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DJ Sbu is not your ordinary entrepreneur. He was born to be great and refuses to settle for less.
Have you ever wondered what, exactly, goes on inside a successful entrepreneur’s head – how they came up with their ground-breaking ideas, how they turned them into a business, how they handle failure and what it took to get them where they are today? Billionaires Under Construction answers these questions, and more, as it charts the rise and rise of Sibusiso Leope, one of South Africa’s most dynamic entrepreneurs. From his childhood in Tembisa to the global stage as a best-selling DJ, from music mogul and co-owner of TS Records – the label behind some of South Africa’s brightest young stars – and, more recently, the force behind the country’s first black-owned energy drink, Sbu’s story is one of courage, resilience, inspiration and a refusal to let the put-downs stop him. In his own words, "you just can’t stop his go".
Billionaires Under Construction is a blueprint of Sbu’s success; an honest and direct account of the setbacks he’s encountered, including his high profile dismissal from two of South Africa’s most prominent radio stations and his equally notorious run-in with Forbes. Sbu’s handling of these situations shows the triumph of his entrepreneurial spirit and the tenacity of a man who does, indeed, consider himself a billionaire under construction – and won’t stop until his goal has become a reality.
More than this, it’s a handbook to show other entrepreneurs how they can do the same; a slice of motivation to show them that it can be done, and a tool-kit to show them how.
"Over the past two decades, Nene has gained a reputation both locally and internationally as a thought-leader in diversity and inclusion, values-driven leadership and transformation. She has authored numerous publications, including contributing to the book Leadership Perspectives from the Front Line. She is a member of the Diversity Collegium, a think tank of globally-recognised diversity experts. She is an associate lecturer at GIBS on Global Diversity and Unconscious Bias, as well as an associate lecturer on Transformation Strategy for the Stellenbosch Business School. She is a sought-after speaker for conferences around the world."
"The ideas and experiences shared by author Nene Molefi speak directly to the troubling prejudices and inequities that persist in our world. Diversity and inclusion are more pressing than ever. Injustices and deep social divisions persist, personally and systemically. Racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of fear and hatred are not isolated. They remain embedded and they demand courageous, deliberate work. In this book, Nene uses her own story to cast a bright light on the transformation journey. Nene’s book quite vulnerably takes the reader on Nene’s personal journey. In addition to the deeply personal content, each chapter ends with practical guidelines on how to lead inclusively. Nene’s book offers hope and substance in our vision of a diverse and inclusive and just society." —Justice Edwin Cameron
“We need to innovate!” - every CEO ever!
Innovation is not about changing your product, it’s about changing your mindset. It’s not about doing something new, it’s about stopping doing something old. This entire book rehashes these two lines in as many ways as ground-breaking (if you dropped him off a high platform wearing heavy shoes) business thinker Richard Mulholland was able to do in around 125 pages.
Changing the legacy mindset is not easy, but hot-damn, it’s worthwhile. Legacide, the book, hopes to do just that.
Shaping markets through competition and economic regulation is at the heart of addressing the development challenges facing countries in southern Africa. The contributors to Competition Law And Economic Regulation: Addressing Market Power In Southern Africa critically assess the efficacy of the competition and economic regulation frameworks, including the impact of a number of the regional competition authorities in a range of sectors throughout southern Africa.
Featuring academics as well as practitioners in the field, the book addresses issues common to southern African countries, where markets are small and concentrated, with particularly high barriers to entry, and where the resources to enforce legislation against anti-competitive conduct are limited. What is needed, the contributors argue, is an understanding of competition and regional integration as part of an inclusive growth agenda for Africa. By examining competition and regulation in a single framework, and viewing this within the southern African experience, this volume adds new perspectives to the global competition literature.
It is an essential reference tool and will be of great interest to policymakers and regulators, as well as the rapidly growing ecosystem of legal practitioners and economists engaged in the field.
This book offers 50 innovative ways of looking at your business as a long-term, dynamic, progressive entity. Here you will find 50 ways to ditch the atrophying forces and create an exponentially achieving, high-performance culture in your organisation.
