An entrepreneur’s business journey – Interview with Ronke Lawal

Ronke Lawal is the founder and director of Ariatu PR, where she works with start-ups and entrepreneurs on opportunities to publicise and promote their businesses through marketing campaigns and press and media engagement. Ronke specialises in digital projects strategy, working with social media and content marketing. After graduating with a degree in International Business and more »

Words to Lead By: Kim Cameron

Words to Lead By: Kim Cameron

Kim Cameron, William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, shares some impactful advice he has received: Kim Cameron recalls an early conversation with a mentor: “ I don’t want a subordinate, I want a colleague. I want to get better as a result of this more »

Focus First on Building Trust With Your Diverse Team

Focus First on Building Trust With Your Diverse Team

Workplace diversity is important as it improves the performance of the team. Many companies focus on diversity when they are hiring new people. A whole system analysis is essential before the recruitment process, to understand if your ‘system’ will support the success of your new staff members. Your new people will land in teams where more »

Business approaches for tackling poverty

Business approaches for tackling poverty

Scaling up Business Solutions to Social Problems: A Practical Guide for Social and Corporate Entrepreneurs – Olivier Kayser & Maria Valeria Budinich The authors suggest that some of the most sustainable and scalable solutions to poverty and deprivation are those based on business – rather than charitable – approaches. This chimes with Melinda Gates’ TED more »

Ensure that your people know what you expect of them

Ensure that your people know what you expect of them

When I talk to managers and leaders, the theme of high performance is a frequent topic of conversation. We can all agree that being a great organisation and providing exceptional products or services are important, but does everyone we work with know what we actually mean by excellence in the day-to-day?  6 ways to set more »

Gold standard strategies for recruitment & selection – Part 2: Selection

Gold standard strategies for recruitment & selection – Part 2: Selection

In our last issue Fiona McPhail talked about the importance of analysing the role and establishing your requirements at the start of the recruitment process. In this second part of the article she shares strategies for effective employee selection. Shortlisting Make sure that the interview panel or a designated sub set from the panel shortlist. more »

Maverick by Ricardo Semler

Maverick by Ricardo Semler

Henry Stewart, the interviewee in our last edition, recommended this book, saying that it changed his life and his organisation as well. Maverick by Ricardo Semler is a story of a Brazilian businessman who changed the workplace he took over from his father. Stewart says: “He took over the job to work from one where more »