The Running Commentary

Accountability. Failure. Truth.

I spend much of my day in communication, whether that is with clients, colleagues, friends or family. In thinking about these times, I often come to the conclusion that I could do much more with them. You see, while I do a lot of talking, I am pretty bad at actually communicating.   My mind…

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Dear Younger Me

In wondering I imagine how scenarios would have played out, what the likely outcome would have been. I live, for a moment in mind, that different life.

The business of growing, a daily challenge in humility

It is hard to believe that I am just 1 month short of celebrating my 6th year as business entrepreneur, in my role as co-owner of Brandesign Group. It has been a journey of many facets, all of these taking me through a variety of emotions. I have experienced movements of absolute highs and times…

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A weekend with the Boy

This past weekend saw the Taberner boys pack up a tent, sleeping bag, food and a special note to each other and head out for a father and son’s weekend away. We were invited by one of our friends and the idea was to create a space for father and son(s) to connect with each…

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Observations of a regime change

Perhaps my title feels a little misleading, but certainly with the change from Jacob Zuma to Cyril Ramaphosa, it does feel like a regime change. This feeling is despite both men representing the African National Congress, (ANC) and both men maintaining that they put the party first. Our experience of the one is that they…

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5 Years (and 1 month)

Today marks 5 years (and 1 month) since starting the journey of being an entrepreneur. Together with Adrian Larkin, my co-owner and founding partner of Brandesign, the past five years has been very busy. Some Successes We have seen some successes along the way: gaining business, gaining clients, gaining staff, growing our office space, getting…

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Social media – Debate platforms NOT!

The problem with holding a debate within the social media landscape is that it removes a fundamental tenant of debate, two or more people dialoguing with each other. It leaves far too much open to interpretation and does not allow for constructive input.

The end of a chapter – Reflection time

Today I settled the school fees for my eldest.  It was the final school fees of her junior school career!  As I paid them, I took some time to reflect on that. In reflecting I get to acknowledge the generosity of someone who has supported our journey. I get to acknowledge how fortunate we are to able…

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Student crisis – leadership failures all round

  Wiser folk than me have spoken into the student crisis that has beset the universities in South Africa, this then is my view on a sub theme of the protests, namely lack of leadership.  I believe this situation best illustrates leadership in crisis on all sides. Lets begin with the definition of leadership and…

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The Reality of Perception

One of the age-old sayings is that “Perception is reality” and while many brands would like to think that they are immune to this, they are not. Consumer perception of your brand carries infinitely more value than any marketing effort your can conjure up. As a young marketer I studied consumer behaviour patterns, I focussed…

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