Category : The Star Business

Business / The Star Business - 6 days ago

Diversity can produce dividends

Recently, I was with a large group of staff discussing the positive aspects of their work culture. They were emphatic about one thing: ‘We are a very diverse group.’ Indeed, there were men and women, old and young, Asian and African (and...

Business / The Star Business - 2 weeks ago

Recent gas fi nds a beacon of hope

Recent reports indicate that a wave of activity is currently taking place in the Kenyan oil and gas sector. Following last week’s article on the challenges facing Kenya’s dream to be an oil producing nation, I now turn my focus to natural...

Business / The Star Business - 3 weeks ago

Transporting Kenya’s black gold

Back in 2012, Tullow, a UK oil and gas company, struck oil in Kenya’s Lokichar basin. This was followed by numerous media reports highlighting the natural wealth that our dear nation is endowed with. Further, expectations that Kenya would be an...

Business / The Star Business - 3 weeks ago

Lessons on inducting new staff

These days, whenever you board a vehicle of any significance, you generally receive a welcome message. Whether this is on a London bus, a ferry crossing an African estuary or a ride at Disneyland, someone will give you a ‘spiel’. This c...

Business / The Star Business - 1 month ago

Lessons we can learn from German polls

I was reading a bunch of Spiegel articles about the German federal elections and the resultant coalition negotiations over breakfast a few days ago. Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU/CSU alliance, only won 33 per cent, so they will have to find pa...

Business / The Star Business - 1 month ago

The case for renewable energy

Considering the prominence of climate change in today’s global narrative, it is no surprise that renewable energy is at the forefront. While this is fairly new in the African context, renewable energy promises to be the future of our energy nee...

Business / The Star Business - 1 month ago

Retail success requires relationships

One of the greatest retail success stories in the world, that has prospered for over a century, is now facing down new retail giants. Very soon, online shopping portals Amazon, Alibaba and eBay will command 40 per cent of global e-commerce. Like eve...

Business / The Star Business - 1 month ago

Scaling SMEs amidst interest caps

The capping of interest rates was prompted by the need to make finance affordable, especially to small and medium enterprises.While the economy had fairly good levels of access to credit, affordability was not, with some SMEs paying as much as over 2...

Business / The Star Business - 1 month ago

Breeding a culture of violence

Uganda made it onto Trevor Noah’s show. This is not, as you may have suspected, an entirely flattering thing as he showed part of the parliamentary fight over the proposed removal of age limits for the president. And ‘parliamentary fight&...

Business / The Star Business - 1 month ago

Fit for work: How to remain competitive

The way a CEO leads a business; the way managers organise business processes; and the way the senior team relates to their staff are all factors that impact on the marketing of brands and business.Last week, I met with colleagues in London to further...

Business / The Star Business - 2 months ago

Not different enough

There’s a lot of loose talk about differentiation these days. Most of it happens in marketing departments and not enough at the boardroom table. The ability to recognise differentiation and understand its implications was a very early part of...

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