7 Lessons on innovation from the “lost” Steve Jobs interview

I may a bit behind the rest of the world, but I only recently came across this video of an interview done with Steve Jobs by Bob Cringely as part of the 1996 PBS documentary  Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires.  The footage was presumed lost for several years, but recently a … Continue reading 7 Lessons on innovation from the “lost” Steve Jobs interview


“The original definition of ‘courage’ . . . is from the Latin word ‘cor,’ meaning ‘heart.’ And the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. And so these folks had, very simply, the courage to be imperfect. They had the compassion to be kind to themselves first, and then to others, because, as it turns out, we can’t … Continue reading Courage

Confident vulnerability

“Confident Vulnerability leaves individuals open, curious, willing to receive others’ perspectives and synergize through their differences. It is a necessary prerequisite to interdependence.”  Deanna Murphy (Strength Strategy) The combination of these two terms is really compelling to me.  It communicates something powerful and stimulates reflection: Confidence – to be confident in who I am, knowing … Continue reading Confident vulnerability

One article: 3 powerful metaphor applications

Author and Time senior editor Jeffrey Kluger have certainly mastered the use of metaphor in his writing.  In a recent article published on Time.com he reflects on the reasons why human beings risk their lives to help others and how, in the wake of the horrific Boston bombings, good and evil once again stand in stark contrast … Continue reading One article: 3 powerful metaphor applications

If you think your people are motivated by money, you are wrong!

What really motivates us in life and work?  Most companies and leaders seem to believe that money is the main thing that motivates people to give their best.  Research is proving that assumption to be incorrect. In a recent HBR post, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic cites several research studies that proved that there is a very low … Continue reading If you think your people are motivated by money, you are wrong!

Boundaries: 9 practices to help you find your NO!

In my work as coach and consultant, an issue that I frequently encounter is an inability to set and maintain healthy boundaries.  One manifestation of this is over-burdened people living out-of-control lives due to an inability to say no.  It’s not really surprising, seeing as most of us were raised in a culture where being … Continue reading Boundaries: 9 practices to help you find your NO!

Who creates our reality?

I find this image incredibly thought provoking.  It speaks to me of so many things … choices; agency; victim mentality; short-term thinking; lack of vision; fear of change; ignorance; maybe even commitment i.e. burning a bridge that may tempt you to turn back.  It stirs a sadness, but also frustration.  Definitely curiosity. Mostly, it makes … Continue reading Who creates our reality?

We get the culture we deserve

Culture is the lifeblood of an organization.  People often think that a culture can be designed or engineered, and this is true to an extent, but in reality culture is an emergent property of the people, policies and practices within an organisation.  A human system  and it’s culture co-evolves; whether in a company, a family, … Continue reading We get the culture we deserve

Why another blog?

Although I’ve been actively blogging on www.narrativelab.co.za for several years, I’ve never felt the need for a personal blog.  Now that I have decided to spread my wings and explore the world beyond TNL, I find that I have quite a bit to say.  I’ve been a business consultant now for for more than 12 … Continue reading Why another blog?