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Strategic Planning Post-COVID

Sep 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

The COVID pandemic and lockdowns around the world caused widespread disruption in numerous industries. Management teams have scrambled to find new strategies for growth and survival while workers struggled with lost income and blurred boundaries. In my article Coronavirus and the Zoom Boom I argued this was also an acceleration of digital transformation, something that …

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Jun 9 2021

How To Publish An eBook On Amazon

Are you an author trying to get your work published? Or perhaps you are trying to build credibility for your brand by getting your content out to a wider audience? Did you know it’s quick and easy to get published in the biggest online book store. Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing platform has enabled thousands of …

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Jun 7 2021

Beat Procrastination With These 2 Practices

Done. It’s a word that everyone wants to hear. Especially your boss, your spouse, your study supervisor. It’s a word you wish you said more often. If you could just get focused and stop procrastinating. Burn Your Boats and Kanban can be combined to help you master your time and your tasks. Many of my …

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May 30 2021

Learning Culture: How To Create One In Your Workplace

The world has changed more in the last 10 years than it has in the last 60 years. Entire industries have been turned upside down, especially by something called digital disruption. You must help your organisation adapt through creating a culture of learning. It starts with you, your team, your department and the whole environment …

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Sep 2 2020

Epic Battle Of The Platforms

Virtual combat has spilled into the boardroom as Fortnite has been kicked off the Apple App store for violating in-app payment guidelines. Fortnite is rallying its users to fight back against what it calls the “App Store Monopoly”. But it’s more complicated than just a popular video game standing up to an anti-competitive big bad …

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Aug 14 2020

Stay in motion & make progress with parallel working

This week I’ve coached four people through progress blockers by helping them to work (and think) in multiple parallel streams towards the same end goal. One of them is a postgrad student working on a final report but she didn’t know where to start. I explained that each section is like a parallel stream which …

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Jun 23 2020

Work(shops) From Home – Own the Zoom Room

“Running my first workshop during lockdown felt like an out of body experience” … I’ve put together a brand new online course to help you run better workshops. You will learn how to prepare and run a workshop to drive alignment even if everyone is working from home and attending your workshop using video conferencing …

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Jun 8 2020

Coronavirus and the Zoom Boom

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, 70% of companies were on some sort of digital transformation journey. During lockdowns around the world, a billion people have surged onto digital platforms to work from home. As a result, the world’s digital transformation has accelerated by 3-5 years and digital is no longer a differentiator, it’s …

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Jun 1 2020

A Sentiment Scale for Agile Teams

I have finished my PhD … These are five wonderful words! Due to COVID-19 lockdowns, there will be no ceremonial graduations at Wits University this year, but it was a significant milestone to receive the letter. I have been studying Agile software development teams in large organisations for the past 4 years using a research …

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May 22 2020

Ventilator Makers: The Plan C Team

According to last night’s Vent-Con 2020 conference, about 10,000 people worldwide are trying to build ventilators to help solve the anticipated shortage due to COVID19. Highly qualified speakers from various countries shared a panel to showcase their projects, discuss design considerations and help get teams from “workbench to deployment”. I was interested in all these …

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Nov 18 2019

Academic writing for meaning and clarity: An online course from WitsX

Everyone writes, but we don’t always write effectively and with our readers in mind. This course is aimed at postgraduate students in any field and includes principles and practices of writing well in an academic context (click here to enrol). Whether you are writing articles, reports or emails, the principles in this course are widely …

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Oct 15 2019

[Book Review] “Red Notice” by Bill Browder

From hedge fund manager to Russian fugitive; Bill Browder and his international quest for justice. Bill Browder made Billions of dollars for his clients; his lawyer was tortured and killed in a Russian jail and the world’s human rights movement applauds him for the Magnitsky Act – a tour de force of human rights legislation. Most of this book you …

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Jan 13 2019

[Book Review] The War on Normal People by Andrew Yang

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang believes all Americans should be given $1000 per month from the government, this is his Universal Basic Income proposal which he hopes will help him win the White House next year. Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and other leading tech thinkers support similar proposals and Yang says UBI will help avoid a …

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