Category Archives: Advertising

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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Fear inhibits growth

Last week I caught up with an old friend who leads a financial PR business in China. We fell to reminiscing about corporate life in multinationals, and it didn’t take long for the old discontent to resurface (he’s still harness, … 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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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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No Trust in the Workplace

Some years ago, I traveled to Dubai on business, and visited our local Ad Agency offices. Like many commercial concerns in the Gulf, it was run by Lebanese and staffed with expatriates. From Australian creatives to Filipino computer operators; I … 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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Jingle Bells

When you have been around the block a few times, as have I, you begin to see trends coming back. You see it in fashion. You see it in holiday destinations. And trends also return in advertising. Not because the … Continue reading

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