Members of the South African business community, including economists and banking representatives, attended a discussion forum facilitated by Brand South Africa to find solutions and develop strategies that would positively enhance South Africa’s economic reputation in light of recent credit agency downgrades.CD AndersonA variety of stakeholders and business experts attended a Brand South Africa Competitiveness Forum held in Johannesburg on 28 June 2017 with the aim of gathering insight and advice on how best to manage the impact the downgrades have had on the reputational profile of South Africa, with the discussion focusing on developing strategies towards economic recovery.Attendees were welcomed by Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, who said unequivocally that those involved in the discussion had a vital role to play in finding the answers to challenges faced not only by the South African nation brand, but more importantly by the people of South Africa. “We need to talk to each other honestly about how to solve the issues,” he said.Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela opens the South Africa Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 28 June 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)Invoking the Chatham House Rule for group discussions — which states that contributors can speak freely in a forum without concerns that their identity or affiliation will be revealed in the reporting of the discussion — Makhubela told attendees that the Brand South Africa organisation would listen to the worries of South African business as well as be a facilitator in finding solutions to challenges.Mpho Makwana, Brand South Africa board trustee and chair of the organisation’s marketing committee, reiterated Brand South Africa’s dedication to encouraging thought leadership through opportunities such as the Competitiveness Forum. He said that the organisation would use its partner relationships in political, economic and cultural arenas to make sure the issues raised would be heard.Brand South Africa board trustee and chair of its marketing committee Mpho Makwana presents the agenda at the South Africa Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 28 June 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)Forum agendaThe primary points of order raised in the forum included:The need to develop deeper insight into the drivers, qualitative and quantitative factors that led to credit ratings downgrades;An honest and comprehensive analysis of the reputational impact of ratings downgrades; and,Stakeholder input and perspectives on appropriate steps towards restoring investment grade credit rating as well as suggested short, medium and long-term interventions. Brand South Africa general manager for research Dr Petrus de Kock leads the discussion at the South Africa Competitiveness Forum in Johannesburg on 28 June 2017. (Image: Brand South Africa)The open discussion was led by Brand South Africa general manager for research Dr Petrus de Kock, who began by contextualising how credit ratings downgrades worked globally and how South Africa could learn from countries that had survived similar situations.Issues raisedWhen the floor was opened to an extended discussion, attendees brought up the following perspectives:While the fundamental economic strengths of the country were healthy, with stable mechanisms such as financial auditing, business standardisation, banking laws, corporate board law and a dynamic stock exchange, it was vital to keep an eye on any attempts to erode the reputations of these cornerstones.It was important that the reputations of these institutions were kept in place and running healthily.Overall, attendees agreed that strong political leadership was crucial in tackling the effects of economic downturns, beginning with the important tripartite relationship between business, labour and the government.Business and the government needed to find a common path in solving economic challenges. The relationship had to become less confrontational and more mutual.The government needed to understand the complexities of how business worked and how it affected the economy. An injection of economic experience was needed in government institutions such as the Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry to improve that relationship.The subject of radical economic transformation — a hot topic in South Africa’s sociopolitical sphere for a number of years now — was raised regularly. For the most part, delegates agreed that, while it was an important conversation to have as a country, business needed to remain pragmatic about how it would be implemented.The real economic repercussions of a quick fix to challenges needed to be carefully considered, in light of continuing attention from ratings agencies. The idea of radical transformation had to be beneficial to all South Africans, and not merely a cosmetic quick fix or an electioneering tool.Regarding the 2019 national elections, contributors to the forum understood that things would be said that often were not accurate or actionable. Parties on both sides of the political spectrum had to be responsible for what they communicated to voters concerning economic growth.An important point raised by an attendee was that South African business, government and, indeed, society at large, were all good at talking about change and talking about