Some rules help us, but some don’t. Do you know which to ditch? And do you know how to create a dynamic, learning culture that doesn’t rely on blind bureaucracy? Elon Musk did it with Tesla and Space-X. Pixar does it too. The Israeli Defence Force and US Navy SEALS have been doing it for decades, and their results have been astonishing.
In a world of exponential organisations, rule-bound dinosaurs will fall and fade. But you don’t have to.
They’re your rules. Break them!
Did you know that two out of three businesses fail? This is often due to a lack of understanding of basic business concepts by the business owners. In the competitive South African business environment, aspiring entrepreneurs and new business owners need a solid foundation of knowledge to building sustainable businesses on. Entrepreneurship and how to establish your own business (5th edition) is a foundational book covering the key areas of entrepreneurship and small business development. This revised edition explains important business concepts in layperson's terms and uses updated examples to focus on. The entrepreneur's personal skills set; Role models in the field of successful entrepreneurship; Thinking 'out of the box' to find opportunities in the market; Evaluating business ideas; Drawing up a business plan; Setting up a business; Legal and other business requirements that apply to new businesses.
Given the common acknowledgement that strategy implementation is the greatest challenge to managers in the 21st century and the greatest reason for strategy failure we decided to focus on strategy implementation. Rather than promoting the unrealistic idea of strategy as a purely rational and deliberate outcome, this book acknowledges and explores the idea that strategy is often emergent, messy and experimental. We focus on strategy as something that people do rather than something that an organisation possesses. Since people are the building blocks of strategy, we recognise the fact that strategy is both a cognitive and a political activity.
In this candid autobiography, Amway cofounder Rich DeVos reflects on work, faith, family, and the core values he's held on to, from his humble Christian upbringing through his enormous success running one of the world's largest businesses.
Few people embody the American entrepreneurial spirit as plainly as Rich DeVos. A prominent businessman, self-made billionaire, philanthropist, worldwide speaker, bestselling author, family man, and devout Christian, DeVos not only helped create Amway, one of the world's biggest companies, but he did it from the ground up with his deep faith in God guiding the way and keeping his hopes alive. Now after the success of his bestselling books in business, DeVos reveals his personal story. Born to poor Dutch immigrants in rural Michigan during the Depression, DeVos learned about the importance of leadership and partnership. His grandfather, father, and teachers taught him valuable lessons and key principles about faith, optimism, and perseverance that would guide his entire life. In high school, he befriended Jay Van Andel, who later became his business partner. Together, they created a whole new way to sell products and established one of the largest, most successful companies in the world. DeVos also talks about his marriage and family, his experiences as a motivational speaker, his ownership of the NBA basketball team Orlando Magic, and his philanthropic, religious, and political endeavors.
Inspiring, fascinating, and full of heart, Simply Rich is the astonishing rags-to-riches story that few can tell. Through his amazing accomplishments as both a businessman and generous soul, DeVos reveals the true meaning of success and how his deep faith helped him become a true American icon.
People and their effective management are key to sustainable organisations. The authors of Human resource management, now in its fourth edition, combine their respective experience from both academia and the workplace to provide a balanced and useful book that covers the key principles for the effective management of people. The book has a sound theoretical base, which includes a wide range of topics from areas such as the human resource management function, strategic human resource management, organisational behaviour, leadership, labour legislation and labour relations. Furthermore, there are self-awareness exercises to assist readers in applying theory to their own insight. For those wanting to test their knowledge, each chapter contains multiple-choice questions. The five case studies at the end of the book create a further opportunity for readers to develop their ability to practically manage people. As with previous editions, the book has been written and designed in a user-friendly style and format and it available with a slideshow for each chapter.
Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger’s car, or walking into a stranger’s home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it’s as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb are household names: redefining neighbourhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business and changing the way we travel.
In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sparking yet another cultural upheaval through technology. They are among the Upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Young, hungry and brilliant, they are rewriting the traditional rules of business, changing our day-to-day lives and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.
