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Last impressions

Anyone who does business in our region understands how important Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is as a travel hub. Friends in Kampala and Dar talk ruefully about ‘having to go through Nairobi’ to make connections East and West. But … Continue reading

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Good neighbours

Last week I heard about a brand whose senior management team literally lives by its promise to the market. The story came from one of the CEO’s we mentor under the Amalgam Leadership programme. His brand is a microfinance lender … Continue reading

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Workplaces often don’t work

Last week I read that the glamorous Apple head office (Apple Park in Cupertino, California) has an unusual Health & Safety issue. The futuristic circular space – designed to encourage openness and collaboration – is largely made of glass.  But … Continue reading

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Fit for work

The other day, a very senior PR practitioner in Uganda asked me a very good question. Why was it, he asked, that in a column about Marketing, I frequently strayed away from hardcore issues like branding. Why talk about HR … Continue reading

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Millennial Matters

Goodness, there’s a lot of talk about the Millennial generation (18-35’s) in the workplace. And arguably too much credence being given to management needing to change its style in response. I’m giving the matter some thought over the next few … Continue reading

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Workplaces need better design

In the 1980’s the American management professor Edgar Schein developed an organisational model to make culture more visible within a company. He highlighted the importance of artefacts and symbols that colour the appearance of the organisation. Visible elements such as logos, … Continue reading

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Make training purposeful.

I’m often surprised by how much irrelevant training goes on in East Africa. I don’t mean lacking in general value. I have no doubt that people need to be taught customer service; qualified on specific technology; or given management training. … Continue reading

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Mind your language in the workplace

Have you ever listened to the language people use in the workplace? It’s more important than many organisations think. For example, addressing a group as ‘Team’ is often a sign of self –delusion in management. If the group truly was … Continue reading

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Brands must face inwards too

I’m often surprised at how many companies still see branding as a side note: An activity to be conducted on the margins of the business. By people who aren’t don’t rate very highly. Who want to spend the company’s money … Continue reading

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Workplace breakdown

I’ve just returned from a brief business trip in UK where yet another global brand is under fire for its treatment of employees. The BBC have reported a story that comes from the US, but UK media have picked it … Continue reading

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