Readers Questions

To be relevant to most readers, who cover the Globe , your Readers’ Questions need to be quite general in nature. Problems with staff or managers are similar the world over, as are many business problems.

I hope that the advice I offer, and understanding of how to tackle the problem, may help others to solve their issues.

The questions will be presented anonymously, and may be edited slightly to make them more general.

Prepare a business case

Question I have been asked to prepare a business case -is this the same as a business plan, or a business proposal? Answer No, not at all. Each of these three has a very specific function, and they are used … Continue reading

Salvage a company’s reputation

I have a question. What is the best action after your company has received several bad reviews? I am the sole proprietor of my own business, and a couple of mistakes made seem to be damaging my reputation and is … Continue reading

A new company is going wrong

Thank you for the beautiful course outline. l live in Kenya and l started a little business of supplying local schools with waste bins. At the beginning, I was so excited and l did well because every school had a … Continue reading

Negotiating with an investor

Good evening I met a person that asked me if I need an investor in my business. So, how do I negotiate with him in a way that he will not steal my business idea? Answer A very difficult balancing … Continue reading

What benefits to offer staff

My business is doing well and I now have a little profit to divert to staff benefits. I want to attract and retain the best people. What benefits can I offer to staff? Answer There are many creative ways to … Continue reading

Producing a promotional plan

I would like to request you advise on the following query that I met in my job. I work in a profit seeking company yesterday they asked to make a “plan of the promotion” can you please help me? Answer … Continue reading

Staff who focus on problems

If you have people under you who do not touch on the positive things that go on, but dwell on the little things that goes wrong, please, how would you handle it? Answer There are many reasons why people behave … Continue reading

Managing and paying staff

I want to begin a Chapatti business but I don’t know how to pay and manage my workers. Answer Paying and managing workers is substantially the same in any business. You don’t say what kind of scale you are talking … Continue reading

Combining several roles

I wish you could help me. My question is how can I combine these three positions in managerial level in a new establishment. Administration, Human resources and Finance. Answer I think you mean that you are starting a new business … Continue reading

Organizational Politics

How can you cope up with Organizational Politics? Answer Organisational Politics, or Workplace Politics are terms often used to refer to the behaviour used by people to purse their own, or their groups’, interests, as opposed to the organisation’s interests … Continue reading

Language barrier

Thanks for your willingness to assist me in this matter relative to investor. My question is this: I’ve been asked by a business person who is interested joining me in partnership relationship but, the both of us have language barrier. … Continue reading

Contract with investors

My question is this, I have a business idea and am about to go into partnership with two different investors. What should be my point of focus, and areas I should concentrate my request/demands on in signing the business contract? … Continue reading

Family members in the business

Thank you for making the time resources to get all the information and articles out here for us to benefit, and enhance our work positively. I must let you know that the Readers’ Questions articles have been a direct answer … Continue reading

Overstepping her brief

I have a member of staff in my department. Yes, she understands her job very well and even performs very well. But I think her ego is getting too big, so that she thinks she can even task me, and … Continue reading

Overcome negative attitudes

There are a lot of staff members who are outspoken at every staff meeting but who will never support nor appreciate any decision made by the management. How does one help these extroverts that are always negative in nature? Answer … Continue reading

Who manages the managers?

In a situation where the top management are the cause of the problem, who will then play a critical role to address the gap that exists in an organization. Answer This depends on a number of factors and I don’t … Continue reading