Category Archives: African Business

Retail success requires relationships

One of the greatest retail success stories in the world, that has prospered for over a century, is now facing down new retail giants. Very soon, online shopping portals Amazon, Alibaba and eBay will command 40% of global e-commerce. Like … Continue reading

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Not different enough

There’s a lot of loose talk about differentiation these days. Most of it happens in Marketing Departments, and not enough at the Boardroom table. Frankly, we need to get better at it if we hope to build our regional economy. … Continue reading

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The human voice

There’s nothing quite like the human voice, is there? As our primary means of communication, nothing can engage us quite like it. It can enrapture or enrage; inspire or oppress. The composer Richard Strauss noted that the human voice is … Continue reading

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Last mile delivery

With the continued development of the Standard Gauge Railway, East Africa can look forward to big changes in the way goods are imported and exported, and indeed delivered to customers. My understanding is that two container trains per day will … Continue reading

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Sticky middle slows business

Just when you thought you had enough problems dealing with Millennials in your organisation, here comes another demographic that requires your attention. Tim Gould, Editor of HR Morning once said: “I’ve been promoted to middle management. I never thought I’d … Continue reading

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Manage Millennials for success.

We’re continuing to examine the current culture clash in the workplace. Over the past 2 weeks we’ve indulged the Millennial point of view and given the employers’ perspective. This week I want to suggest three simple actions that you as … Continue reading

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Bridging another divide

Econsultancy’s latest report ‘The future of HR in the digital age’, finds that HR teams in many global organisations are repositioning themselves to be more customer centric. Making sure the actions they take in hiring, retaining and developing human capital are aligned … Continue reading

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Workplaces need better design

In the 1980’s the American management professor Edgar Schein developed an organisational model to make culture more visible within a company. He highlighted the importance of artefacts and symbols that colour the appearance of the organisation. Visible elements such as logos, … Continue reading

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Have banks abandoned business?

In 2014 Ernst & Young released the results of a global study they had conducted into the nature of customer experience in banks. In our region, they reported that more than half of the banking customers in Kenya cited bad … Continue reading

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