28 02, 2018

The role of systems in creating success

By |2018-02-28T14:23:20+00:00February 28th, 2018|communication, execution, leadership, management|Comments Off on The role of systems in creating success

Why do so few entrepreneurs put a proper set of systems in place? Most entrepreneurs progress far in an intuitive and practical manner. In the course of building their companies, many install two or more excellent systems. However, this is often done piecemeal and not as part of a greater scheme of things. […]

27 02, 2017

Lead change with emotion

By |2017-11-27T09:05:20+00:00February 27th, 2017|communication, culture, execution, leadership|Comments Off on Lead change with emotion

Have you tried getting superb ideas accepted in your organisation just to see matters dying on you? People nodded their heads, agreed and did very little or nothing afterwards. Closely heed the principles of leading change aimed at gaining the support of your team members or of a client. Owners of micro or small businesses [...]

13 12, 2016

Bold thinking

By |2016-12-26T14:59:28+00:00December 13th, 2016|culture, leadership, planning|Comments Off on Bold thinking

A fascinating book Bold by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler (Simon & Schuster, 2015) covers the use of exponential technologies, “moonshot thinking”, and crowd-powered tools used by individuals admired by many:  Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Larry Page – and Peter Diamandis. What interests me is that the mental mindset and approach to planning [...]

29 01, 2016

A Strategic Conversation Framework & Eight Critical Practices

By |2016-10-26T08:12:21+00:00January 29th, 2016|execution, leadership, learning, management|Comments Off on A Strategic Conversation Framework & Eight Critical Practices

It is the start of a new year. Have you completed your Strategic Plan, 2016 and you first two monthly plans? Plans are only intentions – very similar to New Year’s resolutions. They only obtain meaning by taking action. The best route to action and results is a Weekly Plan as it is brief. It [...]

28 08, 2015

Core Values and Principles – Starbucks

By |2016-10-26T08:12:22+00:00August 28th, 2015|culture, leadership, management, organisation|Comments Off on Core Values and Principles – Starbucks

Starbucks will be in South Africa in mid-2016. Starbucks is famous for being the “third” place between home and office, for a great service, for a warm and welcoming ambiance and, lastly, for uniquely-crafted coffee and other beverages. Will they make it here - in a country famous for friendly but mostly average to bad [...]

30 09, 2014

Creating Culture

By |2016-10-26T08:12:22+00:00September 30th, 2014|culture, leadership, organisation|Comments Off on Creating Culture

Do you have a company culture strategy? Not a single company through whose doors I have entered has surprised me by having a strategy for developing a distinctive company culture. Of course, each company inadvertently has a culture. The question is: Why have a culture by default? One that just happened? […]

27 03, 2014

Mindfulness vs.mindlessness (auto pilot)

By |2016-10-26T08:12:22+00:00March 27th, 2014|communication, culture, leadership|Comments Off on Mindfulness vs.mindlessness (auto pilot)

This month I scouted around for a topic consisting of one idea only with a few examples of how this one idea is applied in practice. I found “mindfulness”.  The nice thing is that anyone can immediately express some opinion about what it could mean as opposed to “mindlessness”. […]

26 01, 2014

How to start a movement

By |2014-01-26T10:43:43+00:00January 26th, 2014|communication, leadership|Comments Off on How to start a movement

If you have a cause, what to do about it in 2014? I enclose a link to a brief TED talk by Derek Sivers about how to start a movement. This video runs for about three minutes. If you prefer to read, just continue to do so on a version of the transcript which I [...]

17 12, 2013

The Health of an Organisation

By |2016-10-26T08:12:23+00:00December 17th, 2013|communication, culture, leadership|Comments Off on The Health of an Organisation

I have always maintained that the main task of a leader is to build his or her people. In recent months I read two remarkable publications which provided new perspectives on this topic. One author focuses on the health of an organisation; the other on caring for and growing people. Both provide much thought for [...]