Talk is cheap but words are expensive

I remember something someone said years ago. I remember the exact words as if they were said to me yesterday. Words are powerful. Words can inspire and words can destroy. Words gives courage: "An ideal for which I am prepared to die." Words reminds: *"Izwe lethu" Words focuses: “The whole world is watching.” Words encourages:…

Invest in yourself

If you want to invest in something with minimum risk and a guaranteed big return, invest in yourself. Investing in yourself is one of the best returns on investments you can have. I know that if you are reading this, it is because you are someone who cares. If you want to help others, first…

Pivot or persevere

The question that entrepreneurs always ask themselves when the going gets though is: Should I continue with this strategy even though the results are hard to come by, or should I change strategy? Maybe if I stick it out for a while, the results will come, hard work and patience always pays you know [persevere]…

Stay focused

In a buffet of buffaloes to choose from, a cheetah targets one buffalo and focusses on it. It has too many options, but it focuses on one. Because it is aware that only one will be enough to sustain it for a couple of days. Occam’s Razor is a problem-solving principle that says: "Simpler theories…

Building a business is chaotic

The producer of the epic movie The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola said: “Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos." C.S. Lewis wrote that when a ship is on the high seas at least three questions must be answered: Question number one: How do we keep the ship from sinking?…

Plenty of opportunities

Plenty of opportunities means plenty of distractions. Some distractions take you away from your initial plan. Some distractions take you away from important people in your life. "An opportunity is not an opportunity when it takes you away from your plan.” —Pamela Grow It is the get rich quick scheme. It is the "well we…

Marketing, storytelling and lies

Once we move beyond the simple satisfaction of needs, we move into the complex satisfaction of wants. And wants are hard to measure and difficult to understand. Which makes entrepreneurship the fascinating exercise it is. When you are busy telling stories to people who want to hear them, you will be tempted to tell stories…

Antidote to a tough day

The antidote to a tough day is an unexpected random act of kindness. When someone lets you into the flow of traffic, or holds a door, or takes a second to acknowledge you, it is possible to smile and offer a wave in response. This, of course, costs you nothing. It creates a feeling of…

Famous to the family

There is famous and there is famous to the family. Cousin Mpho is famous to my family. And famous to the family is precisely the goal of just about all entrepreneurs now. You don't need to be Nike or Apple or Kaizer Chiefs. You need to be famous to the small circle of people you…

Decoding urgent vs. important

A six-year-old who throws a tantrum and refuses to go to school is escalating into the urgent. Going to school every day is important. Calming and responding to an angry customer is urgent. Building systems and promises that keep customers from getting angry is important. Fumigating the bugs in the kitchen is urgent, Putting in…

My one BIG startup tip for 2018

If you are a startup in 2018, my tip is: focus and take care of the small clients. Look after the small clients. The temptation for startups is to always chase that big account, that big tender, that big fish. Often big companies will bully you. They set the terms of relationship and as a…

Is control the answer?

I don’t think it is an accident that companies and governments have similar structures. When I worked for Deloitees, partners were kings and queens there. Everyone worships what partners say. "Dey doesn't like that," "Chris says we must do it this way" would always be the norm when staff express what the partners say or…