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The 4 Enemies of Knowledge

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Articles, Motivation | 0 comments

The 4 Enemies of Knowledge

Francis Bacon famously said, “Knowledge is power”. This may or may not be so. But I think that the attainment of knowledge is a lot more complex than Bacon’s oft quoted sound bite and maybe it needs to be interrogated more fully. I recently read Carlos Castaneda’s, The Teachings of Don Juan – a Yaqui way of knowledge and becoming a ‘man of knowledge’ is no easy task according to the author. In fact most people don’t succeed in gaining true knowledge because we don’t have any idea that when we follow the path of learning how hard it will be....

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Win = What I Need

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Motivation | 1 comment

Win = What I Need

My friend Dave runs a number of successful businesses. He is successful because he gets it. He gets that a ‘What I Need’ (win) attitude is never as effective as a ‘What We Need’ mind-set. Dave is good at setting others up to win. Dave understands that if he helps enough people get what they want, he’ll get what he wants … to be secure, to live in harmony, to become autonomous and feel fulfilled. I’ll get back to Dave in a while. When I take the time to look around me all I see is a competitive landscape where a ‘winner takes all’ attitude...

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The Road Not Taken

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Motivation | 1 comment

The Road Not Taken

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by, and that made all the difference”. This quote out of Robert Frost’s, The Road Not Taken is one of my favourites. And it’s coupled to a quote that has directed my own life for the past 17 years – “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them,” Henry David Thoreau. I know that to some I probably sound melodramatic when I say that Thoreau’s words left me terrified. But they did. The truth of it was that I didn’t want to die a...

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The Joy of Giving

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Motivation | 0 comments

The Joy of Giving

I’m journeying with the Schuitema Human Excellence Group. It’s work is in helping folks achieve security, fulfilment, power and harmony in times of catastrophic change is important. This article was posted by human excellence consultant, Cilette Harris on the Schuitema blog. Benefits of Maturity: The Joy of Giving During a recent Care and Growth discussion at one of our clients – Pioneer Foods Group (PFG) in Durban – Praveen Bissoondut shared an inspirational short article with the group. The article, written by US based family...

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5 indicators that your leaders care

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Leadership | 0 comments

5 indicators that your leaders care

I found this article on the Schuitema Blog. The writer, Assad Schuitema came up with 5 things managers do that indicate they care: They’re sincere They listen They communicate They’re perceptive They stay calm Schuitema Associates, as a leadership consultancy, has been arguing for the past 25 years that effective leadership is essentially a matter of Care and Growth. Roughly speaking this means that effective leadership is a matter of genuinely caring for staff and orientating that care so that it achieves growth, both personal...

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Be Selfish and don’t feel guilt about it

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Motivation | 1 comment

Be Selfish and don’t feel guilt about it

Do you ever feel guilty when you’re selfish? You know, when you do something just for you? I did. If I wasn’t putting my family first, going to bat for my clients 100% and slaving away to make sure that everyone in my ecosystem was ok, then I felt guilty. This was up until I came to the concept of selfishness through an Irishman called Philip McKernan who runs an intervention called Authentic Goal Setting. He asked one of his clients what he liked doing. After some time and prompting, the client finally admitted that he liked yachting. But...

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We stand on the shoulders of giants

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Articles, Motivation | 2 comments

We stand on the shoulders of giants

I’m sure you know that Cecil John Rhode’s statue was recently removed from the Cape Town University because of a whole bunch of issues including being a colonialist and messing up everyone’s lives. And, it looks like the activists have their eyes on Paul Kruger’s statue too. I don’t want to get into they why’s and wherefores of the debate because it is not germane to the point I want to make. Maybe there’s another view. It doesn’t matter what tribe you belong to, but in one form or another, it tried to colonise and subjugate someone –...

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South African Xenophobia and Martin Luther King Jnr.

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Motivation, Opinion | 0 comments

South African Xenophobia and Martin Luther King Jnr.

I wrote this post on Facebook recently. It was shared 39 times so it must have resonated with some folks. My spirit has been a bit down lately reading about the Rhodes statue, etc. The xenophobic violence, the ‘one settler one bullet’ cry by the so-called born frees and the visiting Robert Mugabe who is a mass murderer and ultimate subjugator being lauded as a hero. This makes me feel that the so-called real South African tribe has no room for anyone who is different, be it the White, the Senegal, the Zimbabwean, the Mozambican,...

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Employee Engagement: What if Hollywood Doesn’t Call?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Articles, Leadership, Motivation | 0 comments

Employee Engagement: What if Hollywood Doesn’t Call?

In my line of work employee engagement is a big deal. And, the question on every leader’s lips is, “How do I get my people to come to work for more than a paycheque”. Leaders are struggling with and failing to figure out how to get their employees to come to work for something bigger than themselves. One of the biggest mindset challenges I see with employees on a daily basis, is folks who have Hollywood jobs. Let’s use Hollywood as a metaphor. Many aspiring actors end up in Hollywood hoping to make it as a star. Like...

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Are you addicted to like?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Are you addicted to like?

Are you an addict? If you live for your next Facebook ‘like’, the ding on your phone that says, “You’ve got mail” and if you’re constantly checking and responding to every update on your social media profiles, you may be. And, it is probably not your fault. The problem sits with an intoxicating chemical that is released in your brain called dopamine. Dopamine is released by things like cocaine, alcohol, nicotine and gambling. And, of course, social media. You may say, “that’s not me, I’m not an addict” when it comes to social media. Well, if...

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