Category Archives: Advertising

The whole football

Last week I  listened to a very seasoned regional business leader as he spoke to our CEO programme www.amalgamleadership.com He came to talk to us about governance. Very soon that led to a discussion about organisational culture. About how a … Continue reading

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Culture becomes central

After decades of being a ‘nice to have’, the idea of a deliberately created corporate culture is finally moving closer to the top of Board agendas. Around the world, an ever-lengthening series of corporate scandals and audit and governance bloopers … Continue reading

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Marketers as CEOs

It’s been a while since I last looked into the likelihood of Marketers in East Africa reaching the C Suite, or even holding the top job in our biggest companies. My methodology tends to be qualitative, picking up data from … Continue reading

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Looking for leadership

Looking ahead to 2019 there are plenty of reports circulating about economic growth in East Africa. Perhaps some of them haven’t been updated recently, because I’m not so sure. I speak to many business leaders and very few of them … Continue reading

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A little help

December offers leaders a good opportunity to pause and reflect on the well-being of their people. The context is perfect. Whatever their faith, almost everyone regards the Christmas period as a time for reconnecting with what really matters in life. … Continue reading

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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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Talk straight

So much business communication is on email these days.  And so disruptive is that medium that I spend much of my time inside organisations encouraging face to face conversation. Face to face is how we were meant to communicate. According … Continue reading

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Constructive Complaint

I have a friend who loves to complain. In fact, for him, complaining about service is less of a hobby and more of a second career. He is persistent; he is detailed. He reaches far into the targeted organisation and … Continue reading

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