Seven career lessons learnt thus far…

When I think of the factors that led to any successes (or failures) in my career thus far, the following come to mind:1.         CommunicateIf you can’t effectively transmit the picture in your head into the head of the person you’re communicating with, you’re dead. This is the key to getting people swimming in the same…

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The greatest risk

There is physical risk. There is financial risk. But the greatest risk in life is to trust someone.You can always fix a broken arm or make back your millions. But a broken heart is much more difficult to mend.Richard Dawkins became famous in 1976 for writing The Selfish Gene. He argued that humans are inherently…

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The importance of having children – Part III

Kids are essential for when you have a bad day at the office. Sometimes you drive home, feeling like a loser, picture putting a wet towel on your head and kicking the dog.And then you open the front door and your little girl comes running to you, oblivious to the “loser” label you’ve given yourself,…

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Business is like marriage

The most important think when choosing a life partner is shared values. This is not a race thing, this is a culture thing.And then, once married, the secret is to accept that “tolerance” and “compromise” are now a way of life, for both of you. If you refuse to accept that, then accept that you…

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Apple’s smallest mistake

I notice the iPhone5 charger has a new connector… Well done guys. You’re officially on the Nokia path.I remember the 90’s. Mustard jeans. U2. Everyone had a Nokia. And one of the reasons that everyone stayed with Nokia (other than user experience), was the fact that you knew you could charge your phone anywhere. Everyone…

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Tech is like T20

The Proteas didn’t cover themselves in glory in this T20 World Cup. But they didn’t choke. They simply got strategy wrong.Normally batsmen and bowlers are the scarce resources. In T20 time is the scarce resource. You have to pack in your best batsmen and bowlers early on… no point in leaving ammunition in the bag,…

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What exactly is a smartphone?

I’m a tad tired of the catchall phrase “smartphone”. There is no way all Androids and Blackberries can be classified as smartphones, and yet everything gets lumped together for the purposes of stats.Luckily, I bumped in Jaco Loubser recently and he gave me a definition I buy:1.         A touch screenNo touch screen = feature phone.2.        …

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Anonymous social networks may be a solution to racism

Do we judge based upon skin colour? Are we judging form or substance? Do we ignore what a person looks like before judging him?Of course we do! The term “Don’t judge a book by its cover” would not exist unless humans ALWAYS judge a book by its cover.Our brain sizes people up within seconds. Its…

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Dont take anything personally

(This is an extract from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz)Taking things personally is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the  assumption that everything is about “me”. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind and their own world.A world created by the agreements they have made with themselves.Whatever…

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The importance of not panicking

I recently had a minor travel disaster. Flying back from Colombia, I had been booked via New York to Joburg. As I was checking in at Bogota airport the attendant asked me for my USA visa.Me: “I don’t have one, but not to worry, I’m not leaving JFK, I’m connecting to SA.”She looked at me…

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The 3 kinds of risk

There are three kinds of risk, in order from least to most importance:1. FinancialThe risk of losing money is a biggie. It’s a serious motivator. Especially when you have a family. Taking financial risk separates the entrepreneurs from the “business owners.” But, in spite of the unpleasantness of losing money, you can make it back…

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Hold tight, the shaking is almost finished

From 2001 to 2007, times were good. Plenty of monkeys climbed into the tree.For the past 4 years, since early 2008, someone has been shaking the tree. And the monkeys have been falling out.If you, like me, happen to be one of the monkeys miraculously still in the tree, take heart! The tree can’t shake…

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