The ALUSB MBA Online Graduation Celebration

The ALUSB MBA Online Graduation Celebration

Graduating is a big accomplishment under any circumstances, but especially now, it is a true testament to resilience. The Class of 2020 has worked remarkably hard to get to this point and we are thrilled to celebrate with them and to cheer them on as they cross this final threshold!

The Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will be happening on Saturday, 7 November. The ALUSB community will be gathering online from across the world to celebrate the amazing achievement of the Class of 2020. In the graduating class, we have 17 countries represented, including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Benin, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria and a range of companies including the World Wide Fund for Nature and African Wildlife Foundation in the conservation sector, Coca-cola and Unilever in the manufacturing sector, and Standard Bank Group and Africa Reinsurance Corporation in the financial services sector.

As the anticipation begins to build and excitement mounts, ALUSB is also pleased to announce that the keynote graduation speaker will be none other than Ibukun Awosika, the first female Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and a driving force in business, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy on the continent!

“I come from a place where there are opportunities staring you in the eye. But it’s looking for the people who have the heart and the courage to do it and do it right.” – Ibukun Awosika

To attend the graduation ceremony, kindly RSVP HERE and let’s celebrate the #ClassOf2020 together!

 

5 insightful leadership and strategy lessons for career success

5 insightful leadership and strategy lessons for career success

Author: Philip Mbwaya, ALUSB Marketing Coordinator

We had the chance to have a panel discussion on Strategy and Leadership with two industry experts:  Jito Kayumba, partner at Kukula Capital, and  Emmett Tracy, ALUSB Dean and Professor of Management and Finance. 

Both panellists have vast experience leading teams and organisations and shared 5 insightful pieces of knowledge about how leadership and strategy can contribute to your career success! Read on to discover all of them: 

1. Leadership and strategy go hand in hand
As a leader, it is important to have a holistic approach in your operations, which includes having an effective strategy that you plan to execute.

“There may be leaders without effective strategies and there may be strategy persons without good leadership skills.”- Emmett Tracy

It is important to develop a leadership and strategic mindset to ensure that you achieve your organisational and career goals.

2. Inclusiveness is key

“If you want to execute a sustainable strategy, the organisation has to be part and parcel of the strategy, that involves all employees having an awareness of it.” –  Jito Kayumba

Systems thinking is a crucial mindset in implementing a long term strategy. 

All members of the organisation need to therefore have a holistic approach in executing their day to day role and realising how different departments work to achieve the common organisational goal.

If all team members are included and aware, it boosts motivation and makes them feel empowered to take initiative beyond their daily duties.

3. It is important to set milestones

In order to determine whether your strategy is working, you have to set milestones and metrics. 

“You have to set and see the future unfold ahead of your current situation, it can help in planning and assessing your progress.” – Emmett Tracy.

As you execute your business strategy, you have to frequently assess the performance using the set milestones. The milestones should in turn encourage flexibility in case a part of your strategy is not working.

4. Communication is a crucial skill 

“Leadership is a lot about presence, vision and communicating through words or action.” – Emmett Tracy.

Once you have a vision and direction, it’s time to express your ideas to your organisation. Effective communication enables a smooth flow of information throughout the organisation. 

How can you effectively communicate in times of crisis?

“In communicating in times of crisis, it is important to have the confidence to communicate effectively. One way of developing confidence is by having a  strong team around you. The greatest asset you can have as a leader is the kind of people you have in your team.”  – Emmett Tracy.

5. Authenticity is important in shaping your leadership journey

“Nothing is more important than being your authentic self. Your authenticity is attached to your story.” – Jito Kayumba

When a person has a great sense of self-awareness and they are able to appreciate their situation, they are able to add more value to an organisation.

Embrace your journey and show up as your true authentic self in order to thrive as a leader!

The Master of Management programme is designed to bridge the gap between employer needs and the skills young professionals and recent graduates have. Are you seeking to accelerate your career and develop your leadership skills and business acumen? Start your application today at: https://bit.ly/MMAPPLY21!

