Knowledge

Repetition maketh a man

Repetition maketh a man

Replicate your Yesterday and Day-Before-That out over a few hundred days. That’s a year or two. Is what you’re doing today going to get you from Where-You-Are to Where-You-Want-To-Be? Have you invested sufficiently into the relationships you have with the people you care for? Did the people you engaged with form part of your future…

First mover advantage to the BMW all electric range

I remember the evening of March 31st, 2008, rather well. My aunt, who lives in Atlanta, was out to visit and had brought with her, under my instruction, a new Apple iPhone. At the time, just called iPhone (3G wasn’t even around yet), I was one of a few people in South Africa who wanted to…

Going viral. From Ebola to content and the secret sauce behind it.

This week saw the worst Ebola outbreak in history. It’s been talked about on the television, radio and social media. Everyone you talk to, knows that it’s happening, and deep down, whether a conscious awareness or not, has a little tinge of fear that they might contract the deadly virus. At the time of writing,…

The evolution of the web

Some might look at the World Wide Web as a story of creation over seven significant time periods. Others might see it as a story of evolution through daily, incremental improvements and additional services or experiences. Nonetheless, the history of the web is a short one, with the first piece of HTML code being written…

The benefits of trying your hand at something entrepreneurial

I attended a lecture by Laurie Dippenaar on Leadership recently. He relayed a few of the highlights he’d enjoyed on the journey of setting up Rand Merchant Bank, and ultimately, FirstRand. He talked about the fears and challenges that are common corridor talk for entrepreneurs – worrying about having money to keep the lights on,…

How to make a million bucks in South Africa

Having worked for the last three years alongside some of the smartest and wealthiest people in the country through my time on the RMB Class Of programme, I’ve come to realise that it’s rather easy to become wealthy. It takes just two simple ingredients – patience and discipline. There’s no need to think up the…

Adrian Gore – The attributes of success

I attended a talk given by Adrian Gore, Discovery Holdings CEO and founder, held at GIBS this last week. His talk focused on the commonalities of the attributes he feels are constituents of success. His measure of “success” doesn’t purely focus on the amassing of wealth for an individual, but can be applied to a…

The difference between working for a corporate and getting a job at a corporate

The landscape of the working world is most interesting. For every industry, the value chain consists of a vast array of one man bands, small start-ups, SMMEs, large corporates, multinationals and in cases, large institutions. For each of these, there  is a spread of people, talent and the way business gets done. The entrepreneur in…

Being right VS being liked VS being you

Having sat through and also conducted a fair number of interviews in my life, I have come to appreciate the interviewee that tells me about them – from the heart.  A job interview couldn’t be a more stressful time, if you really think about it. In an hour or so, the interviewer wants to find out exactly…