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Mar 28, 2016

Growing Pains

No pain, no gain. That is the truth. When you start to grow you will have new challenges and lots of struggles. Scaling up is never easy. Change is a constant and rising to the challenge is the only way to keep going. Invest in better systems and try not to get too bogged down with process. Layers of complexity need to be avoided at all costs, although in reality this is never easy. It all comes down to people and that fact that we all grow at different rates. Some people are going to be left behind and that is a fact of life. Don’t fight it – if someone doesn’t scale with the growth then make a change, and do it calmly and fairly, ad do it with compassion. Customers will always experience your growing pains and keeping churn to a minimum is fundamental. Bureaucracy is going to creep in, and things will take time, but never accept this as a fact – strive to keep things simple.

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6 pointers on making new staff comfortable and productive
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7 guidelines to cutting through the maze at conferences and maximizing your networking
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5 clues on how to find good people
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5 principles to making money and being smart about it
Nov 19, 2015 © Ronnie Apteker

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Dec 01, 2015 © Brendan Jack

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Dec 01, 2015 © Ronnie Apteker

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1 typo, lots of attention, no panicking
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Typos are here to say. Er, stay. We share with you our views on what to do, and what not to do, when you have a typo in a mailer that you sent to your customer base.

5 tips in case you arrive late for a meeting
Mar 23, 2016 © Brendan Jack

Be professional – don’t arrive late for meetings. In fact, arriving a bit earlier is always a good thing. But, if you genuinely get stuck on route and you do arrive late then act gracefully and do the right thing – apologize and be sincere. A light touch also may help, but always do it respectfully. Keep a cool head at all times, and don’t try any reverse psychology mumbo jumbo. Be on the ball.

7 secrets of being an entrepreneur
Mar 25, 2016 © Ronnie Apteker

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5 golden rules of the missed call
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1 major tip when selling : listen more
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May 04, 2016 © Ronnie Apteker

What is the point of making more and more money?

9 practical tips for etiquette in the boardroom
May 10, 2016 © Brendan Jack

Business is about taking risks, but don’t make that risk involve not booking a meeting room and hoping another meeting party doesn’t show up.

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May 13, 2016 © Brendan Jack

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10 signs that you should not take that job
May 24, 2016 © Brendan Jack

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May 27, 2016 © Ryan Blumenthal

There are skills which we don’t learn at schools or universities. These rare skills are those which are required for day-to-day functioning.

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Jun 07, 2016 © Ronnie Apteker

Do you see yourself as a business person? Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur? If so, then you will need to start looking outside the walls of your organization.

Things to keep in mind when filming in London and South Africa
Jun 14, 2016 © Brendan Jack

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How often have you been on the telephone while reading your e-mail in the background?

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The best way to make the ‘point’ that we aren’t all on the same page, even though we think we were.

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Do any of you remember the movie Jerry Maguire? Now this was a show! Talk about pulling it all together. This was an amazingly spiritual journey. Watch it again …

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The progress paradox
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I have been referring to the progress paradox and the purpose-money continuum and the quality-quality struggle for quite some time now. Simply put, the paradox of our time is that we live in an age of incredible prosperity and convenience - life has never been easier - we have all kinds of machines and devices to help us; yet, our ability to cope with life seems to be deteriorating with each technological advancement.

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