It can certainly motivate you – and is indeed a carrot often dangled in sales and deal-making environments. Just make sure that the ends don’t corrupt the means.
The Logic Filter is a private, independent business, founded by
Louis and Niel Fourie in 2007.
Its core offering is life mentorship to young professional people.
Its flagship product is the Regarding your Life program, which consists of eight full-day sessions, spread over a year, typically attended by a group of around five to seven 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.
Good beginnings are built on thorough conclusions. Your first challenge is to end the relationship well. Cross all the technical t’s in terms of the termination of the partnership.
Check the viability of any opportunity against the following six criteria:
• “Does it fit our innate abilities?” Some opportunities seem like easy add-ons to your existing offering – but they may well prove to be operationally complex and less aligned with your existing skill set than initially anticipated.
No. South Africa has its challenges, but so has every country, even developed ones.
Our successes and qualities are unfortunately obscured by one-dimensional press coverage. With the exception of a handful of intelligent and enlightening journalistic contributions, South Africa’s general media has become famous for dwelling on monotonous social narratives and extreme appraisals of reality.
We know you mean well, but there are three caveats to this approach in encouraging performance.
Firstly, there is a danger that such a form of acknowledgement gradually erodes a child’s intrinsic motivation to achieve good results. An exam should be a personal challenge with a very private connection between effort and reward – not an endeavour driven by external compensation.
Risk – at any stage of our careers – is more a function of behaviour than circumstance. It increases or diminishes as a result of your approach to life, less so as a consequence of chance. Great personal risk managers aren’t simply great gamblers; they are people who approach life intelligently, pragmatically, and unforcefully.
Passion does not always need to equate to a light-bulb moment, a narrowly-defined activity, or a distinctive field of interest. You wouldn’t be successful at 38 if you hadn’t practised some form of passion in the build-up to this point of your career. Instead of only wrestling with the question of ‘where or what’ your passion is, give yourself the space to contemplate the following few questions instead:
1. Define your quest well: Be specific about the problem you want to solve or opportunity you pursue.
2. Introduce objectivity: Delink yourself from the issue to neutralise your own pre-conceived ideas and sentiments.
Thriftiness is often interpreted as an extreme savings bias, but we suggest you rather view frugality as healthy prudence in avoiding any form of waste.
Be open to advice, but keep in mind that you cannot outsource your life, not even to ‘experts’. No one is or should be seen as infallible, however admired, no opinion as flawless. Everyone has biases and blind spots, however subtle they may be.