A lot of us are capable of generating brilliant ideas but only few have the courage to take the first step. The vast majority of people remain with their ideas in the mind, some write them into plans that gather dust on the shelf but only a handful have the gut to take the…

  Some seven years ago, I was leading a team that was recruiting four engineers. I had noticed that most job adverts stated that they want three or five or even more years of experience. I told my team that we should split the four jobs into two lots. Two positions for those with three…

  In the past, it appeared noble, humble and professional not to fight back when attacked. Today, for achievers, it sometimes makes sense to fight back. One of the fights that noble men avoided in the past was when a lie was told against them or there was misinformation about their character, behaviour or actions.…

  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…

  The year 2016 is gone and we are now beginning a new year 2017. This gives us the chance to review our career progress to now and plan for the immediate and long term future. We have every reason to re-energise our career hopes and dreams. This is the time to think very big…

  Last week, we listed five of the attributes that you can develop if you are to become high potential person-the need to have hunger for success, hatred of failure, need for becoming hard-working, being prompt and innovative. Today we continue with another set of five attributes, making a total of 10 best practices that…

  Many people want to shine at work, but they lack the tools and techniques that they can use to do so. Today, we will dwell on how you can become a high potential. Hunger for success High potential and fast-driven people have big hunger for success. What matters most in their lives is success…

  What is your answer when people ask you: “What do you do?” Have you tried to compare your answer with what is written in your job description on your file in the Human Resources (HR) Department? Are they the same? Of course, whether HR has a job description for you is another big question.…

Last week, we began discussing the qualities of a high performance team (HPT)- group of people that is highly focussed on their goals and achieves superior business results. We discussed five of the key qualities of a HPT: Participative Leadership, Effective Decision-Making, Open and Clear Communication, Valued Diversity and Mutual Trust. Today, we will discuss…

  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…