Intellectual Swag

LETTER TO HER: #girlboss #geekchick

Career, Intellectual swag, Women of Influence Series

Dear Her (she who knows her name and her academic and life triumphs) I remember the day we first got acquainted and you let me know what your frustrations and regrets were. Your biggest regret was that you started studying and you know you could have applied yourself more but you didn't. You wondered if it was too late for you and if you could salvage it so your dream…

BOOK REVIEW – GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE BY ANGELA DUCKWORTH

Intellectual swag, What are we reading?

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is a great book about doing your best day after day, year after year, and letting your compass be high order goals. Grit is about being obsessive about following your life goals and holding onto them for a long time till you have reached mastery. Harness your energy and let your high order goals harness your daily behaviour. Daily devote your life to…

A TRIBUTE TO #BLACKACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: DR MANDLA ADONISI

Intellectual swag, Man of Influence Series

In January of 2014, I sat in my first MBA class where I experienced my first and only black lecturer on the programme. Organisational Development and Transformation was refreshing because for the first time on the MBA, I understood a subject beyond the textbook and the application thereof. I was immersed in it because as a black corporate leader I comprehended on a deeper level what was happening around me…

WHERE IS ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE LOCATED? HINT: NOT IN AFRICA

African theory, Intellectual swag

[caption id="attachment_2236" align="alignnone" width="718"] Source: http://geography.oii.ox.ac.uk/[/caption] Thompson Reuters’ Web of Knowledge has mapped the above to show the geographic location of academic content. 9,500 journals were mapped from the Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports in order to show the number of journals published from each country and the impact factor /number of citations within a journal. Where is Africa? On the African continent, South Africa leads in terms of…

BOOK REVIEW: AND FOR ALL THESE REASONS … I’M IN: ESSENTIAL ADVICE FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Intellectual swag, What are we reading?

They say, when the student is ready, the teacher will show up. As I ponder on the next chapter of my life in an entrepreneurial space…rather as I shake in my boots thinking of creating a brand new business this book was timely. The book is filled with hand advice from South Africa’s Dragons Gil Oved, Lebo Gunguluza, Polo Leteka, Vinny Lingham, and Vusi Thembekwayo. Gil Oved gifted me this…

THE AFRICAN LUXURY MARKET

African theory, Intellectual swag, Style

I have been doing research for my proposal and looking at the interactions between luxury brands and the African market. The top 75 luxury brands referred to in the reports are mainly European and American with a few Asian luxury houses.  What stood out for me is the absence of African luxury houses in these reports. How do African luxury brands get into the top 75 global luxury brands? In…

DONOVAN LIVINGSTON STUDENT SPEAKER AT HGSE’s 2016 HARVARD CONVOCATION

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Great speech by Livingston, a son of two educators, given as spoken word. He highlights the great power of education. Profound - "noone is born to be common" (Livingston, 2016). There is a duty on educators, now and in the future, to help all students reach their full potential.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XGUpKITeJM   “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, Is a great equalizer of the conditions of men.” –…

AN ANSWER (?) TO DEVELOPING AFRICAN THEORY – GROUNDED THEORY

African theory, Intellectual swag

Follow my blog with Bloglovin In February 2016, with my first blog post my aim was to encourage the development of African theory to advance African thought. At that point I was a few weeks into the PhD Programme. Now a few months in and under the inspiration of my qualitative research lecturers David and Paul, I would like to proffer a HOW to do this as a follow up…

RAISING YOUR A-GAME: BALANCING FULL-TIME WORK AND PART-TIME STUDIES

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The past weeks have personally been very challenging. Over six weeks the demand on the PhD Programme has been submission of 30 assignments, interviews and transcribing, commenting on other colleagues' work and responding to feedback on your submitted work. Then there is work, deadlines, meetings, reports, A-game demands and customer demands. I have had to find methods to cope. A lot of people do not have the luxury of either…

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KHENE ON THE NEED FOR AFRICAN THEORY

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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…