Kin Kariisa, our Group Chief Executive Officer, on Wednesday, 25th November 2021, honoured an invite to be an Executive Mentor at ‘The CEO Apprenticeship Program 2021, Module IV,’ held at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
At the Strathmore Business School and CEO Summit Uganda organized event, Kin spoke addressed the attending aspiring CEOs and CEOs from across different sectors in Uganda on “Turning High Potential into High Performance,” a topic focussed on making the most of a workforce mainly filled with millennials.
“At Next Media, we have a workforce that is 28 years of age – millennials, and our success to this point has been because of these minds. This can be the case for so many of us, but we have to appreciate how different this lot of people is and find innovative ways to make it work,” Kin stated at the beginning of his talk.
Recognized as a Chief Executive with an “immeasurable contribution to Uganda’s Leadership Talent pipeline development, in addition to exhibiting a strong leadership brand,” the organizers, it was quick to be seen why Kin was the chosen personality to speak on a topic heavier in practice than in theory.
Kin urged the aspiring CEOs and CEOs in attendance to not only focus on current high performers in their respective dockets but also take time to identify staff with high potential as those are capable of “exerting 21 percent more effort than others in helping the company achieve its objectives,” and that these are who can be trained to take over the operations of the company later.
Quoting the Corporate Executive Board, Kin also reminded the aspiring CEOs that “55% [of the millennial workforce] drop out of their company’s high potential program within five years, suggesting that companies need to take deliberate action to develop and engage these individuals along the way to retain them,” suggesting open and free workspaces, the introduction of strategies to have the employees have friends within the workplace, sell to the staff visions so they can be committed to causes rather than being accountable for their actions, introducing company cultures, among so many other proposals from his experience to-date.
As part of the delivery of the Executive Program, field-tested Chief Executives such as Kin Kariisa were relied on to share an experiential session during the Program, and going by the ovation following his presentation, this was a goal fully attained. Kin’s experience will have raised the perspective of the Program Delegates and Chief Executive Apprentices to a higher level of aspiration after gaining insights from one who has and continues to walk this path.