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2018

What I have learned about working with freelancers and virtual teams

My consulting business has nearly doubled in the past two years, and this is thanks to working with freelancers and virtual teams.


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2018

How to make an entrepreneur ecosystem a reality

No business grows in a vacuum. We all need partners to survive.


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2018

What I learned from doing case studies

Everyone loves stories. Stories paint a picture, evoke emotions and people connect with stories. Hearing stories can influence you in more ways than one. Case studies tell stories, but they also do more than that – they make it easy to read, understand and know more about the subject matter.


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2018

Are entrepreneurs more alike than they are different?

What is the difference between an entrepreneurin Alexandra who just opened a driving school, and an entrepreneur with a well-established logistics company based in the Johannesburg CBD?


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2018

9 things we learned from doing the City of Johannesburg's entrepreneurship ecosystems events

Good things can come out of frustration. Out of frustration, we created the 2016 Entrepreneurship Research Study: Voices of Entrepreneurs in Johannesburg, a self-funded multi-stakeholder research study of 50 entrepreneurs and partners in Johannesburg.


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2017

2017 City of Johannesburg Entrepreneurship Regional Summits & Ecosystem Symposium

Entrepreneurship is on everyone's lips. Everyone wants to be one, everyone wants to help them.


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2017

Entrepreneurial ecosystems are the answer

There are a lot of programmes out there to help entrepreneurs, and many of them offer excellent services. After interviewing 50 people, including 38 entrepreneurs in one-on-one discussions in Johannesburg over four months and writing our own entrepreneurship study, the 2016 Entrepreneurship Research Study: Voices of Entrepreneurs in Johannesburg, we came to the conclusion that what’s really missing is an overall vision for the sector.


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2017

Entrepreneurship is the new innovation

Five years ago the buzzword in the business world was “innovation”; these days, it’s “disruption”. Every year the world tilts and we all scramble to keep up. For several years I’ve been working the in knowledge management and innovation arenas. In studying both, I’ve determined that the next real step in innovation – in evolution – is entrepreneurship.


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2017

What entrepreneurs do: making something out of nothing

Making something out of nothing is an art. People all over the world do it every day, and often a lack of something is the critical factor in creating new ways of doing things. I worked in Japan for four years – the Japanese are the most disciplined people I have ever met (and I'm half-Japanese), but creativity isn't their strong suit. On the other hand, South Africa, where I live now, is amazingly creative, and the people often have little. Necessity is often a driver for creating businesses.


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2016

2016 Entrepreneurship Research Study: Voices of Entrepreneurs in Johannesburg

2016 Entrepreneurship Research Study: Voices of Entrepreneurs in Johannesburg is based on two premises: first, that entrepreneurship has the potential to be a critical factor for economic growth, and second, that the voices of entrepreneurs need to be the guiding factor in establishing what is needed for entrepreneurship to grow.


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2016

Being an entrepreneur

A friend once said, "I haven't got an entrepreneurial bone in my body". After being an entrepreneur for 15 years, one of the key things I've learned is that everyone is an entrepreneur – but not everyone can make money from their own business. This friend took an innovative approach, combining legal skills with transfer pricing. She thought she could do things differently by learning more about a pure financial skill and combining it with her legal expertise.


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2015

Seeking innovative approaches

The buzzword in today's world is innovation. Everyone wants to be innovative, wants to get their staff to think outside the box, find new solutions, create the next Facebook. Here is some thinking about how to be innovative in today's ever-changing world:


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2014

Making knowledge management part of how we work

It's great when you tell people that you have expertise in knowledge management – it sounds impressive. But the reality is that everyone is an expert in knowledge management. It's a matter of realising this, and creating conscious thought processes around knowledge management that make it sustainable. Our key focus today is on capturing success stories and lessons learned that are a critical part of knowledge management.


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