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October 5, 2018

THE ART OF MANAGING UPWARDS

Not only can it put you on the path to promotion, it can help your boss shine while also boosting organisational effectiveness, innovation and engagement.

And managing up – which can mean anticipating needs and coming up with solutions without being asked – has never been as important as it is now, as workplaces are under increasing demand to adapt to rapid change.

Changing hierarchies

Workspaces are increasingly fluid, with more people working remotely, on contract, and consultancy bases – a phenomenon tied to the rise of the gig economy. The old ladder-style hierarchy, with its clear structure of leadership, is changing.

In the gig economy, people will [...]

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October 5, 2018

THE RISE OF THE INTERNET CLASS

Lately, I have been followed. The man who is following me has good hair and dead eyes. It would seem wherever I go on the internet, he pops up. He is young, very young, but is constantly telling me that he has the wisdom and the secret stuff that can help me.

He keeps telling me he is very rich and desperately wants to help people. This is why he will help me become very rich, too. He always seems to be at a mansion with a couple of Ferraris in the background. The snake-oil gospel of success. PT Barnum without a real circus.

I have a name for these people. I call them the internet class. My definition of the internet class is people who have no discernible skills, but [...]

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October 3, 2018

IT’S TIME FOR AFRICA TO TELL A NEW STORY

Throughout time, storytelling has largely influenced how people behave and perceive each other across the world. It is this single factor instilled in individuals since childhood that has contributed to stereotyping and prejudice across societies and cultures. Stories have instigated wars and political mudslinging, racial segregation and gender discrimination, generational and cross-country hostility, and bitterness between low and high-income communities. Even Africa is perceived in a certain way because of the stories being told about it. The role of traditional media and social media are key players in the way the world views Africa, and possibly contributes to putting the brakes [...]

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October 3, 2018

BE THE BRANSON OF BUSINESS, THE CLARKSON OF CARS

What do these all have in common?

A raucous Iron Maiden concert in South America, Nigella Lawson cooking up a storm while casting off sensual one-liners; Jeremy Clarkson colliding with just about everything, sideways and at high-speed, in the newest Lamborghini; Arnold Schwarzenegger pumping iron until his jugular throbs; and a professor in Canada who refuses to bow to politically correct gender norms? Oh, and Julius Malema?

For one very specific reason or another, all stand out in their industries. And all are the subject of a new South African business book focusing on how individuals and brands go about becoming industry leaders: What Makes Them Great? 50 Ways to [...]

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