Think like a business person

#mindspark Lessons from #JMB of EY  L1: Technical people complain about lack of resources. Business people find a way around the problem. At EY, we are business partners of top executives and captains of the industry. We hire business people, not technical people. Don’t tell me “I could not write a proposal because I do

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#mindspark What is your place of work strategic anchor?

What do people at your place of work get from you? What makes you a valuable team member? Every company uses Microsoft office apps, but many folks do not know their way around the tools esp MSExcel, Word, and PPT. Position yourself as the champion and fixer. When your Boss delivers a talk to the

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Focus on enjoying the journey, not the destination

#mindspark There is always someone better. Relax. And move at your own pace. When I got a job at EY as an auditor, then a consultant, I was so excited that I had arrived. Compared to my village mates, and most of my peers in Kampala, I was a success. The sort of the big

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Nothing happens to you, it happens because of you, part 4

The fourth and final D is to be DELIBERATE about creating impact at the workplace. Are you a freewheeling opportunist or a deliberate planner? I want you to turn to your neighbour and ask: what is your leadership orientation? When you lack a plan for your life, you become a freewheeling opportunist. You wander from

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Few big customers or many small ones?

What strategies are you pursuing deliberately? Is your business model built for volume (scale) or niche (premium customers)? You must be specific about your business focus to win in your chosen markets.  The starting point is to answer key questions: what is your playing field? Who are your target customers? What products and services will

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