Friday, March 28, 2008

Last night's 27dinner

After hearing a lot about the 27dinner I decided to go finally and see what the geeky hype is all about. But there was nothing unsettling about it in fact it redefines the term nerd as I've come to know it.

2 of the the people I met are Telana Simpson and Jo both from different industries yet proving that creativity is the common thread among the next generation of world leaders.

Mike is doing awesome work for business in SA and continues to grow the dinners, so if you know networking is key for your growth then attend one of their events and see for yourself.

Was Superman a nerd? Then I've just been turned into one.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

There’s always a beginning . . . . .

. . . .in both life and business. It has become evident, now that when outside
looking in, there are so many opportunities. We think we’ll be the ones to

revolutionize our industry and time, when in fact we should first be the best
at what we do.

Reaching the level of doing what you do at highly optimum levels first requires
that you clearly define what you do and reject what you don’t. At the moment in
South Africa there are loads of business opportunities and the fact is this hype
will soon end. But the only true entrepreneurs and logical thinkers will know
that the end one thing marks the beginning of another and another and another.
. . . .

First be known for what you do and make improvements to yourself where that’s
concerned then only thereafter create a set of rules that everyone else will

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Clients as partners (part 2)

(Part one is here)

When working with a client it is ideal to draft a contract that is inclusive of both company T&C’s. This means there is involvement right from the beginning and you can avoid unnecessary hiccups.

I am aware that watching paint dry is more exciting than red-tape and can affect human relationships. It was once referred to as the scissors with which snip corners of interaction. But once this has been customized then a pleasant partnership can be established.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ideas ARE rewarded

The value people perceive of your offer is the amount in monetary value they’ll pay. How much value do you perceive your service/product is worth?

Only you know how much you invest your time and utilize resources of significance to you and this pays off. Ideas are free I’ve heard on countless occasions, but once these are made tangible can have value to them.

Investing on your idea, which later becomes experience that the public buys into is determined by you. This can be in the form of time, money, association and refining your concept. Once concluded then you can proceed to implement the work required for the reward determinable by the experience offered.

The value perceived for your service is what people will give in exchange for it. Investing in your concept is determines what and how many people will pay for it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mentoring for your business

Mentoring for business progress is very viable as experiential skills transfer can lead to growth, without facing the hasslesome challenges. We normally overlook the suggestions of our peers as valid advice, in most cases because they lack the experience but this can be harzadous for business.

In making decisions about mentoring and your mentor there's a post on Goodnight Entrepreneur which led to this one.

I have found that newer entrepreneurs have very valid ideas for development, which aren't backed by the experience and subjective thinking.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Creativity . . . your yardstick

I’ve become reluctant to say we’re a different company as this should be proven in what you and not how we describe ourselves. Many people say they’re being different but nothing else about them says this. It seems we think we’re more distinct than we act. How many people really raise the bar on themselves all the time?

How do we even begin measure creativity between two of similar products or companies?

I have seen that most people who describe themselves as innovative are not, because you should be the living definition without saying it. So, what I ask myself lately is, am I being unconventional now or acting outside of known convention? This in itself could be a bit a premature but the fact is looking as though you’re out-of-a-box doesn’t mean you are out of your own.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Clients as partners

The people you do business with should be considered as partners on a project-to-project basis. This means you’ll do what you do efficiently and they’ll receive a service that exceeds expectations.

Reaching the objective of any work is dependant on how well relationships are between client and service/product provider. Social skills are key and these can be formulated through regular interactions.

If a service is to be offered efficiently, it will be traceable to how parties cooperate with each other. “Small companies” have an advantage as their company vision and image doesn’t get watered down through constant interpretation.

What excites me most, a wee bit more than having my desert as the main course, is that I’m able to continually revise my approach to suit individuals.

(Part 2 coming soon)


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