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What Shoe Salesman Are You?

I recently received a WhatsApp message from someone that I had a conversation with about our country’s future. We left the conversation agreeing to disagree. The next day, however, I received a message from the said person. It was a message to which I could not, not...

Superhero or CEO? Chapter 7 – Not the dentist

  Aldo opened his eyes and remembered watching his life flash by like a movie. He was lying flat on his back and looked straight up at a white ceiling. There are no pretty pictures on the ceiling as he fondly recalls his childhood memories from the...

Superhero or CEO? And then it was dark   

Aldo’s thoughts are on last Saturday as he slowly moves through the Monday morning traffic. The traffic lights are out again from all the rain Johannesburg was blessed with over the weekend. Aldo is not complaining about the rain, it is desperately needed and he just...

Superhero or CEO? Josh smells a Rat

“Josh, I am well thanks, but unfortunately our customer Sandy is not”. Aldo felt comfortable with getting straight to the point and knew Josh appreciated the sharp-shooter approach. Josh is just as passionate about the business as Aldo is, even if it is for different...

Superhero or CEO? The 20-80 Customer

  Next on Aldo’s list of imperative tasks is to create a framework for a talk to a group of CEO’s belonging to the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) Johannesburg Chapter. Charles recently introduced him to EO, the world’s only peer-to-peer network exclusively for...

Superhero or CEO? Planning for the hard conversation

Once outside of the office building, Aldo took a deep breath. It was another gorgeous day in Jo’burg, a world-class African city known for its beautiful summer weather. Aldo needed time to think about the past two days, to think about the story the numbers are telling...

Superhero or CEO? What’s in a WhatsApp?

Charmaine walked into Aldo’s office and requested his car keys. Philip, the driver, had arrived to take Aldo’s Jaguar in for a service. Aldo looked up with smile. He loves his Jag. His father’s best friend, a wealthy entrepreneur from the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, has...

Superhero or CEO? The power of ratios

  Besides waiting for Kane, Aldo has other priorities for the day. He thinks back to the previous evening. For the past 14 years, Aldo has engaged in a nightly ritual of having a cup of his favourite herbal tea with his gorgeous wife. Just prior to that, he sets...

Superhero or CEO? The numbers have spoken.

It’s a beautiful day. The weather is warm and nature is inviting. People’s moods are lifting and there are more smiles than usually appear in the early morning traffic in Jo’burg. It is the first Friday in September and Aldo notices that today commuters...

Failing to plan is planning to fail

“A good plan implemented today is better than a perfect plan implemented tomorrow.” John works for a landscaping company. He manages teams on different sites, needs to manage expectations with customers and his superiors and also ensure that he is...

What’s the question?

The other day I had lunch with an old friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in a while (tip: always use your lunch time to grow your network and build your relationships). He asked me to facilitate a strategic-planning workshop for him and his business partner. They...

Planning, is it overrated?

Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, famously said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” After decades, this still holds true today. I have heard people ask, “Why make plans when they never work out anyway?” There...

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!

Earlier this week I received a most inspiring phone call. Well it was actually a missed call as I was in consultation with a client. I could see who it was and wondered why Paul gave me a call. I knew his business was going through a tough time. They recently...

Happy People are Successful People

Successful companies like Zappos (which was purchased by Amazon for over R1 billion) understand that their most important asset is their people, but not just their people – but rather happy people!