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)


“A new year”

Welcome to the good fortune of being presented with the opportunity of living in another year.  We trust that you are entering the scene with ambition and energy – cognisant that good living is creation more than it is chance.   

Every year is like a drawer stuffed with balls of colourful wool; bright yarn brimming with potential and begging for artistic hands.  You are the weaver – charged with the privilege of turning the raw material into beautiful tapestry. 

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“My management style is more strategic. How big is the failing in not being a detail person?”

Many talented individuals are big-picture people.  It’s a great asset to be visionary and to have strategic flair.  It inspires people and gives momentum to an idea.

Both magic and misery, however, will often be found in getting the specifics right or wrong. The impact of the apparent minuscule is vital in any design. Execution shines when the specifics are in place. It’s easy to call detail tedious or boring, but the fact of the matter is that any whole is made up of these important, yet often invisible parts.  Great products and experiences – Apple, Disney, Ferrari, Amazon – succeed because of their investment in the ‘small things’. 

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“I am incentivised by my business to ensure organisational stability and predictable performance. How do I make sure I don’t lose my sense of imagination in such a setting?”

Progress depends on both conformity and creativity.  I would therefore refrain from viewing my management responsibility as the nemesis of creativity.  Allow them to co-exist.  The world is a better place because of both; procedures and standards – and improving on them through novel ideas.  Consistency and originality need to live in harmony with each other if we want to make reliable headway. 

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“What type of strategy offers sustained traction?”

One that consists of a healthy interplay between creation and avoidance. That guides you to a destiny of choice – as well as protect you from the perils along the road.

We are raised by a system that obsessively rewards progress, not so much preservation. It measures outperformance over short intervals, to a lesser degree the ability to limit your losses over time. From an early age, we are tutored that success is mostly about breaking new ground – and to breathlessly explore the possible. They encourage us to build and create. And to top it all, they teach us that accomplishment is primarily a matter of taking risks – braving the jeopardies of the unfamiliar. 

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