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The Writer is a Passionate Corporate Trainer/Consultant in strategy, change management and leadership development. He also provides unique SME Growth Solutions, whose expertise is tied to amongst others, an international research on SME development that was published in the Business in Africa Journal of July 2007. He is also a strategy columnist in the Monthly SME Today Magazine. twitter:@mwanjumbi

Opportunities from Policy Shifts in Education

Though still in its infancy stages, one of the greatest policy shifts during our times is transformation from rote to competency based learning in the school system. This will eventually affect not only the way we do business, but also the ­­­­kind of business that we can each pursue.  The shift brings to mind, the early influences during our formative years. More particularly, during the first week upon joining secondary school in one of today’s national schools, we were introduced to all the courses expected

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Quality Education Critical for Advancement of Informal Leadership

Most people perceive leadership only in terms of positions of power, where they can exert their influence in either achieving their personalized desires or making things done their way. However, there are other forms of leadership, which invaluably lead to not only personal, but also organizational and national progress. Consider expertise as a guide to venturing into leadership. One is able to influence change anywhere only through acquiring superior skills, which could be applied in a vocation or profession. Another excellent example is moral authority.

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Need to Harness Our Competitive Advantages

Continued deterioration of the social fabric is no doubt a setback to business and economic growth in our country. The same has now put us in the list of the 20 most corrupt countries in the world, a shameful situation indeed. We certainly need to re-think our strategies of weeding out the extensive graft that continues denting our national image. But, as we chart the way forward, we need to learn from Mahatma Gandhi who advocated that “you are the change that you want the

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Talent Alignment; Foundation of Work Life Balance

Dennis Waitley, a renowned motivational speaker and author continuously advises his audiences to be constantly involved in creating the future.  That will definitely enable them to remain relevant throughout their lifetimes. Perhaps, it is on this basis that mentoring the youth through the school system, as well as the religious sector flows naturally, particularly for me. In this regard, let us share interesting ongoing lessons from one renowned county girls’ secondary school. The school extended a speaking engagement after interacting with my writings. They wanted

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Focus On Improved Entrepreneurial Spirit to Generate Higher Taxes

During a recent talent alignment seminar Gregg, a Kenyan of British origin shared some interesting experiences. The non-governmental organizational executive had proceeded abroad on a month’s business trip. Alongside, he temporarily delegated his responsibilities to Monica, his wife, who is also a colleague at work. But upon his return, Gregg was disturbed that operations had not been as smooth as he could have expected. “At home, the children were overly excited upon my return. I learnt from them that the mother was unusually stressed, every

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Aligning Strategic Direction of the Human Capital Should Start Early

It is clear to all that more than 50% of our graduates are either unemployed or unemployable. More appropriately, they are unemployable. Why? Graduates who are properly empowered are always able to either secure rewarding formal employment opportunities or easily create their own.  Naturally, the latter, contribute to continued growth of small business. Conversely, those properly empowered, but opt for formal employment may end up contributing to continued innovation in business. Sadly, the graduate unemployability aspect paints a grim picture with respect to desired innovation

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