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All in the state of the mind

All in the state of the mindA while ago I wrote about the importance of taking more time to think (quantity), but equally important is the quality of our thoughts. Seems like the quality of the Springbok coach’s thoughts had a bit of a downturn during the last minutes of Saturday’s game.

When your business, organisation or church, plan for next year, do you only plot the same outdated activities on next year’s calendar, or do you use your creativity to plan something new and original.

Nobody likes stale bread and nobody likes a stale program.

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No team can always win

I am always interested by what makes people support a certain business or sports team. One sure thing is that people love to support a winning team, but no team can always remain at the top.

Springbok Rugby

Over the last couple of years many people were disillusioned by the performance of the Springbok rugby team.

Yet after they recently beat the All Blacks in New Zealand the tickets for the Springboks’ next match against the Wallabies were sold out within days.

As I’ve said, no team can always win. ... continue reading

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Living on the edge

Most people who come to me for Career Direct assessments indicate that security is an important factor for them when considering a career. We like to predict the outcome of things to come as accurate as possible. Most people are risk averse, and “living on the edge” is not a comfort zone.

Doing business

Yet, thirty years ago already business guru Tom Peters wrote in his book Thriving on Chaos that

predictability is a thing of the past.

He said that markets are in chaos and business people somehow need ... continue reading

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

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