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Being Uncomfortable for Change #ceosleepout2016

The Sun International CEOSleepOut 2016 Have you ever asked yourself – am I truly a change agent? Will my actions help transform the world around me? It is all too easy to become disheartened by the poverty which surrounds us. When there are so many to give to, can you give and then disconnect? Is it as simple as pressing snooze, or do you ask yourself, like I do, does it really have to be like this? I believe that…

Business Leadership

Passion, empathy, integrity and the road to success.

Are successful people lucky? Perhaps. Are they smart? Probably. But when you really look at success in business – and in start-ups, even more so – the common factor is often passion. A burning drive fuels positive results and ultimately dictates the success of any business. Because when you’re really passionate about what you do, giving up isn’t an option. Essentially, passion is about getting excited every single day to get up and go to work. In a televised interview…

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Becoming Risk Intelligent

The world we live in is defined by two aspects: risk and reward. Do you dare to make dangerous decisions in business, or would you follow Warren Buffet’s cautious ideology about avoiding risk to avoid the probability of profit loss. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and ask the following questions: Are the risks we don’t take our greatest mistakes? Are we emotionally influenced because we’re not essentially “risk literate”? And how do you correctly manage risk – is it…

Business Social Responsibility

Philanthropy – a tool for changing the world.

“In the past, people separated investing and philanthropy. You made money, and then you made up for it by giving it away. But now smart investors are seeing the holistic opportunities to make real impact and profit in the ecosystem of socially good, for-profit business,” says Ramona Liberoff, CEO of Spring accelerator, which accelerates its businesses by transforming the lives of adolescent girls living in poverty across East Africa and South Asia. Today as business leaders we are not only…


Supported Innovation, Passion and Self-belief Will Grow the African Economy

Inspired by the Television series, ‘Knight Rider’, starring David Hasselhoff, George Netshilindi, was inspired to build his own luxury supercar. Four years of blood, sweat, tears, hours of labour and a heavy toll on his finances, finally saw George realise her dreams. The slick, crimson, aerodynamic body with pop up headlights and quintessentially 1980s flickering red lights on the bonnet, won George multiple awards. However, his car became too expensive to maintain and so for more than two decades George’s…

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Oil Prices – Opportunity Staring Us in the Face

Opportunity for South Africa to Benefit from Low Oil Prices is Staring Us in the Face. Anyone in business, worth their muster, would tell you to “Buy low and sell high.” At the time of writing this piece, a barrel of Brent Crude Oil cost US $ 30.32, the lowest price in more than 6 years! To put the recent low oil price into perspective, we might have to remind ourselves of the fact that a barrel of Brent Crude…

Business Finance

Behind the Dark Economic Cloud

Behind the Dark Economic Cloud, There is a Silver-lining Based in Hard Work and Innovation! The month of January is ordinarily marked by serious financial strain. As South Africans, we are very familiar with the notion of the Festive Season glut and the associated over-spending that occurs during the Christmas holiday period. January brings with it children that need to return to school, meaning that new uniforms, stationery and school fees need to be paid for. Despite constant cautions and…


Leadership – 3 Questions worth asking

Managing at the current speed of change means that our leadership strategy is not only focused on today’s world, but on a world that is coming. How we as leaders orchestrate the necessary transitions, is what will determine our organizations success. The leadership handbook tells us it’s our ‘environment’ that shapes us as leaders. This led me to re-examine my own personal environment, analysing key influence areas in my life. As the late Jim Rohn said “Days are expensive. When…

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Reinventing Organizations through Holacracy

This new organisational structure – Holacracy – is challenging the status quo amongst many companies. Old bureaucracy is being replaced in organisations like Stirman’s organisation, Medium (owned by Twitter) and Zappos, a shoe retailer who now embrace Holacracy as their new working style. It offers companies a different approach to including individuals and empowering staff to be an integral part of the organisation. What is it Holocracy? Holacracy was developed by Brian Robertson, a software engineer, in 2007. Robertson wanted…

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Recession and Managing Risk Today.

Recession is on the lips of economists, politicians and investors both globally and in South Africa. So we need to be bold and start asking ourselves the questions: “What if things were really bad?” “What if your optimism is not justified?” “What if you lose the capacity to fund your positions?” “What if they are right and there is a terrible recession looming?” Risk Risks are at the core of judgement and the world is relatively uncertain making it difficult…