Discover Why “The Thinking Environment” Is Crucial – Part 1

In this 10 part series, I explore the Ten Components (ten behaviours) of The Thinking Environment™ by Nancy Kline and how they impact relationships and interactions with my own real life examples. “Time to think: listening to ignite the human mind.” (Nancy Kline) Each Component is introduced with the principle and definition behind it, followed by an explanation and personal experience of each …

Mindful Management – weird or wonderful?

What is mindfulness? or Mindful management? Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We feel more alive. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and …

Business Growth – How to create that “bigger picture” view

Why The Bigger Picture is Important for Business Growth! Sometimes we just get stuck in the operations of our business – trying to make the customer happy while facing challenges with suppliers, debtors, creditors, staff and everything else that goes with having your own small business. We forget to stand back and take a deeper look at who and what …

Creating a circular management team around you

Circular management is about engaging in perspectives with those around you, specifically your management team. As top managers in business, the ability to look at situations holistically and from the widest viewpoint possible is a prerequisite so that the decisions we make are as informed and as accurate as possible so our chances of assessing a problem and sourcing a solution …

Creating an environment of eager and empowered staff

As said last week, inviting the perspectives of your management team and staff empowers individuals to take initiative and think strategically.  Productivity, efficacy and efficiency are pretty much a job expectation and a paid for service, but how can you make someone want to do something better? If we didn’t have to work, we wouldn’t. Yes, we need to find …

How not to fear Company Growth

Growth is a natural evolution of adapting to changes over time. Even if your company does not grow in size, complexity, market share or turnover – there are fundamentals of change inherently happening in your company. The environment and market you operate in is constantly changing. Your staff are growing and changing over time – individually and collectively as a …

How To Transition from Income Generating to Profit Generating!

Understanding the transitioning from an income generating (craft) to a profit generating (enterprise) entity From what I have seen, many SMEs are the result of what could be called ‘accidental entrepreneurship’. With many South Africans needing to provide their own income steam due to the high demands on the employment sector, many take the leap to create this income stream …

There is just too much theory, processes and format!

This month we will focus on defining and understanding what is right for our own businesses, as what is best practice for one entity might not be the best practice for another. What does the term best practice mean?  From Wikipedia: “best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, …

What value is being created through your business?

Knowing what practice is the right practice for your business goes hand-in-glove with the value you want to create.  As your business grows, so does the value expectation.The term ‘blended’ or shared value has been around for a while yet it lacks active consideration in many SME’s. What is shared value? It basically evolves around value based leadership – where …

Strategy – Is it a buzz word?

Strategy as a practice The word strategy normally puts fear into most managers as we seem to think it is delving into the unknown.  Strategy is the future and at first, the future is uncertain. So what is the meaning of strategy? Changing the way we think about the future Max McKeown, author of The Strategy Book argues, “Strategy is …