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CAREERS GUIDANCE

ARE YOU LEADING A BALANCED LIFE?

Many people today do not lead balanced lives. The multi-pronged demands of juggling demanding careers, commuting, family obligations and more lead them to neglect important areas of their lives.[..]

WOMEN DRESS AND THE WORK PLACE

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress;
dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”― Coco Chanel

I have been accused in the past of promoting a rather ‘safe’ image in the clothes I recommend for women to wear in the work place. However, obviously there are exceptions; especially in the entertainment, [..]


A good friend, one that I look up to as a silent mentor once taught me the importance of having self-value, developing personal efficiency principles and projecting an image that commands respect,[..]

11 CAREER LESSONS FROM NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013

1.SEEK SIGNIFICANCE- “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
2.FULFILL YOUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL- “There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”.[..]

10 Work Habits That Could Get You Fired

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When Did You Last SWOT Your Career?

As the year begins, it is important that you take a few moments to reflect on your career. While many
of us use SWOT analyses (Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats) to analyze the state of our companies and businesses, rarely
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HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AT THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

THE ETIQUETTE OF GLOBAL GREETINGS "Business or Pleasure"

Over the summer I had the opportunity to visit the continent of Asia specifically New Delhi, India with my family. Though we had visited Singapore about three years ago, India was an
entirely new experience. It was interesting to see the different ways both men and women would greet everywhere we went. At the hotel, the service.[..]

HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AT THE OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY

Christmas will soon be upon us and as this ‘season of goodwill’ looms ‘The Christmas Party.’ Fun as office Christmas parties often are, they can cause a problem as they bring us into contact with people at work in a way that does not happen every day in the office so there are certain codes of behaviour that should be observed to avoid any embarrassing moments afterwards! Entertaining is expensive, so the event should provide value for money as well as a good time for all concerned.[..]

DRESS ETIQUETTE


Etiquette protocols have been a part of society for a long time. The first known ‘etiquette scroll’ was written in 2500 BC. In the 11th century Europeans ate with their fingers but well-bred individuals only used three fingers. Between the 14th and 16th centuries, forks were used however they were viewed as being scandalous and heretical. Erasmus wrote the most well-known etiquette book in the 16th century.[..]

 

HOW TO HOLD A SUCCESSFUL MEETING

Meetings are a regular opportunity to present yourself and show your worth to superiors and peers in business. Although it is a fact that nearly half the meetings we attend are not necessary but since we do spend so much time in them it is where a lot of business decisions .[..]

SMARTPHONE ETIQUETTE

“Hi -Tech smartness in your palm’
Are you like me just joining the Blackberry or smartphone craze? Everyone in my household has one either an I-phone, Blackberry, Samsung or some sort of Android phone. I must say I find them quite a sophisticated and functional gadgets, especially if you are using it for business.
[..]

LEVERAGE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR JOB SEARCH

Times have changed and whether you are thinking about looking for your first job; changing jobs or seeking simply to explore what is out there, you will find that having a social media job search strategy will greatly increase your chances of securing something satisfying. What I mean here is that you can go beyond simply...[..]

PERFECTING YOUR PROFESSIONAL IMAGE OR SELF SABOTAGING

image

How would you rate your professional image? Do you take that extra time to put a little more effort in organising your hair, face, dress sense or shoes? What about the tiny details like your nails, accessories or even the type of pen you carry., [..]

10 TIPS ON HOW TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
Productivity can be defined as a measure of how much you accomplish and is one of the most challenging aspects in the workplace. The question or debate on whether being busy is equal to productivity is interminable. [..]

SPEAK TO BE HEARD!

Most of us will have to make a public presentation at some time in our lives. It may be to a handful of business colleagues, at a social event or even an audience of hundreds but the ability to put your point across in an interesting and informative way is essential.[..]

50 WORK PLACE TIPS
1. Get to Work Early
2. Leave Work On Time
3. Have a Life Outside Work .[..]

PROFESSIONAL VS PARENTING ETIQUETTE

Many of us start the journey to professionalism well before the journey to parenthood. In fact, there is a school of thought that says that, it is wiser to first get a job before you think of getting married. Whether you are a high flying or an upcoming professional who is contemplating or just got married, [..]

PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD AT THE GYM

It’s February already and congratulations to all of those who have continued to maintain their New Year resolutions which include working out. However to the new or those who may have forgotten, the gym is a public area and there may be one or two things to bear in mind, such as, [..]

BUZZWORDS AND OTHER CORPORATE CLICHE'S

buzz word


The Scene: A Corporate Board Room Somewhere

Leader Speaks to Team:
For crying out loud, put on your thinking caps and bring the data on all the best practices out there. I am putting a stake in the ground when I say that sticking to our knitting is not delivering as we expected. We will need to get out of our comfort zones. [..]

Image Breakers

 

The office is an extension of your personal space outside your home. Like a guest toilet, your office is a true reflection of who you are. It does not necessarily have to be a large room, it could be your personal cubicle space or the desk space provided. [..]

Flying for business
I have been traveling by air quite a bit lately for business and would like to share some travel tips to make your next business trip less stressful and more enjoyable for all concerned. [..]

negotiatiating

ow many times have you thought about approaching your manager to discuss a pay increase? Perhaps you feel underpaid or that you deliver more value than your current returns. Whatever your rationale, if you are like most of .[..]

