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Monday, October 13, 2014
I have begun reading yet another book about Africa and I am struck by the urgency of the need to change the messaging of the continent to one that is forward looking, empowering and God-full. We need to change the message from poverty to prosperity, from potential to productivity and from hope to harvest.
Indeed, we must be sensitive to the sufferings of our people in the past and to the present needs on continent, but at the same time, we must accept the responsibility to work out solutions to overcome the situations we face. We must work out our own salvation to guarantee this nation a.future. If we do not do this, others will come and plague, pillage and plunder us again and again - even as we call for "help".
Rebrand your mind and let not the slavery, colonialism, despotism and the poverty of the past define you. Rise up by the renewing of your mind, the salvation of the heart and redemption of your soul. In this condition you will raise up children who are born free and empower men and women to think well of themselves, do no evil to others and advance the nation of Africa. Then perhaps we will understand that Africa is not a God forsaken land, but a land that God will not forsake.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Trees that bloom come from seeds. Seeds that grow into trees never move from place to place.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
On the 10th of September 2014 PAC University signed a collaboration agreement with MANAGEMENT DECISION INFORMATION, MDI to establish the Corporate Business Leadership Centre, CBLC. This new venture will open up a new market for PAC University to transform the corporate world through leadership & skill development programs and engage society and the economy at an unprecedented level And makes PAC University a first mover in terms of innovative leadership programs to serve a hungry market.
The strength of this partnership draws on PAC University capacity and resources base as an institution of higher learning to deliver superior globally accredited qualifications and MDI competence and experience as a Management Training and Consultancy service provider to large and medium size corporate clients over the past two decades. The collaboration will serve to bridge the gap between Academics and Industry through the provision of empowering short training programs and consultancy assignments.
Some people have expressed surprise that PAC University has the capacity and competence to deliver transformative programs to the business world. Indeed the university has strong historic Bible and theological roots – this is a big plus for the university in terms of training society on values and integrity. However, PAC University also has vibrant undergraduate and postgraduate business classes that send out Business graduates into the market every year. CBLC is an important indicator of PAC University's commitment to serve the whole man and play a responsible role in the economy and in transforming society.
CBLC responds to the need described by a director of the vision 2030 secretariat in the Nation Newspaper of 8th September 2014 titled, "To achieve Vision 2030, we must align manpower training and industry needs". The article points out the gap in the market between industry needs and what educational institutions are supplying to the market, but it also points out the grave inadequacies in skill competencies that lead to performance gaps and productivity shortfalls in the economy. CBLC sets out to close this gap and empower all types of organizations and institutions in society to achieve not only vision 2030, but also transform society to realize its full potential.
CBLC has a very clear mission; to research, design, develop and deliver training and consultancy programs to transform the market. The aim is to harness the universities intellectual capital to help resolve industry needs and challenges as well as create wealth through the use of knowledge to create value in the economy.
CBLC will be headed by Allan Bukusi as its CEO. He is also the MD of MDI and formerly the founding CEO of the Professional Trainers Association of Kenya, PTAK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Human Resources Management, IHRM and has over two decades experience training and empowering leadership teams of large and medium size corporate organizations in the economy in leadership, performance management and strategy development. Allan has written several books on leadership and personal development including How To Lead Corporate Transformation, Training for Transformation, Family Strategy, Management, Managing Time, Managing Money and his bestselling employee development classic – How To Prosper in Employment; a House, a Spouse & a Cow. As the Chief Trainer, Allan is responsible for Research, design, developing and delivering transformative programs to industry. Allan holds a BSc, PGDE and MA in Leadership & Enterprise.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Choice is not freedom if you have no capacity to handle the options.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
PAC University VC, Prof. Margaret Muthwii & Mdi MD. Allan Bukusi, exchange agreement documents.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Humanity has the capacity to exercise free will, but does not have the ability to handle it.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Thursday, August 7, 2014
From the upcoming book - Understanding Leadership
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mr. President, with due respect sir, you cannot create 6 million jobs, but you can create an industrial revolution that will supply Kenyans with jobs for a generation. We already have the basic infrastructure in place to ensure that Kenyans can be gainfully employed into the foreseeable future. All we need is a strategy.
Mr. President you are a politician and you need votes to stay in office and so naturally, you make job creation your first priority. I can understand that. But Sir is giving people jobs sustainable? In your letter (The STAR on Monday), you quoted job creation figures that hardly surpassed several thousand. However, as a nation we need millions of Jobs. One version of a Chinese fishing proverb says, "give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, however, if you teach a man to fish and you will feed a family for a lifetime". Give Kenyans jobs and you will feed them for your term in office. However, should you train them to create jobs, they will feed themselves for a generation.
Your Excellency, the government has done a great deal to educate, train and prepare youth for employment. The middle level colleges that used to train youth for enterprise have been turned into universities. Perhaps it is time to review the strategy of preparing the youth for non-existent employment by taking a fresh angle to the challenge. We need a strategy that will embed industrialization into the DNA of the Kenyan economy. Please allow me to share with you just three strategies that will help create an industrialized nation in just one generation. As you wrote we can learn from others, but our strategy must be unique to our circumstances.