solving problems, but reputationally were bad at putting those ideas into action.While changes in philosophy were essential to building economic confidence, the country needed “quick wins” to show the world it was prepared to do and not simply talk about doing. New, effective, well-planned projects that stimulated growth, particularly focused on SMMEs, and improved employment opportunities, especially youth employment, needed to be undertaken quickly and correctly by public and private enterprises to improve South Africa’s economic status.In addition to its relationship with the government, the South African business environment needed to work harder at its relationship with the media. An issue presented at the forum was that the overall message of what credit agency downgrades meant to the person on the street was not being communicated effectively. A simplification of the language used and a more compassionate approach to relaying these messages was needed for ordinary South Africans to fully understand the impact of what the economic ups and downs meant to the bottom line and to their pockets.Often big business was considered faceless, distant and not addressing the concerns of the voiceless population. The relationship between business and media included essential government communication that had an obligation not to dilute or divert the messaging. That government message, delegates felt, needed to be more hopeful and less confrontational. A “good news” story, but a truthful one.Avoiding further downgradesThe ultimate question remained: could South Africa avoid further downgrades? Participants in the Brand South Africa forum agreed that it was possible to reverse the effects of an economic downturn through hard work, solid project management and a strong relationship between the private and public sectors.Business and the government needed to seek a common path, finding a realistic compromise between aiding economic transformation while understanding the economic repercussions if handled badly.All agreed that South Africa was good at running businesses, especially at a macro level, however, a bold, dynamic way to enhance microeconomics was needed.Tackling economic challenges, especially downgrades, was a long-term investment, one in which all parties involved, from the government, corporations and the media, to ordinary citizens, had to have a good look at themselves and ask honest questions about where the country wanted to stand and succeed in the world, on the continent and within itself.Watch a CNBC Africa interview with Brand South Africa’s Dr Petrus de Kock on the outcomes of the forumSource: Brand South Africa, CNBC AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) and the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) endorsed Ohio Senate Bill 229 and Ohio House Bill 634, bipartisan legislation which would invest significant new resources to protect water quality throughout the state.OCWGA and OSA representatives will testify today in favor of HB 634, sponsored by Rep. Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton) and Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson), before the House Finance Committee and in favor of SB 229, sponsored by Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) and Sen. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta), at the Senate Finance Committee.“Ohio grain farmers have demonstrated their commitment to the protection of both soils and water quality by investing their time and money to work with partners and find solutions,” said OCWGA board member Mark Drewes. “We applaud this bipartisan coalition of legislators for making the health of Lake Erie and other bodies of water a priority.”“This will help even more farmers implement best management practices,” said OSA President Allen Armstrong. “Farmers have invested millions of dollars in research and education to address water quality, and we would welcome new resources from the State of Ohio.”If approved, the two bills would:Invest as much as $20 million in farm equipment and other initiatives to reduce phosphorus runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin;Invest $10 million to prevent open lake dumping of dredged materials in Lake Erie;Invest $2.65 million in the Ohio State Sea Grant’s Stone Laboratory near Put-in-Bay to pay for research lab space and monitoring devices;Invest $3.5 million to support the conservation efforts of the soil and water conservation districts in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Related Posts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… As a tech professional, you pride yourself in being at the top of your game. You landed the position you’ve always wanted — or you’re on your way there. But is the path you’re following truly a path you’ve chosen, or is it just what’s expected of someone in your field?There are many ways to define a successful career in tech. Here are five books that will shift your perspective and help you think outside the box about your future, from flexing your creative muscles to getting in touch with your inner wisdom.The Creative Curve by Allen GannettAre you analytical, or are you creative? In tech, we’re largely considered systematic, data-driven, and task-oriented. The creative types come up with the ideas, and we execute them with the highest standards.The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time