Monthly Archives: March 2014

Malcolm Gladwell on Elite Institution Cognitive Disorder (EICD)

I had drinks with a top lawyer friend who just started her own law firm recently. She used to be a director/partner at a top big elite law firm in Pretoria. The reason she left it is because even though … Continue reading

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Seven Reasons You Might Fail to Become the Best in the World.

You run out of time (and quit). You run out of money (and quit). You get scared (and quit). You’re not serious about it (and quit). You lose interest or enthusiasm or settle for being mediocre (and quit). You focus … Continue reading

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Highlights of Governor Gill Marcus’s Interest Rate Announcement: 27 March 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 as made on 27 March 2014: – The country’s economic growth threatened by advanced economies, markets, … Continue reading

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Are You a Hedgehog or a Fox?

There is a saying attributed to the Greek poet Archilochus that goes, “The Fox knows many things, but the Hedgehog knows one great thing.” In his famous essay. “The hedgehog and the Fox,” Isaiah Berlin divided the world into hedgehogs … Continue reading

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Good is the enemy of great.

…..And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people … Continue reading

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Don’t give up (you’re on the right track)

Struggling with getting your startup to grow, wrestling with getting sales, wrestling with a project or a problem, the likeliest reason to give up is the belief that it can’t be done. What’s the point of persevering if it’s actually … Continue reading

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Fitting in vs. standing out

You won’t have any trouble at all finding someone who can tell you how to fit in. They can tell you what to wear to that restaurant or this conference or that funeral. It’s not that difficult to figure out … Continue reading

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The Stockdale Paradox

The Stockdale Paradox Retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties AND at the same time Confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be. The Stockdale Paradox really defines the … Continue reading

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If you have an enemy, give him information

At a conference recently I met this young entrepreneur, or should I say wanna-entrepreneur. She has always wanted to be an entrepreneur. She studied and researched her area of interest. She has been wanting to be an entrepreneur for a … Continue reading

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Over Promise and Over Deliver

Under promise and over deliver is an old cliché in business that smart entrepreneurs do. This was relevant during the time when there was less competition. But in today’s crowded market, that’s a one way ticket to oblivion. If you … Continue reading

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