis and pandemic they are facing as key players in the marketplace.


The 2020 International Youth Day is ushering young people into the novel economy popular termed the new normal into a different kind of workplace and work culture popularly termed #WFH (Work From Home). 2020 graduates are entering the worst job market since the Great Depression. Job market full of uncertainty, chaos, fast pace change and much more.


It is a difficult time for young people, some are afraid of their tomorrow, some are stressed up, some are confused and some are definitely excited and curious about what is coming. The only thing certain is an uncertain future, especially in the present marketplace, digitized and global business world.


With COVID-19 pandemic giving birth to more chaos like economic crisis, workplace crisis, unemployment crisis, this has severely affected the livelihoods of young people either as newly recruits, job seekers and or startup owners. Why? You may be asking. The hardest hit segments of the economy or population are daily wagers, low-income earners, entrepreneurs and small-scale businesses and young people make up the largest percentage of this segment.

In this confusing and unsettling times, rapidly changing marketing place, young people need to start making critical and intentional decisions about their careers and businesses. It is high time for young people globally and especially across Africa to know they cannot be on the sidelines, they cannot just watch, they need to wake up, show up and be active key players.


Right now playing the blame game, shying away from responsibilities, staying quiet while people are being oppressed, staying quiet in the midst of bribery, corruption, embezzlement and under development is not for any young person in this present age. It is time for young people to be movers and shakers.


There is no doubt the pandemic has had deep economic, career and social consequences on young people, which will widen existing inequalities between young people and matured professionals and or the wealthy. Despite the massive unforeseen circumstances caused by the pandemic, the determination, bravery and self-reliant nature of young people will shine forth.

Forward-looking young people are wondering what a post COVID19 marketplace might look like. Truth is, there is a lot of uncertainty how the marketplace will look like after humanity succeed to beat COVID19. Oh yes, you read that right, humanity always win. We are not going to lose this fight.


What is the way forward for young professionals and entrepreneurs as we celebrate the International Youth Day? The COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for change in our society and this give the young people the opportunity to lead and to shape our future.


  1. Young entrepreneurs should seek ways to revamp their existing business models to adapt to the novel economy and changing needs of their markets


  1. Young professionals should upgrade their skills massively to be employable in the current marketplace driven by remote working and or work from home culture. With businesses and offices being forced to shut down, the economies have come to a halt. The service sector has moved from physical workstations to digital workspaces, thus, increasing the reliance on digital connectivity


  1. Young professionals should effectively master how to synchronize machines, systems and humans (staff) to achieve the desired goals


  1. Young executives and entrepreneurs should master how to create and lead sustainable and flexible workplace strategies. The current and future workplace is not just physical it is now social and digital workplace

  1. Young professionals and entrepreneurs will consistently need a higher degree of adaptability and resilience for sustainable success in career and business.


  1. Young people need to be quick to seize opportunities, speedily improve what needs improving and transform what needs transformation


  1. Young people should invest in Future Literacy skill. According to WEF, “it is time our society takes another step forward to cope with this new challenge, becoming a more “future literate” society. This is the skill that allows people to better imagine and make sense of the future. It’s important because it is images of the future that drive our expectations, disappointments and willingness to invest or change”


Yes, COVID19 drove the business economy to a standstill but the resiliency, ingenuity, commitment, bravery, skillfulness and resourcefulness of young people will reopen a new massive novel economy.

Happy International Youth Day 2020


Javnyuy Joybert

African Youth


Entrepreneurs Growth Plugs Series – Episode 6 Responding to Entrepreneurial Challenges by Javnyuy Joybert

Entrepreneurs Growth Plugs Series – Episode 6 Responding to Entrepreneurial Challenges by Javnyuy Joybert

As entrepreneurs and or business persons not only in Cameroon but across Africa and globally we are always facing complex challenges but how we respond to challenges will define our careers and businesses tomorrow.

There’s one Incredible fact about entrepreneurs and challenges. Through the toughest challenges rebellious entrepreneurs build stronger futures they don’t back down, they master how to sale through the challenges and always ready with post-challenge strategies and execution plan. Challenges mold your character in order to drive your future success.

One thing I desire that every entrepreneur should get is, their mentality towards a challenge determines their next reality. That’s why it’s imperative to understand how you respond when you face challenges as you build your career and business. The most successful people focus on solutions rather than problems.

Challenges in your life and career will constantly push you to your limits and challenge you to break your performance barriers.

