The Future of Power Supply in Africa

The Future of Power Supply in Africa

Africa must move to improve its energy supply if it is going to enhance its economy and standard of living. However, this is easier said than done and there are challenges on the road ahead.
Why emotional intelligence matters

Why emotional intelligence matters

Understanding how to manage your own feelings and actions requires emotional intelligence. Learning how to read the true motives behind conflict can be good for your career, as can feeling in control of your behaviour choices both when things are going well and during conflict.
The importance of emotional intelligence in business

The importance of emotional intelligence in business

The importance of emotional intelligence in business Business leaders need to develop their emotional intelligence in order to ensure performance. Most professionals will have been met with antagonism or a lack of sympathy from their superiors at some point in their careers. The result is often conflict, alienation and animosity. Despite this, when people move into leadership positions themselves, they are often guilty of the same behaviours. Consequently, we are left with a self-perpetuating cycle that needs to be broken. The solution is prizing and properly developing emotional intelligence - a crucial, yet…Read more …
GTC’s top 10 tips to increase productivity

GTC’s top 10 tips to increase productivity

Improving productivity Procrastination can be a drain on your energy and your organisation’s resources. If you find yourself behind on deadlines or sitting at your desk wondering what you should be doing, it may be because you aren’t able to effectively manage yourself. Think about a time when you were able to produce a report in one sitting with no distractions, no interruptions, no idle thinking; or a time when you actually cleared your to-do-list on time these are moments which you could describe as being “in the zone”. While we cannot create…Read more …
Boost employee engagement

Boost employee engagement

Are your colleagues suffering from fatigue? Does every day seem to be a slow day? Are deadlines often missed and targets overlooked? Sometimes it can be tough to gauge employee wellbeing, in fact it is largely unmeasurable. Despite this it probably remains the single most important factor to a successful workforce after capability and ability.   Injecting some energy and fresh oomph into a workforce is not necessarily an expensive task. Sure team breaks away to the country is great but not all organisations have the budget or the time to send people…Read more …
Nolan Principles of good governance

Nolan Principles of good governance

Nolan Principles of good governance 'Good governance' is a key concept for any ruling entity but with corruption still rife across the globe and human rights violations continuing to occur, achieving this standard is clearly some way off for many nations. Speaking at the release of the '2014 corruption perceptions index', José Ugaz, chair of Transparency International, explained: "Grand corruption in big economies not only blocks basic human rights for the poorest but also creates governance problems and instability. Fast-growing economies whose governments refuse to be transparent and tolerate corruption, create a culture…Read more …
The Key Ingredients to succeed in any project: Organisation and Preparation

The Key Ingredients to succeed in any project: Organisation and Preparation

The Key Ingredients to succeed in any project: Organisation and Preparation Project managers, or senior executives, are often asked to take on projects at a moments notice. Some of these projects are fairly simple whilst others can be long-term projects spanning several months or years. Whether they are successful or not depends on many factors, but if there is no preparation or planning system in place, then the likelihood is that they will not succeed. Planning Any project such as the planning of a wedding or engagement party, or a trip on holiday…Read more …
How ICT is cutting out corruption

How ICT is cutting out corruption

How ICT is cutting out corruption In the 'Corruption perceptions index 2014', Transparency International declared that not one single country in the entire world can claim to be corruption free in the public sector. Shockingly, more than two-thirds of nations hold a score below 50 on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), and African and Middle Eastern nations occupy many of these places. Action needs to be taken and the pressure is growing for countries at both ends of the corruption scale to seize the mandate for change. José…Read more …
18 Inspirational quotes to motivate you to succeed

18 Inspirational quotes to motivate you to succeed

We wanted to share a selection of quotes from famous individuals in the fields of science, politics, sport and business to ponder and inspire you. 18 Inspirational quotes to motivate you to succeed Enjoy what you do “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” - Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin group “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” - Henry Ford, Founder of Ford “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”…Read more …

Marketing and Communications that gets results

Marketing and Communications that gets results Last year we interviewed the well respected marketing and communications practitioner, Ardi Kolah. He developed his substantial public relations, marketing and social media knowledge at some of the world's leading and most innovative companies such as Ford, Disney and Pepsi. He now reads law at Kingston University London and is the author of the best selling Guru in a Bottle business books. In this short interview Ardi shares his knowledge and experience so that you will be able to discover: What has changed in Marketing and Communication…Read more …

Manage your staff and their career development

Dr John Wilson is a Human Resources facilitator at GTC. He has forty years’ experience in education and training. John completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield where he taught Human Resource Management and developed and directed the UK's first distance-learning Master’s Degree for Training Managers. He also teaches at the University of Oxford and has worked for governments and large multinational companies across various industries. His latest book 'Dream your life, your future' is based upon extensive scientific research linked to psychology and cognitive science. In this thought provoking video, 'manage your…Read more …
Four of the best TED motivational talks to inspire you to succeed

Four of the best TED motivational talks to inspire you to succeed

We’ve been searching through the great deal of management and leadership lectures online and have picked out four of the best TED motivational talks to inspire you to succeed. We hope you enjoy them and can pick up some great ideas, tips and information to use from them. 1. Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify If you work for a large bureaucratic organisation the chances of employee disengagement are very high. Mr Morieux takes a philosophical approach to finding the root cause and divides them into two pillars: hard…Read more …
What makes an effective leader?

What makes an effective leader?

Effective leaders are a rare commodity. Often leaders are uncovered and their potential fulfilled through many years of self-discovery and polishing. That is not to say natural ready-made leaders don’t exist, it’s just that they are even rarer. So what makes an effective leader? 10 Traits of effective leaders Leaders are well rounded individuals with an emphasis on soft skills. Below we have dissected attributes which, collectively, makes up a great leader. Passion for a cause – Leaders are passionate people, they naturally have a desire to succeed when the odds are stacked…Read more …