This (2014) winter is probably the cheapest winter for me. Most of our money in the last six winters went to doctor visits and drugs (prescription, of course). Living in Johannesburg I was so prone to throat infections that were often difficult to shake without antibiotics. At the end of July (winter […]

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I just watched a movie, which clearly had a huge budget. The cast: star-studded. I’m talking many award actors. Huge film companies backing. And, it was a colossal fail. Before watching it, I wondered why I hadn’t heard anyone talk about the movie. Having the size budget (huge) they had […]

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This sounds rather arrogant. But it isn’t. One of the things that bloggers in the recent past have done is preach the message of “blogging for themselves”. I’ve done some of that. I’ve spoken about blogging for myself. Not a lot, but strongly. (Check out that post here.) Something to […]

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Over the last few days I’ve toyed with working on some drafts (blog posts etc). I’ve just felt too tired. It is not that my brain mind was or isn’t capable. My mind was more than willing but couldn’t escape the knock-on effect of its bearer. I’m not even sure […]

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There is no way I could’ve ever lived in a time before this. I say this in the context of our world of technology, the Internets and especially online publishing. I’m too wise to think that the aforementioned are at the zenith. Far from it. There are advancements and technological […]

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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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I’m now testing the latest iteration of Desktop Publishing Machine (DeskPM). As one of the alpha testers and get to not only discover and report bugs and stuff, but I get to go first and be a part of defining and building something significant. As with any piece of software there is […]

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That is one headline you are never going to see. Whether articulated, logical, lame or baseless everyone has one. An opinion that is. We can all, at least, claim to think something about anything. Opinions can be both damaging and uplifting, regardless of their source. We can have opinions about […]

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It is not always easy to judge sincerity. Especially when surrounded by great need. A couple of weeks ago about five hundred people in an informal settlement in Cape Town were affected by fire that ravaged their (makeshift) homes. Fifteen minutes’ walk from my house there’s glaring need. There are […]

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I can’t remember the last time I bought a (traditional / hard copy) magazine. Blogs are my thing. I like the convenience of reading and accessing many on one device. Some publications have gone digital but for some reason I still find magazines, as in their format and presentation a […]

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In our social media age, it’s easy to forget that a movement does not rise and fall on the basis of a hashtag alone – @saiidat (in Nigeria Won’t Bring Back The Missing Girls) I couldn’t agree more. The hashtag is overrated. The success of your / a hashtag doesn’t […]

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Familiarity is dangerous. It makes you and others blind. Familiarity says, stop seeing and appreciating value in something. This extends from resources, relationships and people. Familiarity can make you start taking a lot of things for granted. Where there was or should be gratitude entitlement settles. With entitlement come overlooking […]

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Nothing significant is ever achieved in isolation. You need others and, likewise, they need you. No man or enterprise is a piece of land surrounded by water. We all have everything we need to do things that matter. We just don’t have them all within ourselves. Thus, we are sometimes […]

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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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Every (serious) blogger has times when blog post ideas evade him. Great bloggers don’t restrict blog post ideas to “office hours”. They search for them ideas wherever they go. Most fail at blogging because they just can’t bring themselves to keep searching or attempting to write till something happens. Some […]

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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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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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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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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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Not all people are the same. Leaders are also people and, as a result, are also not the same. Every leader has a different personality, worldview and disposition on different things. The common thing to all leaders is that they exist to lead [Click to Tweet] That is why they are […]

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  For everything you care about you have an expression. You express how you care about your spouse by providing and being there for them. You express your love by serving your family. You express the value you place on a cause by the sacrifices you make for it. The […]

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A leader often has to deal with many dynamics in managing her team. It could be apathy. (Which I have written about in the past here.)   Another challenge a leader may have to deal with is a frustrated team. Leadership can be the cause of frustration for their team, […]

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Life In A Moment

04/11/2011 — 8 Comments

On Friday I ‘pressed pause’ on my way home from the office – I sat with a cappuccino and a book in a little “dessert restaurant” (I don’t know what to call it but it’s a place you go when you want to eat donuts, waffles, with millions of ice […]

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At a restaurant in a little town in the Western Cape is a restaurant now offering Tim Noakes’ menu. I’m reminded an individual’s work can have implications that extend beyond them than they can imagine. I wonder if Tim ever thought his work would impact the lives of millions of […]

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I listened to University of Cape Town debate. I noticed and was reminded of something key in life, leading and communication general. To effectively engage people you must understand what is meant beyond what is said. You have to listen well to respond well. Leadership is impossible if you don’t […]

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You’re the greatest influence on yourself. One of ways to prove this is how siblings, leaders and people in general,  can be exposed to the exact circumstance and some flourish while others buckle. Just like me, there are a lot of things you tell yourself. Some things you’ve told yourself […]

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