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Weak at the knees


There is a feeling that weakens the knees, melts courage and blinds any other focus. I am convinced this intense feeling is the key to bravery and hope. What a paradox that what makes you weak into fondness builds up hope, confidence and courage. Then all of over sudden in the blindness of your feelings you move to convince all and sundry that you found the one!

Many days ago (probably a year has passed) a friend of mine posted on his Facebook page that he had met and fallen in love with one cute girl. In my culture you never take hear say as the truth until such is presented to you first hand; therefore I did not make much out of but to “like” the status and left it at that.

Any good meal starts from the farm and nurture of all other ingredients – we watched as we learnt of increased mentions of dates, our friend became “friendly” scarce but this is the natural process of breaking out and cleaving as the scripture advises. We cheered from afar and prayed in goodwill for their well being. It therefore was a joy when the dates turned into court! By the very act of proposing in his romantic scheme on her birthday with a ring to boot. A few weeks later we were invited for the dowry negotiations and plans to travel out of town and witness fell into shape.

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The drive to Voi early morning of 29TH April 2017 was tranquil as the road led us through the fascinating plains of Lukenya, Savannah country of Kibwezi through Tsavo and the rich majestic hills of Taita. A stopover in Voi town to consolidate and team up with our friend’s family was done before we set off for Mwatate. The winding road up the Mgange hill was enchanting. The sobering height elevation and picturesque sights were just divine. The scenery of plush green with dotted trees and canopies was orgasmic to our eyes and spirit. As nature led us to the peak and the climax where clouds kiss the earth as fog and soft showers teased us. It was a glory sight that afternoon to almost be one with nature.

The journey led us to a homely village perched on the hillside almost at the top and to a rapturous welcome of Taita song & dance. The pretty dressed up ladies ululated and harmoniously belted out tunes that could arouse love from deep within!

From the introduction to the negotiations (which were successful glory to God) and the ultimate dance and see off ceremony – we witnessed culture with it’s goodwill and a people proud of their roots. As we set off in the dark, our hearts were at peace and our spirits excited in the flame of love. We had won even though it was only our friend who was “weak in the knees”  and had come out to rally a whole convoy of over 16 vehicles, numerous relatives and over 50 friends to take him to his in-laws. This proves that love is no weakness nor blindness; it is fortitude, gratitude and appreciation. Love definitely conquers all – the long winding road, the plains, the Savannah, the hills, the rain, the community (of family, friends even foes) and “the one”.

As we sat down to reflect the day at Voi Wildlife Lodge the following morning, we were in awe and yes the tone for more fulfilling journeys of love was reinstated.

Another Year


Today I celebrate the fall of another year and the start of a new one. Many Year today right within this hour I was born. And they named me:-

“Added Blessing” – Joseph

“Territorial Master” – Karungani

“Sweet thorn Fruit” – Lunani

I also share the name “Karungani” with my grandfather who had just passed on that same year in July. His accomplishments were great. Being a flamboyant stout figure, he wore the Chief Inspector’s Police uniform and office well. He was known as true African Warrior, straight forward and hard working.

I continue my journey with this inspiration and like the Bible’s Joseph son of Jacob- I always strive to be a solution provider at all times. Cheers to all for another year well lived!!

Retaining Talent key to buidling businesses


Yesterday I had a candid talk with Icon Telesec CEO Mr. Nerry Achar. And for the short two hours, he emphasized on building relationships. As we discussed it was clear that employees require security of tenure. All of us want to know we have a place and we are appreciated in our organisations. Orientation is key as this is where employes buy into the organisation’s purpose. Then capacity building in the expertise areas has to be continous so as to improve results, deliver better and attract new businesses.

Mr. Achar believes that business growth is not in showcasing prowess but more in concentrating on aquired clients and serving them to satisfaction. He says to be the best do not run for the race but enjoy the run. He attests that Icon Telesec has seen tremendous growth for the main reason they concentrated on their clients, adding the individual touch and strict eye for detail. They nurtured their staff by having continous training, regular appraisals and allowing to grow.

He agrees that retaining talent in the modern world where “job hopping” is prevalent in this generation is no mean fete. Where talent does not spend more than 2-3 years in any firm. He says organisations need to model their growth around talent. Allowing them to flex their ideas and channel their energies into new projects. And their should be structures in place to allow staff to ultimately buy into businesses. As they grow their input and output becomes more solid, loyal and invaluable. The buy-in option enables them to come into new dispesation of patnerships which then propel organisation even higher.

Businesses need to engrave talent retention in their strategies to discover growth like no other. Many blue chip firms are practicing this and SMEs should consider this more seriously.

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