reveals a truth about creativity: There’s a science behind the most successful ideas. Nobody is born with or without the creativity gene. Today’s neuroscience gives us an unprecedented ability to decode the necessary moments of “inspiration” behind popular ideas. We can, therefore, engineer those moments. Named one of this year’s best books on creativity, The Creative Curve debunks the myth of the “creative genius” and lays out a clear process by which anyone can learn to be more creative.Why tech talent should read it: LinkedIn analyzed the most sought-after soft and hard skills in 2019. The top soft skill? Creativity. “While robots are great at optimizing old ideas,” LinkedIn senior editor Paul Petrone explains, “organizations most need creative employees who can conceive the solutions of tomorrow.” Gannett’s book gives technical workers the tools they need to not just build, but actually dream up, disruptive technologies.None of Your Business by Shawn Dill and Lacey BookWhen you build your career around providing a service, you grow passionate about that service. That’s especially true if it’s a service that can change lives. But service entrepreneurs often neglect to spend sufficient time building and promoting their business. They have the skills to provide top-notch service, but they’ve never learned to build a client base. The idea of marketing themselves and their value might feel foreign or even unethical.Spouses Shawn Dill and Lacey Book have worked to scale Shawn’s chiropractic practice to 16 locations, employing more than 30 doctors. They learned a lot along the way and now teach other entrepreneurs. In None of Your Business, the authors explore how growing your business allows you to share your passion and create the lifestyle you dream of.Why tech talent should read it: In a world where software is positioned as a service, tech professionals may fall into the same boat as healthcare, hospitality, and other service industries. You’ve acquired a skill set — often specialized and focused on “hard skills.” What no one happened to mention during your Advanced Python class was how to build a business upon that skill set.Your Next Adventure by Marshall Rowe, Jim Fitts, and John WeeksFor many entrepreneurs, life after the sale of a business can be devastating. A recent study by Exit Planning Institute reveals why: More than half of the surveyed small business owners reported having given “little to no attention” to their transition plan. And 80% had never sought advice about the transition of selling their business.In many cases, entrepreneurs know how to close a deal, but they haven’t thought through the implications of an acquisition. They’re not prepared to take care of the most important pieces: themselves and their families. Your Next Adventure teaches business owners how to plan for the surprising aspects of selling a company.Why tech talent should read it: When you finally achieve your dream, you should be prepared. Being aware of the emotional and lifestyle changes associated with selling your business is part of that preparation.Future Proof by Diana Wu DavidThe tech sector can be unrelenting as you climb to the top, poising yourself for a promotion or an offer from a top firm. But a recent study by Blind revealed that more than half of tech professionals are experiencing burnout, and stress levels are at an all-time high. Today, though, the definition of work is changing. More professionals value opportunities to do meaningful work without losing themselves in their careers.You can have a fulfilling career without personal sacrifice — if you know how to take advantage of changing work trends. In Future Proof, Diana Wu David will inspire you to carve out your place in the future of work by experimenting, reinventing yourself, collaborating, and redefining success.Why tech talent should read it: Future Proof encourages you to “get off the treadmill” and break free. Think you have job security for life? Diversify your future options to make your career more resilient. Your future professional self will thank you.Be Wise Now by Gael McCoolWhen life throws you a curveball, how do you know when to use your head and when to follow your instincts? When facing a challenge, most people reach outward for the help they need. They don’t trust the tools they already have: intuition, soul, and other aspects of self that society teaches us to ignore. In Be Wise Now, Gael McCool explores how to turn inward and reconnect with those gifts — both natural and acquired — to create a healthier whole.Why tech talent should read it: In the cutthroat world of tech, we all face setbacks and disappointments. Build your own resilience by getting in touch with your inner wisdom — a complement to your methodical nature. When you learn how to use it, you might realize your intuition is driven by data, visible or not.Tech is a demanding field, but tech experts shouldn’t feel required to give up the other aspects of themselves. These five unconventional reads can help professionals get back in touch with their inner selves. After all, when you make it to the top, you don’t want to lose what makes you unique. Tags:#book list#career advancement#career advice#reading list#tech#tech experts#tech professionals#techies New Wave of Online Education: Helping Quiet Chi… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Kickstarting a Stagnant Company