Is your business about to get left behind?

Time for digital leadership!

Digital Business

Brian Solis nails it. This isn’t time to react. This is the time to lead.

  • Now is the time to decide you are going to be a digital executive.
  • Now is the time to decide you are going to be a digital business.
  • Now is the time to not be disrupted.
  • Now is the time to connect people.

Tomorrow will have you left behind both personally and corporately. Disruption is around the corner.

Now is the time!

Most businesses are merely reacting to the rapid evolution of technology rather than trying to create engaged customer experiences throughout the life-cycle.

In a world where screens and real-life moments define the impressions and resulting actions of customers, businesses need to rethink their approach. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, smart watches, Google Glass et al., it’s not slowing down. Technology and innovation is only accelerating.

Via Brian Solis

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The Week that Wasn’t…

I am super excited to have the option for my articles to be published in audio podcast. It is the Study of Human Moves, it was the first week of July, how is your 2021 turning out? (I am definitely not the countdown type!)

Learning something everyday is necessary for my ‘One Thing’. Dabbling with some GitHub learning content was a start, however the LinkedIN learning algorithm sends my profile free courses that are available for a 24 hour period.

The need for Creativity in your Business-by Seth Godin

The main take-away was that for most of my career I was results orientated.

It is okay to feel overwhelmed and sometimes it’s okay to head down a path that leads to a learning opportunity.

The WordPress environment has also been a deep learning path, to which I have considered work options with Automattic (Parent company of WordPress).

On the the strike of midnight, the kindle and hard copy version of my first self-published book went on sale.

Brianna McNeal and other athletes were handed an Olympic heartbreak!

Not only is my favorite Kaley Kinin archetype not heading to the Tokyo Olympics, her lost appeal with the CAS, has lead to a five year ban.

Sha’Carri Richardson the top finisher in the 100m trials received a months ban that ruins her individual chances of a medal, yet the ability to compete in the relay lies outside of the offense for testing positive for a recreational drug.

It goes to show that the whereabouts laws to which these athletes comply as well as the pressures to perform in a Covid 19 bubble, opens up the Tokyo Medal chances for alternates!

Two more bans in the track and field involve two Namibian athletes that did not meet the prescribed testosterone criteria outlined in the new guidelines of the World Athletics governing body.

This all sounds like my self published book playing IRL in the build up to a postponed games, and who knows the news that is yet to come.

On the financial front, I have had no big pipeline of business to consider, and this may be the case for many serial entrepreneurs like myself.

In my line of business, I have made INCOME, the most prioritized lever for transformation change, yet just like the Seth Godin advice, I am probably not considering the hard questions that will solve many peoples problems presently.

I only in the last week, have launched a digital asset that will produce commissionable sales. I added a donation button to fast rack the crowdfunding required for a responsive website. I have not started with the option of selling more items online, but this will be imminent considering that I have weekly cash ups that require scrutiny, and every business requires thus accountability.

It is hard to also consider the transaction of investors that will conditionally hold equity in your designed engine for possibility. I guess, I am deep into this endeavor, and require the necessary step to great!How is your business? And what corona proof strategies does your enterprise face on a weekly basis?

My UpWork Connects is a mere 10 new renewables a month, and it’s a hard task to rank on this freelance site to guarantee long term work, but do I even use those positive reviews in my other profiles? Landing better paid jobs is an art, and I could do better linking my portfolio to make the job market more open to collaborate!

On a health front, my victory garden is looking good. I need this simple affirmation daily, as I have never felt this disconnected even though my social media would not correlate with this morning routine. The Gardening and the Circular economy may be also an injection of angel investing, however I don’t have any volume to offer instead the instructions to lead a sustainable garden in your backyard!

Health, Soul, Skill, and Mind Set all covered in this podcast, a tip of the hat to Robin Sharma and his 5am club, may this week whether it start on a weekend, lead to a cascade of change transformation that benefits you and your future self!

Dubai-based businessman wins UAE’s 10-year Golden Visa

Interesting article on Wealth options…

Business Insights

The Dubai-based Dutch businessman Bilal Moti has been granted a 10-year Golden Visa in the UAE.

Bilal Moti, the Managing Partner of Windmills Valuation Services, is a long term resident of the UAE.

He said: My family and I are truly delighted to receive a 10-year Golden Visa by the UAE authorities. “We feel further welcomed for living and doing business here, and adding our part of professional and social value to the unparalleled growth and development of this country.”

