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”

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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Learning from Eskom and others

Learn the critical lessons of corporate (mis)governance and don't take your organisation down the same road of failure.
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Be a ‘realistic optimist’

If you have a tendency towards pessimism, you are heading for a career as a mediocre manager.
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Why do we fear technology?

Effective hi-tech (and sometimes low-tech) solutions abound, yet many farmers are slow to adopt them.
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Wage woes

Money itself is not a sustainable motivator. In fact, if badly managed, it has the potential to demotivate.
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Five ‘qualities of greatness’

Dr David Kirk, entrepreneur and former All Blacks captain, identifies five ‘qualities of greatness’ in world-class teams. How many does your team have?
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