Maria Pienaar

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Work Advice: Gossip among female colleagues isn’t ‘girl talk,’ it’s bullying

<b>Reader:</b> I work in an elementary school with predominantly female teachers. Some of the ones I work in close quarters with enjoy gossiping about female colleagues. I do not partake in the “girl talk.”<p>Several women have gotten very catty, being rude and condescending to me. It has started to make my …

Stereotypes

5 Brilliant Non-Business Books That Will Make You Better at Thinking Outside the Box

Sometimes the best way to learn innovative approaches to innovation is to read something completely different.<p>If you want to be a better innovator, there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of great books on the topic.<p>But as I mentioned in an earlier article, expertise can be the enemy of innovation. …

Books

White paper: What's the cost of data breaches in South Africa?

White paper: What's the cost of data breach in South Africa? In 2017, the average total organisation...

South Africa

How incumbents are adapting to disruption

Incumbents are focusing on people skills, culture and customer centricity when it comes to digitisation.

Innovation

February 2018 FinTech Funding – InsurTech, Lending Topped the Charts

In February 2018, FinTech startups around the world raised $1.4 billion worth of VC investments across 125 deals, a 17.21% YoY growth in the total …

South Africans will save so much money through stokvels this year that they could buy Pick n Pay in cash and still have R10 billion left over

• <b>More than 11 million South Africans are members of stokvels.</b>• <b><br>South Africans save a total of R44 billion a year in stokvels.</b>• <b><br>Put together, stokvels are</b> …

How Blockchain Will Revolutionize Invoice-Backed Financing

The recent spike in the value of Bitcoin has captured the imagination of many people around the world. It is hard to believe that the cryptocurrency, …

Blockchain

How Are You Perceived at Work? Here’s an Exercise to Find Out

It’s not easy to understand how other people perceive us. We are often uncertain, confused, or even completely unaware of what we project. And this lack of self-awareness can be career-limiting.<p>Consider a former client of mine who was angling for the C-suite but had received feedback that his …

Leadership

10 Things That Make A Boss Great To Work For

TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that the best bosses have a lot in common. In particular, 90% of …

Eight Great Tricks for Reading People’s Body Language

Body language provides an amazing amount of information on what other people are thinking <i>if</i> you know what to look for. And who hasn’t wanted to read …

Why Older Entrepreneurs Are Better

A growing body of research shows we can stay creative and productive all our lives. As the workforce ages, we’ll need to.<p>Published on September 8, …

Silicon Valley

It all starts with a due diligence otherwise it’s a classic investment blunder…

Tumelo Mathe 18 October 2017<p>Black investors in South Africa are by their very nature lazy and often absent from the rooms in which real investment …

Venture Capital

According to Neuroscience, These Are the 10 Most Relaxing Songs Ever

Sure to both stir your soul and calm your nervous system.<p>Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.<p>So here's a science-backed one: make a …

The Brain

Blockchain Just Became Obsolete. The Future is Hashgraph

Swirlds is a software platform that has developed the hashgraph consensus algorithm: an entirely new distributed ledger technology that is much more …

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LinkedIn

My top 10 quotes on inspiring leadership

What makes a great salesperson

I’ve got to know him over the years as he has gone from life in insurance to founding The Comedy Store and introducing comedians like Alexei Sayle …

After the end of the startup era

There’s a weird feeling afoot these days, in the Valley, and in San Francisco. Across the rest of the world — Denver, Santiago, Toronto, Berlin, “Silicon Glen,” “Silicon Alley,” “Silicon Roundabout“, Station F — it seems every city still wants to be a startup hub, dreaming of becoming “the new …

After Listening to 25,000 Pitches, Richard Branson Has 1 Simple Tip for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

The spark that created one of the fastest growing companies in Richard Branson's Virgin empire came courtesy of a beer coaster.<p>In his new autobiography, <i>Finding My Virginity</i>, the billionaire entrepreneur recalls the story of the "the beer mat pitch."<p>At the time of the pitch, Brett Godfrey was the …

Entrepreneurship

Ten Mistakes Smart People Never Make Twice

Everybody makes mistakes—that’s a given—but we don't always learn from them. Sometimes we make the same mistakes over and over again, fail to make …

How To Pick A Co-Founder

Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. It’s more important than your product, market, and investors.The ideal founding team is two …

Bill Gates

The Ethical Minefields of Technology

Almost all businesses today rely on some type of software, and few people would dispute the productivity increases that accompany new technology. …

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Learn More<p>Ambri’s technology — the liquid metal battery — was developed at MIT in the lab of Professor Donald Sadoway.

Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work

I once spent a few delicious days studying Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), a collection of high-end, casual eateries started by the famed New York restauranteur, Danny Meyer. He had recently claimed the key to his success was creating a “culture of hospitality.” I set out to discover how.<p>One …

The Flare and Focus of Successful Futurists

<i>This article is adapted from</i> The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream<i>, by Amy Webb. Copyright 2016 by PublicAffairs, an</i> …

Innovation