 

Introducing our October 2020 ALUSB MBA Chairman’s Scholars!

Introducing our October 2020 ALUSB MBA Chairman’s Scholars!

ALU School of Business is pleased to announce the newest MBA Chairman’s Scholarship recipients! The prestigious scholarship has been awarded to two outstanding, pan-African leaders who will be joining the October 2020 MBA programme.  

Each Chairman’s Scholar was selected for their impressive track record of leading both in the workplace and in their communities. Join us in congratulating Morine Kuria from Kenya and Evett Ngale from Cameroon!  

 

 

Morine Kuria is the Operations Director and the acting CEO at Filamujuani Foundation, a Multimedia Training Institute in Kenya. Morine first joined Filamujuani as a student in 2016 and later joined the team as an intern before returning to lead the organisation.

In 2017, she became the Production Manager for a television show on MNET, where she managed a budget of $330,000 and successfully delivered 52 episodes for the show in 6 months. In 2019, Morine re-joined Filamujuani as the Operations Manager to handle a 5-year contract with KCB Foundation and Mastercard Foundation. She stepped up as the acting CEO in June this year as Ken Oloo, the Founder and immediate CEO of Filamujuani Foundation, transitioned to serve on the board of the organisation.

Morine has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and has a broad experience serving clients such as KCB Foundation, Mastercard Foundation and Acumen Fund. 

Morine is passionate about empowering the youth to live up to their best potential! She serves her community as an active mentor for young women and also volunteers at Lapid Leaders Africa, a leadership programme that she was once a part of. She enjoys traveling and aspires to visit a new country each year. For now, she is content visiting new places virtually.

 

 

Evatt Ngale is a Cameroonian who is currently living in Senegal and working for Helen Keller International as the Regional Human Resources Manager for the Africa Region. He has lived and worked in over 10 countries across Africa and the Middle East and has over 16 years of progressive experience in General Administration, Litigations and Human Resources Management. 

At Hellen Keller, Evatt is responsible for the strategic Human Resources management of national staff across 12 countries in Africa. Prior to his current role, he held strategic Human Resources Management positions in top humanitarian aid and development organisations such as Save the Children UK and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He also has private sector experience working for Les Brasseries du Cameroun.

Evatt is passionate about people and has over the years used his skills in strategic HR management, organisational culture, employee attraction, retention and development as well as performance management to support business needs and the mission of his various employers.

Inspired by his passion for kids he has been supporting the day-to-day operations of his mother’s Orphanage, Save the Children Alliance, in Cameroon, which was founded more than 12 years ago. Evatt is also an avid football fan.

5 Common Pitfalls Young Professionals Should Avoid

5 Common Pitfalls Young Professionals Should Avoid

Author: Philip Mbwaya, ALUSB Marketing Coordinator

Embarking on your career for the first time can be quite daunting as a young professional. Throughout your career journey, you will experience pitfalls and bumps along the way.

Last week, we gave you tips on how to stand out as a young professional. This week, we will highlight things you should avoid in the beginning stages of your career!

Here are five pitfalls you should avoid as a young professional:

1. Overconfidence in your academic certificates
Although academic knowledge is a great asset, it should not hinder your appetite to learn!

“Just because you have the right degree for the position, does not give you the entitlement to the role.” – Diana Gombe ‘21, HR Business Partner, Africa Field Division

Employers are on the lookout for curious young professionals with a learning mindset.

2. Getting comfortable with average performance
Most entry-level professionals often push themselves to deliver maximum value in the initial stages of their careers. However, with time, people tend to get comfortable in not exceeding expectations.

“As an employee, going over and above what is expected is what distinguishes you.” Desiree Afor, Head, Total Rewards and Mobility – Mastercard Foundation

Tip: You should always seek to go out of your comfort zone and exceed expectations in your role in order to stand out from the crowd. If possible, seek more duties beyond your role.

