Monthly Archives: May 2014

Learning how to make

Everyone should learn to make things. Not because there is tremendous shortage of people who can produce things but because once you know how to make something, it changes how you see things. Once you know how to assemble an … Continue reading

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A car is not merely a faster horse

And email is not a faster fax. And online project management is not a bigger whiteboard. And Facebook is not an electronic rolodex. Play a new game, not the older game but faster.

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Simple five step plan for just about everyone and everything

The number of people you need to ask for permission keeps going down: 1. Go, make something happen. 2. Do work you’re proud of. 3. Treat people with respect. 4. Make big promises and keep them. 5. Ship it out … Continue reading

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A legacy of Maya Angelou

Others can better write about Maya Angelou’s impact on the world stage, on how she stood up for the dignity of all people, of women and on how she touched and changed our world. For those that seek to make … Continue reading

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The You Show

A friend was telling me about some job interviews she went on. She enjoyed them. Of course she did, I thought. She was starring in a show, a show about her. One approach is to be reactive, to sit where … Continue reading

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Your brand is not your logo

Smart marketers understand that a new logo can’t possibly increase your market share, and they know that an expensive logo doesn’t defeat a cheap logo. They realise that the logo is like a first name, it’s an identifier. So, when … Continue reading

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Take the ball and go home

Bullies are everywhere. At school, in traffic, in party conversations, at the stadium, in relationships, at work, in business, committee meetings, political parties and even on social media platforms. The thing with bullies is that they can’t be bullies when … Continue reading

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So It’s Your Birthday Today

– If I was going to make you a cake for R20, using Joe Soap’s special recipe, I would go to the supermarket and get the ingredients and bake one slice of cake for you. – I like you a … Continue reading

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What are you afraid of?

The old rules: Play it safe. Stay in your comfort zone. Find an institution, a job, a set of rules to stick to. Keep your head down. Don’t fly too close to the sun. The new truth: It’s better to … Continue reading

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Pushing you to 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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