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23 July 2019
Designing a ‘Bootstrap’

Designing a ‘Bootstrap’ Until recently bootstrapping was something I associated with technology. Usually, a piece of software that initiates your hardware and software like your operating system when firing up your laptop in the morning. The ‘coffee’ of the software world if you will. Bootstrapping is also a[…]

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28 June 2018
The business of living

The business of living I played tournament Paintball years ago and met many odd, unusual characters during that time. One of them, Theunis, a team-mate with a larger than life personality. I remember his dynamic confidence, benevolently engaging anyone who met his gaze. Random spectators, players, friends, family, anyone[…]

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22 June 2018
Giving the gift of accountability

Giving the gift of accountability A friend returned from Mexico recently. She thought it would bear the fruits of a burgeoning business relationship. It became complicated. We met a few days after her return, the same day I set a professional life-change of my own in motion. Our[…]

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14 June 2018
Last coffee in Johannesburg

Last coffee in Johannesburg We shared a farewell-coffee in October 2013. He carefully prepared the last brew; he made many cups for me up to that point and has prepared even more for others since. 31 October 2013, my ‘last’ coffee with Felix in Johannesburg. Felix Matswai is[…]

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7 June 2018
No escaping from feedback

No escaping from feedback “Don’t fuck this up..”, words falling like arrows unexpectedly piercing the armour around my soft, sensitive core. The comment, still vivid three years later, dropped just before a landmark business pitch. It left a mark on my confidence; my deflection strategy was not sustainable, nor[…]

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22 May 2018
Once seen, it can’t be unseen

Once seen, it can’t be unseen “Who’s Castle?! Our Castle! My name is Michael Carlyle, I’m a student of wizardry, and my father was a respected and famous Guardian.” Sketch-notes; Value of lost opportunities. It has been a year since I became Michal for a few days and participated[…]

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16 May 2018
Staring into the Dragon’s eye

Staring into the Dragon’s eye Two years ago, in a Polish Castle, I met Mark Odesky. You see, he knows a thing or two about Dragons, the fear they invoke and how to slay them. Sketch-note; Ambitions and Constraints. Mark who? In some way or another, his work might[…]

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14 May 2018
“Flapping lips.”

“Flapping lips.” My career in advertising started in a Johannesburg basement. A web developer, somewhat shy, introverted, spending his time with others of his kind. As developers do. Not quite a Mad Man. The introvert flourished and became a client-facing strategist. Swooping in, alongside his team, with the[…]

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14 May 2018
Searching for Maybe-man.

Searching for Maybe-man. “Werner. Everything will be fine. As long as we have a great story to tell.”, I heard this a few times over the years I worked with one of my former bosses. In case you wondered; she was right, more times I cared to count.[…]

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10 May 2018
Finding confidence

Finding confidence I have lost it, like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. For him a heart, for me, confidence. A cancer has been consuming my passion, work, art. Certainty. The skill of carrying yourself with such conviction that everybody believes you have all the answers,[…]

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