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Updated 20 Nov 2018


Growing Your Business – Strategy & Innovation

Grow your business with tips and tools on strategising, innovating and accelerating growth.
Why it’s important to keep things simple and think fundamentally

Nic Simmonds , 30 June 2018

I think that we’re extremely fond of overcomplicating things. And, the increasing complexity of living and working in an always-on, digitised world is only encouraging our tendency to do so.

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How to leverage digital transformation to grow your company

Damian Michael , 30 June 2018

In today’s global marketplace and the era of disruption, we are seeing more choice for a connected life and work

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Why reading is the most important tool in your arsenal

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 24 June 2018

Every great entrepreneur reads — voraciously. If you’re serious about success, it’s time to jump on their bandwagon.

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Infanta Foods' Marisa da Silva on why scaling is tougher than it seems

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 16 June 2018

Scaling a business is an important part of growth, but it can be a bumpy ride in today’s economy, and it’s easy to make mistakes. Marisa da Silva of Infanta Foods knows this and explains how she overcame it.

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Break down the stigma associated with disabilities

AJ Jordaan , 15 June 2018

Globally, people with disabilities are marginalised and excluded from full participation in society. In South Africa too, people with disabilities still face multiple forms of discrimination.

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Head of Audi South Africa shares his top lessons on weathering the storm in turbulent times

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 10 June 2018

When the economy isn’t playing ball, it’s time to roll up your sleeves, face your challenges head-on, and get to work, says Head of Audi SA, Trevor Hill.

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5 Growth tactics from the world’s most successful CEOs

08 June 2018

Are you seeking to grow your revenue? Like these company leaders, you can apply new or improved approaches to your current strategy to achieve heightened business success.

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How to control what you can and influence what you can't in your life

Erik Kruger, Entrepreneur , 06 June 2018

Every day you need to get up and face numerous challenges. Here’s how you can keep your head in the game — even when all you want to do is quit.

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How to ensure a business keeps on winning

Henry Sebata , 27 May 2018

‘Business Critical Success Factors’. These are the things you need to keep an eye on for your business to be successful. 

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Striata founder Mike Wright gives top advice on going global

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 24 May 2018

Mike Wright launched Striata in 1999 from his converted garage in Kensington, Johannesburg. He was 30 years old, with limited capital, and had resigned from his job as MD of a leading web design firm to follow his dreams. To get started, he rescheduled his bond and provisional tax payments, and started working on his big idea. These are his lessons in high-level growth, and the do’s and don’ts of international expansion.

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Are you prepared to listen to your board of directors?

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 16 May 2018

If you want to drive growth in your organisation, you need to listen to your board at critical junctions.

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3 TED Talks that could inspire unique ways to grow businesses

15 May 2018

As a company CEO, MD or founder, strengthening your business’ capabilities in an increasingly competitive business world is a key part of your role.

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Why IoT will become the key enabler of business growth

Brian Timperley , 12 May 2018

According to technology consulting firm Gartner, up to 21 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by the year 2020. Are your ready for this connected world?

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How to fail better by reflecting on what went wrong

Leah Weiss, Entrepreneur , 10 May 2018

If you want to drive growth in your organisation, you need to listen to your board at critical junctions.

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Executive Director Hasnayn Ebrahim's 5 rules for strategic growth in your business

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 05 May 2018

Management consultant Hasnayn Ebrahim shares his secrets for high-level growth. 

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5 lessons from the Legal Legends on pivoting

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 20 April 2018

Sometimes an innovative idea can get everyone excited, but it still fails to monetise. When that happens, you can choose to keep plugging away at your business, or you can pivot. When their first business model wasn’t delivering, Kyle Torrington and Andrew Taylor chose to find a different solution to achieve the same goal.  Here’s how they did it, and why they’ve seen 50% month-on-month growth ever since.

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Business models that could help companies grow

19 April 2018

It’s believed that business as usual may no longer be good enough. Here’s why you should consider evolving the way your company operates.

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How Robert Brown achieved next level growth and long-term success

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 16 April 2018

It’s not often that an individual manages to bootstrap a business, substantially grow it over two decades, and then successfully negotiate an acquisition by an overseas company. DRS CEO Robert Brown managed exactly this — so successfully, in fact, that he is now also the CEO of Nasdaq-listed company, Cognosec.

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How is BEE really viewed in our economy?

Nthabiseng Phoshoko , 13 April 2018

BEE is a critical element to your business and compliance is the name of the game.

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Bob Skinstad On Making An Impact With The 80/20 Principle

10 April 2018

The 8020 principle is one of the most powerful success secrets in the world — provided you implement it. Most people have heard of it, few put it into action. Bob Skinstad is re-energising an age-old principle by sharing a collection of real-life examples from highly successful people of 8020 in action. Here’s how you can start embracing an 8020 mindset today — and see phenomenal results in return.

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Dr Greg Fisher's 5 key principles for executing your growth-driven strategy

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 07 April 2018

Exceptional strategy is based on five key principles: A good plan, the choices and trade-offs you’re willing to make, differentiation, your profit equation and activity integration. Here’s how you can strengthen your business to drive higher growth and profits.

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Essential business insights on the 2018/2019 Budget Speech

26 March 2018

For the first time in more than two decades, South Africa’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate has been raised.

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How to survive exponential change in your business

Matt Brown, Entrepreneur , 21 March 2018

How to get out of the habit of thinking small, and start thinking in giant leaps for radical – and profitable – change.

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How to build a disruptive attitude

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 15 March 2018

What does it mean to navigate a disruptive world and succeed in a market – place that is changing faster than it’s ever changed before?

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Moments of truth and how they affect your business

Bruce Wade , 13 March 2018

Defining the moments of truth in your sales pipeline goes a long way to develop a trustworthy and frictionless relationship with your customers.

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Succession planning for your independent business

13 March 2018

Ensure your company keeps running smoothly by determining who will replace you when it’s eventually time to retire.

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How you can over-deliver to gain the advantage

Glenn Llopis, Entrepreneur , 09 March 2018

Go over and above for the people you serve, and you will enjoy the benefits of an abundant relationship.

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What’s the point of matric reunions?

Mimi Rupp , 08 March 2018

A few years ago, I attended my matric class' 40-year reunion. I went more out of curiosity than the need to reconnect. Here’s what I learnt from the experience.

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Tips to shift your business mindset forward

Cindy Glass , 06 March 2018

New business, new you. There’s an important link between our emotions and our business success.

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Rapelang Rabana’s innovation formula – 3 key ingredients to innovate

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 05 March 2018

To be a success in today’s fast paced world, you need innovation at the heart of everything you do.

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Trends all SMEs must watch in 2018

Heinrich van der Vyver , 01 March 2018

What are the trends SME’s can look out for in this year’s economy? The good news is, SME’s in South Africa can be profitable even though the economic forecast is grim.

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What the Budget Speech 2018 means for business growth

22 February 2018

Budget strikes right balance between taxes and incentives for businesses to grow.

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3 Actionable insights to make your investment pitch perfect

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 20 February 2018

The best pitches aren’t just short and to the point, they deliver on investor expectations and needs.

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Why a winning mindset can make or break your business

Pieter Scholtz, Entrepreneur , 14 February 2018

The successful growth of your organisation is largely dependent on your mindset as the owner of the business. Are you taking the time to develop this crucial element?

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3 Core lessons from Afrizan on building a better business with smarter recruitment

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 09 February 2018

Recruitment experts Donna Silver and Elvira Riccardi believe the future of your business’s success lies in whether you’re treating recruitment as a strategic imperative, and if you’re upskilling your employees (even if they’re going to take those skills with them when they leave).

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How to manage the growing pains of business expansion

Greg Morris , 07 February 2018

Unbelievable as it sounds, the rapid success of a business can actually lead to failure. If, for instance, the prosperity of a business out-runs its ability to manage that success, decline follows. 

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Afritorch Digital - An overnight success that was years in the making

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 05 February 2018

By any standard, local start-up AfriTorch Digital has seen phenomenal growth and traction. But, while the company’s success might seem quick and effortless, there is a lot of hard work behind it.

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Joel Stransky shares his insights on what makes a great leader

Dirk Coetsee, Entrepreneur , 28 January 2018

Enter Joel Stransky just as friendly as the rest of the team, also casually dressed, also wearing a smile. As a founding director of the innovative Pivotal Group, he explained that their value proposition particularly in Pivotal Talent.

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5 Top customer engagement tactics to try in 2018

Neil Summers , 24 January 2018

Want to attract more customers this year? Read this to discover 2018’s top consumer engagement trends. 

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How you can make leadership excellence an effortless effort

Dirk Coetsee, Entrepreneur , 23 January 2018

From my childhood I was literally fascinated by the seemingly effortless performances of individuals whom have mastered their craft.

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2018 And beyond for business

Bruce Wade , 20 January 2018

What does the future hold for business in South Africa? 

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Xoliswa Daku of Daku Group’s top lessons for growth to inspire yours

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 18 January 2018

Xoliswa Daku believes in creating wealth through property developments. This principle has been her guiding star, helping her take an R18 million business to R100 million in under four years, while building a sustainable base of R800 million in assets under management. Her growth strategy has evolved thanks to intense and continuous personal development. These are her lessons in growth.

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How to plan for business success in 2018

Heinrich van der Vyver , 17 January 2018

The saying goes that hindsight is always 20/20. It follows then that the best way to make better decisions in 2018 and plan for success, is to look at 2017 and grow from there. 

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5 Business growth strategies for 2018

13 January 2018

Can’t decide what will be your next business move? These expert insights might help you decide on a growth path for your company.

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The importance of being a focused leader

Glenn van Eck , 12 January 2018

A core role of leadership is guiding departments and individuals on where they must direct attention, therefore, lead by example and ensure you focus your attention. 

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6 Questions you should be asking when coaching

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 03 January 2018

Top athletes have coaches because they’re winners. Business leaders should be the same.

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Levergy founders tell you how to scale quickly – And intelligently

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 28 December 2017

Founders Clint Paterson and Struan Campbell explain how they’ve managed to take on strong competition, build a solid business, and even attract the attention of major international firm M&C Saatchi.

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Are you busy and stressed all the time?

Mimi Rupp , 24 December 2017

There are very few people who do not feel like this every day and it only gets worse as we enter the festive season. Here are a few tips to help you manage your time and emotions. 

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Joshin Raghubar of iKineo Ventures discusses the powering of showing up

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 23 December 2017

Joshin has an impressive CV. Over and above iKineo Ventures, which has a turnover of R115 million and includes three extremely promising start-ups, he’s also chairman of the Bandwidth Barn and the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative, and a Yale Greenberg World Fellow.

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How to work on the things that matter most

Chris Ogden , 22 December 2017

As an entrepreneur you can find yourself working in the business, not on the business. This must change. 

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How Porter’s 6 forces can help you understand your competition when chasing business growth

21 December 2017

What hinders companies from growing? A refusal to individually identify the forces that make up and shake up their competitive environments, according to Harvard Business School’s Professor Michael Porter.  

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How to grow revenue in a downturned economy

Greg Morris , 20 December 2017

Our current economy, downturned as it is, has the potential to create both winners and losers. This is because the riskiest response to the uncertainties of an economic crisis is inaction. 

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Every tough choice has management debt – Are you accounting for yours?

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 18 December 2017

There are no easy answers to hard decisions. You might be able to postpone a hard decision, or find a comfortable answer, but the problem will return with a vengeance down the line.

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3 Easy and affordable business growth hacks

Michael Colin , 18 December 2017

Let’s imagine that you’ve recently launched your own company. Business is decent; the lights are on, employees are being paid on time, and clients seem satisfied. How do you take all this up a notch to the next level though? 

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How to make 2018 your best year yet

Glenn van Eck , 16 December 2017

Each year I like to review the months that have passed and look at how I can make the coming year even better. I would like to share with you some lessons so that you can create your best year yet. 

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Comair Limited CEO Erik Venter's 5 key lessons in leadership innovation and remaining competitive

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 03 December 2017

CEO Erik Venter unpacks how a 70-year old business can remain relevant and innovative in a highly competitive and commoditised market. 

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5 Top lessons from LAWTrust to prepare for super-charged growth

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 28 November 2017

Christi and Maeson Maherry took their R103 million business to a turnover of R198 million in just 15 months. How? With a strong vision, the right foundations in place.

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How to think about building ‘one culture’ in an investment holding company

Greg Morris , 25 November 2017

This is why and how you can build the type of business culture you need to thrive in today’s competitive business world. 

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7 Foundations Monalisa Zwambila of Riverbed believes you must have in place to build a high-growth company

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 23 November 2017

Here’s how Monalisa Zwambila learnt to articulate her vision to propel her company’s growth. 

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Is it worthwhile taking on a business partner (or not)?

Danilo Acquisto , 22 November 2017

As a growing business, deciding on whether or not to take on a business partner can make or break your company. Her are a few things to consider before making the big decision to accept or reject a business partner. 

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How to grow your company by attracting more clients

21 November 2017

Best-selling author and business coach, Brian Tracy shares pertinent information on the things you can do to make more money and grow your business.  

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Why authentic humility (not ego) will get you to the top

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 18 November 2017

Authentic humility can give you the perspective you need to build a high-growth organisation.

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Survive the pre-Christmas madness

Heinrich van der Vyver , 17 November 2017

In just a few weeks, South Africans will tuck into turkey dinners, wear paper hats and probably blow their budgets. Yes, Christmas is around the corner – and with it, lucrative trading opportunities. 

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Servant leadership – will you serve?

Dirk Coetsee, Entrepreneur , 03 November 2017

Now, the inevitable question to the reader – Will you serve?

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What is Digitalisation and what does it mean for your business?

Nicole Crampton , 31 October 2017

During your company’s digital transformation, digitalisation is the next step you’ll need to take to optimising your systems and improving your productivity and profitability. 

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What is Industry 4.0?

Nicole Crampton , 30 October 2017

Industry 4.0 is a game-changer that can help grow your business – allowing you to create renewed eco-systems within existing supply chains – and optimise your uptime and performance. 

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How digital can assist with scaling your business

Diana Albertyn , 27 October 2017

Acquire more customers, faster by upping your digital efforts. Keep up with the tech-savvy consumer and watch your client base grow. 

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AutoTrader South Africa’s George Mienie knows disruptive innovation is more than shifting gears

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 26 October 2017

Today, AutoTrader.co.za has grown its digital revenue to over R185 million, while being widely acknowledged as a disruptive tech leader. Here’s how disruptive innovation has become part of an ex-print publisher’s DNA.

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Why you should be unreasonable with your expectations

Vusi Thembekwayo, Entrepreneur , 20 October 2017

All too often we’re told by society and communities that we must learn to be reasonable. We are told that being reasonable is a sign of virtue. I disagree. We should give ourselves permission to be unreasonable. 

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Will jobs really be impacted by the digital revolution?

David Meintjies , 18 October 2017

Is the digital age, and the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, celebrated for its rich opportunity, or is it feared for its potential to render millions of jobs obsolete? It’s probably a bit of both, but should we really fear the latter? 

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How Netflix is now disrupting the film industry by embracing short-term chaos

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 15 October 2017

One wrong move and Netflix could have been nothing more than a footnote in the history of entertainment. But by staying ahead of the curve and embracing disruption, the company is threatening some very entrenched competitors. 

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CEO of The Hospice South Africa shares why compassion and passion are critical to success

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 10 October 2017

Great leadership comes from passion and compassion. Regardless of industry or business, the best leaders care about people. 

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Why our ‘inner voice’ might be our biggest stumbling block

Mimi Rupp , 10 October 2017

While our ‘inner voice’ helps us make decisions, another voice lives in our heads – one that’s evaluating our performance. It determines our value. 

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Retention vs acquisition: Which is best for your business growth?

Diana Albertyn , 10 October 2017

New customers are great. Loyal customers are even better. But, where should your focus lie when it comes to gearing up for business growth? 

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2 Valuable tactics you can learn from NetFlorist

Diana Albertyn , 27 September 2017

Growing is part of this online flower retailer’s strategy – but how it’s done is the real success story. 

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2 Types of failure and how your business can weather them

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 26 September 2017

Successful high-impact entrepreneurs take calculated bets almost daily. High risks come with high rewards, which in turn are the result of understanding that failure is part of the equation.

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Here’s why you need to learn to love criticism

Danilo Acquisto , 23 September 2017

‘Build a resilient business’ they say. However, how do we do that in an ever-evolving economic climate where we are all furiously competing for a portion of the market? 

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Secure investors for your mature, high-growth business

Greg Morris , 17 September 2017

If you’re a mature, high-growth, high-impact business, you may have reached (or be en route to) a point where – in order to thrive – you must identify mentors, unlock capital, or collaborate meaningfully with other subsidiaries. 

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Saab Grintek Defence’s strategies for staying lean and competitive

GG Van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 12 September 2017

Saab Grintek Defence has seen incredibly impressive growth over the last few years, all while operating in a tough market that is global in scale and heavily regulated. CEO Trevor Raman explains how the company navigates this complex environment. 