The Upstarts is the definitive account of a dawning age of tenacity, creativity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone’s highly anticipated and riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we find out how it all started, and how the world is wildly different than it was ten years ago.
Executives are fundamentally responsible for formulating and executing strategy. In addition, they lead their organisations to ensure the implementation of a chosen strategy and manage any changes associated with such new strategies.
Strategy, Leadership & Change provides practical guidelines on strategic and organisational design, leadership and change. Based on Terry Meyer’s in-depth knowledge and experience in the areas of strategy, leadership and change, this publication is aimed at executives who do not have the time to search for or study the plethora of books written on the subject. The author combines useful information with practical answers to many of the challenges facing modern-day executives.
The book consists of four sections:
Based on sound theoretical principles and presented in a readable, jargon-free style, with an emphasis on practical application, this publication is aimed at both current and future executives.
Business-to-business marketing is the first B2B marketing book in South Africa written by local academics. Its content therefore includes material to which South African students of B2B marketing can relate more easily. This book is about businesses marketing their products and services to other businesses and covers concepts related to this environment. It gives valuable insights into business-to-business marketing management, as well as analysing B2B buying practices, supply chain management, the selection of business customers and the development of a B2B marketing strategy. It provides readers with an understanding of what B2B marketing is and how it differs from business-to-consumer (B2C) marketing. The book has a strong theoretical basis, while also exploring many case studies from a South African perspective.
We all know South Africa has problems; we read about them in the newspapers, we see them on the streets and many people experience them in their daily lives. Fortunately, many of these problems can be solved using innovation and science. Innovation takes a look at inventions - developed in South Africa by South Africans - to address issues in the areas of healthcare, energy, environment and industry. Some of these inventions, such as a tea bag created to filter water for communities in rural areas, can save lives; others, such as a unique way to beneficiate titanium, could spell a new era of industry in the country.
The book is broken down into sections on environment, health, energy, industry and education, and in each of those parts are examples of South African innovations, from a satellite system to map fires to the concept of sterilising mosquitoes to stop the spread of malaria.
These have been developed by numerous organisations and institutions and showcase South Africa's excellence.
Naspers is een van 'n handjievol maatskappye uit Afrika wat binne een eeu gegroei het tot 'n globale mededinger met rekordaandelepryse - en dit boonop op die gebied van tegnologie.
Die versameling essays, geskryf deur groot geeste in die Suid-Afrikaanse mediawereld, gaan oor die boustene van die grootste mediamaatskappy op die kontinent.
Dit is 'n onderneming wat tendense vroeg identifiseer, dit aanpas vir die markte waarin hy bedrywig is en dit benut tot groot voordeel van die maatskappy, sy aandeelhouers en sy werknemers.
The way businesses buy from one another has changed profoundly in recent years. Markets have evolved, disruptive technologies have sprung up and buyers’ expectations have changed. But despite this, the fundamentals of business-to-business marketing have remained constant: today’s corporate decision-makers still need to know who you are, what you do and why you matter to them.
In Business-to-Business Marketing, Mark Eardley and Charlie Stewart review the basic rules of B2B marketing. They offer guidance on how to:
Their step-by-step guide will help your marketing effort deliver three critical results – increased sales, rising market share and rock-solid margins. Written in straightforward, punchy language with simple, practical take outs at the end of each chapter, this is a must-have book for anyone involved – in any way at all – with attracting and retaining profitable customers.
Two internationally recognised thought leaders on leadership teamed up with over 80 contributors to produce the most comprehensive and “biggest” business leadership book ever published in South Africa. With 89 contributors, 65 chapters, 1000+ pages and featuring a foreword from Advocate Thuli Madonsela in Hard Cover, the book addresses Leadership from every possible angle.
The leadership education and development industry is worth over R500 billion worldwide. Despite the vast amounts invested, trust in leaders of all spheres is at an all-time low. Research has shown that the primary reason for leadership failure is a lack of contextual perspective. This is where Leadership: Perspectives from the Frontline is different to thousands of other leadership books that are available. The emphasis on leadership contexts runs like a golden thread throughout the book.
