01 Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs don’t read

I read so little that you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’m barely literate.  I mostly read snippets of news about business, tech and politics. Harry Truman stated: “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers” So, if I want to be taken seriously as a thought leader in the world of small …

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Are you a small business owner or an entrepreneur?

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Today’s entrepreneurs are different

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]How do you define success?  Is it achieving status and respect, earning good money, being happy and content, having fun? How we see success may depend on factors like how easy it is to get rewarding work, where we live in the world and even when we were born.  For example, …

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Why so few entrepreneurs?

What is REALLY holding SA’s entrepreneurship levels back “South Africa’s rate of entrepreneurial activity is very low for a developing nation – a mere quarter of that seen in other sub-Saharan African countries.”  According to a recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report, “Only 2.7% of adult South Africans own or manage an established business.” Why …

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Sorry Ladies, you can’t have it AND eat it

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Much has been written about women in business and why there aren’t more.  According to a SAQA report, in 2011, “the majority of students enrolled in public higher education institutions are female”.  But the Grant Thornton 2015 report, Women in business, states that only 27% of senior management roles in South …

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How to kill your business

[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Each morning, he arrived at work at 5:30, opened up, tidied up after last night’s class, marked the assignments that had been handed in, prepared for the day’s lessons and filled the water cooler.