7 lessons learnt from chickens

Never underestimate how many animals prey on chickens. Goshawks, mongooses (mongeese?), Cape otters, dogs, cats, caracals, snakes, badgers. They’re out there and they’re hungry for chicken protein. Don’t just bring the chickens home and expect them to run amok and survive. Have a coop. With a roof and a floor. The night is long. See…

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The Anti-Slacker Checklist

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” -Oscar Wilde   “Slacker” is the term given for assholes, psychopaths, incompetents, and rotten apples that wriggle their way into a company.The safest way to avoid slackers (and find stars) is to use the following checklist:1. Is he the type of person that always keeps…

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The easiest way to release your creativity

  Many of the world’s greatest inventors, artists and entrepreneurs were creatures of habit.They realised that if they want to free up their creative juices and save their brain muscles for important matters, they must minimise time and energy spent on repeatable tasks, such as meals, clothes and daily chores.Steve Jobs always wore the same…

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A typical crazy day in SA

So I was mugged yesterday Its the second time I’ve been mugged in SA. I was once mugged by six tik-fuelled 10-year olds at 3am in Cape Town CBD.  I think I’ve been mugged in Spain and New York (although I can’t be sure, I’d had a few drinks). Yesterday I was in Kayamandi, helping…

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How to let go of nice people

Its easy getting rid of assholes. Its never nice firing nice people.But sometimes a nice person has to go, and the only question is “How?”Rule number one is show respect.Most of the time, strict adherence to the law is the wrong process because it incentivizes the employer to “manage” the person out of the business…

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7 things I learnt from Clelland Kruger

I had the privilege of working with Clelland Kruger for over three years at iBurst. Somehow, in spite of struggling to make profits and being trapped in an endless price war, we managed to build a happy company culture. Clelland was the HR director in that time and was key to us ultimately winning 1st place in…

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Never let an accountant run a business

I’m a Chartered Accountant (SA) and I’ve run a few businesses, so hear me out. When your profession, ie: accounting, has consumed you to the point where you have no identity other than “I am an accountant”, then you are unqualified to run an organization. If you act as an accountant you abdicate responsibility for…

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How Free WiFi can help stop Ebola crisis

The problem is there are not enough healthcare workers in the Ebola countries.You can’t reasonably expect healthcare workers in countries like the USA to travel to an Ebola region, risking infection and death (nevermind loss of income and time away from family).So how do you connect the people who need healthcare with the people who…

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4 secrets to clear writing

Use paragraphs. No more than one sentence per paragraph. No adjectives. “Multiple exclamation marks are a sure sign of a diseased mind.” Terry Pratchett A person’s writing is a window to his brain. Endless rambling interspersed with exclamation marks and with no punctuation or paragraphs is the sign of a diseased brain.

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