Tag Archives: Business

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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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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Staff Turnover

Modern African company boards include staff retention on their dashboards. Diligent company directors look for underlying trends and often read high employee turnover as a red flag – a sign that not all is well inside the business. But what … 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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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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Workspace woes

The world of work still needs an effective solution to the shaping of productive office space. Here in Africa, relatively few of us have the privilege of working in offices. Far more people work in small retail outlets, factories and … Continue reading

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Incivility is counterproductive

One of the many differences between people on either side of the Millennial divide is their approach to email. Those of us who began to work before the dubious blessing of email tend to aspire to ‘zero email’ – the … 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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