Category Archives: African Business

Culture Cues

Culture is the character of the organisation. Businesses that cultivate strong, attractive characters understand the values they need to deliver their goals. They know the behaviours their employees must demonstrate in their daily work to deliver the right customer (and … Continue reading

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Staff turnover

One of the many metrics management and HR  teams like to measure is staff turnover. The percentage of the workforce that has left the organisation during a certain period, and had to be replaced. Received wisdom says that turnover rates … Continue reading

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Visible leadership

I’m sure many of you have watched the hit comedy series The Office in either its UK or US versions. If you haven’t, let me tell you that is one the most embarrassingly funny satires of office life that you’re … Continue reading

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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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Truth, essential in business

It matters not how many procedures or policies you put in place, or how many dashboards you set up. If your company culture does not prize truthfulness, you will experience commercial disappointment. And there’s plenty of disappointment about in business … 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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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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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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