When they ask you to lead, will you be ready?

When they ask you to lead, will you be ready? The thing with leadership is that it is a learned skill. Leaders are made. You have to intentional about being a leader. Leadership is a choice. Learning and equipping yourself to lead is a choice too. At Lora Centre, we have accredited programmes that will…

Brush your teeth before you complain

There is an art to complaining. You can throw your toys, scream the loudest and think that that will get you what you want. Often it may work, but in most instances, people will let you scream alone and thereafter calmly lay the law for you. The other way, which I think is more effective,…

Economies of Scale are not rocket science… or are they?

During a brainstorming session recently, a colleague asked me why is tertiary education so expensive? I had to look at the tertiary education value chain and I came put with two or three reasons: [1] Lecture costs [2] Infrastructure [buildings, tools etc] and [3] maybe textbooks. I'm not 100% sure of the answers, but Elon…

Habits > resolutions

We often start with gusto, then somewhere along the way, we lose interest. I chuckled when I saw this: The idea is to pace yourself. This year I'm going to apply the lessons from James Clear's Atomic Habits and see how it goes. Change to the environment that reinforces your desired outcomes, pace yourself, get…

Starting with Wabi-Sabi

At the heart of Japanese philosophy and wisdom lies a concept called 'Wabi-Sabi', a term which denotes a commitment to the everyday, the melancholic, the somewhat broken and the imperfect. Wabi-sabi denotes the appreciation of the aesthetic of the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, of the humbly unconventional. It is a term and a philosophy I…

UYBJ

Seth’s posts resonate so deeply so often that I sometimes take their regular awesomeness for granted. This one from last month hit home: _____________________________ This is an absolutely terrible acronym for a really important idea. Use Your Best Judgment. Don’t wait for someone else to take responsibility. Don’t wait for perfect. Don’t wait to find this exact…

Fighting fire with fire

The idea is to win through your actions, not through arguments. The thing with arguments is that at some point people get tired of fighting and they quietly switch off. Any momentary triumph you think you have gained through arguments is really a Pyrrhic victory. Sometimes keeping quiet and letting certain things slide is the…

30 nice thoughts for the new year…

No idea why I named this post 30 when there are 45… name aside, well worth re-posting. 30 nice thoughts:1. Life is not fair, but it is still good.2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.4. Your job or social media friends won’t take…

Our stories matter

The thing about history is that often the story that gets told the most is that of the victors, the conquistadors. The story and history of the battle of blood river has two contested versions. The full story of Mkabayi has not been ventilated enough. The story of Mmathatisi, the warrior African Regent [1784 -…

No limits

You do not show up and write everyday to see if this is the day that you will finally run out of something to write. You write everyday and develop an understanding that while creativity has edges, it does not have limits. The more you write, the more there is space to think clearly and…