Interdependence is the way forward

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Great achievements are projects of huge teams, with each individual working to deliver the final product.

By Antony Kairu

Ihave a problem with how success stories are told. Narratives about companies like Facebook, Google, Safaricom or Tesla hang on the leaders who are celebrated for their inventions “” and theories. Most of these stories are told as a one-man show, many times honouring the CEO or chairperson of the company. But, a closer look at things shows that these achievements are projects of huge teams, with each individual working to deliver the final product.

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How to make devolution count

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Former Presidential c”” andidate Prof James Ole Kiyiapi talks about the issues that are undermining devolution “” and what we can do differently.

By KAGENI MUSE

Six years into a devolved system of governance “” and Kenya has many boasts- the first being that we actually have executed devolution “” and have 47 counties up “” and running. Second is that resources “” and power have been spread out to other centres across the nation “” and new economic hubs are evident.

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The six common leadership myths

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Leadership comes in many forms “” and so does myths associated with it.

By SAMMI NDERITU

As Karen Kimsey-House, co-author of Co-Active Leadership “” and Co-Active Coaching, observes, existing businesses are facing disruption at all levels. She notes that younger employees are not satisfied with just a “job,” but rather, want work that allows them to be involved “” and included in decisions. Traditional comm”” and “” and control leadership models are floundering, unable to adapt to the need for more collaboration “” and inclusion. “Flattening organisational structure is all the rage these days, but until we move beyond some of our long-cherished myths about what it means to be a leader, it will be difficult to truly generate change,” she says.

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Tourism must adapt to climate change

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Sustainable tourism development aims at promoting the nexus between societal wellbeing, economic prosperity “” and environmental integrity protection. 

By Dr JOSEPH NJOROGE

Early in November, I came across an article in a local daily of a family that woke up one morning after camping in one of the national parks to find water at their doorstep. They called the hotel, which advised them to pack up their lugage “” and move to higher grounds. No sooner were they evacuated than the whole campsite was enveloped in flood water. Some campers were not too lucky as their luggage got wet “” and muddy.

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Let’s cut on plastic waste

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If current trends continue, roughly 12 billion metric tonnes of plastic waste will be in l”” andfills or the natural environment by 2050 hence the urgent need to rethink our addiction to plastic.

By WANJIRU KANG’ARA

Plastic is one of the most widely used “” and cheapest materials in the world today. Polyethylene terephthalateplastic is used in soft drinks, juices, water, beer, mouthwash, peanut butter, salad dressing, detergent “” and cleaner containers. DEHP, which is an abbreviation for di(2- ethylhexyl) phthalate, is a chemical that is commonly added to plastics to make them flexible. DEHP is widely in PVC plastics such as footwear, building materials “” and floor coverings.

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Forces shaping banking in 2018

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We will continue in 2018 to see more investment in technology-led efficiency programmes as blockchain technology makes headwinds in the sector.

By NURU MUGAMBI

It is said that if you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start lifting stones today. In the banking industry, going into the year 2017 seemed as if the mountains faced were insurmountable “” and would challenge even the strongest of balance sheets –from the Banking (Amendment) Act 2016, “” and the effects of prolonged drought on the various economic sectors, to the general election “” and new “” and arduous reporting requirements. Nonetheless, these numerous developments have been faced, “” and the industry can reflect on the year that was with mixed fortunes as it plans for a more eventful 2018.

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Leadership in a time of crisis

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By MURIITHI NDEGWA

An effective leader emerges in times of crisis; when he/she manage to ride on opportunities, h”” andle tough problems “” and offer solutions while mobilising people to sail with the vision “” and weather the storms. It is said that bad times are good times for people who have the resolve “” and strength of character “” and resourcefulness to emerge as leaders.

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Staff training yields productivity

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Evidence has shown that organisations that invests in effective staff training “” and development tend to achieve both short “” and long term benefits.

By MURIITHI NDEGWA

While it’s easy to view investment in employee development as a cost centre, statistics show that the benefits a company can accrue from a skilled manager are wide-reaching when considered wisely. There is indeed evidence that organisations investing in effective staff training “” and development tend to achieve both short “” and long term benefits.

Productivity “” and customer satisfaction

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Is your child playing enough?

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Play has a crucial role in brain development among children as shown by various researches, supporting intellectual, emotional “” and social abilities.

By DR JUSTINE ODIONYI

Promotion of physical activity among adults has elicited a lot of attention in the recent past. People are learning the importance of staying active, taking up a sport, walking, jogging or going to the gym. Children on the other h”” and are expected to naturally not have a challenge with physical activity since in our traditional set-up physical play time was more than enough.The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines physical activity as any body movements produced by skeletal muscles “” and results in energy expenditure. Physical activity can be achieved through working, doing household chores, engaging in leisure activities “” and physical play. WHO further explains that it is beyond exercise, which is planned coordinated movements “” and is a subset of physical activity.

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Your digital footprint could kill your career

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Social media activity coupled with implicit online activity like casual web search or browsing, online shopping, blogging, calling “” and texting all contribute to building a richly accurate digital footprint.

By BENSON MUGAMBI

In case you want to have a glimpse of how much of your personal information is freely available online, start by conducting a simple Google search of your name. In the unlikely circumstances you don’t find any relevant information or at least photographs, then you have not existed – online that is. If you have an email, a social media account or any kind of online presence, it is likely there are traces of your personal information openly out there. Scientists are calling these traces of online personal information the digital footprint.

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