I haven’t been following the Oscar Pistorius trial till last week. I’ve looked at the headlines of papers. Listening to some highlights last week not only gave me a glimpse into the South African court system but also got me thinking about character… The talk about character being critical for […]

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Some things are perfected in and through time. There’s the dynamic of patience and perseverance that must be factored into any significant work. Leaders that will build great and significant things; the things that matter, are those who appreciate in planning and action that it will take time. When setting […]

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Let’s face it, you have and know another dozen people who’ve played the “cautious card” when they were actually just being downright cowardly. This has to do with taking action in the face of either a possibility or well-nurtured fears. Some “concerns” have merit. Some have weight because they’ve been […]

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Clearly defined and communicated values steer focus. Values don’t just speak into the identity of enterprises, but also the activity and resource allocation. Values dictate not only where you need to go but also where not to go. They tell us it is fine not to act or be a […]

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Leaders, well, everyone for that matter, must avoid moving forward to the past. This is when leaders (and organisations they serve) are in motion but with focus and attention on the past. This can be partly due to leaders not reflecting, as way of avoiding past failures, as well as […]

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Some things can be reused. Some need to go through some processes to be reusable and others not so much. Then there’s waste. Some things cannot and do not deserve to be reused. They are simply to be discarded and not to be resurrected. They don’t deserve an extra shot […]

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One of your frustrations as a leader, at some point, if not all the time, is not being able to do everything at one go. I hate constraints. Managing and or leading is almost a management of constraints. I hate that I can’t make everything happen at one go. If […]

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I wanted to have this post’s title as “Leading Your Tribe And Product Development Like A Boss - Learning From John Saddington“. The only challenge is that my very SEO savvy 8bit developed Standard Theme told me it would be too long and unfriendly. There’s enough talk about the death of SEO, but that’s […]

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Relationships are key to great leadership and, well a great life. Rather, great relationships are key to great leadership and pleasant life. There are some ‘general laws of life’ that when violated affect everything, even in leadership, because, well, leaders lead people, primarily. Trust allows leaders, and everyone else in general, to […]

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It’s embarrassing to admit that I sometimes find myself getting frustrated by that I can’t find my car keys or socks and can’t Google to locate them. (Google, if you’re reading this can you do something about the locating my socks?) Technology is a great enhancer and enabler. Apps and […]

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There is no silver bullet, but there are key components or ingredients to building great enterprises. Another key important to great enterprises is great leadership. Great, relevant, innovative and effective leadership can only be by virtue of growing leaders. Humility is one of the key ingredients. I wrote about it […]

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Trust me, you don’t want to be that leader. The stagnant, self-sabotaging and ineffective leader. You know the leader who doesn’t lead well, because he or she doesn’t lead himself or herself well? You don’t want to be that leader that’s not growing… Great leadership always starts with self-leadership [Click to […]

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Transitions, whether caused or imposed, can have a certain, “Fear Of Missing Out” aka “F.O.M.O.” to them. One of the reasons people fear committing to new ventures is fear of missing out on something else. As life and reality would have it, one can only be fully present in a […]

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Change is almost inevitable for the team or organisation receiving a new leader. Every leader has his or her idiosyncrasy and that colours how they do what they do. There will be necessary and forced adjustments as both teams and leaders establish working rapport. Then there are changes leaders will make. […]

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I’ve started making notes to myself on things I should do, as assuming a new leadership role. (If you’ve been following my blog, thank you… Also, you will know how I’ve highlighted writing as one, if not the biggest way I reflect. My apologies for repeating this, again) In an […]

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Sometimes I think a lot. At other times too much (and sometimes it hurts). Writing is one of the tools that help me clarify a lot in terms of my thinking or reflecting. I’ve written about this before, here. I haven’t made a journal entry this year and I probably […]

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Because you have capacity or the ability to do something doesn’t mean you must do it. Abilities and or capacity are mere indicators of possibility not explicit demand for action. Focus One of the reasons your ability is not a good enough reason to pursue something is because it detracts […]

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The soul of many organisations is often compromised when its leaders want to be right all the time. Wanting to be right at all times must never come at the expense of the vision of an enterprise. Wanting to be right all the time means no one else’s opinion, insight […]

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In an earlier post, I covered one of the best ways to bran yourself and some reasons why. This is a follow-up to that post. Blogging, regardless of the media or platform you use for it is one of the best ways to manage your brand on the Internet. Your […]

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I’ve written about branding a little ;-) As people and organizations, we want to project ourselves in a way that we want to be identified and loved for whatever end we have in mind. I’m not against brand promotion (whatever that is), however, I’m about being truthful in how we […]

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There has never been a time in history that leaders have been this under scrutiny. Information technology has undermined privacy to the benefit of the masses, in some regard. Scandalous dealings are unveiling and broadcasted to the entire world almost immediately. Political leaders and celebrities already have the attention of […]

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The nobility in success is in its motives, which vary with individuals and organisations. Thus, success is relative. It is one of those things people know with varied interpretations. This means that we all need to have our definitions of success. At an enterprise level what success looks like needs […]

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I’m a student of communication in leadership (& yes, life too). There is more than one message I get from this photo I took. The thing is, there is the speed limit sign and a mistake they made was add another message, causing “message overload”. “Message overload guarantees a level […]

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Writing about cultural intelligence in teams and leadership brought a memory back from the recesses of my mind. I don’t know why some weird things happen to me in public spaces. Once I had a guy responsible for cleaning bathrooms at one of my favourite malls start speaking to me […]

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Framing Stuff

06/10/2013 — 2 Comments

  They could’ve just said, “Eat this muffin” or “Complimentary muffin”. The way they “framed” their muffin message is just so cool. For maximum impact, don’t just say what you need to say, craft your message and its delivery. That makes a difference. A huge one. Love your message and […]

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The quality of leaders is one of the most significant determinants of the longevity and effectiveness of organizations. This means looking at big picture stuff. Part of this is making it more than a habit to always check the health of your organization, as well as to training leaders to […]

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Not enough leaders are upfront about their shortcomings. Fear holds too many leaders captive and causes them to mask shortcomings. They lead with a facade on, thus setting themselves up for failure. Of course, there’s a platform and context for sharing some things. Leaders that are constantly growing are leaders […]

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Only naive leaders think and expect everyone to agree with him or her. When your team or other leaders disagree with you it doesn’t mean there’s no unity. Unity is about believing in the same cause. On careful examination you will see that your disagreements are often centered on execution […]

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Transition is at the core of leadership. Leadership is about change and there can be no worthwhile change if there is no movement from the present into a well-planned future. Besides transitions affecting enterprises, leadership itself has to navigate a lot of transitions. Enterprises face challenges at an abrupt departure […]

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My present roles has me doing hard resets at a seeming jarring rate. (I’m loving it!) The challenge is flipping between abstract / conceptual / “artistic” to concrete and tangible on varied and numerous projects all at the same time. This has forced me to pay attention to what I […]

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