Category Archives: African Leadership

Interesting Leaders

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is important in business. Whether it’s in the ability of a Brand Manager to shape an emotionally relevant promise for an audience. In the skill of a Financial Manager in developing coaching relationships with colleagues. Or in … 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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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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Banks are doomed

Many people in Africa are still ‘unbanked’. Lucky them. As the global banking industry enters its final phase, ‘the unbanked’ are spared exposure to the largest failure of organistional culture on the planet. Marketers know banks have the worst brand … Continue reading

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Marketing leaders needed

We live and work in a region where there are still relatively few Marketers at Executive Board level. In fact, there are fewer Marketing Directors than HR Directors. This may reflect the perception that HR – in its traditional role … Continue reading

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Bridging another divide

Econsultancy’s latest report ‘The future of HR in the digital age’, finds that HR teams in many global organisations are repositioning themselves to be more customer centric. Making sure the actions they take in hiring, retaining and developing human capital are aligned … Continue reading

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Bored Approval

How often do we hear the cry, ‘we couldn’t get it past the Board’?  Too often, I suspect. The intransigence of the Board of Directors is regularly blamed for the lack of innovation or progress in a company. Quite unfairly … Continue reading

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Who owns a brand?

As African economies transition rapidly to being market-led, the question of who really owns a brand becomes more pertinent. Growing African businesses are keen to assert ownership of the brands they have spent money to create. Yet few take steps … Continue reading

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