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How to be Confident and Gain Credibility

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How confident and credible are you at work? Are you one of those self-assured people that others naturally trust and support?

Or do you find yourself ignored or overlooked at work? Are you worried about failing, because others don’t give you the support you need? Do you find yourself shying away from others, because you are concerned about what they may think of you? Do you take care not to step on other people’s toes? Do you need other people to believe in you in order to feel powerful? Are you secretly concerned that you may not be ‘good enough?’ Are you feeling trapped and frustrated because of your lack of self-confidence? Continue reading


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Start-up versus a corporate: unpacking the pros and cons

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My former boss Kabelo ran his own business before moving into the corporate world. So he had a valuable perspective on both the corporate and the entrepreneurial “be your own boss” environments. At that time I had only ever worked for a large company. One day in the car park we were both admiring a sleek, red Aston Martin convertible. Kabelo aroused my interest in the start-up world when he said, “Want to own that car? You won’t do it working here. But you might if you start your own company, because you’ll write your own paycheque. Think about it.” Of course, he hadn’t quite cracked it himself, but his words made sense.

In a previous article, we examined the traits you need to cut it in a start-up. In this article, we unpack the pros and cons of working in a start-up versus a corporate. Hopefully this will help you decide whether you should work for someone else or start your own business. Continue reading


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How to ace a job interview

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This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 10-May-2012 issue

Job interviews are nerve-wracking for most of us. If you’re better prepared, your confidence will climb. Here are some useful tips on how to impress potential employers in an interview and increase your chances of being hired Continue reading


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When winners are losers: lessons for entrepreneurs

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This article also appeared in Finweek on 27-Feb-2014

Investors often look at early-stage traction as a key indicator of a start-up’s potential to succeed. Yet despite their sizeable user numbers, success didn’t happen for US start-up Drawquest. Would Drawquest’s impressive stats have translated into success if they had started up in South Africa? And what are the valuable lessons here for entrepreneurs? Continue reading


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6 Ways to raise our kids to be entrepreneurs

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 20-Feb-2014 issue

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Our generation, our parents’ generation and generations before that, were raised to go to school, get a grade 12, and get a degree in order to get a job. But the world has changed. Job security and certainty about tomorrow, no longer exist. We cannot depend on anyone else but ourselves for financial and career security. We as parents and our educational system should be training our kids to be entrepreneurs, so that they can create jobs instead of working in jobs for someone else. We should be teaching them to be resourceful, resilient and creative, so that they can create their own successful tomorrow and don’t depend on someone else for their future. Continue reading


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How female consumers are changing “guy branding”

male-female This article also appeared on Finweek.com on 18-Dec-2013

Women playing rugby, our very own Banyana Banyana soccer team, women riding motorbikes, women driving sports cars, women drinking alcoholic drinks. More and more we are seeing women moving into traditionally male-dominated territory.  Is the move good or bad for masculine brands? Finweek unpacks the issues. Continue reading


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Want to make better decisions? Give it time

sleep-and-decisions-and-ideasThis article also appeared in Finweek on 22-Nov-2013

In 2011, when Barack Obama had to approve the raid that would kill Osama bin Laden, he didn’t decide quickly. Instead, he chose to sleep on it first. After taking 16 hours to reach his decision, he got a lot of criticism. As a business leader, often you’re faced with complex, high-impact situations that call for big decisions. Should you make these immediately? Or like Obama, should you give yourself time to weigh up all the options? Research suggests that time (and sleep and meditation) can help you make better business decisions, even tapping into your creative side. Continue reading


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Why we need competitors

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 2-Jan-2014 issue

Defeat your competition, is what we often hear in business. No company wants competitors, right? Wrong. Competition is good for your business. Here’s why. Continue reading


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How the porn industry has driven internet innovation

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 28-Nov-2013 issue and online

It may not be everyone’s favourite industry, but like it or not, the sex trade has driven many of the major innovations we see on the Internet today. The explosion of the Internet, the swiftness of broadband adoption and the penetration of 3G: all must be credited to the porn industry. You can thank porn for not only for the omnipresence of the internet, but also for many of the technologies that we accept as the norm: streaming video, online payment systems and live video chat on the plus side, to spyware and spam on the minus side. Finweek explores the internet firsts that were driven by the sex trade. Continue reading


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Raising funding – learnings from Everlytic

raising-funding+contractThis article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 14-Nov-2013 issue and online

Raising capital isn’t an easy decision for an entrepreneur. In order to expand rapidly, do you give up equity and control to get the investment you need? Or do you take the slower growth track, where sales fund your company’s growth and you get to keep 100% control of your baby? South African-born software company Everlytic chose to go the funding route. Finweek interviewed managing director Walter Penfold about Everlytic’s recent capital raise and what they learnt from it. Continue reading