Julius Malema gave a moving eulogy at the funeral of the late Winnie Mandela last weekend. The speech was so moving that within days, it has gone viral on the social media. The most captivating part of it is where he mixes two improbable occurrences happening concurrently—as if Winnie Mandela is both present and…

I work in the field of information technology (IT). Technically, before we start any IT project, we do what is called IT business analysis. This is precursor phase to project management—concerned with understanding the business need or problem that the intended IT project seeks to address. One of the key components of IT business analysis…

  By standard, we spend around eight hours at work every day from Monday to Friday. In practice, many people spend 10 to 12 hours at work. From the 24 hours we have in a day, you possibly sleep seven or eight hours, plus the 10 to 12 hours at work that makes 17 to…

  By standard, we spend around eight hours at work every day from Monday to Friday. In practice, many people spend 10 to 12 hours at work. From the 24 hours we have in a day, you possibly sleep seven or eight hours, plus the 10 to 12 hours at work that makes 17 to…

I wonder when I hear someone complain that he has too much work. Of course, in some cases it is really unbearable amount of work. In most cases, you would rather have too much work than too little work. Look at how many companies have down-sized in the last few years, resulting in many staff losing…

  You will recall that a few years ago, banks were calling us all to go and do KYC registration. KYC stands for ‘Know Your Customer’. This week, we have heard that Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has also announced that we need to do KYC registration for our mobile phones. It looks like KYC…

  You will recall that a few years ago, banks were calling us all to go and do KYC registration. KYC stands for ‘Know Your Customer’. This week, we have heard that Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has also announced that we need to do KYC registration for our mobile phones. It looks like KYC…

  I have a close friend whom I have known since our secondary school days at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Rumphi at the beginning of 1990s. Frank Ziba is a civil engineer and for the last 15 years or so, he has been practising in South Africa. He is a very successful civil engineer and…

  Many people complain that they do not experience progress in their career. Victor Cheng writes about a smart tactic that you can use to solve this puzzle. He calls it leadership vacuum. Victor is a former employee of McKinsey, a leading strategy and management consulting firm in the world. Those who want further engagement…

  I have seen countless top performers fail to maximise their career potential simply because they forever believe that the Human Resource (HR) Department will take care of their career. In theory Yes. It is true that the HR Department is charged with the responsibility to manage all staff matters, including career plans, promotions, placements and…

We continue with the series on tips for heads of department. So far, we have covered issues you need to manage pertaining to people, processes, delivery of results, managing yourself, communication and ‘managing the company.’ Today, let us dwell on managing company politics. This is another very important aspect of your job because if you…

In the last five weeks, we have discussed many important aspects of heading a departing in a company or organisation. These discussions have included matters relating to people, processes, delivery of results, managing yourself and communication. Another important aspect that you need to mind about in this role is ‘managing the company.’ I am talking…