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Celebrating Africa: Facts about Africa
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 5/28/2015

This is the season Africans join hands to celebrate our great continent. The 25th of May is a sacred day in Africa as it resembles our unity, uniqueness, pride and heritage as Africans. With all the hype, many do not know how amazing Africa his, there's so much grandeur (and ill too) that goes with it. Here are some key facts about Africa that the everyday African may not know.

Celebrate and Value every Moment.
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 12/24/2014
Life is not a contour-less continuum. It is a series of time frames that sometimes appear like an unending continuum. Lifes shifts and turns are easier to understand in retrospect. Yet each moment has its own signature and time-stamp. Each moment matters, lives on and is worth celebrating.
The Benefits of Reading
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 12/9/2014 to Life Changing Books
Reading is not just running our eyes through a couple of pages. There is more to it that it seems. Below are few of the many blessings that come along with constant reading. What are you waiting for, start today and experience them too. Let's get reading!
Amazing Facts about the Bible
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 4/30/2014

Amazing Facts of the Bible:

Considering the apparent magnitude of The Bible's weight on societies, not much is known about it. Now, by virtue missions organisations (Watchtower.og, Gideon's international etc) many households and persons own a Bible, it seems to be a commonplace phenomenon. It seems now to be a mystery set in the open, with no more flair and no longer prompting awe. There are some amazing facts worth knowing about the bible.
Wondering what these are, we'll here they are!

1. It was written over a period of 1600 years. To bring things to perspective, just 300 years ago Africa didn't need to fight for independence, for it was still to be 'discovered'. It would need 200 years to invent the needle let alone the automobile or the telephone ( let's not mention the internet or computers)...

Succeeding In Turbulence
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 4/25/2014
Anyone can hold the steering wheel when all is calm and there is no turbulence. Risk is least when there is nothing worthwhile you are pursuing. When the winds blow and vision is blurred skill, character, courage and fortitude are required. On any graduation day, anyone can be called an expert and an authority. It is however, the pressures of reality that reveal otherwise. Turbulence for those seeking any easy way through life can be traumatic and painful.
New Release: Bhora Mberi- Kukunda Chete
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 10/15/2013
For the first time anywhere, Innov8 Bookshop presents to you, the first Shona Motivational book: "Bhora Mberi- Kukunda Chete" translated "Let's get on with it- Success all the way" by  Dr Charlton C. Tsodzo. 
A 90 page volume filled with instructive wisdom for the Success-filled life every Man under the sun longs for.  "Mubhuku rino rekurudziro munyori Charlton T. Tsodzo anodonongodza matanho  angatorwe naani zvake anda kuti hupenyu hwake huve nechinagwa, mufaro nekuenderera mberi zvakanaka. Anotanga nekupikisa marehwa-rehwa anogarotaurwa kuti ndiwo anowunza kubudirira anisanganisira zvakadai nekuti vakabudirira havakundikane, vanozvishandira pasina rubatsiro rwevamwe nezvimwe zvakadaro.
Munyori anoenderera mberi achitsanangura chaizvo zvinogona kutadzisa budiriro nekukunda muupenyu hwevanhu, zvakadai sekushaya zvinagwa muupenyu, kushaya moyo murefu nekusanyatsorongeka. Munyori anopfuurira pamberi achibata kukosha  kwekutenda nezvauinazvo, kukurira kutya, kuzvidzora, nemamwe mashoko akakoshera rwendo rwebudiriro muupenyu.
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Book Review: The Connected Company
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 9/7/2013

The Connected Company: Book review

Summary: Traditional hierarchically organised businesses are ill suited to the modern reality of social media and connected customers. According to this book, companies need to become more flexible like an adaptive biological system.

By Chido Derrick Machekera Innov8  Book Reviews

The business world is no longer predictable, with blindly loyal, isolated customers. Nowadays, customers can see what other people think, and drop a product for the competition long before a traditional, hierarchical business can respond. The only way to compete, according to Dave Gray's view of the new business world, is to be a connected company organised in fractal, semi-autonomous "pods" networked into a platform (a style of organisation known as a holarchy rather than the usual top-down hierarchy) that's flexible enough to adapt quickly.

The Connected Company starts with something that no one in business can have missed: The way the balance of power is shifting from the businesses that offer products to their customers to those that have the advantage of networking and the ability to see far more information about their suppliers and the competitive options. From leaked internal memos to social media, bad news about a company is hard to keep private. So far, so familiar but what can businesses do about it?

(Image: O'Reilly Media)

Don't try to put the genie back in the bottle, says Gray; build on the trends of connection, communication, and customer comments to switch fundamental things like what your business does and how it works. He gathered examples from a range of industries and alternates them with business and organisation theory in a very readable way. It can sometimes feel overly simplistic, but also does a good job of covering a large topic without getting bogged down in the details, or assuming that readers are experts.

A look at changing economics points out that, thanks to technology and mass manufacturing, you don't have to be affluent to enjoy healthcare and travel beyond what the wealthiest could command in earlier eras. Ironically for businesses, those improvements in technology and manufacturing lead to saturated markets and lower margins usage of "material resources" started falling in the UK five years before the credit crunch, apparently. The result, Gray argues, is that businesses can only survive by switching to services and building relationships with those connected, complaining customers. For example, more people are moving into cities, which drives new services like OnStar, Ford Sync, Zipcar, and Uber's on-demand, user-rated limo service.

The jury is still out on whether the business model for all these new services is as strong as the free publicity from the most vocal enthusiasts: Sync and OnStar sell more cars, but while Zipcar is doing well on Wall Street, membership is lower than you might think, at 770,000, and Uber has faced regulatory hurdles in every city where it has launched. That doesn't undermine Gray's thesis, but it underlines that the transition to a service economy isn't going to be a completely smooth ride.