The fierce current debate about leadership and leadership excellence (or lack thereof), may be one of most important issues of present time, alongside issues such as demographic changes, economic prosperity, food security, world peace, global warming and sustainability. It could even be argued that these issues in themselves are symptomatic of poor leadership. Or, at worst of an absence of a will to lead.
The clarion call is clear and unequivocal. At this critical juncture in our history, the search is on for better and different types of leadership. Leaders, and thus leadership, have to reinvent themselves if they wish to be successful in the world of tomorrow. Old recipes and conventional ways of leading will no longer suffice. It can be asserted that those nations, societies, communities and organisations that are able to demonstrate leadership excellence consistently will dominate and inherit the future, in particular for emerging continents like Africa. Our very future is in the hands the quality of future leaders and leadership who will either make us architects or victims of the future.
The purpose of this book is to address the leadership demands, challenges and requirements faced by organisations over the next five to ten years in the global village in general - and emerging countries specifically – as viewed from an integrated, holistic leadership value chain perspective. The book aims to provide cutting edge, futuristic thinking about leadership, leveraged from current available insights; actionable knowledge; and theory-informed practice about leadership at the front line of the organisation.
Leadership demands, challenges and requirements are addressed in the following sections:
The following present and future Leadership Demands and Competencies are addressed:
Apart from the above the whole aspect of Burnout, Derailment and Toxic Leadership is also addressed. As well as leadership assessment, development and coaching.
Nearly 70 per cent of employees in the UK aren't performing at their full potential. At the roots of this problem are the policies and systems built to 'manage' these employees, which were designed for a different era - the industrial economy. In the tradition of Jim Collins' bestselling Good to Great, in Under New Management David Burkus, psychologist, professor of management at the College of Business at Oral Roberts University and author of The Myth of Creativity, shines a light on the companies that are experimenting with new and different models and policies for leading teams and managing people. From Amazon to Virgin, Volkswagen to Whole Foods, these companies have developed a new set of best practices that may look counter-intuitive, but have become an integral part of what makes them so high-performing, and that have established employee engagement and customer loyalty. The purpose of this book and its research is to challenge you and your company on whether the time has come to re-examine some of the most fundamental concepts in management today. The business of business is all about change and keeping up with the latest trends. Here's your chance to see for yourself what kinds of management changes you should be thinking of.
Being a successful entrepreneur in the 21st century involves more than enthusiasm and a good eye for a new opportunity. A thorough understanding of the essential business functions, as explained in the third edition of Business Management for Entrepreneurs, is a prerequisite for entrepreneurs who want to take their business through the next growth stage.
The book guides the entrepreneur in managing the eight business functions: general management, finance, marketing, operations management, purchasing and the supply chain, human resources, information management and public relations. These management and managerial skills are essential to successfully manage a business that employs more people than when it was initially established.
This edition contains updated information and new examples on all the business functions relevant to entrepreneurs. Business Management for Entrepreneurs (third edition) is an invaluable resource for students studying entrepreneurship and all young entrepreneurs who plan to start their own business, or entrepreneurs who have their own business but want to learn more about managing the business functions as the business grows.
Compensation management intends to develop students’ capability and decision making skills in handling compensation management functions. Students credited with this module are able to understand, apply and evaluate the criteria used to compensate employees, compensation system design issues, employee benefits, challenges of compensating key strategic employee groups, and the “total reward” approach towards compensation.
In Design To Grow, Coca-Cola's vice president of Innovation and Entrepreneurship reveals the megabrand's innovative approach to business through design.
Scale and agility are essential to every company's success. But large established businesses are in danger of not being able to adapt quickly enough, while even the most nimble startups fail due to their inability to scale. Tomorrow's business winners will be the ones who know how to combine the two.
For over a century, The Coca-Cola Company has used design to scale its flagship brand to over 200 countries. But the company is still learning. Over the last decade, it has focused on mastering how to use design to create agility - something most established businesses struggle with.
In Design To Grow, Coca-Cola's vice president of Innovation and Entrepreneurship David Butler gives an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the company's design-led strategy for growth. Writing with Fast Company's Linda Tischler, he shows how any business can use the same approach to get to the next level.
