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Daily Nation : February 14th 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 14, 2014 CHANGE TALKS | Why you should plan to be a person of impact So you have a vision, but does it go beyond you? BY WALE AKINYEMI @waleakinyemi firstname.lastname@example.org was in Mombasa last week with my very good and inspiring friend, Mohammed. He was taking me around his lovely beach resort, and telling me how he planned to uplift it to a whole new level. The passion and finality I with which he was talking about something that did not yet exist got me thinking. He described it as if it were already there. He was referring to things that did not exist as if they were present. Mohammed represents the small percentage of people who make things happen. You see, some people see things as they are, while others see them as they can be. This is a fundamental difference between visionaries and ordinaries; between leaders and followers. The ability to see things as can be and not as they are, not only sets you apart from the crowd when it comes to innovation and creativity, but also when it comes to being healthy. Many people are in the valley of despair and losing their health simply because they see things as they are, and not as they can be. When I was in the pit and I had lost everything I had, including my confidence, the only thing that kept me going was my vision. Somehow, I knew that things would get better and I began to prepare myself for that. I exposed my mind to the realities of the kind of future I wanted. I read book after book and surfed hundreds of websites. I did tens of development courses online and went to any place where someone who could inspire me was speaking. I admit that it can be difficult to see beyond where you are, especially when the present position is so demanding – bills everywhere and creditor after creditor on your back. In my case, I was literally homeless, with no income and no hope of getting an income from anywhere. I learnt though that one thing that no creditor could ever take away was my vision, and one thing that could never be repossessed was my knowledge. This aplies to everyone. I believe it is so designed so that no matter what goes bust, we can dream again. For me, the vision was not just about living. I have often If you thought you were too small to make a difference, think about the mosquito. Tiny as it is, it can mess up the sleep of the mightiest king said that success is what you achieve for yourself, purpose is why you achieve it, and significance is how you use it to impact the world. I decided I wanted to be a person of impact, and this greatly influenced the quality of my vision. The vision was not about cars or houses or figures. It was about impact, about being significant. Many successful people have lived and died and no one remembers them because success is not enough to make you be remembered. Impact is. That became my driving force – how to change the lives of people and inspire the ones I come in contact with, either by writing or by speaking, and how to use my misfortune to build the fortunes of others. It was about using the fruit of my failure as seeds for the success of others. It gave me a great sense of satisfaction. Many people’s lives revolve around themselves and around the same things – rent, school fees, power bills, water bills, car maintenance, etc. Everything is about them. If you are in that rut, I’m afraid you are in what I call the cycle of insignificance. Every month, your cycle repeats itself and no matter how much you earn, you simply expand the circle. It’s time for transformation. It’s time to break out. It’s time for a vision beyond you. It’s time to see yourself as you can be – a world changer and person of impact; a significant person and not just a statistic. If you ever thought you were too small to make a difference, remember the mosquito. Tiny as it is, it can mess up the sleep of the mightiest king. Can You Work & Lead Through Change? Background Almasi Beverages Limited is a company which was born out of a merger of three Coca-Cola bottling companies of Rift Valley Bottlers, Kisii Bottlers and Mount Kenya Bottlers. Almasi’s purpose is to increase shareholder value by manufacturing, packaging, distributing and selling Coca-Cola products. The company is currently integrating its operations to one seamless organisation. The company has an innovative Change Strategy, which focuses on strong distribution & manufacturing, selling and building a strong & capable workforce. Our new Business architecture is that of a centralized Commercial function, devolved manufacturing & distribution for revenue generation and a strong centralized support function of HR, Finance, IT, Procurement, Risk; for the purpose of creating sharper focus, efficiency and effectiveness to enable us achieve a double digit growth in 2014 and beyond. We shall deliver all these through close collaboration with Coca cola, our shareholders and other key stakeholders both externally and internally including our people. We believe to achieve this we shall need capable people to hold the following roles: 1. Can you lead through Change? HR Manager/HR Business Partner (Almasi Kisii & Group Commercial Business 50:50 respectively) The Role Based in Nairobi & Kisii and reporting to the Group HR Director, the role will manage the HR function in a unionized environment at our Kisii Plant as well as play a HR Business Partnering role to our Commercial Unit. This will entail business partnering with Business Unit leaders, Heads of Departments etc. to drive group HR agenda by ensuring delivery of sound HR solutions and implementation of our Group People Strategy. This will be in the areas of: Change Management, Performance Management, Learning and Development, Recruitment Management, Policy Implementation, HR Customer Service, Reward Management, Employee Relations and legal compliance as well as ensuring ‘hygiene’ factors/HR Basics; mainstreaming gender, diversity, fairness, equity & equality in the HR offerings. The Person The person will have relevant HR competence in change management, policy review, performance management, learning and development, recruitment management, workforce planning, HR systems design and implementation, employee relations, rewards management, development of on-boarding programmes, health & safety management and project management. His/her interpersonal and relationship building skills will be excellent, as would his/her ability to proactively drive processes forward; brokering and delivering innovative HR solutions for the business operations. He/She will advise, influence and inspire confidence in others using professional/specialist knowledge. To be successful in this role you will be a business degree holder with a Higher Diploma in human resources management and significant relevant experience at a similar level. A proven track record of personal achievement as a HR generalist is a prerequisite while a Masters Degree will be an added advantage. He/she should be a registered member of the Institute of HR Management (IHRM) Kenya. 2. Are you Ambitious & Passionate to drive the agenda of Cost Minimization, Control and Value Maximization? 