Category Leadership

#212: Managers can change the world

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Dear friends Ten days ago, whilst working in the pre-dawn – that sounds hard-working, but in truth, winter sunrise is only at 08h00 – I heard a familiar yet always thrilling sound. A sound somewhat like a water-logged digeridoo being…

#207: Leadership Lessons from Caster Semenya

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Dear friends Today’s letter meditates on leadership lessons from Caster Semenya’s The Race to Be Myself. It breaks format and is longer than usual. I think it’s worth it. In ordinary circumstances, Mokgadi Caster Semenya would be a name known…

#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…