Their raised voices said it all. My opinions had gone quite far enough, or were no longer needed in this meeting, either way, no one seemed interested in what else I had to say. How had it come to this? This could very well become the first time in my consultancy career I was being kicked out of a meeting.

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Just 30 minutes earlier, we had cordially begun the meeting by discussing the agenda items. Somewhere along the way, I felt that the repetitive nature of the deliberations was counter-productive (if you’ve dealt with government bureaucracies, you might wholeheartedly agree). …


A friend of mine once lamented about a vice in (particularly) Ugandan culture i.e scheduling an appointment and failing to turn up or even calling to cancel.

Experience 1: Someone asked to see me today morning and I had this nagging feeling he wouldn’t show up. I went ahead to mildly prepare for the meeting but didn’t “wait up”. True to my fears, he didn’t show, didn’t even call. What’s worse is, this is a corporate banker.

Experience 2: While discussing taking up office space with a prospective landlord, I agreed to his terms but asked him to look into some fixtures I wanted and he promised to revert in 24hrs. …


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As is the norm in this part of the world, we lost power after nearly an hour of heavy rain.

What we thought would be a 2–3 hour power outage turned out to be a 3 day blackout. Having previously installed a power backup system within our office, we weathered the blackout but on the 3rd day, the batteries were totally drained and work ground to a halt.

After screaming at the utility company for the N-th time to fix the outage, I placed a call the company that installed our power backup system to see if they had any magical charging solutions they could deploy. Sadly, they didn’t but I was impressed when they offered to pick up the batteries from our office, take them to their office, charge them and return them, at no cost. …

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