Fierce Sun – a Word for Go-getter

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The word jua kali means ‘fierce sun’ in Swahili, but also translates to a person, businessman, or entrepreneur who can fix or practically do anything upon request. In Kenya these types of workers have… Continue reading

Bridging the Gap Between Marketing and IT

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According to the Harvard Business Review, the CMO Council has found that more than a third of CMOs believe that digital marketing will account for 75% or more of their spending within the… Continue reading

Nigeria’s S&T Media Secures $1m Seed Round

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I received an interesting report about Nigerian outdoor media company S&T Media. The advertising channel announced that it has received seed financing from early-stage technology venture capital firm, EchoVC Partners, who have committed up to… Continue reading

What is a Sprint, and When to Sprint?

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Getting a project off the ground, while everybody in the organisation is also busy with other day-to-day stuff, can cause unwanted delays in the project. Sprint is a technique that gets everyone co-ordinated… Continue reading

The One Open Letter All Business Leaders Should Read

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In an open letter to the chief executives at S&P 500 companies and large European organisations, Larry Fink, the chief executive at BlackRock, the world’s biggest investor with $4.6 trillion, puts the case for… Continue reading

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