What’s going on Dad ?

https://youtu.be/fbhF9uBQ3H4 WHAT'S GOING ON DAD? What’s going on Dad? To our beautiful land? It looks like things have got out of hand Malls being destroyed, our country is burning Fewer people with jobs and a decrease in earning?   What’s going on Dad? Has there been a change in this war? The unseen of Covid now seen door to shop…

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What would my Mother think?

https://youtu.be/Y1j9MwzZFQk WHAT WOULD MY MOTHER THINK?   A story hit my FaceBook feed the other day. It spoke of a cross country race held in Navarra, Spain and it highlighted both character and sportsmanship. The nature of the story shone a light again for anyone feeling lost at the state of the world and the lack of Humanity in our…

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Resilience

https://youtu.be/qHvfWBzaBfw RESILIENCE I recently attended a webinar on resilience. At the time of writing it was 12 minutes ago. The host and facilitator, James, told a story of his Grandmother which if it isn’t already, should be turned into a book. It could easily be the female version of the story of Louis Zamparini from the book and movie, Unbroken.…

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Grit

https://youtu.be/0xCvaog9tjY GRIT     The picture showed a proud group of ambassadors. The hostess, a magnificent chef, was showing us some photos of her family history following an utterly sumptuous lunch, and as the centerpiece on the playroom wall hung a photograph from 1947.   It was a panorama style shot, more than a meter wide, as twenty one men…

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Perserverence

https://youtu.be/zKB8fdijLfc PERSERVERENCE The sixteen kilometer stretch of road between St Francis Bay and Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is a gorgeous part of the world. Along the road there are three quite different river crossings; the usually dry sand river, the tidal Kromme and the gorge of the Swart Rivier. In between these river systems are patches…

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The seeing eye

https://youtu.be/Pxd6qEpgqBw THE SEEING EYE There was a legendary character in the world of South African retail by the name of Ernst Loebenberg. He would scour the stores of Woolworths for men’s size sixteen and a half white collared shirts, and his neatly pressed white glove would leak the secrets of any residual dust on the shelves. Dirt was just another…

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Making magic out of the mundane

https://youtu.be/mhRnUxVbQrM MAKING MAGIC OUT OF THE MUNDANE There was a stir in the North West corner of Ellis Park. Before any Rugby Test Match at this iconic Highveld venue, there is always a stir, but this quarter of the stadium seemed more alive than even the sunnier and generally more raucous East stand. The crowd were on their feet and…

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When a feather finds you

https://youtu.be/6PmcvXYlIos WHEN A FEATHER FINDS YOU It was a different walk today, but then again, a walk in these parts, even over the same terrain is always different. The angle of the sunlight on to the tracks will change from moment to moment, as will the wisps and whispers of wind, and a shift in this leads to an instant…

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Thoughts on an “E-VUCA” World

https://youtu.be/oL8U0zTLyG8 Here is a short extract from Bruce Whitfield’s book called the Upside of Down. It has caused me to pause and think deeply on what our world might look like. The Upside of Down by Bruce Whitfield Next time you go to a conference or hire a consultant to be told, ‘We live in a VUCA [Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous]…

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A leadership blessing

https://youtu.be/dh2s8zNsuok A LEADERSHIP BLESSING With the food for the stomach settled, now it was food for thought And the lessons we learn from Blessing, are gems which cannot be bought Surrounded by Leaders who’ve influenced their world, Leaders who’ve shown us the way To live in far brighter colours in a world depressing and grey. We heard some harrowing stories,…

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