Tag Masters of Scale

#111: Creating Culture

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Good morning If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that this letter is shaped by my coaching. Every week I meet nine or ten people. We explore the opportunities and challenges that they face in their lives and…

Building Your Brand

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I have had a wonderful week reviewing my reading list. As always, I asked some trusted people for their recommendations. Mervyn Sloman, the owner of Cape Town’s fantastic The Book Lounge, made these non-fiction and fiction recommendations. Then, Prof Sarah Mosoetsa, CEO of the National Institute for…

Creating Growth

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Good morning everyone Today’s letter is coming to you from The Beach Hut in Paternoster where we are ending off my birthday week. It was a fun week of celebrations that started with tapas at Pinchos, where we reminisced about Barcelona whilst enjoying…

The Power Of Knowing Who You Are

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Good morning Today’s letter might seem like a peculiar marriage, a sports apparel company and an award-winning author and activist. Yet, as I reflected on the Nike’s and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s stories, it struck me that there was a golden…

The Power of Listening

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Last week’s email reflected on how psychologically unsafe environments destroy value by silencing people or, more insidiously, by creating conditions in which people do not feel safe to speak and so silence themselves. In the silence, value is hidden. Amy Edmondson, Professor…

Play the long game

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Good morning good people In this uncertain moment, we must do two seemingly contradictory things. Be completely present in this moment and play the long game. We need to be present in order to build the capabilities and stamina we…

#1: Building your leadership drumbeat

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Happy Sunday Everyone In 1991 I headed to Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. I knew three people out of the thousands on campus. It was overwhelming. I felt lonely. A week ago, I decided that I would explore whether…