The Difference is in...

“Here’s the problem: The top three or four business schools in the country all work from the same sources. We use the same textbooks, the same materials, even the same ideas. And yet one always comes out on top. And I’ve always wondered why!” I was chatting with the frustrated...

Are You Striking? Or...

Oprah said that the best answer to racism was personal excellence. The concept can be taken even further. Personal excellence is the solution to a great many things, one of which is the catastrophically damaging labour unrest currently choking our economy into negative growth. Yes, it’s...

So You’ve Writ...

In 2007, I had a book accepted for commercial publication. And it all went downhill from there. As a new author, I had no understanding of what went into making books successful and, essentially, I waited for the publishers to tell me what to do. They didn’t. They did assign a marketing...

Conquering Your Indu...

Even in first-world nations, most actual dreaming around personal career development is surprisingly conservative. If pressed, the bulk of people would concede that they dream of a ‘slightly better’ version of their current career. Utopia would be what they already have, plus a little...

Own Your Industry &#...

It’s a first for Southern Africa! ‘Own Your Industry – How to Position Yourself as an Expert,’ is the first book published on our continent on the topic of becoming an industry expert by design. It launches in SA in April 2014, and will then be available as an e-book by May. Whether...

Experts are always C...

Remaining relentlessly relevant. The big carmakers are constantly challenged by it. Mercedes have been doing it for well over a hundred years, and to this day – to this century - a surprising total of the new innovations still proceed from their stable. Like the other industry survivors,...

Monetizing a Career ...

Few human norms change as dynamically as career-advice. The original ‘Farm with your father’ fallback that lasted for centuries morphed over time into ‘get a trade,’ which then became ‘enter the military or priesthood,’ which transitioned into the corporate job-for-life model,...

The Rock Star was Mi...

The alarm bells started to ring when he claimed to be a world champion of public speaking. Closer examination revealed that he’d merely won a team debate contest in high school and was greatly stretching the truth. Other claims were harder to examine. He bragged from the stage about being on...

Becoming Iconic R...

The scale of your thinking will determine the scale of your career. That said, take a second to think about the über names in your game; the parameter-redefining, industry-owning, top-of-the-food-chain, big dogs. Who are they? If a smug voice in the back of your head said, ‘Well, I’m one...

It’s Okay (And...

Imagine your life as a YouTube video. You work hard on the content, edit and tinker till it’s attractive and presentable, then upload the results for all to see. Your URL goes live and your video becomes accessible to the public. Quite soon, something startling happens. Among the hundreds...