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Wake up (and do business) the Dangote way

Vanessa Perumal , 10 September 2017

If it's true that the only entrepreneurs who fix problems are the ones who focus on profit margins and create new futures, then drenching yourself in the wisdom of Aliko Dangote is a good place to start. 

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7 Lessons Elevator learnt when partnering with their competitor for next level growth

GG Van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 10 September 2017

Merging your company with another is never an easy decision to make, but for the founders of Stretch and Point Blank it was the right move.

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This is why you need to have more lollipop moments

Pritesh Ruthun , 09 September 2017

If you’re looking to develop your leadership characteristics, why not consider the wise words from motivational speaker and leadership coach, Drew Dudley. 

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5 Top lessons from Vimala Ariyan on building a high-growth start-up

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 09 September 2017

Starting a business takes guts, focus and determination — and a lot of hard work. But get the basics right, and you can create something that makes a real difference in society.

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Innovation is key to business success

Andrew MacKenzie , 09 September 2017

Our world is evolving radically, primarily due to advances in technology. A changing world means the rules have also changed. As businesses look to innovate, what do we need to keep an eye on and what has affected this changing world I refer too? 

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15 Talks from powerful influencers to motivate you

Nicole Crampton , 31 August 2017

15 Leaders in their field share invaluable lessons that they learnt through their tumultuous careers, and how you can benefit from listening to their experience, advice and inspirational moments. 

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Take control – This is how you can create more time in your day

Glenn van Eck , 28 August 2017

Ask anyone how they are and you are likely to hear ‘I’m so busy’, that things are ‘hectic’. People wear their “busy-ness” like a badge of honour. I’d like to challenge this thinking; we need to give ourselves time to be still and to think so that we can be creative in our work and our lives. 

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3 Leadership truths all entrepreneurs should know

Diana Albertyn , 27 August 2017

Leading doesn’t always come naturally, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be a natural at taking your business to the top. 

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Why mental fitness is a competitive strategy you need to implement

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 26 August 2017

We’re so focused on physical fitness, health and maintaining our stress levels that we forget the impact our mental fitness has on our business. Here’s why I’m focusing on my mental fitness to build my business. 

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Key factors to consider when adapting your business model

Alon Sachs , 20 August 2017

Well-known furniture specialist Mobelli Furniture + Living has enjoyed years of success as an outdoor furniture brand. Alon Sachs, co-owner of the company, shares some business insights on the company’s range expansion.

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Why organic networking can be a growth technique for SMEs

Sibongile Booi , 19 August 2017

Discover how organic networking can become a natural, stress-free boost for your business growth. 

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5 Things I wish I’d known sooner as a female entrepreneur

Candace van Zyl , 18 August 2017

Find out what makes Tasneem Abed, an entrepreneur in Cape Town, consistently the highest performing ‘agent’ in her field. 

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What should directors constantly aim to improve?

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 17 August 2017

Director development and constant professional improvement is often associated with something only large corporates should, or are, doing. Very rarely do smaller businesses consider this as necessary. 

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9 Roles of strategic leadership you need in your business

Nicole Crampton , 15 August 2017

Your business can achieve profitable sales growth, increased market share, strategic change, and favourable alliances – if you get a handle on one or more of these nine roles of strategic leadership. 

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Avoid the founder’s trap and learn from Propertuity’s high-impact growth

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 12 August 2017

This is how you take one small idea — to bring communities, development and businesses back to the inner city through an ambitious urban regeneration project — and turn it into a reality. Welcome to Maboneng, place of light, nestled in the heart of Joburg’s inner city.

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How Ramona Kasavan built an organisation that helps women empower themselves

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 10 August 2017

Starting a business can be brutal. Your vision can take longer to materialise than you hoped, and you’ll probably have to adjust your model along the way. Ramona Kasavan knows that if you have a dream bigger than yourself, it’s worth fighting for. Here are her four pillars to a successful start-up that can change society as we know it. 

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Mark Cuban’s wisdom on how to think about your business when chasing growth

Pritesh Ruthun , 08 August 2017

Texas tycoon Mark Cuban shares his thoughts on sales, the customer, technology and leadership with you. 

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How Mark Sham earned his Suits & Sneakers

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 08 August 2017

For many businesses, the biggest challenge is getting their message heard. Through Suits & Sneakers, Mark Sham is not only building a huge microphone to create awareness around his business and his vision to change education and training in South Africa, but he’s forging a network of entrepreneurs and corporate businesses to champion the cause. Here’s how he’s doing it. 

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Innovation is key to future success

Andrew MacKenzie , 08 August 2017

By 2020, there will be 7.7 billion people on earth, and there will be a 40% growth in the global economy. An optimistic perspective would be to look at the fantastic potential this increase in our population and economic growth holds for brands and businesses. 

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Winning through a disruptive mindset

Nadine Todd , 27 July 2017

History is littered with companies who ignored the signs and didn’t adjust their models to suit potential future market conditions. The true disruptors remain market leaders. Here’s how they do it. 

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Are we (in life and business) becoming slaves to technology?

Glenn van Eck , 27 July 2017

Today we are more connected than ever. We use multiple devices and applications to access and manage the stream of information that comes from our always-on world. But are we fast becoming slaves to technology to the point of us not connecting personally? 

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5 Answers from Digital Kungfu on why podcasts are your best self development tool

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 26 July 2017

Advice from over 60 South African billionaires, CEOs and entrepreneurs is hard to come by. Unless you utilise the power of podcast interviews.

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Mentorship: It’s a growth technique for SMEs

Sibongile Booi , 19 July 2017

Here are five ways that mentorship can fast-track your business growth. 

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5 Ways to bulletproof your business

Heinrich van der Vyver , 18 July 2017

It’s generally agreed that the best way to ensure a healthier bottom line is to either increase income, or reduce expenses. 

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Wonder Jonamu explains how to be a good leader

GG Van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 12 July 2017

Great leadership means getting the most out of your people, but not at any cost. Good leaders always lead with compassion. 

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The founders of Zang Chocolate are fun, feisty and serious about growth

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 10 July 2017

Bringing a new product to the FMCG market is tough. You need the right product, partners and mindset. Here’s how the founders of Zang are getting it right.  

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10 Secrets of the world’s richest business leader worth emulating

Vanessa Perumal , 08 July 2017

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely business and sometimes needing a helping hand is just a click away. Living in a technology era, the opportunity to connect to global think tanks, influencers, leaders and visionaries who set the benchmark is literally a click away. 

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Do you know how to stay relevant?

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 07 July 2017

In this tough economic climate, you need to start focusing on business areas you can control. The ability to stay agile and relevant is in your hands. 

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You can expand your success beyond borders: 3 Thriving African markets

Diana Albertyn , 07 July 2017

Before considering a European or American location, why not explore Africa first? You’ll be impressed by the growth potential for your business on the continent. 

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Want to (effectively) lead through turbulent times? Try this today

Nadine Todd , 27 June 2017

Eight years ago, Super Group’s debt was 4 600% of its equity. Four years later, that debt had been eliminated. Here are three leadership lessons from the man who brought Super Group back from the brink of extinction. 

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Why pushing repeat on old ideas doesn’t cut it anymore

Lauren Durant , 27 June 2017

Digital has radically transformed how we connect with customers, and impacts the customer journey. There’s never been more pressure to deliver more for less. 

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Kim Coppen-Watkins on having and maintaining strategic growth

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 26 June 2017

The best opportunities don’t just land in your lap – you have to go out and make them happen. But while you’re building your business, don’t lose sight of your original vision. 

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6 Strategic leadership types in business you can learn from

Nicole Crampton , 23 June 2017

How can you lead in a way that sets up your business for future success, while still meeting current demands? You should leverage one or more of these six strategic leadership types. 

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At 21 Rodney Norman’s business owed R1 Million. Today he has a R100 Million turnover

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 12 June 2017

When Rodney Norman was 21, his first business ended up R1 million in debt. With so much owing to suppliers, he couldn’t continue trading. Instead, he needed to take stock of what had gone wrong, pull himself together, and come up with a plan. 

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How Cycle Lab’s Andrew McLean cycled his way to the top

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 10 June 2017

Andrew McLean is an ex-professional cyclist, TV presenter and the founder of Cycle Lab. He approaches business (and everything else in life) the same way he does a fierce race. 

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4 Secrets to success that helped Rapelang Rabana grow her business

GG Van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 07 June 2017

Rapelang Rabana is all about systems and processes, but that doesn’t mean breaking out the red tape and putting barriers in front of employees.

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Outstanding business leadership lessons from 5 global business leaders

Diana Albertyn , 06 June 2017

You haven’t made it this far without challenging experiences and sound advice. You’re a brilliant leader because you know there’s no limit to learning, as asserted by these business gurus. 

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Globalisation: It’s not the world, it’s you

David Sand , 30 May 2017

Globalisation somehow brings to mind a ‘super information highway’ of connectedness between all the countries of the world. But there’s more to it than that. 

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Hey business owner: Are you really listening enough?

Donna Rachelson , 28 May 2017

One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is being inwardly focused. But you can change that by trying this

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Effective leadership starts with clarity of focus

Nadine Todd , 27 May 2017

If your goal is to be an effective leader who is fulfilled both personally and professionally, you need to cultivate habits that support this aim. 

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How Ivan Epstein grew a bootstrapped start-up into an international organisation

GG van Royen, Entrepreneur , 26 May 2017

Ivan Epstein, entrepreneur and co-founder of Softline and Chairman of Sage Foundation shares eight lessons on turning a small company into an international business. 

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How Matsi Modise squeezes more out of every day while keeping it real

Nadine Todd , 12 May 2017

Being beyond busy - Matsi Modise of SiMODiSA on how she squeezes everything into one day.

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How Fintech Zoona is solving customers' real problems

GG van Rooyen , 10 May 2017

Having bootstrapped in the early days, Zoona’s executive team is now taking things to the next level with massive outside investment. Here’s their advice on how, when and why to search for growth funding. 

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International kickboxer Gjermund Nesland believes the only thing standing in your way is you

Nadine Todd , 05 May 2017

As a former international kickboxer, national kickboxing team manager in Norway and entrepreneur, Gjermund Nesland has learnt how important discipline and focus are to ultimate success.

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3 Ways (and reasons) why you should be networking for business growth

Diana Albertyn , 05 May 2017

Open the door to highly influential people that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to easily talk to or find. Networking offers you a great source of connections. 

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Are you under-leading and over-managing?

Nadine Todd , 27 April 2017

Effective leadership starts with the CEO, but to really run a strong organisation you need a top management team too. Here’s why you should be leading – not managing.

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Things every business owner should keep doing, stop doing and start doing

Jacques du Bruyn , 26 April 2017

Gain a firmer grip on your life and business by eliminating the things that just waste time and never lead to quantifiable results. Here are some tips to help you. 

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How Nicholas Bell got 10x growth right and sky rocketed Decision Inc

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 26 April 2017

Successful businesses are built through a series of challenges and solutions. Nicholas Bell doesn’t just deal with challenges as they arise though. He sets goals, determines what’s stopping him from reaching them and puts strategies in place to eradicate any and all obstacles.

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How to manage your cash flow when your company is growing

Nicole Crampton , 23 April 2017

As the CFO, you will need a strategy to grow the business without being tripped up by cash flow challenges along the way. This comprehensive guide can help you do just that

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Shark Tank’s Dawn Nathan-Jones: How leaders who focus on growth will build successful companies

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 12 April 2017

Shark Tank’s Dawn Nathan-Jones unpacks how leaders who focus on growth and development will build strong, sustainable organisations. 

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How Bataung Memorials’ Lebohang Khitsane disrupted the age-old tombstone industry

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 10 April 2017

Bataung Memorials is a company that has brought the latest technology to an industry that few people would associate with innovation. It shows that just about every field is ripe for disruption. 

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Think it. Become it. How your thoughts have power over your destiny

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 04 April 2017

Most high-performers know one very big secret: Words — especially the ones we tell ourselves — have tremendous power. Want to change your business, your life, your diet? It all starts with a single thought. 

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3 Lessons from Amazon to help you conquer the online shopping space

Diana Albertyn , 04 April 2017

More than half of SA’s online shoppers are spending their money abroad. Where does that leave your store? In a position to learn from an industry giant. 

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Lead your business to high-impact, high-growth returns

Nadine Todd , 27 March 2017

What separates top business leaders from their less successful counterparts? Here are five tips to becoming a high-impact leader. 

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RocoMamas founder Brian Altriche’s on fabulous failures and visualising success

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 26 March 2017

RocoMamas founder Brian Altriche is no stranger to failure. His first franchise left him in debt, he lost almost his entire life’s savings on the stock market, he got squeezed out of one business and sued by Red Bull in another… the list goes on.  And yet in each case he’s learnt and implemented vital lessons that have culminated in the runaway success of South Africa’s favourite smart casual phenomenon.

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How can watching ‘Crossfit’ help you grow your business?

Petra Laranjo , 24 March 2017

Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. If you apply these principles to your life and business, you’ll succeed where may others have failed. 

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Standard Bank and NWU showcase innovative University start-ups

22 March 2017

Standard Bank, NWU and Innovation Highway partner to assist innovators and entrepreneurs partner with industry players.

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The power of connections and leveraging it in your favour

Vanessa Perumal , 20 March 2017

Building a network or peers and mentors can enable you to identify the variables that are holding you back from truly shining in the world of entrepreneurship. 

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Kate Moodley’s believes your self-development should be a non-negotiable

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 12 March 2017

At 26 Kate Moodley was a GM at Momentum. She’s gone on to owning one of the most successful Discovery franchises in the country, and has won top franchisee more than once. A focus on hard work, discipline and integrity have allowed her to build an impressive career — without taking any shortcuts.

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5 Leadership mistakes you probably don’t know you’re making

Tony Davis , 12 March 2017

Leadership is a fine balance between obvious, emerging and not-so-obvious choices and trends, rendering it crucial for leaders to ensure that they are steering their companies to greatness by adopting the right choices and avoiding the below mistakes. 

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What leader will you be in 2017?

Heinrich van der Vyver , 10 March 2017

Wonder what type of leader you will be this year? In part two of this series of articles, learn about leadership styles and trends for 2017, and debunk some stuffy ideas that need to be bumped off their pedestals. 

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Demographica appeared in entrepreneur 5 years ago. Today the business model looks very different. Here’s why

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 10 March 2017

Demographica has been around for a decade, and in that time the company has enjoyed tremendous growth, quadrupling its turnover in the last two years alone, thanks to its ability to navigate some unexpected detours along the way. 

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Leadership and how you can get a handle on it in 2017

Hilda Lunderstedt , 06 March 2017

As we enter 2017, with only 3 years to go before we reach 2020, ending the first 20 years of this millennium, I believe all the changes we heard of and talked about will become a reality. 

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Scaling for success – 3 Factors to consider when building a bigger business

Diana Albertyn , 04 March 2017

Thinking of scaling up? Consider the following to implement successful growth. 

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The trendsetters: How Flux Trends stays ahead

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 03 March 2017

2017 is upon us. And with it comes new challenges, new technologies and new opportunities. According to Dion Chang of Flux Trends, the future is here. And those companies that refuse to acknowledge that things are changing, are destined to be left behind. 

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Developing good business habits for a great year

Belinda Mountain , 02 March 2017

If you’re looking to get into better habits within your business this year, here are a few tips to get you started. 

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3 Factors that impact your business’ growth strategy

Diana Albertyn , 27 February 2017

Growing is part of the success of any business. But money, your staff and customers play a vital role in the success of your expansion. 

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These great brands give top-notch advice on how to stand the test of time

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 26 February 2017

You don’t survive for decades without being smart and strategic in your business thinking. These great brands have flourished not only by being clever and adjusting to a changing business environment, but also by staying true to what made them special in the first place. 

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Unearthing the leadership style that will work best for you

Heinrich van der Vyver , 24 February 2017

Wonder what type of leader you will be in 2017? In this two-part series, let’s unpack leadership styles and trends for 2017, and debunk some stuffy ideas that need to be bumped off their pedestals. 

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The fundamental importance of making learning a part of your life

Glenn van Eck , 21 February 2017

Personal development is an often used but rarely understood term. In a nutshell, it's about investing in yourself in order to learn, grow and manage yourself (and others) effectively. If used wisely, it is your toolkit to deal with whatever life throws at you. 

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The real role of your (business) mentor

Mimi Rupp , 19 February 2017

Ask any successful business person, and they will all admit to having benefited from the advice of a mentor at some point. Many people have achieved great things because someone else believed in them and helped them along the way. 

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How you can keep it together when communicating under pressure

Karolina Sky Rafalski , 16 February 2017

Did you know that how you communicate under pressure very often affects how people will perceive you in the future? 

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The benefits of living (and practicing) the 80/20 way

Karolina Sky Rafalski , 14 February 2017

Whether it is in our personal lives or in business, we may find that very often our energy and success are usually split 80/20 according to Pareto’s law. 

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How Nonkululeko Gobodo leads to succeed

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 12 February 2017

The strength of Nonkululeko Gobodo’s vision, coupled with her drive to succeed, allowed her to lead others in her quest to build one of the biggest accounting firms in South Africa. 

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Jam Media's biggest lessons and how to chase growth the right way

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 10 February 2017

While it’s every start-up’s aim to focus on growth, there can be pitfalls to chasing growth too quickly. Jess Mouneimne explains how she learnt the cost of a bad hire the hard way. 

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The power of purpose and its impact on achievement

Nadine Todd , 04 February 2017

The best and biggest businesses, both internationally and at home, are built by leaders who understand that purpose has to come before profit. 

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Dream big, plan well, minimise risks says Braam Malherbe

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 03 February 2017

In 2006 adventurer and conservationist Braam Malherbe completed a world first when he and a friend ran 4 200 kms along the entire Great Wall of China in just under 100 days. For six days a week they ran more than a marathon a day through some of the world’s most extreme weather conditions. How did they achieve this? Through passion, purpose and a dream.

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Standard Bank furthers its exploration in blockchain across Africa

30 January 2017

Africa’s largest bank by assets, Standard Bank has joined the powerful R3 network of over 75 global financial services players to enhance their exploration into blockchain solutions that have the potential to alter the digital payment landscape of the future. 

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Cal Fussman explains how to effectively lead your business

Diana Kekana , 27 January 2017

Making business decisions using your heart is not as off-limits as you think. But, you eventually have to make level-headed decisions too. Cal Fussman explains how. 

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How Google measure company success

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 26 January 2017

Setting goals within a company is easy. Communicating these goals effectively and measuring the extent to which they have been attained is not nearly as easy, though. That’s why Google uses Objectives and Key Results. 

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How to manage your cash flow in a new business

Nicole Crampton , 24 January 2017

Your new business needs a fluidic flow of money (in and out) in order to succeed. These eight elements of cash flow management can help you ensure there’s always money in the bank. 

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Why personal development is critical for entrepreneurs that want to succeed

Chris Ogden , 22 January 2017

As a business leader, you have to assess, allocate resources and take action in an environment with constant technological disruption. You can do this only if you look to the future and develop yourself and understand what your business needs. 

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Are you going to wake up with purpose and direction in 2017?

Petra Laranjo , 19 January 2017

If you plan on taking ownership of your life in 2017, you need to define your path forward. Otherwise, you might find it difficult to know what’s achievable and what’s not. 

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Ready. Set. Plan your 2017 business growth development before you get off the start blocks

Vanessa Perumal , 14 January 2017

Eight in 10 entrepreneurs are optimistic about their own business prospects for the coming year and half of this group are ‘very optimistic’ about the next 12 months, according to a new report from Smith & Williamson. 

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How Renay & Russell Tandy have survived 2 recessions and built a successful agency

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 12 January 2017

In a tough market, Renay and Russell Tandy have weathered two recessions and continued to grow by focusing on being a niche agency. 

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How to make incremental changes for long-term growth

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 10 January 2017

Growing, accumulating and developing assets and resources is the core contribution of the Cultivator leadership personality.

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5 Stress-less ways you can take 2017 in your stride

Chris Ogden , 08 January 2017

You face daily challenges as an entrepreneur, particularly if you’re doing it alone. So, it’s important to learn how to handle stress. Some thrive of it, some finds it destroys them – but the most important thing is balance and learning how to deal with stress. 

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15 New Year’s resolutions successful entrepreneurs make (and keep)

Nicole Crampton , 05 January 2017

Successful entrepreneurs always strive to do better. You can become a better version of yourself with these business-focused resolutions. 

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Why a future-focused perspective can save your company

Nadine Todd , 04 January 2017

Business owners that aren’t taking the future into account might not see the disruptions heading their way until it is too late. Your 2017 strategy must have a future-focus. 

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Teboho Mafodi believes you should never stop learning – Even if it’s self-taught

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 03 January 2017

Teboho Mafodi started out with few learning opportunities. In fact, many of his early skills were self-taught. But that has only made him appreciate the value of education. 

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2017 is here. Time to create your ‘Best Life’

Hilda Lunderstedt , 01 January 2017

Here we are, a new year. Some of us are happy 2016 is over, while others had the best year of their lives. 

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3 Ways the way you think will impact on your growth success (or failure)

Diana Kekana , 27 December 2016

A fixed mindset could have a direct impact on the success of your business goals and abilities, so explore a fresher approach of getting things done. 

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How you can use your creditors to fund your business growth

Ivan Uttley, Entrepreneur , 26 December 2016

Everything you need to know to keep your cash flow positive, use your creditors to fund your business, and make your numbers work for you. 

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9 Steps you can take to master the art of time management

Karolina Sky Rafalski , 26 December 2016

If you feel like you haven’t achieved half of the things you had set out to do for the week maybe it’s time to address how you manage your time? 

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Zenzele Fitness’s clever tactics to grow in next to no time

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 12 December 2016

Tumi Phake has built Zenzele Fitness into a serious business relatively quickly, but it hasn’t been easy. The company’s quick growth has been the result of some very clever tactics. 

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Silver-Sphere Trading gives top advice about investing in (the right) precious metal

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 10 December 2016

Gold is not the only precious metal worth investing in. Zoltan Erdey of Silver-Sphere Trading explains why silver should form part of your investment portfolio. 

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Winning strategies to review 2016 and plan for your year ahead

Deirdre Elphick-Moore , 08 December 2016

With a little downtime on your side this festive season, why not take a while to assess how the year has played out and what you’re going to do differently in 2017. 

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Is planning outdated in the 21st Century?

Hilda Lunderstedt , 07 December 2016

These four actions can be adopted by you in the new year to achieve your goals and be (more) successful. 

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2017’s right around the corner: Time to rest and rejuvenate

Heinrich van der Vyver , 06 December 2016

It’s time for you to sit back and replenish your energy with a vital break. Ensure you set yourself up to succeed in 2017 by taking much needed rest and recuperation now. 

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Making a merger work to your benefit

Nadine Todd , 04 December 2016

Mergers can be an excellent growth strategy, but it’s also a complicated process. Here are three key tips if you’re considering a merger. 

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Turnover doubling every 10 months – Honeybee has set its sights to scale speedily

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 03 December 2016

Honeybee is doubling its turnover every ten months, but it will need to be eight times its current size before the business model starts to pay real dividends. Sam Clarke has his sights set on a highly scalable, profitable business that delivers real value to his clients. Here’s how he’s getting there.

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Why you need to make most of the success that’s in your hands

Nadine Todd , 27 November 2016

South Africa’s top business and sports leaders weigh-in on the three top reasons successful leaders build great organisations. 

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Urban property development brand Blok’s niche designs for the urban dweller in mind

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 26 November 2016

The Blok development brand has grown extremely quickly over the last two years by positioning its offering very carefully. Blok doesn’t just sell you a property, it curates an experience for you. 

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Will debt or equity financing work for your business’ expansion?

Karl Kumbier , 20 November 2016

Most entrepreneurs might agree that you ‘need money to make money’, as it’s challenging to grow a business without access to finance. Financing your business expansion through debt or equity are good options to consider if you don’t have capital of your own to invest. 

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Ready, set, grow: How to optimise your business for 2017

Heinrich van der Vyver , 15 November 2016

For South African businesses looking to grow, here are three steps that will ensure sustainable growth in 2017, and the years to come. 

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Why target lower LSMs? They offer potential for growth

Chris Ogden , 13 November 2016

As businesses go through peaks and troughs, and industries experience highs and lows, or businesses simply look for growth, entrepreneurs tend to look for vertical markets for existing products or services. But where to look? 

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4 Rules to tame complexity and bring back your start-up agility

Vusi Thembekwayo, Entrepreneur , 12 November 2016

Your business is changing. It just doesn’t feel the same any longer. It’s getting slow and complex. So how do you regain that agility and excitement? 

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Gain a competitive edge - have more (effective) conversations

Bev Hancock , 10 November 2016

How often have you come to the end of a day, filled with meetings and discussions with customers, suppliers, staff and other stakeholders, and thought to yourself – “At last, now I can start my real work”. 

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How Flick Visual Foundry found high rewards by taking a narrow view

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 10 November 2016

Two Cape-based entrepreneurs narrowed their focus to build a niché business with high rewards.

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TEDX is coming to Pretoria

08 November 2016

Fans and newcomers, it’s time to mark your calendars because TEDXPretoria takes place on 17th November 2016 at 012Central in Pretoria.

 

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3 Mistakes to avoid when going global

GG Van Rooyen , 04 November 2016

Entering a foreign market is risky, especially if you haven’t done your homework. Here are three mistakes you should avoid when trying to do business in foreign regions. 

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When is it time to cut the ties to your business?

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 03 November 2016

Grit and determination are good, right? You should never give up, right? Well, it’s more complicated than that…

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Why unrealistic expectations are good for you (and your business)

Su-Mari Du Bruyn , 30 October 2016

In the highly competitive market environment we operate in, unrealistic expectations may be the differentiating factor you need to secure your place as a market leader. 

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Vital legal factors you must consider when selling your business

Shelley Mackay-Davidson , 28 October 2016

Selling your business? Do you know what you are selling? The business, assets or shares? There are a variety of factors to consider when deciding what to sell and how to structure the transaction. 

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Adapt your approach, or face the prospect of failing

Nadine Todd , 27 October 2016

Change is happening all around us. How your business deals with that change could mean the difference between a thriving future and a failed company.

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Jason Goldberg asks are you (realistically) ready to scale your business?

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 26 October 2016

You’ve built a solid business. The money is coming in. Now you’re ready to scale – to go big. But are you really ready? Are you mentally prepared? Being a start-up founder and a company CEO is not the same thing.

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8 Visionary entrepreneurs share their leadership secrets to success

Nicole Crampton , 24 October 2016

How these larger-than-life entrepreneurs keep going and inspire their talented teams to succeed; even in the toughest of times. 

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Entrepreneurship is driving the ‘buy local’ economy

21 October 2016

Support and development of entrepreneurs will help drive the ‘buy local’ economy.

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7 Ways to earn employee (and peer) respect in the workplace

Donna Rachelson , 18 October 2016

It’s often said that respect is earned, not demanded, and that’s true. But how does one go about earning respect in the workplace? Here are seven strategies to do just that. 

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Personal branding: Don’t underestimate the power of your first impressions

Petra Laranjo , 16 October 2016

Our increasingly visual culture has made image the most powerful form of non-verbal communication. People should want to do business with you from the second they lay eyes on you. 

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6 Leadership styles you need to be the ultimate leader

Nicole Crampton , 15 October 2016

To enable your staff to perform at their peak, here are six leadership styles you can use to become a more astute business person. 

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Security sector success in Africa with Securitas SA

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 12 October 2016

Until 2009, Securitas had no presence in South Africa. Today it’s a large and respected local player. Here’s how the company posted extraordinary growth in record time by having the courage to make some very bold moves.

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Why it’s essential to Spring clean your mind this season

Karolina Sky Rafalski , 11 October 2016

We spring clean our houses, offices and even our bodies, but how often do we do it for our minds? 

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Inside the mind of the Travelstart risk taker – Stephan Ekbergh

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 09 October 2016

R648 million. That’s how much Stephan Ekbergh recently sold 49% of his company Travelstart for. How did he do it?

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5 Tips to stay on track with your goals and the bigger picture

Hilda Lunderstedt , 08 October 2016

The year is almost over, or is it?  It’s not too late to achieve goals. Now is the ideal time to re-align yourself and get back on track. 

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Why great companies fail

GG Van Rooyen , 04 October 2016

There is no such thing as ‘too big to fail’. Even the biggest, wealthiest and fastest-growing organisations can fail if they don’t heed the warning signs and avoid the pitfalls that lead to self-destruction. 

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The art of ‘fun’ leadership

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 03 October 2016

Great things happen when like-minded people work on things they love.

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Standard Bank receives recognition (and awards) in a tough economy

30 September 2016

Standard Online Share Trading and Standard Stockbroking wins prestigious Investor’s Monthly Top Stockbroker 2016 award.

 

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Success isn’t only about how well you perform at work

Skye Littlefield , 29 September 2016

Success; it comes in many forms. For most, it is in the form of work. But holistically, there’s so much more to it than that. 

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2 Vital elements for growth (and prosperity) in difficult times

29 September 2016

Corporate entrepreneurship and innovation are twin forces for growth and prosperity in difficult times.

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How pattern-matching can help your business grow

GG van Rooyen , 27 September 2016

What is the best way to quickly grow your client base? For many companies, pattern-matching could offer a very successful shortcut. 

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Got the eye of the tiger? How to lead like a champion

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 26 September 2016

Champion personalities inspire organisations and customers to follow them anywhere.

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Spring clean your personal brand: 3 Bad habits that must go

Donna Rachelson , 23 September 2016

Spring is here and it is time to embrace the new. That means ditching clutter and letting go of what’s not working in your life, and this relates to your personal brand too. 

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Business sustainability and its influence on your growth aspirations

Glenn van Eck , 21 September 2016

Every entrepreneur wants to see their business grow, yet few understand the significance of sustaining that growth. We all know the right ingredients, we include the right intellectual capital and talent pool to deliver strategic partnerships, and products/services with high demand. But, you need to look beyond the fundamentals to sustain this momentum. 

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20 Motivational quotes from SA’s top entrepreneurs to inspire you this Heritage Day

Nicole Crampton , 20 September 2016

Entrepreneurship means many different things to the variety of people living within South Africa. Read about what entrepreneurship means to these inspiring South African entrepreneurs. 

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5 Essential app-savvy tips for SME’s in need of digital evolution

Yvonne Dias , 13 September 2016

Business applications (apps) have changed the landscape for start-ups and small-to-medium enterprises by placing sophisticated software solutions, previously only accessible to large enterprises, in the hands of small players. 

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How Blue Label Telecoms manages stratospheric growth without losing the entrepreneurial edge

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 12 September 2016

The founders of multi-billion rand business, Blue Label Telecoms discuss the realities of taking your business public. 

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Make a distinctive impression with House of Janine

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 10 September 2016

Attract larger clients by making a lasting impression with style advice from Janine Starkey.

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The importance of staying positive in a challenging business environment

Amanda Hamilton-Attwell , 05 September 2016

People want to be happy. On Amazon you can find about 24 000 books dealing with happiness, yet the use of anti-depressants increases every year. The question is thus; why is it so difficult to be positive and achieve happiness? 

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Nonkululeko Gobodo on leadership that brings change

Nadine Todd , 04 September 2016

Whether you want to build an organisation that changes an industry, or make a difference in your community, there are five core leadership traits that will help you change the world. 

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Less than 10 years got 3 Way Marketing crashing through glass ceilings

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 03 September 2016

Tom Goldgamer and Danny Aaron have never borrowed a cent; they’ve funded all their growth internally, and their business model is 100% risk- based – which means they take on all the marketing risk, and clients only pay for results (in the form of hot leads or sales). It’s a big upfront cost for the company, but one that’s paid off in spades. Today the Benater Production Group is the holding company for 14 separate companies, has impressive year-on-year growth and a turnover of R200 million per year – all achieved in under ten years. 

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6 Principles to increase your influence – today: Authority

Axel Rittershaus , 31 August 2016

In our series of articles on the six principles of influence, today we discuss the principle of authority. We look at how much we are influenced by experts, how easy it became to be called an expert and how crucial it is for everyone in business to be regarded as an authority in his or her field. 

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Tough times don’t last, tough people do

Petra Laranjo , 30 August 2016

Life guarantees us hard times and sometimes spirit-breaking events. Knowing how to bounce back, so that we can move forward stronger, braver and with more gumption, is key to creating the life and business you desire. 

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Turning threat into opportunity

GG van Rooyen , 27 August 2016

If a company stays around long enough, it will inevitably face an existential threat. The good news is that this threat can also signal great opportunity. 

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Are you making demands or thinking flexibly?

Karolina Sky Rafalski , 25 August 2016

The inflexibility of the demands you place on yourself can make you inadaptable. 

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9 Traits that women must learn to remain successful in business

Hilda Lunderstedt , 23 August 2016

Too many women give up their ‘Self’, thinking that it is expected of them – self-love, self-worth, self-esteem. It’s a common issue amongst women and it needs to be addressed. 

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A catalyst can transform your board

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 22 August 2016

Catalysts excel at getting something going with energy, and are often found starting new businesses, leading a new project or taking an existing project into its next big step. And they’re essential for your business. 

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How female-power is building a nation

16 August 2016

South Africa is a country where gender and business stereotypes are rapidly disappearing. Although it still comes as a surprise that one of the nation’s leading social housing developers with more than 80 000 units to its credit is owned, managed and run by a woman.

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For Vusi Thembekwayo, focus leads to big wins

Vusi Thembekwayo, Entrepreneur , 15 August 2016

You can’t win every battle, especially not if you’re a small team. But you can choose your battles wisely. Success is all about focus. 

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10 Up and coming women in business to watch in SA

Nicole Crampton , 15 August 2016

Ten South African entrepreneurial women who are on the rise. 

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9 Top tips to accelerate you from entrepreneur to sales leader

Roy Clark , 14 August 2016

Entrepreneurs often fail because they do not build a solid sales team around them and may lack a sales leadership mentality. You cannot conquer the world by yourself. To grow your business, you will need to empower and engage with sales staff. So how do you do this? 

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Turn your networks into net worth with these important tips

Vanessa Perumal , 13 August 2016

Is your networking ecosystem actually improving your net worth? As the business landscape becomes more competitive, you’re going to have to pay careful attention to who you’re networking with and how they are contributing to your business’ growth. 

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Is your business a black flag or a red flag?

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 06 August 2016

Expanding your operation to new locations can be exciting, but what’s really driving the decision? Make sure it’s not ego.

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3 Top leadership traits to boost your growth

Nadine Todd , 04 August 2016

Large businesses are finely-tuned machines that dominate markets. Here are three ways for top leaders to lay the foundations of growth.

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Naadiya Moosajee’s overriding purpose is driven by her passion

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 01 August 2016

Balancing multiple businesses and corporate roles takes focus, dedication and purposeful passion — but if you have the right attitude, it’s amazing how much you can achieve.

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The importance of self-regard and your success

Karolina Sky Rafalski , 27 July 2016

How you value, and see, yourself is a reflection of how you represent or ‘sell’ yourself to others. 

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Why change really is possible in your business

Su-Mari du Bruyn , 25 July 2016

No matter the challenges you face in your work environment, there is a solution to every problem and by following a structured problem solving process you can make the necessary changes for the better. 

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Lead the charge by building your business momentum

Lizwe Nkala, Entrepreneur , 22 July 2016

Results matter, but they are not as critical as momentum. 

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How to grow your business when it’s already going good

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 15 July 2016

Growth is a mindset — and an ongoing journey.

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Are you prepared to protect your legacy?

Wouter Fourie , 13 July 2016

Have you planned for when you will not be at the helm of your business anymore? No? Well, join the majority of business people who have not yet gotten round to it. 

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9 Tips for investing off-shore

Hilda Lunderstedt , 11 July 2016

The off-shore investing trend has recently become very popular as our economy slows and the rand continues to weaken. This is what not only wealthy people have been doing for decades, but what most people who want to grow wealth have been doing.  

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6 Principles to increase your influence today: Social proof

Axel Rittershaus , 09 July 2016

In our series about the six principles of influence today we discuss the principle of social proof, the urge to follow other people when making decisions. We look at how difficult it is to have our own opinion and how a queue in a restaurant influences our behaviour. 

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'Business as usual' could ruin you

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 06 July 2016

As times get increasingly tough, strategic thinking becomes ever more important. Sticking to ‘business as usual’ and doing nothing can end in disaster.

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Top business leaders share their secrets

Nadine Todd , 04 July 2016

Serve your people, and they’ll serve your customers. That’s the secret to leadership, and top business owners know it. 

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Want to build your business? Sweat the details

Vusi Thembekwayo, Entrepreneur , 01 July 2016

What is the secret to growing a business successfully? After a decade of business, I’ve learnt that it’s the nuts and bolts that keep the ship afloat.

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Ezlyn Barends learnt that to grow, you must let go

Monique Verduyn , 27 June 2016

It didn’t take long for DreamGirls founder Ezlyn Barends to realise that if you want to grow your business, you must learn how to let go.

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How to prepare for business volatility

Lizwe Nkala, Entrepreneur , 24 June 2016

In light of recent market shocks companies must prepare their business model for survival and smoothly take advantage of the upturn as conditions improve.

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How to keep your business afloat despite the current economic landscape

Heinrich van der Vyver , 24 June 2016

Three cost-savings tips to help your business weather local economy strain and international market shocks caused by Brexit and uncertainty.

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Where do you lie on the cost vs benefit equation?

Su-Mari du Bruyn , 22 June 2016

Calculating the quantifiable benefit of your employees.

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Silulo Ulutho Technologies tackles tech target market

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 22 June 2016

The Rani brothers grew their business from one Internet café to 38 stores with a R22 million turnover by creating a market where none really existed. 

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Work smarter says Matsi Modise

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 15 June 2016

We chat to the Managing Director of the SiMODiSA Association. 

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Growing a global business: Trade secrets revealed

Louis Germishuys , 14 June 2016

From humble beginnings to global player: Here are some tips to help you grow your business.

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6 Principles to increase your influence – today: Consistency

Axel Rittershaus , 09 June 2016

In our series about the six principles of influence we’ll discuss the principle of consistency.

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What to look for in a partner

Pieter Scholtz, Entrepreneur , 06 June 2016

Finding the right partner can be tricky. Too many companies rush the process, especially when searching for a BEE partner.

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The innovator’s dilemma

GG van Rooyen , 04 June 2016

Focusing on the present is not good enough. These days, every founder and CEO needs to be a futurist as well. 

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All that glitters is not gold

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 01 June 2016

Fads come and go, and while they might sometimes offer tantalising business opportunities, it’s important to examine these trends critically. 

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Nurturing growing businesses through incubation

Dr. Ricardo Dames , 31 May 2016

Significant progress has been made with the launch of new business incubators since the Department of Trade and Industry’s announcement of its ambitious plan of rolling out 250 business incubators, three years ago. The department’s Incubator Support Programme incentive has specifically been used as a lever to unlock private sector appetite for SMME incubation and an Enterprise Development strategy. 

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Why ethical organisations need ethical leaders

Lauren Durant and Brendan Powell , 26 May 2016

All too often entrepreneurs are so focused on getting their business going and growing, that they fail to consider critical business issues like governance, ethical operation, and the sweeping influence of their moral compass – their code of conduct – and the behaviour of their team. 

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Steve Jobs helped Apple grow by doing less

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 24 May 2016

To build a business, it might seem logical to increase your product offerings, but is this always a good idea? Apple’s Steve Jobs didn’t think so. 

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For Chloé Consultants emotional intelligence is key to authentic leadership

Monique Verduyn , 19 May 2016

The founder of Chloé Consultants has proved that building your leadership capabilities, enhancing your understanding of human behaviour, and learning more about team dynamics enables real leadership.

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Basil O’Hagan and the risks of going public

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 15 May 2016

The O’Hagan’s chain of pubs was phenomenally successful, eventually becoming a publicly-traded company. But the tide turned and the organisation eventually went under. Founder Basil O’Hagan discusses the dangers of going public. 

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The Tap Room is opening the taps on a niche business

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 10 May 2016

The Tap Room founders Dyllan and Lliam Roach have managed to grow a niche business into a significant operation that currently boasts a R25 million turnover, and is set to grow to R50 million within the next 12 months.

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Design Partnership is growing big by acting small

GG van Rooyen , 07 May 2016

Design Partnership has managed to just about double its turnover in two years, yet it operates like a much smaller firm. 

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Understanding leadership and natural energy

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 01 May 2016

Want your board to make a true contribution to your operation? You need board members who are focused and engaged. And the key lies in understanding their natural energy.

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Who’s doing the driving in your business?

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 24 April 2016

Looking at long-term strategy when day-to-day tasks demand your attention is hard. Here’s why so many strategies fail to deliver.

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Lucid Holdings founders prove the value of an effective partnership

Monique Verduyn , 19 April 2016

Strategic business partnerships give entrepreneurs the benefits of shared financial risks, emotional support, diverse competencies and different perspectives.

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How AutoTrader anticipated change

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 15 April 2016

AutoTrader South Africa is an online behemoth, boasting more than three million visitors each month. Not that long ago, though, the brand faced the very real possibility of extinction.

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Innovation: The master key to business survival

Geoff Prissman , 15 April 2016

The current economic climate, with international brands landing on South African shores makes now the perfect time for local businesses to innovate to stay head of the crowd. 

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The evolution of leadership

Hilda Lunderstedt , 12 April 2016

Major drivers of change will shape future business leadership. Here’s what you could expect.

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Expand your business view by stepping into your competitor’s shoes

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 10 April 2016

How do your competitors see your strengths and weaknesses? The answers just might surprise you.

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The revised B-BBEE codes

08 April 2016

Significant changes to the new B-BEE Codes of Good Practice could reduce your current compliance levels by two to three levels. 

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How Howard Blake runs a R350 million company like a start-up

Monique Verduyn , 07 April 2016

Even though Howard Blake’s company – simply called Blake Holdings – has been around for 26 years, he hasn’t become complacent.  He believes in disrupting one’s own operation whenever possible.

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Dragon’s Den Polo Leteka gives her top tips to attract growth capital

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 01 April 2016

Expanding and building a business usually demands a substantial injection of cash. How does one win over potential investors who can provide growth capital? Dragons’s Den dragon Polo Leteka provides the answers.

 

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How to create an agile strategy to take you to the top

Bev Hancock , 27 March 2016

How do successful entrepreneurs balance the best of strategy with the flexibility of grabbing a great opportunity that presents itself in the moment? Entrepreneurs are so busy working in the business, that they hardly find time to work on the business. The answer lies in an agile and flexible plan that provides a basis for sound decision making in a competitive environment. 

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Adrian Gore – The disrupter

Juliet Pitman, Entrepreneur , 24 March 2016

When Gore launched Discovery, it was because he wanted to fix an industry that he believed was profoundly broken.

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Stand and command: The false-positive of leadership

Petra Laranjo , 23 March 2016

Autocratic leadership is not only archaic but counterproductive to sustainable company growth because of regular employee drop-offs. Unhappy and unengaged employees directly influence the bottom line. 

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How passion fuelled the growth of Branding Design SA

Monique Verduyn , 19 March 2016

It was a defined and directed passion that led Dean van Zyl and Heman Mohanlal to grow Branding Design SA into a R20 million business. 

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Want to get more done? Do less

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 15 March 2016

These are the shocking results of a study conducted by Stanford University that should compel you to put down your laptop or tablet, unplug from the world and just relax.

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How to fine-tune your brain

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 10 March 2016

Your brain’s not a muscle, but it does need exercise. Want to be more creative, productive and efficient? The secret lies in taking good care of your brain and developing it as much as possible. Here’s how.

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How The Tap Room scaled back to achieve growth

GG van Rooyen , 07 March 2016

How do you grow a business? For the founders of The Tap Room, it has often required the courage to scale back. 

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Mike Luptak Of Dlala Nje on recasting business roles

GG van Rooyen, Entrepreneur , 01 March 2016

When he decided to start Dlala Nje, Mike Luptak was venturing far outside his comfort zone. Now he is encouraging other companies to do the same thing, uncovering a goldmine of untapped potential in the process.

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Why you should get a rhythm in your business

Scott Picken , 28 February 2016

Use the ancient wisdom of the Eastern philosophy, cycles, seasons and methodology to set up systems and flows for improved efficiency. 

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5 Points of wisdom the Wright brothers can offer about leading big change

Patti Johnson, Entrepreneur , 24 February 2016

Learn from these Fathers of Flight how to confront your challenges, and your own dream just might take flight.

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GoBeauty founder on why it takes a lot of nerve to be an innovator

Monique Verduyn , 19 February 2016

How GoBeauty founder learnt that innovation is driven by courage.

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Save more, sell more: Preparing for growth

Bev Hancock , 19 February 2016

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?  

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Who wants to be a millionaire? 10 secrets to get you there

18 February 2016

Much has been written about the traits and habits of the wealthy, and how they amassed their wealth. A few literally struck gold, but others ‘struck gold’ with pioneering inventions or took advantage of technology to make people’s lives easier. 

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How Vusi Thembekwayo keeps his business growing

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 10 February 2016

If you always do what you’ve always done, you can’t expect different results. Real growth requires innovative thinking.

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How successful people stay calm

Travis Bradberry, Entrepreneur , 10 February 2016

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. Here's how.

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How AutoTrader SA managed a shift from print to digital

GG van Rooyen , 07 February 2016

AutoTrader successfully moved from print to digital by finding a measurable KPI that could be used to dependably track the migration. 

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Ezlyn Barends Of DreamGirls On Igniting Passion

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 02 February 2016

According to Ezlyn Barends of DreamGirls, great leadership is about finding and fostering passion in others. That’s how sustainable organisations are built — and grow.

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2016: Where to from here?

Su-Mari Du Bruyn , 26 January 2016

Looking back at 2015, what do you see? What worked well and what seemed to cause you a lot of frustration, took up a lot of your time and maybe even cost you a lot of money? These are the business processes that you should have on your list for review during 2016. And the sooner the better or else you might find yourself struggling with the same issues during the New Year ahead. 

 

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Is working too hard destroying your business?

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 24 January 2016

A strange phenomenon has emerged recently and I like to call it the ‘Busy Factor’.

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Finding the gap in the market can make you thrive

Karl Gotte, Commercial Banking at Standard Bank , 22 January 2016

Using innovative technologies and flexible strategies you can take advantage of the gaps in the market.

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Elon Musk’s secrets to mega growth

GG van Rooyen , 19 January 2016

Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City. South African-born Elon Musk is at the cutting edge of modern technology and is currently involved in several companies that could alter the course of human existence. Here are his secrets to growing great companies.   

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3 Signs you need to pivot

Todd Wolfenbarger, Entrepreneur , 15 January 2016

Here are three surefire ways to recognise when you need to alter your course and determine how to make a successful change.

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4 Tools to help you keep your ear to the ground

Monique Verduyn , 15 January 2016

Growing businesses face a range of challenges. Personal development – for you and your team – can help to overcome them.

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5 Infamous risks every entrepreneur must face

Michael Jordan, Entrepreneur , 10 January 2016

Five of the most common risks for entrepreneurs. It also suggests simple ways to reduce the financial consequences if they happen to occur.

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How Sorbet has built a leading brand in ten years

Nadine Todd , 07 January 2016

Ian Fuhr launched Sorbet with no experience in beauty, and yet today his brand is synonymous with the industry. Here’s why he believes the business has been such a success. 

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Customer base or new business?

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 01 January 2016

How should you deploy sales and marketing resources to ensure the best returns?

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Why total disruption will replace innovation

Hilda Lunderstedt , 28 December 2015

Companies will have to re-invent everything they do to remain competitive in the fast approaching technology driven business environment. 

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The fastest way to increase profitability

Harry Welby-Cooke, Entrepreneur , 24 December 2015

Believe it or not, more business owners seem to have an issue with price increases than their customers. Obviously, I’m not talking about pushing your price up by 50%, but most customers won’t even notice a small price rise.

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Corne’ Krige’s leadership insights

Nadine Todd , 19 December 2015

Former Springbok captain turned business owner Corne’ Krige believes that leadership is an essential component in moving your business forward. 

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Mindfulness: How to be completely present in the now

Andrew Robinson , 19 December 2015

Expert contributor, Andrew Robinson’s five top tips to dealing with stress and distractions.

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5 Ways to instantly connect with anyone you meet

Graham Young, Entrepreneur , 15 December 2015

Break bad communication habits and gain trust with these subtle techniques.

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3 Situations where scaling your business isn’t an option

Doug and Polly White, Entrepreneur , 10 December 2015

It's great to grow to the point where you're just managing managers, but that's not always feasible.

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Nic Haralambous on why real growth still happens in the ‘real’ world

GG van Rooyen , 07 December 2015

Nic Haralambous started his successful Nic Harry sock business online. To truly accelerate growth, though, he had to open up a physical retail store.  

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Bisila Bokoko on shifting your perspective

Tracy-Lee Nicol, Entrepreneur , 01 December 2015

By reading the right things, really listening and sometimes having a change of perspective, Bisila Bokoko from BBES gets the most out of her day, and out of others’ too. 

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Where are you keeping your business slush fund?

Almo Lubowski , 30 November 2015

You don’t need to invest your business slush fund in a fixed deposit or money market account. 

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6 Principles to make you more persuasive

Axel Rittershaus , 30 November 2015

Want to be more persuasive in business? Expert contributor, Axel Rittershaus, takes us through a series of articles on the 6 principles of influence.

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It’s holiday time! Don’t take your eye off the ball though

Regine le Roux , 27 November 2015

It’s that time of year, where you are counting the days to the much-needed fun in the sun, or perhaps a snow-capped skiing holiday in Europe. Whatever you choose to do this festive season, make sure that you get enough rest to recharge your batteries. With that said, now is also the time to think ahead and plan for 2016. 

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10 Ways competition can improve your business

Firas Kittaneh, Entrepreneur , 24 November 2015

If there is a market for your business, you will have competitors. Learning from them is the winning strategy.

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How to survive the seasonal slump

Kgomotso Mautloa , 22 November 2015

Every business goes through ups and downs. No business, no matter the size and style, is exempt from hitting bumps and slumps along the way - whether it be as a result of economic climates, general lack of revenue retention, or internal/external forces.

