Managing for profit

Financial literacy – what you need to know

Business performance is measured with accounting scorecards. If you don’t understand them, gi...

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Agri research in SA starts with farmers

Government spending on research is decreasing. It’s up to South Africa’s farmers to stay at...

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Why research is key to building trust

Gone are the days you can expect government to do the basic research to keep you in business. ...

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HIV/AIDS: we’re all in it together

In the early, dark days of HIV/AIDS, we used to talk about it in whispers, and pretend it didn'...

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Lessons from the Comrades Marathon

This inspiring annual event teaches lessons about life in general, and management in particular...

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Learn the traits of entrepreneurship

True entrepreneurs may be born, not made. But anyone can learn to practise entrepreneurship....

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Learn how to delegate – don’t abdicate!

You can’t do everything. And you shouldn’t try. Well-managed delegation saves you time and ...

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Why simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

As business gets more complex, managers have responded by making business processes more and mo...

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How negative feedback can be positive

Pointing out shortfalls in an employee’s work requires sensitivity for the process to be effe...

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What’s your job on the farm?

Don’t assume that everyone on your farm knows his or her job. Try this exercise, and you will...

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Every business needs a boss

No great organisation was ever built without clear lines of command. ...

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Why the best-laid plans don’t hatch

The process of planning the future of your business is more important than the plan itself....

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SA agriculture sector remains in recession

Recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data points to a negative growth of a seasonally adjusted an...