How multinationals expanding in Africa find the right person for the job

Recent years have seen numerous multinational companies expand their presence in Africa. But finding the right skills to support this growth can be a challenge. At the recent International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Forum, held in Cape Town, representatives from four multinationals discussed the strategies they have implemented to ensure they have […]

If You Want to Leave a Legacy, Start Now

Last week, as Bill Gates watched the company he founded come to the end of a clumsy, inarticulate search for a new CEO, he stepped back in to the frontline, wagering that his personal presence can help revive its momentum. This isn’t an uncommon pattern. In 2000, Howard Schultz stepped down as CEO of Starbucks […]

How to Lead Great Leaders

  As a boss or team leader, you have to lead people every day. It makes life easier when you have established authority and your followers are generally compliant. But someday you may find yourself leading powerful leaders, perhaps for a board meeting, a nonprofit, or even a high-level management team. These focused and dynamic […]

Transparent Leadership – “Open Salaries”

This is an exciting Concept published by Buffer (Bufferapp.com).  How many organisations big or small are ready for this level of tranparency? What is “Open Salaries”? At Buffer, we have the concept of “Open Salaries”. We have a simple formula to calculate salaries and we share this with the whole team. One of the highest […]

Zappos says goodbye to bosses

Online retailer Zappos has long been known to do things its own way. The customer-service obsessed company calls its executives “monkeys ,” has staffers ring cowbells to greet guests, and offers new employees cash to quit as a way to test their loyalty. The Las Vegas-based retailer is now going even more radical, introducing a […]

Why We No Longer Need HR Departments

The time has come for HR (Human Resources) departments to call it a day. HR departments often portray themselves as a valued business partner for management and staff alike. However, how can anyone take a department seriously that refers to people as ‘resources’? Nothing matters more to companies than the people who work there. Companies […]

I’m the Boss! Why Should I Care If You Like Me?

  by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman  |  10:00 AM May 2, 2013 Many people assume that it’s possible for a person to be an effective leader without being likable. That is technically true, but you may not like the odds. In a study of 51,836 leaders, we found just 27 who were rated at the bottom quartile in […]