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Reflections on racism: The paradox of the cancer with benefits

The thing about isms is that they essentially are belief constructs that have nothing to do with reality, but are lived as if they are true… Just like sexism and ageism, the beliefs underlying racism are fantasies about the world that do not really exist. Our stupidity of course as people is we seek easy … Continue reading

Leadership and Impulse Control: What is it and what to do about it.

I have been noticing this issue of impulse control, i. e The propensity for a leader to be impulsive in their response to stimuli in the leaders I work with lately. These kinds of leaders would interrupt others very often, make rash decisions that sometimes get them in personal or organisational trouble, and sometimes it … Continue reading

So I finally went to see Black Panther…

Shem, I eventually allowed myself to be encouraged to go see the wakanda movie. I’m glad I did. I understand now the hype and the conversation about it. It’s a very important movie. And beautifully made. Reminded me why I love movies so much. Not just for the art, but for the way a well … Continue reading

An avenue of interrupted dreams

Sometimes when reality gets complicated, nothing like a visit to this township to give you perspective. In 35°C heat, the breeze was blowing gently, it was quiet. Somewhere was a family with 5 children having a picknick on the side of the road. I found myself remembering yet again…this is where most of us will … Continue reading

How to succed at changing your behaviour- for the better….

Did you know that you will keep repeating patterns of behaviour until you can  explore either explicitly or implicitly the root of these patterns? This week I have been preoccupied in my work by clients, colleagues and stories in general of us repeating patterns of behaviour even though we seek different results. Why this happens … Continue reading

…on giving and receiving and freeing yourself from resentment

Charity, Aid, support, help, gift: it comes in many names…. The danger in giving someone the help they didn’t ask for lies in your expectations. For many people offer help with the expectations of appreciation,  perhaps even celebration and validation. When that does not happen many become disenchanted, disillusioned and disappointed. Because then the receiver … Continue reading

What are the three things that stop coaches from selling their services effectively?

I have trained hundreds of coaches through the years through the Africa Centre for Work-Based Learning and elsewhere through the years. One of the toughest challenges coaches face is selling their coaching services. And I have found that there are at least three reasons why. The first is the lack of understanding of the sales … Continue reading

Many of us don’t know our own strength

A thought I wake up with is : many of us don’t know our own strength. We are not even close to realising the power within us. Many times it’s because we don’t perceive the world as it is…but as we fantasise about it. Other times it’s this false idea of humility which actually becomes … Continue reading


Well it’s pretty simple- Not listening well . While it’s a simple skill we take for granted, like seeing and feeling (and taste and smell for some special people), listening is possibly the most important skill a leader can develop. Many people will at this time perhaps start arguing and say that’s too simple, that … Continue reading


Running away from the complex human experience diminishes you, and by you diminishing yourself, you are essentially then slowing down or dis-empowering the rest of the system! Continue reading

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