Monthly Archive: March, 2016

Reading for Inspiration and Insight

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The Business Insider list of 15 Most Influential Business Books of 2015 is worth a look. Yes, there is the inevitable Elon Musk monograph by Ashlee Vance, but there are also some surprises.… Continue reading

Love Yourself

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In my weekly column for Marklives.com (Africa’s foremost site on marketing and advertising), I select one South African ad to feature as my Ad of the Week. (Sometimes we even find something done… Continue reading

Dealing with Difficult People

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Let’s face it, people can often be difficult. They can be uncooperative, lazy, obstructive and downright irrational. It’s the manager’s job to deal with all that, and more. It takes a lot of… Continue reading

Taxing Our Sweet Tooth

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Daily Maverick has an insightful article today on the proposed ‘sugar tax’, which comes into effect in April 2017. Diabetes is apparently the second highest cause of death for South Africans aged 15-49.… Continue reading

Listen & Learn: Buffett on Leadership

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Warren Buffett isn’t just the world’s savviest investor — he’s also an insightful business leader, as you would know if you read his annual letter to shareholders. If you’re not on his mailing… Continue reading

Suck It Up, Baby!

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It’s Wednesday, which means that it’s Ad of the Week Time — my weekly column on Marklives.com (Africa’s foremost marketing site) that celebrates the best of advertising in South Africa. This week’s winner… Continue reading

The Pitfalls of New Markets

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South African businesses wishing to expand into Africa should take heed of how the pioneers have fared. Truworths and Woolworths — not so good; Shoprite — not too bad. Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya —… Continue reading