Monthly Archives: January 2014

Telling the world how smart we are

This is a variation on our need to win. We need to win people’s admiration. We need to let them know that we are at least their intellectual equal if not their superior. We need to be the smartest person … Continue reading

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Your business is not your life.

Business owners, especially those just starting out, often make the mistake of getting caught up in the day-to-day operations of their business—the work of running the business so much so that they don’t take time to consider how the business … Continue reading

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Six short notes about meetings

Having attended a number of various meetings in the past of the two weeks, some long, others short, here are some of the short notes I made about meetings: 1. There are 2 types of meetings – decision-making and status … Continue reading

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Highlights of Governor Gill Marcus’s Interest Rate Announcement: 29 January 2014

The following are some of the key highlights from the Governor of the Reserve Bank Ms Gill Marcus speech on the interest rate announcement: • Rand impacting on SARB’s inflation forecast. 2014 forecast now above 6%. Domestic demand not driving … Continue reading

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Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid

Startups are hot again. I have family members and friends asking if they can “get in on some deals,” every town is launching an incubator (or 3) and the papers are filled with stories of fund raisings, product launches & … Continue reading

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Listen

If they say your idea sucks: – listen to the feedback; – take notes; – and ask for contact info; – Then go fix the problems, or come up with another idea; and – demonstrate you listened.

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“But what if I fail?”

You will. The answer to the what if question is, you will. A better question might be, “after I fail, what then?” Well, if you’ve chosen well, after you fail you will be one step closer to succeeding, you will … Continue reading

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How to push through the dip

So what happens when you launch your website, you start your business, you start your tribe, and no one cares. Nobody comes to your website, you get no customers, and your tribe is just you and you alone, what do … Continue reading

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Entrepreneur vs. Small Business Manager: Which one are you?

Growing up, the word entrepreneurship was hardly used, it is one word that is more prominently used now than ever before. The difference between entrepreneurship and small business management is fairly silent. The two words are always used interchangeably. My … Continue reading

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Whoever created the concept of employment, also created unemployment

The more I think about this the more I’m convinced that whoever came up with concept of industrialisation, not only created employment which made a lot of people rich, but also created unemployment and poverty (you cannot create the concept … Continue reading

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