We have been gifted with 47 governance zones under a new constitution. These counties can form the basis of industry creation by spreading industries right across the nation. With a "One County, One Product" strategy each county can identify one product they will produce in the county and develop expertise to deliver to the nation and the globe. A national coordination team can be set up to coordinate this initiative so that counties do not engage in destructive competition. Alongside the major county product, each county can select a secondary product with which they can collaborate with another county to develop and market regionally. These industrial zones can reflect kibbutz in Israel. The beauty with this strategy is that each county has a unique profile. In addition industrialization will immediately spread across the whole country and need not be centered in the "industrial areas" of cities. The national office can attach industrial advisors to each county to help steer industrialization initiatives and facilitate global marketing campaigns. The country will have an automatic product portfolio of 47 products.
Turn universities into industries!
There are over 60 universities in our country. Despite the production of high end education graduates, they send out personnel into a non-existent labor market. Instead of sending out unemployable graduates let us turn these universities into industries. Allow me to illustrate my point. The story is told of a chicken thief who did not steal for money or to get rich. He stole because of a craving he had for eating chicken. He engaged in this practice every weekend. On one occasion a friend of his found him eating a chicken and advised the thief to raise his own chicken. The thief told his friend that he had no time to raise chicken, but before his friend let he asked his friend if he knew what the farmers did with those "brown and white" balls that the chicken were always sitting on.
Universities produce employees, but are sitting on huge capacity to produce entrepreneurs. Realizing that potential will require a little creativity, but first we must make sense of the university graduate output. We need to match graduate production to national needs otherwise, we literally aggravate the unemployment situation with every graduation ceremony. Again the national industrialization coordination team can conduct continuous research to advise universities and professional sector graduate production quotas that will drive industrialization.
While universities have proved their competence to produce potential employees, they have been somehow unable to produce research and enterprise value. By attaching each university to a county to aid in productive research for county development and engage both private and public companies to develop products, services, innovations, and provide specialized labor for specific industries universities can become production houses. Unless universities engage with industries, they will remain white elephants. Unfortunately, we have closed down our middle level colleges that used to provide this engagement with industry. Let universities create, invent register and sell patents. Let universities engage industries and actively participate in the development of this country from developing sidewalks to creating industry software to developing solar panels for energy generation. Nevertheless, to do these things universities may need CEOs who can make money from the knowledge the institutions produce. Just as doctors no longer make the best hospital CEOs.
Kenya School of Industrialization & Enterprise
The final strategy is a tried and tested approach Kenya has used with to great effect. Open the Kenya Industrialization & Enterprise College. It is no secret that Kenya's achievements in Tourism has been successfully served for a long time by Utalii College. Utalii has provided hands on skills to a generation of hotel industry employees and entrepreneurs. Graduates leave complete with hotel experience! By opening a college dedicated to Industrialization, we will harness the strategy used by Demming to create an industrial quality revolution in Japan after the second world war that is still serving that country well to date. The school of industrialization will have one mandate - to produce entrepreneurs and industrialists who will not look for jobs but create jobs! Banks can latch onto this development by developing and availing venture capital products to fund graduating entrepreneurs and found industries.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I have just finished reading a very readable biography of Steve Jobs (Blumenthal). I never met him, but I have met his machines. My art directors will work with nothing else. It is amazing how one life can touch so many and never know their names.
The man was very spiritual. He fasted and walked a lot, Zen and ate vegetables – carrots. I don't know whether that contributed to his intellect, but it certainly made him stand out – odd. His dress covered his body, but that was just about all. Shorts, bare foot and slippers did not interfere with his passions for perfection. Limited education, but unlimited enterprise. It is hard to describe the feisty character that bore out of those blue eyes. But I have seen that fire in at least one other of may adopted heroes.
What do make of him. That is your score. What do you learn from him? He did not like God very much and may have refused to believe in him, but he did talk about him. I love what he says about focus; saying NO to everything else. In addition, I like what he says about simplicity – it is the ultimate sophistication. I wonder who got more out of life Steve or Woz? I don't want to be like Steve Jobs, but I do want to make difference!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Some time ago in the world of gods there came a great famine. Prayers from men and women were hard to get, few and far between. People no longer saw the need to pray. The houses of the gods fell into a terrible state of decay. The situation got so bad that they decided to meet and pray about it. The gods met and discussed why people do not pray. "People no longer pray because they don't get answers" said one. "People don't pray because they do not know we are here" said another. "They don't pray because we don't pray" said a third. "So to whom should we pray?". The meeting went on for several hours, but because they were gods and could not agree that they should pray, the meeting ended in disarray.
Monday, July 14, 2014
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In conclusion, we recommend to following economic solutions to the debate;