Leading upwards…

I realise again and again the challenges leaders have in leading upwards. On the one hand it is understandable: how do I give my honest views to my superior, knowing that he/she has the power over my salary, my bonus, my appraisal? At the same time this is what the … Continue reading

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Spread the Love!

Many people are now in Valentines frenzy, looking for little things they can give to prove their love for someone special. How do you show your appreciation to those within your business/ you are working for? It over and over again fascinates me, how people just work so much better … Continue reading

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“So, attitude is a choice??”

So often we get stuck in dead-end thinking. “I can’t…”, “I’ll never be able to…”, “If he would just do …., then…” and so the list continues. Realising I cannot change things beyond my control, only myself, can also be frustrating. Reason: I have to change my attitude or do … Continue reading

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Team-building experience

Before the big work begins, it is valuable for a team to re-group as individuals as well as a team. This cellar team used the time to try and understand how each of them communicate. Thinkers need time to plan and process, do’ers need the opportunity to get things done … Continue reading

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Invictus

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond … Continue reading

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‘Employment relations in agriculture: moving from confrontation to collaboration’

This was the topic for the Forum that took place in Stellenbosch on 21 November. We had the privilege of listening to a great guest speaker and expert leader nationally and internationally on negotiation, mediation and conflict management. The questions that were asked: how do we manage conflict? Naturally/ instinctively … Continue reading

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Feeling stretched?

Feeling stretched is not a great feeling most times. We feel as though we are spread thin, we may feel as though we are on the brink of mental/ physical/ emotional exhaustion. We may have many questions going through our minds: “Why am I doing this?” “Can I do this?” … Continue reading

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New beginnings…

Spring has arrived here in South Africa. The weather is changeable, sometimes warm, then cold again…it is as though we do not quite know what the weather wants and how to dress. We start to see little buds close to bursting open, frail little tap roots of seedlings trying to … Continue reading

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Awareness, responsibility and self-belief: what’s the connection?

Interesting words! I wonder how often our worlds see and use those words separately rather than in partnership. What I mean is one leader tries to get their people to become more aware of their surrounding or their actions, whilst another focuses on getting people to be more responsible and … Continue reading

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Trusting a person vs trusting a process

This week a leader asked me: “how can I work with someone that I don’t trust?” Interesting question and difficult one! Do we not often fall into that trap: I cannot trust someone and so my behaviour will show this. As a leader the problem is that this just makes … Continue reading

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