Friday, October 5, 2007
Positive deviance is a development approach that is based on the premises that solutions to community problems already exist within the community. The positive deviance approach thus differs from traditional ‘needs based approach’ or problem solving approaches in that it does not focus primarily on the identification of needs and external inputs necessary to meet those needs or solve problems. Instead it seeks to identify and optimize existing resources and solutions within the community to solve community problems.
The objectives of the training were to identify positive deviance and non positive deviance clients of the Business place and conduct interviews. In these interviews we identified positive business practices among successful client and also negative business practices among the non positive deviance clients. We then as a group designed an action plan based on the findings during the week on how to assist non positive deviance clients who are finding the going difficult in there business.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The importance of the SMME economy for economic development and job creation cannot be undermined. Several important set of issues are being highlighted by entrepreneurs in terms of the key existing obstacles to improved business performance. The most clusters of issues relates to the growing competition from large companies, weakened by the lack of skills and capital.
As a result emerging small business enterprises in South Africa have a high mortality rate and usually fail to grow into larger businesses. I strongly endorse the perception that it is through growing the SME sector that sustainable growth can be achieved. While the large corporates are important to the country’s economy, they tend to be capital-intensive in nature. Clearly, it is through supporting Small to Medium Enterprises, which are labour-intensive and owner-driven businesses where trickledown economics can really make a difference.
Friday, July 20, 2007
The impacts of such network sessions go a long way in helping small businesses become more competitive and grow. It is through sharing knowledge that we can grow as individuals, and as nation. The networking session are providing turnaround support, which includes developing market linkages and transference of skills to the emerging entrepreneurs.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The organisation endeavours on planting seeds of entrepreneurship, stimulating local business and enabling people to become sustainable in their communities, in so doing reducing community dependence on the government. Business place is an ideal delivery platform for other networking initiatives that are targeted towards entrepreneurial objectives.
The organisation is a unique net work forum that is flexible, replicable and adapt to local economic realities and requirements. The network forum has demonstrated success in mobilisation of local participation and ownership through the pooling of resources from different clusters such as the business, government and non-governmental organisations. The overall benefit of such a forum is realised in the elimination of cost of instigating a comparable enterprise. www.thebusinessplace.co.za
Monday, July 16, 2007
I was so thrilled to have secured an internship position with Business Place. The idea of moving from humanities to finance is fascinating. As a B.A graduate, moving into the business environment is a shift that will expose me to a world of finance and entrepreneurial ship.
My mentor, Tracy, graceful gave me a guideline of what was expected of me on my first day. She then urged me to work with tenacity. The first assignment was to assist in organizing two upcoming workshops. This involved creating a database and making calls inviting all prospective clients who would be interested in attending the respective workshops. Each step in this internship is going to take me closer to the ultimate goal of developing a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of business management and entrepreneurship.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Last week I had the opportunity of attending an interview with an upcoming media firm. However without divulging much of it, I learnt some valuable lesson that I thought are worthy blogging about.
The world of work is endowed with a constant pressure to give more, be more effective, be more efficient and be more productive. In such a demanding and competitive environment one needs to think differently and be different. It is with that in mind that I set on a pursuit to distinguish myself and move above the commodity crowd of graduates.
In order to distinguish oneself it is important to embark on a continuous expedition of self improvement. This involves working on short term skills that provides short term results as well as developing competency in technical skills which are necessary for success in the competitive world of work.
One thing I have learnt on my present-day journey to success is “sometimes you win and sometimes you lose”. However what determines whether you are one of the statistics or stand out above the commodity crowd is not the failing down but how fast you recover from a failure and start marching on.
There are many limitations in life nevertheless in order to live our dreams we do not have to extend these limitations to our imagination. We need to be creative and innovative so as to live our dreams. Setting the right expectations is of paramount of importance. The application of the philosophy ‘under promise and over deliver’, of customer relation management to setting realistic expectations is of value in minimizing dissatisfaction.
In the quest for personal growth and success one has to seek ways of improving relationships with friends, family and also work on how to get or keep a dream job. In order to do so, certain personality factors which are sometimes technically referred to as ‘Likeability factors’ are indispensable.
In his book titled “How to boost your L factor and achieve your life’s dreams”, Tim Sanders highlighted four critical factors of individual personality that should be boosted.
