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”

‘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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Have you got what it takes to be great?

There are many good managers out there, but few really great ones. Here are the traits you’ll need to reach this exalted status.
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Need help? Get a business coach

The level of management skills in our farming community is generally low. The average farmer can change this by getting himself a good business coach.
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Make 2014 your year!

Great business managers don’t simply do what comes instinctively. They think deeply about the impact of their behaviour and actions on the people around them – and train themselves accordingly.
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