Tool #12 of 104 tools is speaking to be understood not just to be heard

Tool #12 of 104 tools is speaking to be understood not just to be heard

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute, Proverbs 31:8.”

“When I was in prison, visiting, an inmate, a talk light skinned slender man, in a yellow prison Uniform, came right in front of me after my talk on In-Mate Reformation and Skilling During Incarceration and said while looking directly into my eyes “Mustapha thanks for your talk. It was great and eye opening. However, how would you advise someone like me serving a jail term of five years for a crime I did not commit?

You see, I know some lawyers in […] Read more

Tool #4 of 104 tools is self-esteem

Tool #4 of 104 tools is self-esteem

“Obusaija babwetera”, goes a popular saying. Loosely translated to mean, “Before others call you a Man, you have to act like one.” Over the years, I have got to understand that self-esteem is the key. The feeling of self-worth is critical.

On 5th February 2018, I was called for an impromptu meeting at 7:00am. During the meeting, I received a reminder via a short message (SMS) from a prospective client that I am expected in their Boardroom at 11:30am sharp, to make a presentation of my proposal to formulate their five-year strategic plan 2019/2023 to the top management team (TMT). Apparently, […] Read more

To report early at work or not? becoming an outlier in office

To report early at work or not? becoming an outlier in office

It is easy to be recognized as exceptional performer. One of the middle managers at an international company in my private mentorship program called and said “I am concerned that my supervisor is trying to manage me as if we are still in the 1980’s”. This took me by surprise. I asked him to clarify to which he said that “my boss wants me to report to work earlier than 7:30am. He thinks that way I am very committed and working harder. Yet, my challenge is I love football. Whenever there is a late-night match, for which they have been […] Read more

How to evaluate the board’s effectiveness

How to evaluate the board’s effectiveness

To effectively evaluate the board, you must have set targets against which you are evaluating the board members.

This calls for an effective governance structure and separation of powers.

At the topmost, there must be the owner of the business. For publicly listed companies, these are shareholders with an equity certificate. The shareholders, at the AGM or annual general meeting, must elect the board members and set clear targets for the board so appointed.

For emphasis, when the owner/ shareholders appoint the board, she/he must give them a score card or targets that are measurable. According to Kaplan and Norton, a balanced scorecard […] Read more

Where and how do you start life after campus?

Where and how do you start life after campus?

Why do some students get great jobs before they live campus while others tend to linger for long on the street looking for some work, just any work and fail to even find it?

The secret is not something you may think. Every year, leaders and top executives approach University lecturers for names of their top students in the class. If you are average, chances that your name could end up with the top bank’s top honcho are high if you just a great student that works closely with the lecturer! You must have a strategy for every situation you face. […] Read more

Without a responsive strategy, it is easy to fall flat

Without a responsive strategy, it is easy to fall flat

The website, https://www.toysrus.com/, might still be on, but Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on 26th September 2017 in the US. In this brief, I explore how poor strategy led to the collapse of this once giant pacesetter in the retail space. When you are big, it is easy to get pre-occupied with the routine at the expense of strategic thinking which has a deadly end.

Toys R Us was one of the leading companies in the toy market.

The company that started 69 years ago, expanded steadily to over 1,600 stores globally, with annual revenues at US $13 billion. However, […] Read more