People and Productivity No. 3

Managing performance the right way As discussed with you last time, people productivity is usually about having the basics right. We mentioned 8 keys and I have ordered them in priority. PRIORITY 1 is to pick the right people. PRIORITY 2 is to train them right. In this article, I will jump right down to Priority [...]

People and Productivity No. 3 2017-12-05T15:07:13+00:00

People and Productivity No. 2

More keys to developing a productive workplace As discussed with you last time, people productivity is all about getting the basics right. We mentioned 8 keys in order of priority. PRIORITY 1 is to pick the right people. Here we will discuss the next most important priority. PRIORITY 2: TRAIN THEM RIGHT The head of [...]

People and Productivity No. 2 2017-11-17T15:07:35+00:00

People and Productivity No. 1

The keys to developing a productive workplace This illustrative report was written to the Managing Director of a mid-sized South African civil engineering organisation with 300 permanent staff. As discussed with you, your organisation is faced with many people productivity issues. Before I propose specific actions, I want to provide you with some background. In [...]

People and Productivity No. 1 2017-11-13T18:58:20+00:00

Considerable Common Sense No. 6

Dealing with the thorny issues in your business As I look out of my window upon a garden making its way through a Highveld winter, I see clearly the effects of little rain, low temperatures and a weak northerly Sun. The grass is dormant. The leaves on the trees have fallen or are khaki green. [...]

Considerable Common Sense No. 6 2017-10-21T11:34:36+00:00

Considerable Common Sense No. 5

Developing a sustainable business There are many similarities in the challenges faced by cultivating a home garden and developing a sustainable business. For example, the issue of weeds. Looking out on my late winter garden on yet another champagne morning, the likes of which makes those of us who live in this marvellous Gauteng climate [...]

Considerable Common Sense No. 5 2017-10-02T09:54:20+00:00

Considerable Common Sense No. 4

Talk to the right people at the right time At a recent OpenCappuccino (one of Open Circle’s weekly breakfasts), there was a conversation with an architect, about the work of architects. We were exploring the value of what they offer. Besides the obvious professional skills, the focus quickly fell on the value of speaking to [...]

Considerable Common Sense No. 4 2017-09-26T09:00:08+00:00

Considerable Common Sense No. 3

Have a Plan for Everything Not long ago, I was listening to Richard Pike* talk about his life and the events that unfolded after a horrific road accident left him with life-changing injuries. It is a profoundly affecting story. Injuries to his lower back changed his future. We listened to how he underwent numerous operations [...]

Considerable Common Sense No. 3 2017-08-24T11:03:12+00:00

The truth about business growth

The goal of an SME owner is not necessarily to be the biggest or the best. The business literature often talks about companies needing to be the best, the biggest, or number one in their industry or market. That’s fine for larger companies and the Sol Kerzners and Raymond Ackermans of this world. But more [...]

The truth about business growth 2017-07-09T15:47:47+00:00

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Small businesses across Europe are being warned that they risk enormous fines if they ignore an overhaul of data protection rules that will affect organisations of all sizes. The biggest change in a quarter of a century in how companies process information, such as customer lists and employee records, comes into force next May, yet [...]

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2017-06-29T12:35:43+00:00