As the Year Draws to a Close!

Monday, December 10th, 2012
The end of another year that has literally flown by! I know that older folks always used to say that time flies as you get older, but I don’t know – I hear younger folk saying the same things these days.  Clearly, we still have the same time available, but I think it’s how we crowd that time out that makes the difference.  We feel we don...Read more

So much to do, So little time!

Monday, March 26th, 2012
We’ve all heard that little question: “How do you eat an elephant?”, and the answer, “One bite at a time!” Well, no one ever eats an elephant (unless you’re a hungry poacher), so it’s not that relevant to daily life for most of us; yet – it makes logical sense, doesn’t it! Some years ago, I wrote an article on time managemen...Read more

Future Prospects?

Monday, February 13th, 2012
I came across some interesting perspectives on the future world of work in a recent blog from - some interesting and challenging projections of what the global business arena will look like in 12 to 40 years time.  Clearly, one is never sure of this but some of the projections do make a lot of sense, given what we’ve experience...Read more

Innovation – Essential in today’s economy.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
If you’ve been in business for a while, you will (hopefully), from time to time, have sat back and thought about your business; about what you make or sell and how you do it; about your customers and how to grow that base; about how best to utilise your employee skills.  Some of you may even have gone to the extent of having a formal strategy se...Read more

Solvency & Liquidity – What does this mean?

Friday, September 30th, 2011
I’ve recently had occasion to answer these questions for clients, though for very different reasons. In the first instance, the client’s business is in serious distress.   It’s a vicious circle – on the one hand, turnover has declined, but on the other hand, there are no funds to fund materials and labour for turnover if it was to sud...Read more


Saturday, January 29th, 2011
Well, we’ve just seen the end of January – the first month of 2011 is gone, - and I feel like I’ve missed it; - it went so fast. While we were away on some much-needed leave, I took time to reflect on the past year, and what I see lying in store for us, as business-owners, in the ensuing months/years. Many are complaining about informatio...Read more


Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Thanks to the development in information technology, and the ease with which we can all communicate today, many of us can now do our work almost anywhere in the world. This is especially true in many consulting-type environments. When I was first articled to an accounting firm in Pietermaritzburg, in the early 70’s, computers were only talked...Read more

Another side to that Supplier story!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
I had an interesting experience the other day while visiting a client. While we were chatting, his firm’s buyer popped his head into the office and said (almost gleefully), “I’ve just been told by XYZ Company they won’t be able to deliver the goods when they promised – and this is the second time now!” “They’re useless!” the...Read more

The 5 Most Important Questions you will ever ask.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
I recently copied this extract from an edition of Business Day: "November 2009 marked the centenary of Peter Drucker's birth - he died in 2005 just short of his 96th birthday - and the anniversary was celebrated in a series of events held round the world. He is widely regarded as the father of modern management thought, and debate centered on...Read more


Sunday, November 8th, 2009
I read in Business Day a few weeks back that we're supposed to be coming out of the recession. The manufacturing sector, we're told, is back on track. Well, I'll reserve judgement for now, because I'm not seeing any fireworks out there at present. Still, if you're not 'back on track' perhaps you need to consider this: In my last newsletter, I attem...Read more