Month: May 2020

Which Professions Provide the Best CEOs
There has been raging debate on which professions provide the best CEOs. I think to some extent this argument is based on a misunderstanding of what the role of the CEO should be.  The CEO as the head of the organisation is a leader who must drive the organisation towards its vision and mission. Therefore […]
Traits you should look for when hiring leaders
The reason why organisations fail can be traced to the leadership within the organisation. In Africa, for example, most institutions struggle to bring in leadership based on merit. Patronage is a key factor when hiring in most African businesses.  In this article, I will highlight some of the processes you need to hire the best […]
Employee recognition
Humans, in general, have a desire to be valued and appreciated. This is regardless of rank, status, profession, culture etc. A little appreciation can go a long way. In her 2013 Harvard Commencement speech, Oprah Winfrey captured the importance of appreciation and recognition to human beings. She said, I have to say that the single […]
How to successfully adopt minimalistic HR
Organizations are slowly buying into the realization that HR is doing too much and that the list of HR initiatives is far too long. Behind this thinking is the notion that what employees and management are looking for is more impact, with less effort. Employees and management are of the view that HR tends to […]
How to deal with the challenges of working from home
In response to the uncertainties presented by Covid-19, many companies have asked their non-essential employees to work remotely. Working out of the office and separated many employees and their managers from each other for the first time. Although it is always preferable to establish clear remote-work policies and training in advance, in times of crisis […]
Lessons from lockdown - working from home
What I find interesting is that due to the lockdown situation we have been forced to allow people to work from home. I have recently done my first training intervention online using Zoom, something that I have always been sceptical about. Due to little preparation time, I am sure it was not ideal for the […]