Business Blog


Monday, December 8th, 2014
It’s almost the end of another year, which has blown by at a furious rate. (And I don’t think it’s just because I’m getting older either!) The global information overload which roars at us daily, seems to crowd out every ‘normal’ thought, and so it takes a great deal of effort to make time to park off, rest and gather one’s wits. I...Read more

Beware Cell Phone “Scams’!

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
I don’t know about you, but as I have a cell phone contract which generally meets my monthly needs, I tend not to check each invoice which comes through from the provider. (in this case, MTN).  When the monthly charge does exceed the contract amount, it’s usually because I have spent more time on my phone than usual, and I accept it. This m...Read more

Improving your Collections

Thursday, August 15th, 2013
One of the areas that require extra attention during the tough economic conditions – as we’re experiencing now – is the collection of outstanding debts. It’s an aspect of business that no one really enjoys – and even the people employed to do the job, very often, find it hard to do.  It’s a bit like being a dentist and drawing teeth...Read more

The Thing about having a Vision!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Before you say “what’s he still banging on about this thing called ‘vision’ for?” take a few minutes to consider this: We live in a very uncertain world of business right now.  I guess it’s always been that way, but I suspect never to the extent it is now.  I get Business Day and Mail & Guardian delivered to my computer every ...Read more

Without Vision…! # 3

Monday, June 10th, 2013
So, for the past week, you've been giving a lot of thought to that picture of what your business or organisation should eventually look like - the end in mind. And - you should have been able to write something down.  If you have, then go through it a few times and sharpen it up; try and keep it on one page if you can. Once you have it clear...Read more

Without Vision….! # 3

Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Here are a few short steps to creating that enduring vision for your business 1.  THINK. In this day and age, many people are so busy they rarely have time to think.  Well, they 'think' they have no time to think!  This is not actually true.  They simply have to make a decision to go off somewhere and make that time.  It's absolutely ess...Read more

Without Vision…..!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
The old Proverb states that “ Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint”, (or ‘the people are discouraged’.) In essence, this means that any person and any organisation, big or small, needs to have a sense of purpose; a raison detre; a goal – or they will simply stumble through life.  Many won’t make it, and ...Read more

Seeing the wood for the trees

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Many of you will have heard about the 80/20 Principle, and even unconsciously, applied it in your own lives from time to time. Without going into extensive detail for those who are not sure how this principle applies, in essence, it asserts that a minority of causes, inputs or effort usually lead to a majority of the results, outputs or rewards ...Read more

Cash strapped? Don’t know what to do about it?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
In almost all the cases I’ve ever handled where businesses find themselves ‘cash-strapped’, I have realised that Owners/Managers invariably are unaware of just how costly it can actually be. It is costly not only in terms of direct finance costs such as interest on overdrafts or loans, or charges by suppliers on overdue accounts, but there...Read more

Boats, Beacons & Running Out of Steam

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
In the last few weeks, I have come across a number of instances where businesses are really struggling, yet, in spite of the fact that their owners are working very hard and trying everything they can think of, they seem to be going nowhere. It seems especially hard these days! Then, the other day, while talking to a friend about something comp...Read more