Our Thinking

By Christine Awuor

Non-governmental organisations [NGO] operating in Kenya [numbering more than 6,000] range from the extraordinary, those who have won the Nobel Peace Prize like the French Medicins Sans Frontiers [Doctors without borders] through to the ordinary,those that were formed last week by two well meaning individuals. Heart of the matter for NGOs is to answer the question, what results must it deliver to be successful? Somehow one has to take the [often vague] broad mission statement and translate that into more narrowly defined goals to both attract support from donors, and detailed enough to decide what resources to allocate where.

Add a comment
Read more

“There are “serious and widespread doubts about human resources (HR) contribution to organisational performance.”  “The activities of HR appear to be – and often are – disconnected from the real work of the organisation” wrote Dave Ulrich of the University Of Michigan in the Harvard Business Review in 1998. “Indeed if HR were to remain configured as it is today in many companies, I would have to answer the question with a resounding “Yes – abolish the thing!” says the professor of business.”

Add a comment
Read more

By David J. Abbott

Business books and the management press are filled with jargon. Everyone is searching for the next mind boggling bright business idea. Ever sit in a meeting and listen to a presentation, filled with all the right corporately correct words, nodding one’s head politely, yet it was totally incomprehensible?

Add a comment
Read more

By David J. Abbott

Do you feel that you are working extremely hard and yet it does not seem to be hitting the bottom line ? Are you very busy and almost could not take on any new work, yet the firm’s profitability seems to be stagnant ? You might be surprised how common a problem this is.

Add a comment
Read more