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…

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. 1. Hunger for Success High potential and fast driven people have big hunger for success. What matters most in their lives is…

No one likes interviews. They are generally a stressful affair, unless you are on the other side – as part of the interviewing panel! Those who have easier time are those that prepare thoroughly for the interview. When you prepare thoroughly, you gain self-confidence which helps you to reduce the tense and fear. Thorough preparation…