3. Poor communication
As a young professional, you might be tempted to stay in the background and not interfere with the usual on-goings of your organisation. But only by clearly expressing your interest in a particular role or project can you come top of mind when the opportunity arises!

“The managers that you work with should know your areas of strength and interest.” – Desiree Afor ’20, Head of Total Rewards and Mobility, Mastercard Foundation

Tip: Building a transparent relationship between yourself and your manager will create room for communication and growth in your career journey.

4. Lack of confidence
Don’t sell yourself short! Undervaluing your ability to perform in a role can translate negatively into your actual performance.

“Employers often identify potential through your actions and not necessarily through your words.” Diana Gombe ‘21, HR Business Partner, Africa Field Division

Tip: The best way to boost your confidence in your abilities is by continuous practise and asking questions when you are unsure of something.

5. Conformity
Functional structures and systems are set up in an organisation for a reason, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot change! When entering a workplace; you have the option of conforming to the set systems and structures of looking for ways to improve them.

“I often look for people who question how things are done and how they can be improved.” – Desiree Afor, Head, Total Rewards and Mobility, Mastercard Foundation

Tip: Always look for ways structures can be improved.

The Master of Management programme is designed to bridge the gap between employer needs and the skills young professionals and recent graduates have. Are you seeking to accelerate your career and develop your leadership and business skills?

Start your application today at: https://bit.ly/MMAPPLY21 and start your career acceleration journey!

5 Ways Young Professionals Can Stand Out

5 Ways Young Professionals Can Stand Out

Author: Philip Mbwaya, ALUSB Marketing Coordinator

In this ever-changing job market, recent graduates and young professionals need to be highly proactive in equipping themselves with the skills and mindset that employers value and search for.

But what are employers really looking for? ALUSB recently organised an online panel discussion with Human Capital leaders across Africa to discuss how recent graduates and young professionals can best differentiate themselves and build a standout career.

Read on to discover 5 ways you can differentiate yourself and build a standout career according to HR experts:

1. Have the drive and willingness to learn

In order to thrive as a young professional, you have to be open-minded and curious. You will be introduced to a lot of new tools, platforms, and ways of working, so having a learning mindset is crucial to your growth.

Tip:
take professional courses in areas of personal interest that will make you more efficient in your role!

2. Develop your communication skills

You’ve probably heard this before, but: communication is key. The ability to speak up and communicate your thoughts clearly is essential to achieving your career goals. On top of that, good and effective communication will also improve team dynamics and help you build stronger business relationships.

Tip: communication can only be improved by frequent practice, so take every opportunity to practice your written and verbal communication skills!

3. Embrace creativity and continuous improvement
The work environment thrives on efficient working systems and minimising the waste of resources such as time and finances. Beyond your day to day tasks, you should be creative and try to find solutions that improve the general performance of the organisation.

Tip: have conversations and brainstorming sessions with teams outside your department. Who knows, they might inspire you!

4. Develop the agility to undertake tasks
When you join a new organisation or company, you might already have a vision of what you would like to do. However, there might be instances where you have to perform in areas outside your job description. When an opportunity like that arises, don’t shy away from it: be willing to get your hands dirty. It could actually be quite rewarding to learn more about a side of the business that you weren’t familiar with before. This flexibility often leads to more opportunities!

Tip: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone!

5. Enhance your networking skills
Once you’ve developed the skills that make you stand out, the next priority is to stay top-of-mind with your colleagues and potential employers! Three ways to achieve this: networking, networking, and networking. This will expose you to the right kind of opportunities that align with your career goals.

“It is important that you’re top-of-mind for the right reasons.”

– Diana Gombe ‘21, HR Business Partner, Africa Field Division

Tip: Network with a clear notion of your career goals.

Shaped by the needs of leading employers across Africa, the goal of the brand new ALUSB Master of Management programme is to equip young professionals and recent graduates with the business skills, elite pan-African network, and leadership ability to add value to an organisation!

Start your application today at: https://bit.ly/MMAPPLY21 and start your career acceleration journey!