The Logic Filter
is a private, independent business, founded by

Louis and Niel Fourie in 2007.

It offers life mentorship to professional people and personal guidance to business leaders.   

Its flagship product is the Regarding your Life program, a series of full-day conversations, spread over a year, designed to optimally accommodate a group of around five to eight people from the same company, professional sphere or social domain. 

The Regarding your Life program forms a central part of the executive management development process in many leading South African companies, and is used by many independent young entrepreneurs and professionals as a self-investment intervention.

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“Why is the world’s middle class revolting against the system?”

The knee-jerk and xenophobic answer is simple: “Our jobs and wealth is stolen by immigrants, China, the establishment, capitalists, big business, trade deals…”

There is however a much bigger force that indirectly angers the ‘man on the street’, but it presents itself veiled in quite deceptive arrangements.  It is technology.

The industrial revolution, which started in the 1700’s, had many sub-cycles – the mechanisation of the textile industry, the harnessing of steam, electricity generation, the moving assembly line and other spinoffs – in which machines changed people’s way of life as well as their methods of manufacture forever.   We are in the midst of another, accelerating meta-cycle; the digitisation of production.

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“What are your reflective thoughts on Brexit and the Trump victory?”

Populist movements are nothing new in modern world politics.  They have sporadically entered the formal scene – from both the right and the left of the political spectrum – from as early as the second half of the 1800’s.  They always tend to burst forth suddenly and unexpectedly, with an outsized immediate impact.  They do, however, tend to be short-lived in the bigger scheme of things, and replaced by long stretches of underlying political consensus about the basic policies of governing.

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“How do I decomplicate my life?”

Get clarity on what is really important – and what should be abolished. Carefully weigh your options, but shorten your menu. Let go of muchness.      

Simplicity is about serving ‘the crucial few’ things.  It is alright to say No. Reprioritise and re-evaluate what you’ve come to accept as routine.

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“I have a good life, but it sometimes feels as if the hustle and bustle coming with success is robbing me of my freedom. How do I get rid of this air of confinement?”

2016-07Many talented people experience this sensation of incarceration. And it is easy to find the culprits in your external circumstances and to blame some of the role players in your busy life. But the main offender is probably hiding on the inside; in a constricted approach to life, which denies you the sense of external freedom you long for.

Most people agree that true freedom does not await us in the abstention of responsibilities and an escape from the essential rules of life. We live in a real world.

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“What are your initial take-aways from the Brexit debacle?”

2016-06bDemocracy is a great model – but should be practised with proper care.  Ironically, it was the iconic UK politician Winston Churchill who once said that the best argument against a democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter.  The wisdom of crowds unfortunately falters when confronted with complex problems.  A referendum is a dangerously crude – even reckless – mechanism to deal with a multifaceted issue such as EU membership. 

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“When does persistence cross over into stupidity?”

2016-03Persistence is a mark of character.  But there is a thin line between productive perseverance and flogging a dead horse.

Tenacity tends to become hurtful when it is based on an artificial quest.  If your pursuit is an imitation of someone else’s journey, you may end up slaving away without making reliable progress.

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