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 my 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 my 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)


The ultimate response

As 2021 draws to a close, it may be fair to describe the last two years as one of the more surreal – and frankly most challenging – periods of many people’s lifetimes. 

Many households have experienced unparalleled economic challenges.  And many individuals have suffered the tragedy of loss in an intimate way.  Worldwide, nearly 5.2 million people is reported to have died from the coronavirus (unofficially, the number is estimated to be closer to 17 million – and as high as 250 000 in South Africa).

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The workplace after COVID

It is 18 months later, and the pandemic-shaken work environment is gradually starting to unveil its new template.  Businesses are in various stages of acclimatising to an altered way of working. 

It appears that the relationship between companies and their personnel is reshaping itself under the influence of three trends:

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The repetitions we choose

The past year can best be summarised as a year of new routines.

All through the world people have had to adjust to uncommon everyday rituals and find alternative ways of going about their usual business. Human closeness made way for social distancing, traveling was replaced by Zooming, sanitising became a household assignment, work became divorced from a place or dress code, and living quarters were repurposed into working and learning quarters.

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Life after Covid: Emerging trend shifts

Trend shift(/trɛnd ʃɪft/): Turn in a general direction; a deflection; an enduring change of emphasis

Behavioural science suggests that a notable crisis has the ability to permanently change long-term behaviour.  The more widespread the crisis, the more common the behavioural changes.

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Timeless investment principles

The first half of 2020 was not a walk in the park for investors. The 11-year bull market was stopped in its tracks: Prices of large US company shares showed the steepest decline in the shortest time in a century, while South African share prices plummeted in sympathy by some 35% in one month. 

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One virus, seven observations

Every seven years or so, Mother Universe urgently rings her bell to gather us around her feet – and in an earnest voice teach us a few elementary lessons.

As we all take a deep breath and sit wide-eyed in her classroom of 2020, the first seven comments on my own notepad read as follows:

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