Are You An Artisan?

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The story is told of a medieval traveller who came across the following scene in 800 AD close to the river Avon in England. As he moved through the countryside, he found a man with a sledgehammer who seemed to be breaking rocks. He asked the man: “What are you doing?” to which the man replied “I am cutting rocks!” Continue reading

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What is Your Wake in the Marketplace?

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Observing any boat crossing a body of water, you will notice the impact that it makes upon the water by the wake it leaves behind. Imagine the chaos of hundreds if not thousands of people in the water at the same time, all creating a wake of their own. This I experienced in my Iron Man competitions, having to navigate through the turmoil that the water is in and which I had to swim through. Continue reading

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Keep on Walking in Business

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The American President, Franklin Roosevelt, famously said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  We live in a global environment where fear is lurking around every corner, looking for a place to roar. If we listen to the news, it is easy to allow fear to take root. What about global terrorism? What will happen with our national leaders? What about the weak global economy? What about the future? Continue reading

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Elasticity – The Art of being Resilient in Business

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Our family business was established during the throes of World War 1. Through this time our business had to ride the tide of wars, financial crises, disease and boom times. One thing that all of this has taught us is the ability to be flexible and to spring back in the face of challenging times. It is mostly during seasons of adversity that we grow the most as we are forced to learn new things and look at the world in a much more creative manner. Continue reading

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Thinking Differently in Business

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In 2013, Mylene Paquette, a Canadian sailor set off for a journey of a life-time. She had decided to row across the Atlantic Ocean on her own from Canada to France. The distance she was going to row was 2,700 nautical miles (5,000 kilometres). About halfway on her journey, she was hit by devastating storms. Continue reading

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Business Success – Thinking Deep

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Albert Einstein got it right when he said that “the world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” We live in a culture where shallow thinking prevails. Continue reading

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Corporations – Do you have USE?

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“USE” is an acronym that our family business gave to express the idea “Unique Something Else”. In the entertainment industry they have a similar expression, namely “the X Factor”, and commerce uses another term “USP” which is the acronym for “Unique Selling Proposition”. There are however differences in the concepts. Continue reading

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Prayer – A Key Business Asset

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The Hollywood film, The War Room, was a surprise hit film in 2015 affirming the amazing power of prayer and proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ over the affairs of life. Continue reading

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Money Issues

MoneyGoldby Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce

The objective of Language of Commerce is that people benefit from the business experiences of others. As experience counts in the chamber of commerce, sound knowledge will help those who wish to know how to start a business, or how to succeed in business, or how to become an entrepreneur. Continue reading

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Stand for Values in Business

Valuesby Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce

According to Sun Tzu, the renowned Chinese Military General, “(The) Commander [must] stand for the virtues of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage and strictness.” We can glean a lot from the knowledge and experience of this insightful leader on the subject of values, but we need to be careful with his last point. Continue reading

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