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17 02, 2014

Sales lessons from emotional Valentine’s Day

February 17th, 2014|0 Comments|

 

Romance is big business. The US Census Bureau reports that a woman named Esther Howland sold the first mass-produced Valentine’s cards in the 1840s.

Last Friday was the day singles loathe more than any other. Valentine’s and those heart-shaped boxes of chocolates appeared in stores, and ads for jewelry began running on TV. The pressure […]

10 02, 2014

Marriage notes that chief executives should read

February 10th, 2014|0 Comments|

 

It all started when Kiambu Governor William Kabogo was embroiled in a controversy. This is after he made remarks that were not only viewed as sexist but landed him in a political storm.

The governor had reportedly said that single women should be barred from contesting for elective posts. Later on, he said that his […]

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3 02, 2014

Banning movie in era of Internet is like wasting time in office meetings

February 3rd, 2014|0 Comments|

 

I was parking outside Nairobi’s Sarit Centre when this familiar script played itself out. The guy who sells, or rather hawks movies approached me with his wares displayed for my pick.

I chose to be a little cheeky and asked for The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo De Caprio. He asked me how long […]

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    What quail farmers have taught start-ups about business cycles

27 01, 2014

What quail farmers have taught start-ups about business cycles

January 27th, 2014|0 Comments|

I am told quail eggs are now at an all-time low. The price of an egg has fallen from Sh100 to as low as Sh10. Welcome to the harsh realities of business.

My hunch is this; the Kenyans who abandoned their jobs to get into the ‘million-dollar’ business did not know that all businesses will […]

20 01, 2014

Learn to firmly say no without losing potential customers

January 20th, 2014|0 Comments|

The script sounds familiar. We are already off the blocks and heading into 2014.

Now, if your life is anything like mine, its already showing signs of being full to the brim and starting to overflow. We are barely three weeks into the year but there’s already so much to do-and not nearly enough time […]

13 01, 2014

A team is as great as the challenges it faces, overcomes

January 13th, 2014|0 Comments|

 

The 20th century inventor, industrialist and successful businessman Henry Ford said: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

There’s no denying that teamwork is essential for any group or organisation to succeed. Benefits of a cohesive team are invaluable for any organisation.

At the beginning of the year, team development […]

6 01, 2014

Success in business startup a marathon not a one-off sprint

January 6th, 2014|0 Comments|

 

According to the latest survey by Infotrak, 51 per cent of Kenyans are either planning to start a business, change their jobs or get a job. That means that one in two Kenyans is seriously thinking up something genuinely new and sellable-whether it is a good, service or simply their skills and knowledge.

These are […]

29 12, 2013

How marketers use Christmas season tricks to grow sales

December 29th, 2013|0 Comments|

 

The Christmas season is a classic lesson in one of the oldest and most successful marketing tricks. I will tell you why.

I just came from a team building assignment in Machakos. I actually laughed looking at Santa, reindeer, and little pine trees showing up in the lodge where we were staying. Can you imagine […]

15 12, 2013

What Kenya at 50 can learn from the legacy of Mandela

December 15th, 2013|0 Comments|

Two significant events have happened this last week. The first was Kenya getting into a celebratory mood as she marks 50 years of independence. The second has been the passing on of Nelson Mandela, an icon of liberation and the founding father of a free South Africa.

Mandela was on stage as president and leader […]

9 12, 2013

At 50, focus more on quality education and modern SMEs

December 9th, 2013|0 Comments|

Kenya is a dreaded nation when it comes to the men’s 3,000m steeplechase. Watching double-Olympic and defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi stamp his authority on the race — and do his trademark dance in celebration — reminds me of why I should be optimistic about the future of this country.

In 1963 we lamented about unemployment, […]