Lesson of the week: Some things take time

I spent the past two days program directing a two day workshop of some of the country's top 40 entrepreneurs with a turnover of between R2 million and R30 million from different industries. There are a couple of common things about entrepreneurs: They are rebels, they don't accept the norm, they refuse to do the…

We have been trained to prefer being right…

The reality is that in order to be creative and innovative, you are less likely to be right all the time, at least at first. We are obsessed with “rightness;” having the “right” answer, doing the “right” thing, acting the “right” way, winning arguments to prove how “right” we are and more. It is not…

Book Review: When Misfits Become Kings by Mark Casto

This book is not about entrepreneurs being misfits, not about innovators, artists or misfits in the businesses world. This is a book about God and your relationship with Him. Mark Casto gives examples of people and stories of misfits in the bible, who lost their way with God. The first misfits in the world were…

Getting compliments vs. Getting things done

Real leaders do not care about receiving credit and compliments. If it is about your mission, about spreading the faith, about seeing something happen, not only do you not care about credit, you actually want other people to take credit... There is no record of Martin Luther King, Jr, Walter Sisulu or Kgalema Motlanthe complaining…

Lesson of the week: Finding a place of refuge

Listening to my daughter’s Zahara CD, there is a song she sings so emotionally and it got me thinking. For artists, their art is a place of safety, a refuge, an escape from everything else, a pit stop to recoup, recover, refill, recharge and heal before getting back to the jungle. Humans being are rational…

Confident but no guts

Too many MBAs are sent into the world with bravado and enthusiasm and confidence. The only way you know that a person has an MBA is that they will tell you, they will let you know. You are going to take the world by storm. You are talented and trustworthy, and you have a work ethic…

Scars we carry: Hiding from yourself

Often we use the scars we carry as a reason not to do certain things. We even say "once bitten, twice shy." We stop venturing into experiences that makes us alive. Then we hide and "keep it safe." I have seen it before where people look for a reason to hide and I'm sure I…

Scars we carry: Share a story

A while back, I was visiting a retail store to buy a new pair of sunglasses.  I was quickly assigned to a salesman that was a few feet taller than me, with a heavy build, bold head, and weatherworn eyes. As the salesman led me to all the different display cases, I noticed he walked…