02 Attitude

SA Entrepreneurs are Naïve, Lazy and Self-Centred

What a revelation. Delegates and government officials at the 2018 Southern Africa Business Incubation Conference (SABIC) quibbled over whether our incubators and their skills transfer processes positively impacted our ecosystem sufficiently well enough to get them out of the starting blocks. By contrast, in advanced economies like Sweden’s, where there are over 120 incubators, their …

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The Lie That I Live

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″ css=”.vc_custom_1471984347149{margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text] A client of mine told me that he has great difficulty networking.  As a black entrepreneur, he feels that he would be abusing the relationship to discuss business with friends and family at a social gathering.  In some other cultures, it is not …

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YOU are a Leader

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]You’ve heard the saying: “Some people make things happen, some watch them happen and some wonder what ‘happened?’” Which one are you?

How not to get fired by your customers

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]It’s not that difficult to do good business in South Africa. Just do what other businesses don’t do: give good service. So few businesses really embrace customer service that to give yourself the edge all you need to do is treat your customer with respect. How many businesses return your calls? How many respond to your …

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Entrepreneurs dealing with depression

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=””] Fear of failure, high stress levels and financial worry are some of the biggest challenges to entrepreneurs’ mental health People don’t understand what it’s like being an entrepreneur: you have to be ‘good’ at everything, you are responsible for everything.  And you have to be successful, you know: keeping …

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Yes, apartheid IS to blame

“How’s business?” is a phrase that kids in white South African homes commonly hear at family events and when friends come round for a braai.  Not unusual in a society where entrepreneurship is common place. But this is not the norm in black families. According to a UCT Unilever Institute study, there has been a …

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