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”

The right person for the job

There is no magic formula for recruiting and selecting staff for your business. But by following a few simple rules you can make the best appointments.
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To get good staff, write good advertisements

Your people are your most precious asset, right? Then why do we often do such a bad job of advertising for new staff?
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Farmers - relationships matter the most

Feel like a pariah just because you’re a farmer? Get to know those you deal with and you’ll be surprised at how helpful they become.
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Skill matters, not title deeds

What really matters in life is not what you own but what you can do. Your skill is your safety net.
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Manage your time well

If you’re run off your feet, always late and full of anxiety, with never any time to do the things you love – stop, quiet your mind, and think.
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Managing today’s biggest risk

Security of tenure on commercial farm land is under threat – but just like any other business risk, it can be managed.
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Exploring Steven Covey’s matrix

Time management is self management. If you never have time to do the important things in life – look in the mirror.
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Managers: sometimes, it’s hard to be soft

Our education is dominated by learning hard skills, yet it’s the soft skills that make for great managers. How well-balanced are you?
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Measure profits first, walk later

How the struggling can thrive and the successful can boost profits even further.
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Understanding our differences

Without a shared vision, success is impossible. We simply have to achieve it, despite the special difficulties we face in Africa.
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In a positive way, through inspirational articles. (16.13 %) Agriculture? I hardly ever read anything about it. (22.58 %) Articles only focus on farm murders, farmers leaving the country, or strikes. (61.29 %) Articles only focus on farm murders, farmers leaving the country, or strikes. (61.29 %) In a positive way, through inspirational articles. (16.13 %) Agriculture? I hardly ever read anything about it. (22.58 %) Articles only focus on farm murders, farmers leaving the country, or strikes. (61.29 %)
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