I chose to set up my valuation services business in the UAE based on its internationalism, professionalism and its fastest growing market size, and am very happy with my decision. I foresee the local economy multiplying in the coming 10 years,” Moti added.

The UAE has transformed into one of global business hubs over the last 30 years, with safety, business- friendly regulations, advanced infrastructure, diversity, excellence in many economic…

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The origin of my new tagline_

“The study of human moves” may be a fanatical way of supporting the ideology in the 1984 film ‘Color of Money’. My Big Short was an ideation looking into the digital version of doing business, we are in the age of augmented reality. The Big Short was an inspiration to the understanding of macro economics and money supply. One would say its an opinionated take on the control of treasury bills that runs the world, I would rather think its a reminder of the game that has repeated itself in centuries of industrial revolution.

Head Space – Excellent method for Mind Body Connection

Head Space is an App (available on iOS and Android). I have been using it for Rest, Recovery as well Sharpened Focus in Career and Sports.

The App has a Introductory Course on Meditation, and it took me to a place where I was mindful of my fixed-rhythm breathing. It was the Introductory Steps from beginner that built some good habits, building up your tolerance to meditation sessions from 3 min to 10 min.

I decided to have the evening sessions that would assist with relaxation before bedtime. The problem lately has been the decompression after the day, and requiring the compartmental review of the day.

The app has options to select different dialogue, I have a preference to have a male voice as this reminds me of my real time feedback and that phantom voice in the moments decision making.

Adam Greentree on Joe Rogan Experience

This podcast is available on the spreaker, iPhone app, and Youtube.

A wealth of information by connecting with nature

Episode #1224- Adam Greentree

It is something worthwhile. Listening to this Australian, you only root for the individuals striving for their passion with big dreams.

His passion is bowhunting and filming documentaries to survive in the bush. He has a range of topics from his travels to the most diverse of American Rockies to the Nevada Desert.

He was raised by aboriginal tribe back in Western Australia (100 miles from any neighbour!) His knack for bush photography and wilderness filming detail encounters with wild boars, black bears, as well as some of the collateral beauty when commissioned to cull eco-systems on isolated islands with over-population of gazelle roaming.

Enjoy the stories and the nature connection in his quests. He starts off the podcast with his family travelling in the States for the next five months, and the DisneyWorld experience (Walt Disney spewed in my mouth!).

His encounter with Mountain Lion, and the comparison of being ended by either a crocodile at a watering hole vs. a grizzlie. “Those bears will play with you like he does his staple salmon supply, and that could be a long painful death,” Adam remarked.

The Wolves Packs are super intelligent. The Wild has a code, and the developed technological world is another predator, to which there is constant hunting in analogous terms.

Joshua Tree Air Traffic, Haptic feedback in AI with Scarlett Johannssen, Meteors camping out are all part of random flow of two conversationalists both appreciating the serenity of silence, but the depend on the social media following to fund their endeavours.

That Little Tournament in Augusta- Countdown to the Masters- PART TWO

Amen Corner

The second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th, and the first two shots at the 13th hole at Augusta are nicknamed “Amen Corner”. This term was first used in print by author Herbert Warren Wind in his April 21, 1958, Sports Illustrated article about the Masters that year. In a Golf Digest article in April 1984, 26 years later, Wind told about its origin. He said he wanted a catchy phrase like baseball’s “hot-corner” or football’s “coffin-corner” to explain where some of the most exciting golf had taken place (the Palmer-Venturi rules issue at twelve, over an embedded ball ruling and how it was handled, in particular). Thus “Amen Corner” was born. He said it came from the title of a jazz record he had heard in the mid-1930s by a group led by Chicago‘s Mezz MezzrowShouting in that Amen Corner.

Hole 12: Golden Bell (155 yards) Par 3.

In a Golf Digest article in April 2008, writer Bill Fields added some new updated information about the origin of the name. He wrote that Richard Moore, a golf and jazz historian from South Carolina, tried to purchase a copy of the old Mezzrow 78 RPM disc for an “Amen Corner” exhibit he was putting together for his Golf Museum at Ahmic Lake, Ontario. After extensive research, Moore found that the record never existed. As Moore put it, Wind, himself a jazz buff, must have “unfortunately bogeyed his mind, 26 years later”.

