In building and construction, the tide of change driven by innovation has been slowly permeating the fastest growing industry in the country.
By KEN MACHARIA
While most major sectors of the economy have experienced significant disruption occasioned by technology and new platforms, the construction and real estate sector has been slow to adapt to new innovative technologies, not just in Kenya, but globally. Read More
At the polling station, be calm and do not talk carelessly about any candidate or the election process. You may be conceived to be an agent of the opposing candidates and this may trigger a fight.
By PATRICK NKUNGA
Crime is a complex event and can be described by the five dimensions of law: offender, target/ victim, place and time of the incident. This is according to Paul and Patricia Brantingham in their book Environmental Criminology. These five components are a necessary and sufficient condition, for without one, the other four, even together, will not constitute a criminal incident.
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Players must collaborate to strengthen the three pillars upon which the industry stands: talent development, access to capital and an enabling policy environment.
By DAISY AMDANY
It is unfortunate that elections in Kenya have become synonymous with a tribal roll call. Kenyans don’t understand the importance of a vote in terms of guaranteeing or securing their livelihoods. People have sold their birthright and accountability dies on the altar of tribalism. I feel that if my tribesperson wins, I have won, never mind that when problems arise, we suffer as a people. The minute my tribesperson is accused of corruption, we say, “We are being finished.” Yet these people steal for personal gain.
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60 per cent of millennials consider themselves entrepreneurs, and 90 per centre recognise entrepreneurship as a mentality.
By JACQUELINE OCHIENG
Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are described as people born between 1980 and the late 1990s. This generation is tech savvy, their upbringing more characterised by a liberal approach compared to the generation before them and their life is fast paced. They are known to shift allegiance with ease and hence do not hold on to particular product usage or even stay in jobs for long periods. Unfortunately for them also, their entry into the job market is characterised by periods of rampant unemployment in many countries. Coincidentally, they are also termed the most innovative generation so far, a characteristic key in entrepreneurship. Read More
David Gatende has worked with water and energy solutions company Davis & Shirtliff for the last 31 years, growing through the ranks from a field engineer to Group CEO. He talks about the importance of company culture in retaining staff and value-based leadership.
By KAGENI MUSE
At the reception of Davis & Shirtliff’s Industrial Area office is a conspicuous board with 91 names on it. The first two belong to E.C. Davis and F.R Shirtliff, 1946, the founder members of the water and energy solutions company, followed by other names, each matched with the year each staff member joined the company. The board celebrates employees who have served with the organisation for 25 years.
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Companies that empower their workforce – by helping them plan for the unknown, mitigate risk and thrive at work – will be more successful in building a responsive and successful organisation.
By STACY BRONSTEIN
As competition for talent continues to rise and business models are disrupted by technology and socio-demographic shifts, organisations are still taking an evolutionary approach to their talent strategies in the face of revolutionary changes. According to Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends Study, nearly all organisations globally (93 per cent) report they are planning to redesign their structure in the next two years.
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This is a good rule to employ. Don’t be that person closing the party at 4am in the morning when the cleaners are coming in.
By DEREK BBANGA
I will be the first to admit that a little alcohol in the system makes for an honest, wittier, more stimulating conversation but in business, take your cues from your company culture and the behaviour of your co-workers. Observe if successful employees and managers drink at company events.
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Can customer education be linked to the bottom line? Is there any economic value that could possibly be accrued by investing in ensuring a more informed customer base?
By CAROLYNE GATHURU
Customer education is popularly referred to in marketing and customer service circles as the production of more ‘informed buyers’ by providing inputs on an organisation’s products, services, capabilities and general direction. This is done with a view to improving the customer experience, and influencing the buyer decision. Indeed, the founder and former CEO of Syms Corporation, Sy Syms, is widely quoted as saying, “An educated customer is our best customer.”
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Creating a compelling place for employees to work is a critical success factor for a business.
By MIRIAM M. CHEGE
Research indicates that the biggest determinant of how satisfied, committed and engaged people are at work is the immediate supervisor. An interesting observation is the correlation between employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction and ultimately revenue regeneration plus profits. This employee-customer-profit model has been deployed in turning around companies such as Sears, a merchandising group in America.
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The education and formation that our young people require is that whicH focuses on developing basic skills at the individual level.
By JOHN OTIENO OREDO
Education is aimed at preparing the young to take responsibility for the world. We usually refer to the young of today as the “next generation” and leaders of tomorrow. Therefore, if teenagers are the leaders of tomorrow, their intellectual, physical, social and moral development should be carefully nurtured.
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