Tag Business Fundamentals

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…

#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),…

#142: 2022 in Review

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Dear friends Today is our last letter for the year. Our next letter will be on 15 January 2023. Thank you for all the messages about last week’s letter on the power of reflection. I am pleased that you found…

#139: Book Pairings and Zen

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Summer has been creeping down from the equator and it feels like it has eventually reached Cape Town. The nights are still cool, but the days are sunny, albeit only warm not melting, and a touch breezy. If you’re here…

#124: Unlocking Excellence

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Good morning You’ll remember that earlier this year I dived into the basics of running effective organisations. I did so because we are all confronting profound uncertainty. And, in uncertainty, the most powerful strategy is to build resilience, to ensure that…

#112: Thank You Jim Collins!

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Two weeks ago, we spent a few days in Seaforth, Simonstown. It is a small suburb that hugs Boulders Beach sanctuary, home to the African penguin. You know that you’re in a special place when the instructions for the rental…