Carol

There is nothing as maddening or as frustrating as getting up each day muddling through life and retiring to bed at night wondering if you achieved anything. It is said that, for those who do not know where .[..]

dinning

I attended a networking breakfast earlier last month. While it is okay to enjoy yourself, do remember that you are there to represent yourself and your company, and therefore are always ‘on show.’ At my table were two international visitors and a smattering of locals.


IMAGE BREAKERS 1 ARE YOU A VICTIM?

We all strive to be as normal as possible forgetting that image indeed is everything. Whether you are a professional or an entrepreneur, you will be perceived, approached and accepted based on what people see. If you consider your progress, level of success and.[..]


Romance

When I studied Development Economics years ago, I often heard about India’s romance with what was called the ‘Diploma Disease’. Given the excessive number of job applicants for various positions, it had become common .[..]


TOWARDS A FITTER IMAGE

I am neither a fitness guru nor a dietician but keeping fit speaks to the image you portray. If you keep fit, you feel well - if you feel well, you look good I think! To boot, clothes look, hang, and drape better on a fitter body as today much of what we wear is about fit and cut.[..]


THE PROTOCLOL OF LEADERSHIP

Great leaders often have one unique aspect in common, a sense of responsibility and positive impact. The statement “some people were born to be leaders” is not a mistake. An early childhood teacher can almost accurately identify those children with.[..]


burnout

The term ‘Stress’ as used in a biological context was first coined in the 1930’s by Hans Selye, a Hungarian Scientist. It was split into three categories:.[..]


VOLUNTEER- WORKING FOR FREE GETS YOU A FOOT IN THE DOOR

ome people sit at home doing nothing else but hoping and praying for a job.

Others conscientiously send out emails and letters seeking employment to every company in the yellow pages. Statistics everywhere show that there is less than a 5% chance of being called in for an interview using this process.[..]


Tooth Pick

Some people have cultivated the habit of making sure that after every meal they must unfailingly use a tooth pick to execute any hidden pieces of residual food stuck between their teeth. For some this is habitual, even when all is clear.[..]

dinning. business

So much business is done over breakfast, lunch or dinner that an important aid to a positive image is good table manners. In fact these days a lot of employers want to see potential candidates in dining or cocktail .[..]

BUSINESS CASUAL

Over the years many organisations have moved towards a more relaxed view on office dress code. The objective at the start of this management trend was to create a more comfortable and stress free working environment. [..]


WHY BODY LANGUAGE IS CRUCUAL IN BUSINESS ISSUE

Body language is a crucial communication tool used to create a positive impression and help you achieve your business goals. Being able to read the body language of others can give you a strong advantage in a competitive environment.[..]

AFTER THE GRADUATION CEREMONY, THEN WHAT?

The graduation ceremony, with its touch of grandeur, solemnity and nostalgia has come and gone. You stayed focused, reached the milestone and graduated well. The plan was that with this solid foundation, (the degree under your belt)o.[..]


INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

There are some employees who believe in being busy, whether the state of relentless activity delivers meaningful results or not. I recall the story of a personal assistant (PA) in a certain organisation who[..]

cv
A C.V is your most vital marketing tool during a job search. Its content, design, and clarity represent your personality and your professional style. Though every C.V should be different, for every person and every potential job, there are essential elements within your Curriculum Vitae .[..]

HOW CIVIL IS YOUR BRAND IN BUSINESS
I recently visited a popular electronics store in Nairobi to purchase a computer part. As I patiently waited for my turn in line, one of the owners began to pace along the aisle screaming all manner of obscenities on his mobile phone. [..]

PROFESSIONAL DRESS SENSE

Coat


A good image is determined by your overall appearance, general behaviour and the level of your communication skills. As a professional your choice of attire,[..]

HOW TALENTED PEOPLE THRIVE
Through its McKinsey Leadership project, McKinsey Consulting sought to establish what drives and sustains people who succeed. While the project was focussed on how talented women thrive at work, its results have broad appeal and implications for all.[..]


CREATE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND IN 8 STEPS

Business success, like branding, is a matter of perceptions. If people think that you are a success, then you are. Here are 8 Steps that will enable you to Create, Amplify or Refresh your career brand.[..]

Busines Meeting

Some people consider meetings a prodigious waste of time, an excuse for gossip, pastries and the occasional bout of finger pointing. Others love them exactly because of those same reasons. Either way, [..]


BAD BOSSES

Are bad for business...
The jury is out. The research is robust. People typically join wonderful companies. However when they resign, [..]


INTERVIEWS DO’S AND DON’TS

Centum (then ICDCI) was established in 1967 as a listed investment Company and its objective was to pool resources from Kenyans to make equity investments in the country.[..]


EXECUTIVE MANNERS

The idea of mastering manners in today’s business world is fast becoming essential. Businesses are now aware that one’s ability to develop and manage soft skills is as important as technical skills.[..]


WHY PERSONAL BRANDING MATTERS

We live in a hyper competitive world, and standing out in today’s crowded market place is essential. Despite constantly competing for attention,.[..]


MODERN NETWORKING

Networking is an ubiquitous term in the modern vocabulary, used in reference to life, the pursuit of love and, of course, business.[..]
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In our issue on Branding- Issue #16, we presented an image of Adolf Hitler alongside other current and historical individuals. This was an error on our part. By placing him alongside positive change makers we were seen to have condoned his many dastardly acts. This was not our intention. We apologize profusely for this lapse in judgement. History is and will always be clear on the evil that Adolf Hitler perpetuated. The Editor