Category Strategy

#209: Unlocking Engagement

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Dear friends Apologies to those of you who missed my announcement that I wasn’t writing last weekend, I was flattered to know that you missed our letter. I was speaking at Interconnect Systems Strategy Conference and Standard Bank Group’s Software…

208: Time and Cash: Navigating Life and Business

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Dear friends Thank you for your generous comments after last week’s leadership lessons from Caster Semenya’s Race to be Myself. I appreciated them.   Before we start, a quick public service announcement, my favourite wine merchants, The Wine Cellar, have a…

#205: Your 2024 Survival Guide

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Dear Friends Just four years ago, most of the world was in lockdown. In the next twenty-four months many of us lost loved ones, and some of us were grievously ill. In February 2021, I turned to physician and sociologist Nicholas Christakis’s…

#204: Turning Vision into Action

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Good morning friends Our last two letters focused on the power unlocked by building a scaffolding of meetings in our businesses. Regular, focused flows of communication are the heartbeat of success. However, as I finished last week’s letter, I was…

#202: Adapt the nothing

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Good morning dear friends Today, we start with soul for reasons that will become clear. /soulThere are many translations of the Tao Te Ching’s eleventh verse. Each translation presents a slight nuance exploring its core concept, that emptiness can create…

#201: Bin It

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Dear friends Running organisations is a tricky affair. There are no end of strategy books to help you identify the key levers you should pull, the templates that need to be filled, and the metrics to be monitored. Then there are…

#196: Leading Change

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Good morning friends PWC’s 2024 Global CEO Survey notes that forty-five per cent of the CEOs surveyed believe their company will not be viable in ten years if they don’t change. Given the importance of leading change, I asked Constance…

#195: Who is accountable? Everybody = Nobody

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Hello dear friends In November, Mr. Siphiwe Mpye, editor of Business Day’s Wanted Magazine challenged me to write a piece that held both December’s festivities and where we were in the world’s history. It went through a few iterations. For…