•Friendliness: your ability to communicate liking and openness to others
•Relevance: your capacity to connect with others' interests, wants, and needs
•Empathy: your ability to recognize, acknowledge, and experience other people's feelings
•Realness: the integrity that stands behind your likeability and guarantees its authenticity
The improvement of these areas goes beyond boosting your likeability factor, to bring out the best in others and give a hand in surviving the life’s challenges whilst enabling you to outperform your daily responsibilities.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I was able to explore how to use creativity and innovation to align myself with opportunities for a successful career in the world of work. Among other imperatives the diverse composition of the participants and guest presenters such as Kuseni Dhlamini, Professor Lovemore Mbigi and Roy Blumenthal to mention a few, generated an enriched understanding of factors that influence corporate context, culture and climate. Such a programme provides an optimal leverage that is indispensable in the transitions from a learner environment into the challenging spheres of employment.
Friday, May 11, 2007
The session on AIDS impact on business, presented by Christine Randall, highlighted the significance of having a running AIDS programme within an organisation. In her profound presentation, she critically pointed out problems a company can expect from the scourge of AIDS and more importantly solutions that have proved effective remedies. The first challenge of developing an AIDS policy is to get management to appreciate the relevance of the programme and its potential to address their organizational needs.
However, I strongly suppose that AIDS prevention and care activities by businesses can maintain and sometimes even increase productivity and profitability. AIDS goes beyond causing illness and death for employees and severe economic and emotional disruption for their families. It also increases the cost of doing business.
Some of the costs of AIDS to business are:
- Increased health care expenses
- Increased retirement, pension and death benefit claims
- Decreased productivity as worker absenteeism rises owing to personal illness or absence from work to care for sick relatives
- Increased recruitment, labour turnover and training costs from the loss of experienced workers.
Theses costs makes it imperative to establishing an HIV/AIDS programme and policy in the workplace as a cost effective solution which will help reduce the future spread and impact of the disease. Even so, the establishment of a comprehensive and sustained HIV/AIDS programme with appropriate policies depends on the foundation of genuine management commitment to the endeavor.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
In today’s intensely competitive and highly demanding business environment, the ability to manage emotions effectively is indispensable. Emotion states such as happiness facilitates happiness are instrumental in facilitating innovativeness and creativity. Ability to manage emotion in oneself and others by moderating negative emotions and enhancing pleasant ones, fosters an enabling environment for establishing good relationships and team work initiatives.
According to Goleman, many people with very high intellectual intelligence do poorly in work and relationships because they have low emotional intelligence. In life a person needs to be effective both alone and as a team player.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Monday, May 7, 2007
In the presentations, it came out strongly that, what separates people is never genetics, good breeding or some social advantage. Instead, what separates people is their level of commitment to self improvement and excellence. We had the opportunity to do prompt presentations on topics of choice with an imaginary audience. As luck favours the prepared mind, it was really a challenging learning encounter that required practice and preparation.
The following site has useful personal marketing presentation statements, perhaps you may have a look at it.http://www.your-career-change.com/personal-marketing.html
Sunday, May 6, 2007
The Human Resources department in any organisation has a role of maintaining a conducive environment for its employees and it has a greater impact when it has policies that helps maintain this. Conflicts are best solved if the department is effective and this will help keep the work of the organisation to standards.
Conflict is seen in different dimensions, that is, among workers (sexes, races, religion, and gender), between employees and employers and the trade unions. Sexual harassment is one of the many problems that arise in many organisations and especially when it involves the top management and subordinates. Employees infected by HIV/AIDS have also been stigmatised and most have ended up loosing their jobs. When such problems are not addressed and dealt with in an organisation they are bound to cause distraction in the work and aim of the organisation.
In conclusion, I recommend that for all organizations to achieve their goals there is need for a strong and effective Human Resources or board that aims to resolve all kinds of conflicts that may arise in the organization. Engaging employees and employers in workshops of conflict resolution is a very important step in nurturing a community of tolerance in the organization.
Friday, May 4, 2007
Creativity is a life tool that I am going to take with me into the world of work as it stretches my imagination. The session seemed more childish but at the same time it helped us stretch our minds and create new things out of imagination like what children do. It needed some brain storming and a lot of imaginery ideas to come up with a totally new invention. This is really what sustainable development requires, coming up with new and creative ways to sustain our economies and societies.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
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I look forward pursuing a career in a service oriented corporate environment and use my administrative and human relations skills. I intend to work in an organization that strives for excellence in productivity and the growth of its people.
My BA Honours (Sociology) and also Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Psychology and Sociology, have exposed me to a diverse range of work situations that have developed my analytical and communication skills. These skills have made it possible for me to be innovative in carrying out administrative tasks, plan and implement programmes and projects.
