Why I Propagate Abotu

backdropProlific Management expert, Peter Drucker, argued as far back as 1974 that organizations, especially business, are as essential to society as management is to organizations. Likewise, Howard Bowen, one of the earliest advocates of the business of business being beyond business, contended that organizations should go beyond economic pursuits to engage in broader social goals. Drucker not only argued that business and other organizations have a duty to tackle social problems and social issues, keep society’s conscience and solve society’s problems. He put the ultimate responsibility for attainment of this obligation on management.

About a decade after Drucker’s prescient position, the World Commission on Environment and Development drew attention to severe social and environmental issues that are yet to abate. It warned that the rising levels of population and production had increased the scale and complexity of humanity’s requirements of natural resources very close to many of the thresholds, beyond which the earth system is greatly endangered. Since then, there has been an unprecedented focus on the interconnection and escalating magnitude of the economic, environmental and social challenges confronting humankind. Among these are critical human deprivations-such as unemployment, hunger, illiteracy, poverty, inequality and voicelessness. Others include natural resource depletion, contamination and pollution, as well as critical natural thresholds-such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation, including desertification, drought, land degradation and freshwater scarcity.

Evidently, the plethora of problems plaguing the world indicate that sustainable and desirable societal development demand eradicating poverty and achieving prosperity for all, within the means of the planet’s limited natural resources. This, in turn, requires concerted action by all and sundry. Everyone has a role to play and none is insignificant in the direly needed drive to curtail the worrisome array of problems.

This is why I am driven by and desirous of living the concept of ABOTU. ABOTU is a word in the language of the Urhobo people of Delta State in Nigeria. It connotes collaboration and cooperation in pursuit of certain goals. This platform is essentially about the ABOTU concept. I look forward to working with as many as people as necessary to ensure that together, we do our little to advance corporate sustainability performance and the good of all.

Welcome on board the ABOTU boat!

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Pius Ughakpoteni

Currently a doctoral candidate at Business School Lausanne, Pius is an adept Ex-Journalist-turned-Public Relations, Management and Futuristic Sustainability Leadership Practitioner-Researcher. Passionate about continuous professional development, Pius earned three Master’s degrees from three universities in England in six years. These are: Master of Science in Business and Management Research from Henley Business School at University of Reading (2017); Master of Business Administration in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria (2014) as well as Master of Arts in Leading Innovation and Change from York St John University (2013). He got a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Management from the University of Calabar in 1991. The following year, he began his working career as a Management Assistant. Two years later, he veered into Journalism as a Researcher/Reporter at Nigeria’s THISDAY newspaper. Pius worked on the Business, Energy and Politics desks in several newspapers, and eventually became Associate Editor of Leadership newspaper before he joined the public service. Since 2004, he has risen from Senior Manager position to Assistant Director at the Niger Delta Development Commission, an organisation set up by an Act of the Nigerian parliament to facilitate the sustainable development of the country’s Niger Delta region. Pius's areas of expertise include: Writing, Research, Public Relations, Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement. His research interests lie at the intersection of leadership, sustainability, innovation, change and strategy implementation. He is fascinated by collaboration and constructive engagement for change as well as by questions around how to work with top executives to advance corporate sustainability performance for the good of all.

2 thoughts on “Why I Propagate Abotu

  1. This is very commendable Pius. We pray that the world fully accepts the maxim of ABOTU because without collaboration and partnership, there might be no sustainable development.

    1. Thanks a lot, Davies. As each of us keeps reaching out, as each of us keeps working with others, as each of us keeps thinking of new ways of doing things to advance corporate sustainability performance and the good of all, ABOTU will keep developing firmer and deeper roots.

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