Hole 13: Azalea (510 yards) Par 5

While at Yale, he was no doubt familiar with, and meant all along, the popular version of the song (with the correct title, “Shoutin’ in that Amen Corner” written by Andy Razaf), which was recorded by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, vocal by Mildred Bailey (Brunswick label No. 6655) in 1935. Moore told Fields that, being a great admirer of Wind’s work over the years, he was reluctant, for months, to come forth with his discovery that contradicted Wind’s memory. Moore’s discovery was first reported in Golf World magazine in 2007, before Fields’ longer article in Golf Digest in 2008.

Hole 11: White Dogwood (505 yards) Par 4

In 1958 Arnold Palmer outlasted Ken Venturi to win the tournament with heroic escapes at Amen Corner. Amen Corner also played host to Masters moments such as Byron Nelson‘s birdie-eagle at 12 and 13 in 1937, and Sam Snead‘s water save at 12 in 1949 that sparked him to victory. On the flip side of fate, Jordan Spieth’s quadruple bogey on 12 during Sunday’s final round in 2016 cost him his 2-stroke lead and ultimately the championship.

These are the 5 types of property that can be expropriated without compensation under a brand new Bill

Phillip de Wet , Business Insider SA Dec 21, 2018, 09:26 AM

The Cape York building in Johannesburg after it caught fire on July 05, 2017. (Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Wikus de Wet)

  • The minister of public works published a new version of the Expropriation Bill for public comment on Friday morning.
  • It spells out exactly how expropriation – mostly with compensation – will work.
  • These are the five kinds of property the draft law specifies could justly be expropriated without compensation.

Public works minister Thulas Nxesi on Friday morning published a draft of the new Expropriation Bill, kicking off a 60-day comment period.

The draft law spells out in detail how expropriation – mostly with compensation – will work, detailing how valuation should be done, how disputes should be settled, and how money should be paid.

No property, including land, may be expropriated arbitrarily or for any reason other than the public interest, the law holds.

See also: The Land Bank says expropriation without compensation could cost the government R41 billion overnight – or it could be amazing

But the Expropriation Bill also specifically holds that “it may be just and equitable for nil compensation to be paid where land is expropriated in the public interest” – under certain circumstances.

These are the five kinds of property the new Expropriation Bill says could be subject to expropriation without compensation.

Abandoned property

Zero compensation could be fair “where the owner of the land has abandoned the land”, the draft law holds.

It does not specifically refer to hijacked buildings in central business districts, but legal experts have previously speculated that such buildings would be easy targets for expropriation without compensation.


Property owned by the likes of Eskom and Transnet.

Not paying compensation could be just “where the land is owned by a state-owned corporation or other state-owned entity”, the Expropriation Bill says.

The more than 700 state entities in South Africa include many with extensive land holdings surrounding various facilities – including such urban gems as Eskom’s Megawatt Park headquarters north of Johannesburg,.


Land held for speculation

It may be equitable to pay nil compensation “where the land is held for purely speculative purposes”, the draft reads.

It does not specify how to differentiate between land snapped up for future development and land bought with the idea of flipping it for a profit.


Land into which the state has already invested more than its value

Expropriation without compensation could be done when the market value of the land is less than the value of “direct state investment or subsidy” spent either to buy it, or on capital improvements made.

There has been speculation that failed land reform projects, where government has heavily subsidised community farming projects, could be subject to expropriation and re-redistribution.


Farms with labour tenants – or perhaps just portions of such farms

Expropriation without compensation may be appropriate where “the land is occupied or used by a labour tenant”, the draft law says.

Labour tenants are defined as people who live or have the right to live on a farm, or in some cases those who had parents or grandparents who worked on a farm in return for living there. They also include some people who had the right to cropping or grazing.

The draft bill makes provision for partial expropriation, which could be used to expropriate only sections of farms, but also has a mechanism where those affected by partial expropriation can ask for the full property to be taken instead. 

For the full document published for sixty day comment…

ManSplaining

From Wikipedia.

Mansplaining (a blend word of man and the informal form splaining of the gerund explaining) is a pejorative term meaning “(of a man) to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner”. Author Rebecca Solnit ascribes the phenomenon to a combination of “overconfidence and cluelessness”. Lily Rothman of The Atlantic defines it as “explaining without regard to the fact that the explainee knows more than the explainer, often done by a man to a woman”.[

In its original use, mansplaining differed from other forms of condescension in that it is rooted in the assumption that a man is likely to be more knowledgeable than a woman. However, it has come to be used more broadly, often applied when a man takes a condescending tone in an explanation to anyone, regardless of the age or gender of the intended recipients: a “man ‘splaining” can be delivered to any audience. In 2010 it was named by the New York Times as one of its “Words of the Year”.

