Tag Powerful Habits

#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.…

#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…

#184: Sitting and Thinking

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Good morning good people This week, I intended to share insights from Shafiq Morton’s A Mercy to All, which tells the story of Gift of the Givers and its founder, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman. And then, on Thursday morning, Ahmed Abbasi, the…

#151: Librarians are superheroes

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When I was a child, my parents had a friend who visited most Decembers. Over the years it became customary that I was given time to ask in detail about her year, how she’d spent her budget, and what acquisitions…

#116: Take A Starter Step

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Good morning friends If this is the first time you’re reading this letter, you can subscribe here and learn more about my coaching practice here. This week The Doc, a documentary about one of the pioneers of rap, D.O.C., was released at the…

Skin: It Takes Blood And Guts

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Good morning everyone I am in a celebratory mood today. If you aren’t, I hope that you will be by the time you’ve finished reading. Rémy Ngamije, the Rwandan-born Nambian author, whose debut novel I told you about in Behaviour Design,…

Living A Meaningful Life

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Ten days ago, Aqeela Davids did an unusual thing. She posted this. She told the world that she had failed her South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) exam. Her post triggered hundreds of comments. In amongst the advice and the encouragement were…

Being a Better Manager

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This year will be overwhelming and tiring. In this context, it’s tempting to draw the curtains and hide out until ‘it’s all over.’ Yet, as famous baseball player and coach, ‘Yogi’ Berra, once put it, “If you don’t know where…