The foolishness of embarrassed

  Your proposal was rejected, few people showed up at your gig, you went bankrupt, again, you failed and now you are embarrassed. Has being embarrassed ever helped you accomplish anything useful? I think we can (and should) work to eliminate it from our emotional vocabulary. If it is worth doing, it is worth not…

LORA 2018 Guest Lecture Series

LORA strives to bring thought-leaders, men and women who are pathfinders, entrepreneurs who have affected the very fibre of our thought process, who influence our set of beliefs, and engage our mindsets in elements of value. You can raise the bar or you can wait for others to raise it, but it’s getting raised, regardless.…

Money is a story

A story you tell yourself. We would like to believe that money is not a story. We would like to believe that money is something that we use as a currency, as a method of of exchange. But this is just second or third reason, first and foremost money is a story. It is a…

Book Review: Time Talent Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag & Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power by Michael Mankins and Eric Garton

Time, talent and energy, the scarce resources that businesses have to manage today. Entrepreneurs know that competitive advantage lies in how you management scarce resources.  At the core of this book is how do you reduce organizational drag and unleash the energy, and talent from your staff and free productive time from unnecessary meetings and…

Book Review: Money From Nothing by Deborah James

1994 didn't just bring political democracy in South Africa but also saw the democratisation of debt to people who were financially excluded. This is a sobering book. Written after the Marikana massacre, this book looks at how financially excluded people find themselves trapped in financial ruin through various reasons. The consumerism mindset that the majority…

E is for Experience

You walk into a busy restaurant, and amidst the bustle and busyness, you spy a free seat. Carefully you squeeze between laughing guests and hurried waiters, plonking yourself down with satisfaction, ignoring the look of the well-dressed businessman you just beat to the chair. A waiter takes your order of Five-Roses tea with hot milk…

Face to face

Watching a live TEDx talk face to face is different from watching it online. Talking to someone online is different to meeting them and talking to them face to face. Doing a radio interview telephonically is different to doing it live in studio. There is something about face to face interactions. It is hard to…

Smartest one in the room

Are you the smartest one in the room, always? Do people say “wow” every time you say something? Does your team constantly look for your advice and open their mouths wide to receive it while clapping happily like a penguin? It is good to be the smartest one in the room, but over time your…

The best way to succeed

Doing development work entails helping others succeed. The focus is on others, not you. You don't do development work for your CV, prestige or to make money. You do it because it matters, to develop others and see them succeed. It matters because you are altruistic. I have recently realized that we might do the…

Decide and act…

"A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided." – Tony Robbins Until you take action, it is not a decision. Action, like decisions, are a habit. If you do it often enough, you will find it easier and easier to do.…