Father of modern management thinking, Peter Drucker famously said: "Culture eats strategy for breakfast". What is culture, though? For many business leaders, who deal in tangibles, this concept is an ethereal, unquantifiable notion. But culture, at its most rudimentary, is ‘how we do things around here’, i.e., how we behave together. To break it down into a simple formula: leadership equals culture equals performance.
Many employees dream of being a leader, but it isn't always an easy road to get there. Making the transition to a manager or a leader can be made a lot easier by focusing on developing skills that are vital for good leadership.
A higher position, a better salary or a nicer office - a promotion is what most employees have their eye on. But how do you get that promotion you so desperately want? Here are some insights into what employers are looking for in a prospective candidate and what skills may help you get one step closer to that dream position.
A recent survey has indicated that only seven of South Africa’s top 100 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) were headed by women. Research suggests that the country’s skill shortage is having an impact on this.
Insurers have focused on ways to reinvent themselves for a digitally driven market where the customer experience has become even more of a priority than in the past. End users are clamouring for self-service and personalised solutions.
Business leaders and managers are under sustained pressure as they steer their teams through the unrelenting turbulence of the current times. They are grappling with the unfolding of hybrid work against the backdrop of a global economic downturn, while there’s no relief from the tech-driven disruptions happening day-to-day in every 21st Century workplace.
Change is daunting, but ultimately necessary and inevitable, especially in business. The businesses on the forefront of change are the ones that survive and prosper.And the employees who possess the skill of being highly adaptable to change, are the ones who get and stay employed as well as grow in their careers.
Ethical and authentic leaders of African companies are showing that it is possible for business to be both a force for good and deliver excellent financial returns, teaching the rest of the world about new ways to lead and manage for sustainable competitive advantage in the 21st century