Tag Archives: technology

Join the dots

Sometimes a company’s website bears little relation to its business purpose. In the third decade of the online age this is disappointing. It suggests that online activity is not central to the enterprise, when it has to be. Those of … Continue reading

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Be the best

I’m often amazed when very established businesses cannot say what they are good at. It’s symptomatic of worrying indecision. Any business that survives the test of time will develop a range of capabilities. With luck it might even develop a … 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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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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Jingle Bells

When you have been around the block a few times, as have I, you begin to see trends coming back. You see it in fashion. You see it in holiday destinations. And trends also return in advertising. Not because the … Continue reading

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Bank Promises

Over the holidays I researched our banking sector. Proof positive that the Devil makes work for idle hands. We now have 104 businesses licensed to bank in East Africa, barring any recent failures. I’m sure that the Directors of these … Continue reading

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Make training purposeful.

I’m often surprised by how much irrelevant training goes on in East Africa. I don’t mean lacking in general value. I have no doubt that people need to be taught customer service; qualified on specific technology; or given management training. … Continue reading

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CEO survival kit

Many business people strive for promotion to the top without ever considering what the top looks like. In many ways it’s like climbing a real mountain. Whether it’s Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro or Elgon … or ascending one of the Mountains … Continue reading

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Workplace breakdown

I’ve just returned from a brief business trip in UK where yet another global brand is under fire for its treatment of employees. The BBC have reported a story that comes from the US, but UK media have picked it … Continue reading

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Brand or culture, which comes first?

I’m working with a client on a project to rebuild the marketing capability inside his business. Recently he asked me a very pertinent question. “Which should come first, your culture or your brand? By “brand” he was correctly referring to creating branded … Continue reading

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