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”

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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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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