Issue No. 1001 February 2010 British-American Newsletter
Mind The Gap-Please!
By Patricia Wanjama, winner of the Trip to Lodon
Benson I. Wairegi Group Managing Director
Dear British-American team, Welcome to our new look newsletter called “Daraja”, which is in line with our Brand Internalization theme of bridges. The bridges shall enable us to bridge our great past to a great future. I invite you all to be a part of Daraja by sharing your articles, opinions and comments, so that we continue being an organization that communicates. Let me be the first to contribute. Last year we reviewed our strategy and developed a new strategy based on our aspiration to create one British- American culture and brand across our 2 existing businesses (insurance and asset management).
We crafted one unified set of Vision, Mission and Values for the Group and commenced implementing this strategy using a new performance management system, the Balanced Scorecard. The strategy which is built around the theme “Expanding Our Horizons” is ambitious and aims at transforming British-American into a high performing organization that delivers shareholder value through excellent internal business processes, highly trained and motivated employees/financial advisors and very satisfied customers. The Balanced Scorecard is going to be the new tool for managing the implementation of the strategic plan and I encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the scorecards that were developed for their business unit, division and department towards the end of last year. Each staff member should also agree and document their individual scorecards for 2010 with their respective supervisor. 2010 is the first year of implementation of this new strategy and I encourage all the staff of British-American to work together to deliver the breakthrough performance that we are all hoping for. With my best wishes for a successful, healthy and prosperous New Year I remain, Yours Sincerely Benson I. Wairegi
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This was my all time favorite announcement from the London underground train system. I gather that the British are very careful people and the gap you are supposed to mind in this case is no wider than a foot long! Cautious folk I tell you. Prim, proper, courteous and apologetic, I discovered that the British are not as cold as the rest of the world would have you believe. My London trip, very efficiently put together by the company, was an amazing experience and adventure-try this one at home folks (tongue-in-cheek).
After a busy day at the office (25th November 2009), I dashed home to finish some last minute packing and preparing before getting to the airport. The check in process was quite swift and in no time we were in the boarding area. After settling down in the plane, dinner was served and most passengers drifted off to sleep. I on the other hand do not have much luck with sleeping on planes and I kept myself busy with the entertainment. Fast forward to landing in Heathrow Terminal 4 and the (unwelcome) sight of sniffer dogs greeted us as we disembarked from the plane. Apparently some flights are notorious for bringing in unwanted (read illegal) substances. It was 6.20am and our beds were calling. On this trip, I thrived on being faceless and nameless in London. The anonymity brought out the adventurers in us and instead of doing the sensible thing and taking a taxi to the hotel, we attempted finding the place via the underground train and on foot (hence my title for this trip, I heard that phrase a lot!) So anyway, four train rides later (two of which were due to missing the stops, ha!) and forty minutes on foot with the cold seriously biting, we found ourselves in the WARM lobby of the Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel. So yes, I finished my trips assignment within 2 hours of being in London!
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Mind the gap
So our first day was really about catching our breath and fulfilling the reason that we were in London. I was fascinated on how walking comes s naturally when you are in a new place. So after a quick breakfast and sleeping in all morning we set out of the hotel in the afternoon, crossed the Tower Bridge (again) walked past Hay’s Galleria-which is an underground tunnel full of some abstract paintwork; and onto London Bridge (about 500m away from Tower Bridge) and crossed that as well. Please note that these two bridges are open to both human and vehicle traffic. In comparison to the London Bridge, Tower Bridge has a more old and artsy feel to it, hence my many pictures on the same. Darkness quickly set in (at 5pm!) and we headed back to the Hotel for an early dinner. The morning of Friday 27th 2009 saw us set off mid-morning to walk along the River Thames Embankment. This is a famous trek undertaken by many London Tourists to walk by the River Thames and in so doing walk past other bridges such as the Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Black Friars Bridge. Once past these, we arrived at the Millennium Bridge (a pedestrian’s only bridge) and crossed that to the other side of London. Here
we saw such important buildings such as The St. Paul’s Cathedral (It is currently undergoing a facelift which costs about £ 40 Million -hence why they charge a fee of £16 or so to have a look inside) and The London Stock Exchange, The Salvation Army Headquarters, and Old Mutual London Offices. By then it had started raining and the wind was a great impediment to our walk. The coffee shops came in handy at times such as these. After the rain had subsided, we used the same route to walk back to the hotel, and in time for lunch and a nap. That afternoon, we took the train into Oxford Street (code word: shopping district) and saw all the big brand London Stores- Marks and Spencer, Next, Debenhams, John Lewis etc. Did I mention the catwalk that is London? There are indeed are very fashionable people in London and the fashion is as diverse as it is trendy. The human traffic was very heavy as early Christmas shoppers thronged into the various shops to catch the early Christmas deals. The Christmas lighting effect must have tilted some impulse shoppers to picking up that extra item. Back to the hotel, early dinner and rest, ready for the next day’s adventure.
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The Tower bridge
Saturday 28th was spent visiting one of the biggest and most ultra modern shopping malls in London called Westfield shopping mall. This is another shopper’s haven for those shoppers who want to shop away from Oxford Street and away from the cold. We attended mass on Saturday evening (in a church where the quorum was not more than 15) and then had an early dinner. Sunday 29th was the rainiest day we experienced in London. That kept us indoors apart from a house call we made on our way to the airport. It was welcome to have a home cooked meal in London before the flight back home. This time we took the taxi to the airport without much fanfare and our Jamaican driver, quite excited about us being African, took the long route to Heathrow Airport, pointing out the sights along the way.
