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Are We Setting Up Our Children for Failure?, by EMMANUEL NANDOKHA

Posted in Human Capital Development

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Like many of you, I was never quite prepared to become a parent. I spent years in school learning to become a professional, spent hours in the field training to become a better player and coach at a game I loved, and then countless hours honing my skills as I worked to grow my professional expertise.

It was only after many years of being single, that I decided to get married, and when the children came, I found myself a parent, with little preparation apart from a pace setting program. My wife and I did this even before we got our first born, and later realized that that was not only premature, but also very theoretical to us.

I can blame the system for teaching us to study for exams, and so any studies without exams are useless, or say that learning a skill without practice is like eating ice-cream in your mind! You will never know what's real until you practically experience this phenomenon called parenting.

The Dangers of Promoting High Performers, by EMMANUEL NANDOKHA

Posted in Human Capital Development

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Since time immemorial, institutions have often chosen those who excel at individual performance to positions of management and leadership.

This is based on the false premise that a technically competent and skilled individual, shall excel at a leadership and management role.

This has had a mixed return because people management and technical competence do not necessarily tally.

Many individual top performers have over the years been promoted consistently until they get to their highest level of incompetence then they come crashing down.

Are You Amongst The Living Dead?, by EMMANUEL NANDOKHA

Posted in Human Capital Development

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Are you among the many people walking around today thinking they are alive but are actually dead?

Are you living a lie where the number one fool is you?

We were all born with a zest for life, to learn, to experience, to discover to become something and when we were young didn't we live out our youngest years with abandon.

I remember seeing how my nephew exemplified this when he first went to the pool with his dad and me on a family holiday. He didn't know how to swim but knew that he wanted to get into the water very fast so without a care or concern he flung himself into the pool as his dad dashed to catch him.

That is living life to the full.

5 Things Your Friends Won't Tell You About Making Changes In Your Life, by EMMANUEL NANDOKHA

Posted in Human Capital Development

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I started 2016 determined to change some things about my life and I am happy to report that I am on the path I have always wanted. I am realizing that I actually have control over a lot of things in my life. A number of things about change though:

1. Change can be extremely frustrating

Anyone who has tried to quit a bad habit, change an irritating behavior built over a lifetime, will tell you that this is very hard. You wish someone had told you when you were young that one day you would regret starting whatever you now want to change. Unfortunately, habits sneak up on us and become ingrained so subtly that at the time you realize and want to break free, you discover that they are harder to separate from you.

Client Needs Should Spur Better Product Design and Services, by STANLEY GICHOBI

Posted in Research & Innovation

I was recently running late for a meeting, and did not have enough time for breakfast. I opted for a take away hot drink from a coffee shop in the CBD.

I went to a decent looking restaurant and bought a cup of coffee that was served in a paper cup. The beverage came very hot and when I held it, I burned my hands.

As I walked, I kept on moving the cup from one hand to another. Further, the lid could not cover the cup well. The coffee spilled on my hands and white canvas shoes. It was a horrible experience and I will never order takeaway food or beverages from that restaurant again.