Book reviews

Book review: Good to Great by Jim Collins

Good to Great is not a new book, but it’s a timeless classic for those who want to understand alchemy of business success.  Collins defines greatness as financial performance several multiples better than the market average over a sustained period. He distils the recipe for greatness down to a single axiom: find what you’re good […] more

Exploding some common myths about South Africa

South Africa’s official unemployment rate is 25%. Right? Well, what if that is wrong. What if it is actually as low as 11%? Les Owen in the Independent looks at a new book entitled South Africa @ 20: For Better or for Worse? which explodes some of the myths about SA. It kicks off by looking at […] 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

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