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Are you CEO material?

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about the future of your career, especially if you intend to lead a business one day. But surprisingly few people take time to consider the skills they will need when they become the … Continue reading

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Mind your language

We live and work in a region that uses language well. East Africans are not by nature profane people. Cursing in the workplace is frowned upon. Western expatriates are often surprised to discover that swearing at staff doesn’t work here. … Continue reading

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Control is the enemy of culture

When I worked in advertising, cleverer people than I were preoccupied with setting higher aspirations for our global company. One genius came up with the line’ good is the enemy of great.’ By which he meant that we who were … Continue reading

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No Trust in the Workplace

Some years ago, I traveled to Dubai on business, and visited our local Ad Agency offices. Like many commercial concerns in the Gulf, it was run by Lebanese and staffed with expatriates. From Australian creatives to Filipino computer operators; I … Continue reading

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Jingle Bells

When you have been around the block a few times, as have I, you begin to see trends coming back. You see it in fashion. You see it in holiday destinations. And trends also return in advertising. Not because the … Continue reading

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Bank Promises

Over the holidays I researched our banking sector. Proof positive that the Devil makes work for idle hands. We now have 104 businesses licensed to bank in East Africa, barring any recent failures. I’m sure that the Directors of these … 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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Shame about the name

Right now, I’m going through the naming process for a new business. An enterprise in which I have two partners. We’ve worked out our reason for being; we have written our brand promise. We have agreed our target audience; we … Continue reading

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Have banks abandoned business?

In 2014 Ernst & Young released the results of a global study they had conducted into the nature of customer experience in banks. In our region, they reported that more than half of the banking customers in Kenya cited bad … Continue reading

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Call to action

Businesses must have a purpose; and brands must have a call to action. Without the former, employees have no direction. Without the latter, customers have no reason to buy. Business purpose is an output of business strategy. It’s the bold … Continue reading

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