Month: March 2014

Job losses in SA hit three year high

The South African economy shed 118,397 jobs in February, marking the biggest monthly loss in almost three years. This is according to Adcorp Labour Economist Loane Sharp in the latest Adcorp Employment Index. But the good news is that government’s newly introduced employment tax incentive is already working, and will create roughly 852,000 jobs according […] more

The Genghis Khan school of business management

By Ciaran Ryan The name Genghis Khan evokes images of bloodlust, the likes of which this world has seldom seen. Entire cities were wiped out by his marauding soldiers as they swept from the steppes of Mongolia, across the Volga River to Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East in the 1100s and 1200s. Millions […] more

The power of acknowledgement

By Philip Park, MD of PCS Acknowledgement is food for the human soul. Without it, we shrivel and contract. With it, we can experience the joy of being alive. It is the sunlight that allows us to grow and flourish. I’m not talking about insincere flattery. That is always exposed for what it is: the […] more

Civil engineering recruitment on a roll

Hiring for Success asked Civil Engineering sector head at PCS, Simon Maimane, for his take on trends in the recruitment market within the civil engineering sector. One of the clear trends to emerge from our interview with Simon Maimane was the noticeable increase in recruitment demand in the civil engineering sector, driven in part by […] more

South Africans who punch above their weight overseas

By Ciaran Ryan South Africans tend to think of themselves as minnows in the world of big business, but that would be under-selling themselves. It’s true that South Africa accounts for roughly 1% of the world’s gross domestic product, but when it comes to sport and business personalities, we tend to punch above our weight. […] more

Steve Jobs – artist and visionary

Apple co-founder, the late Steve Jobs, was both an artist and a business visionary. He succeeded in making “a dent in the universe” as he many times promised he would. Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is one of the most widely read of any modern business leader. Business students have scoured these pages looking for […] more

Chance encounters that changed history

John Lennon first met Paul McCartney in Liverpool on the 6th July 1957 when John was fronting The Quarrymen. The two were introduced to each other by Ivan Vaughan, then the bass player for The Quarrymen. McCartney showed Lennon how to tune his guitar and sang some songs by Gene Vincent and Little Richard, songs […] more

Book Review: Losing It! By Bill Lane

Book Review: Losing It! Behaviors and Mindsets that Ruin Careers: Lessons on Protecting Yourself from Avoidable Mistakes, by Bill Lane  Bill Lane was the speech writer for Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric. This hardly qualifies him to dispense cutting edge business advice, but he does offer some fascinating insights into the moral and […] more

6 steps to better productivity

I have had the pleasure of meeting many brilliant executives in my 30 years as head of PCS, and of course I tend to study their habits and routines. They didn’t get to be executives by accident. They are great leaders. They lead by example, by maintaining a ferocious work ethic and by a natural […] more