VIEWPOINT: Of Goldfish, Genetics And Integrity

‘May you live in interesting times.’ This purported Chinese curse rings true with every new media report raising fundamental questions around the integrity our country’s political leadership The frequency of enquiries into the conduct of many of our country’s leadership figures unfortunately overrides public perception of most other − albeit excellent − work done by…

VIEWPOINT: Working With Your Suppliers

The pressure is mounting when it comes to the preferential procurement element on the B-BBEE scorecard Large enterprises realise that Preferential Procurement is the one element on the scorecard over which they have limited control. After all, you can’t force your suppliers to become B-BBEE compliant. Yet, if a company were to score poorly on…

Instilling Resilience

If you think of the heroes in movies or books, they often have a lot in common. They might be brave or willing to take risks. They may have special skills or different ideas to everyone else, but it is clear that one of the most important characteristics they share is resilience Resilience is the…

FEATURE: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I was recently asked to share a few thoughts and my anecdotal observations on corporate governance at a cocktail function in Windhoek. Serving on boards has provided me with more than just active and passive observations, certainly also lifelong lessons and most definitely scars I am involved in a research project on the definitive links…

FEATURE: Shaping Tomorrow’s Workers For a Fast-Changing World

In truth, we know embarrassingly little about tomorrow’s jobs. Interdisciplinary and holistic education and research are indispensable as the workplace combines cognitive skills with teamwork and debate with focus on adaptability, replacing silo thinking with a flexible approach that applies knowledge from multiple sectors that at first appearances may not seem relevant. In many industries…

VIEWPOINT: Entrepreneurs Deserve To Retire

While entrepreneurs may be exceptional in building a small or large business, that expertise, tenacity and personality do not guarantee them a successful retirement Research shows that between 70% and 80% of small businesses in South Africa fail and fewer than 50% survive beyond five years. But entrepreneurship is not just about start-ups. Richemont, Nike,…

ANALYSIS: 6 Mythbusters on NOCLAR

The amendments to the IRBA Code of Professional Conduct for Registered Auditors (IRBA Code) relating to Non-compliance with Laws and Regulations (NOCLAR) may still be relatively new, but have you already been a victim of a myth or two? It happens to all of us. A standard or legislative amendment is released and before you’ve…