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Trade Tuesday For Women In Business: What Goes Around Comes Around

Networking is not about hunting. It is about farming. It’s about cultivating relationships. ~ Ivan Misner The world has become a global village, opening up opportunities for women in business to trade across borders. Success however depends on the ability to develop a strong network of connections across borders. Successful networking can open the door to unexpected business opportunities overseas, and some reports claim that up to 80% of business opportunities are now landed through networking. In their book “Make Your Contacts Count”, Barber & Waymon describe networking as the deliberate process of exchanging information, resources, support and access in such a way as to create mutually beneficial relationships for professional and personal success. Simply put, networking is a support system of sharing information, resources and services.  At its core, networking is about building RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIPS that grow and develop Continue Reading

Lesson No. 28: Blast Through It!

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader The Beauty Of Failure I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in – Founder & CEO, Passionate Entrepreneur, EQ Fanatic and OWIT Nairobi President.  God plucked me from the path that I had set out for myself & set me on an alternative journey. At the start it all appeared somewhat ‘accidental’ but I know now that it was no accident, rather His design, His purpose for my life… So now that I am here, these are my confessions…the lessons I am learning about being a woman in business, building an empire, one brick at a time… Blast through it “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run Continue Reading

Lesson No. 27: Practice what you preach.

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader The Beauty Of Failure I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in – Founder & CEO, Passionate Entrepreneur, EQ Fanatic and OWIT Nairobi President.  God plucked me from the path that I had set out for myself & set me on an alternative journey. At the start it all appeared somewhat ‘accidental’ but I know now that it was no accident, rather His design, His purpose for my life… So now that I am here, these are my confessions…the lessons I am learning about being a woman in business, building an empire, one brick at a time… Your daily words & behaviour reinforce or damage your brand ~ Mariela Dabbah A few months ago, I was conducting some training for a client in Mombasa. During one Continue Reading

Lesson No. 26: The Beauty Of Failure

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in – Founder & CEO, Passionate Entrepreneur, EQ Fanatic and OWIT Nairobi President.  God plucked me from the path that I had set out for myself & set me on an alternative journey. At the start it all appeared somewhat ‘accidental’ but I know now that it was no accident, rather His design, His purpose for my life… So now that I am here, these are my confessions…the lessons I am learning about being a woman in business, building an empire, one brick at a time… Lesson No. 26: The Beauty Of Failure “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement C S Lewis A story is told about a farmer whose donkey fell into a well. As Continue Reading

Lesson No. 25: The Hedgehog Concept

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader The Hedgehog Concept I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in – Founder & CEO, Passionate Entrepreneur, EQ Fanatic and OWIT Nairobi President.  God plucked me from the path that I had set out for myself & set me on an alternative journey. At the start it all appeared somewhat ‘accidental’ but I know now that it was no accident, rather His design, His purpose for my life… So now that I am here, these are my confessions…the lessons I am learning about being a woman in business, building an empire, one brick at a time… Lesson No. 25: The Hedgehog Concept “Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.” -Nido Qubein  I recently Continue Reading

Trade Tuesday For Women In Business: Mind The Gap

“Freedom without rules doesn’t work. And communities do not work unless they are regulated by etiquette.” Judith Martin  Etiquette [et-i-kit, -ket]  Conventional requirements as to social behaviour; proprieties of conduct as established in any class or community or for any occasion. Simply put etiquette refers to how an individual presents themselves to and interacts with others, and this is an essential skill for women doing business across borders. So how does one ensure that they put their best foot forward?  I sought the opinion of a number of Etiquette Expertsand compiled my Top 5 Business Etiquette Tips. Make A Positive First Impression It has been said that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  The clothes you wear convey a message.  According to William Thourlby, author of You Are What You Wear, you really are what you wear! “When you Continue Reading

Lesson 24: It Pays To Reward Staff

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader It Pays To Reward Your Staff I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in – Founder & CEO, Passionate Entrepreneur, EQ Fanatic and OWIT Nairobi President.  God plucked me from the path that I had set out for myself & set me on an alternative journey. At the start it all appeared somewhat ‘accidental’ but I know now that it was no accident, rather His design, His purpose for my life… So now that I am here, these are my confessions…the lessons I am learning about being a woman in business, building an empire, one brick at a time… Lesson 24: It Pays To Reward Staff A story is told of a farmer who decided to breed his 3 female pigs. He loaded the sows into Continue Reading

Trade Tuesday For Women In Business: The Payoff Of Going Global

Creating more opportunities for women in trade is the right thing to do. Gender inequality is more than a moral or social issue, it is a critical economic challenge. Women account for half the world’s working-age population and if they do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer. A McKinsey Global Institute report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality (McKinsey Global Institute, 2015) Economic evidence shows that giving women the same opportunities as men improves a country’s competitiveness and productivity, which in turn has a positive impact on economic growth and poverty reduction. Globally, the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women could raise per capita productivity by 40 per cent, according to the World Bank (Doing Business Report, 2017). Women play a significant role Continue Reading

Lesson No 23: Work Smart

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in – Founder & CEO, Passionate Entrepreneur, EQ Fanatic and OWIT Nairobi President.  God plucked me from the path that I had set out for myself & set me on an alternative journey. At the start it all appeared somewhat ‘accidental’ but I know now that it was no accident, rather His design, His purpose for my life… So now that I am here, these are my confessions…the lessons I am learning about being a woman in business, building an empire, one brick at a time… Lesson No 23: Work Smart “Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things.” Byron Dorgan You have undoubtedly heard the age-old adage, ‘working smarter, not harder’. I have learned that Continue Reading

Lesson 22: Chart Your Course

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in – Founder & CEO, Passionate Entrepreneur, EQ Fanatic and OWIT Nairobi President.  God plucked me from the path that I had set out for myself & set me on an alternative journey. At the start it all appeared somewhat ‘accidental’ but I know now that it was no accident, rather His design, His purpose for my life… So now that I am here, these are my confessions…the lessons I am learning about being a woman in business, building an empire, one brick at a time… Lesson 22: Chart Your Course  “Many women live like it’s a dress rehearsal. Ladies, the curtain is up and you’re on.” – Mikki Taylor, Essense Magazine The research is clear. It makes good business sense to have Continue Reading