Branding at Best: A Good African Story

The setting was perfect for the launch of Coffee entrepreneur and author Andrew Rugasira book “A Good African Story: How a small company built a global coffee brand” at Bewley’s Grafton St. on Wednesday 2nd Oct. I had the privilege of chairing this event alongside Conall O'Caoimh (Co-Director of Value Added in Africa) and Mr Sean Hoy (Deputy Director of Africa, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). But this was much more than a book launch, this was a real story of the challenges and opportunities created by a small business owner in a difficult climate... Andrew is a confident but unassuming business person who exhibited through the Q&A session a real sense of what and how his business has strove to achieve over the past ten years. He stated... "What no Ugandan coffee Continue reading here [...]

Leaders as they could/should be….

Leadership and management training which separates the training from the specific context of the organisation is being called into question. Indeed a CIPD report proclaims that the era of "sheep-dip leadership and management training are over", now replaced by training programmes which are aligned with the specific organisation's values, corporate culture and strategy. The CIPD Perspectives on Leadership in 2012 report propounds the requirement of a new type of leadership in contemporary times in order to get the maximum results from the human capital in the organisation through a balanced emphasis on positive work cultures which support creativity, autonomy and an ethical mindset. Relational leadership, values-based leadership (both underlining the importance of a high quality relationship Continue reading here [...]