Business

The Power of One

A “Leader of the Pack” is defined as someone that is spearheading a project, an organization or even a country. Some of us may have observed this leadership metaphor on others from afar, or have been fortunate enough to have worked closely with individuals we consider to be “leaders of the pack” in their respective fields. My grandfather used to tell me “that a man, like an animal would always be known for the tracks he leaves behind.” As…

Business Strategy

Influencers lead ideas; Leaders influence people.

Influence and persuasiveness, have always been recognized as important skills, often associated with those in sales, marketing, politics, and law. Today the ability to influence is seen as an essential criterion for successful leadership. What changes companies is leadership and if a leader wants to shift a company’s thinking they need influence. To action change, we need managers and staff driving the process, and for this happen you need to be able to influence them. If you want to…

Business

Tech Billionaires – Luck or Hard Work?

Great visionaries of our age like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jack Ma proceeded to hustle, work 16-hour days, and never stopped learning and improving themselves. A teaspoon luck, of course, has also played a part in their success stories, but is too much emphasis put on luck and is enough emphasis put on grit and determination? Jack Ma Jack Ma founder and Chairman of the Alibaba Group has built the e-commerce firm into a behemoth and is currently…

Business

Young Entrepreneurs in Africa

Africa is a continent brimming with potential, fired by the entrepreneurial spirit that burns in the hearts its people.  The majority of the African population is under 25 years of age and these budding entrepreneurs envision a world full of possibilities and are eager to create their own success stories. It is the role of government, leadership and parents to harness this enthusiasm, develop their skills and cultivate this potential. Opportunities for entrepreneurs Entrepreneurs in Africa should take advantage…

Business

The Power of Synchronicity

Carl Jung coined the word “synchronicity” which he used to describes two incidents with no causal connection occurring simultaneously and affecting each other. Deepak Chopra describes synchronicity as “meaningful coincidences which can shape the course of our lives.” Not only can synchronicity affect our lives, it can also affect the course a business takes. Harnessed correctly, synchronicity could take your company to the stratosphere. Gary Player used to say that people often congratulated him on the “lucky shot” that…

Business

Supported Innovation, Passion and Self-belief Will Grow the African Economy

Inspired by the Television series, ‘Knight Rider’, starring David Hasselhoff, George Netshilindi, was inspired to build his own luxury supercar. Four years of blood, sweat, tears, hours of labour and a heavy toll on his finances, finally saw George realise her dreams. The slick, crimson, aerodynamic body with pop up headlights and quintessentially 1980s flickering red lights on the bonnet, won George multiple awards. However, his car became too expensive to maintain and so for more than two decades…

Business

Business Networking Non-Negotiable for Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Stepping into the role of leadership, entrepreneurship or simply that sudden point in your career often challenges you to rethink networking, the expanse of your circle of influence, and the role you play in building these associations. Networking is about creating a fabric of personal contacts that will provide support, feedback, insight, resources, and information—but this is often one of the most avoided developmental challenges and that aspiring leaders are required to address. Managers generally have good working relationships…

Business

Skills Development the Enable of Economic Growth

Employability Challenges High rates of youth unemployment have become a structural problem in South Africa. This situation denies opportunities for millions of youth to make their creative contributions to society. The weak labour market integration of youth is a loss to economic development as a whole. A persistent challenge for education and skills development policies is therefore to assist youth with learning skills for the successful transitions between learning and work. Skills Revolution “We need a skills revolution in…

Business Social Responsiblity

Being Uncomfortable for Change

The Sun International CEO SleepOut  2016 Have you ever asked yourself – am I truly a change agent? Will my actions help transform the world around me? When there are so many to give to, can you give and disconnect? Or do you ask yourself, like I do, does it really have to be like this? It is all too easy to become disheartened by the poverty that surrounds us. However, I believe that experiences, where you become a…

Business

Behind the Dark Economic Cloud, There is a Silver-lining Based in Hard Work and Innovation!

The month of January is ordinarily marked by serious financial strain. As South Africans, we are very familiar with the notion of the Festive Season glut and the associated over-spending that occurs during the Christmas holiday period. January brings with it children that need to return to school, meaning that new uniforms, stationery and school fees need to be paid for. Despite constant cautions and reminders, we spend way too much and suffer the financial squeeze in January. The…