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Posts by Mary-Anne Calvert

EQ – A pathway to success

As every entrepreneur would agree, we are a special breed of people who have the courage to turn our passions into businesses and make our dreams a reality. Yet, like any leader, there is much we need to learn and many skills we need to develop to ensure the success of our ventures, particularly when…

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Attitude: A little thing that makes a big difference!

As every entrepreneur knows, if you have a team of people working with you in your business, you must deal with their performance, personal issues and attitudes, as much as you must deal with your own! Why this image for a post about attitude? Well, depending on your attitude, you may choose to focus on…

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Don't become a dinosaur!

I recently attended a dynamic presentation called “How Do We Stay Forever Profitable” by John Sanei, a trend and business innovation specialist based in Cape Town.  I highly recommend this talk if you want to jolt your management team out of their comfort zones and into decisive action that will help your business prepare for the future!…

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Lessons of a recycled start-up

A few years back I wrote a blog post about the lessons of a small business owner, and just nine months into 2016, I have learned a whole lot more!  Although I founded my business in 2005, my relocation to Cape Town from Durban in December 2013 meant that I effectively became a recycled start-up in a new…

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A business case for performance coaching

Just over a year ago, a client for whom I had been providing a learning and development service, asked me to coach a manager who was promoted from an operations position to branch manager. The coachee has years of experience in the business, but had received little or no formal development, which he was open…

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A great consultant

As a consultant myself, this article posted by the Centre For Creative Leadership provided a useful mechanism to assess how well I am doing in this regard. “Great consultants are more than just someone hired to do a job. They become trusted advisers. They are sought after and become the one person the client wants…

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Boomers leading generation X & Ys

“Boomers have been very successful – the problem now is that a new workforce starts to emerge into the workplace and the rules, regulations and the methodologies that have been so successful in the past are not working as well as they used to.” Watch Keith Coats of tomorrowtodayglobal talking about a topic that is…

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Zoona – Africa’s hottest startup

Brad and Brett Magrath are the co-founders of Zoona (pronounced Zohna), an African start-up that “brings together the drive of young entrepreneurs and cutting-edge technology to bring safe and reliable money transfers to underserved communities all over Africa.” I came across them at a recent Startup Grind event and met with Brad recently to pick…

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