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CfC Stanbic Rising Star Awards return for a second round

Since identifying Kenya’s young talent in 2014’s inaugural CfC Stanbic Rising Star Awards, the event has played a pivotal role in nurturing these tremendously talented individuals to ensure they continue creating great value for themselves and their companies.

Through a vigorous judging process, 45 finalists were identified as Rising Stars in each of last year’s business categories. A celebratory gala dinner held at Nairobi’s Hilton hotel saw the welcoming and acceptance of the country’s business superstars.

Here’s what some of the elite future leaders had to say:

For me, Rising star means it is not what or who you know, but what you have and how you use it. It is a real eye opener. The recognition that Rising Star brings reaches much wider than one would have imagined; the media and general public, persons one would never have met. Rising Star offers an opportunity for me to mentor and affect the community in my small way.

Winning the award might have been a one-evening event, but for sure the rising of the star promises to be a lifetime event.                                                                                                                    Anicoh Nathaniel, 2014 Rising Star, Tourism & Hospitality Industry

I am not only thrilled because I emerged the winner in my category, but I clearly noticed that everybody at the event enjoyed themselves. The rising star awards programme is the best thing that has ever happened in the Kenyan history for the youth in the business industry.       Abdallah Ali Wereh, 2014 Logistics & Supply Chain Rising Star – DHL

It was a good experience and a pleasure listening to the overall goal of Rising Star. It is a very noble course and is a great platform to showcase talent.                                                                   Allan Akoko, Human Resources Business Partner – Commercial Bank of Africa

Following on this success, the Rising Star Awards are back for a second instalment. If you know someone worthy of the same recognition, now’s the time to highlight their excellence.

Nominations are open only until the end of January 2015. Visit for more details.

Taking the lead at work

Taking initiative has become increasingly important in the ever-evolving work environment, not only for growing the organization but also for demonstrating your value at work. Thinking on your feet and taking action without being told, strongly correlates with personal achievement and professional development. Furthermore, showing initiative is a sign of your capacity to become a leader.

Therefore, what does it take to spot opportunities that others have missed in the workplace and take advantage of them?

1. Be curious about the way the organization works and be open-minded to new ideas and possibilities.

Read the Simplex Process to learn how to identify opportunities and potential improvements.

2. Always be alert of ways to simplify processes and find new and better ways of doing things. Proactively suggest those ideas and be an example of implementing those processes.

3. Always think ahead. Justify likely obstacles with well-thought out plans that take the potential obstacles into consideration.

4. Be on the lookout for ways to save money and reduce costs.

5. Provide the questions you know are going to be asked beforehand. Think like your boss and take into account all deliverables from their perspective before you submit them.

Always review your work thoroughly or ask someone else to read through your work.

6. Always do your research and always be prepared. Read the material in advance, research the subject matter beforehand and immerse yourself fully on the topic at hand.

7. Deal with problems immediately. Take the necessary action, be decisive and put it all behind you as soon as possible.

8.Even when confronted with difficulties and setbacks, develop rational persistence to achieve what you’ve set out to do.

But remember that as important as it is to take initiative, it is just as important to be wise about when to take action. At certain instances it may be inappropriate to take initiative, especially if it involves generating too much work for people or when your idea will not be beneficial to the organization.

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Time to recognise Kenya’s Rising Stars

The CfC Stanbic Rising Star Awards aim to recognise aspirational young individuals who show an unshakable persistence in achieving their goals. In association with Engen, Airtel and Who’s Who in Kenya, the Rising Star Program will return in 2015 to promote Kenya’s most talented young leaders.

Originating in South Africa in 2012, the Rising Star Program was launched in Kenya in June 2014 as an engine to recognise, celebrate and connect Kenya’s young talented people. By raising awareness and creating opportunities to grow and nurture Kenya’s talent, the Rising Star Awards have become a significant vehicle for organisations to identify their exceptional individuals. These notables are then encouraged to become tomorrow’s opinion leaders, and an inspiration to their peers.

With 2015 only a stone’s throw away, the time has come again for you to have your say – let us know who you think deserves to be recognised. Whether they are a colleague, friend, a family member, now’s the time to nominate Kenya’s next Rising Star. Do you think you have what it takes? Why not nominate yourself?

Nominations are open for individuals aged between 28 and 40. To participate, visit the Kenya Rising Star website and complete the “Enter a Rising Star” form. Nominations will close at the end of January 2015, so don’t delay!

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