The 7 Step Business Diagnostic for the CEO

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My Journey to the development of the 7 Step Business Diagnostic for the CEO began when I left Anglo Platinum  in 2004, after being associated with Anglo-American when I became involved in a Joint Venture between Suid Afrikaans Ontwikkelings Korporasie (STK) and Anglo Soetvelde Farms in Umkomaas Kwa Zulu Natal in 1982. It was rather a bitter departure and I was lost for a few months. Out of the blue I was asked to become a Financial Consultant for two firms Broron Technologies in Midrand and Chesterton Industry in Boston. So I decided to become a Management Consultant. The first thing I had to do was in fact learn to be a Business Advisor, instead of an Executive Director, so joined IIB (Institute for Independent Business – a College training professional business advisors). My Journey to the development of the 7 Step Business Diagnostic for the CEO began. I went to Watford and came back at the end April 2004 with an IIB Executive Associate title behind my name. Something was missing though, I needed to find a Core philosophy through which I would approach all my assignments and Consultancy work. I then formally created THE MJF GROUP as a Closed Corporation. In (more…)

Effective Planning and Scheduling

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Effective Planning and Scheduling 2 day Workshop – Prices from  R1850. Unit 26 Sunninghill Office Park, Peltier Dr, | Sunninghill, | Sandton 2157, | South Africa Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 08:30 – Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 16:30 (SAST)   Other Training Events. These are quoted in GBP. Payment via PayPal in Rands Intermediate Project Management 1 day course; planning, execution & termination   from R1120 Branding: Creating and Managing Your Corporate Brand from R1920 Building Relationships for Success in Sales   from R1920   Effective Planning and Scheduling Course details As project managers and leads, we all know how difficult it can be to accurately determine the duration of a project, yet that is exactly what is expected of us on a regular basis. This two-day workshop will not disclose the secret of creating an accurate schedule, because there isn’t one. However, it will provide the factors and fundamental elements that you should consider and address when creating any type of schedule. Participants should complete the Intermediate Project Management workshop prior to this course, or have equivalent knowledge. Course Overview Projects and Schedules To begin, participants will review what a project is and why schedules are so important. The Work Breakdown (more…)

Growth Predictor Index™ Interactive Seminar

Growth Predictor Index™ Interactive Seminar An Invitation to a completely Free Seminar. Unlocking the DNA of Growth Capability.                   How confident are you in your company’s collective growth capability?                       What is the collective prevailing mindset within your company?                       Growth Predictor Index™ Interactive Seminar The Game Changer. The strength of 5 interconnected factors, in combination, and applied collectively throughout a business, forms the DNA of a company’s growth capability, which drives its commercial success. Model 1: The 5 Factors.                       Model 2: The result of their combined interconnectedness                       Part 2: Questionnaire. Seminar Work. Part 3: Group Discussion. The objective of this part is to engage with your peer group of business leaders, to explore how applying an entrepreneurial culture to your business plans will accelerate growth. By reviewing your company’s current growth capability, through the lens of the 5 growth factors on page 3, and the insights gained from your (more…)

Visit our Sister Site Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading Special Offers Gifts, Watches Jewellry, Electronics

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Visit our Sister Site Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading Special Offers Gifts, Watches Jewellry, Electronics We encourage you to visit the site as they are offering fantastic discounts on all sorts of products which include: Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading is owned by Gloria A Freestone, She began Cottage Craft some 14 years ago. She studied Herbalism for 5 years and was last year awarded a South African Bush Doctors Certificate allowing her to make up her herbal products. She has decided to widen her scope of trading, outside of just her own manufactured Herbal remedies, to earn extra retirement revenue, unfortunately the RA’s did not perform as planned. In any event she also makes Home Crafts and is an avid Hobbyist. Her latest Hobby is painting river stones into delightful Ladybugs, Owls and Mushrooms. She was recently asked to make a “Fairy House” from a Stump which turned out excellently as she has a lot of artistic talent. Visit our Sister Site Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading Special Offers Gifts, Watches Jewellry, Electronics   Just a little about Us – Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading –  and our Herbs Welcome to Gloria’s Cottage Craft Trading.  We have been trading since 2010.   I started (more…)

The story from a highly frustrated UK start up Entrepreneur

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The story from a highly frustrated UK start up Entrepreneur has been dictated to me by one person and told to me by others , who have similar stories. Here is a summary of what I have discovered; May I also suggest you read a well written article by Brad Nosser, below. “Are we doing enough to support small business growth? I posted an article into my Blog “Interco Development and Training/BASS Business Skills Charity site” called “Are we doing enough to support small business growth? in the UK (My addition) This a well written and thought out article written by Brad Rosser, Non-Executive Chairman, Xref, who does not believe the UK Government has a well-orchestrated plan for ongoing small business support. Personal comment. I support the article but…… I still do not believe the report gets to the Nub of the real issue and that is for small start-ups to find actual funding both Grants and Secured and Government-backed loan funding is a nightmare. My story that follows is from a story of a fairly astute businessman with his startup experience. I didn’t just accept it I went through his documentation and it was all confirmed. I can now say in (more…)