The verb splain has been in use for more than 200 years, originally as a colloquial pronunciation of explain. It came increasingly to refer to condescending or verbose explanations. The term mansplaining was inspired by an essay, “Men Explain Things to Me: Facts Didn’t Get in Their Way”, written by Rebecca Solnit and published on TomDispatch.com on 13 April 2008. In the essay, Solnit told an anecdote about a man at a party who said he had heard she had written some books. She began to talk about her most recent, on Eadweard Muybridge, whereupon the man cut her off and asked if she had “heard about the very important Muybridge book that came out this year”—not considering that it might be (as, in fact, it was) Solnit’s book. Solnit did not use the word mansplaining in the essay, but she described the phenomenon as “something every woman knows”.[

A month later the word appeared in a comment on the social network LiveJournal. It became popular among feminist bloggers before entering mainstream commentary. The word was included in 2010 by the New York Times as one of its words of the year, nominated in 2012 for the American Dialect Society‘s “most creative word of the year” honor,[4]and added in 2014 to the online Oxford Dictionaries.[

Solnit later published Men Explain Things to Me (2014), a collection of seven essays on similar themes. Women, including professionals and experts, are routinely seen or treated as less credible than men, she wrote in the title essay, and their insights or even legal testimony are dismissed unless validated by a man. She argued that this was one symptom of a widespread phenomenon that “keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men’s unsupported overconfidence.”[

During a lecture at Moe’s Books in Berkeley, California, Solnit said, “I’m falsely credited with coining the term ‘mansplaining’. It was a 2010 New York Times word of the year. I did not actually coin it. I was a bit ambivalent about the word because it seems a little bit more condemnatory of the male of the species than I ever wanted it to be.”[

Journalists have used the word to describe the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt RomneyGovernor of Texas Rick Perry;  MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell; various characters on the HBO drama series The Newsroom; music executive Jimmy Iovine; Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; actor Matt Damon; and consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader. In February 2016 the term sparked an argument between two members of a committee of the Australian Senate, when Labor senator Katy Gallagher told Communications Minister Mitch Fifield: “I love the mansplaining. I’m enjoying it.”[

In 2013 Dictionary.com said it was adding both mansplain and the suffix (libfix) -splain to its dictionary. Its announcement read in part: “In addition to being creative, this term, particularly the -splaining part, has proven to be incredibly robust and useful as a combining form in 2013.” Dictionary.com noted that the meaning of mansplain had changed somewhat since 2009, from “intense and serious to casual and jocular”, while older -splain words still have “heavy cultural and political connotations and are often added to the names of politicians”.[

Mansplaining has also engendered parallel constructions such as womansplainingwhitesplainingrightsplaining, and Damonsplaining. In November 2017 Dr. Jennifer Gunter suggested in The New York Times that the collective noun rash be used for mansplainers, as in “a rash of mansplainers”, partly because “[i]n medicine a rash can be a mild annoyance that goes away and never returns.”[

The usefulness of the term has been disputed. Given its gender-specific nature and negative connotation, Lesley Kinzel described it as inherently biased, essentialist, dismissive, and a double standard. In a 2016 Washington Post article, Cathy Young wrote that it is just one of a number of terms using “man” as a derogatory prefix, and that this convention is part of a “current cycle of misandry“. Meghan Daum, in a 2015 Los Angeles Times article, wrote that “To suggest that men are more qualified for the designation than women is not only sexist but almost as tone deaf as categorizing everything that a man says as mansplaining.” In 2014 Solnit herself said she had doubts about it: “[I]t seems to me to go a little heavy on the idea that men are inherently flawed this way, rather than that some men explain things they shouldn’t and don’t hear things they should.” As the word became more popular, several commentators complained that misappropriation had diluted its original meaning. Joshua Sealy-Harrington and Tom McLaughlin wrote in newspaper The Globe and Mail that the term has been used as an ad hominem to silence debate. Former British member of parliament Ann Widdecombe criticized the focus on mansplaining, noting progress on gender equality within her lifetime.