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November 2014

The end of the year is nigh and hence the time for reflections, evaluations, personal assessments and the ever famous office parties.

Our new Style Section will be a column to give you fashion ideas/advice/inspiration for what to wear be it for an event or simply to the office.

Personal Evaluation of your Professional and Social Life

One simple guide to assessing yourself is to use the SWOT method.
In personal assessment it is key to ensure you are brutally honest and realistic with yourself.


Take an in-depth look at your current situation and pick out internal positive aspects you would refer to as your strong points. One may consider love for the work you do or love of your spouse a strong point. You may ask yourself a couple of questions:

  • What are your year’s successes?
  • Have you been awarded or singled out for something you did the past year?
  • Did you accomplish all your goals and objectives?
  • Were you consistent in your work flow?

Make a conscious plan to keep your strong points as they are or even stronger if possible.


Internal negative aspects of yourself that you can make a conscious effort to improve on within reason. As humans we find it relatively hard to identify the areas we are weak in. You may ask yourself:

  • How many times were you late to the office, appointment, event or social gathering?
  • Have you been reprimanded for one thing or the other by a colleague, supervisor, boss or friend on more than one occasion?
  • Did you fail at something you set out to do by a fault of your own?
  • Have you lost a job, client, friend or spouse in the past year as a result of something within your control?

Make a conscious effort to work on your weaknesses; be it to improve them or to eliminate them completely.


These are positive external conditions not within your control but of which you can plan to take advantage. What opportunities came your way this year and how many of them did you grab?
You may also look at opportunities that will be available to you if you improve on something. For Example; you may be liable for a promotion or a pay rise if you advance your qualifications perhaps by furthering your education. Make a conscious effort to en


What is threatening your status quo? At work it could be a colleague with superior skills or experience threatening your job or position. Set goals to level the playing field by gaining the extra skills or being very efficient at your job by maintaining your strengths and improving your weaknesses thus maximizing your output.


Derek Bbanga at a recent Chase Bank Public Image Training at Hotel Boulevard


1. Make all inquiries in advance

Inquire on the dress code and ensure you stick to it. You do not want to be the odd one out at the party.
Inquire on whether you can bring a spouse or friend to the party. You do not want to be the only one who showed up with a date (outsider).

2. DO NOT get drunk

An office party is not the time to party like you are with your friends. That is the best way to ensure you do not do or say anything you will regret later.
Tips: Have a drink you do not like that way you will moderate how many you have. Have a Rum and Coke or Gin and Tonic then have a plain coke or tonic the rest of the night.

3. Get Involved

Mingle and talk to people you do not know or those you do not regularly interact with at the office. Tip: Move to a new group of people every third sip of you drink. Participate in the activities set up for the party such as karaoke.

4. DO NOT stuff your face

Enjoy the food but eat in moderation, avoid looking like a glutton.

5. Time

Do not be the first to arrive but do not be the last to leave either. Also do not make ‘an appearance’ spend a considerable amount of time at the party.


Anita Mogere Fashion Blogger of:  ‘From Curves With Love’ on Facebook and website:


Amongst those items that must be present in every lady’s wardrobe, especially a working lady is the ‘crisp white shirt’. It is a versatile piece that can be paired with pencil skirts, casual or official pants and various other items, along with a gorgeous pair of heels and you will look fabulous.  

Anita has paired her crisp white shirt with an off- white blazer, dark wash jeans and leopard print pumps and she has a fabulous office chic outfit perfect for casual Fridays. She opted for a clutch purse accessory but you can switch it up with a day-to-day bag of your choice.

This outfit is more appropriate for a creative work environment, such as an ad agency, magazine publishers, In general a work environment that doesn’t have strict dress code policies.

If you loved this piece, look out for more insight in the December issue. 


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In this month's newsletter we give you tips on how to evaluate yourself.

We also give you 5 easy steps on how to handle yourself during the end year office parties.

We would like you to also share your thoughts.


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  • In practicality often our judgment of what we think we are doing is different from the reality.
  • To monitor your progress in life. Are you moving forward or are you stagnant? Are you any closer to accomplishing your dreams or have you surpassed them?
  • Enable you to plan for the future; set new goals, reward yourself for achieving old ones etc.
  • If you ignore your flaws, you deny yourself the opportunity to fix those mistakes and become a better person in all aspects of your life.
  • You are able to be more accepting of criticism from friends, family or colleagues if you can identify truth in them; which in the long run minimizes conflict with said people.
  • Ultimately your quality of life increases; if you monitor yourself honestly and seek to improve yourself. You will be a better husband/wife if you can adjust a behavior that aggravates your partner. Same case applies at work you can be a better colleague and employee.

NB: It is easy to fall for the idea that if you know yourself well enough you will be able to fix ALL your problems, but that is not how it works. It is step one.

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