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The Twelve Days of Christmas with your Part-Time FD

On the first day of Christmas, my part-time FD gave to me an introduction to business reporting and advice on creating a business strategy.  On the second day of Christmas, my part-time FD gave to me more ways to attract money, an introduction to business reporting and advice on creating a business strategy. On the third day of […]

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If You Want To Succeed, You Need to Embrace The ‘F’ Word

What do Sir James Dyson, the Mercedes F1 team, Pixar, Google and the airline industry have in common? They’re hugely successful, yes, but the thing that links them is they never shy away from the ‘F’ word—Failure. Instead, they face and learn from their mistakes, errors and mishaps. So says Matthew Syed, award-winning Times journalist […]

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A True Toy Story: LEGO’s Incredible Turnaround Tale

 The story of how LEGO, the family-owned toy company went from teetering on the brink of disaster and haemorrhaging cash to delivering the highest revenues in its entire history and being voted the 2017 Most Powerful Brand in the World makes for a truly inspirational tale… Fourteen years ago, LEGO’s Head of Strategic Development Jørgen […]

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Confessions of Part-Time, Portfolio FDs

Leaving lucrative and secure C-suite positions mid-career to build a part-time portfolio might seem crazy but many of those who’ve done it say it is one of the sanest decisions they’ve made. Take Michael Citroen, who at 58 years old is a 14-year veteran of the part-time portfolio job world. The former Group Finance Director […]

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Why Entrepreneurs’ Dream of Hypergrowth Fast Becomes A Nightmare

Rapid growth is the stuff most entrepreneurs dream about as they take their fledgling company through the early years but when it happens, it can quickly become the stuff of nightmares. The bubbles in the celebratory champagne—“Here’s to our success!”—barely have time to go flat before the problems arise across the high-impact growth or Scale […]

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The Spies Inside Your Company

Hear the words ‘corporate espionage’ and you might think it’s only something that corporate giants need to worry about. But that’s not the case. Corporate espionage is something that can affect companies of any size. And despite what you might believe, the threat is highly likely to come from within your organisation. The corporate spy […]

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Shareholder Rights Under the Companies Act

The following article discusses some remedies available to aggrieved shareholders under the Companies Act (71 of 2008) (the Act). It is interesting to note at the outset that the Act does not always distinguish between minority or majority shareholders. In fact the prominent clause dealing with “prejudicial conduct” is clause 163; and this clause does […]

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The Simple Way to Dominate Your Market

Want an easy way to outsmart your competitors and dominate your market? One that doesn’t involve an investment of time or funds in social media, Google AdWords, email marketing, SEO or any of the usual suspects. Nor will you have to employ a swathe of graduates from Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard to carry this one […]

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