Book Precis: Real Leadership

Real Leadership 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose By John Addison This book is punted as “A  great leadership book which surfaces irregularly”. I have to agree. The following summary outlines the 9 practices for successful leadership and the    underlying facets to optimise those principles. The book, of course, goes into much…

Problem Solving Methodology and Action Planning

I was recently requested to outline a problem solving methodology and presented a successful and implementable model encompassing 3 concepts : 1. The Dick Lyle Problem Solving Method 2. Non-hierarchical Teams 3. An effective Action Planning model Dick Lyle Problem Solving Method Dick Lyle is a strategy consultant in San Diego who specializes in Problem…

Some Life Lessons I liked This Week

I recently watched and listened to the keynote address at a 2013 university graduation ceremony in Western Australia by Tim Minchin, an Aussie public speaker and comedian. I found the presentation compelling and in particular enjoyed his own 9 lessons of life which I’ve summarised: 1. No long term dreams. They are by definition long…

Clinching the Components of a Sound Business Plan

Creating a Solid Business Plan: Essential Components No organisation that takes itself seriously can escape the preparation of a business plan. This is one of the recurring requirements that business organisations need to fulfill. There are different uses for a business plan. It can be a requirement for a financing deal, or it might be…

Leaders and Leadership Styles

In my experience, leaders are invariably different, there is not one standard model. In fact different leaders and leadership styles are required at different business stages. Basically there is a combination of types of leaders and leadership styles: – The Entrepreneurial leader The Professional leader The Complacent leader The Turnaround leader And these are combined…

Business Lessons from the Bush: Wisdom from the Big Cats

We all love the bush because most human beings resonate with nature. The bush can also teach us a great deal about the way we manage our business. Our speaker at the Cape Town Vistage meeting in September was Lorne Sulcas http://lornesulcas.com/about.html who discussed the lessons we can learn in life and business from the…