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Vusi Thembekwayo on why what got you here, won’t get you there

Nadine Todd , 19 November 2015

Innovator and founder of Motiv8, Vusi Thembekwayo shares his core tips on moving your business forward in a competitive market space. 

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The race for relevance in financial services

17 November 2015

Africa is our home. And for the past 153 years we have been helping drive her growth.  In the race to remain relevant for the next 153 years, we are looking to partner with innovators and entrepreneurs who help improve lives and fulfil aspirations across the continent, says Paul Steenkamp, Innovation Capability Exec at Standard Bank.

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5 Entrepreneurial roadblocks you never see coming

Jayson Demers, Entrepreneur , 15 November 2015

No matter how you approach them, roadblocks have the power to destroy your business if you ignore them, and they have the potential to help your business evolve if you catch them and address them appropriately.

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How successful entrepreneurs limit the downside to maximise future profits

10 November 2015

The year ahead will be tough, but commercial businesses that can process increased complexity and drive an entrepreneurial agenda are likely to outperform, says Standard Bank.

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Are you making these 4 leadership mistakes?

Brett Relander, Entrepreneur , 10 November 2015

Sure, you've got a lot on your plate. But remember that your team comes first. Always.

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Zico’s Tshego Sefolo on growing in a tough market

Nadine Todd , 07 November 2015

How do you grow a business when times are tough? According to Zico’s Tshego Sefolo you need to be brave and innovate, but you also need to be realistic.

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3 Signs that you should shut down your business

Deborah Mitchell, Entrepreneur , 01 November 2015

It's not an easy decision, but sometimes circumstances dictate it's the right thing to do.

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How to be an innovative organisation

Su-Mari Du Bruyn , 28 October 2015

Create the right culture in your business to drive innovation.

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Service businesses can be creative too

Dr. Thommie Burger , 28 October 2015

You may not think that your service business can be as creative as a product based business – but this is where you’re wrong.

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Innovative thinking can take you anywhere

Godfrey Madanhire , 26 October 2015

True creative thinking, which leads to innovation, starts with you.

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How to predict your business performance

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 24 October 2015

Predict and track your business’s future performance. Here’s how.

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Why you should be innovative about innovation

Regine le Roux , 24 October 2015

Grow and enhance your brand reputation through innovation.

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10 Truly inspirational South African entrepreneurs

Nicole Crampton , 23 October 2015

These inspirational SA entrepreneurs embody the focus, spirit and determination necessary to stare down defeat and come out on top.

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The big business mentality of Grow Consulting

Nadine Todd , 19 October 2015

Moving your business into a high-growth phase is all about laying the right foundations. Here’s the top growth lessons from Michael Greyling and Marlene de Lange of Grow Consulting. 

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Unexpected sources of inspiration

Alex Sudheim , 18 October 2015

Why you should be open to everything.

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Embrace open innovation before your competitors overtake you

16 October 2015

Globalisation has ushered in major benefits for many countries, including in Africa, but the pervasiveness of the recent financial crisis has highlighted that economic inter-dependence does not come without risks.

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Navigate a growing company in a crowded market with these 5 tips

Peter Gasca, Entrepreneur , 15 October 2015

Starting a company in a saturated market with huge competitors can be a huge challenge – unless you are patient in your development and diligent in your execution.

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Unlocking more funding for SMEs with Standard Bank’s Enterprise Development

14 October 2015

The newly revised BEE scoring will require support and funding to be provided for skilled people to move forward into business.

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Why consistency is key

Su-Mari Du Bruyn , 14 October 2015

Are you properly monitoring what’s falling through the cracks in your business? 

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Calling all disruptors to present your next innovative solution

14 October 2015

Standard Bank launches the Pathfinders Challenge, a platform for disruptors, to provide innovative solutions for the customer of the future.

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To survive your business must try new things

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 10 October 2015

If you want to survive, you have to keep trying new things – and you won’t always get them right. 

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The Creative Counsel on why you should spend money to make it

Nadine Todd , 07 October 2015

How the founders of R750 million-business The Creative Counsel, Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner, learnt how you first have to spend money to boost growth – and then tighten the reins to maintain it. 

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Leadership lessons learnt from adventurer Sir Ernest Shackleton

Axel Ritterhaus , 07 October 2015

Today’s leaders can learn from one of the world’s greatest failed adventures and the indomitable spirit of the man who fashioned glory from disaster. 

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10 Behaviours of real leaders

Steve Tobak, Entrepreneur , 01 October 2015

Leaders lead. Followers follow. You can't do both. That's not opinion; it's biology.

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5 Strategic steps to help you double your revenue next year

Jeff Shore, Entrepreneur , 24 September 2015

Create a carefully crafted plan combined with a fierce dedication to execution that will require a shift in your thinking.

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Why Dial a Nerd radically changed its business model for growth

Nadine Todd , 19 September 2015

Internal and external business transformation can only be achieved through implementing new systems and the help of your employees. Here’s how Dial a Nerd is getting it right. 

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How your CEO fat-cheque must be determined by your performance

Carl Bates, Entrepreneur , 15 September 2015

Why performance-based remuneration leads to higher profits.

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Women in Innovation: Inspiring others

15 September 2015

Standard Bank’s 2nd Women in Innovation Event inspires attendees to achieve their highest desires.

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The path less travelled on the journey to success

Godfrey Madanhire , 15 September 2015

Entrepreneurship is not for the fainthearted, it’s a journey of courage and risk-taking in the face of potential failure. These are my hard-earned lessons learnt on the road to success.

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How creator of the GoBeauty app successfully ran the start-up gauntlet

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 10 September 2015

Tatjana Mihajlov-Pilbeam, creator of the GoBeauty app believes that your attitude and mindset will determine success, which is why negativity does not belong in her business.

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How making toast can solve your biggest challenges

Tracy-Lee Nicol , 07 September 2015

If you find your company faced with a fiendish problem, Tom Wujec from Autodesk, a software design company for engineers, can show you how to solve it. And it all starts with toast.

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How to juggle your business life and personal life

Kgomotso Mautloa, Green Robot Design , 05 September 2015

Your business is your baby and you devote every minute of every day to nurturing and growing it. But have you forgotten yourself in the process?

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Your business will only grow as much as you grow

Allon Raiz, Entrepreneur , 01 September 2015

Who would you need to be in order to run a business ten times your size?

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What women really need to get ahead in business

Donna Rachelson , 31 August 2015

What does it take for women to get ahead in the workplace?

 

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First of its kind exit conference

31 August 2015

Standard Bank co-sponsored Moneyweb’s first-ever Exit Conference, an event that highlighted the importance of a dependable exit strategy.

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7 Ways to go from a boss to a leader

Gina Folk, Entrepreneur , 24 August 2015

Guide, don't control your employees – and admit when you're wrong.

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Leadership lessons learnt from the amazing women in my life

Su-Mari du Bruyn , 24 August 2015

Five top lessons learnt from top-class business women. 

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How to own your femininity in the corporate world of business

Petra Laranjo , 22 August 2015

It’s not about competing with our male counterparts but instead, owning our femininity in the room.

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Amy Kleinhans-Curd on facing challenges head-on

Nadine Todd , 19 August 2015

Amy Kleinhans-Curd knows that to grow your business and yourself, you need to keep pushing your limits, embrace challenges, and give your employees the responsibility they need to thrive. 

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Women in business: Authenticity through balance

Regine le Roux , 19 August 2015

How can women stay true to themselves in the workplace? Regine le Roux examines how reputation is built on authenticity.

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3 Situations where it makes sense to sell a part of your business

Doug and Polly White, Entrepreneur , 15 August 2015

Bringing in a partner or investors could lead to significant growth.

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7 Management lessons from a 7-time CEO

Jack Sweeney, Entrepreneur , 10 August 2015

Get out of the way of your team and hire people you want to see in the hallway.

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Koo Govender: Bringing brands together

Tracy-Lee Nicol , 07 August 2015

When you’ve built a career as the face and voice of M-Net and DStv for 22 years, you learn a thing or two about merging personal and company brand-building. Here, Koo Govender provides insights into how she’s leveraged the two for the greater good. 

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17 Wealth terms you should know

05 August 2015

Every day consumers listen to the radio or watch financial news on TV and hear familiar terms to describe the economy, but do we really know what they mean? 

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Choose your own adventure: How to take your business to the next step

Jon Nastor, Entrepreneur , 01 August 2015

You may know exactly where you are today, but you don't, can't and shouldn't know where exactly you're headed tomorrow.

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Why there’s no better time for SMEs to innovate than the present

31 July 2015

SME’s are operating in a highly competitive environment which is why innovation is key a few steps ahead of your competition.

 

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15 Super things every business owner should know

Dennis Armstrong , 27 July 2015

An introduction to a series of articles discussing everything you need to know as an entrepreneur. 

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11 Tips to transform a crisis into an opportunity

Regine le Roux , 26 July 2015

Here’s how to remain calm in the face of business crisis. 

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5 Bad decision-making habits that can destroy your business

Larry Alton, Entrepreneur , 24 July 2015

A deliberative, thoughtful process for making decisions doesn't guarantee a good result but it makes one more likely.

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New Standard Bank finance unit helps businesses to meet BEE targets

21 July 2015

The new unit helps corporate and commercial size businesses to achieve BEE targets, and also helps Exempted Micro Enterprises (EMEs) and BEE Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) to access structured finance solutions.

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How to overcome entrepreneurial anxiety

Kgomotso Mautloa , 19 July 2015

Entrepreneurial anxiety is a real thing, but that doesn’t mean you need to let it get the better of you. 

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Quinton van der Burgh: Money comes and goes, but reputation lasts forever

Nadine Todd , 19 July 2015

Lessons from one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, Quinton van der Burgh, on why you should always be thinking long term. 

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How virtual reality is saving lives

16 July 2015

How innovation and technology is saving lives in the mining sector.

 

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How to create a high performance culture

Petra Laranjo , 16 July 2015

Start with the basics: Why, how, when and who.

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How listening makes up 80% of your business success

Marshall Goldsmith, Entrepreneur , 15 July 2015

How well do you really listen? Well, when 80% of your success is built on learning from others through listening, it’s time to start.

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How R95 million in energy costs was saved

14 July 2015

SA’s copper mine’s energy costs was reduced by billions thanks to a partnership with a local SME.

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How singer-songwriter entrepreneur Jimmy Nevis balances it all

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 10 July 2015

Pop singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur. Jimmy Nevis learnt that success is all about finding balance. 

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Why more CEOs are using capital investment to meet energy needs  

07 July 2015

Companies are engaging finance institutions for capital solutions to address energy security concerns.

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How iFix keeps up with growth in their market

Tracy Lee Nicol , 07 July 2015

Growth strategies from the guy who started in a dorm room and now has one of SA’s most recognisable smart device repair franchises - iFix.

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How big businesses are embracing entrepreneurial innovation and agility

07 July 2015

Winners of The Growth Engines display innovation in cost, value and strategy.

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5 Habits that are destroying your ability to lead

Larry Alton, Entrepreneur , 01 July 2015

Your leadership skills will ultimately determine your professional success or failure.

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Effective innovation – boosting efficiency while saving on costs

29 June 2015

Healthcare services giant, Discovery, turns preconceived notions on their head in the recent Growth Engines episode.

 

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Apps driving ‘democratisation’ of the workplace

23 June 2015

Apps are driving more choices and better prices for consumers in the world.

 

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Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner: Geared for growth

Nadine Todd , 19 June 2015

The founders of the R700 million business The Creative Counsel, Gil Oved and Ram Neu-Ner reveal why it’s better to think big, and how stepping away from the daily activities of your business will help you to grow. 

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Time-saving tips from Santie Botha

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 15 June 2015

From how you start your day, to how you follow it through, Santie Botha offers her advice on getting more done, in less time. 

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Possibility of rate and price increases could create a ‘perfect storm’ for SMEs

12 June 2015

SMEs must pay attention to the Reserve Bank’s warning that interest rates cannot be held down indefinitely 

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Future proof your business by capitalising on trends

12 June 2015

Entrepreneurs who can identify trends, assess their duration and viability, and swiftly turn them into sustainable opportunities, are entrepreneurs who are geared for success.

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5 Ways entrepreneurs can gain a competitive advantage

Peter Voogd, Entrepreneur , 10 June 2015

If you want to build a company that no longer needs to go head to head with others, you need to build leverage.

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The best lessons in leadership - from school principal Dian Cockcroft

Tracy-Lee Nicol, Entrepreneur , 07 June 2015

How lessons from a veteran school principal, Dian Cockcroft of St Francis College can be applied to your business.

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6 Ways to be more productive by working less

Dr. Spencer Blackman, Entrepreneur , 01 June 2015

Ironically, scheduling breaks and walks outside actually helps you accomplish more.

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How to keep your business up and running during load shedding

Heino Gevers, Entrepreneur , 24 May 2015

How a robust business continuity plan can assist during bouts of load shedding and power cuts.

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How the new B-BBEE codes could affect your small business

Catherine Bristow , 19 May 2015

Make sure that you are aware of the new changes to the BBBEE codes and how they could impact your business.

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The new BBBEE codes: What to expect

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw , 19 May 2015

The new B-BBEE codes are causing quite a stir amongst small businesses. Get to grips with the changes and how these could impact your small business.

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Conrad Hilton: From bell boy to president

19 May 2015

Wisdom in brand building from the man who started the Hilton Hotel Group, Conrad Hilton.

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Why business interruption insurance is not a solution for load shedding

19 May 2015

90% of business interruption insurance claims as a result of load shedding will not be paid out.

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4 Ways for entrepreneurs to inspire confidence even when talking about failure

Joseph Pigato, Entrepreneur , 15 May 2015

Consider whether or not you might be on the good or bad side of the equation when discussing the following.

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7 Ways to double the value of your online business in 12 months

Thomas Smale, Entrepreneur , 10 May 2015

Think of intelligent ways to monetise your traffic and online customer base without interfering with the user experience. 

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Why Ole Media Group focus on the people factor

Nadine Todd , 07 May 2015

Building high-growth businesses through a focus on your number one resource: Your people. 

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Develop these 5 skills to become a tremendous leader

Susan Steinbrecher, Entrepreneur , 01 May 2015

Recent research and reports confirm leadership development should be considered a top priority in 2015.

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Yossi Hasson's smart tactics that will score you hours of productivity

19 April 2015

Yossi Hasson, co-founder of IT firm Synaq is a productivity master, using apps and smart tactics to get more out of his day. These are his top tactics you can use. 

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Arianna Huffington’s recipe for success: Avoid burnout

Nina Zipkin, Entrepreneur , 13 April 2015

Arianna Huffington’s recipe for success is simple: Unplug, renew and recharge. But for most entrepreneurs that’s like advising them to stop breathing. Here’s how you can avoid burnout. 

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Is your business making this one giant mistake?

Carla Goodman, Entrepreneur , 09 April 2015

Is your business too dependent on one big client? 

 

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How a teacher became an industrial fastener entrepreneur

08 April 2015

If anyone had told newly-graduated teacher Surendra Padayachee that his future lay not in the classroom, but rather in the world of industrial fasteners, he would have been laughed at.

 

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7 Failures every entrepreneur must eventually face

Jayson Demers, Entrepreneur , 05 April 2015

As you develop yourself as a business owner and work to achieve your goals, you’ll inevitably experience these seven failures.

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Rich Mulholland is blowing up the pigeon-hole

02 April 2015

Niches are great. They’re the reason people are able to connect you and your business with a specific problem they need solving. But what does that mean for you when you try and branch out with other offerings? Rich Mulholland talks candidly about being pigeon-holed and how he blew up the birdhouse. 

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How investing trust in SME suppliers can deliver big business dividends

02 April 2015

Opportunity can be born from disaster. A business failure by one entrepreneur can become another’s success story. 

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7 Keys to growing your business

Brian Tracy, Entrepreneur , 01 April 2015

Increase your sales with these 7 principles every successful business should follow. 

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Collaboration & innovation is driving SA’s economic growth

16 March 2015

New TV series to highlight dynamic symbiosis between big business customers and small business suppliers.

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What’s your end game?

14 March 2015

Execs and entrepreneurs are often so busy building the here and now, they forget about their retirement. What have you got planned?

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How to know if your business has reached the next level

Doug and Polly White, Entrepreneur , 13 March 2015

Entrepreneurs often talk about getting their businesses to the next level. What does that mean?

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What B-BBEE Codes changes will require from large companies and growing SME’s

11 March 2015

BBBEE changes will have a big impact on SMEs with an annual turnover of between R5 and R10 million.

 

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Vuyo’s: Getting the science of pricing right

Tracy Lee Nicol, Entrepreneur , 05 March 2015

Here’s how Miles Kubheka, owner of Vuyo’s, shifted from a pricing strategy that wasn’t making money, to a science that upped his profits significantly. 

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Ephraim Mashisani's insights into going niche or going wide

02 March 2015

Nyalu Communications has grown to a R50 million rand printing company not by following the herd and going niche, but finding the right functionalities to add that will benefit the client. This is how Ephraim Mashisani works out the pros and cons.

