By Kiyimba Bruno
A leading Ugandan business management expert has advised entrepreneur to use proven techniques to run their businesses instead of using “juju” (magic of the witch-doctors) in hope of making profits fast.
Instead of spending money on juju, Ms Lilly Obina, has advised business people to spend that money to hire professionals like project managers to help them streamline their ventures and manage them professionally.
Finding a right project management consulting firm is one of the ways to optimize your project and programme results, said Ms Obina, the executive director KAIZEN BENCHMARKS, who says project management is a growing industry with a forecast of 41.5 million jobs to be created by the year 2020.
Ms Obina added that jobs in this field fetch an average salary of approximately $100,000 per year and one can be employed anywhere in the world.
While speaking to project and program managers and business owners at Imperial Royal hotel Kampala during the launch of BEVA services in Uganda, Ms Obina said; “I would like to see our professionals marketable all over the world, being competitive and making a great salary that will put them in the middle class. They just need the right skills to be able to compete.”
Project Management Institute is the largest management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries.
Ms Obina says that she knows her country Uganda and she knows that project management is the best thing that can help boost business and other career opportunities in the country.
“I have met many directors, CEOs, business men in Uganda since I came back, they have good planning but lack the skills to run and manage their businesses,” she said, adding that many Ugandans create businesses but always collapse due to the fact that they don’t make proper analysis of their businesses.
She advised business people to plan and not do businesses according to peer influence.