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I write for many publications, on a range of topics. Here are some of my articles. Many of them are especially relevant in these volatile, uncertain times, with companies facing unprecedented challenges and the entire philosophy and architecture of business in question. And they make great thought starters for your management meetings.

What if this downturn lasts longer than you expect (202 KB)
For all the signs of “green shoots” in the global economy, there are many signs that the future will be tougher than most people think.

While SA melts down no-business activities flourish (69 KB)

Brace for really really tough times (75KB)

Managing in wild times (750 KB)

SA business should prepare for a shock (73 KB)

Will Obama deliver the miracles the world hopes for? (40 KB)
Expectations of the new US president are sky-high. the challenges are enormous.

When infrastructure spend comes to an end. (65 KB)
Economic optimists believe South Africa’s growth will remain strong because of massive infrastructural spend. but are they right? And what if they’re wrong?

Managing in wild times (104 KB)
After misreading the speed and severity of the global economic downturn, executives now need to take steps to get their businesses back on track … and build new competitiveness for the future.

2010 clock is ticking (678 KB)

Would you buy from your company (650 KB)

In the age of hope and fear (207 KB)
This article was published in April 2006 – long before the current global economic crisis erupted. if you didn’t read it then, read it now!

The strategy classroom (214 KB)

Taking the road less travelled (17 KB)

Beware the theory trap (210 KB)

Interview with Theodore Levitt, legendary Harvard marketing guru (851 KB)
Early in 1990, I spent a fascinating day at the Harvard Business School with professor Ted Levitt, one of the most influential marketing experts of all time. He has just passed away, so my interview with him is republished as a tribute to a great thinker and teacher, and a wonderful soul.

Rainbow nation in black and white – Tony Manning interview(2,066 KB)

The strategic challenge for advertising agencies (185 KB)

The most important thing you can do on Monday morning – Oct 2005 (174 KB)

Needed a common sense approach to strategy – Aug 2005(505 KB)

Kill the S-word before it kills you – Nov 2005 (173 KB)

Emerging markets everywhere – Sept 2005 (175 KB)

Branding is not a strategy – Oct 2005 (179 KB)

Discover the real potential in people (199 KB)

What managers really need to know (208 KB)

So what is your difference (209 KB)
Are you losing pricing power, like so many other companies? Here are some ways to fight the problem and pump up your profits.

What if unemployment cannot be fixed – Sept 2004 (210 KB)

Take charge and stay loose (213 KB)

Where are the managers ? (17 KB)

Value plans beat balanced scorecards (198 KB)

The virtuous cycle of strategic leadership (199 KB)

The leadership conversation we need (201 KB)

Ten dangerous trends (239 KB)

Seize the high ground with a “snotklap” (199 KB)

Interview with Professor Pankaj Ghemawat at the Harvard Business School (826 KB)

Organisations must focus inside to make BEE work (198 KB)

One question can change everything (198 KB)

Framing the future (18 KB)

Interview with Professor Edgar Schein, MIT’s corporate culture guru (216 KB)

Don’t compete against yourself (37 KB)

What value management means (1,627 KB)

Put competitiveness at the top (63 KB)

Tony Manning – Building a results machine – MCE (690 KB)

Boom time for HR (226 KB)

SA Alive with challenges (191 KB)

Calm down and hurry up (1,078 KB)

Can we really beat the jobs crisis (286 KB)

Create a ValuePlan for growth (27 KB)

How to be a killer competitor (1,135 KB)

Creative Directors shold focus on their own (287 KB)

Make strategic planning work (1,293 KB)

Management toolkit for tomorrow (482 KB)

The new bosses (362 KB)

Wake-up call for world class wannabees (56 KB)

Fighting fit for the future (23 KB)

Good times are as close as you make them (23 KB)

Improvement and innovation – the virtuous cycle (22 KB)

Make simplicity your strategic edge (29 KB)

Making your strategy work (27 KB)

Paralysis is not a strategy (24 KB)

Selling your strategy (21 KB)

Strategy take-off plan (26 KB)

Success begins with a cool head and comon sense (26 KB)

Taking the mystery out of leadership (41 KB)

Get back to basics (80 KB)

Don’t do away with non-executive directors (139 KB)

Tony Manning’s 10 principles of strategy (477 KB)

A journey in courage (705 KB)

Possibilities for tomorrow’s professionals (134 KB)

The importance of “Plan B” (137 KB)

The wisdom of Welch (146 KB)

Management talent will make the difference in Africa (109 KB)

Bringing the best practices to African management (111 KB)

The No. 1 management tool (12 KB)

Simple strategy could make S.A. great (12 KB)

Keynote address to NOSA 50th Anniversary Congress (21 KB)

Does your business logic add up? (11 KB)

Faced with a new competitive challenge (12 KB)

In strategy, questions matter (12 KB)

Innovate or die (19 KB)

The challenge of turning promises into reality (14 KB)

The Management Crisis (11 KB)

Unpredictable times demand short-term strategy (11 KB)

Are we watching the real risks? (10 KB)

In the new century, strategic conversation is the No. 1 weapon (131 KB)

The big conversations (309 KB)

Fine-tune your strategic conversation (117 KB)

Cooking up a brand Strategy(1,153 KB)

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