From big coaching set-back to huge business support insight

Choices in Business Support - coach, mentor, train, peer-suuport

What started out as a big set-back for a business support project we are doing for a startup, ended in a huge insight into what makes such interventions work, or what makes them getting stuck. It lead me to find new value in facilitated peer support. About three months ago, we started with business support […]

Does Effort Equal Success?

It is that time of the year again… piles of school books to cover and the obligatory “Meet The Teacher” meeting. Not that I mind the meeting  —  in fact I rather look forward to get to know a little about the person I am entrusting my precious child with for six hours or more every weekday. Only, […]

Why entrepreneurs fail ~ and what to do about it

Cacaity x Opportunity = Flow

Businesses fail for many reasons, but underlying all the possible causes there is one truth that, if better understood by the entrepreneur, would have ensured success. That truth is that to succeed you have to operate inside your “flow zone”. In my work with thousands of entrepreneurs this is the picture I draw most often, […]

Achieve Results with this 1-Page Business Plan

This is what Mike Tyson, the boxing champion and convict of the 1990s, famously said when reflecting on his approach as a successful fighter: “Everyone has a plan – until they get punched in the face!” In many respects Tyson’s observation is also what we experience in business…  You make meticulous plans, are asked by […]

Potential for Independent Professionals to Develop Themselves

Potential for self-development of independent professionals

Recently I did a quick “straw survey” amongst the independent professionals and entrepreneurs in my immediate network. When I got to a count of 50 replies I did a count and found the following: 98{e42095093a56873cd52ce328b684ec04090f01af8d3dd0862e56b9475caff4d7} PROFESSIONAL EXPERT By far the most of the professionals in my immediate network have been involved in their field of […]

Be Grateful And You’ll Be Happy

This message is about being grateful. I recently completed Martin Seligman’s VIA Survey of Character Strengths again and realised that “Gratitude” moved up to my number five strength. Previously it did not feature at all! Read the short blog I posted after doing the test, if this test sounds like something you could benefit from. […]

Get Into Your Flow By Building On Your Strengths

On this first Sunday evening of December 2011, I’m asking myself how I can start doing more of what I’m good at and stop doing all the other stuff I feel I need to do… I get into my flow when I do what I love doing and what I know I do well; and […]

Know an upcoming star?

Seda (the Small Enterprise Development Agency) is looking for business stars! They recently launched Seda Small Business Stars, a national business plan competition with a unique focus on entrepreneurial education. Over R4 million worth of prizes are on offer, including laptops and software for all winners, as well as a R50,000 cash prize for the overall […]

Helping your employees to find their flow

Ken Blanchard

Optimal experiences at work are within our grasp! This is what the science of positive psychology shows us today and which individuals can learn from in transforming their lives. But, you may ask, how do we translate these insights into practical business tactics? Along comes Ken Blanchard, best-selling co-author of “The One Minute Manager” and half a ton other books […]

Creating a Sustainable Future for Not-For-Profits

In December, Christoff Oosthuysen of Flow Finders International will participate in a new short course presented by the Graduate School of Business and Shawco, at the University of Cape Town. He will introduce course participants to Purpose-Based Business Planning and support them in the practical use of the Flow Canvas 1-Page Business Planning Tool to […]