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The drivers of SA’s economic growth: Business collaboration and innovation

02 March 2015

New TV series to highlight dynamic symbiosis between big business customers and small business suppliers.

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When strategy stalls, lead with conviction

Lizwe Nkala, Entrepreneur , 01 March 2015

The best well-run businesses suffer periodic strategic decay. 

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How Huizemark leads by example

25 February 2015

Huizemark is a real estate brand that’s stood the test of time, having recently turned 52 years old. But a brand that lasts is one that’s able to change with the times, and for that real leadership is required. This is how they do it.

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9 Ways to become a better leader

Rob Reuteman, Entrepreneur , 20 February 2015

The leadership refresher course.

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Netflorist's tips on when to say ‘no’ to revenue

17 February 2015

How NetFlorist’s laser focus has meant saying no to revenue now for greater growth prospects later.

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How to position your business now so you can sell it later

Pavlo Phitidis, Entrepreneur , 15 February 2015

Passion without purpose is not enough to get your business sold or funded. 

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You’re getting it wrong! How bad delegating can harm your business

Marshall Goldsmith, Entrepreneur , 09 February 2015

How delegating inappropriately can do more harm than good.

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5 Things to do before saying ‘I Do’ to a business partner

Deborah Mitchell, Entrepreneur , 01 February 2015

When forming a business partnership - just like a marriage - there are certain key steps to take at the beginning that will help in the transition if your professional relationship should end.

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The ultimate test: Stepping away

30 January 2015

If it’s your vision to grow a high impact business, are you prepared to step away to let that happen?

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The one skill most entrepreneurs need, but often overlook

Lisa Evans, Entrepreneur , 27 January 2015

Unfortunately, in today’s super-competitive landscape, merit and qualifications simply aren’t enough.

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How saleable is your business?

Pieter Scholtz, Entrepreneur , 23 January 2015

The key reason to start a business should be to sell it one day, and the way to become truly wealthy is by buying, building and selling multiple businesses – not just one.

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6 Secrets to making business decisions that get results

Stan Popovich, Entrepreneur , 19 January 2015

Here are six suggestions on how to make the right business decisions.

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Nick Mallett on why leaders must play to their team’s strengths

17 January 2015

How former Springbok coach Nick Mallett had to learn to let his team play to their individual strengths – and why you should do the same in your business. 

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What leadership style are you and will it get results?

Rob Reuteman, Entrepreneur , 15 January 2015

What style of leadership is best for engagement?

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6 Secrets to being more productive each day

Aaron Goodin, Entrepreneur , 09 January 2015

Leaders have to learn how to make better use of their time spent.

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Always deliver more, in business and life, with these 3 principles

Matthew Toren, Entrepreneur , 01 January 2015

Here are three areas for where to deliver more that will help you guide your startup and live the golden rule.

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Why Paddy Janneman doesn’t see marketing as an expense

30 December 2014

Paddy Janneman is the owner of Cardz Group understands marketing is the best investment you can make.

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The 9 biggest financial warning signs

Brian Hamilton, Entrepreneur , 27 December 2014

The key, like any illness, is to catch the symptoms early, so that you can begin to identify the causes.

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How to apply the ‘law of accumulation’ to your business and your life

William Ballard, Entrepreneur , 23 December 2014

The Law of Accumulation simply says, ‘A small thing accumulated over time can become a big thing’.

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10 Ways to quickly generate leads

Mike Templeman, Entrepreneur , 19 December 2014

There are hundreds of ways to generate leads,here's ten that can help you.

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CEO of Shanduka Black Umbrellas on picking your battles wisely

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 17 December 2014

When do you kick down a door, and when do you walk away? Mark Frankel, CEO of Shanduka Black Umbrellas tells you when to do both.

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Why owning a business isn’t the only way to make wealth

Karl Kumbier, Entrepreneur , 15 December 2014

Most business owners plough their money back into their business, and while this is good for growing a business, it shouldn’t be the only means to grow wealth

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How Google turned around management resistance

Tracy-Lee Nicol, Entrepreneur , 09 December 2014

Google is an awesome company that many entrepreneurs want to model their own businesses on. But would you believe the company was once highly resistant to and disdainful of management?

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How to implement a formula for succession

08 December 2014

Family businesses are too casual about succession planning – study.

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3 Reasons your business isn’t growing

Adam Callinan, Entrepreneur , 01 December 2014

Why won’t my company grow faster?

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Want to get rich? Know how to diversify your investments

Jason Fell, Entrepreneur , 27 November 2014

For more investment tips, and to find out the one thing Cardone invests his money in, watch this video.

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Dorian Isaacson: A step up on the success ladder

27 November 2014

Local really is lekker when Dorian Isaacson's business, Isaacson’s Ladders grew 10 fold by manufacturing locally.

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VIDEO EDITORIAL: What is 'open innovation' and what are banks doing in this space?

25 November 2014

In this fast changing world, open innovation and collaboration are increasingly becoming less of a differentiator, and more of a ticket to the game.  This statement applies as much to banking as any other business sector. 

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8 Questions business leaders should ask themselves every day

Abigail Phillips, Entrepreneur , 23 November 2014

Asking yourself these questions every day will help you grow as an individual and as a leader.

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3 Tips for not stumbling when your startup is poised to scale

Mindy Hall, Entrepreneur , 19 November 2014

The trick lies in knowing when to hold on, when to let go and how to evolve your traditions to new ways of working.

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Brand Pretorius: The heart of great leadership

17 November 2014

Lessons from Brand Pretorius on being an aspiring leader. 

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The million rand question that can resolve your company woes

Stephanie Vozza, Entrepreneur , 15 November 2014

Use 20 minutes of catalytic questioning to resolve your company’s issues.

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5 Ways to channel your inner millionaire

Scott Halford, Entrepreneur , 09 November 2014

Here’s how to harness your brainpower to maximise productivity.

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Want to be a good manager? Pick up a book.

Kelsey Meyer, Entrepreneur , 03 November 2014

For those that have experienced poor communication at a company, you know it isn't pretty – especially for smaller companies.

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How mobile payment can improve your customer experience

31 October 2014

Mobile payments add a new level of convenience to both the customer and the business owner.

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Why leaders should be the light switch for their workforce

30 October 2014

Leadership is all about inspiring your employees, not controlling them.

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8 Tips for staying healthy in an open office

Dr Spencer Blackman, Entrepreneur , 27 October 2014

Here are eight tips for staying healthy in an open office.

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Brand mapping: The route to small business prosperity

24 October 2014

Building a brand that gives people an idea of what your company does and what it stands for can be enough to attract new customers and retain existing ones.

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Show me the money: Get the most out of your financial manager

Grant Robson, Entrepreneur , 23 October 2014

Using an under-qualified, inexperienced financial manager to control and manage your company finances because they are ‘not as expensive as the other guy’, could be setting a path for your company’s financial ruin or even liquidation.

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5 Steps to take your meeting from futile to phenomenal

Su-Mari Du Bruyn, Entrepreneur , 19 October 2014

Any time spent in a meeting, is time that cannot be spent on other (sometimes more value adding) activities.

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The fine art of delegating

17 October 2014

Mastering the 70% rule will help you figure out what to delegate. 

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BBBEE compliance: Why it is relevant now

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw, Entrepreneur , 15 October 2014

An important change is that the new BEE codes reduce the existing seven scorecard elements (generic scorecard) to five. Here's what that means for your business. 

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Why E-commerce is a worldwide sales platform for small business

14 October 2014

Entrepreneurs looking to the internet to expand their businesses see a world of new opportunities.

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Before you own your industry, your clients need to love you

Douglas Kruger, Entrepreneur , 09 October 2014

Be true to your word. The alternative is not worth it.

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Why the office space is impacting on your habits and productivity

Nicholas Haralambous, Entrepreneur , 03 October 2014

Find office space and work habits that support productivity and quality thinking.

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Why the disciplined entrepreneur is a happy, successful entrepreneur

01 October 2014

Successful entrepreneurs are usually admired for the disciplined approach they have in life and business.  This attitude enables them to spend seemingly endless hours tackling the important and small tasks that come with every enterprise.

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The power of inferior choices

30 September 2014

You’d think offering the best choice would increase sales, but it’s actually the other way around.

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What’s worth chasing: Happiness now or happiness later?

Laura Entis, Entrepreneur , 27 September 2014

Because life happens one moment at a time, pursuing any long term goal really only works if you also derive some energy from the pursuit itself.

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Why huge success can be your greatest enemy

27 September 2014

Market leaders are in the best position to grow their businesses because of their large capital, rich talent pool, and intimate knowledge of the market. But, throughout history key companies have stumbled, declined sharply, or gone bankrupt due to a failure to innovate.

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The forgotten ingredients of a winning strategy

Kevin MacKenzie, Entrepreneur , 23 September 2014

Beliefs and ideas are the forgotten ingredients of winning strategies.

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Silent killers of great businesses and how to avoid them

Pavlo Phitidis, Entrepreneur , 19 September 2014

These killers are seldom obvious and yet destroy the lives of solid entrepreneurs, eroding the value of some of the country’s best businesses and brands.

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Entrepreneurial sisters clinch R1 million ‘Think Big’ prize

19 September 2014

Oh-lief wins the Think Big competition after 10 weeks of competing against 12 businesses to win the R1 million prize.

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From organic ‘baby bum balm’ to global cosmetics brand

19 September 2014

Winners of the Think Big competition, Oh-lief, are set to grow their business to a global brand.

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5 Secrets to achieving and maintaining work-life balance

Craig Cincotta, Entrepreneur , 15 September 2014

To help entrepreneurs, managers, and employees strike the right balance, here are five ways to achieve and maintain life-work balance.

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Risk is the admission fee of entrepreneurship

Amy Rosen, Entrepreneur , 09 September 2014

To many would-be entrepreneurs, the risks are roadblocks that keep them on the sidelines. Here's how to manage risk for business growth.

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Achieving your goal with individuality

Marc Pillay, Entrepreneur , 03 September 2014

To be guided by role model mostly leads to disappointment because the results you want usually fail to materialise.

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Leadership is not about you, but it’s all about you

30 August 2014

Nicola Tyler, CEO of Business Results Group, presented at the Standard Bank GIBS Business Breakfast on what distinguishes a good leader from a great one.

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Steps to consider when turning your business into a franchise

28 August 2014

New business owners often aggressively pursue market share and profits at all costs, without having a proper business strategy in place to sustain growth. 

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Using heart-centered leadership to engage your workforce

Lisa Evans, Entrepreneur , 27 August 2014

Encouraging emotional connections between managers and employees is the key to better performance and improved employee engagement, says Susan Steinbrecher, an executive coach and co-author of Heart-Centered Leadership: Lead Well, Live Well.

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Robin Sharma on becoming a ‘chief inspirational officer’

27 August 2014

Robin Sharma advises you on how to step above mediocrity and influence those around you to engage better and gain a foothold over competitors.

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What’s the fuss about corporate social investments?

Puseletso Mary Modimogale, Entrepreneur , 23 August 2014

Most entrepreneurs have time to worry about CSI, but should they actually be giving it some serious thought? 

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3 Reasons your business is dying

Mr. Vusi Thembekwayo, Entrepreneur , 19 August 2014

Many entrepreneurs believe that if they develop a better product than their competitor they will succeed. This is particularly not the case for early-stage entrepreneurs. What guarantees’ you success in the early years is top-line (sales) & then your ability to convert that into ‘money in the bank’ or free cash flows.

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Find ways to lift profit margins without much effort

Andrew Miller, Entrepreneur , 15 August 2014

Do you know what levers you should be pulling to master your profit margins?

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Balance business costs with income and prosper

12 August 2014

When it comes to business, sometimes you have to learn to balance to achieve more.

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10 Things real leaders do

Steve Tobak, Entrepreneur , 09 August 2014

Leaders lead and followers follow. It’s not complicated – you’re either one or the other. Which are you?

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Why clock watching will keep your franchise business ticking over

08 August 2014

When running a franchise you expect the business to operate perfectly so that all opportunities of making profit are exploited. However, as we all know, achieving perfection means splitting your efforts over many activities, which often requires time. 

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The key to your business growth lies in finding the right partner

06 August 2014

When a business expands and becomes too demanding for the owner to do everything, the emphasis should be on collaboration, directing and managing the efforts of others. 

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Win-win: Strategically partner with your top competitors

Martin Zwilling, Entrepreneur , 03 August 2014

Entrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors. Generally, they are so focused on killing competitors that they fail to see the positive potential of a strategic partnership or some other type of collaborative relationship. Sometimes you have to put aside the emotion and the passion and just look at what is best for your business.

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Why your passion, willpower and expertise isn’t enough to make you succeed

01 August 2014

Developing a business plan is a strategic investment in the future and sustainability of your business.

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Taking your business to the next level? Stop first and consider this

01 August 2014

The reluctance to let go of control can be a barrier to the growth of many businesses. 

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5 Critical questions you need to ask a potential investor

Bryan Stolle, Entrepreneur , 31 July 2014

Ask how future funding decisions are made and understand the process for when you need to raise more money. 

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Mandi Fine's best advice on creating time for good ideas

30 July 2014

Carve out time outside of the office for new and innovative ideas. Here's how Mandi Fine is the group CEO of Fine Healthcare gets it right.

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Andrew Cook's lessons in exponential growth

27 July 2014

Smoke CCS started as a small customer service business. Today, it’s aiming to corner the international market. Here’s how founder Andrew Cook is doing it. 

 

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Is your business ready to export?

Entrepreneur , 23 July 2014

While your business may have a successful trading history and an established infrastructure, making the jump to exporting is not a simple process. 

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Research the import market

Entrepreneur , 19 July 2014

Research, research, research is to importing what location, location, location is to property. 

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5 Factors that make a great boss

Ken Sundheim, Entrepreneur , 15 July 2014

The best bosses are the ones who are concerned less for their own personal greatness and put the company’s needs first.

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Why Sam Hutchinson chose to excel at one thing

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 09 July 2014

Break out of the pack and leave mediocrity behind by doing just one thing exceptionally well. Here's how Sam Hutchinson, founder of Everlytic got the formula right. 

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How can I find the right suppliers for my business?

Elaine Porteous, Entrepreneur , 03 July 2014

Select only those suppliers who can support your business requirements by delivering the appropriate goods and services you need, on time and within budget. 

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Choose your words carefully

30 June 2014

If you want to create a culture of innovation, or change attitudes and behaviour in the work place, start with your words.

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The 7 traits of the (really) wealthy

Arun Sangwan, Entrepreneur , 27 June 2014

How and why the wealthy got so rich. Here are alternative ways to learn to think about building wealth.

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Tony Robbins on the 7 forces of business mastery

Jason Fell, Entrepreneur , 21 June 2014

Constantly evolving. Constantly improving. Constantly adding value. These are ideals that Tony Robbins lives by. And strives toward. And encourages you to strive for, too — in your work and your personal life. 

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Leading your team down the path of change in 4 steps

Kathy Cramer, Entrepreneur , 16 June 2014

To survive in the competitive world of business, entrepreneurs need to embrace change, and they need to instill this mentality in their company culture.

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Steve Cohen: Just one of the guys

16 June 2014

Steve Cohen co-founded a small entrepreneurial business that has grown into a corporate enterprise, but he still believes that real leadership takes place in the trenches with his team.

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3 Factors that can make or break your productivity

Jason Womack, Entrepreneur , 09 June 2014

It’s important to take a step back and assess each of these factors that contribute to your productivity – or lack thereof. 

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Want to make more money? Understand the multiplying effect

Stephen Key, Entrepreneur , 03 June 2014

When I was in my early twenties, my father sat me down. The advice he gave me fundamentally changed the way I thought about work and led me to my current career.

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Are you an authentic leader?

30 May 2014

Ebrahim Matthews, MD of Diners Club SA, shares his lessons on what it means to be an authentic leader.

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Why 'No' is the most important word you'll ever say

Jacqueline Whitmore, Entrepreneur , 27 May 2014

When to say 'No'.

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Why good strategy beats bad growth

Kevin Mackenzie, Entrepreneur , 25 May 2014

Growth might be a key success signifier, but there is such a thing as bad growth – and it should be avoided at all costs. 

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Use the 'Eisenhower Box' to stop wasting time and be more productive

James Clear, Entrepreneur , 21 May 2014

What is the Eisenhower Box? and how it can change your productivity levels.

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The sustainability checklist

Joe Worth, Entrepreneur , 15 May 2014

Building a business that will last for a decade. 

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Vusi Thembekwayo on how he financed growth

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 09 May 2014

Looking for funding to start a new division or launch a new product or service? Just tap into your network. 

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12 Indispensable mindful living tools

Leo Babauta, Entrepreneur , 03 May 2014

The focus of my life in recent months has been living mindfully, and while I don’t always remember to do that, I have learnt a few things worth sharing.

