Business - Managing for profit
Peter Hughes Peter Hughes

“Management is the spark that brings business profit. Peter Hughes shares his 40 years of Lowveld farming experience with you”

How to sort out facts and fiction

Beware of ‘selective perception’, or seeing things only as you would like to see them.
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The growing gap

We live in one of the most unequal societies in the world. It should cause us disquiet, and lead to action.
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Perspective - do you have it?

Gaining perspective allows you to make the right decisions. Without perspective, you're just guessing.
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Make a profit & grow your business

Whether you’re negotiating a rocky road or struggling to pay those toll fees, your number one objective is to make a profit and grow your business.
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How the rich get richer - offshore investments

If you have all of your eggs in one basket, the sooner you go offshore with some investments, the better.
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Labour law: are you coping?

Many may disagree with aspects of today’s labour law, but it’s far better than the ‘no-holds-barred’ days of the past.
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Keep your farm separate and simple

Imagine a farm used exclusively for the production of food or fibre, with no housing in sight!
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Drought happens, so be prepared

It’s not about pessimism, but planning. We must plan each crop as if this season will be our worst ever.
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Get involved in fire-fighting

Beware! Unless you get your own house in order and work with your neighbours this dry season, you are taking a grave risk.
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Fix it before it breaks

Preventive maintenance is an essential part of any well-managed and competitive organisation.
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