10 Signs of a LIKEABLE entrepreneur

1. Treats everyone they meet as if that person is the only one in the room 2. Act fast – by the time we thought it, they did it 3. Unpredictable – never tells their plans in advance 4. Has multiple skills – and personalities 5. Has a few secrets 6. Doesn’t take No for…

The cost of failure has changed

In an industrial setting, failure can be fatal—to the worker or to the bottom line. If we’re building a giant factory, the building can’t fall down. If we’re mining 100,000 rands worth of ore, we need to move it the right way the first time. If we’re changing the legal conditions on a thousand life…

How to Name Your Business

The task of naming your startup is an underestimated and daunting task. Like law firms, entrepreneurs often choose to use their personal names as the first attempt to name their businesses. Adams and Adams, Sanford and Son, Deloitte and Touche, Dlamini and Son etc, these are some of a couple of examples of businesses named…

The Oversupply Of The Average

They will push you to fit in, to dress alike, to use the same tools, to fit the format. "That's the way we do things around here." They are the well-meaning productivity guru who wants you to get faster, not better, and the social media consultant who is driving with his rear-view mirror. The safest…

Right process will produce right result

Right process Process is everything you do in your business. And by everything I mean everything, from opening the doors at premises, providing services/products to customers, keeping books, training personnel etc. Right result Then come the right result which is a bit of challenging one. What is the right result? From the customer’s perspective, the…

Mark Zuckerberg isn’t Mark Zuckerberg

"Mark Zuckerberg" has become a codeword for the truly gifted exception, the wunderkind freak of nature for whom traditional rules don't apply. Well, sure, Mark Zuckerberg can drop out of Harvard, but you're not Mark Zuckerberg... Here's the thing: Even Mark isn't Mark Zuckerberg. This notion that there's a one in a billion alignment of…

The flip side

It's impossible to have a coin with only one side. You can't have heads without tails. Innovation is like that. Initiative is like that. Idea implementation is like that. You can't have success unless you're prepared to have failure. As soon as you say, "failure is not an option," you've just said, "innovation is not…

Starting a business without cash

When you are thinking about how to raise money, one of the first things you should consider is bootstrap financing – using your own money to get your business off the ground. Bootstrap financing is probably one of the best and most inexpensive routes an entrepreneur can explore when raising capital. Bootstrap financing is a…

Thinking about supermodels

Models are fairly generic placeholders, attractive men and women who anonymously walk down the runway at a fashion show or stand up for a photo shoot. It is surprisingly unglamorous and is not particularly steady or financially rewarding. Supermodels, on the other hand, are a relatively recent innovation, and they are in a totally different…