VIEWPOINT: Speaking myths debunked

“Stage time is an invaluable opportunity to influence other people and to implement change.” When it comes to speaking in public there are many myths that hold people back from speaking. In this article, let us debunk some of those common public speaking myths. Myth 1 – Canned speeches are good A canned speech is…

VIEWPOINT: Management and motivation

“What motivates the best of teams to come together and perform at crunch time?” Any non-football supporter could be forgiven for thinking the FIFA World Cup in July was all about the money. The news covered how three African teams threatened various strike actions unless they were paid their cash bonuses up front; that the…

November 2014

Proudly South African After reading or hearing the daily news, I’m sure the majority of us experience some of the same mixed emotions: Disgust and anger about the rising crime rates, the increase of brutal killings and the apathetic attitudes of criminals when “embarking” on their reckless mall or house robberies. Then we wonder if…

INFLUENCE: The Evolution of Governance

Firms that are sustainability-minded have an evolutionary edge over those that aren’t, writes Dennis Marketos It’s hard to conceive of a million years, let alone a billion. That’s why it is so difficult for us humans, who live for less than a hundred years, to imagine the slow advance of adaptational improvement that has given…

VIEWPOINT: Listening 101

“Effective listening is one of the most important skills leaders need to have.” Every good conversation starts with listening. Steven Covey says that most people do not listening but rather to reply. Which one are you, and which one do you want to be? The popularity of social media today is teaching us that people…