Articles Tagged with: Success
The Cobra Effect

Have you heard the term “The Cobra Effect”?

If not, it’s time that you learn about it.

The Cobra Effect is a term in economics. It refers to a situation when an attempted solution to a problem makes the problem worse.Read More

Where’s the Magic Success Pill?

Successful entrepreneurs seem so……… well, successful? When we look at how well they have done, we wonder why we haven’t yet discovered our ‘million dollar idea’ that will place us in their ranks. After all, who doesn’t want to be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates? We all want to succeed although our definition of success differs from person to person. Read More

No train. No gain.

In hard economic times, what’s the first thing companies cut? You guessed it -the development budget. No more training, no more coaching! Unbelievable. What message does that send to the staff?

Spectacular success in business doesn’t come by luck.Read More

Become the most Successful You!

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their performance; helping them to learn rather than teaching them.”

~Sir John Whitmore

How do professionals get better at what they do?

How do professionals become great?Read More

Exceed your own Expectations!

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their performance; helping them to learn rather than teaching them.”

~Sir John Whitmore

You are an entrepreneur.

A dreamer…. A doer… A go getter!Read More

Find your Ikigai

What’s your reason for getting up in the morning? Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help. Originating from a country with one of the world’s oldest populations, the idea is becoming popular outside of Japan as a way to live longer and better.Read More

What should be done to strengthen MSMEs in Southern Africa?

South Africa’s small business failure rate of almost 80% within the first three years means the average entrepreneur’s chance of starting a business, growing it and creating much-needed jobs is painfully slim. The trend is similar across most of Southern Africa.

I have spent the last three years focusing on the question of why small businesses fail and why certain entrepreneurs are more successful than others. There seems to be little or no research in Africa dealing with the actual entrepreneur, and why some succeed and others fail. Most of the research deals with the environment and the actual business.

What should be done to strengthen MSMEs?

We should strengthen MSMEs by strengthening the core… the actual entrepreneur. Having spoken to dozens of entrepreneurs, I have discovered that those who become successful share similar personal characteristics. Thus, it seems likely that about 40% of the success of small scale businesses depends on the actual entrepreneur.

What can we learn from this?

We should initiate a new approach to entrepreneurship development which involves the personal development of the actual entrepreneur, with the objective of transferring the skills required to succeed in business. Cash flow training is important, but so is entrepreneurship focused personal development, personal initiative programmes, and other personal skills.

Please contact Agnes on agnes@adgeafrica.com for more information of our Personal Development Programme for entrepreneurs.

ADGE AFRICA’S BUSINESS TIPS: TIP NO 4: BE AGILE

People are using the word “agile” more and more during these years. What does it mean exactly?

Agility is the ability to act quickly and with economy of effort in accurate response to change and also to initiate change for business advantage, says Paul Allen.

But if we translate this sentence into an ordinary language, agility represents the ability to respond fast to unexpected situations, and to keep your mind open to new things. Moreover, it would practically mean that all entrepreneurs should be agile in order for their business to succeed.

How do you become an agile entrepreneur?Read More

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