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…

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…

Many employees want to progress their career at work. A lot of people leave their current employer for greener pasture in search for more kwacha and greater challenges. Little do they know that they can actually gain both of these in their current employment. Today, we will look at the three simple techniques which you…

We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.” This is what was rightly said by Thomas Edison, a successful American inventor and businessperson who developed many devices that greatly influenced and transformed life around the world. Basically, Thomas Edison meant that for…

The death of the prominent historian, economist and writer Desmond Dudwa Phiri popularly known as DD Phiri has left behind shoes too big for anyone to fit in. We have all heard of or known DD Phiri since we were young. His articles have been published in numerous media outlets. Through his writings, DD Phiri…

Have you ever met a person who has many qualifications, including very advanced papers or diplomas but doesn’t seem to know a lot? Even after engaging such a person over time, you cannot decipher the depth of training or learning of such a person. Scenario 2: Have you also met people who may not have…

One time, when I was working for some global company, there was a gentleman from Nigeria who was well known and highly respected in our field and function within the global group. For purposes of this article, we will call him Femi. In many teleconferences and video conferences, his name was mentioned in one way…

One time, when I was working for some global company, there was a gentleman from Nigeria who was well known and highly respected in our field and function within the global group. For purposes of this article, we will call him Femi. In many teleconferences and video conferences, his name was mentioned in one way…