Tag Archives: Leaders

Control is the enemy of culture

When I worked in advertising, cleverer people than I were preoccupied with setting higher aspirations for our global company. One genius came up with the line’ good is the enemy of great.’ By which he meant that we who were … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

CEO behaviour directly impacts brand health. That’s why it’s prudent to prevent your leader’s personal brand becoming bigger than the company’s. To be fair, this hasn’t happened too frequently in our region. I can count the examples on the fingers … Continue reading

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The human voice

There’s nothing quite like the human voice, is there? As our primary means of communication, nothing can engage us quite like it. It can enrapture or enrage; inspire or oppress. The composer Richard Strauss noted that the human voice is … 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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CEO confidence

I have an appetite for market research. Sometimes it tells you things you don’t know; always it prompts you to reflect. The latest study to pop into my inbox has been a Business Confidence Survey, sampling 90 business leaders in … Continue reading

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False economies

I’m sure you all know what a false economy is, but it’s often good to start with a definition. Wikipedia says:’ A false economy is an action that saves money at the beginning but which, over a longer period of … Continue reading

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The Millennial mindset

Last week I revealed that one of the reasons modern CEO’s struggle to understand their employees is a generation gap wider than the Rift Valley. Most C-level executives are over 40, which in socio-demographic terms makes them members of Generation … Continue reading

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The Brave New World of work

Business owners and senior management teams often ask me ‘what’s wrong with our people?’ They cite poor timekeeping, growing complaints about terms of service, and a lack of company loyalty. Not surprisingly, the leaders who make the most effort feel … Continue reading

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Conversations are important

Being in business in Africa offers us many opportunities. I rate as the most significant the opportunity to do things right, first time. By which I mean learning from other markets and applying our own intellectual and emotional impetus to … Continue reading

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