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”

Designing a foolproof safety system- Part 1

Building a safe working environment is not a job for amateurs. Do it properly and watch your profits rise.
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HIV/AIDS: we’re all in it together

In the early, dark days of HIV/AIDS, we used to talk about it in whispers, and pretend it didn't exist. That’s all in the past. Today, you can fight it in the open.
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Lessons from the Comrades Marathon

This inspiring annual event teaches lessons about life in general, and management in particular.
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How to think, and act, like an entrepreneur

True entrepreneurs may be born, not made. But anyone can learn to practise entrepreneurship.
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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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This week's poll
Do you think there are equal opportunities for women & men in the South African agri sector?
No, a lot still needs to change
Yes, much progress has been made to empower women in agriculture
The playing field is slowly levelling out
Last week's poll
Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78%)
No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34%)
I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %) I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %)
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