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”
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
Continue reading “Launchpad: Success@Work in 21st Century Africa Programme”
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!”
Project planning is not an exact science but the ability to control incidents is a key part of the project managers’ responsibility during execution. However as a project manager you are aware that the execution does not always follow the estimated of projected plans leading to; Costing more than budgeted Taking longer than planned Not … Continue reading Tool of the Week: Project progress report
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
Are you thinking of starting a business, seeking a bank loan to expand or approach some investors to interest them with a big business idea? Then a business plan is your best bet to opening those doors as it acts as the blueprint for your business. Whether it is visualising a roadmap for your … Continue reading Tool of the Week – The business model canvas
Every entrepreneur is confronted with the burning question, what makes a great business plan? When it comes to drafting a great business plan, understanding the main components of a business plan will help you understand if your idea is feasible, and what investors or other outside stakeholders would expect to see in your plan. … Continue reading What makes a great business plan?
Managers get things done through other people, therefore choosing the right people to work with you has to be one of the most important decisions. Even if you are lucky enough to have a good HR person to help you, do not delegate this task entirely. As a manager, you are the one who … Continue reading Tool of the week: Selecting the right people
As part of our vision of impacting one million managers to perform effectively across Africa, we believe in social learning as it helps you in applying what you learning. Our buddy system is aimed at helping you throughout your learning journey. A buddy is someone; who can hold you accountable as you take this … Continue reading How does a buddy help me in my learning journey?
Please click on Upgrade to get a certificate on My Courses page. Next, input your details (full name and email address) and click Submit. A payment dashboard will appear with the following payment options: e-wallet, Visa, Mastercard, M-Pesa, Airtel Money, Equity and Co-op Bank. Please note that the plastic cards need to be enabled for international payments. Choose your preferred method and follow the … Continue reading How do I upgrade to get a certificate?