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STOP TRYING TO CONTROL PEOPLE OR MAKE THEM HAPPY

Whether you’ve heard of them or not, two gurus from the early 20th century still dominate management thinking and practice – to our detriment. It has been more than 100 years since Frederick Taylor, an American engineer working in the steel business, published his seminal work on the principles of scientific management. And it has been more than 80 years since Elton Mayo, an Australian-born Harvard academic, produced his pioneering studies on human relations in the workplace. Yet managers continue to follow Taylor’s “hard” approach – creating new structures, processes,…

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Mark Kaigwa carving a niche as Kenya’s social media expert

Entrepreneurship is no easy journey. Kenyan Mark Kaigwa says that despite the challenges entrepreneurs face in Africa, it is still worthwhile for young people to go into business. Kaigwa is the founder of social media consultancy Nendo Ventures. According to the 26-year-old business and IT graduate, entrepreneurship can be the “hardest thing” one can do, but it is a rewarding and fulfilling journey. “The continent needs people to genuinely be committed to creating enterprise,” says Kaigwa. “It may end up being the hardest thing you ever do in your life…

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PROVING THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF LISTED MARKETS IN AFRICA

It is becoming increasingly clear that African listed equity may serve as a compelling complement to any general investor’s portfolio. With sufficient analysis to determine where the real risks lie, the growth potential and diversification benefits of African markets are significant motives for capital allocation, for those with a long-term view. With the quality and availability of information having increased significantly over the past five years, it has become easier to prove the attractiveness of listed markets in Africa. This trend serves as a further reason for investors to look…

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FACEBOOK PARTNERS TIGO TO GIVE CUSTOMERS FREE ACESS, INCLUDING IN KISWAHILI

Tigo Tanzania announced a partnership with Facebook in which all its customers in the country will get free access to Facebook services in English and a new Kiswahili version through It is the first time that Facebook will be free on any mobile network in East Africa, according to Tigo General Manager Diego Gutierrez. Speaking at the launch of the partnership in Dar es Salaam, Gutierrez said: “What this partnership means is that Tigo customers can, for the first time, access Facebook through their handsets without incurring any data charges…

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