Category Archives: African marketing

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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Culture: not fluffy

When CEO’s talk to impress they like to reel out the numbers, hit you with ratios, pump up the pipeline. Fun stuff for big boys and girls;  but none of it meaningful if you don’t have the people and culture … 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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Brand Culture must include safety

There’s a growing realisation that ‘brand’ really means the market perception created by everything an organisation does. Sometimes brands put their staff or customers in harm’s way, so this now needs proper consideration as part of a QHSE assessment. In … Continue reading

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The human touch

Notable economists have projected the loss of one third of all jobs to automation by mid-2020, a daunting concept. Here in Africa we are fully part of this global revolution. We’re a connected continent full of bright young people. In … Continue reading

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Boards must drive innovation

I recently attended an excellent session on Governance and the role of Directors, run by the IOD the in Kenya. It was part of an ambitious programme by one of our most forward-thinking insurance companies to map out sustainable growth … Continue reading

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Your culture is your brand

A decade ago business culture was safe from public scrutiny. Unless you ran a service business with millions of customers, what went on in your own corridors stayed there.  Thousands of silent triumphs and defeats, assassinations and coups, benevolences and … Continue reading

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Are you CEO material?

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about the future of your career, especially if you intend to lead a business one day. But surprisingly few people take time to consider the skills they will need when they become the … Continue reading

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Long service redefined

A good friend, whose business has been successful for more than two decades, admits one defeat. He has no member of staff with more than 8 years’ service. Is he a monster or a slave driver? No, he’s an urbane … Continue reading

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