The Running Commentary

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.

MEP SpeakOut2016

I had the awesome privilege, this past weekend, to be involved with the team from the Message Trust South Africa and specifically their Enterprise Team, at the inaugural SpeakOut event.  This event, held at the Drakenstein correctional facility, saw the men from the MEP class, organise and host a speaking event, which was adjudicated using…

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Is ex Model C education the next apartheid?

Education in South Africa remains a hot topic of debate, with most people concurring that education in South Africa is under pressure. Most colloquial condemnation vests in active criticism of the government’s changing of norms and standards, in particular the reduction in the “pass” mark for Matric (Gr12). I would agree with the commentary that…

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BNI – Why I joined

Collaboration in business has always been critical, but in this era of “big data”, loyalty/rewards programs and recessionary times, it is going to become even more critical. Businesses, particularly in the B2B space, need to find ways to access new relationships and networks. It was with this in mind that I accepted an invitation to…

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Yes! …… I have my blog history back

Many of you will know that I thought I could not retrieve my old blog files.  This represented some 500 articles that I had compiled since 2008.  I had come to terms with the fact that I would need to try and get the content at a later stage. In a chance discussion someone suggested I…

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Print……how little has changed

I recently completed an assignment as the managing director for a business that was in business rescue. If you are not familiar with this term, essentially it a process whereby a business, with some solid foundations which has found itself on hard times, is able to rebuild itself using some innovative legislative protection. This process…

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Not so juicy service Mango!

A couple of days ago, I was returning on a late flight from JHB to CPT. In my haste to leave the plane and get home (long day and tired) I committed the ultimate rookie error. I left my iPad mini in the seat pocket in front of me. (I have flown many times and…

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Ground swell of change

There have been defining moments throughout history, in every culture, that have forever changed the balance of the country and indeed its citizens. The eradication of apartheid, for example, forever changed the course of South Africa. This change was critical and correct for the country, it was a crime to have apartheid in the first…

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44

Today is my birthday and yip I am 44. Aside from the obvious fact that I am getting older and hopefully a little wiser, birthdays present a great time to take stock. A reminder then Mike of where you are and what you have been blessed with: Beautiful Wife – check Amazingly wonderful kids –…

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Keep Calm and Listen

I am often told that I need to listen more and give space for others to have their say, words that in some situations can cut quite deeply. I reflect on these when I am by myself, listening to music or just meandering through my thoughts and wondering what drives me. Now….I have not had…

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