Looking Ahead with Thanks!

Friday, December 9th, 2011
The year 2011 is nearly done! For some, it has been a very good year; for others – well, I’m sure they hope it won’t be repeated! 2012 has been forecast by many to be a very significant year, internationally, from a business point of view.  Some years back, I read a prophetic view by Robert Kiyosaki – the author of the Rich Dad, Poor...Read more

Montagu News!

Friday, July 29th, 2011
Well, it’s been some time since my last update - it's clear that I've forgotten what it takes to build a house and move from one town to another. (And that I'm 28 years older than when I last did it!). We're both exhausted - physically and emotionally - and I think the worst is yet to come! It seems that we may have our first night in the ne...Read more

Small Business Encouragement

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Here in South Africa, and even around the world, we’ve just had a number of public holidays in April. Employees, seeing the benefits, decided to take leave in between the various public holidays, effectively giving them two weeks holiday, and effectively reducing the number of productive working days for many businesses to not much more than two ...Read more

Are You Experiencing Filter Failure?

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
I've just received a blog from the TomorrowToday website entirtled "Fox or Hedgehog? How will you shape your future?"  In view of the fact that I've recently been moaning about the information overload, I found the article very helpful, and so I'm taking the liberty of printing it in its entirety, and then adding my own comments: In 1953, well ...Read more

Passionate People make the difference!

Sunday, October 10th, 2010
My wife and I have just returned from a few days in the bush – communing with nature. It was quiet and it was peaceful – no noisy dogs barking; no drone of heavy trucks from the highway. We were blessed to have sightings of the all the big five – with the exception of leopard (which continues to elude us) – in as natural a habitat you’r...Read more

What do I have to manage? # 5. Hiring & Retaining good staff – Part 6.

Friday, July 16th, 2010
 This is the final newsletter in the series on the importance of good management of staff and human resources, so I’m sending it out sooner than I normally would.  It’s also one of the most important – especially now, as so many firms, government departments and parastatals are coming under renewed pressure from Trade Un...Read more

What do have to manage? # 5. Hiring & Keeping good employees – Part 5.

Monday, July 12th, 2010
 Give them a vision, and then keep them envisioned! There’s a Proverb which states that “without vision the people perish.”  Another way of putting it is that without vision, without goals, people cast off restraint; they become de-motivated, unfocused and haphazard in everything they do.    There is no...Read more

Welcome to the newest member of our team!

Thursday, June 24th, 2010
  Stuart Holliday has joined the team as a business coach. He has worked for a number of privately owned companies over the past 30 years, and has been involved in manufacturing, costing, marketing, selling and general management. Stuart has a particular ability to create structure where there is none (and where it is needed), and to re-engin...Read more

What do I have to Manage? # 5. Hiring & Keeping good employees – Part 4

Thursday, June 24th, 2010
 THE 10 COMMANDMENTS FOR A THRIVING WORK ENVIRONMENT  In an article by Jill Hamlyn (MD of The People Business), published in Business Day some years ago, she said this: “MISERABLE employees are a danger to your business. Making them happy helps to equip your enterprise for almost anything that the market throws at it.” &nbs...Read more

What do I have to manage? # 5 – Hiring & Keeping good employees – Part 3

Sunday, June 13th, 2010
In my previous newsletter I made this closing statement: Your employees are actually all you’ve got. If you’re not paying enough attention to them, it’s quite likely you’ll not have a business too much longer. Before you do anything else, pause for a moment and just think about this, relative to your own business and the w...Read more