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How do high performing leaders realise sustainable value?

Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership at Henley Business School, has presented the results of his global research project into the effectiveness of corporate boards and his theory on how business can deliver sustainable value. Mr Kakabadse, has been tracking board performance for over a decade and has accumulated data from 19 500 organisations across 35 countries, including Russia, China, the US, Middle East and UAE.

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Grow youth employment through vocational training

With 50.9 percent of the country’s youth unemployed more focus should be placed on how youth can enter the job market without a formal tertiary qualification to contribute positively to the country’s economy. Richard Rayne, CEO of iLearn, a leading South African learning solutions business, which offers a range of Learnerships and short courses, says it’s well-known that the country’s youth struggle to enter the job market as a result of low levels of education and lack of work experience. But he says a Learnership, obtained through an accredited provider could be the answer to addressing the critical skills gap that exists in various industries to help boost the level of employment in the country.

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In the world of business, ignorance is not bliss

There is a sophisticated spectrum of financial tools available to managers and entrepreneurs, all of which were non-existent 20 years ago. In theory, this should make it easier to do business but, says Mark Graham, Associate Professor in Accounting at UCT who runs the Finance for Non Financial Management programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business, this does not necessarily follow.

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Empowerment key to socio-economic growth

The SMME Opportunity Roadshow is set to take place on 20 April 2017 at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg with the aim of showcasing opportunities for developing businesses, while also providing focused guidance for SMMEs to mainstream their competitive advantage as effectively as possible. This year, I will be representing REDISA at the annual event to speak about the opportunities that can be found in waste and how these can be used to build the economy through small businesses and entrepreneurship.

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KNOWING HOW TO HANDLE A CRUCIAL CONVERSATION MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

We all have crucial conversation moments, in the workplace, at home and in social gatherings. It is how we handle these situations that will determine the success of the conversation. Helene Vermaak, Director at The Human Edge says that in recent research it was found that only 6% of people feel extremely confident in voicing their concerns in a crucial conversation situation.

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