Timeless Advice For Getting Ahead

During his time as an author and management consultant, Peter Drucker shared a wealth of timeless advice for CEOs. Here is a small summary of his wisdom. Clear focus Leaders must clearly communicate the strategic priorities of the company so their people know exactly what the organisation is trying to do. They say “no” to distractions and keep focused on the big things that will make the biggest difference. Too many leaders try to do...

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Websites That Work

By Bridget Gourlay In our digital world, websites are the new shop windows. They are the first glance, and if done properly, they’ll make people want to come in and look around. In this case, bigger isn’t always better. Don’t think flash graphics, acres of text or expensive tools are necessarily going to drive business. Olivier Teernstra, programmer and graphic designer at Imachination, says the best advice he can offer is to keep it...

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The Right Way To Restructure
Jan10

The Right Way To Restructure

By Bridget Gourlay Change is a part of life, and for a business’ life it’s no different. As the economy shrinks, markets open or practice differs, companies sometimes have to restructure to remain viable and prosperous. But with restructuring comes a raft of problems, especially for the staff. As soon as they’re told there will be a restructure, the first thought is ‘Will I keep my job?’ followed by ‘If I do, will I lose the manager I...

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The Human Factor

By Kate Pierson We’re all familiar with the expression, ‘a leopard never changes its spots.’ It’s a saying based on the understanding that we are what we are. And while this may seem like somewhat of a philosophical revelation, fact is, the premise for this conviction lies in empirical truth. Within the fields of science and sociology (more commonly known as the study of human behaviour), long-term child development studies have...

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The Dynamics Of Change

By Melinda Collins We recognise change as the event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase, to another. It is a broad term which, by definition, infers neither negative or positive connotations, aside from those cast by the individual. At its very essence, change has perhaps the most pervasive influence over life itself; its presence is one of life’s few inevitabilities. But how does change play out in the corporate...

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Working At War
Jan10

Working At War

By Kate Pierson Freedom of association is not an expression many naturally associate with the work environment. And while the reality of a productive office demands civility, discipline and co-operation, there’s no doubt there are many of us that can recount occasions when, behind the façade of a ‘diplomatic’ smile, we have entertained quiet thoughts of tearing our, or our colleague’s hair out, in order to soothe building...

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