Posts Tagged Opportunity

South Africa’s endemic culture of entitlement

Why is it that so many South African people feel entitled to everything? Why do so many of our citizens believe that the government must just give them houses, jobs & farms but they do not expect to have to work for it? Why is it that we just expect greater than inflationary increases with scant regard whether we are in fact adding more value than we did a year ago?

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5 Lessons in Creating Opportunity

I often bleat on about the fact that South Africans seem to have a sense of entitlement as opposed to industriousness and so I find it encouraging to actually be proved wrong. Michael’s story is a prime example of an individual who created his own opportunity in the face of adversity and who got off his backside to create his own future.

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Get Out of Your Vehicle!

I remember going to the Kruger National Park many years ago and watching as hundreds of vehicles used to pass us along the tarred wilderness tracks. Every so often we would see an animal, and on the rare occasion we would find some of the bigger game that we came hoping to see. The experience was really one based on pot luck as well as having to deal with the reams of other contenders for the opportunities that came up.

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Mobile Internet Will Empower Africa

For many African people mobile technology often represents the first modern infrastructure of any kind. Huge opportunities have been created by these people simply having a mobile phone. It saves time, money and unnecessary travel. It facilitates the planning, management and communication of many small businesses, trades and co-operatives, especially agricultural. In the broader sense of industry, it allows for information to be shared on comparative prices, stocks, shares, trends and negotiations. Perhaps most pertinently, these mobile phones serve as an extension of financial services to millions of poor people who do not have access to bank accounts.

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Why South African Education Needs to Change for the Better

Are we educating our kids appropriately for the world they are going to live in? Is our education system in some ways counter productive in preparing our kids optimally for a world in which they are going into and which is exponentially changing every single second? I believe it is, and I believe that it needs to change for the better both in the education being given, the methods for examining this and in the continued levels of excellence that higher education represents.

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What You Don’t Know About the Largest English Speaking Nation on Earth

By the end of the year China will be the largest English speaking nation on earth. With typical Chinese resolve and discipline, its leaders have and are continuing to take the nation forward in its quest for wealth, opportunity and global progression.

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Southern Africa’s 21st Century Colonisation

Is Africa undergoing a 21st Century colonisation? This question may seem strange and rather out of place in our newly maturing democracy of 15 years. There is however, good reason for questioning this.

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Why Change Fails

I often find that companies I work with want to take on a strategy for change without understanding what the four key drivers for change management really are. I thought I’d use this post to share with you the why, what, how and when of strategic change within an organisation.

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South African Education in the 21st Century: Part 2

It was back to education strategies yesterday this time, however, with a different organisation. It seems that most of the private schools in South Africa are finding it quite challenging to balance the constrained systems of education versus the dynamic and innovative style of education that they would like.

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Namibian Notes: Opportunity and the Chinese

I have just finished up a three day conference in Windhoek, Namibia. Although I have been to this city numerous times before, what really struck me this time around are two distinct points.

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