Lessons from the Olympics for bosses and employees

Imagine the parents of a child with no legs below the knee encouraging his dream of running in the Olympics. Most people would consider the parents crazy, or even cruel to encourage such a child – until they saw Oscar Pistorius at the Olympics.

Now apply that lesson to the economy. “Some could say our economy from being abled with great schools, wonderful universities, and a wealth of resources is losing its legs,” Liza van Wyk, CEO of AstroTech, a national training organisation in Johannesburg said.

Businesses that inspired in 2012 - and why

As 2012 draws to a close the word Manaung causes furrowed brows among businessmen. The United States is at the edge of a fiscal cliff that some Mediterranean countries have already jumped from.

“It’s easy to feel cynical about business, and to see the successful as spoilt, uncaring brats thinking only about the next car, or how to squeeze more out of their workers for less,” said Liza van Wyk, CEO of AstroTech Training, one of South Africa’s largest management training companies in southern Africa.

Nitpicking bosses kill business

During 2012 “lots of problems arose from bosses that tried to overcontrol their companies. A boss who creates too many rules, and lacks faith in the ability of his or her staff is asking for trouble,” management training company executive, Liza van Wyk of AstroTech Training said.

Leader vs manager: battle of the titans

Recent research has shown that, in these turbulent times, what makes the difference is the agility of a company's leaders - at all levels of the organisation.
Believe it or not, there are those rare breed of professionals in the world of work who describe themselves as "great managers."
Yet, there are others out there who would scoff at the title "manager," qualifying themselves as a class of "good leaders.”

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