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Knocking on Doors in Business

As a business person and a leader, I have knocked on many doors. Some of these doors have led to great adventures, while some others to challenging times. Still, there are others that led to times of deep reflection (where … Continue reading

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The Importance of Goodwill and Favour in Commerce

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce. One day a young boy was misbehaving while his father was Christmas shopping. In irritation the father threatened, “If you don’t stop I’ll give all your Christmas presents to Goodwill.” The son frowned: “Who’s … Continue reading

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The Dark Triad in Commerce

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce In an earlier blog, I write on the subject of ‘experiencing the psychopath’ in commerce and how I discovered the concept of the ‘Dark Triad’ after a particularly bad experience with an international bank. … Continue reading

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Changing the Metaphors in Business

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce. A metaphor is defined by the Dictionary as “a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison” – as … Continue reading

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Business Success – Dealing in Contentment

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce Applying the Testudo One of my Christian mentors, who is sadly now deceased, often encouraged me to “apply the Testudo” in my business affairs. In ancient Roman warfare, the Roman Legions used what was … Continue reading

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Key Phrases from the Marketplace Handbook

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce When you have been active in the Marketplace for nearly three decades, as I have, or for 100 years as our family business has; you develop a specific language or handbook comprising a few … Continue reading

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Hold out Baits to Gain Business Victory

by Alan Louis, PhD in Commerce. The Element of Surprise When engaged in business conflict, a good strategy is to surprise, to meet your adversary in a way which he/she is not expecting. The skill here is to be able … Continue reading

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Techniques of Business Conflict

by Alan Louis, PhD (Commerce) The Nature of War War or conflict is by nature an ugly thing. Nikolai Berdyaev, a Russian religious and political philosopher, writing on the nature of war, reflected, “War is not the source of evil, … Continue reading

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