Category Archives: culture

The Real McCoy: Cry the internal brand

As neither political analyst nor commentator, I approach this space with caution — yet with equal passion and rigour — on the subject of the South African internal brand at such a tumultuous time in our young democracy. This column preparation coincides with two rating-agency downgrades following the dismissal of our minister of finance and the inexplicable midnight cabinet reshuffle announced by President Jacob Zuma, resulting in an unprecedented move by a diverse spectrum of South Africans and civil society to march upon our very president and demand his resignation in order to save the country.... Read On

Use your second chance properly

I’ve always held the view that we all make mistakes, and perfect delivery each time is damn hard. My maxim, however, has been that, when you screw up, how you respond to the mistake or customer’s complaint does matter and may make the difference. If you get a second chance, then use it well in dealing with a complaint or addressing the product or service malfunction. Customer service 101, I guess.... Read On

Agency culture — how indie beats the multinationals

The debate of the large international group vs the local independent agency is not a new one and is not my focus today. It is, however, evident that the independent agency, specifically one in which the founders are still involved, occupies a special space, particularly when it comes to creating a unique and differentiated culture.... Read On

Putting lipstick on the pig not a sustainable model

I was initially alarmed and dismayed by a headline in the April edition of Harvard Business Review, only to settle down in understanding and agreement once I had read it properly. Titled “Culture is not the culprit” by Jay Lorsch and Emily McTague, the authors analyse four companies through the lens of CEO leadership and strategy, and make the case for focusing upon business basics, rather than culture, as the solution.... Read On

Digital Darwinism and the Post-Digital Era of Branding

Digital Darwinism is when technology and the expectations of the consumer outpace the ability of the business to respond. It’s survival of the fittest; where the fittest are those most able to respond to their stakeholders wants and needs on the platforms and channels they are most comfortable with!... Read On

Can entrepreneurs culture culture?

I used to think that a corporate culture was last on the list of things that a business owner or entrepreneur needed to concern themselves with. It was something that just happened. It was a soft metric that was a lag indicator on the balanced scorecard of the business. Today however my opinion has changed.... Read On