About us

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We have provided a Complete Company Profile 2018 on our About us page which we trust will influence you to contact us to discuss your Business needs. The MJF GROUP.   The MJF GROUP provides Business Advisory Services and Support to the CEO, under the banner of the MJF Group (Business Support to the CEO). The members of Our Group solve problems which CEO’s are experiencing across a range of demanding and complex disciplines and industry sectors. We bring a unique, cross-disciplinary approach to clients’ challenges, ensuring the right balance of ability and real-world experience, this includes; strategy, marketing, sales, business planning, accounting services and funding applications, health information management, organisational ability, executive talent development and performance and digital strategy. About us.   Who We are. Company Expansion South Africa. A Sole proprietary business was started by Dr M J Freestone in 2004. It included a JV with an accounting service business called Riverstone Accounting Payroll and Statutory Services (RAPSS). By end 2016 RAPSS services were brought under the banner of The MJF Group. Australia. In 2014 the sole proprietor, which by now was a Group of companies, added to its list of professional services by opening an Australian Branch, incorporating (more…)

IDC Overview

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I am a Senior IDC Expert and as such have been asked many times by my Clients to give them an Overview. Well if you look on the IDC’s site: www.idc.co.za as an interested party it may well seem like a minefield. So let me start. But before we do I must tell you that I am not employed by IDC neither do I profess to be a complete GURU at their needs and do the very best for my Clients. In the past 5 years, I have raised over R300 million for SME’s. IDC Overview It is no use looking for funding at IDC  unless a couple of hard coded rules are followed and these are: Minimum requirements Security; the form and nature of which will relate to your specific circumstances; Compliance with international environmental standards; Shareholders/owners are expected to make some financial contribution:- The contribution of historically disadvantaged people under special circumstances may be lowered, in which case the corporation will be prepared to extend finance in excess of the owner’s contribution. The project/business must exhibit economic merit in terms of profitability and sustainability; We do not refinance fixed assets, since our aim is to expand the industrial base; (more…)

The Power of Vision.

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The Power of Vision is what serves several purposes in an organisation. First and foremost, it captures the organisations future intent. In other words, it paints a picture of what the company intends to become, not what it is today. This topic has been written about by Authors, Songwriters and Preachers so it is not new. The Power of Vision by Joel Barker – Star Thrower Distribution.   Myles Munroe: ‘The Power of Vision’   The Power Of A Vision – Jesus Culture, Power of a Vision | Leaders Living Life Fully – Eternal Leadership The Power of Vision | A Sermon | Pastor Taiwo Kayode — House On … A Common red line through just the few I have highlighted here. A vision should stand the test of time and perpetuate the enterprise over a long period of time. A vision can serve a multiple of purposes: A vision bonds. Companies are populated with individuals possessing a diversity of skills, languages, cultures and personalities. A vision can give people a common cause and direct their energies towards a unifying goal. A vision inspires. Although corporations measure their progress over time with numbers – growth, profits, or both- numbers do (more…)

What is EVA? Definition

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What is EVA? Definition Economic Value Added (EVA) is a financial performance method to calculate the true economic profit of a corporation. EVA can be calculated as Net Operating Profit After Tax minus a charge for the opportunity cost of the capital invested. EVA ( © / ™ Stern Stewart & Co.) is an estimate of the amount that earnings differ from the required minimum rate of return (against comparable risk) for shareholders or lenders. The difference can be both a surplus or a shortage. EVA compared with MVA Unlike Market-based measurements, such as MVA, EVA can be calculated for a divisional (Strategic Business Unit) level. Unlike Equities measurements, EVA is a flow and can be used for performance evaluation over time. EVA compared with EBIT and EPS Unlike accounting profit, such as EBIT, Net Income and EPS, EVA is economic and is based on the idea that a company must cover both the operating costs AND the capital costs. Calculation of EVA. Formula The basic formula for calculating EVA is:       Net Sales –     Operating Expenses ——————————————————       Operating Profit (EBIT) –     Taxes ——————————————————       Net Operating Profit After Tax (NOPAT) –     Capital Charges (Invested Capital x Cost of (more…)

Change Management and Growth

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Change Management and Growth is depicted in the iceberg of Wilfred Kruger, which is, arguably, the best written document capturing the essence of change.                                               Change Management and Growth Change management and Growth involve a number of concepts including those of Andrew Pettigrew and Richard Whip.                               Wikipedia has this to Say. Change management (sometimes abbreviated as CM) is a collective term for all approaches to preparing and supporting individuals, teams, and organizations in making organizational change. It includes methods that redirect or redefine the use of resources, business process, budget allocations, or other modes of operation that significantly change a company or organization. Organizational change management (OCM) considers the full organization and what needs to change,[1] while change management may be used solely to refer to how people and teams are affected by such organizational transition. It deals with many different disciplines, from behavioral and social sciences to information technology and business solutions.[2] In a project-management context, the term “change management” may be used as an alternative to change control processes wherein changes to the scope of a project (more…)