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Lesson No 41: Here We Come!

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader  I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in.  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 41: 2020 Here We Come!  The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.  Terry Orlick It was an honor to be amongst the 100 women in business finalists Continue Reading

Lesson No 39: The Heart Of Governance

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader  I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in.  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. 39: The Heart of Governance “Emotion can lead to our worst decisions or our best ones: The difference is Emotional Intelligence” Six Seconds October was a busy month – I spoke at several conferences.  I love being part of the Women On Continue Reading

Lesson 38: Beware Of The “Queen Bee”

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in.  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 38: Beware of the “Queen Bee” “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Madeleine Albright I participated in the Women In Tech Week 2019 – Women in Tech Africa’s Flagship event where women discuss leadership, Continue Reading

Lesson 37: Using Head + Heart

I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in.  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 37: Using Head + Heart “It’s easy until you have to do it” Mucha Mlingo Progress.  Not perfection. I finally got into the pool this week.  My son started at his school 5 years ago & I have been telling myself – for 5 years, that I would utilise the option that parents have Continue Reading

Lesson 36: Un-Plugged

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in.  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 36: Un-Plugged “Almost anything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you” ~ Anne Lamott I know it’s important to take time out.  Really, I do!  But somehow – over the last few months, as things have Continue Reading

Lesson 35: Be The Greatest

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in.  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 35: Be The Greatest “Only the disciplined ones are free in life. If you are undisciplined, you are a slave to your moods. You are a slave to your passions.” ~  Eliud Kipchoge All across the globe we celebrate Eluid Kipchoge – Continue Reading

Trade Tuesday For Women In Business: Africa Rising

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” ~ African Proverb I spent my birthday week in Capetown – at the World Economic Forum, Africa.  It was great to be back in my favourite African city, and even more exciting to participate in the Forum For Africa. I led a focus group discussion as part of a session – “Innovate, Integrate & Empower for Inclusive Trade In Africa” – organised by the Global Alliance For Trade Facilitation.  We explored the challenges that women traders in Africa face when accessing foreign markets and worked as a team to identify possible solutions that the Alliance can utilise across the continent. A common thread ran through the entire week, a discussion about the African Continental Free Trade Area, and with it was a constant refrain Continue Reading

Lesson No 34: Make A Splash!

The Queen of Hearts: The Confessions of An ‘Accidental’ Leader I didn’t purpose to be in the space that I find myself in.  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… “Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch. For the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.” ~ Anonymous You are the first thing others see & research shows that you have less 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