Rebel Intrapreneur
Rebel Intrapreneur
086 Topsy Kola-Oyeneyin became general manager of Nigeria’s oldest bank at age 28

086 Topsy Kola-Oyeneyin became general manager of Nigeria’s oldest bank at age 28

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I’ll let you in on a little secret. One way I find guests for Rebel Intrapreneur is by searching on Amazon for books that are scheduled to be published in the next 30-60-90 days. I figure most authors want to promote their book at launch time and are very willing to get on a podcast to do so. 

When I found Topsy Kola-Oyeneyin’s book, Unleash: The Blueprint for a Life that attracts Uncommon Opportunities, it wasn’t just the book that caught my eye, but the phrase from the book description, “You are not too young. At the age of twenty-eight, I became a General Manager in Nigeria’s oldest Bank — a role typically occupied by people in their fifties.”

The weight of that sentence would stop a team of oxen in its tracks. 

It stopped me in mine.

General Manager? 

Nigeria’s oldest bank? 

Age 28? 

How did she do that? 

This episode is about that question, how did she do that? 

Spoiler alert. 

The answer to that question is largely in her book. 

Topsy Kola-Oyeneyin is a self-described intrapreneur and a partner at McKinsey & Company where she is the inaugural co-lead of the payments practice for Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

More about Topsy Kola-Oyeneyin: 

Book: Unleash: The Blueprint for a Life That Attracts Uncommon Opportunities (affiliate link, if you’d like to support my work)

Topsy’s website: TKO Insights

At McKinsey & Company

On Linkedin

On X

Topsy Kola-Oyeneyin Unleash TKO Insights McKinsey & Co Rebel Intrapreneur Bill Cushard Transformation

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Rebel Intrapreneur
Rebel Intrapreneur
Rebel Intrapreneur is a podcast about a new category of high performing employee. Rebel intrapreneurs further the mission of an organization while simultaneous challenging the system from within. Founders and entrepreneurs are thirsty to find people who believe in their mission as much as they do, and pursue that mission relentlessly. Rebel Intrapreneur is hosted by Bill Cushard, who has reported directly to founder/CEOs four times in his career, which makes him an ideal guide on your intrapreneurial journey.