The Running Commentary

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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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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