Monthly Archives: October 2016

Find Your Element: What is yours?

Most people are unhappy at work. Unhappy employees outnumber happy ones by two to one worldwide. There are twice as many “actively disengaged” workers in the world as there are “engaged” workers who love their jobs. In short, over 60% of … Continue reading

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Breaking news

The news we consume changes us. Not just the news manufactured by eNews, CNN, Sunday Times but the news manufactured by our boss, our investors, our customers. Our choice, then, is to decide whether we want to engage in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics is about unconventional wisdom, using the raw data of economics in imaginative ways to ask clever and diverting questions. Levitt even redefines his definition. If, as he says, economics is essentially about incentives and how people realise them, then … Continue reading

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What is your job?

Not your job title, but your job. What do you do when you are doing your work? What is difficult and important about what you do? What change do you make, what do you do that is hard to live … Continue reading

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Creating Scarcity: Cookie jar experiment

People are willing to go to great lengths to get something that no-one has. We want limited supply products, we want to have customised tailor-made clothes. It is weird to wear something and rock up at a party to find someone … Continue reading

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Creating Scarcity: Salt more valuable than gold

If you could choose between a pile of salt and a pile of gold, you would probably choose the gold. After all, you know that you can always buy a container of salt for about five rands at the local … Continue reading

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Creating Scarcity: Don’t read what everyone is reading

What is it that you know that few people know? What is your secret source, your secret recipe? What is your secret weapon? If you don’t have it you don’t have anything scarce, you don’t have a sustainable advantage. Are … Continue reading

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Creating Scarcity: Do hard things

Leading change is difficult. It is difficult to find, hire, and retain people who are eager and able to change the status quo. It is difficult to stick with a project that everyone seems to dislike. It is difficult to … Continue reading

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Creating Scarcity: Creates value

If you can offer a scarce and coveted product or service that others cannot, you win. What is it that is both scarce and in demand? Things that are difficult: difficult to conceive, to convey, to make. Sometimes difficult even, … Continue reading

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You Can’t Measure Love

Without a doubt, there is someone taller than you, faster than you, cuter than you, someone who is better paid, more respected and getting more than his fair share of credit. And social media: Of course there are people with more … Continue reading

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