How to respond to challenges?

  1. Stay committed to the vision in your heart. My question to you is, will you abandon your dreams because of some challenges that won’t last? No matter what happens stay committed to the vision.
  2. Don’t let fear dominate you.
    The most important thing to do in the midst of a challenge is to take control of your thinking. Don’t let fear dominate your thinking you will make wrong decisions. No good decision comes out from a frustrated and angry mind.
  3. Acceptance of personal responsibility. Accept that there’s a challenge and assume the responsibility of solving the challenge with a clear mindset. I did not say you should cry over the challenge I said assume the responsibility to solve the challenge with a growth mindset and excitement about the future.
  4. Seek help from the right people. The right people I mean people who believe in you, believe in your vision and willing to sacrifice for your Growth. For example mentors, parents, siblings, true Friends etc.
  5. Honour challenges as growth opportunities. Use each challenge as an opportunity to grow, develop, and strengthen your character. Don’t react to challenges, when you react it means your emotions rule your decisions, and that the situation controls you.

Entrepreneurs respond to challenges by taking initiative to create positive change.

Keep building that dream

Scaling in 2020 & Creating Incredible Results by Javnyuy Joybert

Scaling in 2020 & Creating Incredible Results.

12 Things You Must Resolve to Consistently Do in 2020 to Win.

By Javnyuy Joybert

Happy Happy New Year!!

The next decade, starting from 2020 is the most important & course altering point in the history of humanity. To stay relevant & significant through
out this decade, you will need some intentionality. If your performance does not change your life will not change.

Let me share with you the 12 things (skills & habits) you should be doing in 2020 to shine. This could be the best year ever for you if you make the
right huge life changes

1. Have unshakable confidence & self assurance that you are competent to take on your daily, weekly & monthly goals. Successful people have incredible levels of self-confidence.

2. Develop unbreakable self discipline. Out grow procrastination & get things done at the right time

3. Become resourceful. Know how to access & analyze relevant information. Know how to find quicker ways of doing things. Most importantly know how
money works, understand wealth creation & management systems.

4. Know how to build, be part & work with communities (Networks). The ability to have the right people who are like-minded is imperative. You need to be part of a community that can guide you, support you, and push you.

5. Develop strong mindset & strong will. Many things will not go right as you plan but with strong mindset & will, you will come out winning. Be
futuristic & press forward!

6. Effective task management (time management). If you have been wasting time the last couple of years is about time you change. Start spending time
on the right things (tasks)

7. Create an innovative learning curriculum. Intentionally study to expand your mind in knew areas that will directly or indirectly affect your career
or business in this decade. Strategically position yourself.

8. Learn a new important soft (essential) skill. We are entering the year & decade that the need for relevant soft skills is becoming more important.
Pay the price and learn them.

9. Know how to get things done. Become an effective executor. Is not enough to have dreams and big goals it’s more important to know how to make them a

10. Master the art of influencing others.
Learn to become more of service and influential with your friends, coworkers, and everyone you hope to serve & lead

11. Dream, Dare, Conquer & make-up your mind to make History this 2020.
Don’t settle for less when you are made for more.

12. Let your God lead you. There’s a higher power, there’s a higher force that control the human spirit. You have Incredible competitive advantage
2020 when you serve your God.

It is your responsibility to make 2020 your year of Incredible results. You can change your life if you really want to. You can improve it, make it
better. Keep shining and happy New year

You are Rare You are Remarkable

Javnyuy Joybert
Mr Remarkable

Future Of Work: The Top 10 Soft Skills You Need To Succeed

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Top 10 Soft Skills for the Future of Work

1. Learnability

The ability to grow and adapt your skillset will be key to employability in the future, especially as new jobs appear and traditional positions become irrelevant or taken by machines. Many companies have already implemented various programs to help upskill their workers. The main challenge is that technological advances are happening faster than ever, making it harder for individuals to change, learn, and adapt. This is why professionals who are able to learn new skills fast will have a competitive advantage over others.

2. Cognitive Flexibility

Cognitive flexibility is the ability to switch between thinking about different concepts or being able to think about multiple concepts simultaneously. Instead of focusing on specialization, many companies have started to search for candidates that have a robust skill set that allows them to approach problems with critical thinking from a variety of points of view. Being able to think creatively and logically at the same time will provide professionals with a competitive advantage, especially with new types of jobs that combine both the left and right sides of the brain.

