John Heidgen

Leadership (Part Sixteen)

Organisations need strong leadership for optimum effectiveness. Leadership, as we know, is a trait which is both inbuilt and can be acquired also. Organizational leadership deals with both human psychology as well as expert tactics. Organisational leadership emphasizes on developing leadership...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part Fifteen)

Last week was the first part of what these great leaders do to recognize and unlock the true potential of their staff. This is the second part. Make employees feel they are doing something meaningful- A survey showed that doing something meaningful is more important than money or recognition to...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part Nine)

Businesses have many challenges, but it is how you deal with those challenges that define you as a leader and your attitude toward them can have a great impact on your business’s success and survival.  Being the “head” of a company or department is not an easy task and comes...

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (part eight)

Before we look at the last two leadership styles remember the following; leadership is critical to every company; Workers need someone to look to, learn from and thrive with. Leaders do not exist to order their workers around. While they oversee their team, a true leader takes initiative and...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (part six)

Before we look at the next two leadership styles, remember, a leadership style is the way a person leads other people. And remember there is no right or wrong leadership style, but a leadership style can be used incorrectly with certain people or situations. Transactional leadership- One of...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership (Part Four)

By now it should be clearer what the effects of good and poor leadership are on an organization and the difference between a boss and a leader. The problem that many companies, teams or groups have is that authority comes from being the boss and far too often the boss does not have leadership...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Leadership: Part two

Leadership is the potential to influence the behaviour of others. It is also defined as the ability to influence a group towards the realisation of a goal. Leaders are required to develop future visions, and to motivate the organizational (team) members to want to achieve the visions. Leadership is...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 12:04 AM

Leadership - part one

Before we start learning how to be a leader we first have to understand some background such as the what, why, who and when of leadership. It is also important to understand that not all leaders are good people or have good intentions. In this series of articles, I will focus on leadership in...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 12:11 AM

Am I setting priorities for me and my business?

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to always be on top of the world? They are always smiling, they have time for coffee between board meetings. How do they do it? If we all have the same 24 hours to every day, how is it that some people seem to get everything done with time to spare, while...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Who is our competition?

When you start a business or have an existing business it is important to assess the competitive landscape so you have a strong sense as to who is targeting the same customers as you, what resources they have at their disposal and the bases on which they intend to compete i.e. product features,...

Monday, November 19, 2018, 10:52 PM

Am I analysing sales report properly?

Spend the same amount of time analysing sales reports as you do financial reports. Revenue comes from sales paid for by customers, so analysing sales reports is pretty much at the top of the ladder when it comes to management functions. It is impossible to make proper business decisions...

Monday, October 15, 2018, 11:51 PM

Which are our most profitable products and customers?

If you run a company that produces, distributes, and/or sells various products or services, it’s crucial that you identify and understand the profitability of each of your individual products. Operating without this knowledge puts you at risk of making flawed business decisions. Now...

Monday, October 8, 2018, 11:31 PM

What internal forces threaten our businesses?

Often, businesses can be so focused on negotiating perceived threats in the greater business environment that they fail to identify factors within the company which could threaten its success. The internal business environment comprises of factors within the company which impact the success and...

Monday, September 17, 2018, 11:42 PM

Why must my business keep growing?

Growth does not always mean getting bigger but it does mean getting better. People grow; they grow spiritually; they grow with knowledge; they grow emotionally. So too businesses can grow in different ways. Imagine that you start a manufacturing business. You pay money for capital, the capital...

Monday, September 3, 2018, 9:51 PM

Am I questioning everything?

Question everything about your business. It gets right to the heart of things – even those things that you take for granted. Sadly though, “why” is a question you don’t hear enough in many businesses and it is often drummed out of new people without anyone realising the...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 1:34 AM

Am I managing my business properly?

The main reason why businesses fail is incompetent owners and managers. Business owners will blame a shortage of cash for their business failure. But why was there a shortage of cash; poor products, poor sales, poor cash flow management, no marketing etc. All of the reasons for no cash goes back to...

Monday, August 13, 2018, 11:15 PM

Do I have the skills to be successful?

As a business owner, you need many different skills for your business to succeed. You may be a first-class engineer, but unless you can sell your product, your business could fail. Likewise, you could be a wizard financier, but unless the people you employ are well managed, your business could...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 12:48 AM

What do successful businesses do?

There are many reasons why some businesses are successful but it generally boils down to a handful of success factors. Many successful business have failed because they forgot or neglected what made them successful. Think of Blackberry. Below are the core principles followed by successful...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 12:51 AM