Monthly Archives: February 2014

Impossible, Yes, So Let’s Get to Work

The merest attempt at estimating, the slightest unconscious recording is shrugged off as an absurd association with some never-to-be-realised dream…. as an exercise in futility…. I manage to whisper my first thought (whisper, so the demons won’t hear): “I know … Continue reading

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A business that is not growing, is dying

Entrepreneurship is about taking risks, about innovation, about closing a gap in the market but importantly it is also about growth. Below is a summary of the fascinating story about a startup company called Métier based in South Africa: Métier … Continue reading

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The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report 2013

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report for 2013 has been released and having read it, I thought I will summarise some of the highlights of the report (with more emphasis to sub-Saharan Africa economies): • GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) study … Continue reading

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Good ideas come from bad ideas

When someone says to me, “I don’t have any good ideas…. I’m just not just good at that,” I ask them, “Do you have any bad ideas?” Nine times out of ten, the answer is no. Finding good ideas is … Continue reading

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We are Surrounded by Bureaucrats, Note Takers, Manual Readers, TGIF Labourers, Map Followers and Fearful Employees

The problem is that the bureaucrats, note takers, manual readers, TGIF labourers, map followers and fearful employees are in pain. They are in pain because they are overlooked, underpaid, laid off, and stressed out. The first chapter of Adam Smith’s … Continue reading

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Professional wrestling is fake – learning how to see.

Professional wrestling is fake. Now some of you knew that before, but some of you just heard it for the first time. When you learn to see wrestling differently, that moment when you realise that it was fake, suddenly you … Continue reading

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Fit In or Stand Out

There are countless people waiting to tell you how to fit in, waiting to correct you, advice you, show you what you are doing wrong. And no one pushing you to stand out. If you add up all the books, … Continue reading

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The Curse of Reciprocity

Its human nature. If someone gives you a gift, you need to reciprocate. If someone invites you over for dinner, you bring something; a bottle of wine, a bowl of salads or even dessert. If people give you a Christmas … Continue reading

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Three Ways People Think About Gifts

1. Give me a gift! 2. Here is a gift; now you owe me, big-time. 3. Here is a gift, I love you. The first two are capitalist misunderstandings of what it means to give or receive a gift. The … Continue reading

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The Paradox of the Safety Zone

The resistance would like you to curl up in a corner, avoid all threats, take no risks, and hide. It feels safe, after all. The paradox is that the more you hide, the riskier it is. The less commotion you … Continue reading

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