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Square peg, round hole

Imagine that you were trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.  How long do you think it would take you to fit it in smoothly?


No matter how many times you tried, the square peg would not glide into the round hole.  The square peg will bend and break before it ever fitted into the round hole.  Even if you managed to get it through,  it would no longer be a square peg. It did not matter how much money was at stake.

You & Business

In the context of you & your business, there a similar story of the square peg and the round hole. 

From experience working with many entrepreneurs,  there is a misalignment  at some level.


There could be a misalignment between

  • You and the Business
  • You, Others and the Business
  • Others and the Business
  • The Business and the Business

At some level, you are trying to force a square peg into a round hole.  It will never happen. Until you address the misalignment,  you and the business won’t get far. Those corners of the square peg will keep hitting against the round hole.  The round hole won’t expand.  The square peg won’t contract. Nothing gives way.

On the surface you will experience a lot of  pain – the symptoms will manifest in many ways, from funding, client and sales to marketing, staffing and operations.  After all  it is painful to push a stubborn square peg into a rock hard round hole.

You end being disappointed and frustrated.  The business doesn’t create wealth,  drive profitability or get cash moving.

Powerful Execution

Starting a business comes with never ending obstacles on the path. For example, has this ever happened in your business:  You are passionate, ethical and competent. You are working hard. Yet when you meet potential clients, they constantly, doubt you and the business. Despite your best efforts, the potential client carries a lingering doubt about

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Financial freedom

What does financial freedom mean for an entrepreneur? From experience working with entrepreneurs, they often mention having lots and lots of money, never having to work again (unless they want to) and not worrying about money in their life. There is no universal meaning of financial freedom. Rather there are two dominant meanings attached to

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Making a difference

We live in a country that is globally seen fairly, having an advanced economy on the continent, and well ahead of our regional neighbors. We live in a country that is blessed with beautiful weather, abundant natural resources and warm hospitality. We live in a country that is increasingly failing to fulfill the promise of

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Unemployment Crisis

Generally, hitting new highs is always great news. Except when it comes to unemployment in South Africa.  We keep reaching new record levels of unemployment, with no end in sight. The reality on the ground is far worse than the official statistics, pointing to an unfolding nightmare for millions of South Africans. With COVID-19, more

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Load shedding is good business

When load shedding first started, many years ago, we never imagined that it would become part of our daily life. It has become normal to expect load shedding, follow updates and plan our lives around it. In the darkest hour, there is always a light on the path. While load shedding is terrible for business

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Love and Work

Do you love the work you do? Or does it feel like a slog, an endless grind that you go through day after day? Are you absolutely in love with doing what you do. even when it involves things that are difficult? Do you love making a difference in the lives of others, your boss,

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