Category Archives: African Business

Onboarding challenges

The activity we used to call induction is now widely referred to as onboarding. It remains  a crucial part of the hiring process, challenging our HR professionals to integrate new employees into the business as quickly as possible. At The … Continue reading

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Change of purpose

Someone recently amused me with a story about a new CEO  taking post. She began with a short handover meeting with her predecessor. Short because all her predecessor did was to give her three sealed envelopes. “Take these” he said, … Continue reading

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Tone and manner

Last weekend we launched the latest year group in our leadership programme www.amalgamleadership.com. As usual, we asked participants to focus on their life and career journeys so far. We get them to identify moments that have mattered along the way … Continue reading

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The future of work

Last Friday I celebrated with the first Graduating Class of the  Amalgam Leadership Programme www.amalgamleadership.com. Throughout their year, this class has pursued four learning themes – leadership, finance, marketing and technological transformation. And the most common theme that has emerged … Continue reading

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Empty corporations

As business develops in Africa, many of us are reconsidering the ways in which organisations should be structured and run. As a rule, enterprises that achieve growth beyond the SME level look to copy historical models from overseas. These models … Continue reading

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A sense of ownership

I wonder if you can guess the most common complaint I receive from CEO’s about the attitude of their staff? ‘Why can’t my employees act like owners?’ This  ranks top over many other popular choices, which include ‘Why am I … Continue reading

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Workplace Wellness

Today, there are so many aspects of Human Resource management that we never had to consider before. Not because HR Managers weren’t thinking about them. But because of the way we in Africa had decided to structure and run our … Continue reading

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Adaptive cultures

According to Robert E. Quinn and Kim S. Cameron at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, there are four types of organisational culture: Clan, Adhocracy, Market, and Hierarchy. Last week we looked at the prevalence of Market and Hierarchy … Continue reading

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Try emotion

In Africa, the Internet now provides almost universal access to global news. We’re no longer limited to stodgy newspaper coverage of national, regional and local politics. The daily trumpings of  Trump, and China’s campaign to secure the planet’s strategic resources … Continue reading

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