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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“How would you explain integrity?”

2014-06_compl1Integrity is doing what is right, consistently so, without anyone instructing you to do so.  It is a pattern of decision-making anchored by fundamental truths.  It is a unique practice of maturity.

We build integrity by deliberately honing a conscience that is stronger than our primitive urge to be selfish and also overrides our innate impulse to earn social validation.  It deepens its roots every time you choose modesty over vanity – in every act when you remove yourself from ‘the centre of the universe’.  To attend to your character in this way takes commitment.

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Remarkable South Africa; A portfolio of under-celebrated assets

2015-10-30Extract from a talk by Louis Fourie

I am a proud South African.  I love my country.  No ifs or buts.

South Africa was only good to me.  She was kind to my family.  Her opportunities afforded me success in business, wonderful lessons, diverse friendships and unique experiences.  I have travelled far and wide, and always longed to come back to the land of my soul, never pondered any alternative.

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“Is it asocial to love silence?”

2014-06_compl1No, it is actually a virtue to afford yourself the sanctity of privacy.

Your most important insights emerge when you grant yourself reflective space. Your best work awaits you in private silence. Your biggest discoveries emerge after extended periods of uninterrupted concentration and fermentation. Your sense of calmness is rooted in your ability to socially detach on a regular basis.

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“We founded our business 15 years ago, but struggle to take it to the next level. Do you find a gridlock of this nature in many medium-sized business?”

2015-08

We do – especially if the founders are still in charge.

Over the years, we have identified a combination of five common reasons for this life-cycle impasse:

The first, is that founders normally start a business with the benefit of the customer in mind.  Quality of product and level of service are everything to them.  This customer-sympathetic culture is vital in the early phase of the business, but many founders never evolve beyond this ‘hands-on, personal service, new-product design’ ethos.  This implies that the people who are supposed to build an operationally efficient business and streamline business practices, stay involved in product issues and client relations.

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“Some of my ‘passive’ investments are giving me all sorts of headaches. Is it normal?”

2015-05d

Our passive investments should not keep us busy.  If they do, it normally implies that we misinterpreted the nature of the asset when the investment was made.

People end up with these ‘passive, busy assets’ – whether in the form of excess property, speculative business ventures or investments in side-line passions – when they allow emotion to dictate.  They are often led by the lifestyle appeal of these possessions, sometimes attracted to them because of the lure of excessive returns, occasionally swept into them by an ego trip, and easily tricked into them through social coercion.

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“What sits behind the success of businesses that dominate their market space?”

2015-04

We would highlight five universal characteristics:

There is constructive alignment in the behaviours of their employees.  These businesses get their people to work together and spontaneously serve the same cause.  This collaborative spirit is built on shared values and an embedded understanding of the reason why their clientele do business with them.  Employees are well-trained in these businesses, and proud brand representatives.  It starts with the correct appointments.

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