What with demanding customers and unpredictable, fragmented markets, businesses have to cope with a lot more variety which is at odds with the usual drive to formalise and automate processes for efficiency.

How do you make a successful service for connected customers? As Gray points out, most customer service hardly deserves the name although he optimistically sees this as room for improvement. Where, when, and how you deliver a service matters, in Gray's view, more than the product itself. What we really want, he believes, are the services that are the end result the messages rather than the smartphone you send them from, for example. To avoid making customers feel exploited, having to shell out for both the product and the service, those services need to be convenient for the customer rather than the business.

What with demanding customers and unpredictable, fragmented markets, businesses have to cope with a lot more variety which is at odds with the usual drive to formalise and automate processes for efficiency. In truth, most of what employees at the average business have to deal with are the exceptions the pesky customers disrupting the perfect one-way stream of smoothly optimised processes. Having the customer service representative stay on the line while you are transferred to the person who can solve your problem might sound like an expensive solution but it's probably cheaper than negative publicity and lost customers.

The Connected Company isn't a traditional book, so much as a set of linked essays or lectures. The table of contents is actually a thorough overview that sums up each chapter at a pinch, you could read that and dip into the most interesting areas. Each chapter opens with another summary, and closes with a list of sources and further reading. In between, information is packed into images, lists and bite-sized chunks of facts and analysis that keep the thesis moving swiftly, but also feel too short and leave you wanting analysis (and some nuggets of information strike the author so forcibly that he repeats them in later chapters).

Where this book works best is when it gets the balance of examples from businesses and analysis of trends and issues right. "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning," says the quote from Bill Gates that opens the chapter on how companies lose touch (although Microsoft isn't covered in the mini-biographies of the fall and occasional rise of former greats). The stories of Xerox and Starbucks are well known. More interesting are the lesser-known details of how IBM reinvented itself by changing company culture to actually listen to customers, and how Kodak threw away the opportunity to get a 20-year head-start on the digital camera market after an engineer created a prototype using a Super-8 lens to record onto cassette tape that you could play back on TV.

Gray gives a swift but thorough overview of modern business theory on alternative ways to structure a business as networked units less like a machine, more like an adaptive biological system.

Some examples explain things that seem puzzling, but make perfect sense when explained. Amazon bought Zappos despite utterly different approaches Amazon views customer contact as a sign that it has failed to build its system correctly, while Zappos views it as an opportunity to discover more about the customer and puts a free phone number on every page of its website. But because behind the scenes they both rely on extremely efficient logistics, they can get economies of scale by combining their warehouses and delivery systems.

Sometimes the examples are just too short and shallow to really tell you anything; they're also unflaggingly and uncritically positive, and feel more like marketing (see the description of Google's 20 percent time). The explanations of using customer feedback, through techniques like net promoter scores, are more useful connecting systems so your customers don't have to care how you run your business (which allowed Wells Fargo to launch the first online US banking system in just 60 days) and organising your company like the interdependent but unplanned services available in a city.

Gray gives a swift but thorough overview of modern business theory on alternative ways to structure a business as networked units less like a machine, more like an adaptive biological system. If that feels a little futuristic for the average business, it's worth remembering that the transformation to the fractal, holarchic, podular connected company is a hard one and the single chapter analysing problems and failures doesn't cover nearly enough ground.

The final chapter on how to put the book's lessons into action is also too short, and perhaps the most depressingly realistic: If you're not in charge of the company and you can't get into a project that runs outside the stifling hierarchy and bureaucracy that's dragging the business down, try to start grassroots networking that will at least reveal the limitations of the current setup. But it's a sign of a good book on an interesting topic that it leaves you wanting more.

The Connected Company

Innov8 group
304 pages
ISBN: 1-4493-1905-2


New Release: Joshua Nkomo~ Father Zimbwabwe: The Life and Times of an African Legend.
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 6/21/2013

JOSHUA NKOMO- Father Zimbabwe: The Life and times of an African Legend.

The new book on Joshua Nkomo, popularly known as "Father Zimbabwe" and "Umdala Wethu"

This text traces the statesman's early life, education and wiring. It digs into his pre-political era in the NRZ. His nationalist years in the liberation struggle.

Having been written by Nkomo's nephew, the book also gives an in-depth insight on his family-social life and health.

The height of the book is the uniqueness and originalty of Joshua Nkomo's life in the government, the struggles and squabbles, helping Strive Masiyiwa get the long fought Telecoms license and the signing of The Unity Accord.

This book the closest account of Father Zimbabwe's life, both private and public.

5 Must Read Books for Every Entrepreneur in 2012
Posted by Tinashe Nyaruwanga on 12/4/2012 to Life Changing Books
Are you one of those entrepreneurs that are passionate about making things happen and are ready to take action and jumpstart their business and personal success in 2012. If you are then you need to get your hands on these 5 Must Read books for Entrepreneurs.
Read, add Knowledge and Uplift your Life to Greatness!
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 5/22/2012

Read, add Knowledge and Uplift your Life to Greatness!

It has been held in consensus that any burning cause, any worthy ideal deemed fit to influence man should be put it into writing. From days of old (such)information was kept in scrolls, though nowadays we have books, pamphlets , magazines, nooks etc. It is easy to note that any worthwhile knowledge is found therein. Yet many spend their time scratching around life, searching else for the wisdom of the ages, yet it is all before them

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 Celebrate and Value every Moment.
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 Succeeding In Turbulence

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