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Do you think you can lead?

You are intelligent, clear, brave and perceptive. You know your business or your specialisation well. You get along with people and think you are generally a good judge of them. You are confident, but well aware that if you are not learning every step of the way, you will soon fall behind others. You make…
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The Three EEEs of Management

Not so long ago I met up with a former colleague. It’s more than thirty years since we worked together. We’ve kept in touch but I hadn’t seen him for a few years. We decided to lunch together. He is a truly splendid man. When diagnosed with a long-term disease over twenty years ago he…
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Can entrepreneurship be taught?

Before you can be an entrepreneur you need to be a few other things – alert, perceptive, curious, enthusiastic, brave, creative among them. You also need to be clear about what you want to achieve in life. No, you don’t need a plan for all your 100 years on earth. You couldn’t have one anyway.…
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Clean up the toxic work environments

Covid has brought us many problems, a few benefits, if we look for them, and a dig in the ribs about one subject in particular – authority. Never before in my lifetime has authority taken such a whacking. Partly due to the (sometimes wrongly) perceived incompetence of governments in dealing with the virus, partly because…
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What confidence means

This article was first published in Business Times on 15 January 2021 The first time I visited one of the smaller Cerebos factories I noticed a particular worker. He was about mid-fifties. There were sixty seven people in the factory but he stood out – even before I got to speak to him. Looking across…
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Who should create your next job?

An increasing number of people are answering this question by getting started as the boss themselves. The majority, however, stick to the LinkedIn jobs ads and hope beyond hope to find a spot that is cool and comfortable. Alas, such spots are currently few and far between. The wages offered by them are often derisory…
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What must we teach The Next Generation?

How can we prepare the next generation to handle the mind-bending changes that are taking place every day and every hour? Indeed, when is the next generation? Much faster than you think. Best to view it as ‘now’. So much technology involved in the way we live and work from today onwards. Bill Gates’s Magic…
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Incentives to create change

This article was first published in Business Times on 6 November 2020 Some businesses are having a rough time under Covid. In particular hospitality, travel, tourism, vehicle sales, retail shops, entertainment. Within each of these, there are good spots – home delivery, electric cars, private jets, for example – and some very bad ones. Routinely,…
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Coping with Covid – the virus that keeps bugging us

Just as you think you’ve conquered it, it jumps up again, like the weevil in the rice. Covid-19 is not for early surrender, that’s clear. Indeed, it may be heralding a new way of life altogether. Chances are we’ll be able to go out without a mask one day – but maybe not. Better to…
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Discussions with those who have different values

The political divide between China and The West is increasing. The reasons for this include rivalry between two powerful individuals and a regional ‘competition’ to prove whose system is best. China has accepted a form of capitalism as the way forward so other ideological differences now mark the boundaries of control. Meanwhile, trade and business…
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