Repeating Again

Here is why we do not repeat the message: We do not think it is important [see this post on repeating] We think what we said was not good enough to repeat. We think we always have to be new. We will look unoriginal if we repeat. We think the people already get it. We…

Time in the day

It is not that there is not enough time in the day, it is that it is hard to change your mind and switch gears to the next thing. You have been writing all day and now the dishes need to be done. It only takes ten minutes and it is not difficult. But it…

Lessons on how to tell time

For something as dominant as the four digits [or two horns] that we use to tell time, it is disappointing that there is no manual for telling, and not surprising that we do it wrong so often. It is easy to say that the time is 0655 looking at our designer watches, but it is…

This time next year

“This time next year we’ll be millionaires!” -- Derek Trotter, CEO of Trotters Independent Traders You probably spend a great deal of time setting business [and personal] goals, working on strategy and planning for growth. It is the sensible thing to do. After all how can you get to where you want to go if…

Busy is not the point

There is a common safe place: Being busy. So we are supposed to give you a pass because you were full on, all day, busy working. Frantically moving from one thing to the other, never pausing to catch your breath, and now you are exhausted. No points for busy. Points for successful prioritisation. Points for…

More watches, less time

Back in the day before the advent of watches, if you wanted to know the time, you looked at the position of the sun and calculated the time. Another way to tell the time was to check with the big clock at the top of local church. In the last five centuries, we have improved…

Being on time

You probably know people who are late. Often. They don’t want to be late.  In fact, their good intentions are probably the reason that they are late. They might try one technique or another, and even apologise for being late, and yet it happens again. There is one reason and one amplifying factor. The amplifying factor is that when they are…

The Writer Files: Dineo Molokoane

The Writer Files is an online interview I conduct with various writers about their books and their writing styles. It is a form of getting to know the writer, his/her writing style and to tell his/her story. The Writer Files will be featured on my blog [rochemamabolo.wordpress.com] once a week featuring various writers. The answers…

Where is the edge?

The world is not flat. The easiest way to demonstrate that is with a simple question, one that challenges unexamined belief with the need to understand how things work. If it is flat, there is an edge. Where is it? Once we understand how things work, we have a chance to interact with them. Not…

The Bezos co-founder split

Hypothetical: If Sergey Brin and Larry Page were to end their co-founder partnership, would journalists describe the settlement as Page giving Brin x% of Google / Brin feeling grateful to walk away with x% of Google? And, yet, we see such statements in the news about Mackenzie-Jeff Bezos divorce [e.g. Forbes – “Jeff Bezos To…

Rest in restrooms…

I judge the cleanliness and hygiene levels of a place by the cleanliness and hygiene levels of their restrooms. When I'm at a restaurant, event, lodge, conference venue, my comfort levels are assessed by the hygiene levels of the rest-rooms. For me the quality of a place = quality of the restrooms Top class rest rooms…