#CareerQuestionnaire: Raliat Abe, Retail Operations Manager, House of Tara International Says a Promotion is Quantified By the Value You Add and Not the Number of Years You Have Worked

Raliat Abe is the 2019 winner of the TAMS  Nigeria’s Employee of the Year Award. Having worked her way up in the same organization in 9 years, she is a solid muse for women looking to make a lateral transition in their current organization.

What is your number one hack for dealing with difficult colleagues/bosses?

My number one hack will be to understand their point of view, what makes the issue/situation difficult and meet them at that point. In other words, using emotional intelligence to navigate the situation.

2 things you do when you are having a bad day?

Touch up my make up  and take pictures.

Spray a sweet fragrance.

When you are creatively stuck, you…?

Find someone to inspire with something I read or listened to.

2 tips for navigating office politics?

Have a good heart towards everyone at work.

Never act immediately on what you hear. Give every information time to dilute.

If you could have a lunch date with one woman you admire – who would that be and what would you ask her?

Ali Brown. I would ask her for a business strategy that can shift my business significantly.

If you could wear the same hairstyle to work everyday, it would be?


Your all time favorite book is..?

My Vision by Muhammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Miracles Happen by Mary Kay Ash.

3 greatest lessons you have learned on your career journey?

Ensure the organization values aligns with yours or align yours with theirs.

Always be opened to new learnings.

Don’t quantify promotion by the number of years or hours at work but by the value you add.

About Raliat Abe

Raliat Abe is the 2019 winner of the TAMS  Nigeria’s Employee of the Year Award.

She is the Retail Operations Manager of House of Tara International responsible for overseeing the revenue,people and operational activities in twenty two branches within the country, and ensuring the achievement of sales targets and customer service standards in the company’s retail outlets. She has spent nine years in the company, having started as an Intern and risen through the ranks in different roles including Retail Artist, Training School Instructor, Branch Coordinator, and Regional Retail Manager supervising Northern branches.

Raliat was responsible for initiating three branches in Abuja and fostering the growth of Retail outlets in the Northern Region while also leading the region’s staff to exceed the regional sales target and also improve customer experience index in the Retail outlets. She has over the years built competences in Retail Marketing, Customer Experience Management, Product and Business Development, and People Management.

She is a recipient of the company’s Exceptional Leadership Award in 2017. Raliat is a graduate of French from the University of Jos, and an alumnus of The Enterprise Development Centre of Pan African University with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management. She has attended trainings and earned professional certifications in Make-up Artistry both nationally and internationally including Certificate in Advanced Make-up by BTP 2015 in Atlanta, USA; Bridal & Photography Makeup training, Certificate in HD Airbrushing Make-up, and Advanced Certificate in Make-up Artistry by House of Tara International.

She was recently nominated as the most valuable employee in her Organisation, House of Tara International, a nomination which qualified her as a candidate for the TAMS Nigeria’s Employee of the Year Award.

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