Tag Archives: Leadership

Job titles

When I investigate the culture of a company, one of the first things I look at is how jobs are ordered and titled. I’ve become quite keen on the organogram, using it as a map to see how easily I … 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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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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Employees need to fit your culture

Amid the general wailing and gnashing of teeth that surrounds the Millennial discussion, one occasionally happens upon something sensible. I’ve been reading about how the online entertainment brand Netflix sets expectations for employee contribution. It’s surprisingly hard line; and contains … Continue reading

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Fit for work

The other day, a very senior PR practitioner in Uganda asked me a very good question. Why was it, he asked, that in a column about Marketing, I frequently strayed away from hardcore issues like branding. Why talk about HR … Continue reading

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Millennial Matters

Goodness, there’s a lot of talk about the Millennial generation (18-35’s) in the workplace. And arguably too much credence being given to management needing to change its style in response. I’m giving the matter some thought over the next few … Continue reading

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Inhuman relations

Human Relations professionals in East Africa are facing new challenges. It’s rarely enough these days for an HR Manager to be a good administrator. Maintaining personnel files, redrafting the HR Manual, and handling disciplinary procedures are simply hygiene factors. Recruitment … Continue reading

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How not to engage staff

Leadership teams in Africa would be the first to admit that employee engagement is still a relatively new area of competence. Great strides are being made, but from a very low base. One might say this is inevitable on a … Continue reading

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Corruption culture

Whenever we read headlines like this in Africa, we are conditioned to anticipate another depressing account of local corruption. So let me break the mould by telling you straight off that today’s tale comes from the Nordics: from Norway to … Continue reading

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