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”

Learn how to delegate – don’t abdicate!

You can’t do everything. And you shouldn’t try. Well-managed delegation saves you time and motivates your subordinates.
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Why simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

As business gets more complex, managers have responded by making business processes more and more complicated. This approach is wrong-headed.
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How negative feedback can be positive

Pointing out shortfalls in an employee’s work requires sensitivity for the process to be effective.
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What’s your job on the farm?

Don’t assume that everyone on your farm knows his or her job. Try this exercise, and you will be surprised.
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Every business needs a boss

No great organisation was ever built without clear lines of command.
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Why the best-laid plans don’t hatch

The process of planning the future of your business is more important than the plan itself.
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Using a smartphone for business

The smartphone puts enormous power in your hands. How much of it are you using to make a profit for your business?
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Brand awareness

If the humble crop of cotton can be differentiated to bring success to thousands of subsistence farmers in Uganda, we can do the same with our products.
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Do you have character?

A lack of integrity is just plain bad for business, not to mention the country.
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Be inspired by mega farmers

Mega farmers share a common characteristic: their success depends on dealing successfully with people.
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How do you guard against stock theft on your farm?
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Security guards patrol my farm day and night.
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