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Attitude: A little thing that makes a big difference!

As every entrepreneur knows, if you have a team of people working with you in your business, you must deal with their performance, personal issues and attitudes, as much as you must deal with your own! Why this image for a post about attitude? Well, depending on your attitude, you may choose to focus on…

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Don't become a dinosaur!

I recently attended a dynamic presentation called “How Do We Stay Forever Profitable” by John Sanei, a trend and business innovation specialist based in Cape Town.  I highly recommend this talk if you want to jolt your management team out of their comfort zones and into decisive action that will help your business prepare for the future!…

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A great consultant

As a consultant myself, this article posted by the Centre For Creative Leadership provided a useful mechanism to assess how well I am doing in this regard. “Great consultants are more than just someone hired to do a job. They become trusted advisers. They are sought after and become the one person the client wants…

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Zoona – Africa's hottest startup

Brad and Brett Magrath are the co-founders of Zoona (pronounced Zohna), an African start-up that “brings together the drive of young entrepreneurs and cutting-edge technology to bring safe and reliable money transfers to underserved communities all over Africa.” I came across them at a recent Startup Grind event and met with Brad recently to pick…

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Taking my business into the future

Having recently completed my first decade in business, I thought it was time to review where I had been and where I want to take my business in the future.  I decided to spend a day in a beautiful place where I could be creative. I brought a sketch book and coloured pens with me…

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You start dying slowly

Food for thought in this poem by Paul Neruda He who becomes the slave of habit, who follows the same routes every day, who never changes pace, who does not risk and change the colour of his clothes, who does not speak and does not experience, dies slowly. He or she who shuns passion, who…

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To my fellow South Africans

I recently finished reading Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s book, “Conversations With my Sons and Daughters” in which she “urges young South Africans – our future leaders – to set aside their fears; to take control of their rights and responsibilities as citizens in upholding the values of the constitution; and to confront the growing inequality that…

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Pressure at work

Thanks to Nelly McLean, General Manager of OMD Cape Town for this story. “I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job, a flat tyre made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one-ton…

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Stop doing these things to yourself

With thanks to Mia Kassianides. When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you. As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  But before…

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The power of association

Food for thought from Colin Powell. The Power of Association is too real: “The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow,…

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