Our flight back was uneventful save for the flight delay we landed at 7am on Monday 30th November 2009, to be greeted by the usual Mombasa Road traffic. It is good to see that things never change much while you are away. Though it seemed brief, my London trip was well worth every effort and penny that went into it. Not only did I get a much needed break, but the experience was priceless and memorable. Thank you BritishAmerican for such a wonderful treat and I hope to read of other travel journals from other colleagues who get just as lucky.
British-American Brand Internalization
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Everybody smile! The British-American brand builders pose after a hard days work Creativity is key: Brand architects present a human bridge Testing the structural integrity of their bridge Making final touches on their bridge A team member presents his team’s bridge
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British-American Brand Launch
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Lovely British-American giveaways Everyone was relaxed We closed our eyes to visualize the new British-American brand story Everyone did their part in constructing the puzzle… …to complete the new British-American logo All in all, a very enjoyable day
The Bridge to a Healthy Life
The Sense in Sleep
“There’s a need to look at sleep on the same level of importance as diet and exercise. All three are equally important for good health.”
Carl Hunt, M.D., director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
When you keep irregular hours, or when you stay out late and then sleep in to catch up, you can interfere with these rhythms and make it more difficult to get quality sleep. • Want to learn anything better or more easily? Studies confirm the more well-rested you are, the better you’ll do. • Want to remember things in general or remember what you’ve just learned? Sleep on it. • Sleep study volunteers needed at least 6 hours to show any improvement in learning, and those who slept 8 hours performed better than those who slept 6 or 7 hours. • Lack of sleep has been shown to lead to faulty decision-making and increased risk-taking. • In one study, women who slept less than 7 hours a night were more likely to develop diabetes than women who slept between 7 and 8 hours. • In another study, healthy young men who slept only 4 hours a night for six nights in a row had blood sugar levels that mimicked people who were developing diabetes. The lack of sleep and a lack of quality sleep can take a real mental and physical toll on our health and wellness. How many people do we know (including ourselves) who report being cranky, out-of-sorts or flat-out unhappy when they haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep?
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In our hardworking, multi-tasking society, consistently getting a solid night’s sleep can be a challenge. Most people will experience shortterm insomnia (inability to fall asleep) from time to time. There are a variety of things that can disrupt, disturb or diminish one’s sleep and sleep quality, ranging from stress (work, family, relationships) and noise to medication or alcohol use. Understanding the importance of sleep and the factors that can both hurt and help one’s ability to get a good night’s sleep are critical. Consistent, quality sleep is vital to overall health and wellness. There is a considerable body of evidence that lack of sleep can affect and contribute to a variety of negative health consequences, from weight gain and heart risk to diabetes and depression.
Benefits of quality sleep
Sleep is a classic mind-body connection: If you don’t get enough sleep, both aspects suffer, often dramatically. Our bodies are regulated in sleep cycles by what is called the circadian rhythm, basically an internal clock that, when functioning normally, lets our body know when it’s time to get up and when it’s time to go to sleep.
Sleep also brings your heart rate and blood pressure down for extended periods, giving your body the recovery time it needs. While we are sleeping, our bodies also secrete hormones that help regulate and affect our memory, energy, mood and ability to concentrate. There is research that suggests that continuous sleep deprivation may increase the severity of age-related conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as reduce metabolic and endocrine functioning. Another recent study indicates that sleep-deprived people perform about the same as intoxicated people on tasks requiring driving and hand-eye coordination. It seems strange, then, that as a society we sometimes wear lack of sleep as a badge, or as a sign that we didn’t sleep in order to “get more done,” when the evidence seems to point toward actually getting less done and getting it done less effectively.
Tips for a great night’s sleep
There are a variety of factors—physical, mental, biological—that can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Stimulants like caffeine and nicotine, for example, can stay in one’s system for as long as 6 to 8 hours, so that afternoon jolt of coffee may be keeping you up at night. Eating a large meal later in the evening or before bedtime can also interfere with sleep. One of the most important tips to consistent long-term, quality sleep is to go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. This helps “set on automatic” the circadian rhythms that are helpful for deep, restful sleep. Trying to catch up on sleep, say, by sleeping in on the weekends, may reduce your sleep deficit from the week past. But it will not help when on Monday evening you can’t fall asleep. Set your alarm clock for the same time each day. Many people find that after just a week or two waking at the same time each morning, they will awaken consistently just before the alarm goes off. Having a wind-down ritual of 20-30 minutes that is relaxing for you (a cup of chamomile tea, meditation/breathing, warm bath, or reading, for example) can help relax and smooth the road to a good night’s sleep. Again, the key is to always go to bed at the same time. It is normal to take 10 to 20 minutes to fall asleep, sometimes a bit longer. Some other great tips we like for getting a great night’s sleep include the following: • Make your bed a sanctuary. Make it comfy. Make it welcoming. It’s not the place to discuss or ruminate over the stresses of the day. • Make your sleep environment dark, quiet and at a comfortable temperature (being in a cooler temperature versus warmer often helps most).
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• If external noise is a problem (or you are a lighter sleeper), consider a sound machine with various sounds to filter/mask other noise (many include nature sounds like waves or rain, as well as “white noise”).
• Take a hot shower or bath. Many people report falling asleep easier and deeper after a hot bath. • Exercise, especially higher intensity exercise, is linked to improved sleep. However, do not exercise within 3 or 4 hours of bedtime, as this will delay the extra release of melatonin that helps you fall asleep. • Don’t have any alcohol before bed—alcohol does not help you sleep more deeply. It actually keeps you in lighter stages of sleep (or awake and going to the bathroom).
If you don’t fall asleep within 20 to 30 minutes, don’t fret. But do go and find a quiet activity away from your bed until you feel sleepy. Remember, it takes a bit of time and consistency for good sleep habits to take hold. After utilizing a few of these important tips, you could be well on your way to more restful and more healthful sleep, with more energy and alertness during the day
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