One of the things that all bosses singularly and collectively hate is to be surprised by their juniors. In fact, some bosses even go to the extent of getting rid of or running away from staff that repeatedly pull surprises for them. Of course, surprises can be either positive or negative. In this case,…

  Yes, I will share with you my 2017 resolutions! Of course, like many of you, my past resolutions haven’t really worked satisfactorily. Partly, we fail because we take resolutions casually and as if they are an option. If we can approach resolutions as a must-do mandatory task, we stand a much better chance for…

  Many projects fail because of the lack of a coherent and effective team. Even in operations, many companies and organisations fail to achieve their objectives because they do not have good and effective teams to carry out the operational activities. Today, we will discuss one of the models that you can use to effectively…

  Researchers have been able to link how happiness at work can lead to greater employee productivity. In fact, some governments have started to compile ‘Happiness’ indices, according to an observation by Jessica Pryce-Jones, an Oxford-based psychologist who has spent a lot of time studying and conducting consultancies on ‘Happiness at Work.’ This means that…

We have discussed before the importance of knowing and understanding one’s personality type. It is also important for managers to understand personality types of their team members. Today, let us discuss why it is important for managers to understand the personality types of their team members. First, let us define personality. Generally, personality is understood…

  Last weekend, I took my nephew to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar), formerly Bunda College as he was embarking on his journey into the third year of his undergraduate studies there. I like his focus on education and preparing a decent future for himself. He never leaves anything to chance. He…

Christians know that Jesus once said that if you believe, then with faith you can even move mountains. This also applies in real life situations. Those that believe end up achieving their dreams while those that don’t believe fail completely. Belief is a key success factor. In any fight or pursuit, you need to ask…

  We all get bombarded with lots of work at work from time to time. Some people have less work load than others. Some have just too much work-near impossible to complete within the official time. For those who have less work, they can still optimise their delivery and so gain the brand of an…

  This Saturday, Monsignor John  Ryan, a former Mathematics Professor, will be consecrated as Bishop of the Catholic  Diocese  of Mzuzu. As mentioned a few times on this column, Fr Ryan was my teacher of Mathematics, Additional  Mathematics  and Physical  Science at St Patricks  Seminary in Rumphi  in the early to mid 1990s. Today, I…

  Both my parents are retired primary school teachers. They both taught for nearly 40 years each. They have combined 80 years of experience. When they meet their former students who went far with education or those that are simply successful and doing something meaningful in society, they become so happy and proud. I was…

As a keen follower of your weekly column, kindly allow me space to share a recent experience which made me ask the question, “What am I worth?”. A few months ago, I submitted an application to a job I had come across online. It was an exciting opportunity based in a thriving east African economy…

Today, we cover the last of three articles dedicated to a great and special priest-cum-teacher, Fr. Dominic Sinya Longwe, as he celebrates 25 years as a priest. Today, we will focus on his open door policy. I am quite aware that from my experience, most of the leaders that introduce themselves as people who practise…