It amazes me when I look at what I would consider to be Kenya’s “intellectual” population which for the purpose of this post I will narrow down to those in formal and to some extent informal employment and/or entrepreneurship ventures.
Walking through the doors of most enterprises you will come face to face with the potential resident in this country in the name of human talent.
Any time you hear or read in the media about great innovations, massive profits, great ideas and rising business, it is all because of the analytical, creative, and curious minds of Kenyan workforce in this workplaces.
We wake up every morning to go and give or rather contribute our values and talents for the betterment of our society.
While at it we listen,critique, dispute, challenge and most of all do in-depth research to ascertain that every fact tabled for use makes sense and can stand the test of time.
We look rational, professional, forward thinking, dependable and most of all great ambassadors of the wonderful brands we work with or have created.
We take the noble role of championing diversity and inclusion; we encourage our colleagues to respect and appreciate the workplace differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education, and religion.
We “help” other realise how in our differences we bring diverse perspectives, work experiences, life styles and cultures and how this ends up being a source and driver of innovation.
Unfortunately and tragically this positive story ends the moment we walk out of this environments which we strive to make great on a daily basis.
The moment we are out there something satanically magical happens to the professionals we were in the work environment.
We trade our brains/minds for an empty cranium that is ready to accommodate and tolerate anything without any discernment.
We sell our values and talents to the manipulation and vices of the days’ political masters.
We trade our global and national brand missions for the ethnic bigotry.
We trade our questioning and analytical brains for a sycophantic mindset.
We crucify the gospel of diversity at the alter of intolerance and selfishness.
When we step out of those beautiful work environments we almost instantly acquire new but ugly competencies whose key performance indicators are hatred and ethnic vitriol.
We forget that the work we have spent so many hours doing in those offices and industries need to be ferociously protected or guarded by creating and demanding an external national enabling environment.
When we step out of our offices and industries we stop questioning. We distance ourselves from logic. Reason becomes an allergy conveniently resistant to antihistamines. We stop being critical of information coming our way. We stop challenging what we hear from the political platforms. We “romantically” melt into the seduction songs serenaded to our longing hearts by our “ethnic chiefs in love”. We embrace everything political unquestioningly.
We develop a BELIEF not even seen by God toward what is traded and voiced by the political masters of our day.
Why do we all of sudden believe every political noise?
Why do we not question the same like we do when handling our client business engagements?
Why do we go silent even in the face of blatant lies and propaganda?
WHY DO WE CHOOSE TO BE DEAF AND BLIND IN THE FACE OF THE MOST CRITICAL THINGS THAT CAN RUIN OUR BELOVED LAND AND RENDER OUR GREAT OFFICE DEEDS AND EFFORTS USELESS IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE?
If you ever respectfully challenge your peers, bosses and juniors ideas in the office, then Kenya demands that you start challenging the thoughts and empty verbose of the people you employed through the political process as well.
If you ever take time to research and consult with your workplace colleagues to build consensus on how to better deliver on projects, then Kenyan demands that you start researching on the “tales” of politicians to understand how factual they are before you advance them.
Kenya demands that you start consulting your neighbours, friends and other like-minded citizens on the best way to live as neighbours and responsible Kenyans in the face of all political noise.
If you ever seek for a promotion at the workplace in order to execute more and hold more responsibilities, then my friend, this bleeding country demands that you seek a promotion from your mediocre ethnic thoughts and seek a higher calling of responsibility and of a noble citizenry.
Who we are and what we do at our workplaces, should seamlessly flow and follow us whenever we log-off from our workstations and fly into the “life beyond the workplace”
The essence of who we are (The Great Kenyan Talent) should manifest in every sphere of our lives and in every corner of our country. We have a role to play: TO NEVER TRADE OUR BRAINS FOR EVIL SILENCE and SYCOPHANCY. NEVER TO TRADE OUR PROFESSIONALISM BY ALLOWING OURSELVES TO WICKEDLY DANCE TO THE SEDUCTIVE & MALIGNANT POLITICAL TUNES CRAFTED FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR VALUES, DEEDS and NATIONHOOD