Category Archives: African Business

Join the dots

Sometimes a company’s website bears little relation to its business purpose. In the third decade of the online age this is disappointing. It suggests that online activity is not central to the enterprise, when it has to be. Those of … Continue reading

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Let it shine

As every day passes there are fewer places to hide what a former American Vice President called ‘an inconvenient truth’. Al Gore was referring to climate change, but I’d like to put a fresh twist on his adage. It’s time … Continue reading

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Open plan. Closed culture

The BBC recently highlighted research revealing that employees in open plan offices spend 73% less time in face to face interactions. Whilst email use increased by over 67%. That’s no surprise to me. Three decades ago, when I joined the … Continue reading

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Conservation culture

I’ve just spent time inside a successful conservation business. Surprisingly it wasn’t full of do-gooders. Instead it has harnessed the energy, humanity and collaborative spirit of a very diverse set of people. It has built a unified and positive culture, … Continue reading

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HR – Hero or Zero

It’s always an inspiration to meet a modern HR professional. The natural developer of talent, with high EQ and a very clear view on the commercial needs of their business. The problem is, you don’t meet many. Historically this has … Continue reading

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The bureaucratic condition

Working in organisational transformation certainly produces some home truths. The latest for me has been realising  how deeply bureacracy resonates with human beings. I mean as a default behaviour, especially in times of stress. In employees, stress is routinely caused … Continue reading

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Broken teams

Building branded businesses takes true collaboration over time. Teamwork is hard to build and easy to lose. Years ago the management guru Tom Peters warned leaders to watch for three warning signs of a broken team: Constant firefighting in your … Continue reading

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Brand Value

Kantar Millward Brown recently released the 2018 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand rankings with surprising news. 8 of the top 10 brands are technology or tech-related, with the top five being Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Tencent respectively. … Continue reading

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Banks are doomed

Many people in Africa are still ‘unbanked’. Lucky them. As the global banking industry enters its final phase, ‘the unbanked’ are spared exposure to the largest failure of organistional culture on the planet. Marketers know banks have the worst brand … Continue reading

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Creativity needed

Last week I attended an important event at Safaricom’s prestigious Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi. ( I told them I had just come from the Chris Harrison Building , but they didn’t laugh.)  Hubris aside, it was a great evening … Continue reading

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