The value of innovative thinking

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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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4 steps to bring your team back to LIFE

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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 h”” and holding, “” and it may be necessary to be completely immersed in what the team is working on, to ensure they underst”” and the vision that the manager wants to translate.

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Is it a ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

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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 l”” and. 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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Towards a hallmark of innovation

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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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Five ways to take charge of your life

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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 dem”” ands 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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Ug anda offers refugees a home away from home

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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 Ug”” anda 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, Ug”” anda’s Ambassador to Germany “” and The Vatican.

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The evolution of PR measurement

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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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10 Rules To Help You Live Better

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These rules won’t turn a bad manager into a good manager, but they may just help the new manager underst”” and 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 h”” andle. 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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Be a digitally enabled leader

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The face of leadership is fast changing, emphasising the need for managers “” and business leaders to do things differently.

By KRIS SENANU

Awaiting a memo from the boss or a scheduled summon inked by an assistant are perhaps two of the most prominent “” and felt elements of management that I still hold. Then there was the email, followed by the mobile generation “” and now in the third wave; sceptical customers, inquisitive employees, dem”” anding stakeholders “” and Twitter. The face of leadership has over the years changed from simply issuing instructions to passive subjects to a participatory process where people not only expect but are more open to arriving at ideas collaboratively. Today, the comm”” and “” and control style of exerting decisions has since been overtaken by the convergence of people, ideas “” and solutions which means that how we lead must change.

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E-retail takes over Kenya’s way of business

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By KEN MACHARIA

E-commerce is probably the most visible evidence of this revolution, not just in Kenya, but globally. Business to customer e-commerce sales is expected to hit USD1.7 trillion in 2015 led by Alibaba, Amazon “” and Ebay, that is according to e-Commerce News.nternet revolution in Kenya is not just a buzz word thrown around at tech conferences “” and in government policy statements. Just like the industrial revolution, technology is creating jobs, birthing businesses “” and turning supply chain on its head.

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