Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf

April 26, 2012

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Quote for the midweek…

April 25, 2012

‘An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.’
-Jack Welch


LDP wine of the week: Jacobsdal Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

April 24, 2012

This week’s LDP wine of the week is the impressive Jacobsdal Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

This deep dark ruby wine is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon variety wine. Lots of fruit with under tones of cigar box and wood spices on the nose. Palate: Rich and full-bodied; velvety, plumy fruit supported by wood spices. A classic wine with good tannin structure and acidity – excellent ageing potential.

Read more- capelegends.co.za


Facebook competition

April 20, 2012

 

We are running a great Facebook competition where you can stand a chance to win a year subscription to Getaway magazine

 

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Best of luck!


Tips on Motivating your employees

April 19, 2012

Many believe that the only way to motivate employees, is with more money. This could lead to costing you time, revenue and many other things.

So here are a few tips to improve motivation without spending more money:

1. Recognition/Attention. When your employees accomplish something they have achieved something. Your recognition is appreciation for that achievement. I believe that most managers don’t give enough recognition because they don’t get enough. Therefore, it doesn’t come natural to do it and recognition is free!

2. Applause. A form of recognition yes, but a very specific form. Physically applaud your people by giving them a round of applause for specific achievements. Where? When? The answer is wherever and whenever. At meetings or company-sponsored social gatherings, a luncheon, or in the office. At the end of a shift, before a shift, and whenever possible in the middle of a shift.

Using plaques or trophies is another effective way of applauding your people. Although “wooden applause” is often successfully used in the form of Employee of the Month plaques, more creative ideas are sorely underutilized. Take the time to be creative, matching special accomplishments with unique awards.

3. One-on-One Coaching. Coaching is employee development. Your only cost is time. Time means you care. And remember your people don’t care how much you know… until they know how much you care.

Whenever the emphasis is on positive feedback, I make sure to do this coaching in “public.” Whenever you recognize and encourage people in “public,” it acts as a natural stimulant for others who are close enough to see or hear what’s taking place.

Read more… biztrain.com


This week’s LDP wine of the week is the lovely Lomond Syrah 2007.

April 17, 2012

This interesting wine originate from the Cape Agulhas wine area. It has notes of white pepper and hints of wood spice and berry follow through on the palate. A beautifully integrated and elegant wine with subtle, soft tannins.

Food Pairing: Excellent enjoyed on its own or served with venison (especially if combined with bacon), red meat dishes and wild mushroom risotto.

Read more – capelegends.co.za


‘The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well. – John D. Rockefeller

April 12, 2012