Browse Author: Sarina van der Merwe

Console Founder: Charity’s Undoing?

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Charitable organizations are supposed to be based on philanthropic goals as well as social well-being. It is also proof that there is still a bit of faith in humanity and that there are still people caring for others. It is sickening to think that people responsible for your favorite charity may be capable of fraud, but the reality is that more and more organizations are falling victim to this. Continue Reading

Buffer Sacks 10 Employees: Reckless or Entrepreneurial?


Being retrenched, as we call it in South Africa, or made redundant, as they say in Australia, or laid off in the UK and US, is never easy, both on the employer and the retrenched employee. Employers face disputes, low morale, low productivity and even sabotage by disgruntled employees, and I would know because I have been on the employee receiving end only a year ago. However, many employers, in this case the CEO of Buffer, Joel Gascoigne, reports this has been a very difficult part of his job. Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why Having a Family Makes Better CFOs

cfo familyNo one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. The one day you are a student, single and without a care in the world and the next you are married, you have a family and you have become part of the corporate rat race. Family life, or to be more specific, parenthood chooses you. You realize that of all the balls you ever juggled, this is the one you should not drop. The same goes for your career, especially if you hold a executive position as a CFO in a construction company. Both carry a lot of responsibility and there needs to be a balance. Continue Reading

Why CFO’s CAN Make The Best CEO’s

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Many great CEO’s started out as CFO’s. Any C level Officer can make a great CEO as they are all leadership focused positions. The important thing to note is that the CEO cannot be limited to the knowledge of his earlier role. It’s not that finance experience is irrelevant to the top spot; it’s that in most cases, finance executives have to move beyond the role to prove their versatility.

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