Monthly Archives: July 2015

Entrepreneurs should be the biggest employers, not the government

In his statement to the governing party during the week, the Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene sketched a bleak picture in terms of the country’s lower economic growth of 3% being the “new normal.” His major concern is that there is … Continue reading

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You are at the top when…

– You clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday ended last night, and today is your brand-new day. – You have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and optimistic about your … Continue reading

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That’s the way we do things around here

The tried and true is beyond reproach. It’s been tried, and of course, it’s true. True because it worked. In times of change, though, most of the tried is in fact, false. False because what used to work, doesn’t, at … Continue reading

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Send In The Clowns: Clowns are not very nice to each other

Circus clowns are most famous for willfully inflicting harm upon their fellow clowns. The easiest way to get a big laugh is with a pair of pliers, it appears. If you can’t find pliers, a bottle of seltzer will have … Continue reading

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Why mess up a blank canvas?

At the last townhouse I stayed in, everything was white on white when I arrived. White walls, counters, table, furniture, and carpet. So I took it one step further, bought five blank canvases, and hung them around the apartment. Especially … Continue reading

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Send In The Clowns: Clowns Don’t Plan Ahead

Clowns get big laughs from slamming into a brick wall or running to catch up with a car that left without them. Of course, squirrels and sea monkeys don’t plan ahead, either. The only species that regularly demonstrates foresight is … Continue reading

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Send In The Clowns: Clowns Ignore Science

A couple of weeks ago, I took my daughters to the circus. The first few acts were about lions and gymnasts. Out of the blue, came out of the clown. The clown’s duty is to make people laugh with his … Continue reading

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Uninvite the Devil’s Advocate

This is more a note to self than anything else. Often I get invited to adjudicate pitching competitions for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. My approach has always being to be objective and basically act a devil advocate by asking critical … Continue reading

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Its Certainly not a Gift

Here are attributes many of us value in friends, co-workers, bosses, employees, and suppliers: Honest Caring Punctual Curious Proactive Flexible Thoughtful Generous Fun Committed Respectful Organised Interested Creative Likable Positive Reaching out You get the idea. These are things that turn … Continue reading

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Doing Work That Matters: Spend Some Time Alone

So many of us have build great exteriors of our lives. On social media, television and around us, we see people displaying certain levels of success, recognition, applause, accomplishments, and awards… but many times we receive the reward but inwardly … Continue reading

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