Category Archives: Internal Communication

Diversity can produce dividends.

Recently I was with a large group of staff discussing the positive aspects of their work culture. They were emphatic about one thing: ‘We are a very diverse group.’ Indeed, there were men and women, old and young, Asian and … Continue reading

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The human voice

There’s nothing quite like the human voice, is there? As our primary means of communication, nothing can engage us quite like it. It can enrapture or enrage; inspire or oppress. The composer Richard Strauss noted that the human voice is … Continue reading

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Social media for CEO’s

CEO’s are increasingly being drawn into social media conversations. Sometimes unwittingly, when their personal social media impacts their business reputation. More often deliberately, as part of personal brand building or corporate communication. Back in 2015 the CEO of US tech … Continue reading

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Bored Approval

How often do we hear the cry, ‘we couldn’t get it past the Board’?  Too often, I suspect. The intransigence of the Board of Directors is regularly blamed for the lack of innovation or progress in a company. Quite unfairly … Continue reading

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Inhuman relations

Human Relations professionals in East Africa are facing new challenges. It’s rarely enough these days for an HR Manager to be a good administrator. Maintaining personnel files, redrafting the HR Manual, and handling disciplinary procedures are simply hygiene factors. Recruitment … Continue reading

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Fresh meat, fresh ideas

Last week I highlighted a recent article by Richard Jolly, Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour entitled ‘ Happy at the top’. In it, Jolly suggests that modern CEO’s find that the talents they used to reach senior positions are not … Continue reading

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The entitlement culture

“Just because you feel good, doesn’t make you right, oh no.” So go the lyrics of Hedonism, catchy track from the band Skunk Anansie, to which I am sure you all listen. The name Skunk Anansie is taken from the folklore … Continue reading

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Let it go

As you know I am in the business of adjusting company cultures. Sometime this means intervening to rebuild an established culture that is broken. But I’m pleased to say that a characteristic of our region is that we have developed … Continue reading

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Invest in employee education

Here in East Africa there’s never been a lack of interest in training. Twenty years ago diners seeing the Training Levy added to their restaurant bill used to joke:  ‘Good heavens, we’re not still training him are we?’ A substantial … Continue reading

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Upward delegation

A common complaint I hear from senior managers sounds something like this: “I work very hard to meet targets, my junior staff members do not.  In fact I seem do most of their work for them.” I can almost see some … Continue reading

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