Author: Kudzai Derera

 

The Best Way to Recruit Senior Managers

Strong managers build strong companies. Your company’s success depends on having managers who make effective decisions and motivate other employees to perform to the best of their abilities. Without strong management, short and long –term goals of profit, customer satisfaction and employee retention do not stand a chance. How do you know if the candidates […]

Why Zimbabwean CEOs Fail

Looking at the rate at which companies are closing and going into bankruptcy, you are tempted to question the leadership in some of the organisations. I know the government is contributing to some of the company closures due to policy issues, especially lack of policy coherence and consistency. My hypothesis is that Zimbabwean CEOs fail […]

9 Issues to consider when restructuring your organisation

Your organisations at some stage in the future will need to go through some form of reorganisation, transformation or restructuring. Restructuring assignments are complex and many of them fail to create the value the stakeholders would be anticipating. Having witnessed many such projects, I would like to share some of my observations. My first observation […]

You may not have a job tomorrow morning

I wrote this article in 2012 but I thought I would republish it. I think it applies now more than before. I am shocked by the level of complacency that I see in many organisations. This complacency is seen through all levels of employees. People see things going wrong and they say “it has nothing […]

Eight Ways the Human Resources Function can add Value to the Business: Applying Science to Human Resources

One of the major criticism levelled against those in the human resources function and those manning it is that oftentimes their activities and interventions are so detached from business. This has led other professionals in other functions to believe that this function is of no value. Here is how the human resources function can add […]

How should a company manage employees that sit on external boards?

We recently undertook an outside Board participation survey. The purpose of this research was to understand if companies had employees who participate in outside Boards. We also sought to find out whether the companies have outside Board participation policies and which areas these policies address. 30 companies participated in this survey. These participants represented 11 […]

Priorities of the Zimbabwean Employee

Remuneration is one of the primary things employees take into consideration when they choose employers. Job design and opportunities of learning are among other things which employees consider. However, during these tough times where cash is scarce, remuneration is at the forefront. Therefore, employers can use their remuneration packages to attract the top talent they […]

Why are performance management systems failing?

I am observing that many companies are facing challenges in implementing and maintaining their performance management systems. Executives are not committed to it and employees would not care less. We have a very terrible culture that we are perpetuating. How do you manage your company viably without a credible performance management system in place? Performance […]

Why every Organisation needs periodic headcount Realignment

It is very likely that most organisations are overstaffed in various roles for various reasons. Some could not react quickly when we went into the multi-currency regime. In some cases, regulatory and company procedures made it difficult to make changes in headcount in line the level of production or business activity. A high number of […]

7 Things every Board needs to know before recruiting Company Executives

Despite the mounting scientific evidence that some employee selection methods have very weak or no predictive power, some companies still continue to use them. No wonder why such companies continue to struggle to find the right talent. When you use selection methods with high predictive power you are likely to outperform your competitors and experience […]
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