How companies can use technology to improve their workplace training and talent development

This article by AMI’s Chairman Jonathan Cook was published by the following publications Business Brief, Business Times Africa, Talent Talks and R News The past two decades have seen a number of technological changes that have reshaped the learning industry, with indications that another wave of disruption will occur in the next few decades. Sometimes … Continue reading How companies can use technology to improve their workplace training and talent development

Tips on talent development for entrepreneurs & leaders

AMI has worked with hundreds of organisations across Africa to empower their teams and build businesses. In this interview on podcast series Finding Impact, our CEO, Rebecca Harrison, shares some practical advice for entrepreneurs on the improtance of thinking early about talent development and why it’s the best investment you can make in your company … Continue reading Tips on talent development for entrepreneurs & leaders

Why more entrepreneurs need to adopt a “beginner’s mind-set”

AMI South Africa was featured in an article in SME South Africa highlighting some key insights into entrepreneurship and the perspective of the entrepreneur. The article quotes AMI’s Chief learning Officer, Klara Michal, describing how entrepreneurs can boost their motivation, simply by looking at things differently. Click here to read the full article. Continue reading Why more entrepreneurs need to adopt a “beginner’s mind-set”

Seven Steps to grow an Effective Network

Influencing others

Successful people have great networks. Networking is one of the key differentiators between the most successful leaders and the rest of us.

In fact, as we grow in our careers, networking becomes more and more important.  This is because as we climb the corporate ladder, we become more and more dependent on others to achieve our goals.  So networking is not only important for outward success, as some cynics might suggest, but has been shown to correlate with effectiveness on the job as well.  One reason for this is that professionals with active networks know whom to call on when they have a challenge they need help with.

When we think of networking today we think of electronic media, and this has become the most effective way of staying in touch.  Particularly important are professional networks like LinkedIn and the African Management Initiative, but general social media like Facebook and Twitter are also important.

Of course the deepest networks arise from personal contact.  People in our network need to meet us to keep the “chemistry” at work.

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Launchpad: Success@Work in 21st Century Africa Programme


Are you struggling to get a good job? Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Are you looking to get a foot on the career ladder?

The African Management Initiative is offering a short online business and management programme to help young people navigate the job market and develop skills they need in the work place. 

Key topics that Launchpad covers are:

  • Setting goals for success
  • Personal Productivity
  • Influencing Others
  • Self-management: stress, work-life balance & integrity
  • Communication skills
  • CV writing, Interview preparation & Building ‘Brand Me’

Lecturers: Buyani Zwane & Jonathan Cook, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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People Management: How to create a great team!

People Management: Create a Great Team

Would you agree that teamwork is extremely important for the success of a company? In a team, people can work together and accomplish much more than they could by themselves. This concept of synergy is how many great companies achieve success and thrive.

Why is this important to build a great team?

 As a manager, it is your job to chart the company’s vision so that you can lead your team in the right direction as well as ensuring that your team understands the vision of the company, are fully engaged in it and are working effectively together in order to help you to realize that vision.

Without a strong and clear vision and lead from you, the manager, you will struggle to plan, engage and manage your team towards a shared future.


Here are the 8 critical steps to build a productive team: Continue reading “People Management: How to create a great team!”