Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Management

Here is a suggestion for the Fiji Rugby Union. Please find a CEO who has excellent management skills, is good with finances, and a joy to work with in Human Resources. He must have legendary customer service and know nothing about rugby and cannot be conned.


The absence of rugby knowledge will empower him and he will have no prejudices when dealing with his staff and the sport. Of course we will have the technical people who will be the rugby experts.

So please get a CEO who is independent and has no relations in the FRU, preferably an expatriate.

And as for Rewa Dairy, some time ago I wrote that the company management should be taken over by one of the following – Punjas, Tappoo’s or Motibhai’s.    The three companies I mentioned have proven records and built their empire from scratch and without too many handouts from government. In my opinion,  if the reigns of Rewa Dairy were to be given to one of them, there's no doubt they would turn it around and take it to what it was before. And it will not be about managing a dairy company; it will be about managing a company to become successful.

A story goes like this. At a railway company in the US a stretch limousine drove up and the passenger window went down and an old man popped his head out and called out, “Hey Tom. Is that you, Thomas Sackett. By goll,  it’s been a long time old fellah.  Hop in and let’s have a yarn.” Tom Sackett was an ordinary railway man earning enough to keep his family going.

One of the workers whispered, “That’s the CEO of the railway company. How come he knows old Tom Sackett?”

Another guy said, “Tom and the CEO joined the railway company together twenty five years ago; they went to the same school and lived in the same town. They are good friends.”

Then someone said, “When they started twenty five years ago, Tom went to work for $4.50 an hour and the CEO went to work for the railway, that’s the difference.”

Do you know what the difference is?

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