LORA Entrepreneurship Series: Ms. Marang Marekimane – Saturday, 19 May 2018

Marang Marekimane

LORA Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship strives to bring thought leaders, men and women who are pathfinders, entrepreneurs and change agents, men and women who have affected the very fibre of our thought processes, who influence our set of beliefs, and engage our mindsets in elements of value.

LORA has invite experienced entrepreneurs to share their stories with us.

On Saturday, 19 May 2018, we are hosting entrepreneur Mme Marang Marekimane.

Talk to any entrepreneurs and the chances are they will tell you that one of the biggest challenges is creating businesses and brands that are sustainable and can exist for the long haul. South African entrepreneur, Marang Marekimane, has recognised this challenge and her company Business Process Mechanics is poised to help others to get their systems and processes in place to create solid, sustainable businesses that can go the distance.

Her company assists entrepreneurs to formulate growth strategies with a particular focus on the business processes.

For more than a decade in the corporate sector, Marang applied her training in various process and project management methodologies, including SixSigma, Agile and PrinceII, on strategic projects for corporations such as Liberty, First National Bank (FNB) and Standard Bank.

Now Marang uses her knowledge and experience to articulate her insight of business development into turnkey solutions that improve the sustainability of small and medium enterprises.

Having stayed in China for a while, Marang is fluent in Mandarin.

Come join us and interact with Mme Marekimane on her entrepreneurship journey.

Date: Saturday, 19 May 2018

Time: 13:00 – 14:30

Charge: R100  

Space is very limited.

To RSVP and pay: roche@loracentre.com

[LORA Centre students and alumni get 100% discount]

Venue: Midrand [3 Tybalt Place, Waterfall Office Park, Bekker Road, Vorna Valley, Midrand. [there is secured parking]

The Edges: Living on the edge

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What does it mean to be creative?

As Chris Bilton said before:

Creative thinking takes place neither inside the box nor outside the box, but at the edge of the box.

You could watch the most non-creative, linear-thinking, do-it-by-the-book investigative work to solve a crime and you would be surprised at how creative her solutions seem to be.

The investigative work will look creative for you, because you have never been in that territory before, it is all new, it is all at the edges.

Boring for her, because it is the same thing she does every time. It is not creative at all.

For me, creativity is the stuff you do at the edges.

But the edges are different for everyone, and the edges change over time.

Over time, the edges stretches out, gets looser, move away.

What was cutting edge yesterday may be normal today.

Stuff that would have been creative last year is not creative at all today, because it is not near the edges any more, because the edges always shifts.

Always test the boundaries, to find the razor’s edge between knowing and not-knowing, familiarity and strangeness, confidence and doubt.

That is what keeps things interesting, working to the limits of your ability, with that twinge in your stomach telling you you are doing a high wire act and you could fall.

Living on the edge is not something you do once in a while, it is your life.

The Edges: It happens around there

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Nassim Taleb says in his new book, Skin in the Game:

Things work thanks to a handful of people; the rest operates by situational imitation, narrow mimicry, and semi-conscious role-playing.

People who bring changes are on the edges, not mainstream.

At any gathering of people, from a high school assembly to the United Nations General, from a conference to a rehearsal at the orchestra, the really interesting conversations and actions almost always happen around the edges.

If you could eavesdrop on the CEO of a big corporate, homecoming queen or the sitting Prime Minister, you would hear very little of value.

These folks think they have too much to lose to do something that feels risky, and everything that is interesting is risky.

Change almost always starts at the edges and moves toward the center.

The edges lead, the majority imitates and follows.

Curiosity: How can bird’s feet stay on electrical wires?

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“How can bird’s feet stay on electrical wires and not be electrocuted?”

This was the question from my curious 7 year old daughter as we drove along.

Answer offered by me, the adult:

“Because their feet don’t conduct electricity. Electricity doesn’t pass through their feet because of what their feet are made of.”

Question from the older 15 old daughter:

” What are their feet made of?”

Well, I didn’t know.

It turns out that even my first answer was wrong.

Here is the simplest explanation I could find, from Rocky Mountain Power:

The bird is not grounded. It has not created a path of lesser resistance for electricity to follow. If the bird simultaneously touched two wires, the difference in resistance between the two wires would create a path through the bird and it would be electrocuted.

Well there you go! Apparently it works ok for small birds, but overhead electrical wires can be quite a danger for larger birds.

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Kid’s don’t ask silly questions.

It’s not a silly question if you can’t answer it.

Curiosity: What If?

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How do we raise kids today during these exponential times?

Should they learn a second language… in a world of instant translation?

Should they ever memorise any fact… in a world of ubiquitous Google, wikipedia, apps etc?

Will University even exist in 20 years’ time?

Which is more important? Learning to code or learning sports?

As a father of two young girls, these questions are on my mind.

I think despite which subject matter we teach, curiosity is extremely important.

Curiosity is something that is innate in kids and yet something that most people lose over time.

In a world of Google, robots and A.I., raising a kid that is constantly asking questions and running “what if” experiments can be extremely valuable.

This is mostly because running constant experiments is fundamentally necessary on the path to success.

As kids we used to ask a lot of questions, we were inquisitive, but as we grow up, the level of our curiosity decreases.

As adults, we equate asking lots of questions as not being smart enough, a slow-learner and sometimes just plain annoying to those not asking.

And then what do we do?

We keep quiet, we stop asking, we comply, we become like everyone, we go with the flow.

What we miss in all this is that, if we stop asking questions, we stop learning.

When we stop being curious, we stop growing.

The way I think about it, if you want to invent, if you want to do any innovation, anything new, you are going to have failures because you need to experiment.

I think the amount of useful invention you do is directly proportional to the number of experiments you can run per week per month per year.

I constantly ask my girls “what if” questions.

And if they ask, “What if…?” I encourage them.

Help paint the picture… And try to help them create an experiment to test that hypothetical situation.

What if humans could fly?

What if humans could go to the moon?

What if we could defeat apartheid?

What if humans could eliminate poverty complete?

What if you could write a blog?

What if you could touch the lives of humanity with your hidden art?

 

Curiosity: Are we curious enough?

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In my experience, curiosity is directly tied to the creative process.

You have to get out of the lines a little to get your mind off cruise control.

Many people who view themselves as uncreative just haven’t gotten out of their safe zones, and so life is well, the same.

If you want to get creative. Then do something different.

Here are some starters to get you moving in the right direction:

  1. Ask questions.
  2. Watch and listen. You will be surprised what you have been missing.
  3. Read some new blogs on a topics you have never explored before.
  4. Volunteer.
  5. Take up a new hobby.
  6. Explore a new category of music on iTunes.
  7. Read books outside of your domain
  8. Talk to people outside of your background.