|| Nearly ten years into a new government and South Africa has quickly
established itself in the global arena. Some of the world’s leading
business icons have jumped onto the local retail and service stage:
McDonald’s, Gucci, Levi’s, Kookai, Microsoft, Chick-fil-A, Crabtree &
Evelyn, IBM, Alfred Dunhill, Sheraton Hotels, Condé Nast, DKNY and Hyatt
Hotels are just a few of the world’s leading players which have set up
And many South African companies have been hugely successful in their
global forays: South African Breweries, Nando’s, Biggie Best, Sweets
From Heaven, Woolworths, the Sweet Factory, Brazilian Coffee Shop and
Steers are all expanding into new territories at a rapid rate.
|| Successful people are being transformed out of necessity. They’re
reinventing themselves, flying in the face of tradition, rejecting rules
that have paved their way to success in the past. They’re refocusing
their mindsets, redefining the nature of their businesses and flattening
corporate structures. Indulge, baby. Without the bulge!
The rules have changed. It’s time to get it together - to get it ahead.
The timing is right. South African consumers are quickly catching on to
superlatives like slickest, fastest, cheapest and best. Common sense prevails, because it all boils down to doing the right
things - at the right place, for the right price. I hope you enjoy Good News For the Modern Manager - it’s designed to get you on track
and in the groove. Think of this book as your business driver’s manual,
its designed to keep you moving. I’ve kept the brain-breaking reading
for your lectures and study clubs, opting for quick-hit lists. I love
the notion of writing lists: you can make a one-sitting meal of them
when you’re starving, or tuck in for a nibble if you’re feeling mentally
Some points might seem repetitive at times. But any overlap is because
the ideas naturally dovetail into one another. Cohesive themes, for
example, where leadership creates a motivated staff which results in
stronger customer relations ...
Learning is an interactive process - whatever information you may have
gleaned from my speaking engagements at your company is matched by the
knowledge I’ve picked up from your feedback and queries. I hope to grow