Considerable Common Sense No. 8

Deciding decisively – Part Two Recently, I have enjoyed some fascinating discussions about how we make decisions and possible reasons for why we do not.  I have observed that making decisions involves quite a lot of anxiety. Questions arise in our minds, such as: • What if I am embarrassing myself? • What [...]

Considerable Common Sense No. 8 2018-09-25T18:03:44+00:00

Considerable Common Sense No. 7

Deciding decisively – Part One In recent months, I have embarked on some fascinating discussions about how we make decisions and possible reasons for why we do not. When considering the matter in the context of commerce and business, it seems that most, if not all, of the business people with whom I have [...]

Considerable Common Sense No. 7 2018-09-11T12:48:54+00:00

What architects do – Part 3

What value does an architect provide during the construction process? As the expert in this field, your architect will oversee the construction of the building on your behalf. You do not have to worry about the project, as your architect and his consultant team do that for you. You will be invited to “site [...]

What architects do – Part 3 2018-06-17T13:51:12+00:00

How an architect can save you time, money and stress

What value do architects provide you? All humans live in buildings. Most of us interact with buildings for the greater part of our day. But we have no or very little idea of the role that architects play in creating these buildings. Architects design buildings. They provide advice, technical and aesthetic judgment and management [...]

How an architect can save you time, money and stress 2018-05-26T15:01:14+00:00

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