I might be so bad with blind spots that my blind spots have their own blind spots. Whether we admit it, we all have blind spots. Some are character flaws. Others are a product of our circumstance and focus. Focus intentionally and unintentionally creates blind spots. As we chase dreams […]

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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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I was at a co-working space, Daddy.O in Woodstock, Cape Town. (They’re not paying me to say this but it’s a great space to work in). To the Matty Cohen saga. So, I got a great spot / desk. Because I had challenges with my wi-fi code, I left my […]

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Today’s Writing Exercise (Blog the answer and tweet us the post!): “How I recharge on the weekend.” — DeskPM (@DeskPM) October 18, 2014 Just saw this question posed on Twitter and I thought, “that’s not something that I’ve explicitly blogged about!”. An interesting note: earlier today someone was talking about […]

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Listening to all the disses and praise of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, reminded me of how many will never do anything significant with their lives. It has shown me how little we pay attention to history. Not in the sense of the past, but how it is being made, today. […]

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There’s the adage, “pride comes before a fall”. It is true. The sad thing about it, is that often people don’t realise that they’ve been made blind by pride. Pride can make you blind to the fact that you’re about to fall. In fact pride makes you blind to the […]

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See other posts about blogging here. I thought it would be helpful, for me and others, to explore how I’ve blogged for a long time. “Long time” is relative. It’s been several years since I started to do so without quitting. In the process I’ve started some blogs and shut […]

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Living and leading in “no longer but not yet” is most liberating. In fact that is how we ought to live and lead. Speaks of identity, character, vision and on the overall, mission. “No longer, but not yet” is the epitome of a journey. In many ways, I haven’t arrived. As […]

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I’m always looking for opportunities to teach. As a leader, I do my best to make sure that I include deliberate moments of teaching those I lead. I’m always teaching. Those I lead are learning from me. My interactions with people and decisions I’m making are lessons for the teams I […]

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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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Many things determine leaders’ extent of influence. Language is one of those things. I’m not sure how extensive this “series” is going to be but I’ll write as long as I keep thinking of the “currency of leadership”… Related: Language | The Currency Of Leadership Attention is a currency of leadership. […]

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At the disposal of every leader are things he trades for the function and or purpose of leadership. It is how a leader wields these tools or means that determines his success and the success of his organisation. Language is one those things: a currency of leadership. It is in […]

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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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Got to connect with Buhle, great catching up… And, he helped me jump start my car (I left my car lights on for well over an hour!). That’s a parable of life. Friends are necessary to sometimes help us do things we cannot do for ourselves. Sometimes we need to […]

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In another post, (this one) I shared about a challenge I had in unlocking potential from some team members. The short of it, is that I didn’t realise they were failing to translate what a change in strategy at an enterprise level, practically meant for them. They understood the the […]

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