3. Critical Thinking and Analysis

As technological advances provide companies with increasing amounts of data, critical thinking and analysis will be key to success. In the future, employable professionals will be those that are able to gather data, understand it, analyze it, and formulate decisions based on that analysis.


4. Creativity and Innovation

Creativity is the ability to perceive the world in new ways and it has played a key role in the development of the future of work. Creative thinking often leads to innovation (cellphones, robots, streaming services, etc.) and with new data available to companies, those who are able to think creatively and act on their ideas will likely lead companies to success in the future, as these are the individuals who are most likely to find new business, product, service, or investment opportunities. More importantly, the future of work will require new ways of thinking from professionals because it will combine machines, humans, and other technologies.

5. Complex Problem-Solving

The problems and challenges of the future will likely be more complex than the ones companies face today — they will combine different elements of technology, environment, humans, data, etc. As technology continues to evolve and advance, new sets of problems will likely emerge; the same goes for new job positions. Professionals will need to develop complex problem-solving skills to help companies overcome the challenges of the future, taking into consideration the vast amounts of information and data that will then be available.

6. Emotional Intelligence

Your ability to be aware of, understand, control, and express your feelings and emotions as well as those of others will give you a competitive advantage in the future, especially considering that machines are still behind humans in this particular aspect. Emotional intelligence is particularly important because many have argued that the future of work is collaborative, and a strong emotional intelligence means you are better able to connect, interact, and work with others.

7. Communication and Storytelling

In the future, professionals will communicate with humans and machines, making communication skills even more critical than they are today. In the future, it’ll become highly important for workers to be able to communicate their views, ideas, solutions, etc. effectively and through a variety of channels (written word, audio, video, visuals, etc.). In this sense, storytelling will become a very desirable skill for businesses, especially considering it can help brands connect with audiences and help companies establish a sense of loyalty and trust with clients and consumers. It can also help companies set the tone for the corporate culture.

8. Time Management

Time is an expensive resource, especially now that the lines between work and life have merged. Time management will be a critical soft skill in the future of work as the traditional 9 to 5 work hours become obsolete and people work whenever works best for them. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a strong grasp on how you spend your time (whether for work or for your personal life). Time management skills can help prevent burnout, stress, and anxiety, all of which contribute to a strong emotional intelligence.

9. Service Orientation

Great customer service is what sets apart good companies from great ones. Being able to deal with clients and consumers in a professional, friendly, and empathy-driven manner will provide companies and professionals with a competitive advantage, especially as consumers worldwide increasingly demand unique experiences rather than products or services. There’s a reason people complain about robocalls and automated chatbots; there really is no better alternative to authentic human interactions.

10. Leadership

Leadership will be a key skill in the future of work as more companies embrace remote teams and flexible working policies. Strong leaders will be those that are able to motivate, inspire, and guide employees even when they’re not physically in the same place. Leadership will also play an important role in problem-solving and innovation.


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Entrepreneurs, Employees, Job Seekers, Do We Know This? Are We Even Thinking of This? – Javnyuy Joybert (CELBMD Africa Founder & Lead Trainer)

Entrepreneurs, Employees, Job Seekers, Do We Know This? Are We Even Thinking of This? – Javnyuy Joybert (CELBMD Africa Founder & Lead Trainer)

Speaking somewhere, I stated one of the key relevant skill every entrepreneur should intentionally develop is that of Spotting New Trends in their sectors. Business sectors move fast, customers’ needs change faster so entrepreneurs must have the ability to see changes coming in their industries.

As entrepreneurs, let us ask ourselves these two questions
1. What are the trends affecting your startup/business now or potential trends that will affect your startup/business in few months or years?
2. What operational & strategic moves are you making or will you make to take advantage of these trends so that trends don’t kill you?

Let’s look at a simple example, imagine a photographer 10 to 15 years ago. He was in good business, more clients, more sales but new trends of social media (especially Instagram, Facebook, whatsapp status) & high penetration of smart phones is definitely killing him. You reading this, when was the last time you paid for a printed picture? Or even if you did am sure your frequency of printing pictures has definitely drop by maybe 90% (wild guess). Personally the last time I printed a picture was in 2013.

Spotting trends is not only for entrepreneurs, even job seekers and employees need to pay close attention because changes in trends will affect the type of skills the marketplace requires. 2 Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030. The question is what will cause this. My answer is New Trends

It is time to be intentional at spotting high-potential industry opportunities and trends and taking actions to capitalize on them

It is your responsibility as an entrepreneur or professional to stay ahead of the curve and be able to move with trends for the benefit of long-term success

See you at the top. Cheers!!

