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 programme.  The programme consists of a series of full-day conversations, spread over a year, designed to cover the themes inherent to a happy, successful life.

The Regarding your Life programme 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.

For enquiries about the programme, mail louis(at)


“Is pessimism a chronic condition?”

Gloominess can definitely become an enduring attitude.  Any behaviour, when worked on hard enough, becomes engrained.  Some people choose to work very hard on bleakness – and consequently mould themselves into world-class pessimists.

Pessimists mentally design a future speckled with hopelessness.  While busy creating this treacherous model of tomorrow, they double down on the effort by turning the past into a tale of misery as well.  Their script brims with victims and perpetrators.

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“How aggressively should I incentivise people in my business?”

When you entice people to act in a certain way, you should always be very clear on one question: At what cost does such an incentive come?

From a distance, promises and threats seem to work.  If punishment is aversive enough, or a reward appealing enough, people tend to agree to quite extraordinary behaviour. However, when you think long and hard about the cost of an extreme incentive, you are normally confronted with three insights:

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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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