Leadership Manifesto: Sojourner Truth View

Sojourner Truth was was an African-American abolitionist (a movement that ended slavery in the USA) and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, in 1828 she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white…

Leadership Manifesto: Robert Sobukwe View

"Here is a tree rooted in African soil, nourished with waters from the rivers of Afrika. Come and sit under its shade and become, with us, the leaves of the same branch and the branches of the same tree." -- Robert Sobukwe There are leaders who are commercialized and are famous, and there are leaders who…

Leadership Manifesto: Steve Biko View

“The greatest weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Steve Biko epitomised a human being who understood his purpose in life: To use the gift of life to enhance the lives of those who were deprived and oppressed. Steve Biko understood that to attain our freedom we had to…

Leadership Manifesto: Thomas Sankara View

“To state it more clearly, we buy more from abroad than we sell. An economy that functions on such a basis is headed for increasing ruin and catastrophe.” -- Thomas Ankara When the business grows and employs more people, the entrepreneur gradually moves from being a technician, to a manager and ultimately to a leader of…

I’m sorry I let you down

"We are sorry that your we did not deliver service to your satisfaction. This must have truly messed up your  experience with us, sir." That is a statement of compassion. "Delivering substandard or non existence services to you is not the way we like to do business. We messed up, it was an error in…

Redefining mediocrity #OwnYourStandard

I have been thinking a lot about the terms “mediocrity” and “average” lately.  We often look at developing people to be above “average,” in the pursuits of helping them to be successful. I personally believe that mediocrity as we define it is for losers and defending it is exhausting. The minute we settle for less…