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”

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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‘Ja, but...’ is just not good enough

A host of excellent organisations are on hand to help farmers institute ethical practices. Yet sometimes standards are truly abysmal.
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Lose the swagger!

The truth is, whether you’re a politician or CEO, there is only one route to true leadership, the kind that makes a real and lasting contribution to the lives of those who depend on you.
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Ignore it, and pay the price

If you don’t yet have a vision statement for your organisation on paper and if you haven’t agreed upon the ethics which apply to your business, do it soon. And never, ever break your own rules.
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Integrity - a very precious possession

Integrity is a delicate jewel. It takes years to build, and only a few seconds to destroy.
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Management lessons from Madiba

What gave Mandela such great influence? What unique lessons can he teach us about management?
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No budget, no future

Follow these steps and benefit from the power a professional budget process brings to a business.
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The power of numbers

Its impossible to plan properly without using numbers. But make sure you get them right!
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