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Networking and Business Cards

By Delphine du Toit | October 2, 2018

<1073 words> MUST DO NETWORKING When you start out as an entrepreneur and you get caught up in all the ‘must do’ things like blogging, creating a list, networking, writing a book…it may be daunting; it may be exciting.  Whichever way it is/was for you, it’s pretty likely that you attended more than one networking…

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TENACITY AND RESILIENCE

By Delphine du Toit | July 17, 2018

<658 words> I have a sideways pear tree in my backyard. It fell over some years ago before I moved here, so I don’t know what happened. But, by the time I moved in, it had developed a very different stance from what one normally expects of a pear tree. The main trunk, about 20 feet…

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The Roads Less Travelled

By Delphine du Toit | August 31, 2016

  <1197 words> Twice in the past 48 hours my GPS on my not so smart phone encouraged me onto roads very infrequently travelled. My standard mode of transport is a 9 year old Toyota Corolla – so middle of the road that I regularly have to use the little red button on the remote…

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From Wikipedia on Indian Ocean Cyclones 1993/4

What does resilience really look like, anyway?

By Delphine du Toit | April 22, 2016

<1457 words – yes, this is a long one but it contains an interesting story and some pictures :-)> And, I’ve added a link at the bottom of this blog to a very informative article on resilience that appeared in the New Yorker in Feb 2016. More on the science of…. Do any of these words…

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The Ongoing Debate about whether The Glass is Half-full or Half-empty

By Delphine du Toit | April 18, 2016

In preparation for my previous blog (YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FIRE NEGATIVE FRIENDS) I looked around on the Internet for quotes.  I landed on one of my favourite sites www.businessballs.com where they listed an entertaining elaboration on the theme of whether a glass is half full or half empty.  I enjoyed them so much that…

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What if I were predisposed to being grateful?

By Delphine du Toit | February 29, 2016

There are those who have a predisposition to entitlement.  They feel that everything they have is theirs because it is their right to have those things.  They typically also feel they’re entitled to things they don’t yet have and will set about causing others to hand over those things, or at least to feel guilty…

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Fundamental need for fairness is confounded by our cultural expression of it.

Fairness is simple. Bring culture into it and bedevil everything.

By Delphine du Toit | October 27, 2015

The way of breaking through cultural barriers to fairness is to return to our human origins. Fairness is the default position; culture is the way in which we express and judge it. The more culturally divergent a workplace is the less likely it is we’d have consensus on what constitutes ‘fairness’.
This paper explores Brown’s human fundamentals via Pinker; Frans de Waal’s research on the moral behaviour of animals; and then human culture via Hofstede, with a view of stimulating HR to look at how they ‘do’ fairness differently. What is being done currently doesn’t quite meet the human standard of fairness.

And so, how does one set that standard? The answers are in your approach and your level of cultural competence.

Some ideas are offfered on how fairness might be viewed and enacted differently – if someone has the curiosity and courage to do it.

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Toddler Transport for Leadership Learning

5 Leadership Outcomes offered by the Trudeau Leadership School (TLS)

By Delphine du Toit | October 23, 2015

The Trudeau Leadership School offers an innovative child-transportation method that builds leadership in the next generation, as can be seen in the featured photograph. 1. Close physical contact with Dad without being mushy or coddled. 2. Eyes forward to take it all in. 3. Build responsibility for keeping self in balance with just enough support to make…

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The answer is in the room.

By Delphine du Toit | April 9, 2015

Who is the expert? There is sound theory on how adults prefer to learn, and there is sound theory on how individuals have their own learning styles. The true expertise lies in knowing how to facilitate a learning conversation, not in having the one definitive answer.

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Use the right tool for the job

By Delphine du Toit | February 19, 2015

I am going to talk about two things that have happened this week. On the face of it they may not appear to be related, but if one moves away from the detail – the ‘what happened’ or the ‘what is’, to the abstract where you might explore themes and lessons learnt, they are very closely related.

Firstly, it is about kitty litter as a tool….

I had just come from a coaching session with a client. This is the second thing I want to talk about. We had been discussing employee engagement surveys….

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