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Why you need to quit being like Jobs

30 April 2014

If you really want to excel as a business leader, you need to come back down to earth and be more you and less Steve Jobs.

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Dealing with business disasters

Charles Thomas, Entrepreneur , 28 April 2014

It’s going to happen some day: A key employee is badly injured in an accident; a power outage knocks out your computers; a storm takes out your warehouse

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5 Ways to grow your business by being smart

Gregory Kennedy, Entrepreneur , 25 April 2014

There is constant pressure to improve performance, maintain growth and beat the numbers. 

 

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Six ways to track your competition’s marketing strategy

Jim Joseph, Entrepreneur , 18 April 2014

They say a marketer’s job is never done, and when it comes to analysing your competition, nothing could be truer. 

 

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Building profits through sales forecasting

15 April 2014

It might not sound exciting, but if you can’t forecast your sales, you can’t expect real growth in your business. 

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New BBBEE legislation stimulates small business growth

11 April 2014

Legislative changes have given businesses more space to grow before compliance becomes an issue.

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How to lose customers and not influence people

Andrew Bahlmann, Entrepreneur , 11 April 2014

Are you guilty of losing touch with your customers? Has the world moved on without you noticing? Here’s how to get your business back on track. 

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The secret to three years of successive 180%+ growth

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 04 April 2014

With average year-on-year growth of 180% over the past few years, iFix could more aptly be named iSuccess. 

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Gillian Gamsy's dreamt big for bigger wins

29 March 2014

From being ‘out-trumped’ by Donald Trump to setting up the ANC’s first media department post-1994 election, Gillian Gamsy has played in the big leagues. 

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SOS for business rescue

Daniel Terblanche, Entrepreneur , 29 March 2014

Does business rescue actually save businesses?

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Five ways your business can grab market share today

Carol Tice, Entrepreneur , 22 March 2014

If you’re going to find new customers, the best place to start is by taking them from your competitors. 

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Aligning CSR with business goals

Joshua Becker, Entrepreneur , 15 March 2014

CSR is about far more than just rands and cents.

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3 Reasons why you’ll never be super successful

Gene Marks, Entrepreneur , 08 March 2014

So why am I not making more money? Why aren’t you? Looking around at my more successful clients I think I know at least three reasons.

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Ride the tides of change

08 March 2014

Make sure that your business prospers in times of change.

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(Video) How to ask investors for more money

01 March 2014

What it takes to get the additional funding you need.

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Can your business survive without you?

Axel Rittershaus, Entrepreneur , 26 February 2014

If your car hits a wall... what will happen to your business?

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Grow your business by building a community

Richard Branson, Entrepreneur , 22 February 2014

When you're launching a start-up, one of your first tasks is to identify potential customers and learn about their needs.

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Lew Geffen: Those who lead, teach

20 February 2014

One of the signs of being a really great leader is being a great teacher, believes Lew Geffen, founder and CEO of one of South Africa’s largest real estate agencies, Lew Geffen Sotherby. 

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Linking business and black-owned SMMEs

Entrepreneur Magazine , 15 February 2014

Mentorship portal connects business with emerging black owned SMMEs.

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The secrets of crowd-funding your business

Sally Outlaw, Entrepreneur , 08 February 2014

In her book Cash From the Crowd, Sally Outlaw, founder and CEO of crowd-funding website peerbackers, reveals the secrets of funding your business with help from colleagues, peers, family, friends and even perfect strangers through a crowd-funding campaign. 

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The secret to to iFix's ‘iSuccess’

06 February 2014

From quick turnarounds to a beer while you wait, Alex Fourie, founder of iFix understands that businesses must add value to every client to create great customer loyalty. 

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6 Things that make entrepreneurs unique

Andrew Bahlmann, Entrepreneur , 01 February 2014

Just when you think it can’t get any worse…..it doesn’t.

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Integr8 IT's 3 steps to high-impact growth

30 January 2014

Rob Sussman and Lance Fanaroff sold their company Integr8 IT, to BCG for R126 million. Here’s how they did it. 

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The 4 silent killers of your business

Stephanie Vozza, Entrepreneur , 28 January 2014

When it comes to your health, high blood pressure is known as the silent killer. Left untreated, it can combine with other conditions, such as high cholesterol or diabetes, and lead to heart disease and stroke.

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Why thinking abstractly helps you negotiate

Art Markman, Entrepreneur , 24 January 2014

Life in business involves many negotiations - both large and small. Effectiveness in negotiations is related to success more broadly, which is why there are so many books on effective negotiations, and why the topic has been the source of a lot of research.

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Strategic positioning 101

Ivor Jones, Entrepreneur , 17 January 2014

Increase your attractiveness in the market and boost your chances of success by providing solutions your customers want.

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Rise and shine, early bird

14 January 2014

How to manage your year better by capitalising on mornings.

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Uwin Iwin is geared for global growth

Juliet Pitman, Entrepreneur , 10 January 2014

Incentive solutions company, Uwin Iwin draws on early entrepreneurial lessons to expand globally. 

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Agile businesses win the race

Pavlo Phitidis, Entrepreneur , 05 January 2014

In an unpredictable market, flexibilty leads to ultimate success.

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Build better business relationships

Nadia Goodman, Entrepreneur , 29 December 2013

Successful businesses are built on strong relationships. Business leaders often need to step into the shoes of a diplomat, developing and managing complex relationships with many diverse groups.

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Your inbox tsunami

23 December 2013

Get your inbox under control starting today.

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Aptronics is no ordinary business

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 22 December 2013

Intense loyalty to customers, employees and vendors has powered the growth of Aptronics - one of SA’s oldest technology companies. 

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Signs you might be a terrible leader

Lewis Howes, Entrepreneur , 15 December 2013

As a business owner, leadership is more than just telling others what to do. Leadership is about the investment we make into others and the responsibilities we accept for being the voice and direction that others count on. 

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How Great Domaines is improving with age

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 08 December 2013

Specialist importer, Wayne Visser, enjoys more than 30% year-on-year growth by meeting client needs and expectations. 

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Kumaran Padayachee: Leading from the front

05 December 2013

Great leadership starts with you says founder and CEO of Spartan, Kumaran Padayachee.

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Sandcastles and dreams

01 December 2013

Funding for property entrepreneurs committed to developing affordable homes. 

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Business growth blast off

Pavlo Phitidis, Entrepreneur , 27 November 2013

How to build the right people systems to accelerate growth.

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Time management super tactics

25 November 2013

You know about time management but don’t use it. Here are four super tactics you’ve got to give a bash.

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Black-owned businesses need BEE compliance

Deon Oberholzer, Entrepreneur , 22 November 2013

Black business owners must be BEE compliant to make the most of business opportunities in SA.

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Free up more time for growth

22 November 2013

As the year draws to a close, have you considered your goals and growth plans for the new year? 

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Phoenix Distribution: The 13 year overnight success story

Juliet Pitman, Entrepreneur , 15 November 2013

Growth from R5 million to R300 million may look like an overnight success story, but for Phoenix Distribution it’s actually been a 13-year ‘overnight’ success, filled with hiccups, hard work and millions lost along the way. 

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Disrupt your thinking, transform your business

Kathleen Davis, Entrepreneur , 08 November 2013

How to become a true disruptor?

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5 Ways to move from start-up to grown up

Grant Cardone, Entrepreneur , 01 November 2013

Entrepreneurs stay in start-up mode way too long. Keeping a small business in start-up mode requires you to stand on the brake. 

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The secret to reaching goals

30 October 2013

Is to avoid smugness at all costs.

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Four empowering lessons from great leaders

Lewis Howes, Entrepreneur , 29 October 2013

What does it take to be an extraordinary leader?

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4 Steps to being market focused

Donna Rachelson, Entrepreneur , 25 October 2013

What does being market focused really mean?

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The tides of change

20 October 2013

What are the disruptive forces that will affect your business in the future, and how can find the opportunities in these changes? 

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Is your financial future secure?

David Cummings, Entrepreneur , 18 October 2013

Will you live the life you want in retirement?

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Mistakes most entrepreneurs make

Punit Arora, Entrepreneur , 11 October 2013

How many of your prized acquisitions would be healthy by the end of the year, if once acquired they didn’t get adequate nourishment?

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How to lose your business in 10 ways

Deon Oberholzer, Entrepreneur , 04 October 2013

The dos and don’ts of BBBEE.

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The #1 reason for failure of businesses over two years old

Greg Fisher, Entrepreneur , 28 September 2013

Good financial data = high impact growth.

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Dream the impossible dream

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 22 September 2013

Run where the brave dare not go and set big goals to strategise your company’s move toward growth. 

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The big contract conundrum

Nadine Todd , 10 September 2013

Big contracts can mean big growth – but they’re also risky. 

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Hands off my Facebook

Bryce Matthewson, Entrepreneur , 10 September 2013

Social media in the workplace – employer’s or employee’s? 

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Pretailing: Being cool means being first

Tracy Lee-Nicol, Entrepreneur , 08 September 2013

Crowdsourcing platforms aren’t just places for cool new ideas to get funding, they’re becoming the new shopping mall for pre-sumers. 

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Get ahead by being generous

Entrepreneur , 01 September 2013

Traditional wisdom says business is a dog-eat-dog world, but new evidence turns that old saying on its head: The people who rise to the top may actually be the most generous. 

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3 Simple questions that can derail your reputation

Erika Napoletano, Entrepreneur , 28 August 2013

I think our businesses have synergy - maybe we could discuss over lunch?

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Great growth starts with systems

24 August 2013

It might sound like a cliché, but entrepreneurs whose businesses rely too much on them can never grow. 

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Making the A-team: developing your staff

Tracy Lee-Nicol, Entrepreneur , 23 August 2013

Your business isn’t the same as when it started, so why do you assume your employees’ roles haven’t changed? If you want your business to grow, you need engaged and productive staff — and that’s on you. 

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Growth lessons from an empire builder extraordinaire

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 16 August 2013

Growth lessons from the man who turned R17 000 into R500 million, wasn’t ready to retire, and is now doing it all over again. 

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I’m an entrepreneur - get me out of here!

14 August 2013

Do you have an exit strategy for your business? You should have.

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Standing out from the crowd: Rhino Africa Safaris

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 09 August 2013

Critically analyse your unique selling proposition to avoid being just another ‘me too’ business.

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Leading beyond self-doubt

Stephen Light, Entrepreneur , 02 August 2013

Self-belief is intrinsic to good leadership.

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Getting growth right from the ground up

29 July 2013

As an entrepreneur, you started your business to grow it. But are you now making good growth decisions?

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Could your company list on the JSE?

Patrycja Kula, Entrepreneur , 20 July 2013

Insider perspectives on listing on the JSE.

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The blunder brigade

15 July 2013

Want to make your business grow? Have error reviews.

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The keys to performance: Paul Veltman on growth

Nadine Todd, Entrepreneur , 13 July 2013

How employee KPIs can drive sales, keep customers loyal and embrace innovation.

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How to grow your business by letting go

Jessica Adamiak, Entrepreneur , 08 July 2013

Most successful entrepreneurs have a go-get-'em attitude and like to call the shots.

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Essential lessons to learn early

Tracy Lee-Nicol, Entrepreneur , 08 July 2013

You’ve started your business, and four years later the idea is still not matching reality. What do you fix?

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Africa’s got talent?

Jacques Hare, Entrepreneur , 05 July 2013

Is Africa the answer to the economic crisis?

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Mobile innovation that could change the way you do business

Amy Gahran, Entrepreneur , 29 June 2013

What new kinds of gadgets will we see next - and what might they mean for your business?

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In the know but customer no-show

Ed Hatton, Entrepreneur , 22 June 2013

You have the expertise but where are the customers?

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Ordinary won’t change the world

19 June 2013

Whether you’re swimming across an icy glacial lake or taking on your competitor in the boardroom, the secret to achieving your vision lies with how you face your dreams.

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What price for success?

16 June 2013

What to consider when determining prices.

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Taking on the goliaths

Andrew Bahlmann, Entrepreneur , 15 June 2013

Targeting SMEs: The new land of opportunity (and margins) for large corporates

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Product performance – Is it still enough?

Gerhard Jacobs, Entrepreneur , 08 June 2013

Imagine if you will, the digital marketing field as it is at this moment; picture it like the roots of an oak tree. Confusing right?

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Seeing opportunity where others see risk

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 02 June 2013

Chris Wilkins has built his company on two tenets – happy clients and ongoing profitability.

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In word and action

31 May 2013

How being truly efficient can make your company boom.

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Richard Branson on building a strong reputation

Richard Branson, Entrepreneur , 28 May 2013

Raising a child is the most wonderful experience you can have, and also the most important responsibility.

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How to outwit your competition

Stephen Key, Entrepreneur , 24 May 2013

Decades of experience have taught me that making thoughtful improvements to existing products is a consistently profitable way to innovate.

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Staying relevant in a changing market

20 May 2013

Junk Mail started out as a classifieds newspaper in a garage 21 years ago. Today it’s still a leading classifieds business because it consistently stays ahead of the curve.

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Present (anything) like a BOSS

Alex de Coning, Entrepreneur , 17 May 2013

Building a presentation that will get you noticed, attract your listener and win you business.

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Props for people managers

Deirdre Elphick-Moore, Entrepreneur , 10 May 2013

Choosing your skills development partners.

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Delight your customers

Aki Kalliatakis, Entrepreneur , 03 May 2013

Want more feet through your store? Give your customers an experience that keeps them coming back for more.

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Play games, grow your business

30 April 2013

Yes, the two can go hand in hand – if you’re playing the right games.

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Scoring a hat-trick

Deirdre Elphick-Moore, Entrepreneur , 29 April 2013

Transferring skills in the workplace for a better business takes employees, managers and business leaders working together.

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How to maintain the integrity of your brand

Gael O Brien, Entrepreneur , 22 April 2013

Trust and reputation are assets entrepreneurs must work continually to increase.

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Driving growth performances

17 April 2013

Employees can make or break your business, so how can you keep them motivated and at the top of their game?

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Handle your money

Eileen Gunn, Entrepreneur , 15 April 2013

Adopting some good habits can help stave off costly errors when it comes to record-keeping.

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10 Questions to ask before choosing an office space

Lisa Girard, Entrepreneur , 08 April 2013

Choosing office space can be very challenging because your decision can have so many repercussions.

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Designing a more effective workspace

Stephanie Vozza, Entrepreneur , 01 April 2013

The pros and cons of a workforce of telecommuters have made headlines recently.

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Wakaberry merry

31 March 2013

Providing an experience and top quality products is the basis for growth.

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Business lessons from Quentin Tarantino movies

Lindsay LaVine, Entrepreneur , 29 March 2013

Quentin Tarantino films have reached cult status, with universities now offering courses based on issues ranging from race to his use of pop culture references.

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Attracting star clients

Donna Rachelson, Entrepreneur , 22 March 2013

Five sure-fire ways to attract the best clients.

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Laying the golden egg

Lorna Powe, Entrepreneur , 15 March 2013

It doesn’t take a golden goose to follow the five golden rules for business profitability.

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The rules of the game

15 March 2013

From ball player to successful businessman, Bob Skinstad understands the rules of always focusing on the next goal.

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The battle of business rescue

Nicolene Schoeman, Entrepreneur , 08 March 2013

Business rescue proceedings − whose interests are really protected?

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The murky waters of BEE

Deon Oberholzer, Entrepreneur , 01 March 2013

Is B-BBEE really benefiting its intended target market?

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6 Things about money you ought to know

Jane Porter, Entrepreneur , 26 February 2013

Too often, entrepreneurs fail to pay adequate attention to their personal finances, which often are interconnected with their business.

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Conquer your greatest fear

John French, Entrepreneur , 22 February 2013

Learn how to promote yourself in 2013.

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From bootstrapped business to national brand

21 February 2013

Growing a luxury brand takes discipline and drive.

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Readying your business for big contracts

Entrepreneur , 15 February 2013

10 Tips for signing the big contract.

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Recognise bad debtors

Entrepreneur , 08 February 2013

Before you offer credit to customers, understand the risks.

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Are you neglecting your business?

08 February 2013

Being too bogged down in the nitty-gritty can mean you’re missing opportunities for growth.

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Beat the burnout blues

Tracey Foulkes-Entrepreneur , 01 February 2013

Don’t let 2013 overwhelm you before we’ve even begun the year. Get started right.

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4 Things to do before you sell your business

Brian Patrick Eha, Entrepreneur , 31 January 2013

Sales of small businesses rose in 2012, and business brokers expect more sales next year, according to recent survey data released by online business marketplace BizBuySell.

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4 Cures for chronic procrastination

Nadia Goodman, Entrepreneur , 26 January 2013

At a start-up or small business, every hour counts.

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The buck stops here

22 January 2013

Accountable business leaders get results – and grow their businesses.

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4 Ways to organise new ideas and drive innovation

Nadia Goodman, Entrepreneur , 19 January 2013

Your company’s next great idea could come from anyone – an employee, a customer, a vendor, or even a stranger.

