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Why not succeed on paper first?

June 10, 2016
Ideas are a dime a dozen. I hear no shortage of them. No limit to how potentially big and ‘profitable’ they are. Many of them are half-baked … and more not even that. Lots and lots of ideas … and each with the idea holder convinced that you would want to put in $50,000 or $500,000 or

How do you lock in on a goal?

June 10, 2016
I remember Ms. Barnes trying to motivate me in Junior 1. See I was one of those students who frustrated parents and teachers. My report cards often seemed to have the statement “She could do better if she tried.” lol. That was code for I just wasn’t the most motivated student. I remember Ms.

Busy is a choice

June 10, 2016
Busy is a choice. Human beings are not built to run 24 hours straight. Even if you take out 8 hours for sleep, we’re still not built to run 16 hours straight. Nor are we built to run a full 8-hour workday. In fact, there is science behind it that our ability to focus on one thing is about

When should you have a productivity system?

June 10, 2016
We all know those people who don’t seem to have any trouble getting their stuff done. It could be that they can easily say no to incoming requests so they just focus on one key task or goal. It could be that they have so effectively delegated that the amount that is on their individual plate

Are you managing your stress?

June 10, 2016
Stress is rampant in today’s world. We are inundated with information to read and act on, decisions we have to make, problems we have to solve, places we have to go, people we have to get back to … things to do. And when we can’t seem to do it all and do it all well, the stress

When to start a business

June 10, 2016
I was giving a talk the other day to a group of entrepreneurs and got asked the following question: “At what point should I start a new business?” Allow me to share my response in this blog post. Especially in Africa where (a) there are new business opportunities as far as the eye can see, and

The secret to success …

June 10, 2016
I’m often asked what the secret to my success is. And I’m sure many of us ask ourselves the question – what’s the one personality trait or the one habit that will make the difference in our success. The reality is that, in all likelihood, there is no one trait or habit that

Let’s face it … leadership is lonely

June 10, 2016
The thing about being a leader is that you are often illuminating or forging a path where one is not clear or perhaps does not even exist. You’ve got to be at least one step ahead of everyone else – reminding them of the ultimate goal, and clarifying the steps along the path. But let’s

Why leaders should tell stories

June 10, 2016
Storyteller: “Once upon a time” Listeners: “Time, time” I still get excited listening to those two phrases. My ears perk up and I am ready to soak in the story being told. Growing up that’s how stories always started. Perhaps it’s because one of my favourite

How much more productive can I be?

June 10, 2016
Many of the folks who have worked closely with me will tell you that I seem to get a lot done … albeit at strange hours 😉 … in a short amount of time. So I often get asked how productive am I really? How much do I actually get done? I wish I could give you a clear percentage increase in