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Want to make your CV shine? Here’s how

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This article was published in the 17-July-2014 issue of Finweek Magazine

Even in today’s web-driven world, your CV is still the single most powerful tool you have in your job search arsenal. If you get it right, it can open doors to new careers and opportunities. Get it wrong and you won’t even make it to the interview stage. Here are some useful tips to help you supercharge your CV. Continue reading


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What makes you stand out from the crowd?

stand-out-red-apple5This article was published in the 26-June-2014 issue of Finweek Magazine

Picture yourself in a client meeting selling your product or service. “What makes you special? Why should we buy from you and not from your competitors?” If you were asked these questions, how would you answer? In a nutshell, this is your Unique Selling Proposition or USP, your stand-out factor. It’s the reason that your product or service is different from and stands out from the competition. In his book “What to do when you want to give up”, South African entrepreneurship guru Allon Raiz describes it as your secret sauce. The question is: so what? In this article, we unpack why you need a secret sauce and how you can find yours. 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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How to take on big companies and win

big dog vs little dogThis article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 25-April-2013 issue

Overnight singing phenomenon Paul Potts stole the hearts of millions of people around the globe. The soft-spoken mobile phone salesman came from humble origins in Bristol, England, the son of a working-class bus-driver father and supermarket-cashier mother.  From the age of six Potts had been bullied in school for being poor, which had eroded his self-confidence.  A serious bicycle accident in 2003 and subsequent financial troubles motivated him to enter the debut series of Britain’s Got Talent. Despite not having sung in four years, when he started singing on that stage in 2007, he blew the judges and audience away with his surprisingly incredible voice. With his breath-taking performance of “Nessun dorma”, Potts went on to win Britain’s Got Talent and receive worldwide acclaim, with his debut album One Chance topping sales charts in nine countries.

There is something captivating about underdogs like Paul Potts. When we see the longshot win against the odds, it makes us believe that nothing is impossible and we really can achieve our biggest dreams. This is true both in our personal lives and the business world. There are many examples of small companies taking on the industry giants and winning: Apple vs. Microsoft and IBM, Virgin’s Richard Branson, Whole Foods’ John Mackey, Southwest Airlines’ Herb Kelleher and Fedex’s Fred Smith. Locally we’re seeing it in the cell phone industry with Cell C versus MTN and Vodacom.

Yes, it is possible for minor players to take on big companies and come out on top. How they do it? Here are some of the strategies that work: Continue reading


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Life according to Kayla

Kayla age 6This is a piece that my 7-year-old daughter Kayla wrote today. It’s her very first blog post (using her own grammar and spelling). It pretty much says it all.

“Be nice to everyone you see that needs help. Let’s say for example your child is lonely and anothor child comes up and sais to your child “Come lets go and play”  and your child feels much more happy. And the same gois to you. You must help other people.”


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Career Women Redefining Success: On Their Own Terms

This article also appeared in Finweek Magazine in their 19-Jan-2012 issue

blonde careerwomanThe workforce is changing. Gone is the stereotypical 1950’s model of male breadwinners having a career, while the wife stays at home, makes babies and does the housework. This old-fashioned framework needs a makeover to make way for today’s working woman and the way she is redefining success. Continue reading