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October 15, 2018

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AT WORK

Emotional intelligence and the workplace might seem like oil and water, but they are inextricably linked. Self-awareness and social intelligence are similar, and arguably quite important – especially at your job.

People are sensitive about work in the way they are sensitive about money – it’s common to assume that each make moral or hierarchical statements about who we are. This leads to a lot of self-consciousness, fear and projection, all of which can easily seed itself beneath the surface of day-to-day life and make us more sensitive to ordinary interactions that we may not need to be.

For many, a job is more than a means to an end, it is an identity. It gives us a [...]

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October 12, 2018

GOING INTO AFRICA AS A SMALL BUSINESS

Trading across borders is a risky business, but the potential returns are high. That said, having a successful business in South Africa is not in itself a good enough reason to consider exporting it. The first leg of the biannual My Business Expo, held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Thursday, treated delegates to panel discussions on how to go about getting their businesses ready for cross-border trade, among other things.

The key focus of those discussions, was expanding into Africa, where the risks are particularly high because of the poor interconnectedness between countries within the region, meaning every country had its own set of rules and regulations, [...]

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October 12, 2018

GET WISE, DON’T NATIONALISE – KGANYAGO

South African Reserve Bank head Lesetja Kganyago warned that he believes nationalising the central bank, which the ANC resolved to do at its December conference, would be a costly exercise that would take time and not necessarily produce the desired results.

At the Reserve Bank’s AGM in Pretoria, he told Business Times that he does not believe nationalisation is a good idea.

“Getting rid of private shareholders would not necessarily improve governance”, said the economist.

“Experience has taught us that boards approved by government are no guarantee of goo governance, nor are they a guarantee that decisions will be taken with the interests of the broader [...]

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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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