Work, life and purpose

Work, life and purpose

We need to know who we are and what we are good at, risking everything in the pursuit of our dreams, as we nurture and hone our skills.

By EDWIN MOINDI

For work to happen, effort and energy has to be dispensed. There was a time when our ancestors had no luxury in choosing the work they did. The land they lived off dictated that. But every time a civilisation arose, labour became the fuel for its growth. Under such circumstances labour was divided into social classes and the people who worked the hardest and received a pittance were the slave class. They had no free will and only lived on the whims of their masters.

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Boards should make diversity and inclusion top priority

Boards should make diversity and inclusion top priority

The KIM Leadership and Diversity Report (2017) has established that the boards and senior management teams of NSE-listed companies are largely male, lack youth representation and are skewed in terms of skills mix. Andia Chakava, Kenya Chapter chairperson of New Faces New Voices, speaks on the importance of age, socio economic, ethnic and gender inclusion.

1. From a leadership viewpoint, why is diversity and inclusion important to business?

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An expert’s view of Kenya’s healthcare

An expert’s view of Kenya’s healthcare

Dr. Dan Gikonyo, Founder, Karen Hospital says the status of healthcare system in Kenya is beyond what we have in our neighbouring countries.

By MURUGI NDWIGA

Kenya’s healthcare system has been on a rollercoaster. Lack of proper equipment and expertise, poor service delivery and inadequate medication are some of the challenges the sector has suffered. Despite the shortfalls, there is tremendous improvement compared to the 1980s. “The status of healthcare system in Kenya is beyond what we have in our neighbouring countries. It is something we should be proud of and thank the government for,” says Dr. Dan Gikonyo, Founder, Karen Hospital. Gikonyo, who has seen the medical field evolve with different power regimes from the 1980s. He opines that developments in Kenya’s healthcare system are commendable.

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Clever ways to know YOUR COMPETITOR 

Clever ways to know YOUR COMPETITOR 

Gather information from companies’ websites, customers, surveys, conferences and social media to understand more about products and other environmental aspects for strategic purposes. 

By LIZZ WAMBUA

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the act of gathering and analysing information in order to gain knowledge on competitors, customers, products and other environmental aspects for strategic purposes.

Information is gathered from companies’ websites, customers, surveys, conferences and social media. Benjamin Gilad, a professor of business strategy and author, in his writing “Competitive Intelligence Shouldn’t Just Be about Your Competitors” says CI is a perspective on changing market conditions. This means identifying risks and opportunities early enough to allow the company adapt its strategy or in extreme cases, change it.

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Is it a ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

Is it a ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

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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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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How to execute a new strategy

How to execute a new strategy

By FRANCIS FONDO

Even at this day and age, many organisations view the launch of a strategic plan as an end to itself. There is normally pomp and celebrations during the launch where the full board, management and staff including, shareholders are in attendance. After the celebrations, everything is left to management to implement. Everyone else retreats to their cocoon hoping results will flow automatically.

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There is need to protect your intellectual property

There is need to protect your intellectual property

IP can be immensely valuable to its owners and the economy at large if well protected and harnessed.

By COSMAS MOTANGI

Early 2015, Weetabix Limited published a notice in the media telling all dealers to sell their stocks of Multibix biscuits by May 30, 2015 or risk being jailed.

“This is to notify all members of the public that by a settlement between Weetabix Limited and Manji Food Industries Limited, it has been agreed that any person found stocking or promoting the biscuit product Multibix shall be liable for contempt of court,” the notice read in part.

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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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