Nuggets of wisdom to expand your perspectives…
…on leadership; organisational effectiveness; procurement & supply chain management; change management; personal effectiveness; career growth and success; and Africa.
My work is frequently featured in print and online media, white papers, round-table conferences, expert panels and other similar events. For example, I was on the advisory board for The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum; an advisory panellist for Supply Management; a member of Logistics Europe Supply Chain Vision Group; and a featured adviser on the inaugural Procurious Career Boot Camp.
You can view some of my related work and media features below.
Procurement people are constantly seeking ways to boost the success of their functions and themselves as individuals. And there is ample evidence that Procurement’s stature has grown remarkably. The global economic downturn compelled organisations of all sorts to...read more
Raj, The question you pose is a very valuable one. Sadly, it is often overlooked by overzealous folks who rush to introduce the latest fad KPI without considering the underlying effectiveness of their approach. The acronym ‘KPI’ is one of the most grossly-overused...read more
Hugo, Fantastic post and very appropriate. The point that people matter most is spot-on; it’s a message I constantly reiterate in my talks, articles and discussions with senior executives in client businesses. Many organisations continue to fall into the trap of...read more
Mickey, These are great points you raise here, which I agree with entirely. I’d add 3 more: (a) Unclear or poorly-defined goals; The objectives of many change initiatives are often poorly-defined. Even as I write, I’m supporting a client with a Procurement change...read more
Oliver August’s piece, “A Sub-Saharan Spring?”, centred on the identical premise I proffered in two recent articles – “A Rising Africa!” in New African, Nov. 2011, and “African Renaissance” in Corporate Africa, June 2011. Oliver appears to share my view that the...read more
It’s an interesting notion that African governments need “reputation management,” whether as a replacement for old ways of doing diplomacy or not. Trying to manage the reputations of governments with a shocking and disgraceful record of corruption and economic...read more
Special economic zones (SEZs) have not previously been as successful in Africa as in other regions largely due to mismanagement. However, things may be starting to change in many parts of the continent, as we’re now seeing a growth of commercial enterprise and social...read more
Troubles in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and who knows where next. The wave of unrest and civil uprisings sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East is a clear message from the mass populace that it is time for change. In North Africa, in particular,...read more
My shock and disbelief must have shown on my face. Paul burst into laughter as he stood beside me while I read the e-mail. I re-read it a couple of times to confirm that I hadn’t misread it. But I hadn’t. The instructions were quite clear and succinct: “Hi Paul, you...read more
Supply Management magazine asked to do a brief profile of me, including a few tips I could share from my experience for others wanting to shape their career destiny. Read the summary profile feature and career tips here.read more