Management Today - Volume 30, Issue 5, 2012
Volume 30, Issue 5, 2012
Author Tumi FrazierSource: Management Today 30, pp 12 –17 (2012)More Less
More and more corporations around the world recognise that in order to gain competitive advantage they need to ensure that their people know how to handle themselves at work, and how to relate to their colleagues and customers. Too often business managers place too much emphasis on technical skills when hiring and evaluating people instead of who they really are, and as a result overlook the soft skills.
Author Bill PriceSource: Management Today 30, pp 19 –24 (2012)More Less
Like any well composed symphony, every company and organisation has to have the right people mix; such an 'orchestra' might consist of very different instruments, but its sum total produces a sound that is 'in agreement'. There have to be dynamic, visionary leaders and detail-orientated managers, but both extremes require a balance of people and relationship skills. Their strategic thinking capacity, world-wise-ness and foresight capacity have to be orchestrated toward strategic roll-out of results. Within this reality, leadership is tasked to ensure the longevity of a company's legacy beyond the present leadership's life cycle.
Author Cobus OosthuizenSource: Management Today 30, pp 26 –29 (2012)More Less
The value of an MBA degree has been widely criticised by scholars and business practitioners. Criticism includes assertions that business schools are too 'academic' meaning somehow that they fail to provide what the business world needs, or that they fail to impart useful skills or to prepare leaders. Some assert that an MBA does not lead graduates to good corporate jobs.
Source: Management Today 30, pp 30 –32 (2012)More Less
Source: Management Today 30, pp 36 –38 (2012)More Less
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) was launched on 16th June 2009 by the Government to advance youth development through guidance, support and economic development and to develop and coordinate the implementation of an integrated youth development strategy and plan for the country. As part of its information services and communication programmes, the NYDA provides youth with information and counselling support through its various service-delivery channels, including youth advisory centres (YACs). The NYDA's YACs are walk-in centres where trained personnel provide information, counselling support, training and referral services to young people. YACs offer information and support across a wide range of issues and topics such as career guidance and entrepreneurship, job preparation and other life skills and provide referral services.
Source: Management Today 30, pp 42 –44 (2012)More Less
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) reports that 40% of all young people in the 15-24 years old bracket are without work. Gianni Rosas, who is a coordinator of the ILO's Youth Employment Programme, recently told Time magazine that these people will become the lost generation. "We are going backwards, our kids are worse off than they were 20 years ago," says Rosas.
Can Teen Entrepreneurship be a catalyst for innovation, social and economic development in South Africa and Africa?Source: Management Today 30, pp 46 –48 (2012)More Less
Currently, South Africa has 18 million teenagers and from a population of 50 million this means that almost 36% of our population is in the teen bracket. As per the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey, almost three quarters (72%) of the unemployed population of 4.5 million people are younger than 25. Fewer than 50% of current matriculants will hold jobs before the age of 24. Public discourse has been dominated by discussions of this spiralling youth unemployment crisis, yet government intervention has been slow and perhaps not out of choice, but due to lack of credible partners to implement policies and interventions on the ground. As part of an ongoing drive to present government with solutions to this crisis, the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation is proposing a deliberate intervention to increase the facilitation of teen innovation and entrepreneurship as a means of bringing more young people into the economy.
Author Magda HewittSource: Management Today 30, pp 50 –52 (2012)More Less
The leadership crisis in Africa came in the public eye when young people with mutual information, strategies and knowledge stood up against the regimes (Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Bahrain) that ruled them for decades - the Arab Spring. Daily, many concerns about the South African youth are expressed by various bodies such as government organisations, parents, schools, media and the church. Their attitudes, values, behaviour and in general their future-fit leadership qualities are questioned.
Author Cathy MarstonSource: Management Today 30, pp 54 –57 (2012)More Less
At the end of a winding gravel road and nestled in amongst the Jonkershoek and Franschhoek mountain ranges, lies the new home of Oldenburg Vineyards. The Cellar Door building which houses the tasting room, vinoteque and offices was designed by Cape Town architect Simon Beerstecher (the architect responsible for the equally dramatic and beautiful makeovers of Glen Carlou and Rustenberg). It is a modern building, yet it is also rooted in its natural surroundings and African heritage, with a combination of wooden beams forming a central apex for the thatched roof, and intricate lighting design illuminating the entrance pathway of trees, elegant fountain and large ceramic planters.
Author Malcolm MonteiroSource: Management Today 30, pp 60 –62 (2012)More Less
Deutsche Post World Net (DPWN) is a post and telegraph (P&T) company in Germany that went through the metamorphosis from being a P&T company to one of the world's leading logistics service providers. They commenced their operations in the year 1999, and as a cash-rich company they chose inorganic growth by acquiring companies in a similar field. Most notably, one of those acquisitions was one of the world's largest logistics companies DHL. It then went on to rebrand itself as DP DHL.
Author Robin ProbartSource: Management Today 30, pp 64 –66 (2012)More Less
Once again this year I had the pleasure of attending the ASTD International Conference and Exposition, held recently in Denver, Colorado, USA. I am in a fortunate position to have attended this event for the past 25 years. I was joined by more than 9 000 delegates, of which more than 2 000 were from outside USA, representing over 75 countries. There were almost 300 educational sessions to choose from have, all being aligned to ASTD's Communities of Practice to highlight their relevance to what we do and where we do it as Training and Development professionals.
Source: Management Today 30, pp 68 –69 (2012)More Less
South Africans will commemorate Youth Day on 16 June under the theme "Together We Can Do More to Build Infrastructure and Fight Youth Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality". The day recognises the brave youth who on 16 June 1976, stood up against the apartheid government's Bantu education laws. It further honours the hundreds of school children who died on that day - a day that changed the course of the country's history.
Author Annie CoetzeeSource: Management Today 30, pp 70 –77 (2012)More Less
Do not be misled by the simplicity of this title. Millions of people live lives that are not true to who and what they honestly are. Even more millions of people also do not see, dream, speak and live the way that they want to. These millions have become what others believe or say about them. They have become a 'definition' or an 'opinion' of someone and it simply does not feel right!
Author Richard StraubSource: Management Today 30, pp 80 –87 (2012)More Less
The world has been shattered by a series of crises since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008: the near shattering of the world financial system followed by a severe economic downturn across the advanced economies and the surfacing of a sovereign-debt disaster that has been building up during the past 30 years.
Source: Management Today 30, pp 88 –90 (2012)More Less
Established in 1997, Sasol ChemCity is Sasol's enterprise development vehicle. The division was specifically created to support the development of the downstream chemical, energy and related industries through the incubation of SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises).
The organisation aims to facilitate the establishment of independent downstream enterprises, as well as the establishment of upstream suppliers.
Author Cara BouwerSource: Management Today 30, pp 92 –94 (2012)More Less
Harnessing innovation is, in many ways, like capturing the power of the atom. It is not an easy process. It involves a fair amount of trial and error. The results can be explosive and it is not always a positive outcome. But, coupled with a rigorous scientific approach, innovation can create magic. The question is: why do companies, governments and individuals not approach innovation from this scientific standpoint?