1. Group Financial accountant The Role Based in Nairobi and reporting to the Chief Finance Officer, the role will provide financial management support to enable Almasi meet its strategic objective and double digit growth vision whilst maintaining effective support to our three bottler operations. The role shall be responsible for the implementation of Almasi finance management strategies whilst influencing both the factory accountants as well as the Almasi Exco to adopt options and strategies to drive change. As a member of Group finance leadership team you will help shape Almasi’s financial future. The roles initial focus shall be on preparation of Group Accounts and setting up of treasury function and ensure the mapping of end to end finance process and procedures, capacity building teams and ensuring adherence financial policies and procedures i.e map and maintain oversight on general ledger, cash flow forecasting; Cash & bank reconciliations, Taxation, Audit, accounts payables & receivable etc. The Person The post holder will have significant experience preferably with some experience in a large and/or complex manufacturing organization. He/she will have expertise in the application of strategic financial management e.g Taxation, Treasury and experience in Group consolidation and reporting. You will have exceptional leadership qualities and people management skills in an environment of change. You will have the interest and ability to develop and mentor staff and teams. In addition, your ability to distance-manage and lead in a matrix relationship is essential for this role. You will have effective verbal and written communication skills including high-level interpersonal and representational capabilities. You will be travelling within Kenya to business operations’ location in Kisii, Mount Kenya and Rift Valley. He/She will be a bachelor degree holder and CPA with high proficiency in MS office. FMCG experience will be an added advantage 2. Group Financial Analyst The Role Based in Nairobi and reporting to the Chief Finance Officer, the role will prepare and manage the Group management reporting process, budget consolidation and forecast as well as Financial performance commentaries and benchmarking. The role will monitor KPI and Dashboards for deep analysis to inform better management decisions to achieve Almasi’s double digit growth vision whilst maintaining effective support to our three bottler operations. The roles initial focus will be developing effective budget management, consolidation and reporting capabilities across the Group. The Person We are seeking a strategic thinker who is committed to success and can influence in a matrix environment and enhance share value. This is a key role in Almasi that often involves assisting in areas other than finance. He/She role will be versatile and willing to learn to become an informed business partner. The person will bring proven experience in management reporting, financial analysis and /or due diligence investigations. You will be travelling within Kenya to business operations’ location in Kisii, Mount Kenya and Rift Valley. He/She will be a bachelor degree holder and CPA(k)/CFA/CIMA with high proficiency in MS office. FMCG experience will be an added advantage 3. Are You Excited developing Distribution Models? Route to Market Manager The Role Based at any of our three bottler plants with frequent travel and reporting to the National Sales Manager, the role shall ensure continuous design and improvement of our Route to Market for our products. The role shall be charged with the responsibility of developing working route to market models; tracking and managing sales channel mix, sales effectiveness and distributor value proposition through capability building within the group. The Person We require an experienced candidate with good business acumen and not less than five (5) years commercial experience and leadership in an FMCG environment. The person will have depth of knowledge and understanding of route to market models. Ability to work and influence within a matrix relationship is necessary requirement. He/She will be a business degree holder with a Higher Diploma in Sales & Marketing management with high proficiency in MS office. 4. Are you a Conscientious Support to A Chief Executive Officer? Personal Assistant to CEO The Role Based in Nairobi and reporting to the CEO, the role will offer efficient and effective administration and planning services to the Chief Executive Officer, Group HR Director & Chief Finance Officer. The role will ensure smooth running of the Almasi offices as well as give effective support to other Group Officers. Managing the CEO’s diary shall be their a key responsibility. The person The candidate should have a keen eye to detail as well as posses excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. He/She will have the ability to influence people across all ranks and sometimes of higher authority than his/ herself will be required. He/She shall possess high conceptual ability and rationalize when to take decisions on their own and when to consult. He/She will ideally possess a bachelor degree in Business Administration; Diploma in Secretarial studies is a minimum requirement. If you believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please submit your application letter and a CV detailing the suitability of your experience for the post and include daytime telephone contacts to email@example.com quoting THE TITLE OF JOB on the subject line. The closing date: 28th February 2014. Full Job descriptions shall be sent to shortlisted candidates before the interview. Jobs 2 Balanced scorecard creator to hold training in Nairobi CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 balanced scorecard, the public sector and NGOs are very slow,” he says. “For us to convince the senior executives in Africa that this tool really works, Kahihu continues, “I thought I should bring the man himself – the one who wrote the book; the one who conceived the idea; the one who has done research and has case studies and success stories to share, to discuss how it’s really done and the secret to transforming businesses and public sector through its application.” According to Kahihu, those attending will not only get the opportunity to hear of success stories in Brazil, Europe and even in parts of Africa, but also the chance to get their most pressing questions about the model answered by the man who created it. For those who may still be lost in the jargon, the balanced scorecard, in Mr Kahihu’s definition, is “a balanced way of managing performance”. He explains further: “In the past, people focused more on the financial perspective – profits and sales. That was not strategic enough. It didn’t deliver the results that organisations were looking for, and it was very reactive. It was backward looking. Balanced scorecard is more forward looking. It’s about how to manage your future performance today.” The common performance management models, says Mr Kahihu, focus on what has been done. The balanced scorecard is most interested in the achievement of the anticipated results and not so much the means. “Strategy is important,” he clarifies, “but execution delivers results.” This also applies at individual level. “You learn how to hold yourself accountable for results and how to align your day-today activities to a bigger picture, which is probably your vision and mission,” observes Kahihu.
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