Do it like Sir Alex: Observation is key

Do it like Sir Alex: Observation is key
Be conscious of your living. There are times when the environment poses so many opportunities for learning that one may wonder why our personality cannot accommodate a higher level of thinking and behaviour. It is odd that since ancient times, we have been hearing of observation being key to development and change, for observation helps us make choices that may prevent us from perishing or instigate the development of a skill ensuring survival. While o...

Do not read this article if you are a leader!

Do not read this article if you are a leader!
Success requires character. Once I was just a teacher. I had received a distinction for my teaching abilities, but still I was just a teacher. I was no businesswoman. I had no investment capital aside, no extra capital for running costs; in fact, I had no idea how to run a business. No financial knowledge despite the straight A’s I got in senior high school in maths! And when I set up my first little business at the age of 22, living the i...

Disciplined and Undisciplined Organisations

Disciplined and Undisciplined Organisations
At the end of the day, the success of an organisation lies in its results. The product says it all. The final moment of truth is at the point of sale when the consumer or client decides to buy the product or service. Yes, great results are proof of business success, but let's break this down a little. Making nice presentations is not enough. Showcasing great training programmes and awards is not enough. Taking care of your people is not...

No more excuses

No more excuses
Performance comes when honesty is around. A couple of days ago, I was asked by a young start-up owner what I considered to be the success indicator of a company. The young man wanted to hear the response “its people”, as he stated right after, but this was not the response he received from me. My response was “the profit that is made in a smooth and calm way as a result of all efforts and all collaborations within the company”. But wha...