GIRLFRIENDS GUIDE TO CULTIVATING GRACE AND ELEGANCE

Lifestyle

When you exude grace and dignity it opens many doors for you because you exude a self-assuredness that draws people to you. If you feel like you lack this - it can be cultivated. I have girlfriends who keep me in check and here are a couple of ways: DO NOT GOSSIP: Not gossiping makes you a powerful role model. Not gossiping means your efforts are directed at more fun…

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KHENE ON THE NEED FOR AFRICAN THEORY

Intellectual swag

Ever wondered what it's like to be a nerd for a living? Associate Professor Khene  shares what drove her to make the decision, why we do not have many black academics and why we need to develop African theory. The conversation left me sober and encouraged me to keep pushing and pleading, if need be, that we develop African theory. I hope the conversation strikes something in you as much…

5 LESSONS FROM MY EXECUTIVE COACH

Intellectual swag, Lifestyle

The best thing about having a great boss is their ability to pace you correctly for career growth. My erstwhile boss Raoul knew I was ready to take the leap in my career but that I also had gaps in my leadership skills. It was critical that this was addressed because I was changing careers and transitioning from one field to another field, which required completely different skills. Enter, Pat…

Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learnt While Living In Paris

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Jennifer L. Scott was an exchange student in Paris from 2001 and her stint in Paris changed her life forever. Reason for the change? She left her overindulgent ways behind and found solace with Famille Chic, an aristocratic family, that enjoyed the small pleasures in life through the mastery of living well. The book speaks of the lessons she learnt from Madame Chic (the matriarch of the family). I will…

A NIGHT AT THE RED CHAMBER (YUM!)

Food & Drink

Name of Restaurant: Red Chamber http://www.redchamber.co.za/ Location: Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg, South Africa After a long week of work there is nothing more exciting than sharing a good meal with a friend. Red Chamber, which boasts 4.4 stars, was exactly what we needed and the promise of familiar dishes and the option to share and sample different meals had us all excited.The owner, Emma Chen, started the restaurant about 20 years ago and…

THE SIGNATURE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE REGULAR PEN

Style

A great pen is a must have accessory and a worthwhile investment. Your pen has to match seamlessly to your ambition, look, and personality. So what does your signature pen look like? The best way is to imagine yourself after you have worked hard to get a deal, imagine the late nights preparing, long days pitching, the annoying setbacks --- then you land the deal! You seamlessly negotiate the contract and signature day…

IN SEARCH OF MY BUON VIVERE – CURIOUS ABOUT ITALIAN FOOD

Food & Drink

In our daily lives we can make room to seek simple luxuries. An easy way is to be discerning and deliberate about the choices that we make, deciding to eat good food made with great ingredients. While travelling, a cab driver singled out the best Italian place in the city famed for its pizzas. I was curious to create a food memory and taste the pizza that was made from…

DRESSING UP FOR BUSINESS SCHOOL: MONDAY LOOK PART 1 – THE LUX LOOK

Intellectual swag, Style

BUSINESS SCHOOL MONDAY LOOK In a business school the dress code during the week is formal, which means you wear what  you would normally wear to work. MBA students, in particular, set the tone of the campus and are in some way expected to adhere to the code. I picked the options below of international luxury brands. This is my leaning because the focus of my doctoral studies is in…

MAKING THE CHOICE TO ATTEND BUSINESS SCHOOL: some considerations

Intellectual swag, Lifestyle

Studying in a business school is a privilege and you get to test your ideas in a safe space before applying them at work. Making the choice and going through the process is not easy as it requires a lot of great personal sacrifice. The return on investments is, however, ten-fold. My choice: My only experience of studying in a business school is with the Gordon Institute of Business Science…

SWEET MEDICINE BY PANASHE CHIGUMADZI

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At the end of the novel Panashe acknowledges Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for affirming her and sparking the desire within her to be a writer. I start with this because I am a firm believer in that  all voices need to be heard and if we have authors who speak in different voices and cover different contexts, more people will be inspired to read and write. So I am certain someone…