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Beware Cell Phone “Scams’!

May 2nd, 2014

I don’t know about you, but as I have a cell phone contract which generally meets my monthly needs, I tend not to check each invoice which comes through from the provider. (in this case, MTN).  When the monthly charge does exceed the contract amount, it’s usually because I have spent more time on my [...]


April 3rd, 2014

This morning I logged into my office server by remote and was greeted by a warning from Microsoft.  Within 5 days (April 8, 2014), Microsoft will no longer support the Windows XP operating system. There will be no more security fixes, software updates or technical support, although Microsoft will still provide some anti-malware support for [...]

Best Wishes for 2014.

December 13th, 2013

We’ve come to the end of yet another year – and another one which seems to have flashed by.  I don’t think it’s just because I’m getting older, as everyone I speak to – young and old alike – feel the same way.  I’m sure it’s do with the fact that we live in an [...]

Improving your Collections

August 15th, 2013

One of the areas that require extra attention during the tough economic conditions – as we’re experiencing now – is the collection of outstanding debts.
It’s an aspect of business that no one really enjoys – and even the people employed to do the job, very often, find it hard to do.  It’s a bit like [...]

The Thing about having a Vision!

June 25th, 2013

Before you say “what’s he still banging on about this thing called ‘vision’ for?” take a few minutes to consider this:

We live in a very uncertain world of business right now.  I guess it’s always been that way, but I suspect never to the extent it is now.  I get Business Day and Mail & [...]


June 24th, 2013

Louise Madgwick has just completed a Sectional Title Scheme management certification course, under the auspices of UCT (Law & Work) and Paddocks, a specialist sectional title and home owners association (HOA) firm that provides a range of products and services throughout South Africa.  Paddocks is headed by Adjunct Professor Graham Paddock, who is an authority [...]

Without Vision…! # 3

June 10th, 2013

So, for the past week, you’ve been giving a lot of thought to that picture of what your business or organisation should eventually look like – the end in mind.
And – you should have been able to write something down.  If you have, then go through it a few times and sharpen it up; try [...]

Without Vision….! # 3

June 3rd, 2013

Here are a few short steps to creating that enduring vision for your business
1.  THINK.
In this day and age, many people are so busy they rarely have time to think.  Well, they ‘think’ they have no time to think!  This is not actually true.  They simply have to make a decision to go off somewhere [...]

Without Vision…! # 2

May 27th, 2013

The thing that stuns me the most when I raise the subject of ‘vision’ is how many businesses have been started without one!  Now, let’s be clear on this – all businesses are started with the aim of making money; of making a living for the business owner.  I [...]

The Fred Factor

May 22nd, 2013

There was a little book published in 2004 by Mark Sanborn called ‘The Fred Factor’.

Based on a true story and an actual person called Fred Shea, it made a significant impact on me – and in many ways helped to shape my view of work – and more particularly, the way in which I do [...]