Global markets are being rattled. We see a belligerent President Trump instigating trade wars with, amongst others, China. There is a saying that when two bull elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled and destroyed. Your business is the potential “grass” in this example! How do you prepare your business to survive any fallout from these trade wars? Unfortunately, it is exceedingly difficult to predict what industries are going to be impacted. Some are obvious. I would not like to...

Your marketing strategy is a comprehensive plan devised to achieve your marketing objectives for the company. This will guide you on how and to whom you are going to sell products and services. It helps you to define where you are going to allocate scarce resources. So why do you want to define such a strategy? It helps you to define your competitive edge. It helps to define where and how you can make the most profit from your products and...

What defines the successful sale of a business? In my view, it will be getting a realistic price and that the business will continue to be successful once you have exited it. Unfortunately, that does not happen in many instances. So what do you need to do to prepare your business for sale? Some of the more important actions include: Optimize your profits and cash flow – these two elements are the key drivers in determining the value of a business....

If you review many of the international project management standards as well as many of the project management courses, you will see a great degree of complexity. Standards have evolved over time to meet the demands of increasingly complex requirements of project management. I can see the need for such complexity with large detailed projects such as systems development and implementation. The question I raise is, has all this complexity confused and deterred the basics of sound project management particularly...