I am living my childhood dream

I am living my childhood dream

When Eng. Michael Thuita, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Athi Water was young, a certain engineer visited his primary school. He liked the guy and fell in love with his profession even more. He has never looked back. He talks toTABITHA AREBA about his journey as an engineer and now CEO.

Was it a calculated game plan for you to rise to the position of Chief Executive Officer?

No, it was not calculated. I started from working at a division under the Ministry of Water, then went on to head the District, and then the Province before being chief engineer in charge of planning and design of all irrigation infrastructure in the country at the National Irrigation Board. That is where I was before I was appointed CEO.

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The changing face of HR

The changing face of HR

Sharon Kisire, HR Manager, Kenya Pipelin offers her views on the evolving issues in the human resource industry.

1. What are the latest perspectives on HR as a business partner away from just HR Management? And what does this mean to organizations that want to create conducive work environments?

Not sure it is the latest but what I know is that HRPB takes HR to where the business really is and ensures that HR delivers value where it matters most. HR challenges at the work environment will reach HR management quickly, seamlessly and efficiently through HRPB.

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Inside the workplace of the future

Inside the workplace of the future

Employees will be at liberty to define their terms of engagement with employers, dress code as well as working hours.

By TABITHA AREBA

In less than a decade from today, the popular term ‘permanent and pensionable employee’ in Kenya’s organisations may not exist. Reporting to work every morning and leaving in the evening will also be meaningless. Additionally, what you wear as well as where and how you sit while carrying out your duties will not count. The new workplace and workforce will have a brand new architecture.

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Leading with values and purpose

Leading with values and purpose

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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Towards a hallmark of innovation

Towards a hallmark of innovation

By KRIS SENANU

Last week, I had to re-new my insurance premiums and the journey begun from a call with the broker who asked that I take the car for valuation, after which he would send me the report. I would then be required to fill in some new forms, send the payment and wait another 48 hours to get my new sticker! This got me thinking about how very little has changed about insurance since I bought my first car 22 years ago. Actually, the only difference in the process is that my assistant is now able to pay using mobile money as opposed to queuing at the bank. If anything, the certificate was actually processed on the same day but the paper work seems to be a constant, or even more.

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Five ways to take charge of your life

Five ways to take charge of your life

By JOYCE KADUKI

Every once in a while, we get to a point where we feel as if we are losing control of demands in our lives. Sometimes, it seems someone has taken over the driver’s seat, and we are right at the back, looking on helplessly at the speed and direction our lives are taking, yet being unable to do anything about it. It is a moment of powerlessness where we operate in reactive mode.

A situation like that is not sustainable. The question is, how does one end up there? Even more important, what should one do to retain or regain control of their life?

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Off to save lives

Off to save lives

Death and disability from severe injuries can be avoided if the right care is provided quickly.

By TABITHA AREBA

World War II gave birth to the concept of emergency air evacuation, a mission that lowers morbidity and mortality rates due to the speedy movement of patients to hospitals coupled with timely management and proper handling of patients.Since then, air ambulance service has become an essential component of the health care system which when utilised appropriately saves lives and reduces the cost of health care.

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The power of self-belief

The power of self-belief

Erick Okeyo, CEO of Bedrock Security Services Limited believes in the words of author Anatole France, who said that “to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” He shares with SAMMI NDERITU his story of rising from a night club bouncer to becoming a CEO.

Quote: “Rising from a club bouncer to CEO was a long journey mixed with hope, self-belief, challenging moments and a strong desire to excel.”

 

By SAMMI NDERITU

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Leader with an eye for entrepreneurship

Leader with an eye for entrepreneurship

When First Lady Margaret Kenyatta shared her vision about plans to use mobile trucks in the Beyond Zero campaign, Rita Kavashe, Managing Director General Motors EA Ltd quickly conceptualised the idea and delivered in three weeks.

By MURUGI NDWIGA

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Sarah Serem: She is taking no prisoners

Sarah Serem: She is taking no prisoners

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved, wrote Niccolò Machiavelli in The Prince. CAROLE KIMUTAIinterviewed a public officer who is ruffling many feathers in Government.

Sarah Jepkemoi Chumo Serem, the chairperson of Kenya’s Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) elicits love, joy, fear and hate in equal measure. Ordinary citizens love her. They see her as a brave voice speaking on behalf of tax payers. On the other hand, elected leaders see her as a permanent enemy out to curtail their demands for pay increase. They accuse her of fighting devolution, lacking etiquette and abusing constitutional powers.

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