Continued development – you owe it to yourself

So you bought the flowers, booked the table, possibly even tried your hand at a love-sweet sonnet. That’s Valentine’s Day, done and dusted. While we are still in February – which, by the way, has 29 days; nudge, nudge ladies – I would like to suggest something wild, something that many of us find difficult… […]

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Business Ethics in the Workplace: It’s personal

“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world” Albert Camus I listened to a friend relate an office incident where a manager, wanting to see why the document she was printing took so long, found that a colleague jumped the queue. He had a lot of printing to do. The full […]

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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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