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Bus Stage or Bus Stop!

Published in Opinion & Analysis Sunday, 30 October 2016 14:57
Am of the opinion that the more problems we face the more opportunities stare at us; I think we have been white washed by white collar jobs that has hindered our thinking. Just look around you you will realize the rich guys are not necessarily the ones that have been held hostage by white collar job phenomena. But methinks that we are held hostage to what ‘others’ expect from ‘us’ which unfortunately override self-independence! I call these detractors; manage them it’s entirely another story! A while ago I read an article by Wale ; the issue of living as a photocopy or orginal! Unfortunately we have enslaved ourselves to ‘we-mentality’ – peer pressure – well Dr. Wale Akinyemi advises that: Friends, the condition that you do not challenge will accommodate you till death do you part. The difference between me and that wonderful kiosk owner was that he accepted where he was as a destination while I accepted where i was then as bus stop. It was not my destination. What made the difference? My vision and ability to challenge my conditions. Unfortunately like many people the kiosk owner began to look for excuses for why I could move on and he couldn’t. I have discovered that once a person accepts where they are as their fate and once they are not willing to challenge their conditions, there is very little that anyone can do to help them. Life is a journey so we are told. But we have to decide whether our current situation is a destination (have you arrived?) or we are at bus stage or bus stop! I decide to be at bus stop! We need to accept there is much we can do about our current situation! And not by proclaiming it but by taking a decisive and strategic action! Marian Wright Edelman said, “You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy”. 

Meeting Self!

Published in Opinion & Analysis Sunday, 30 October 2016 14:49
Just the other day I attended our usual team meeting; as usual we normally have a team leader whom take charge of the deliberations; by providing strategic leadership and ensuring the discussions and decisions are aligned to organizations vision and mission. The norm is that review meetings are held to assess the progress and chart way forward or develop the next steps! Basically that’s how organizations are expected to work! To larger extent we are faithful to this norm. Partly this is a recipe to a better performance and growth of the firms we work for. But at times I wonder whether we replicate the same to manage our affairs! Once in a while organizations go for consultancy but do we consider self-improvement important and if so what is really the motivation? Accountants and finance gurus maintain their financial records quite well. More than often they remind us of prudent use of scarce resources: funds! But is the same translating to our daily lives or we spend all our hard earned cash even before it hits our accounts! David a contributor to Management Magazine quivers that those who manage their personal finances and programmes well will also be sound institutional leaders and managers. 

What We Need To Do To Achieve Vision 2063

Published in Opinion & Analysis Sunday, 06 December 2015 21:42
In May 2000, some respected magazine once called Africa, ‘The hopeless continent’. One of the articles painted a picture of a continent ravaged by conflicts, hunger and malnutrition, disease and poverty as if it was a permanent African condition:
We live in times where economic, social and political turmoil has become the rule of the game. The turmoils have taught us all an important lesson: Employment is not forever. Companies change. Jobs vanish. It might have already happened to you.

The Misuse of Bench-marking as a Management Tool?

Published in Opinion & Analysis Saturday, 05 December 2015 12:34
I believe everyone would like to be the best in everything. Unfortunately due to scarcity of resources we can’t be everything. But is it true that benchmarking can really improve performance. But when does it go horribly wrong?

Does power really corrupts?

Published in Opinion & Analysis Thursday, 03 December 2015 09:16
Is it a question of a chance presenting itself for corruption to thrive or what? But also what is the drive or motivator? What is the thinking of the corrupt before, during and after the act? Is corruption an event or a process? Are good people corrupts or not? Who is most prone to corruption the rich or poor, good or bad, women or men, religious or non-religious….?

Why Projects Fail? A M&E perspective

Published in Opinion & Analysis Tuesday, 01 December 2015 21:23
Projects and interventions are designed to address a certain problem. But to achieve a desired result, an effective Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) should be embedded within such projects and interventions.

Making a Personal Strategic Plan

Published in Opinion & Analysis Friday, 20 November 2015 12:47
We all have a unique purpose and mission in this universe we call home. It’s maybe narrow or wide focused, small or big. Maybe it’s to change the world; maybe it’s to live your life with integrity.  Maybe it’s to create beautiful things; maybe it’s to learn to appreciate yourself!

Time for a Personal ‘Turnaround’

Published in Opinion & Analysis Sunday, 15 November 2015 15:25
Turnaround strategy is a corporate practice designed and planned to protect (save) a loss-making company and transform it into a profit-making one. Basically, is a process dedicated to corporate renewal by identifying the reasons for failure and taking a corrective action through a long term strategic plan and restructuring plan.
In July 2015, the US President Mr. Barack Obama made an historical visit to Kenya and Ethiopia. By coincidence his visit came when Burundi and South Sudan were engulfed in a horrific tug of war. During his address to African Union at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, the US president remarked:
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