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? Read More
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
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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Joseph Gichunge, Director, Jazza Centre, is in the business of training domestic managers and leasing them to households. He narrates his story to SAMMI NDERITU.
In 2013 and having just become parents, my wife, Leah and I were having challenges getting a domestic manager (DM). It was frustrating as we kept changing one after the other. We wondered if there was a place that trained them so that we could get a professional one who was ready to work. I started looking at the business model of security guards’ companies and got an idea. What if someone could bring the girls together, train them and lease them out?’ I imagined a situation where I could provide such a quick solution. This kind of thinking gave birth to my business, Jazza Centre.
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Sandra Belyon is a 30-year-old aspiring politician. She hopes to be the next Woman Representative of Kericho County. She previously declared her interest in the Kericho Senatorial by-election of 2016.
By SANDRA BELYON
I am happy to be among those women who have chosen the road less travelled. World over, there is a rising momentum encouraging and ensuring active participation and leadership of youth and women politics, especially within local government structures.
Tales of a young, aspiring WOMAN POLITICIAN full post Read More
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Aprelle Duany describes herself as a nerd who adores fashion. Previously, an IT Auditor for one of the Big Four accounting firms in New York, she has degrees in Information Technology, media, as well as fashion. She pulls from her technical experience and approaches design and development from a problem-solving perspective. Read More
Say “yes” to opportunities, then look for somebody who has succeeded to help you through a steep learning curve.
By SARAH RICHSON
Coaching and mentorship is increasingly becoming one of the most profound ways of developing and supporting female leaders, especially within Africa. There is currently a clear indication that women who choose to be coached and mentored rise much faster up the career ladder, showcasing excellent performance in their jobs. Both interventions work alongside the traditional interventions such as training and practical methods that aid personal and professional growth.
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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 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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By TABITHA AREBA
For productivity to be alive and well in any organisation, there are some key factors that employers need to focus on.
There is a new problem at the workplace and it has nothing to do with salary increment, flexible working hours or downsizing. For the first time in the corporate world, four generations are working together and they seem to have fundamental differences in the way they look at things. We have the Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and Generation Z. With this reality, there is a huge dilemma on how businesses can ensure optimal productivity. The 2016 KIM Corporate Breakfast brought together HR experts to look into this dilemma and how to get it right. In Kenya for example, 75 per cent of the population is below the age of 35 years, meaning that policies and processes in most organisations suit only 25 per cent of the population. Read More