I’m standing right in front of a speeding train. As it swiftly zooms away I briefly catch a glimpse of the passengers through the windows. Some are talking, others laughing or sleeping while others seem to be far away in thought. At the train station, some travelers are walking in all directions, others yelling their goodbyes while waving hysterically at the departing train. Noises of sadness and joy can be heard from all around me. Some travelers are hugging and crying, saying their goodbyes. Others are finally reuniting. I see a couple dashing towards each other with laughter and tears in their eyes. Two older ladies seem to be sharing a year long hug. Business travelers are hastily walking to meetings. At the corner against the wall a rugged man is playing “Redemption Song” on his guitar and singing at the top of his voice. His guitar case is wide open on the floor by his feet. In my mind’s eye, the year replays itself.
I don’t want you when you’ve figured it all out. I want you now. I want you when you’re naïve and young and lost. I want to be beside you while you struggle to stand on your feet. When you’re still stumbling and losing your way.
I don’t want you when you’ve mastered the basics and established your path. I want to hold your hand when you can’t seem to figure things out. I want to Continue reading “I want You Now”
As we have safely made it through another month, today we publish the last article on our mentor Sheena Chiteri. It has been an interesting month and Sheena has told us a little about herself and how she started her company. In this article she will share more about her experiences as a designer and also leave us with a few tips and tricks to apply to our careers and lifestyle.
Could you share with me two very inspiring statements that you’ve heard/ learnt since you began your career?
You should never give up on your dream. It’s not easy but your dream is your treasure, it’s the one thing that will make you flourish.
God created us all with our destiny even before we knew what it was. Let God lead and you shall always be massive steps ahead in your craft.
What are the challenges that you have incurred? Continue reading “Part C:Sheena Chiteri: Mentor of the Month of July”
As you may know by now, today is a very exciting day as Lennard will be sharing a few tips. In this final article with our dear mentor of the month, we will read pieces of advice that
Lennard Taylor very kindly shared with me at our interview. We will also look back into the month to pick up a few take-aways from his mentorship.
In his own words… Continue reading “PART D: LENNARD TAYLOR: MENTOR OF THE MONTH OF JUNE”
I chose to hold off. I decided I would not talk about it until most other writers move on to other stories. I mean, she was everywhere in the media. Her warmth, her eloquence and the confidence she exudes is remarkable. Like a wild bush fire her name quickly spread across the globe. Every woman, every girl, every ambitious individual, every parent and every child with a dream connected with her. Lupita Nyong’o is an example and an inspiration. I have tremendously enjoyed her speeches and talks, enjoyed her personality and the manner in which she carries herself. She has a way with words that captivates me each time I watch her. Continue reading “Our Girl, Lupita”
Yves Vandal is the Director of Communications and Client Services at Manitoba Student Aid. Over the past several years, Yves has been a leader in multiple industries which he mentions in our interview below. Let us welcome him to Memoirs of a Kenyan, as he shares with us some tips to becoming successful inspiring leaders.
You have managed people for a good length of your professional life. What have you found to best motivate people to excel in their careers?
I’ve found that the best motivating factors include a chance at an opportunity to expand on one’s experiences and a chance to prove one’s ability to his/her co-workers and leaders.
I’ve had the privilege contributing to the development of a number of team members, doing the organization’s part in helping them achieve their personal and professional goals while being able to congratulate a team member on a job well done or due to their ability to accomplish something out of scope of their normal work is very rewarding.
I think that many leaders in many sectors often fear developing their team members because they believe that their efforts will be for not, and that the team members will move on to other opportunities resulting in an effort lost. I don’t believe this. In developing team members, you become an employer of choice and thus, increase the quality and quantity of candidates that want to compete for positions in your organization. Increased competition always equates to high quality candidates.
If you had the ability to change how most professionals approach their work and plan out their careers, what would you change?
If I could change how most professionals approach their work and career plan, I would try to let younger professionals understand that their goals at the beginning of their careers more often than not, are not their goals at mid-point or at the end of their careers.
I think many people, including me, thought they’d follow a specific path from the beginning to the end of their careers. We underestimate the transfer-ability of our skills and knowledge from industry to industry. Throughout my career, I’ve led people in the restaurant industry, the health industry and now in student assistance industry. When I first started out, I never would have believed it, if I was told where I’d be at this point of my career.
It does create an enormous amount of excitement. I ‘m still considered a young leader and I can’t even imagine where I’ll be 10 or 15 years from now.
What are some of the key leadership lessons you would like to pass on to others?
The most important leadership lesson I’ve learned, is that as a leader, you are here to serve your team members and not the reverse. It is the responsibility of a leader to find out what tools and supports their team members need to do their jobs as effectively and efficiently as possible in a way that is inclusive of their own ideas and not solely based on a leader’s observations.
This should be accomplished while creating an environment that fosters positive experiences and a chance, that on any given day, people will have fun at work.
How is a good leader expected to carry him/ her-self? And why is this important?
I believe that a leader should try to balance professionalism while being a real person to the people he/she serves. The importance of maintaining a certain level of professionalism is that it sets an expectation for others to conduct themselves in a similar manner. It’s also important for your team members to know about their leader’s life so that they feel like their leader can relate to their life/professional challenges.
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