Clear and actionable, Design To Grow is a must-read for managers in large corporations as well as for entrepreneurs just getting started.
Public Relations: Theory & Practice is an exciting new approach to PR in southern Africa.
Since the global economic crisis of 2008, Public Relations has become increasingly important in establishing, protecting and saving the reputations of companies. Large companies especially have realised the value and importance of PR.
Public Relations: Theory & Practice addresses a number of new, crucial aspects and issues, which have become highly relevant to PR today, such as Online PR, Reputation Management, Strategic Management and Crisis Management. These topics are important to students and practitioners alike as they battle with the trends and developments in this field.
Case studies at the end of each chapter show the practical use of the theoretical principles and make the theory more understandable and applicable. This text is a must for academia and practitioners wanting a clear, easy-to-read Public Relations text that explains the various principles and processes associated with image that companies face.
Employee engagement is at the forefront of business agendas as it facilitates organisational performance. Engaged employees result in delighted customers, which in turn contribute to improved financial results.
The book address the following issues:
Safety risk assessment and the development and implementation of control measures are the cornerstones of safety management theory and practice.
In Design for Safety, these topics are explored by looking at the roles played by the safety professional. Safety excellence is also examined through the leadership role played by managers who take personal ownership of safety.
Readers will appreciate the features that make this book a valuable learning resource, namely:
Description of Book: Branding & Marketing YOU through Teams is the 2013 successor to author Donna Rachelson's best-selling Branding & Marketing YOU - first published in 2011 - which focused on personal brand development. This book, which has already garnered critical acclaim is based on interviews conducted with teams at Microsoft, Sanlam, the MTN-Qhubeka cycling team, Gift of the Givers, Demographica and the Protea Hotels Group. The fascinating 'conversations' that result, provide fresh and valuable insights into what makes teams effective and how they contribute to brand development. The book is written in a very conversational, accessible style and will be of interest to anyone in business or private life with an interest in marketing, communications, branding or reputation management. About the Author: Donna Rachelson, MBA, branding and marketing specialist, is the author of the best-selling Branding & Marketing YOU. In response to demand for how brands and teams can thrive together, she's now crafted Branding & Marketing YOU through TEAMS, to reveal the secrets of harnessing their combined power. She's held marketing director positions in blue chip organisations including Nando's, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), marketing positions at Standard Bank and AECI, and is currently a guest lecturer at GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science). Donna is CEO of the company, Branding & Marketing YOU, which helps individuals, teams or businesses 1) develop branding and marketing strategies 2) execute those strategies, and 3) market themselves in an innovative and impactful manner. She's coached people across more than twenty blue chip clients, including Microsoft, Discovery, Deloitte, Standard Bank, Nedbank, Basil Read, Anglo American, McKinsey and SABMiller. In her spare time, Donna enjoys assisting NGOs to market themselves. She loves spending time with her family on adventures, running, skiing and chocolate. Strictly in that order. Her motto, which drives her commitment, is 'Making a marketing difference every day'. Endorsements: ..". should be read, not only by marketers, but by everyone who is in business and wants to know how to make teamwork work." Chris Moerdyk - Marketing Analyst "I recommend this book to my team and other teams. It not only contains amazing stories of great teams in South Africa that we can all learn from, but it inspired me to carry on raising the bar." Monica Singer - CEO, Strate ..". explores the concept of leading teams, exposes some of the local talent we should celebrate, and offers telling insights." Jeremy Sampson - Visiting Professor, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and Group Executive Chairman, InterbrandSampsonDevilliers ..". a timely and insightful experience-based book..." Thebe Ikalafeng - global African advisor, author on branding and reputation leadership and founder of Brand Africa. "This is a must-read for all leaders " Allen Swiegers - Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte Southern and East Africa "Donna Rachelson has achieved that rare thing - a business book that is useful, interesting and accessible to anyone who wants to learn more about marketing..." Mandy Collins - business writing course co-ordinator, Allaboutwriting
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