WHERE ARE THE LEADERS?

Idealism – Excellence

In the world of entrepreneurship and startups, which I inhabit and have some claim to, we say that you can’t succeed in your startup until you make a significant personal commitment. Most successful entrepreneurs deliberately had no Plan B (second option if the first...

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Customer Service – My Tweets

Don't work to satisfy customers. Work knowing that it is your signature. It defines you and tells the world who you are.Your image is not built by your ad agency but by how your customer's experience your service and tell others, not you.A complaining customer wants...

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Half the date

When you look at a tomb stone you see a date under the name which reads for example 5. 1. 1980 – 6. 1. 2014Our life is the dash between these two dates. On how we live that dash will depend what happens after the second half of the date is written.I was born on 4th...

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To every Israeli soldier

Listen and listen wellO! One who could have been our brotherFor we are one people, whether you like it or notYou are a Semite, A son of Israeel (Issac)I am a Semite, A son of Ismaeel (Ishmael)Our father, the father of both you and IIs Ibrahim (Abraham)Or are you one...

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About Life and Living

Methuselah lived 986 years and all they said about him was that he died.~ Francis BehymerOne of the classic stances of today is to talk about the ‘sanctity of human life’. I put that phrase in inverted commas because if we look about ourselves at all the millions...

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In defense of ‘Yet’

As they say, ‘By the Law of Aerodynamics the Bumblebee cannot fly. But Bumblebees don’t know aerodynamics and so they fly.’I believe that there is a word in the English language and its equivalent in every other language which is a closely guarded secret. It is my aim...

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When success is the problem

 Design determines results. A train will never fly no matter how powerful the engine because it is not designed to fly. A microlight aircraft flies with an engine smaller than that of most motorcycles.The problem with schooling is not that it's failed but that...

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My Gift To You

The Final Essence – The 'Can't do without 7' listAs I come to the closure of this book, and although I see my life as a work in progress, I would like to encapsulate some of my key learnings thus far. It has been my aim to show in this book that ordinary people can...

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They & We

They spent money for IslamWe make money from IslamThey brought others into the UmmahWe send Muslims out of the UmmahTheir leaders were the best of themOur leaders are the worst of usThey measured Net Worth in characterWe measure Net Worth in moneyThey were known for...

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Winners and Losers

There are two kinds of losers.1.    One is a loser who lost despite his best effort but doesn’t accept defeat. He analyses what happened, accepts what he needs to change in order to win. Then he disciplines himself and works ceaselessly until he...

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Fighting crime in South Africa

In my many visits to the beautiful country of South Africa one of the things that I was struck by was the proliferation of violent crime. The situation seems to have reached truly alarming proportions where people have lost all sense of safety and are in a...

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Confusion about kindness

What is kindness? Is it accepting substandard work or is it insisting that only the best quality is acceptable? There is often a lot of confusion about this and people think that they are being kind when they say nothing to their group members, family or friends who...

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On becoming an Organizational Consultant

Many young and old (post retirement) friends and acquaintances ask me for pointers to enter the world of Organizational Consulting & Training which I have been in since 1985. I thought it would be good to share generally what I have been advising people for...

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Entrepreneurial Dilemmas and their answers

Spirit‘In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow, wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence.’~ Socrates, in Plato’s PhaedrusFirst...

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When the journey is the destination

When social change is protracted and long it produces a situation that has no closure. There is apparently no end to it. No classic ‘arrived state’. No final shining land of perpetual sunshine, timely rain, green fields or whatever our imagination tells us is waiting...

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Freedom of Expression or Freedom to Blaspheme?

Freedom of expression must not be confused with freedom from the consequences of expression. Exercising freedom and abusing it are not the same. The latter forfeits the former. Just because we are free to express ourselves, it doesn’t free us from the responsibility...

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