John Heidgen

Leadership Summary

We have reached the end of our articles on Leadership. I want to summarise what was covered these past 16 weeks and I hope you all enjoyed the leadership articles. Leadership is a process by which a person can direct, guide and influence the behaviour and work of others towards the accomplishment...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part Fourteen)

I think that by now it should be clear that the most successful business leaders understand that for a business to thrive they must unlock the true potential of their staff. These leaders see their staff as their most valuable asset and not as a expense that is reducing the business profits....

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part Thirteen)

Leadership and motivation go hand in hand. All great leaders are very effective at motivating their staff. Leaders must motivate their staff to feel they are of value to the business no matter what position they hold. Motivation is a goal-oriented characteristic that helps a people achieve their...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part twelve)

In this article we will continue to look at the importance of ethical leadership. Ethical leadership has to start at the top. The leader must set the trend. When the senior management themselves are implicated in wrongdoing, it becomes difficult to preach to the middle and entry-level employees...

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part ten)

Being a leader is one of most difficult AND rewarding positions in the world. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an industry veteran, knowing which traits effective leaders should have is an integral part of your success. It is not just about knowing the traits but practising...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part Seven)

Before we look at the next two leadership styles I just what to do a quick recap.  Leadership is a combination of management strategy, people skills and an almost religious commitment to a simple idea of what you want your company/department or team to become. Leadership is not about...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part-Five)

I think it should now be clear that skilled leaders have a way of getting the best out of their staff, followers or teams. It is important to understand that people are different and one leadership style does not apply to all people. If we looked at a football coach who coaches an under ten team,...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part three)

Now that we understand the positive effects a good leader has in the organization and how the good leader brings everyone together to achieve the set goals, let us have a look at the effects of a poor or bad leader. Poor Leader - A person in a leadership role that lacks the necessary skill,...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

A short story about leadership

John Smith was once a field technician who was recognized as having great technical skills and a good personality.  He was known as a nice person and received many compliments from both customers and fellow employees. The company he worked for was expanding and a managerial position was...

Monday, January 21, 2019, 10:23 PM

As a business owner am I setting a good example?

I have seen far too many business owners being dishonest, behaving badly and just being poor leaders in front of their staff. A business owner sets the culture of the business and that culture can have a positive effect or a negative effect on how staff work in the business. If a business...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

How are we different from competition?

If you’re a business owner, you’ve undoubtedly heard the statistics around business failure rates. Only 50 per cent of businesses make it past the first five years and one third make it past the 10-year mark. Although there are plenty of reasons why businesses fail, lack of...

Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:06 PM

Do we value our employees?

 A business owner is the brains of the business but employees are the heart of the business. We know what happens to the body when the heart is not working properly. Everything slows down, it becomes difficult to get anything done and can often be terminal. The same happens in most...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 12:48 AM

Where does our profit come from?

Profit can be easily defined as the income a company earned in a certain period of time. Where a lot of new businesses seem to get it wrong is understanding what a company’s profit is truly made up of. What percentage of the profits does a company rely on certain products or division of...

Monday, November 12, 2018, 10:59 PM

Are we managing our debtors correctly?

Making a big sale is exciting, especially for a new business. But getting paid late, spending time and money chasing overdue accounts, or worse yet, not getting paid at all, can destroy a business. If you sell B2B, chances are your customers are going to demand payment terms. So before you start...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 12:38 AM

Are we using budgets to manage finances?

This question outlines the advantages of budgeting and explains how to go about it. It suggests action points to help you manage your businesses’ financial position more effectively and ensure your plans are practical. It is essential to plan and tightly manage your business’...

Monday, October 29, 2018, 11:55 PM

Are we managing our cash flow properly?

In business“Cash is King.” While the words may be a cliché, they’re also true — particularly for the small business. Survival often hinges on your ability to effectively manage the delicate balance of cash in and cash out.  Your cash flow is the money you have coming...

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 12:11 AM

Am I selling my product or service correctly?

Many businesses fail because the owners do not know how to sell or have not developed a cost-effective and efficient sales plan. An important ingredient of the successful business is good sales skills. Without it, many sales are lost, sales that may mean the difference between success and...

Monday, October 1, 2018, 11:32 PM

What external forces threaten your business?

Businesses have two types of environments: internal and external. Internal environments are controlled by the company, and may include elements such as organizational structure and workforce. External environments, however, exist outside of the company and are not within its range of control. As...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 12:52 AM

Are we building our business for tomorrow?

Before you can answer this question you must know where you are now and how did you get there? With this question, you have to be honest with yourself. It is used to establish your present situation and to help you accept complete responsibility and accountability for it. No blame-storming allowed...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:47 PM

Questions for you and your business

Welcome to my weekly column on questions for you and your business. Every week I will give you a question that you need to ask about your business. The idea of these questions is to make you re-look at your business. The business world keeps changing, what worked two years back does not necessarily...

Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:10 PM