Category Archives: Brand Reputation

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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Understand brain capacity

I was listening to a CEO address her team on their execution of the brand strategy; and what began quite reasonably turned into a repetitive rant. I’ve seen it before, so many times. So afterwards I asked why she felt … 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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Mind your language

We live and work in a region that uses language well. East Africans are not by nature profane people. Cursing in the workplace is frowned upon. Western expatriates are often surprised to discover that swearing at staff doesn’t work here. … Continue reading

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Control is the enemy of culture

When I worked in advertising, cleverer people than I were preoccupied with setting higher aspirations for our global company. One genius came up with the line’ good is the enemy of great.’ By which he meant that we who were … Continue reading

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Segment your clients

Today I want to talk to people who describe their activities as business-to-business. People like me who think of themselves as serving clients rather than customers. When you offer a professional service, it is very important to segment your customers … Continue reading

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