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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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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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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Computer security threats to look out for

Computer security threats to look out for

Cyber security predictions make it important for organisations to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals’ exploits. Here are crucial key security predictions for 2017. 

By RICK ROGERS

Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future,” as Nils Bohr, the Nobel laureate physicist put it. But as we begin 2017, it is useful to look forward and try to anticipate the cyber security trends that lie ahead; and reflect on what has happened over the past year, to see how accurate previous predictions were. Check Point Software Technologies predicted the following security threats in 2016:

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Of cloud computing and digital transformation

Of cloud computing and digital transformation

Cloud service brokerage business model is still nascent and may take a little more time to mature, especially in the developing economies where adoption of cloud services itself is yet to catch cachet.

By JOHN OREDO

Most of the critical issues organisations are grappling with today can be traced to the disruptions spawned by digital technologies and how companies can align to the digital futures. No sector is immune to the effects of digital transformation.

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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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4 steps to bring your team back to LIFE

4 steps to bring your team back to LIFE

Don’t set them up for failure, let them experience success

By ELIZABETH MUGUCHU

So there I was with a shiny new job, excited, ready to deliver and impress. On the first day, I’m greeted by a team of demotivated and unfocused employees. I am a strong believer in “hiring the right people and then letting them do their job” but different circumstances call for different management styles.

Once in a while a manager may find himself with a team that needs a little hand holding, and it may be necessary to be completely immersed in what the team is working on, to ensure they understand the vision that the manager wants to translate.

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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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Women should take these STEPS TO GROW

Women should take these STEPS TO GROW

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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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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