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As a result of?

One of the most important reflection exercises you can and should do on a regular basis is to consider the causes behind your current results.  As we near the end of another year, one of the critical times to perform this reflective exercise is once again upon us.  At other […]

Ask for what you want

Ask for it!

At school any boy who inflicted a black eye on another would invariably use the same ‘justification’ – “He asked for it!” At dinner tables, when children decide to perform the old stretch technique to collect the tomato sauce from the far end of the table, parents will generally interject […]

Fridays Come and Go

Fridays seem to come round really quickly nowadays.  In organisations where Vicious Circles are merrily spinning, it could be that the leaders are stressed by the advent of a Friday due to the realisation that another week has slipped by and still the achievements are below par.  The doers, in […]

Two Wrongs

Two wrongs don’t make a right but beware when ten wrongs start to change the view of what is right. While growing up I remember hearing my parents say that two wrongs did not make a right and I remember too the impact this statement had on my conscience.  It […]

Stop, Start & Continue

Please stop what you are doing for ten minutes to read and reflect on this blog entry. Strategic planning, daily planning, those moments of mid-life crisis, in fact any situation where looking up and taking stock will be valuable, remember these three words… Stop, Start and Continue.  Like any reflection […]

Sleeping versus Thinking Time

Should it be that we have time to sleep and other time to think?  I think so. A very common concern many people have is lying awake at night thinking.  Not a problem necessarily, until they add that they would like to or need to sleep but they can’t stop […]


What we value

  I always understood values and the importance of having values, and having walked into a multitude of South African companies and noticing their values up on their walls, I knew I was not alone in this understanding.   Throughout my working life I have noticed and come to know […]


I have had countless conversations about how to go about designing the perfect Incentive Scheme.  In a world where business leaders grapple with concepts like accountability, performance, loyalty, sense of urgency and personal ownership within their teams, many default to money as the mechanism to manifest them. When people are […]

Levels of Conscience

I have always been intrigued by the workings of conscience.  What has this fascination left me with?  The idea that there are distinct levels of conscience within people and when I say within people; within the same kind of people you possibly have employed. Levels of Conscience Level 0 – no […]



How many people do you know that are mature enough to self-govern and self-manage?  Police themselves, traffic police themselves, discard of their litter in a responsible way, smoke only in designated areas, do everything with a win ǀ win approach, pay taxes over correctly and even think safety, health and […]