You are Rare You are Remarkable

Javnyuy Joybert

Could someone’s Digital Footprints Be The Cause Of Their Misfortune?

Obia M Bryan


For the purpose of this discourse, it is important we define the meaning of the word “digital footprint”.


The word “digital footprint” simply refers to information about one’s activities that exist on the Internet.

Today, it is difficult to find someone who does not have information about themselves online. But the big question is; what kind of results
do people get each time they try to know more about someone using a search engine? Thinking right?

Amazingly, a lot of people  (for example  job seekers) aren’t  aware of the fact that their digital footprints could be one of the reasons why they aren’t employed till date. Results obtained from their online activities by recruiters prevent them from receiving  job offers despite their outstanding qualifications and eye catching CV among others.






The reason for this misfortune is because they had spent time, or better still spend time publishing misleading and unverifiable information, promoting gender stereotype messages, and sharing hate content on social media in a bid to attract attention and generate

Most of them are ignorant of the fact that  their online activities can be accessed or tracked  by anyone interested in knowing more about

Also, numerous studies point out  that most recruiters and independent investigators use search engines (google, bing, yahoo etc.) and
softwares’ to get information about those they wish to know more about.

Apart from job  applicants, entrepreneurs, CEO’s and even organizations seem not to be left out of the net. Most of them miss
out lucrative opportunities that could enhance their businesses simply because of their negative online image.

Whatever be the case, it is important  to thoroughly examine the type of content one wishes to share online before publishing. Also, the
types of platforms one uses to communicate objectives play a crucial role in either building or destroying their online image. Hence, one’s digital footprints remains a key  parameter among others used by prospective employers, sponsors and investors in making decisions and judgment about their credibility, reliability and trust worthiness.

It is therefore important to be  careful while using the  internet because it attracts both positive and negative impacts.

Remember, we only have one chance to create a positive impression.



About the Author

Obia M Bryan
Managing Partner/HR, Camer Human Capital (CHC) Ltd. Operations Coordinator Remedy Association.
Public Relations Officer, Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA-PAIDWA)
MSc. SHRM, Pan African Institute for Development West Africa

African Young People: Erros that will crush your dreams

A couple of years back that decided to resign from my day job to be a full-time entrepreneur, I definitely had dreams which off course are still valid today but in the process of building these dreams and making it a reality, I almost got crushed and the dreams too. During these down times I started seeking for a way out, I already saw my dreams crashing down before me. It was from this seeking adventure I discovered somethings (erros) I was doing that were adding no value to my dreams and only draining me. Let me share with you


  1. Not Being Your Number One Cheerleader

Many African young people due to the situations, environment or families they find themselves, they start think of all the reasons why they will not succeed. Because you came from a disadvantage background or family does not mean your brain is disadvantage, or your future is. Pursuing your dreams can be extremely difficult when you are guilty of being your own worst critic. Turn your mind towards the thoughts that say anything is possible.  Remind yourself you can do it, that you have all it takes to live your dreams


Also Read: Young People: How to Go from a Dreamer to a Doer (Achiever) By Javnyuy Joybert


  1. Seeing Failure as a Shutdown to Your Dreams

Failure is an important part to build your dreams. The worst thing to do to yourself is to be scared of venturing into new things (Business, Career, Projects etc) because you are afraid to fail, you are indirectly hurting your dreams. See failure as a necessary ingredient to build that dream. As Robert Kiyosaki said “People who avoid failure also avoid success”. The more you face your fears, the less power they have over you. Success never comes without taking risks, and there will always be surprises along the way


  1. Lack of Relentless Persistence

For your dreams to come to fruition, your consistent dedication, commitment, determination and persistence is a must. African young people should avoid the idea of always sitting and hoping that things will just work out over time, relentless efforts & persistence is needed. You should be willing to make short term sacrifices to achieve your dreams. Always ask yourself this question “Am I doing all I need to do to achieve my dreams?


About the Author

Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach & Business Trainer/Consultant.

African Young People: Do More Than What is Being Required By Javnyuy Joybert

As a young person, have you ever asked yourself questions like “How can I be extra-ordinary? How can I be excellent?”

