Our most recent observations confirm a persisting disparity. Many talented people continue to buckle under the weight of brutal ‘timefulness’ and struggle to escape the spell of indiscriminate muchness. And then there are the few who consciously and successfully distribute the different elements of their lives in fitting proportions.
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.
An obvious justification is that there is a scarcity of skill in your marketplace – and that good people are lured away with higher earnings.
The second explanation may be that all ambitious people reach intersections in their careers where they have outgrown their context; they have to reboot themselves, spread their wings and take on a new challenge. Read the rest…
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.
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.
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.
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.