Start of a new day. Sunrise, a mini “reset”. Hello day, time to own you. The day is already made, then we get to make the day. Not just what’s in it but what we also put in it. Not just what it does to us but we do to […]

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Perhaps I’m a dreamer. Well, at least, I have moments when my creativity dominates my mind-space. It is usually in those times I’m flooded with ideas, concepts and such. A few years ago I started an ideas journal of sort. Evernote is one app I’ve found immensely helpful. It enables me […]

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So, I got tweeted — an offer to buy followers! Some people do this. It’s lame! The thing about buying “followers” — not even legit people or accounts — is that it’s not true influence. A lot of fake followers are for giving an illusion of influence. True influence is […]

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Critique is necessary for development and growth. We love it when we’re doing great and, let’s be honest, it sucks, stings when we aren’t. I’m convinced that critique is necessary. However, if not done properly it does the opposite of what it ought to achieve. The challenge for me as […]

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Brands are basically the way you portray yourself (this applies to individuals and organisation). They’re also the way people see or understand you to be. Your brand is basically the persona built by a combination of what show as what people generally perceive as who or what you are. One […]

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‘Hope’ is one of those things that is likely to be listed as critical for leaders’ arsenal. Though intangible, without it there’s little reason for action. Without hope, there will eventually be no enterprise. Every leader needs hope. He has to be full of hope. “Leader with no hope” is not only […]

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I’ve given some attention to why I write the post “Unmasked” and “Why I Write And Or Blog”. (These are not the only posts that speak into writing or blogging though…) Something I haven’t spoken much about was the environment for my writing and blogging. I’ve had one favourite place to […]

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I took this photo at Kalk Bay harbour. Always a very exciting place to go to unwind. I haven’t had much downtime before this, and today I made a point of stopping. Forcing some downtime. I realise my mind, body and emotions can only take so much before I crash. Not […]

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I just got back to the office from the ‘holidays’. I knew there were a lot of important and urgent things awaiting. I successfully resisted the urge to work and tried to focus on building a reserve of strength I’d need when I got back. As I imagined things are as I […]

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I woke up on the first day of the year, to do something I’d been talking about for almost exactly a year. (We know how we can talk more than we can act). Since we’ve lived walking distance from the sea for a year I’ve been talking about how I […]

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This is the time of the year New Year’s Resolutions are declared. There was a time I thought it was dumb. When I realised I was being part jerk I stopped ridiculing people who were setting goals for themselves. I concluded: what anyone calls their goals or aspirations for a new year […]

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After quoting John Saddington on a this brilliant piece he wrote: The Ambition Of Writing, he responded on Twitter with this: @blessingmpofu love that. thank you. btw, i’ve moved on from disqus comments. thoughts on that? — John Saddington (@saddington) December 23, 2014 When he asked I realised I had thought […]

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I’ve said it before, the truth is a beautiful thing. Nothing taints truth like delivery it with malice and egotistical motives. In both life and leadership we tend to place a high value on it, if it is on our side. I don’t know anyone who loves being ‘wrong’. Because […]

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Going through some notes I made after a few team meetings a few years ago. I now understand something that puzzled me. On that team I had people with the skills needed. They were sold out to the mission. There were just two people whose potential I somehow failed to […]

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Many have mistaken productivity for diary entry. They have reduced being productive as being able to find space in their diaries to seeing to something. Not entirely true. There is getting things done, and getting things done. You can do something and barely extract full potential of your activity. There is […]

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“What would yo have done differently?” is a question often asked by those wanting to unlock some hidden ’secret’ to success. Normally posed to people who have attained significant success (whatever it is). Sometimes we asked ourselves the same questions as we reflect. As much as there is nothing wrong […]

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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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Memory is what shapes us. Memory is what teaches us. We must understand that’s where our redemption is. It is not enough to curse the darkness of the past. Above all, we have to illuminate the future

Estelle Laughlin On The Dark Past And Responsibility For The Future