Category Archives: Corporate Social Responsibility

Conservation culture

I’ve just spent time inside a successful conservation business. Surprisingly it wasn’t full of do-gooders. Instead it has harnessed the energy, humanity and collaborative spirit of a very diverse set of people. It has built a unified and positive culture, … Continue reading

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The fake CEO

Have you read about the French company Laboratoires Berden and its charismatic CEO, Eric Dumonpierre? Founded in 1996, the company launched Mutorex, an anti-obesity drug. Dumonpierre rapidly became a star chief executive, winning several awards for corporate social responsibility. He … Continue reading

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The bureaucratic condition

Working in organisational transformation certainly produces some home truths. The latest for me has been realising  how deeply bureacracy resonates with human beings. I mean as a default behaviour, especially in times of stress. In employees, stress is routinely caused … Continue reading

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Boards must drive innovation

I recently attended an excellent session on Governance and the role of Directors, run by the IOD the in Kenya. It was part of an ambitious programme by one of our most forward-thinking insurance companies to map out sustainable growth … Continue reading

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Social media in trouble

Hot on the heels of extraordinary customer service failures in the US airline industry comes news of even bigger brands attracting reputational damage. Facebook, the social media giant, now boasts 1.86 billion weekly users, with over 150 million in Africa. … Continue reading

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From bland to brand

Brand experience, not just customer service, is increasingly the main differentiator for modern companies. Professor Nader Tavassoli (www.nadertavassoli.com) of London business School suggests that there is a clear process to creating a true brand experience. His latest case study features … Continue reading

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Building your own Employer Brand

Advertising no longer has the impact it once did. We are now firmly in the age of the well-informed and critical customer. Aligning employee behaviour to deliver the Brand Promise is now a strategic imperative for businesses that expect success. … Continue reading

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CSR:A BUSINESS ACRONYM THAT MERITS INVESTIGATION

As a general statement,I am not in favor of acronyms.In my experience, they are a barrier to understanding.Experts use acronyms to maintain their superiority.Bluffers use acronyms for the same reason. Company managers shorten names of their enterprises to reduce time … Continue reading

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Chris prescribes the following answers to readers of his weekly column in Kenya’s Daily Star

AK asks: Marketing and Advertising are two essential tools for growing a business; can you explain why this is from your point of view and perhaps give us some examples where these tools have helped businesses in Kenya to grow?

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Y&R Nairobi women volunteer as mentors for Global Give Back Circle – a Clinton Global Initiative.

Catherine and Zoe are very special. They are from the US – from KPMG – huge proponents of the programme. They are big loving personalities and as African Americans won the hearts of Kenyans. This was their first trip and first time meeting … Continue reading

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