Category Leadership

#191: Being Effective (Part Two)

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Dear All My holiday break, of course, included wine, I live in Cape Town after all. There was a lazy Winemaker’s lunch beneath Rust en Vrede’s oaks. Despite summer’s heat, the sirloins demanded their Estate Syrah, it wasn’t a mistake.…

#188: A Love Letter

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My dear friends This is our last letter for this year. I will return on 21 January. We started the year reflecting on The Power of the Powerless and here we are. As the world weighs on our souls, I…

#186: The Ministry for The Future

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Dear friend It’s the last month of the year. Today’s letter is only soul. It’s longer than normal and breaks our normal format. It’s more contemplative, a lot more. I felt that as we approach the possibility of pausing for a…

#182: Rugby, wine & Aliens

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“If you don’t know who you are, anyone can name you”Michael Meade Dear Friends Last week’s Rugby World Cup win gave South Africa and Africa much joy. Today’s letter includes two more lessons from Rassie Erasmus’s Stories of Life and…

#180: Embrace Your Inner Weirdo

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“…exclusion levies emotional, financial, social, and other costs that affect not just those who are excluded, but those who exclude and work to keep that exclusion in place. The more inclusive a society, the more it is perceived as a…

#177: Leadership lessons (from Siya Kolisi)

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Dear Friends First off, please take a moment to congratulate Cape Town author, CA Davids, whose intelligent, life-complicating, and therefore enriching and expanding book, How To Be a Revolutionary, this week won one of South Africa’s most prestigious literary awards,…

#175: Good Leaders Love

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Good morning all Today, we’ll get straight to it… Or maybe not… I keep looking for a way to share Cape Town Heritage Foundation’s Instagram page with you. This beautiful post sharing the story of the Kramats of the Western…

#172: Build Better Teams

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Dear Friends A few weeks ago, I opened The New Yorker to read about a trash-eating sea monster that had appeared in the Hudson. The monster was the WasteShark, an unmanned craft that gobbles our rubbish from urban waterways. In…

#167: Team building: A Provocation

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Good morning friend My week started with Nonkululeko Britton-Masekela saying these kind words, and it ended with Nomvuyiso Batyi saying this. In the middle of the week, my birthday celebrations continued with my sister paying for a magnificent dinner at…