Street vendors by any other name are entrepreneurs…

You see them all the time at the main intersections selling various types of things. They sell kids toys, umbrellas, sporting apparel and all sorts of things. Others sell fruits, cold drinks. If you are use the train (not Gautrain), they are there selling you peanuts, if you use the taxi, they are at the…

Something Extra

It's entirely possible that adding caffeine to beer will be remembered as a great idea. Possible, but unlikely. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

More perfect

Most people in the country can't cook (especially in certain races). So you would think that reaching out to the masses with entry-level cooking instruction would be a smart business move. I have realised that you are likely to sell to people who are ready and want to buy from you than convincing people who…

Trusted Ears

Do you ever ask for advice? Do you try out your new ideas on people before they are seen by the public? Probably. My experience is that the world is divided into several groups when it comes to critiques: One group likes everything. Tell someone an idea and she'll love it. This could be because…

Frightened, clueless or uninformed?

In the face of significant change and opportunity, people are often one of the three. If you're going to be of assistance, it helps to know which one. Uninformed people need information and insight in order to figure out what to do next. They are approaching the problem with optimism and calm, but they need…

The Flipping Point before the Tipping Point

After reading Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point several times, it has finally dawned on me that when people say, "The tipping point," they often misunderstand the concept in Malcolm's book. They're actually talking about the flipping point. The tipping point is the sum total of many individuals buzzing about something. But for an individual to start…

The romanticised (and false) view of successful entrepreneurs

.... is that they built their companies with their own individual talent & energy. We have created an impression that entrepreneurs are lone rangers, superheroes. Many entrepreneurs are solitary animals - they like to do all the heavy lifting and are usually hesitant to ask for help from anyone else. The most successful entrepreneurs are…

J.A.M. (Just another meeting)

It was so typical. Eight people, the regular bunch. New client kick-off, business as usual. And it showed. You've done it before, and before that and before that. A dozen or a hundred or perhaps a thousand times before. The typical meeting, with everyone in their typical roles. Often, people even sit in the same…

1%

Two tech executives with no food experience and no marketing budget launch a product called Bacon Salt. Next, they search for people on social networking sites who profess a love for bacon, then friend them. Among a small percentage of those people, enthusiasum begins to spread about Bacon Salt. What began as a tribe quickly…

The Gift of Emotional Labour

"The gift is to the giver, and comes back to him..." - Walt Whitman When you do emotional labour, you benefit. Not just the company, not just your boss, but you. The act of giving someone a smile, of connecting to a human, of taking initiative, of being surprising, of being creative, of putting on…

They’re your words, choose them

You have seen the signs: ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT CARDS. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS. BATHROOMS FOR PATRONS ONLY. Guess what? There is no legal requirement that signs have to make you sound like a harsh jerk in order to carry weight or to inform the public. To keep our prices as low as…