Friday, September 4, 2009


A couple of weeks ago I attended Mindspeak,The Business Club a once a month Saturday morning ritual that I have become addicted to. It's usually a great networking event, and James Murua made a good note here

Caroline Mutoko was speaking on her rise to the Queen of Radio (even if she did not say so herself.) It was an inspiring morning, one that opened up my mind to fresh ideas and new thinking, in an extremely competitive market, especially in my field of work.

She spoke about the vital role that in between semester jobs and holiday internships play in forming a diligent worker out of a person.

From a clerk in an Asian’s store she learnt to be thrifty and frugal with her monies, whereas in school she learnt theories in Math’s & economics that she applies in her every day work. But what caught me the most was her views in terms of idea generation.

If you live and work in Kenya, and happen to hang around a crowd, any crowd, there's is often talk of new business ventures, ideas of how to go about making money, and it is amazing how much of an entrepreneurial spirit is in the Kenyan population.

We are full of ideas. A friend of mine who runs one of the most successful media houses in the country told me once of how proposals hit his desk every morning, great ideas that hold immense potential, and every other new proposal outfoxes the other.

So, how do we, as young people make any impact, if very other young person thinks just as greatly as we do?

"Give me a plan"

That's my take out from MindSpeak that morning.

Ideas are great, but, give me a plan.

Dictionary explanation: An idea is a specific thought or concept that arises in the mind of a person as a result of thinking. It is a mental picture.

Ideas are unproven.

See, a plan means a start to finish, it embodies all aspects of a business or programme proposal, or whatever it is you seek to achieve.

For Instance, if one wants to go to war, he first has the idea, but it's got to degenerate into tangible strategies, all rounded, researched and buffered against potential risks. And that's exactly what differentiates a winner from a loser.

What’s your going to war strategy? What's your competition like? What are your risks? How do you manage those risks? As we all endeavor to make richer people out of ourselves, Lets cross over the threshold of thought and begin to work towards a plan, that's the first step.


  1. An Idea, u asked for it..... ever wondered why westerners feel that they are the owners of their country.... it is the environment they have been brought up in. Well the idea.... if Kenyans had a TV show that outlines the stuff that makes a politician, with a positive spin, with a knack of displaying what they can achieve from a good politician. something in the lines of WEST WING... will go a long way in changing the outlook of the mwanainchi..... so that that he can feel that he is indeed a'Mwana nchi'

  2. I couldn't have put it better myself. Quite inspring & concise. Might i add need for Plan A, B & C for contingency purposes just like a flowchart & time horizons.