So you think Petrol is Expensive?

There is really is nothing like a hot cup of perspective to help us all understand the current Petrol Price. Just today, the oil price fell by $10 from $127 to $117, and yet I can guarantee that the pump price of petrol and diesel here in sunny South Africa will increase again this month. Here’s some perspective on what we pay though. Diet Coke 100ml @ R2.80 = R28.00 per litre Lipton Ice Tea 200ml @ R3.50 = R17.50 per litre Energade 250ml @...

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What do employees want in 2010?

  Any CEO, MD and Manager worth their salt should be asking themselves this right now as they’re involved in strategy workshops and planning for the near future. If you’re a South African company, the short answer is 4 weeks paid leave from 11 June to 11 July to enjoy the Fifa 2010 World Cup. Jokes aside though. Two recent articles highlight the plight of the employee in 2010 as the world comes out of recession and begins its...

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How to make money disappear – wierd maths

Three men eat at a restaurant. The bill comes to £25. They each pay £10. When the waiter brings the £5 change they take back £1 each and leave a £2 tip. So each man has paid £9, which totals £27. The waiter has the £2 tip, which makes £29, so where’s the other £1 gone? Answer: The figures will not add to £30 because they are not from the same equation. Equation 1:...

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Staying motivated in tough economic times

The whole concept of motivation is a strange one. Speakers have been around for years getting people to jump on their chairs at conferences, and Managers have been tasked with keeping people motivated after such events. The truth is that nobody can motivate you. Why? Because motivation comes from only one place – within you. Motivation can be defined as “the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to...

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