Category Archives: African Business

Talented Teams

Goodness, what lessons we’re all learning about teamwork these days. We may have heard some of them before, at Company teambuilding days. And then promptly forgotten them, -the moment we returned to work. Others – such as taking a personal … Continue reading

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Embrace Change

While we’re all being as prudent as we can in our private lives (wearing masks, queuing responsibly, avoiding groups) many of us are also learning that we can take more risks in business. I don’t mean indulging silly enthusiasms or … Continue reading

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Rethinking workspace

Diligent Executives in Africa take an interest in the kind of workspaces they provide for employees. They wrangle about the pros and cons of open-plan offices. They challenge IT to make virtual meetings easier. They engage employee committees on areas … Continue reading

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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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