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Our past determines our approach to the SA economy

Carl Jung said “We are trapped by the images of our past”. Meaning that our past experiences affect our perception of reality. We see this with the business owners that we work with everyday, across sectors and industries. Their approach to the South African economy is deeply rooted in their past experiences and we’ve identified three broad strategies that this leads business owners to adopt: Aggressive, defensive and passive. 

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immigration to boost economy

Immigrating talent for a quick but enduring economic boom

If we can attract 100 000 STEM qualified immigrants, we can not only bridge the skills gap that is stagnating our growth, but we will rapidly inject billions into our economy through spending, tax and investment in SA by these immigrants. In addition, their skills and ambition will drive innovation and make us competitive, if not leaders who are able to export our solutions to the rest of the continent and the world. Read more about this idea which Pavlo shared with The Money Show on 702 & CapeTalk, or listen to the podcast.

White Knights, Silver Bullets & False Prophets

The exhaustion of running a business can make us vulnerable to the allure of a cure-all solution. But if it sounds too good to be true - it usually is! Here we discuss White Knights, Silver Bullets & False Prophets, identifying five common types who promise to solve all of your business problems. Warning: these usually just end up costing you time, money & focus.

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 EMIGRATION: Its cost and opportunity to a business owner

EMIGRATION: Its cost and opportunity to a business owner

Over the last month, I have had two same, but different meetings with two different business owners. They were the same because the issue that came up was emigration. Different because one was emigrating and the other was suffering from staff emigrating.

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Help Pavlo to #NameTheBook

Pavlo Phitidis has just completed a book about the ideas, thoughts and more valuably, his direct experience in building successful and a few failed businesses. The only thing standing in the way of the book’s release in September is a title.

Bruce Whitfield learnt of this conundrum and hijacked Pavlo's weekly slot to crowdsource ideas to #NameTheBook! You can listen to those ideas in the podcast at the link. And please share your ideas using #NameTheBook on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

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Creating opportunity that didn’t exist before

Creating opportunities that didn’t exist before

Creating economy is a key entrepreneurial skill. Its something that is entirely possible irrespective of the environment you trade in. It needs an adept, curious mind and courage. It also needs a well developed and relevant asset stack.

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How to build a retail empire very, very slowly

Retail is notoriously difficult, but if you have a great product targeting consumers - you need to get it right. Pavlo Phitidis discussed some key issues that you need to be crystal clear on before embarking on a retail strategy. Listen to the podcast or read the blog here 

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 Why waiting to act becomes the only act and how to ‘snap’ the bad habit

Why waiting to act becomes the only act and how to ‘snap’ the bad habit

With the South African elections now come and gone, it feels like we have passed a milestone that we were all holding our breath for.

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