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”

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

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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.

Seven steps to become an effective networker  Continue reading “Seven Steps to grow an Effective Network”

Launchpad: Success@Work in 21st Century Africa Programme

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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!”

5 tips of effective project management

  According to Harvard Business School, project managers are tasked with the responsibilities of producing defined outcomes within an established time-frame using specific allocation of resources. In doing so, the manager needs project management skills which entails the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements (Project Management Body … Continue reading 5 tips of effective project management