The first issue of the Rise and Shine column was published on Thursday October 1 2009. This means that this week, the rise and shine column clocks 10 years! It is worth a celebration. It is a major milestone that needs commemoration by all of us involved, including you the readers, the editors and Nation…

Recently, I was hired to deliver a motivational speech on how staff can manage their personal careers, at an international company in an African country. Over the next couple of weeks, I will share under this column the ten key principles that you need to use to manage your career better than your peers so…

Recently, I was hired to deliver a motivational speech on how staff can manage their personal careers, at an international company in an African country. Over the next couple of weeks, I will share under this column the ten key principles that you need to use to manage your career better than your peers so…

Recently, I was hired to deliver a motivational speech on how staff can manage their personal careers, at an international company in an African country. Over the next couple of weeks, I will share under this column the ten key principles that you need to use to manage your career better than your peers so…

Last Saturday, we escorted to everlasting life our dear friend in the squash community Chikumbutso Mkutumula. For a long time, especially while he was a student at Chancellor College, Chiku was the national champion for squash in Malawi. He went on to represent Malawi at many international squash tournaments, including at Commonwealth games. Later, with…

One amazing feature in college is the ‘meshos’ (roommates) we shared laughs and stories with. In the first year, I had three meshos in the off campus accommodation: Noel Tomoka, Gift Kawamba and KizitoNyirenda. When I see these ‘meshos’ do well in life, I become so happy. Noel Tomoka remained my roommate until the third…

I  work in the engineering and technology field for my bread and butter and have done so for nearly two decades. I do know that one of the important strategies in our field, to ensure that systems are reliable and operate at optimal levels, is to have a regime for system upgrade. There are two…

One of the key separating features between the successful and the not-so successful people is the quality of decisions each set of people makes. In general, successful people tend to make better or more correct decisions. Of course, they too make some wrong decisions but that is easily offset by the many good decisions they…

O ne of the key separating features between the successful and the not-so successful people is the quality of decisions each set of people make. In general, successful people tend to make better or more correct decisions. Of course, they too make some wrong decisions but that is easily offset by the many good decisions…

Recently, I was hired to deliver a motivational speech on how staff can manage their personal careers, at an international company in an African country. Over the next couple of weeks, I will share under this column the ten key principles that you need to use in order to manage your career better than your…

Have you observed that at the company, it is not always the brightest or the most hardworking employees that rise fast or to the top? Often it is those that have other soft skills, including the mastery of corporate politics. Many of us ‘forgive’ ourselves when ignorant in this field of corporate politics by branding…

Have you observed that at the company, it is not always the brightest or the most hardworking employees that rise fast or to the top? Often it is those that have other soft skills, including the mastery of corporate politics. Many of us ‘forgive’ ourselves when ignorant in this field of corporate politics by branding…

Have you observed that at the company, it is not always the brightest or the most hardworking employees that rise fast or to the top? Often it is those that have other soft skills, including the mastery of corporate politics. Many of us ‘forgive’ ourselves when ignorant in this field of corporate politics by branding…

Many people start businesses but after some time, they give up. Very few make it in business— not just in Malawi but world over. As a result, each time I meet a very successful entrepreneur, I like to ask them about their experiences and what made them break through. Four years ago, I had the…

 We all owe our teachers and schools so much. I never take for granted what all my teachers did for me all the way from primary through secondary to tertiary education. Without those schools, I would not be doing what I do now. I would not even be able to earn a living. Well I…

  We all face competition from time to time—be it in academics, at work or in sports. We compete for opportunities, resources, jobs, good people, among other things. Only the best prepared competitors win. Now, how can you best prepare yourself for competition? How can you ensure that you optimise your chances of beating your…

  This is the last Rise and Shine column article before we go to the polls and vote for councillors, members of Parliament (MPs) and most importantly the president of Malawi. I want to comment on the importance of voting and voting for a good candidate for each of the three elections. I will focus…