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An Attack On A Mosque Is An Attack On Us All

The spate of attacks on mosques across South Africa in recent months is something that should worry all South Africans. It is not the concern of the…

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A Thought for My Daughter on Women’s Day

Thirteen years ago, my daughter Abigail Rose was born. This was particularly surprising as we had been blessed with four sons and we didn’t really consider the…

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Does Shashi Naidoo Suffer from Stockholm Syndrome?

Our story so far: Shashi Naidoo much loved South African model posts positive Israel sentiment on social media. The reaction is swift and aggressive with Naidoo receiving…

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The Power of Positivity

It may have been a tough start to 2018, but there’s no reason why you can’t end the year on a positive note. There are three things…

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Do We Hate Spring?

I am well aware that the official start to spring is 1 September. That, however, didn’t stop me from declaring 1 August as the “New Spring” on…

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Everyone Dilates the Same

Last week Thursday we sat outside the labour ward at the Parklane Clinic in Johannesburg waiting for news. My daughter in law was having a baby and…

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Dear Ruby Sophia

Dear Ruby Sophia, Allow me to introduce myself to you. I am your father’s father. Everyone says that you should call me Grumpy. I am assuming they…

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Who Gets to Mess with Mandela

In one of the more irreverent and more entertaining tweets I have stumbled across, “Bra Suffocate” wrote; “Uct now has a Mandela school of public governance. Everything…

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The Exhausted Early Bird

This Friday morning, in the dead of winter, was when my wife decided that it is time to become an early riser. She most likely watched a…

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5 Counter-Intuitive Lessons for Life

Buzzfeed is often credited for launching “The Twenty-Five things that All Successful People do Before Breakfast” lists. Number seven, incidentally, will shock you. Anyone born prior to…

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The Power Pose: Using Body Language To Lead

In 2012, the power pose became a global sensation. A Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy hit a staggering 46 million views and became the second most popular…

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About Atlassian in Africa

I will be speaking at the Atlassian in Africa conference on the 23rd of October! Read about the event in Obsidian’s press release below. ~ H Bookings…

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Unlocking Optimism

South African entrepreneurs have one singular advantage that makes them stand out and succeed – optimism. Game drives. There is a remarkable similarity between the South African…

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The power of perception

There are many superpowers in your arsenal, but one of the most powerful is how people perceive you. When you enter a room. When you sit down….

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Embracing the fear of innovation

History is the story of bad choices, don’t let the business be one of them Decisions. We make them every day, from the moment we wake up…

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Twitter Delinquent Disorder (TDD)

Remember when sex addiction was all the rage? Anyone caught with their proverbial pants down supposedly had an addiction that needed a cure. Which was a convenient…

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Ethics: The forgotten superpower

The real superheroes of the working world are those who uphold ethics and honesty Over the past few months, the real impact of fake news has been…

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Understanding body language as a cluster of actions

I was recently asked by Russia Today to share my thoughts on the interaction between world leaders at the G20 Summit. In that case one didn’t need…

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The ANC’s Chernobyl

Like many around the world, I have become completely captivated by the series Chernobyl that is currently being aired on DSTV in South Africa. As the name…

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The Trumps visit the palace and out come the trolls

No good will come from this column. I am aware of that even before the words are formed. And it will matter not one bit that I…

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Smile, Dammit

Think being positive is what people with yoga pants and green hair do? Howard Feldman is about to prove you wrong… When someone tells you to smile,…

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The ANC must learn South Africans are not naïve

It is a grave irony for Jessie Duarte to label the media arrogant, when the behaviour of the ruling party could well be summed up in a…

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State capture battle scars will remain for some time

It’s A War on Corruption Expectations in South Africa need to be managed. While there are positive signs in terms of the elimination of corruption, it is…

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Eskom has reduced me to a nervous wreck

The anxiety that I now experience when entering a lift is almost not worth the laziness of not using the stairs, writes Howard Feldman. At 21:00 last night,…

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Are we too afraid to be worried about Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe has lived in the periphery of our vision. It is a taunt by those who have left South Africa and believe that we are headed along…

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Clifton’s Great Sheep-Shindig

I am not normally the type to easily take offence. Often, in fact, I am more relieved about not being invited to a function or celebration than…

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Marketing Archie

Much has been said of the marketing campaigns of main three parties that contested the South African 2019 elections. Although there are multiple factors that influence the…

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This Is Who Gets My Vote

South Africa goes to the polls May 8th 2019, in what I believe is the country’s first adult election. Voters no longer have the luxury of dreaming…

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It is possible to smile in the dark

I believe that South Africans grow up exposed to real adversity and I believe that this is a positive and not a negative, writes Howard Feldman. It was…

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A Land of Magic

On Marelize, Woolworths water and young people who inspire us Marelize laughs at herself, the Woolworths water drinkers make sure that we don’t take ourselves that seriously,…

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We are all Marelize

The field might be empty. The weather might be perfect. But somehow when we get on the ‘bike’ the very thing that we want to avoid is…

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Marketing SA starts with South Africans

SA Inc needs to be marketed to South Africans. And South Africans need to actively seek out that which is positive, writes Howard Feldman. Forget marketing South…

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Woolworths buckled to the outrage police

We need to get a grip. We need to call out vendors and companies when they actually do wrong and not when some sensitive, thin-skinned soul has…

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Death to the author and identity politics

Identity politics is an intellectually lazy game to play. It reduces discussion and contemplation as it focusses on the participants and not the debate, writes Howard Feldman. A…

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Clifton 4th and what it says about our country

Clifton 4th Beach, December 2018 provides us with insight into how South Africa’s political election year is likely to play out. If Clifton is our guide, then it…

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Winter Wednesdays and five ways to motivate ‘cold’ employees

Annually it’s almost Wednesday… sound strange? Well, it’s really about being in a ‘cold’ state of mind and finding it a challenge to be motivated at work……

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Black Women Can Shift the Status Quo in the Workplace

Some years ago, when I was a young commodity trader, I visited Korea for the first time. It was my first business trip and I was infatuated…

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Ethics: The forgotten superpower

The real superheroes of the working world are those who uphold ethics and honesty Over the past few months, the real impact of fake news has been…

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