Jeremy Solomons

Career control in a crisis – Part 1

For many leaders, one of their toughest decisions can be whether to fire one of their direct reports or not. And an even tougher decision can be whether to “fire themselves” by seeking a different job with their current employer, taking another job elsewhere, launching their own...

Friday, April 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

Communicating effectively in times of crisis

As we saw in my previous column on “Suddenly Dispersed Teams”, one of the main ways of building and sustaining productive remote working relationships now is through clear, concise, compassionate and consistent communication. “Communication, communication, communication ......

Friday, March 27, 2020, 11:02 AM

10 ways to hold a team together during the COVID-19 lockdown

This is the tenth in a series of “Leading Rwanda” columns and the second in a special series on how leaders should react, adapt and chart a new course as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down most of Rwanda and the world. Many people have been leading and working within global, virtual...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:56 AM

Leading Rwanda: Acting decisively in a time of crisis

“A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind” (Chinese proverb) “It's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before” (Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago) “Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Indeed, feedback is the breakfast of champions

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions,” said Ken Blanchard, US writer. “Examine what is said and not who speaks” (African proverb) “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill” (...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 10:15 AM

Leading Rwanda: skills, personalities, styles and, most importantly, voices

“Equality is difficult, but superiority is painful” (Serere proverb). “We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Forming, building and sustaining highly performing teams

“Whoever plows with a team of donkeys must have patience” (Zimbabwean proverb) “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” (Charles Darwin, English naturalist) “Perhaps...

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Having the courage to stand up and speak out

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right” (US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.) “A warrior fights with courage, not with anger” (African...

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Holding yourself and others accountable

“I call on people to be ‘obsessed citizens,’ forever questioning and asking for accountability. That’s the only chance we have today of a healthy and happy life” (Ai Wei Wei, Chinese artist) “Bake your own bread or sleep in the street” (African proverb...

Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Creating, communicating and realising your vision

“If your vision is for a year, plant wheat. If your vision is for a decade, plant trees. And if your vision is for a lifetime, plant people” (African proverb) “A large eye does not mean keen vision” (Rwandan proverb) “Vision without action is just a dream. Action...

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 1:04 AM

Leading Rwanda: Begin by leading yourself

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” (Aristotle) “Do not try to fight a lion if you are not one yourself” (African proverb) “You can outdistance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you” (Rwandan proverb) When...

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leading Rwanda: Building practical leadership skills at all levels

SUDANESE-UK businessman and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim believes: “There is a crisis of leadership and governance in Africa and we must face it.” Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a bit more hopeful. She says: “While African nations have a failure of leadership, they also...

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 3:59 PM

Leading Rwanda: Building practical leadership skills at all levels

Sudanese-UK businessman and philanthropist Mo Ibrahim believes: “There is a crisis of leadership and governance in Africa and we must face it.” Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a bit more hopeful. She says: “While African nations have a failure of leadership, they...

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 12:00 AM