Category Strategy

#192: Tools of Freedom

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Dear Friends Personal effectiveness is a prerequisite for impact. No change can happen unless we are self-aware and self-generating. For it to be more than anxious busyness, it must be yoked to vision and strategy, which in turn are only meaningful…

#187: Questions for powerful reflection

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Dear friends Thank you for your messages after last week’s letter. Although it broke format and ran much longer than usual, it appears it resonated. I appreciated the feedback and the conversations that followed. Appropriately for the second last letter of…

#183: A little more Sigourney Weaver

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Dear friends For those of you inspired by the Springboks, but despairing that South Africa (indeed the world) seems to not have many other leaders, I have just bought Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers by Shafiq Morton and…

#179: David Sengeh’s Radical Inclusion

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The more inclusive a society, the more it is perceived as a just society; and just societies are safer for everyone. Simply put, the pursuit of inclusion is in everyone’s interest” – David Sengeh Good morning my friends We live…

#178: Building Fearless Organizations

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Good morning Last week’s letter focused on a key moment of leadership displayed by Springbok rugby captain, Siya Kolisi. Enrique López Ponce, Nordex Group’s Vice President of the International Business Development Division, and Alfie Jay, managing director of Algoa FM, pointed…

#168: Bureaucracy Must Die

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Good morning dear friends If you like your art edgy, then you’ll love Dominique Cheminais’ Mr Abaddon of the Hotel Panoptica (in fact you’ll love all her work and the work of Malian painter Famakan Magassa). If you’re in a…

#162: Sales, Marriage, Near-Death And Life

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Good morning, dear friends Before we start today, join me in congratulating Nthabi Kekana who this month becomes the third, and youngest artist to date, to participate in the Makwande Art Residency in France. I love these two works. / strategy I was unhappy with last…

#161: Some Thoughts About Sales

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Dear All Two of my favourite artists have recently opened new shows. Ceramicist Zizipho Poswa opened iiNtsika zeSizwe (Pillars of the Nation), at Galerie56 in Tribeca. These astonishing photographs form a backdrop to her magnificent bronzes. This show, and her previous show uBuhle boKhokho (Beauty of Our Ancestors),…