Instincts

Your instincts get sharpened by following them more than by questioning them.And that process is tough and risky and messy. Because when you follow your instincts and it does not go well, it’s on you, the fault is yours. So we try follow rationality because it is explainable. Following your instincts is does not make…

Captured by love

There is a saying in personal finance: You are the boss of your budget until you are done with it and then it becomes the boss of you.Same thing with your business.So building a budget or a business, build wisely so later you have a good boss. Do what you love so that when it…

An opinion on leading…

A painful part of opening my eyes has been this…..Having and sharing lots of opinions does not equate to leadership.I thought having lots of opinions meant I was a leader.I thought being a leader meant I had to state lots of opinions.My apologies to many people I worked with in my 20’s :)It is an…

In a year it will be a year from now

We dream big and bold but act inconsistently.It easy to talk about plans but a long and thankless process to see them through.It is easy to criticise, not so to build. We want the least bit of work for the most glory.We want the excitement and immediacy of winning the lottery but the honor and…

Books are…

Books are: MirrorsWindowsSliding glass doorsStepping stonesOvercoatsAnchorsSpringboardsEscape hatchesQuiet cornersWarm blanketsFlying carpetsBeacons to new readers Yes they are.... thank you for the reminder Grant.

Show us how it should be done…

When Steve Jobs was frustrated by how Microsoft was planning to do a tablet with a stylus, he was not impressed and he set about showing how a tablet should be done, he created iPads without a stylus because he said, humans have the best stylus, their fingers. When Raymond Ackerman was frustrated by how…

Running out of ideas

You are going to run out of ideas. It happens all the time and that's okay. Luckily, ideas are like appetites.You may not have an appetite right now, your appetite may have run out at the moment… but sure enough in about three hours, here comes another appetite. If you mess up an appetite [or…

Self interest

You get more customers when you become a part of their self interest. Your current customers are your customers because you are serving their self interest [whether you realise that or not]. When they stop being your customers, maybe it is because someone is serving their self interest better than you. As an entrepreneur, you…

It’s The People

It’s the people.The people on your team. The people you are with on the road. The people you are succeeding and failing beside every day.You have to love the people you are doing all of this with.Why?Because you are going to spend a long time doing it and you don’t get years of your life…

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 is…

Difficult conversations…

In operations management there is a phrase that says: the strength of a chain is in its weakest link. In South Africa, given the difficult history we come from of segregation, the unity of our country will not be determined by whether we host a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup or whether the Springboks win…

The story comes first

If I learned anything at Pixar, it is that story comes first. Pixar’s creative leader, John Lasseter, used to say: “Great graphics will keep us entertained for a couple of minutes; it is story that holds us in our seats.” - Lawrence Levy in his book: To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve…