Book Review: Personal Growth, African Style by Barbara Nussbaum, Sudhanshu Palsule and Velaphi Mkhize

Personal Growth, African Style is a different and unique writing on alternative leadership based on the theory and practice of African humanity  and a much needed guide to connect to authentic self and drive change in the world. When I bought this book I was researching leadership style (business and politics) that is uniquely African.…

Fit In or Stand Out: Stand out or get out!

  Today, ideas are the currency, (my friend TJ says speed is the new currency) not the ability to do what you are told. If you want to make an impact in this world, you better overcome your fear of being different and stand out from the crowd. To do that, ask yourself what your…

Fit In or Stand Out: The Courage To Stand Out

“You can either fit in or stand out. Not both.”-  Seth Godin. When I first started in business. I desperately wanted to fit in. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur but it was so unfamiliar being in business for myself. I copied a mentor’s blue print for success. I didn’t have the courage to stand out.…

Fit In or Stand Out: We Are The Same

Take a look at just about any industry with many competitors: hotels, universities and colleges, cars, accounting firms (especially accounting firms, I’m an accountant) The websites bend over backward to be just like all the others. You can’t even identify one hotel website from another if you delete the name of the hotel. Sometimes, we…

Fit In or Stand Out: Your Street Corner

Themba has it tough and rougher than most. Every morning, he stands on a street corner in Centurion, next to the hardware store and across the street from the Thai restaurant. Themba stands next to his six biggest competitors, waiting for work. Slowly, a van pulls up. The white man behind the wheel is looking…

In The Mood

Songs about romance don't tell you how to make out, they merely encourage it. It's not the data that people seek, it's the mood. If all we needed to do great work was information, our problems would be over. The internet is the greatest repository anyone could imagine... if you want to know how to do something, the…

Emotional handwashing

  Emotions are far more contagious than any disease. A smile or a panic will spread through a group of people far faster than any virus ever could. When you walk into the office or a negotiation, then, wash your bad mood away before you see us. Don't cough on us, don't sneeze on us,…