BEING ALIVE TO NEW POSSIBILITIES. 

To say that the world is in bad shape, is an understatement. The global economy is in bad shape, the environment is in bad shape, politics is in bad shape, social cohesion is in bad shape, our collective moral fiber is in bad shape…… When you and me go through the media headlines on a daily basis, there are just

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IN WHAT SEASON ARE YOU?

For South Africans, this must be a very dumb question. We are in winter and this year by all indications, will indeed be a very cold and challenging one. The greater part of the country was over the last two weekends gripped in an icy chill and we are forever reminded of some cold front coming from the western part

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MANAGING YOUR LEADERSHIP BLIND SPOTS

Navigating through peak hour traffic on the highways of Johannesburg, especially during the rainy season, can be a daunting task. The unpredictability of a mini bus taxi driving in front of you or the weaving of motorbikes in between lanes, awakens the Lewis Hamilton within me. One  always needs to be in a state of high alert with regard to

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HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE LAB?

I spent about five years of my life in the quality industry as CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards and also had the privilege to serve on the International Council for Standardization ( ISO ), the highest authority for industrial standards in the world, based in Geneve. The whole notion of standards and conformity assessment to these standards,

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THE ELEPHANT WILL STILL BE IN THE ROOM FOR A LONG TIME

Over the last weekend, we experienced some of the most horrific natural disasters in the history of South Africa. The floods in KwaZulu Natal claimed the lives of more then 500 lives at the time of writing this blog, and left in its wake a trail of destruction never seen in our country’s history. As rescue efforts continue, many lives

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EGO – THE ROADBLOCK ON THE JOURNEY TO SIGNIFICANCE

Half of the problems in the world are due to people who want to feel important. Lurking in the heart of every ego-centric leader, is the need to always be seen, heard and acknowledged. These attributes start very subtle and can later on define the whole personality of the leader. The root cause of this problem, is that leaders have

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WHEN SOMEBODY BELIEVES IN YOU.

The myth of the so called self-made man or woman has long been debunked in leadership circles. No significant people in life, made it without the influence of others. Central in the scheme of things, is the role of mentors. “When we consider the fragmentation of the family, the speed of change demanding the constant learning of new skills and

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WE CAN ONLY BE HUMAN TOGETHER

Today we are commemorating Human Rights Day here in South Africa. It is a stark reminder of the tragic Sharpeville massacre in 1960. It was on that fateful day where police opened fire without warning, on a crowd of about 5000 people killing 69. The people were merely marching to the police station in protest against the demonic pass laws

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PEOPLE ONLY REMEMBER WINNERS

Human beings by nature, are attracted to those who are champions and winners in their respective field. Some of us will go to great lengths to follow every move, trend and achievement of our heroes whether being in sports, music, the arts, academia, business, or whatever interest that we are passionate about. Everybody loves a winner. I am sure that

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THE SILENT CRY FOR HELP

This post was triggered by the sudden passing away of Ricky Rick, so soon after the suicidal death of another icon, Patrick Shai last month. My heart goes out to his family and the broader artistic community. According to the World Health Organisation “ Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world.” In South Africa there

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