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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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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BY LIZZ WAMBUA
Innovative thinking is an ongoing process that involves use of internal and external data to find and develop unique opportunities and ensure creativity and innovation for superior performance. Today’s business environment is so dynamic and highly competitive since competition has gone global. Therefore, corporate strategies must go beyond the borders of nations and markets. Unique business insights and opportunities must be developed and applied to create the firm’s competitive advantage. A journal article “Strategic Thinking: 11 Critical Skills Needed” by J. Glenn Ebersole states that the greatest and most successful organisations in the world, over many years and decades, would think ahead and encourage great strategic thinking at least somewhere in their business plans. The following are some of the factors that highlight the value of innovation and strategic thinking.
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Don’t set them up for failure, let them experience success
By ELIZABETH MUGUCHU
So there I was with a shiny new job, excited, ready to deliver and impress. On the first day, I’m greeted by a team of demotivated and unfocused employees. I am a strong believer in “hiring the right people and then letting them do their job” but different circumstances call for different management styles.
Once in a while a manager may find himself with a team that needs a little hand holding, and it may be necessary to be completely immersed in what the team is working on, to ensure they understand the vision that the manager wants to translate.
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By JOYCE KADUKI
In the traditional African setting, women were the primary caregivers in homes. They took care of children, the sick and the elderly, among a myriad of other household chores. This was in addition to shouldering activities outside the home like tilling the land. As a result, saying ‘yes’ to a wide range of requests came naturally to them.
Today, the world has changed. A lot of women now work outside the home, in addition to taking time to go to school and advance their careers.
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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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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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During the just concluded 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) which was in September 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 193 governments committed to help many more refugees to reunite. In this article, we look at what Uganda has done in empowering refugees to become gainfully employed, self-sufficient, and to live in dignity.
“It is my view that an economically empowered refugee is beneficial to the national economy,” said Marcel Tibaleka, Uganda’s Ambassador to Germany and The Vatican.
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By FRANCOIS VAN DYK
Nairobi played host to the first World Conference on Public Relations in Emerging Economies (WCPREE) in November 2015. With more than 400 delegates from around 25 countries in attendance, it was a major event on the global communications stage. Hosted by the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) and its international partner, The Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management, the event featured some of the world’s top minds on public relations and communications.
Global Alliance is one world’s biggest PR and communication management associations and institutions, representing 160,000 practitioners and academics around the world.
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These rules won’t turn a bad manager into a good manager, but they may just help the new manager understand some of the key elements in his/her role.
By BOB PATERSON
So you want to be a manager? In the over 40 years of working, the last 35 of which were in various managerial positions, I developed 10 rules that I use. They not only help me manage but also live better. Many people develop similar rules but most don’t write them down. I did and I share them with people. I would not begin to suggest that this list is definitive or there really aren’t more than 10. However in my career, I have found they are about all I can handle. While there have been a few changes in them over time, most only got on the list after passing the test of time.
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