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Essentialism

Many people I know are “people pleasers” to a greater or lesser extent. Are you one of them?

Unfortunately people pleasers tend to over commit themselves because they find it hard to say “no.”

On a business note

After the 2008 financial crisis Jim Collins wrote How the Mighty Fall, a book which looked into the reasons for the failure of many established companies. One of the reasons he emphasised, was what he called the “undisciplined pursuit of more,” which sounds very similar to an over committed people pleaser.... continue reading

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To be the best

When signing a contract, we are always warned that we should also read the fine print, because it is the detail in the fine print that often bites you in the heel when you least expect it.

This is what came to mind last night when I watched the soccer game between South Africa and Mali in the quarter finals of the Afcon cup. After full time and extra time the score was still a one all draw. Then to decide the match came the penalty shoot-out. During the last ... continue reading

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Excellence

A racehorse that consistently runs just a second faster than another horse is worth millions of dollars more. (H. Jackson Brown Jr)

In his book Thriving on Chaos Tom Peters states that in today’s turbulent markets the only way to be successful is to not only stand out, but to stand “way” out.  Which brings me to the question of how it is possible to be “way” better than others in what we do?

Jim Collins in Good to Great says that we should do what we are really talented ... continue reading

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2 Sam 12:25 “So he called his name Jedidiah because of the Lord.”

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