Top quotes from SheHive Nairobi

SheHive Nairobi brought together aspiring Motherland Moguls and established speakers and personalities from diverse sectors. Those who missed can only hope for next time. In the meanwhile, these choice quotes from speakers are sure to inspire and motivate.

SheHive Nairobi-491Wanjira Longaeur, Radio and Television host

Wanjira is a well-known radio host with Capital FM Kenya and television host with EbonyLife TV’s Moments Kenya. On the last day of SheHive, she spoke on the business of the entertainment industry.

– “Do your best you never know who is watching.”

– “Mindset helps. I chose to see opportunities everywhere and in everything I do.”

– “If people want to tear you down, kill them with kindness.”

– “One of the worst things a director can do is to leave their audience bored.”

– “Entertainment keeps moving but the camera doesn’t play.”

– “Ignorance is a choice. We are in 2016 for Pete’s sake!  We have the internet!”

Hilda Moraa, Founder and former CEO of Weza Tele Ltd

Weza Tele’s industry is tech and at SheHive Nairobi, its founder Hilda shared tips on how to get started in the tech business.

– “Failure has been the key ingredient in my success.”

– “If you are sitting and thinking that you are a woman in business. Then you have to be at your best to compete.”

– “Don’t fear sharing your ideas, sharing could give you much needed feedback.  However, protect the uniqueness of your idea, Protect your team, talent, data and execution from competition.”

SHEHIVE NAIROBI-302Dr. Helen Gichoci, Managing Director, Equity Group Foundation

As an ecologist Helen dished out insights from her experience being president of the African Conservation centre and African Wildlife Foundation.

– “You got to have (thick) skin in the game for anything to be of value to you.”

– “Form follows function in a business. Find the problem, opportunity and the service you want to offer and the business will follow suit.”

Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom

Bob heads East Africa’s fastest growing company. His talk focused specifically on gender equality and inclusion in the workplace.

– “Find your purpose, and then you won’t have to work for the rest of your life.”

– “What is my personal drive? Trying to make a difference and leaving a positive footprint.”

Lindsay Caldwell, Founder One Acre Fund

Among her achievements, Lindsay is also an operations management specialist.

– “You have to co-opt other ideas for your business to work.”

SHEHIVE NAIROBI-282Winnie Mwangi, VC fund

Winnie has established her career working with investment companies. At SheHive Nairobi she talked about what investors look for in a business when deciding whether or not they will invest in it,

– “When pitching to investors, under promise and over deliver.”

– “Gerald George Patton said, ‘If everyone is thinking alike, then someone is not thinking.'”

Eunice Nyala, Executive Coach, Etiquette Xllent Company

At SheHive Nairobi, Eunice used her coaching experience to teach the audience how to develop leadership styles and how women leaders behave.

– “We admire people who have etiquette. If you don’t have it, work on it. Start working on your tone.”

– “Women should dress the part, it’s one of the most important visuals we are judged upon.”

Eunice Nyala, CEO Etiquette Xllent: All leaders make a lasting impression

eunice nyala

Being a leader and a woman for that fact, requires a lot from the feminine fabric. It goes against the grain but it is true to say that women are judged before we even speak. 80% of decisions made about a person are based on other people’s perception alone. This was what I gleamed from Eunice Nyala’s talk on developing a leadership style at SheHive Nairobi. Eunice’s entrance into the SheHive Nairobi was propitiously noticed. True to her mantra, ‘All the leaders making a lasting impression’ Eunice is a head turner with radiant skin who gracefully sashayed in heels and an African outfit ensemble on a lazy Sunday evening in Nairobi.

More often than not, as women we like to create mental barriers for ourselves. We sell ourselves short and let ourselves be held captive by our own narrow thinking. We may have perfected the art of holding ourselves ransom by trying to live by societal expectations. Most times the chains that prevent us from being free are more mental than physical. We need to recognize that people are different and capitalize on our weaknesses and strengths when developing our own unique leadership style. Eunice’s advice continues;

Learning…

There is something new to learn every freaking minute. No one is an encyclopedia of knowledge. Stereotypes accentuate on how women tend to be chatterboxes but we have to stop talking to learn something new. Take a minute to learn something about and from your cleaner, gardener, or valet parking attendant. It’s unprecedented that the most overlooked sources are wells of inspirations.

Walk, poise

Are you that lady boss, whose graceful entrance to a building commands attention and respect? Do people shush or scuffle to their desks when you walk in? Rather, do you walk in and Jane the office chatter box continues with her tête-à-tête. How you walk, conduct yourself and command attention dictates the respect you get from people around you.

Pay attention to women in leadership

The tides are changing and more women are taking up leadership roles. It’s time we evaluated and learned how those in leadership behave. Some of First Ladies of African countries, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Queens of the world are a few women of well-thought-of demeanor. Hats off to these ladies! You’ve got to research on them, emulate them, act out and from there acknowledge what makes you stand out.

Leadership is everywhere

We can choose to delve into the debate on whether leaders are born or made. However that’s a topic for another day, let’s not digress. Life provides each and every woman a leadership position 24/7 /365 days a year. If you doubt it then let me preempt. A mom is a leader at home. A teacher is a leader at school; you are the leader of your siblings and at the chama (Swahili for a women’s group) you could be the voice of reason. Seize these and many other opportunities and practice leadership skills and you will easy lead people. You can have an executive presence from the onset; you don’t have to wait for an elective position to be a leader.

Utilize the power of networking

Networking is formal opportunity bequeathed to us. This is where we get to share our competencies with people who may give us a hand. It’s a chance to expend the power of entrepreneurial and professional circle. Lonesome girls don’t perform well in professional and corporate workplace.

More importantly it’s where you could meet your next partner, client, mentor, friend, even hubby. However, things could get embarrassing when swimming in the murky waters of networking. There are four things to do in this event

  • Be strategic about your networking event choice. Do your research and get know something about the attendees beforehand.
  • Get to know people, what they do and better yet have their contacts. Always acknowledge the people you meet in the room.
  • Plan your questions in advance and ask smart questions.
  • Leave a lasting impression. If you want to be remembered, speak out for yourself and ask questions.

Dress like a leader

Work on your dress code. It’s one of the visuals that will be used to judge you. It’s been over emphasized and may sound cliché but be purposeful in your dressing and be conscious of what you wear. You can choose to identify an executive leader and try to borrow from their style. Lastly be authentic in your dress code and be mature in how you speak to your colleagues in order to earn their respect.

There is need for etiquette in everything we do in all aspects of our lives. It’s not one size fits all. All individuals have varied needs.

A parting shot from Eunice, “We admire people who have it. If you don’t have it, work on it. More importantly, work on your tone.”