lessons

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…

THE ALLURE OF BEING MYSTERIOUS

Lifestyle

I use my weekends as a space for reflection to see how well I have done in the past week. I happened this weekend to be thinking – have we lost our mystery? Do we overshare? Do people know everything there is to know about us or do we keep some spaces and information close to our hearts to keep our allure? This is a work in progress for me…

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…

10 SURE FIRE WAYS TO GET THAT INTERNAL PROMOTION

Career

It may be a good idea to consider getting a promotion in your current company than to search for another job. Think about it, you are already familiar with the company culture. They are well aware of the value you bring. There are a few critical steps that you need to take to land that job and make full use of your talents. 1. Step up your game in your…

5 LESSONS FROM MAYA ANGELOU

What are we reading?

I woke up thinking of great books and the power of words and reading. My mind went back to the works of Maya Angelou and in particular her 6 part autobiography. My favourite is her last one A Song Flung Up to Heaven she speaks of Oliver Tambo, Robert Sobukwe, Nelson Mandela and the plight of the black person both in America and abroad. Her books taught me many lessons.…

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…