Real estate ready for tech disruption but mindsets need to shift

Real estate ready for tech disruption but mindsets need to shift

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.

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The fate of Kenya lies with the electorate

The fate of Kenya lies with the electorate

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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What millennials need to succeed as entrepreneurs

What millennials need to succeed as entrepreneurs

60 per cent of millennials consider themselves entrepreneurs, and 90 per centre recognise entrepreneurship as a mentality.

By JACQUELINE OCHIENG

Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are described as people born between 1980 and the late 1990s.  This generation is tech savvy, their upbringing more characterised by a liberal approach compared to the generation before them and their life is fast paced. They are known to shift allegiance with ease and hence do not hold on to particular product usage or even stay in jobs for long periods. Unfortunately for them also, their entry into the job market is characterised by periods of rampant unemployment in many countries. Coincidentally, they are also termed the most innovative generation so far, a characteristic key in entrepreneurship.

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Leading with values and purpose

Leading with values and purpose

David Gatende has worked with water and energy solutions company Davis & Shirtliff for the last 31 years, growing through the ranks from a field engineer to Group CEO. He talks about the importance of company culture in retaining staff and value-based leadership.

By KAGENI MUSE

At the reception of Davis & Shirtliff’s Industrial Area office is a conspicuous board with 91 names on it. The first two belong to E.C. Davis and F.R Shirtliff, 1946, the founder members of the water and energy solutions company, followed by other names, each matched with the year each staff member joined the company. The board celebrates employees who have served with the organisation for 25 years.

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The culture of agility and staying ahead

The culture of agility and staying ahead

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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I will have one LESS

I will have one LESS

This is a good rule to employ. Don’t be that person closing the party at 4am in the morning when the cleaners are coming in.

By DEREK BBANGA

I will be the first to admit that a little alcohol in the system makes for an honest, wittier, more stimulating conversation but in business, take your cues from your company culture and the behaviour of your co-workers. Observe if successful employees and managers drink at company events.

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An educated customer is your best client

An educated customer is your best client

Can customer education be linked to the bottom line? Is there any economic value that could possibly be accrued by investing in ensuring a more informed customer base?

By CAROLYNE GATHURU

Customer education is popularly referred to in marketing and customer service circles as the production of more ‘informed buyers’ by providing inputs on an organisation’s products, services, capabilities and general direction. This is done with a view to improving the customer experience, and influencing the buyer decision.  Indeed, the founder and former CEO of Syms Corporation, Sy Syms, is widely quoted as saying, “An educated customer is our best customer.”

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BAD BOSS phenomenon

BAD BOSS phenomenon

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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Bridging the digital divide at schools

Bridging the digital divide at schools

The education and formation that our young people require is that whicH focuses on developing basic skills at the individual level.

By JOHN OTIENO OREDO

Education is aimed at preparing the young to take responsibility for the world. We usually refer to the young of today as the “next generation” and leaders of tomorrow. Therefore, if teenagers are the leaders of tomorrow, their intellectual, physical, social and moral development should be carefully nurtured.

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Next President can boost Kenya`s growth by supporting SMEs

Next President can boost Kenya`s growth by supporting SMEs

The party that wins Kenya’s General Election has an opportunity to supercharge economic growth by adopting policies that help Small and Medium Businesses.

By SAMMI NDERITU

The party that emerges the winner of Kenya’s general election, to be held on 8th August 2017, has an opportunity to supercharge job creation and economic growth by adopting policies that help Small and Medium Businesses to thrive. That’s according to Nikki Summers, the Regional Director for Sage in East Africa. She says the next government will have a strong framework and foundation to build on, following years of State investment in creating an enabling environment for entrepreneurs and business builders.

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