As a Customer Service agent, I have developed strength in areas of customer liaison, public relations, character and conflict management. The position also enhanced my awareness on the corporate environment and organizational culture.
The Lecturing experience greatly improved my planning, prioritization and communication skills. I developed skills in mentoring, training individuals and facilitating personal growth.
Through working as a Survey Research Assistant, I manage to think creatively and present my ideas professionally. I also developed synthesizing skills through transforming unrelated ideas and concepts into a coherent unity of information.
Edgars Consolidated Stores Limited (Edcon) Nov 2005- To Date
Edgars - Randburg (Part-Time)
Service Centre Operator
Credit application processing
Development of customer relationships
Marketing financial services & Sales Promotions
Receiving and accounting for cash received, balancing daily
Enrollment of policies and administering of claims
Central College of Business Studies, Johannesburg, Jan 2007 To April 2007
Provision of academic support to students
Preparation of study materials
University Of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg -Aug 2005- Nov 2005
Tutor: Sociology Of Third World -3rd Years
Provision of academic support to third year Sociology students
Preparation of discussions materials
Africa University, School Of Health Sciences - Oct 2004-Jan 2005
Research Survey Assistant –Orphans and Vulnerable Children (Ovc’s)
field-testing of survey tools
Data analysis & report writing
Planning & implementing projects
University Of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg Jun 2005- To Jun 2006
Bachelor Of Arts Honors (B A)(Sociology)
Africa University, Mutare Aug 2001- May 2004
Bachelor Of Social Sciences (B Soc sc)
Majors: Psychology & Sociology
Course work includes: Personnel (HR) & Consumer Psychology, Advanced Research
Service Centre Operator Certificate (Tool Box) (Edcon) Sept 2005
Sales and merchandising
Balancing & Maintaining cash float
Special Achievements and Honors
Project Coordinator for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (Ovcs) survey research (2004)
Chairperson for Fellowship of Christian Students Unions - Africa University (2003)
President of Africa University Association of Catholic Students (2004)
Planning, implementation of programmes and projects
Ability to multitask, plan and prioritize
Administrative skills and financial management
Tutoring and education support
Facilitation, consulting and strategic management
Interpersonal skills, team work abilities
Knowledge of current Labor Legislation, policies and procedures
Advanced computer literacy, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Power Point, and Excel
Referees: Available on request
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
In the discussion on the corporate role in sustainable development it came out that, in the recent years, major corporations are giving prime emphasis on ‘sustainability’ as a business imperative. Such sustainability is created through strategic partnerships with stakeholders among these being the government, private enterprises and communities. The business and Social Sector Partnerships are fundamentally essential in creating corporate images and value for companies. However this requires deep-seated changes in corporate philosophy and marketing strategies.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
In my past work as a customer service agent, I learnt that, it is when customers experience frustrations and aggravation that I also have and incredible golden opportunity to create loyal relationships. Loyal relationships are created by means of acknowledging and giving customers a special treatment that makes them feel unique through seeking their opinion. However it requires some element of humility and assertiveness to generate a sense of family among valuable customers.
Friday, April 20, 2007
As someone who is passionate about issues relating to Corporate Social Responsibility, I learnt some important insights. I got to realise that the concept of social capital parallels that of financial capital. In such a context the concepts social capital incorporates not only the provision of financial and physical assets but also a whole range human and social resources that enables people to bring to bear some control over their own lives by enabling them to finding solutions to the problems they encounter and be able to participate fully in the larger society in meaningful and effective ways.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I look forward pursue a career path that demonstrates growth and challenge in my chosen field of specialization. I intend to work in a corporate environment that strives for excellence in productivity and the growth of its people.
My BA honours (Sociology) and also Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Psychology and Sociology, have exposed me to a diverse range of work situations that have developed my analytical and communication skills. These skills have made it possible for me to be innovative in carrying out administrative tasks, plan and implement programmes and projects.
As a Customer Service agent , I have developed strength in areas of customer liaison, public relations, character and conflict management. The position also enhanced my awareness on the corporate environment and organisational culture.
The Lecturing experience greatly improved my planning, prioritisation and communication skills. I developed skills in mentoring, training individuals and facilitating personal growth.
Through working as a Survey Research Assistant, I manage to think creatively and present my ideas professionally. I also developed synthesizing skills through transforming unrelated ideas and concepts into a coherent unity information.