Here is my point, I believe that for any young professional in Africa to be exceptional in the workplace he or she must be willing to do more than what is being required in the workplace, for an entrepreneur to unique in the African market place he or she must be able to do more than what is being required, for a student whether you are in high school or university, for you to be excellent you have to put in more and do more than what is being required.


Also Read: African Young People: 7 Tips on How To Be Successful In Life By Javnyuy Joybert


Millions of African young people have remained stagnant in life because they do things averagely mean while the world is for people who do more than what is being required. Gary Ryan once said “Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile”

Making the decision to always do more than what is required in everything you do as a young person will make a major difference in your life and your future self will greatly thank you for that. Why settle for mediocrity when you can be more by just doing more.

Note that making up your mind to always do more than what is required means persistence and relentless commitment will be your habit.

Personally, as a young person, I have always been passionate about living a life of excellence, achieving my goals 100%, getting results & celebrating victories always and after some time I discovered that If I just make up my mind and discipline myself enough by just always doing more than what is expected or required, I will have all these. To achieve excellence in all you do as a young person in Africa, strive to always do more than what is required. As young people, our potential is limitless and it is up to us to tap into it.


About the Author

Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach & Business Trainer/Consultant.

The Case of Succession Planning in Africa By Javnyuy Joybert

Photocredit: Chart Per Child Project By CELBMD Africa & Partners

Have you ever wondered by African Leaders (dictators) cling to power for so long. The truth is if you have ever asked this question, many at times you get frustrated trying to answer the same question you asked. Handing over power has become one of the most difficult things a president can do in Africa with the worst case in Central Africa Region (Tchad, Gabon, Cameroon Central African Republic etc). Do you remember the strong man of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh who refused to step down after being defeated?

Am tempted to ask this question, “Do you think is because of poor or lack of succession planning that these presidents (dictators) cling to power?” The painful thing is they call themselves leaders meanwhile they are rippers, they keep ripping off their own citizens. How can you call yourself a leader and choose power before the people (citizens)?

I think that if African leaders could understand the concept of succession planning, they will not fear leaving power, I think most of them cling to power because they are scared of what awaits them on the other side after they step down. That’s my point of view though.

A true leader should practice succession planning. This concept of succession planning focuses on identifying and growing a talent to fill your leadership position in the future, mentoring and coaching someone to take over. With the shortages of leadership skills, lack of confidence in leadership potential succession planning is that vital tool that can handle these fears in current African leaders.

If these leaders could establish a formal process of succession planning, they will be able to confidently rely on their successors to carry out their vision, mission and to accomplish their goals they had for the nation (If at all they had goals for the nation). African leaders (dictators) cannot confidently hand over power sometimes because they believe and think that no one is prepared enough to step into their position but developing a succession plan will handle these fears.

Note this, effective and on-time succession planning will leave a country well prepared, strong and it will help presidents leave office on time.


Also Read: African Young People: The Most Important Part of Leadership By Javnyuy Joybert


Dear entrepreneurs and business executives, have a succession plan and develop the employees you need for your succession plan. Succession planning is critical and all startups, mid-size and large companies need to practice. Africa lacks so many generational businesses because founders of businesses did not execute succession planning. That’s why in Africa (Cameroon) the founder of a business dies, the business die.


About the Author

Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach & Business Trainer/Consultant.

African Young People: The Most Important Part of Leadership By Javnyuy Joybert

When leadership is mentioned anywhere 99% if not everybody’s mind will go to the people they are leading. A lot of us forget the most important part of leadership which is self. You can define self leadership as influencing yourself to achieve your objectives.

Do you know the most difficult person to lead is yourself? You now know. One of the most important gifts you can give yourself, your team, your business, your family, your community is to be able to effectively lead yourself. When you are able to lead yourself, it creates transformation, ownership and impact.


When you effectively lead yourself, you become a self leader and self leaders are self motivated to take purposeful actions and so make better team members and effectively lead the people they have been given. When you lead yourself well, you have self awareness, self confidence which enable you to influence others well. Leadership is about influence.


Anyone can make a different if they start by leading themselves. By leading our own lives we will accomplish extra-ordinary results that will inspire more people.

Guide on how to lead yourself

– Self awareness: You can’t lead someone you can recognize

– Make a plan

– Inspire yourself

– Motivate yourself

– Have a big picture

– Personal development (attend trainings, seminars, coaching)


Remember “Anyone can make a different if they start by leading themselves”


About the Author

Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Coach & Business Trainer/Consultant.