Negotiating salary as a new staff

Negotiating salary as a new staff

What you don’t know about me is that I resigned from my first job.

This was one of the worst decisions of my life. And I want to warn you: never resign from your job before you find a new one. When you do so, your transfer price goes to zero. I mean 0. This means, that you lose all your previous career salary increases. Many companies want to match your current pay. Never your previous pay. Many companies ask for your most recent pay slip.

The thing is, many company HR and executives have been taught wrong things. They have been […] 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

Winning at the work place

Winning at the work place

What is wrong with the young people? Where exactly did you get this boy? I am disappointed. During interviews, we asked him: can you work under pressure? He said, yes. And that he likes work that requires him to put in more effort. On coming to work early, he said that since his childhood, he has been going to class by 7:00am! He is used to waking up early. He even joked that unless you want me at 4 am! We were all happy that you had identified for us a great employee. He not only had great marks in […] Read more

You cannot hide an elephant

You cannot hide an elephant

One of the popular sayings in Bunyoro goes “You cannot hide an elephant.”

The elephant is a very big animal. It is very difficult to hide it. If something is outstanding or extraordinary, it is very difficult to hide it.

Always do your best in any setting so that you can get noticed. If you are very good, people will always notice you.

One of Uganda’s former presidents, Idi Amin Dada, put it plainly “You cannot win a Whiteman by points in a boxing game. Beat him with a knockout.” Amin, once a boxer, had learnt that the only way to win a […] Read more

The Bible lessons for your success

The Bible lessons for your success

“Our systems are very strong. We cannot have been hacked. You are just alarmists. On your bullet number five: that you were able to capture all our passwords, including of the super administrator? That is not possible.” Such is the typical conversation in Uganda during the end of cyber security testing exit meeting with the client. It does not matter that we usually demonstrate the weaknesses found to the IT team. During the exit meeting presentation, IT staff will always deny even the smoking gun or plain view evidence. Many a time, we pull out the laptop and re-demonstrate the […] Read more

What is your strategy?

What is your strategy?

Strategy are the choices a company makes to win with its customers against the competition. It is like in a football match or a political race.  How do you win the match? You must do some homework on how you will win: what is the desired result?

Figure yourself being declared the winner for a presidential race and ask: what will it take to win that position? You will need to garner more than 51% of the votes cast by say 10,000,000 approved voters, located in several counties. You must know the number of voters per county and your strong areas.  […] Read more