Category Archives: Direct marketing

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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Strategic Imperative

It’s October, which means budget time. This is the month where we combine the last drive to deliver the the current year target with the drafting of strategies for the coming year. Most established businesses have their templates and formats. … Continue reading

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The Uber Effect

In the so-called developed world there’s a lot of antipathy towards Uber. Much of it seems to be from people who have turf to protect (London’s Black Cab community), or drivers (in India) who were dissatisfied with the initial commercial … Continue reading

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Open plan. Closed culture

The BBC recently highlighted research revealing that employees in open plan offices spend 73% less time in face to face interactions. Whilst email use increased by over 67%. That’s no surprise to me. Three decades ago, when I joined the … Continue reading

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HR – Hero or Zero

It’s always an inspiration to meet a modern HR professional. The natural developer of talent, with high EQ and a very clear view on the commercial needs of their business. The problem is, you don’t meet many. Historically this has … Continue reading

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People deliver brands

My Chairman (www.nadertavassoli.com) is fond of telling his CEO pupils, “Brands are promised by advertising by delivered by people.” He means your employees -whether you have a fintech brand or a fast food restaurant. Your staff deliver on your promises. … Continue reading

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Broken teams

Building branded businesses takes true collaboration over time. Teamwork is hard to build and easy to lose. Years ago the management guru Tom Peters warned leaders to watch for three warning signs of a broken team: Constant firefighting in your … Continue reading

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Brand Value

Kantar Millward Brown recently released the 2018 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand rankings with surprising news. 8 of the top 10 brands are technology or tech-related, with the top five being Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Tencent respectively. … Continue reading

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Creativity needed

Last week I attended an important event at Safaricom’s prestigious Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi. ( I told them I had just come from the Chris Harrison Building , but they didn’t laugh.)  Hubris aside, it was a great evening … Continue reading

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The human touch

Notable economists have projected the loss of one third of all jobs to automation by mid-2020, a daunting concept. Here in Africa we are fully part of this global revolution. We’re a connected continent full of bright young people. In … Continue reading

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