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4 Steps to finding your successor

Gwen Moran, Entrepreneur , 12 January 2013

When you’re in the throes of running and growing your business, it’s generally not a priority to think about who’s going to take over.

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Price your products right

Lisa Girard, Entrepreneur , 05 January 2013

Are your prices driving away customers or creating unrealistic demand? You may be making one or more of these common mistakes.

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BEE amendments may prejudice smaller businesses

03 January 2013

SMEs could fall by the wayside as suppliers to government, under the new B-BBEE codes.

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Dialing up for growth

30 December 2012

Dial-a-Nerd founder, Colin Thornton, knew when to shift his business model based on market changes, and is enjoying real growth in a tight economy as a result.

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The bottom line

Su-Mari Du Bruyn, Entrepreneur , 29 December 2012

Keep your business profitable by paying attention to the numbers.

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Richard Branson on how to use age to your advantage

Richard Branson, Entrepreneur , 27 December 2012

Advantages of being a senior entrepreneur.

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The attitude of risk

21 December 2012

Managing companies also means managing risks for growth.

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Calculate the lifetime value of a customer

Brad Sugars, Entrepreneur , 21 December 2012

Devise a successful marketing strategy based on the actual value of your customers.

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How to earn your employees’ respect

Christopher Hann, Entrepreneur , 15 December 2012

How to be a respected leader.

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Get started in the cloud

Terry White, Entrepreneur , 01 December 2012

SMEs should be in the cloud. Here’s how you can get the most from the cloud for your business.

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Creative thinking 101

Nadia Goodman, Entrepreneur , 29 November 2012

Don’t assume group brainstorming works. More often than not it doesn’t.

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Investing in your business’s success

28 November 2012

Why putting money into a business instead of a ski trip will get you more money.

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Fostering team spirit

19 November 2012

Strong leadership requires the ability to conduct crucial conversations and get everyone involved.

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Want a new investor for your business?

Adrian Dommisse, Entrepreneur , 17 November 2012

Follow these six housecleaning tips for success.

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Employment equity reporting made easy

Kirsty Chadwick, Entrepreneur , 10 November 2012

Submitting an Employment Equity Report.

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Are you destined for business greatness?

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 08 November 2012

If you start a business, odds are that your company will fail.

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Win more business with SMS

Dr Pieter Streicher, Entrepreneur , 01 November 2012

Connect with your customers through SA’s biggest platform: mobile.

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5 Tips to create a company culture in a virtual business

Nadia Goodman, Entrepreneur , 29 October 2012

At Facebook headquarters, their company values are written right on the wall.

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A guide for Solopreneurs

26 October 2012

You might start off a one-man-band, but don’t get stuck there.

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The bean-counter in the cave

Douglas Kruger, Entrepreneur , 24 October 2012

Don’t panic and go into survival mode in tough times.

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Core business values

22 October 2012

Leadership lies in understanding how and why customers will buy from your business.

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Focus on top clients

Steven Delport, Entrepreneur , 17 October 2012

Increase your profitability by understanding that not all customers are created equal.

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Gearing your business for innovation

Shawn Theunissen, Entrepreneur , 10 October 2012

As an entrepreneur, constant innovation is critical for the long-term sustainability and success of your business.

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Communication in the digital age

John French, Entrepreneur , 04 October 2012

Never before has your ability to communicate effectively been able to influence your success.

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Lead your company to success

30 September 2012

Great leaders are everyday names: Donald Trump, Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch – but what makes them great? Their ability to innovate is just one characteristic that keeps them ahead of the game.

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What business rescue can do for you

30 September 2012

The recent well-publicised application by 1Time airlines for business recue is a clear indicator that there is an alternative to bankruptcy.

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Maximise call centre efficiencies

Bruce von Maltitz, Entrepreneur , 28 September 2012

Getting the most out of your call centre analytics.

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Helping your company spread its wings

28 September 2012

Taking a business from ground zero to celebrating its 10-year-anniversary is no mean feat; we asked Duma Travel’s Themba Mthombeni how he did it.

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7 Deadly sins of business meetings

Lisa Girard, Entrepreneur , 25 September 2012

Skype meetings used to be a weekly ritual for a health-care IT company with offices across various states.

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Does your workload keep you awake at night?

20 September 2012

Are you over-connected to the point where you’re never off-line? Between smartphones, social media and instant messaging, we’re all available 24/7 and it takes its toll on your state of mind.

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Using mobility to better your business

David Ribeiro, Entrepreneur , 14 September 2012

SMEs and mobility: understanding the risks and how to overcome them.

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BBBEE Amendment Bill may not be the answer

Deon Oberholzer, Veri-Com , 12 September 2012

Will the new BBBEE Amendment Bill be the panacea to SA’s employment woes or will it just open the door to more unscrupulous practices in an attempt to comply?

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Making BEE work for you

Juliet Pitman, Entrepreneur , 10 September 2012

BEE can provide your business with a differentiator. Now is the time to shift how you think about BEE and make it work for you.

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Be an inspired leader

Dr John Demartini, Entrepreneur , 04 September 2012

Leadership can be learnt – as long as your business goals align with your highest values.

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Cosmetic surgery for BBBEE

27 August 2012

If you want to submit state tenders, your BEE scorecard is becoming the equivalent of your company’s report card. Do you pass or fail?

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Maximising strategy sessions

27 August 2012

If you want your business to be great, you need to track your progress.

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Rescue your business in three months

Juan Engelbrecht, Entrepreneur , 27 August 2012

How long does a company have to successfully implement its rescue plan?

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Spotting red flags

24 August 2012

Keep your business relevant and competitive.

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Empowering growth

Mannie Hirsch, Entrepreneur , 21 August 2012

Industrialising the nation – is government doing enough?

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How to work 10 hours less each week

16 August 2012

Working smarter instead of harder can result in extra hours for work or play.

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The pursuit of profit

Brad Sugars, Entrepreneur , 13 August 2012

While personal reasons for going into business may vary, profit should be one of the goals for your venture.

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Harnessing the power of customers

Eric Edelstein, Entrepreneur , 09 August 2012

Unleashing the power of the collective.

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Understanding how gearing ratios works

06 August 2012

How to use someone else’s money to grow your business.

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Four steps to getting reignited

Tracey Foulkes, Entrepreneur , 03 August 2012

Stop feeling frazzled and get your energy back.

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Opening business lines of credit

27 July 2012

How to get ongoing access to the cash you need from your bank.

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Sharpen your focus

Femi Adebanji, Entrepreneur , 26 July 2012

No matter what you’re trying to achieve, without clear goals you won’t get there.

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Out-of-the-box ideas for B-BBEE

Entrepreneur , 20 July 2012

Five fresh perspectives on implementing B-BBEE.

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Compassion kills the business

Frances Wright, Entrepreneur , 16 July 2012

How far can emotion build your business, and when does it start breaking it?

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Profit by giving something for nothing

Monique Verduyn, Entrepreneur , 12 July 2012

Make freemium work for you: how to attract customers with free content and then sell them premium services and subscriptions.

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Finding the time and energy to manage your stress

Richard Hawkey, Entrepreneur , 04 July 2012

I know – you’re too stressed and don’t have the time for stress management. Right? Wrong.

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Thriving in tough times

Carol Tice, Entrepreneur , 29 June 2012

Trying to grow your business in this sluggish economy is a little like trying to swim through jelly. Ineffective or uncertain leaders definitely need not apply.

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Communicating through the debt dilemma

John French, Entrepreneur , 26 June 2012

Don’t lose clients who owe you money. Help them manage their debt instead.

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A time management parable

25 June 2012

If you’re torn between prioritising for personal or work commitments take heed of this tale.

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Better formats make for better meetings

25 June 2012

Systemistising the format of your meetings will guarantee better outcomes.

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Top 10 tips on leadership

25 June 2012

Simple things, that you can do, starting tomorrow, to be a better leader.

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How do you spend your time?

25 June 2012

Every second counts. The clock is running down. Are you wasting time?

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The five fs of strategy

Edmund Rudman, Entrepreneur , 20 June 2012

Formulating great strategy sessions begins with asking the right questions.

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Creating profitable products

Steven Delport, Entrepreneur , 15 June 2012

How many products do you need and where should you focus your sales efforts?

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Building your personal brand

Donna Rachelson, Entrepreneur , 12 June 2012

How personal branding can help you find fulfilment.

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Be self-aware as a leader

Juliet Pitman, Entrepreneur , 31 May 2012

Steven Cohen, MD of Softline Pastel, discusses how advice about developing self-awareness has helped him in almost every aspect of business.

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The basics of strategic planning

Christiaan Vorster, Entrepreneur , 24 May 2012

A logical approach to strategic planning will help a business reach its full potential.

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Find your voice

Pat Anderson, Entreprneuer , 21 May 2012

Effective communication can make – or break – a leader.

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Profit share for increased performance

Pieter Scholtz, Entrepreneur , 17 May 2012

Employee targets can result in more productive staff – and a growing business.

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Don’t become irrelevant in a competitive industry

Entrepreneur Maazine, Michelle Clarke , 09 May 2012

Do not stagnate! Stay relevant and constantly innovate.

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Are you a mover or a head-shaker?

Entrepreneur Magazine, Carol Tice , 30 April 2012

The downturn has created two classes of business owners. Those with drive, and those who are struggling. Which are you?

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Budgeting for growth

25 April 2012

Budgeting for growth might sound like a contradiction in terms, but your budget is the ideal resource for planning the expansion of your business.

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Are you managing to manage well?

10 April 2012

Managing people can be one of the most rewarding aspects of being a business owner. It can also be one of the most daunting. There is no single recipe for success, but these guidelines will get you off to a good start.

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Streamline your business systems

Entrepreneur Magazine, Tracey Foulkes , 03 April 2012

An organised approach to your business systems can save you valuable time — and money.

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Made to measure

02 April 2012

Your budget is a great way to evaluate business performance year on year. By comparing your projected figures for the forthcoming year with previous years' figures, you can get a good measure of how well you are doing. Here's why.

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Selling equity to raise funds

Entrepreneur Magazine , 02 April 2012

Need to raise funds to expand your business? Have you considered selling equity in your company?

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Made an acquisition? What did you actually buy?

Entrepreneur Magazine , 02 April 2012

Understanding the value of your acquisitions is crucial. Do you know what your business pays for?

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Can relationships win the day?

02 April 2012

Losing a tender purely because you lack empowerment credentials is a bitter pill to swallow. But instead of getting angry about it, get even by preparing your company to do business according to the new rules. This case study shows you how.

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Getting your BBBEE feet wet

02 April 2012

Regardless of how many newsletters you read or consultants you talk to, tackling BBBEE for the first time can be intimidating.

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Grow skills, suppliers and markets

02 April 2012

By supporting skills development, enterprise development and socio-economic development, you will boost your BBBEE rating while helping the economy to grow.

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How does preferential procurement work?

02 April 2012

Understanding preferential procurement.

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It's never too early to start

02 April 2012

Is it worth starting the empowerment process when the accreditation systems needed to enforce it are still in the early stages of implementation? Here's your answer ...

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The facts about BEE fronting

02 April 2012

The days of listing your gardener as a director of your company to score BBBEE points are long gone. Fronting is very much frowned upon and could cost you contract and, ultimately, your company.

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Training + time = money

02 April 2012

Skills development can be costly, especially for SMEs, where the people who do the training are also responsible for generating the profit.

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What's your score?

02 April 2012

A scorecard rating is the only way to get an accurate measure of how much - or how little - your business contributes to BBBEE.

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You, your customers and BBBEE

02 April 2012

The practical outcome of the Codes of Good Practice is that more and more companies are obtaining BBBEE ratings (either self-evaluated or from a ratings agency), and are insisting that their suppliers do the same. Here's what it means for you.

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How good is your governance?

02 April 2012

SMEs with high turnovers or asset bases could find themselves subject to stricter financial reporting, document control and management regulations in terms of the new Companies Act. This article offers an overview of some of these regulations.

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The art and science of leadership

02 April 2012

The debate about whether leaders are born or made might never be resolved conclusively. In the meantime, however, there is more than enough information out there to help you hone your leadership skills. Here is some food for thought.

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Essential communication tips for leaders

02 April 2012

Sharing and receiving information is a basic requirement to effectively manage your team. Leaders, however, do more than simply give information. They communicate with their team members in the true sense of the word.

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Lead by communicating: 7 essential tips

02 April 2012

It is said that not every great communicator is a leader; but without exception, every great leader is a great communicator. Try these tips to improve your technique.

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Why communication is key

02 April 2012

"Say what you mean and mean what you say" should be the mantra of anyone who manages people. Here's why.

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There's more than one route to success

02 April 2012

Even successful businesses are feeling the pinch of the current economic times. When the going got tough for Walter Pretorius from Pretoria, he expanded into a whole new market. Here's his story.

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To merge or not to merge?

02 April 2012

Mergers and acquisitions comprise the one area of the new Companies Act that is likely to benefit large companies more than small. However, if you are planning to grow, these new stipulations could affect how you decide to go about it. This short summary explains why.

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Better planning equals improved productivity

Entrepreneur Magazine, Rory Cohen , 02 April 2012

Feeling overwhelmed? Break down your goals into digestible, daily steps.

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Generating innovation

Entrepreneur Magazine, Michael Gerber , 02 April 2012

How to break free of stereotypes, misinformation and your fixation on the past in order to inspire innovative thinking in your company.

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Getting back on track

02 April 2012

According to statistics from the United States' Small Business Administration, 51% of new employer establishments survive at least five years - a far cry from the previous long-held belief that 95% fail in that period. For local businesses that do struggle, however, the new companies Act offers some relief. This short summary explains why.

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Business tips for surviving challenging times

02 April 2012

Whichever way you look at it, the bottom line is the same – the economy is not what it used to be. And as a business owner or manager, you need to prepare for the changing economic climate.

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10 Budgeting mistakes to avoid

02 April 2012

Budgeting is a great tool to empower your business. Done wisely it will give you tremendous control, flexibility and foresight. Done badly, however, it could lead to all sorts of problems.

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5 Reasons to drop the ‘recession’ mentality

Entrepreneur Magazine, Donna McCallum , 02 April 2012

Fearing the worst at the moment? Here’s why you shouldn’t.

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Case study: How MXit 'maxed' it

04 August 2010

Entrepreneurs not only use social media; they also create it, and South Africa is home to one of the great Web 2.0 success stories: Herman Heunis and MXit.

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Case study: T-talk of the town

12 April 2010

The only reason why it's not working, is you. What you can't see and can't understand stands between you and success, so says Eran Eyal, co-founder of Springleap

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Should you buy or lease?

06 April 2010

So which is better - to lease or to buy?

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Spreading your professional wings

01 October 2009

Sooner or later, most professional services SMEs arrive at the growth crossroads where tough business decisions face them. Growing is a fine balancing act as flying too close to the sun too soon, can cause you to crash and burn. Here’s how to grow cautiously.

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The future of professional services

18 August 2009

A recent study by international consulting firm Advanced Human Technologies, has identified seven so-called mega-trends that are shaping the future of professional services. Here’s what they are – and what you as a consultant or contractor should do about them.

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Case study: From rags to riches

28 July 2009

Growth-Link is a Pretoria-based leadership, managerial, team and organisational development company, whose story reads like a fairytale. MD Illizane Joubert shares some valuable success secrets.

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You can manage the meltdown

16 April 2009

For the past six months doom and gloom have ruled the business roost, and the knock-on effect of the strain that big corporates are under, is taking its toll on SMEs. But don't cower in the corner - now is the time to take control.

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How to achieve profitability

14 April 2009

Increasing your profit margins can be as simple as cutting costs or as complicated and challenging as finding new customers.

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BEE verification agencies announced

Bruce Rowe , 06 April 2009

The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) has finally announced the first batch of accredited BEE verification agencies.

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Need a loan?

02 March 2009

Applying for a loan can be a slow, frustrating and sometimes disappointing process.

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Selling more services

Dharmesh Shah , 27 February 2009

Cutting costs is one thing - but it is not necessarily enough to make it through the tough economic times. SME owner and blogger Dharmesh Shah offers a few suggestions on how product-based businesses can create a bit more "runway" so that they don't crash and burn.

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Why your bank should be your best friend

02 February 2009

Banks have changed in recent years and are not as cold and unapproachable as they may have once seemed. In turn, bank staff are encouraging customers to be open and honest about their small business needs. Together, you and your bank, can make a success of your business.

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How to spread your wings

17 December 2008

Evaluating new growth markets is an important process in the natural graduation of business. Once the "fledgling period" of your business has come to an end, you need to consider where the market potential for your business lies and what risks this growth might entail.

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Think big

17 December 2008

It is said that when being attacked by a wild animal, you should spread your arms and appear as big as possible to scare the animal away. The business world is very similar. Your turnover might not be "blue chip" just yet, but your approach should be.

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Lead like a legend

If you want the best out of your people, you’ve got to give them the scope to be their best.

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