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Seasons in sport and life

watermelon, green, red, fruitFor many years I was a high school teacher and part of being a teacher means being involved in coaching different sports. So when I think of seasons one of the first things that comes to mind, besides summer, autumn, winter and spring, is rugby, cricket, athletics, etc.

Too long a season

Now it is interesting when for example the cricket season becomes long, how I start to look forward to the rugby season. The reverse is also true; after a long rugby season that sometimes carry on till almost ... continue reading

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Age of Options

There is an interesting workshop at Harvard Business School called Age of Options according to Bob Buford in his book Halftime. The purpose of this workshop is to ensure participants

that their next career phase is fulfilling and imbued with purpose.

It helps participants reassess their career development paths and define future choices in terms of personal needs and inclinations.”

75 years ago

My parents and their peers grew up during the time of the Great Depression in the 1930’s and started working toward the end of WW2. People ... continue reading

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Never say never

road, blue sky, cloudsJust because somebody has a senior position, does not mean they know everything.

Predictions

In 1899 Charles H. Duell, the US Commissioner of Patents said

Everything that can be invented has been invented.

Yet, at present more patents are registered in one year than during the whole of the 19th century.

But miscalculating future events was not reserved for Charles Duell alone. Many others have also predicted future trends with a serious lack of vision.

An executive from the world’s leading telegraph company in 1876 said “The telephone has too ... continue reading

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Hallo Darkness… but you’re not my friend

During the past week my wife and I were in a retail store when at noon the whole place suddenly turned dark. Immediately all the customers had to leave the store and the doors were closed for the next two and a half hours.

We still planned to visit a coffee shop afterwards, but then rather went home. The retail store and the coffee shop both missed out on our business that day and till now we have not returned. I believe this is just one very small example of ... continue reading

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Game plan

Plan Green board FootbalAfter some of the rugby matches during the past tour of the Springbok rugby team to the Northern Hemisphere, people speculated about the Boks game plan and whether there was one at all.

Second Half

We all know about games where a team being miles behind at halftime, came back during the second half to win the game. Then we would often speculate about what the coach told them in the cloak room during the break.

A game plan therefore boils down to a good deal of planning for what

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

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