Learning leadership lessons through sport

Want to be a leader? Carry the team’s bags Cathy Engelbert, CEO at Deloitte, had the following to say: Those who know me know that, having grown up with five brothers, I am a little bit of a sports junkie. And I believe part of the reason I have the honour of serving today as a […]

Business Moving Forward in 2018

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People and Productivity No. 3

people productivity

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. 2

people productivity

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. 1

people productivity

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 […]

Considerable Common Sense No. 6

pruning your business

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. 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. 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. 3

Richard Pike

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. 2

Kevin Gaskell

Get people to tell their stories At our OpenCircle Conference a few years ago, among our excellent speakers was Kevin Gaskell* who said something that stuck with me and has now become a frequently-used “tool in my toolbox”.