Being proficient in the technical aspects of your job only counts for half the necessary skills required to grow an exceptional team. Good managers need to become empowering people-leaders before they can deliver exceptional results. The trap that most hard-working managers fall into is to believe that they know more than their team members and therefore try to solve their problems for them.
The new BEE Codes implemented as of 1 May 2015 introduced a new concept, that of the “Empowering Supplier” which is vitally important for companies to understand, as non-compliance with the requirements can render a supplier’s BEE rating useless, as the supplier’s clients are unable to derive any procurement benefits that would ordinarily be enjoyed by businesses, purchasing its products and services.
The interest rate hikes towards the end of last year, the subsequent decline in the South African rand, the budget speech to come this week and the possibility of further credit rating reviews by Standard and Poor’s, Fitch and Moody’s has and will set the tone for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and general employment in South Africa for 2016 and, it seems, the foreseeable future.
The renowned publishers of 90 The Nelson Mandela Years, 20 Years of Democracy, Vision 2030 and Impumelelo – South Africa’s Top Empowered Companies and KPMG Zambia, a member firm of KPMG International, the world renowned professional services organisation – are excited to announce a new venture going forward: to develop a publication that will become the authoritative guide to the top companies in Zambia. Compared with some of its sub-Sahara African peers, Zambia has shown promising growth in recent years and looking forward – despite certain challenges facing the country – the outlook remains positive.
We have all been the newbie in the office – some of us more than once. It’s seldom a situation you look forward to and it’s likely to be an awkward one (for you): “Am I allowed to leave my desk for more than three minutes to make a cup of coffee?” “Which cup can I use?” “What do I do when there isn’t toilet paper in the bathroom or if there isn’t any paper in the printer?” It’s those little circumstances that make for a potentially awkward first day.