[My biggest failure] A story of momentum

[My biggest failure] A story of momentum

Let me share a personal story of momentum with you. I started this blog in 2004. Back then there were a handful of bloggers around….

Right now, ask yourself this one question

Right now, ask yourself this one question

Technology is a wonderful thing. We are living in an age where technology is totally rewriting the rules that we once all thought were set…

The first step you must take before planning your future

The first step you must take before planning your future

Your future is what you want it to be. You are in control. You are the driver of this ship. And there is no better…

Building a brand is suicide

Building a brand is suicide

Brand building is about crafting a desirable expectation over time. But is that strategy brand suicide? If you build a brand and can’t keep your…

Should you go to business school?

Should you go to business school?

For at least the last six months, I’ve been asking myself ‘should you go to business school? I already have a bachelor’s degree in economics…

Review: I read the Piketty book

Review: I read the Piketty book

Nothing screams ‘holiday reading’ more than a thick, technical, mind-numbing book on economics. And Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century certainly did not disappoint. Since…

South Africa: Africa’s country of opportunity

South Africa: Africa’s country of opportunity

For the life of me I can’t understand the thinking of the present South African government. The amount of money and effort that goes into…

If you want a good idea, have lots of ideas

If you want a good idea, have lots of ideas

Truth be told, as much as we want to believe that our scenario planning and strategic foresight will deliver an idea and plan that hits…

You can’t sell a revolution to a rich man

You can’t sell a revolution to a rich man

Be very careful with your creative ability, you may find that your revolutionary ideas are not exactly welcome. A couple of years ago Cherryflava was…

Why I don’t have a smartphone

Why I don’t have a smartphone

I’m spending a lot more time at the Yuppiechef HQ these days and perhaps understandably, considering that they are the best e-commerce company in South…

10 industries for the next 10 years

10 industries for the next 10 years

In a gold rush, you want to be the guy selling the spades. For numerous reasons, the world is experiencing a radical shift in its…

A return to Taipei

A return to Taipei

For a third year in a row I find myself booked on a Singapore Airlines flight to Taipei, Taiwan in a month’s time. I tell…

In search of Quiet

In search of Quiet

Peace and quiet is an entirely underrated ingredient for creative thinking. Open plan offices, group brainstorming sessions with Post-It notes and strict rules of engagement…

Enslaved by luxury

Enslaved by luxury

Last week a massive accident on the outgoing N1 highway in Cape Town caused traffic chaos that resulted in some motorists spending up to four…

Selling is about understanding people

Selling is about understanding people

The world measures the success of sales people completely wrong. At the heart of it, a sales person represents your business. If they are pushy and…

Who needs reasons when you’ve got the Fed?

Who needs reasons when you’ve got the Fed?

There was once a very respectable man who dressed well, had a great job, provided for his family and contributed to society. In the 1970s…

You owe it to the world to believe

You owe it to the world to believe

The person that you are today is a direct result of the love that your Mom and Dad gave you from they day that you…

Advice for marketers working with an agency

Advice for marketers working with an agency

The other day I was asked at a conference, what advice I have for marketers who work with agencies? Having been a corporate marketer at…