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Boomers leading generation X & Ys

“Boomers have been very successful – the problem now is that a new workforce starts to emerge into the workplace and the rules, regulations and the methodologies that have been so successful in the past are not working as well as they used to.” Watch Keith Coats of tomorrowtodayglobal talking about a topic that is…

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I cry for my beloved country

When the Rugby World Cup starts on 18 September 2015 and South Africa plays its first game against Japan on the 19th, I hope that all South Africans will stand proudly behind the Springboks and remember the cup final 20 years ago in 1995, when this game united our nation at the beginning of its fledgling democracy.…

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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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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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7 habits of unsuccessful executives

Source – Forbes.com Habit # 1:  They see themselves and their companies as dominating their environment This first habit may be the most insidious, since it appears to be highly desirable.  Shouldn’t a company try to dominate its business environment, shape the future of its markets and set the pace within them?  Yes, but there’s…

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Know your worth

As we move into a new year, I thought this oldie would be a useful reminder to all of us… A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a R20 note.  In the room of 200 people he asked, “Who would like this R20 note?”  Hands started going up. “I’m going to…

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Lessons for networking and life

Nance Guilmartin, author of “Healing Conversations”, says that when we deal with issues like job loss, moving, divorce, health and bereavement, we ask others for help. Asking others for help can be easier and more productive when we “ask six people for help.  Not just one. Six!” She explains this is because:

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