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The value of attitude

On Friday, I attended a pitching session held at PetroSA, called “Pitch and Perfect”. Twenty or so different entrepreneurs pitched their business/business ideas to 5 judges. Prior to this session, there was also an informative master class on Pitching. One of the key points made by the facilitator is that investors and stakeholders “buy into […]

Kick-starting the economy

As revealed by StatsSA, the economy shrunk by a further 0.7% – this marks two consecutive periods of contraction, which therefore equates to a recession.  Earlier in the week, some economists were cautious about SA’s perilous financial status. A shock 2.2% decline in the first quarter of the year caught many by surprise. Industry professionals […]

A business tool worth its weight in gold

Last week I spoke about learning to unstring your bow. This week I want to share a coaching tool that can help you, and others learn from experience and behave in new ways – a tool worth its weight in GOLD! G       What was your goal? O       What was the outcome? L        What did you […]

Learning to unstring your bow

Entrepreneurs need to learn the leadership skill of replenishment.  It is crucial in the “marathon” like race they run.   I recall learning about this principle aptly called “Learning to unstring your bow” Have you shot a bow and arrow?  The force that propels the arrow comes from the bow being under significant tension when you […]

Honouring a great local female entrepreneur of the past

In this month of August, I thought I would relate the story of a local entrepreneur of yesteryear……..Mrs HS Ball, of the famous chutney brand! (You can read more on the Brandsouthafrica site An Icon that survived a shipwreck For South Africans abroad, there’s nothing quite like the taste of the mother country to bring […]

Honouring Women’s day entrepreneurs

The 9th August was Women’s day in South Africa. National Women’s Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s pass laws. To commemorate the occasion, here are 10 quotes from […]

Turning your idea into a business

Saturday I had the privilege of being a judge on the Cape Town Leg of Pitch and Polish.   There were about 200 people in the audience, with 5 people selected to pitch their business. A workshop, prior to the competition, helped equip the audience to “polish” these pitches. It is an impactfull way to shift people […]

Fitness…..as a person, and as an entrepreneur

My wife and I recently joined gym. We did this with a few outcomes in mind. Something that we could do together; and then building of core strength, fitness and managing weight. It is early days, but we are enjoying the process immensely. I like to think of analogies for the entrepreneurial journey, and thought […]

What to do when you want to give up…..

Discouragement; tears and feeling overwhelmed.  Sometimes entrepreneurs feel so drained, so challenged that they want to give up. I spoke with 2 entrepreneurs this past week. One just sat in tears as she shared her situation; the other shared his state of discouragement verbally with me. In both cases, they hit a “wall of adversity” […]

Lessons from Wimbledon

The Wimbledon tennis men’s final is about to start. For the first time in nearly 100 year, a South African is through to the final. (Kevin Curran played under a USA citizenship) Kevin Anderson is a giant of a man (6 feet 8 inches) and his achievements at Wimbledon are gargantuan in effort as well. […]