Thomas Edison, sports people and your next Presentation

Thomas Edison, sports people and your next Presentation

Throughout their careers, sportsmen and women will take part in thousands of races.  Business people will make thousands of presentations – most of which will fall on (kinda) deaf ears. Unless they fall in the rare 0,5% who chose their parents correctly, like Steve Jobs, Bruce Fordyce, Mark Allen and Lance Armstrong, they will achieve winning or exceptional results in only a hand-full of the events they start.  Mentally speaking, the...

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Why South Africa may not be 100% ready for 2010 FIFA SWC.

 I’m in the fortunate position to get contributions from all over the world for my Blog – which is great. Clients, past and present, send me stuff. I very seldom publish it as I try to keep posts here from my own keyboard so to speak. But I can’t resist posting this. We know that public transport in South Africa in non-existent or diabolical in the first place. So in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup its astounding to read...

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10 Tips to become Remarkable

I was a guest speaker at a business networking event recently and it became apparent that the secret to great networking is not how many people you know, but rather how many people know you! I know (and have met) Nelson Mandela – I’m not sure he knows who I am when he hears my name. I’m hoping to be surprised though!! In order to be truly remembered, we have to take steps that will encourage the people we meet to see us as...

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10 Mistakes Bad Leaders make

The Harvard Business Review recently published the findings of research relating to effective Leadership traits. After scrutinising the leadership traits of 11 000 leaders, and isolating the worst performing 10%, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman found the 10 most common leadership shortcomings. These are ranked according to the size of the difference between successful and unsuccessful leaders’ scores. Successful and failed leaders...

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The world needs creative Leaders. So why are they so rare?

As you may know I try to keep an eye on the Harvard Business Review. Although many of their articles and books are theory-based, they seem to have recently adopted a much more practical approach. This week I came across this article about an address at a confernce by Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India. The article was written by Navi Radjou who is the Executive Director of the Centre for India & Global...

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