Category Archives: Talent Development

Creativity needed

Last week I attended an important event at Safaricom’s prestigious Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi. ( I told them I had just come from the Chris Harrison Building , but they didn’t laugh.)  Hubris aside, it was a great evening … Continue reading

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Understand brain capacity

I was listening to a CEO address her team on their execution of the brand strategy; and what began quite reasonably turned into a repetitive rant. I’ve seen it before, so many times. So afterwards I asked why she felt … Continue reading

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Diversity can produce dividends.

Recently I was with a large group of staff discussing the positive aspects of their work culture. They were emphatic about one thing: ‘We are a very diverse group.’ Indeed, there were men and women, old and young, Asian and … Continue reading

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Marketing leaders needed

We live and work in a region where there are still relatively few Marketers at Executive Board level. In fact, there are fewer Marketing Directors than HR Directors. This may reflect the perception that HR – in its traditional role … Continue reading

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Make training purposeful.

I’m often surprised by how much irrelevant training goes on in East Africa. I don’t mean lacking in general value. I have no doubt that people need to be taught customer service; qualified on specific technology; or given management training. … Continue reading

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Invest in employee education

Here in East Africa there’s never been a lack of interest in training. Twenty years ago diners seeing the Training Levy added to their restaurant bill used to joke:  ‘Good heavens, we’re not still training him are we?’ A substantial … Continue reading

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Best face forward

Psychologists and behavioral scientists have long known that facial expressions, hand gestures, and voice tone provide more clues to listeners than the words themselves. “It’s harder to follow cues such as expressions on people’s faces in two dimensions,” says Dr. … Continue reading

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Thinking ahead

One glance at any media outlet at the moment will bring you up to speed with a so-called seismic event in international politics and economics. The British people have been given the opportunity to vote in a referendum about continued … Continue reading

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Upward delegation

A common complaint I hear from senior managers sounds something like this: “I work very hard to meet targets, my junior staff members do not.  In fact I seem do most of their work for them.” I can almost see some … Continue reading

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Brands must face inwards too

I’m often surprised at how many companies still see branding as a side note: An activity to be conducted on the margins of the business. By people who aren’t don’t rate very highly. Who want to spend the company’s money … Continue reading

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