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”

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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‘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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