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A taste of a start-up worth its salt

From time to time you may hear that someone or something is “worth its salt.” This common idiom means that someone or something deserves respect and is worth its cost or has value. The phrase originated with the ancient Romans, who valued salt highly. Over time, salt has often been associated with good things, because […]

10 signs you’re doing well in life

Congratulations to the Lions on a major victory yesterday. Now for the final. I have been struggling with a bit of “man flu” and bronchitis. (Everyone knows that man flu is so much more potent than the flu ladies get!). In addition, I have been out of town and travelling quite a bit, whilst a […]

Reading the signs

On Saturday afternoon my wife and I travelled on the N2 to go and collect our son from the airport. There are a number of digital signs giving information on traffic flow and even promoting safety. The one I saw flashed something like, "You be the change. Let everyone buckle up" That got me to [...]

Getting out of a rut

The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions. Ellen Glasgow. 1. What is a rut? Here is the definition :- a habit or pattern of behaviour that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change. 2. Last week I wrote about the contrast between a stagnant pool and a [...]

Focus on what you have…when starting a business

My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful long weekend spent with our immediate family. Remember to invest in experiences like these; they could be one of the best investments you make! I write a monthly article on entrepreneurship for the Independent newspaper, and thought I would share with you what will be [...]

Work….how do you see it?

I trust you are valuing this public holiday in honour of workers day? Here’s a shout out to all those who have added value to others through their work and contribution. Well done! That got me to thinking how the whole subject of work and how our perspective on work can affect how we “do [...]

Responding in a crisis

We had just finished a lovely brunch to celebrate Mother’s day and were strolling back home from Kalk Bay when we noticed a cyclist staring up at the mountain above us. On looking to see what was so important, we saw a house with quitre a bit of smoke pouring out of it. I began [...]

A tale of two servants

I wonder if you have heard the customer service quote, often attributed to Mahatma Ghandi….. A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider [...]

Taking Action

I returned from Pretoria on Friday night after attending a Growth wheel training session.  (GrowthWheel is a visual tool for conversations about growing a business. It helps startups and growth companies make decisions and take action.) The GrowthWheel tagline of making decisions and taking action is intriguing. I believe this is the number one challenge […]

Lessons from pioneering a Centre

I have had the privilege of pioneering a business incubator within the private sector (Raizcorp) and now, pioneering a Centre for Entrepreneurship within the TVET space. Starting something from scratch has many advantages as well as disadvantages. Many entrepreneurs are in a similar boat. They start things in an environment of uncertainty. Perhaps they have […]