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Corporate culture and sustainable competitive advantage

Culture happens and all organisations have a culture. The issue is whether this corporate culture is consciously affirmed, nurtured and developed over time or if it 'just happened' based on the way 'things are done' in the organisation. By nurturing and developing your organisation's corporate culture, you can mould it into what you want it to be: a "true differentiator and the ultimate competitive weapon. If you ignore your culture, it will develop anyway and the result can be positive or negative.

John Kotter and James Heskett - in their book Corporate Culture and Performance -researched 207 large US companies in 22 different industries over an 11-year period. They found those companies that actively promoted constructive cultures saw revenue increases of 682% over that time versus 166% at companies that did not manage their cultures well. Corporate culture is vitally important to a business' sustainability because it is a key contributor to organisational performance. As Peter Drucker puts it, "Culture eats strategy for lunch".

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Business partnerships can be successful for couples

Although there are limited statistics related to married couples owning businesses together, recent studies indicate that there has been a significant increase in small, family-owned businesses over the past decade. Running a business together provides employment opportunities in a tight labour market, but it also gives couples an opportunity to embrace a more flexible work/life balance.

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How did you celebrate culture and diversity this Heritage Month?

Last week, we celebrated Heritage Day and were encouraged to celebrate our cultural traditions that make up the rainbow nation that is South Africa. When we think ‘heritage’, the following words come to mind: history, diversity, upbringing, tradition, culture and transformation. All of these words give us a sense of pride and hope. What stands out for me is ‘transformation’. South Africa is a diverse nation and although we still have a long way to go, we have become more accepting of each other’s differences. This translates into the training space as well.Heritage month, Heritage Day, Transformation

Last week, we celebrated Heritage Day and were encouraged to celebrate our cultural traditions that make up the rainbow nation that is South Africa. When we think 'heritage', the following words come to mind: history, diversity, upbringing, tradition, culture and transformation. All of these words give us a sense of pride and hope. What stands out for me is 'transformation'. South Africa is a diverse nation and although we still have a long way to go, we have become more accepting of each other's differences. This translates into the training space as well.

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3 Tips for creating a productive home office

The working office is evolving, and home offices are becoming more commonplace. Working at home has many perks; however, often executives working at home will neglect to invest in a working office that can assist in improving productivity, or choose technology that can make the home office more comfortable and efficient. In an attempt to remain connected with colleagues or the outside world, many people are using a wide range of video and audio conferencing applications.

The working office is evolving, and home offices are becoming more commonplace. Working at home has many perks; however, often executives working at home will neglect to invest in a working office that can assist in improving productivity, or choose technology that can make the home office more comfortable and efficient. In an attempt to remain connected with colleagues or the outside world, many people are using a wide range of video and audio conferencing applications.

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Women at work, Glass ceiling, Gender equality, EE

Recently, the role of women at work has changed dramatically with more members of the fairer sex participating in the South African – and global – workforce because of increased education opportunities. The heightened presence of women at work plays a major role in the financial and social empowerment of women and has seen legislation enforce and promote female empowerment. However, the United Nations (UN) 2012 gender report found that although women perform 66% of the world’s work, and produce 50% of the food, they earn only 10% of the income and own only 1% of the property in the world.

Recently, the role of women at work has changed dramatically with more members of the fairer sex participating in the South African – and global – workforce because of increased education opportunities. The heightened presence of women at work plays a major role in the financial and social empowerment of women and has seen legislation enforce and promote female empowerment. However, the United Nations (UN) 2012 gender report found that although women perform 66% of the world's work, and produce 50% of the food, they earn only 10% of the income and own only 1% of the property in the world.

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