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Make good business decisions

Make good business decisions

Christoff Oosthuysen reviews “The Essential Finance Handbook for Business Owners – Seven steps to manage your business’s financial performance” by Precious Mvulane, published by GAD Consulting (2014). You would not say that this book was written by an accountant — that is if you expect a document about business finance to show you how past… [Continue Reading]

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Lessons from Coca-Cola

Lessons from Coca-Cola

Christoff Oosthuysen reviews “Design to Grow – How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale & Agility (And How You Can Too)”, by David Butler and Linda Tishler, published by Portfolio Penguin (2015). The world today is a fast-changing place. Unlike the past century or so during which corporations easily dominated the business environment, large companies now… [Continue Reading]

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No success found in book

Marilyn Honikman reviews “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success – Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life’s Riches”, by Steve Harvey with Jeffrey Johnson, published by Amistad, New York (2014). Steve Harvey always knew he was funny. He had a gift for making people laugh and he used that gift to get… [Continue Reading]

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A happy space for teamplay

A happy space for teamplay

Christoff Oosthuysen reviews “How to Build a Happy Sandpit – Insights from 60 South African business leaders on how to create and maintain a brilliant organisational culture”, by Colin Browne, published by West St Floyd Books (2013). Business leaders in South Africa are quite aware of their task to create a productive environment and promote… [Continue Reading]

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Beat the norm with ‘smartcuts’

Beat the norm with ‘smartcuts’

Christoff Oosthuysen reviews “Smartcuts – How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success” by Shane Snow. Published by Harper Business (2014). Why do some companies, particularly those launched of recent, race ahead to achieve great results, while others keep plodding away, not going anywhere, or even facing closure, in the rapidly changing environment of today? This… [Continue Reading]

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A simple idea to make you great

A simple idea to make you great

Christoff Oosthuysen reviews “Good To Great – Why some companies make the leap… And others don’t” by Jim Collins, published by Random House (2001). It is mostly the simple ideas that help in building successful businesses. This, I found to be specifically true for the ideas offered by Jim Collins in “Good To Great”. One… [Continue Reading]

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Be black like Mashaba

Be black like Mashaba

Christoff  Oosthuysen reviews Herman Mashaba’s autobiography Black Like You, published by MME Media (2012). How amazing is it when the success story of one entrepreneur leads to others starting their own businesses too. This was what I recently noticed in the comments received from Small Business Connect readers who said they started out with their… [Continue Reading]

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From 'mental rut' to big rewards

From ‘mental rut’ to big rewards

Christoff Oosthuysen reviews How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie, published in 2006 by Vermilion (first published in 1937). Perhaps the best-known self-development book of all times is “How To Win Friends And Influence People”, which has already sold over 16 million copies in most languages of the world; and keeps on… [Continue Reading]

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The right leader at the right time

Christoff Oosthuysen reviews “Leadership and the One Minute Manager – Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership” by Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi, published by William Marrow, an imprint of Harper Collins (1985). You may have heard the advice many times – that you will get the best results if you treat all your staff… [Continue Reading]

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