I asked the only woman to have made it to the senior ranks of a leading bank to what she attributed her success. “I was fortunate,” she said. “The bank hired a coach to teach me how to act and react like a man. I was even taught techniques to stop tears when I felt emotional.” Today this practice would be unacceptable, but the attitude still manifests in other ways.
In a world where the interconnected and constantly changing relationships between financial, social and environmental issues are becoming more evident, businesses that remain unaware of their impacts and dependencies on their non-financial relationships attract unnecessary risk. Indeed, these organisations also fail to recognise new opportunities for efficiency, growth, resilience and development.
An interview with David Lapin, Chief Executive Officer, Lapin International Inc, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing how the implementation and operationalisation of ethics is not just about compliance, its about a philosophy of value-based and value-centred leadership, and by building it into the DNA of a business, will create a natural outcome of ethical business practice which in turn results in improved performance.
Depression and anxiety are one of the largest challenges of our time. In today’s fast-paced, competitive lifestyle, it can sometimes feel as though there simply is no time left for laughter. Yet, not making the effort to incorporate humour into our daily routines actually hurts our chances of achieving our goals.
SA’s top companies are starting to embrace the concept of fair and responsible remuneration, and some have even adopted and disclosed a living wage that goes beyond the national minimum wage.
Participants in 2019 Global Risk Management Survey ranked cyberattacks and data breaches as #6 in the top 10 risks currently facing organisations. The risk entered the Top 10 list for the first time (at #9) in 2015 and is projected to go from #6 to #3 in the next three years. As a result it is seen as no longer an if, but when a business will experience a cyber attack.
The concept of self-service business intelligence (BI) is one that many companies are at odds with. As is often the case, you have those who want to embrace it while others are still struggling to get their head around traditional BI. This however does not need to be the case.
Almost every entrepreneur - at some point in their journey - considers going into franchising as a guaranteed route to attaining business success. Despite the sector having a higher success rate compared to its counterparts, franchising has its pros and cons and will not necessarily be suitable for every entrepreneur.