Project management in hind sight

A friend of mine was recently introduced to the exhilarating world of project management. And when I say ‘introduced’, I mean it in the sense that a 10-ton truck with failing brakes would a busy intersection at lunch time. It was not pretty. By her own admission and with 20/20 hindsight, attempting to squeeze what […]

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Emotional intelligence is necessary, not just nice

Many (I was tempted to say ‘most’, but that would be far too distressing if it were true) people develop a nervous twitch when faced with ‘emotional’ topics or topics about emotion, especially in the workplace. After all, it is work! Sidebar: It reminds me of a boss who used to scold, “Stop laughing, this […]

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Personal impact? Yes, share!

 All of us have met them. Those larger-than-life people who seem to capture a whole room by just walking into it. They are often the people others naturally turn to for leadership or who find it easy to get people to listen to them. In today’s world, where competitiveness favours those who stand out, these […]

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Ready for recharge

As South Africa winds down for the year and to-do lists are replaced by Christmas wish lists, I am in a somewhat pensive mood. I am reflecting on the things that made 2014 extraordinary. I am thinking about the many things people celebrate during this festive season, and I’m reminded of the American tradition of […]

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Value trumps titles

I have alluded to this issue previously and will continue to do so because if I don’t, I might just explode with pent-up passion. People matter. Every one of them – even those you wish would rather matter on a bug-infested island all by themselves… One of the reasons this stirs me is because I […]

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Fit to lead?

I never thought I would admit this publicly. But here it is: I love the way I feel after a gym session. I can’t say that I like going to the gym and the weeping and gnashing of teeth transpiring while bobbing, bouncing and bending… but when it’s done – man, I feel I can […]

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Finding the equilibrium between potential, expertise and character

I understand things change. Environments change, circumstances change, generations change and one needs to adapt accordingly. But. There are things that are as true now as they were ages ago, despite arguments to the contrary. The current bee in my bonnet concerns the incongruity between people’s skills or capacity and their character. Babies are born […]

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Meeting for the sake of it? Bingo!!

Another meeting. Oh joy. As I make my way into the boardroom and have a look at the agenda, a distinct feeling of déjà vu flutters in the recesses of my meeting-fatigued grey matter. At the time of writing this, 2014 had 71 days left. That means that 294 days have passed (please refrain from […]

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Well done for breaking through fear!

Is there anything more fulfilling than seeing someone overcome his or her fear and boldly tread where (s)he dared not before? There are many things that can be classified as ‘fulfilling’, but I single this one out because of the cost involved. Fear debilitates. I am not talking about the fear of, for example, taking […]

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