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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Stay safe during elections

Stay safe during elections

At the polling station, be calm and do not talk carelessly about any candidate or the election process. You may be conceived to be an agent of the opposing candidates and this may trigger a fight.

By PATRICK NKUNGA

Crime is a complex event and can be described by the five dimensions of law: offender, target/ victim, place and time of the incident. This is according to Paul and Patricia Brantingham in their book Environmental Criminology. These five components are a necessary and sufficient condition, for without one, the other four, even together, will not constitute a criminal incident.

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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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The value of innovative thinking

The value of innovative thinking

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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How your body COMMUNICATES

How your body COMMUNICATES

Talking to people with arms folded gives the impression that you are bored, disinterested or uncomfortable and is a major closed gesture. 

By DEREK BBANGA

Body language is crucial in creating a positive impression and achieving your business goals. Additionally, being able to read the body language of others is an advantage. We reveal a lot about our attitudes, emotions and motives by the way we hold our bodies.

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CHANGING LIVES one girl at a time

CHANGING LIVES one girl at a time

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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Are you strong enough to HIRE WOMEN?

Are you strong enough to HIRE WOMEN?

By JOYCE KADUKI

Most companies, professions, government institutions, and non-professional bodies such as political parties and churches have been historically dominated by men. Even now, there are more men than women at the workplace.

According to the International Labour Office’s publication Women at Work: Trends 2016, women’s labour force participation in 2015 was estimated at 49.6 per cent. The finding that there are fewer female employees than male is consistent with the results of another study – Women in the Workplace 2016 – which was conducted by McKinsey and LeanIn.org among over 130 companies and more than 34,000 men and women. This second study established that women remain underrepresented at every level in the corporate pipeline.

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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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Mind your health at the office

Mind your health at the office

A holistic approach in terms of check-ups, preventive vaccines, follow-ups with doctors, nutrition education, exercise and stress management help in curbing lifestyle diseases.

By EDNA GOR

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