Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Recruiting A Startup Team

#StartupTeam #JouneryOfFounders

My biggest task and goal in 2018 is to recruit a team to grow Wilsen Initiative (Wi) to the next level. #MyDiaryStartUP In a society where most of the people are looking for jobs than create one, it is a challenge to establish a team for a startup especially if you can't give immediate paying jobs. People approach me for volunteerism under Wilsen Initiative but once they hear that there's no pay they fade off slowly, I can't blame them I have travelled the journey and I understand. Here are some of the things to consider when recruiting a startup team for business or non profit venture etc.
#MyTake As a founder of any initiative you have to give more than 100% in all most everything at the starting phase until you meet an agile team. More about Wilsen Initiative www.wilsen-initiative.org 

                    StartUp101: Looking for Team For Your StartUP: Look for... 

Personality, Expertise, Conscious, Optimistic, Value, Disciplined,Experienced,Trustworthy, Committed, Skilled, Talent, Skilled Passionate, Belief, Action, Adaptability, Communication Dedication, Visionary, Experienced,Professionalism, Learner, Listener, Communicator 

Quote Highlight; “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”  ― Barack Obama 

 “Allow the way to your great work to be guided by your service to others.”  ― Mollie Marti 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Life of Upcoming Soccer Stars

Many young people in informal settlements of Nairobi live in communities where resources and opportunities are limited to realize their dreams of becoming professionals soccer stars. I'm not talking from a point of imagination, let me take you back in history about my soccer journey. Growing up in Mathare, apart from school life my second joint where you could find me was in the field playing soccer or coaching kids.

During my days of playing active soccer back in 1997 – 2000, we used to be exploited on the basis of empty promises for example being bought a pair of soccer shoe should one score, but this was never to be fulfilled etc. Things weren't clear and being young we couldn't afford the resources yet our parents didn't support us to pursue playing soccer as a career and incase we got injured in the field it was a double tragedy not knowing who was going to pay the medical bill, leave alone hefty punishment by our parents.

We walked long distance just to play the game we loved, we went without food on the field, got injuries, we won many tournaments and championships some dropped mid way while others pursued their soccer career to date. In my case part of the success was playing for local clubs like Pumwani Sportive, De La Rue and Otto-benecker, Helge Sports, Mathare (MYSA) united all stars youth teams and also travelled to Norway cup with MYSA teams is 1997, 1998 and 1999 respectively.

I know I can continue with a long list as experienced in the informal settlement but the question I want to ask, has things changed since our time back in 1997? My Take At the grassroots there's little significant change especially addressing kids from 10year to 16 years and that is why I'm motivated to at least help address the gaps in sourcing for equipments and social well being of the youngsters through periodic training and coaching on and off the field. 

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