Thursday 21 of August
Eva teaches her last classes on global organization, but is feeling a bit low energy because of a bug she caught the night before. I talk about motivation theories and pay for performance.
The morning class is a third-year full-time class with students who are active and interested, around 20 of them are there. There nice and friendly professor Dr Ibrahim who received both his education and wife in
I ask the class what they think about performance contract: would they want to have a performance pay or a fixed salary?
Few of them want a performance contract; most say a fixed salary. They want security and government jobs provide a steady and safe outcome. Whereas private employers do not always pay, they say. They all claim, however, that wealth confers status in
I asked them what they have been taught about motivation, one student said, not much but they know about Maslow’s hierarchy!
The same morning, Paul lectured at the Private Sector Federation (PSF) about IPOs – a subject of particular interest to them – and market design. The recent oversubscribed IPO of Safaricom had the members interested in how IPOs work and whether IPO auctions are a good idea.
Eva and Paul had lunch at the Flamingo again, this time joined by two PSF staff: director Emmanuel Hategeke and Molly Rwigamba, director of capacity building and employment. Also at the table was Dr. Taranza Ganziro, the founder/owner of a printing company and an investment firm, and his very lovely public relations assistant Jacky.
We talked about Jacky’s hair, which she has done in
In the afternoon Eva gave a talk at the PSF. The audience was a 20 some group of bureaucrats/managers from the organization. We spoke about the lack of skill graduates coming out of the school system in
We also spoke about motivation and how difficult it is to make employees work hard. I said that firing or threatening to fire people that do not work hard usually is an effective instrument, and in particular in governments sectors where continuous performance contracts are rare. Finally we talked about the entrepreneurial climate. I asked: Is a climate of experimentation and questioning/challenging ideas and thoughts common in
Thursday night Paul and I went to India Kashana for dinner again.
Andre, Andrew and two others men were sitting chatting along through the evening. At Another big table a birthday was celebrated. The room was all of a sudden darkened and the waiters dressed in red uniforms, see picture, came out and sang happy birthday songs in different languages. That is what is so nice with Kigali, it is a small place and you are almost always likely to run in to people you know, even as foreigners.