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The Everyday Leader

The Everyday Leader

By CoffeeChat
Conversations with leaders from across Africa about their experience managing teams and projects throughout their careers.

CoffeeChat is a Future of Work technology startup on a mission to democratize access to executive coaching for the estimated 15 million managers working at companies, organizations, and governments across Africa.

The CoffeeChat platform helps teams accelerate their growth at half the cost of traditional coaching with access to our global pool of coaches who specialize in leadership, strategy, marketing, and careers.

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Catherine Njeri: Key Account Manager, Cellulant
Shaping your story to mobilize, finding ways to identify blindspots, and future-proofing your career by developing a mix of soft skills and industry expertise. Episode summary page: Connect with Catherine: Learn more about Cellulant:
January 18, 2022
Wairimu Njoki: VP of Operations - East Africa, Micro Insurance Company
Discovering your favorite type of work, understanding the why of your company, and adjusting your 1:1 check-in rhythm over time. Episode summary page: Connect with Wairimu: Learn more about Micro Insurance Company:
January 10, 2022
Chris Rumenda: General Manager, Shega Marketplace
Identifying what stage of a business’s growth you thrive in, developing a sense of ownership in a role, and distinguishing your friendship style from your leadership style. Episode summary page: Connect with Chris: Learn more about Shega:
January 04, 2022
Rushika Pattni: Chief of BD & Service Innovation, Ramani
Selecting leaders to work for, learning when to step up and step down, and developing a leadership style as an introvert. Show summary page: Connect with Rushika: Learn more about Ramani:
December 20, 2021
Caroline Afedoe: General Manager, Turaco Kenya
Launching a career in sales, returning to a former employer, and remembering to have fun at work. Show summary page: Connect with Caroline: Learn more about Turaco:
December 13, 2021
Cynthia Makunganya: Head of Malawi Operations, Yellow
Hitting the ground running at a startup, building culture across large field teams, and finding ways to pursue social initiatives within your business model. Episode summary: Connect with Cynthia: Learn more about Yellow:
December 06, 2021
Martin Gathuru: Director of Operations - East Africa, Bridge
Leading with questions, overcoming operational constraints, and making data-driven decisions at scale. Show summary page: Connect with Martin: Learn more about Bridge:
November 29, 2021
Seun Olafusi: People Operations Manager, Branch International
Collaborating globally across remote teams, building a strong culture at tech companies, and reporting to two managers. Show summary page: Connect with Seun: Learn more about Branch:
November 21, 2021
Penina Kimani: Chief Digital Officer, Longhorn Publishers
Building confidence early, aligning one's personal and company vision, and transitioning from startups to corporates. Show summary page: Connect with Penina: Learn more about Longhorn Publishers:
November 14, 2021
Charles Elioth: Senior Program Manager, AMI
Getting started in the entrepreneurship space, using the workplace as a source of learning, and using open communication to navigate uncertainty. Show summary page: Connect with Charles: Learn more about AMI:
November 07, 2021
Doris Muigei: Chief Growth Officer, Yusudi
Learning how to slow down, transitioning from HR to general management, and designing your own job description. Show summary page: Connect with Doris: Learn more about Yusudi:
November 02, 2021
Maurice Otieno: Executive Director, Baraza Media Lab
Building a dream team, applying sports lessons to the professional world, and the power of networking and community design. Show summary page: Connect with Maurice: Learn more about Baraza Media Lab:
October 31, 2021
Délice Fatiro: Programs Manager, Resonate
The journey from intern to manager, knowing when to hand over responsibilities to your team, and avoiding career growth stagnation. Show summary page: Connect with Délice: Learn more about Resonate:
October 27, 2021
Hussein Kiarie: Special Projects Lead, Pula
Embracing being a generalist and knowing when to pivot from your default team engagement strategy. Show summary page: Connect with Hussein: Learn more about Pula Advisors:
October 24, 2021
Mercy Ojwang'-Kinyua: Director of Operations, OkHi Smart Addressing
Identifying leadership "bad habits", intentionally learning from other leaders, and defaulting to transparency. Conversation summary page: Connect with Mercy on LinkedIn: Learn more about OkHi Smart Addressing:
October 19, 2021
Hillary Sang: Collections & Repayments Lead, Apollo Agriculture
Scaling up field teams, running call centers, and putting yourself in your team’s shoes. Conversation summary page: Connect with Hillary on LinkedIn: Learn more about Apollo Agriculture:
October 17, 2021
Thatcher Mweu: Project Manager, Sendy
Managing communication flows, the benefits of serving as an Executive Assistant early in your career, and work-life balance at startups. Conversation summary page: Connect with Thatcher on LinkedIn: Learn more about Sendy:
October 12, 2021
Wiza Jalakasi: VP of Global Developer Relations, Chipper Cash
Getting the timing right during career transitions, managing pan-African scale-ups, and building a personal brand online. Show summary page: Connect with Wiza: Learn more about Chipper Cash:
October 10, 2021
Asha Mweru: Director of Talent & Operations, African Management Institute
Combining creator and operator roles, seeing your own leadership challenges in others, and selecting a team-wide OKR tool. Show summary page: Connect with Asha: Learn more about African Management Institute:
October 05, 2021
Babatunde Ogundeko: Growth Manager, Helium Health
Stepping up to fill team gaps, partnering with existing teams to roll out new products, and the power of approachability. Conversation summary page:  Connect with Babatunde on LinkedIn: Learn more about Helium Health:
October 03, 2021
Trailer: Introducing "The Everyday Leader" Podcast
The Everyday Leader is a new podcast where we hear from inspiring individuals building and leading teams across Africa.
September 15, 2021