Call to Africa

 You may live here in Africa or if elsewhere on the planet a piece of your heart still belongs to Africa. You are a Baby Boomer heading towards retirement and not sure what you will do with your time. Have you ever considered a travel trip with a difference? If these statements have you nodding your head you may want to consider being part of helping me make my dream a reality. I run a company in South Africa called Refirement Network. The focus is on helping the Baby Boomer Generation ( tho...

Waiting for Naomi

My daughter, Bronwyn is a missionary in Thailand. She and her Thai husband, Noiy run a YWAM ( Youth with a Mission) base in Ratchaburi. This is a medium size town about 90 minutes out of Bangkok. I arrived here a week ago to await the birth of their second child. Daniel, their first born is 17 months old. It is so tough to have your grandchildren on another continent and not get special time with them on a regular basis. I know that many South African grandparents face this same hea...

Boomer memories from my childhood

We all have our own Valiant memories- long drives to seaside holidays, nights at the drive-in, four people on the back seat. But people from large families will tell you all sorts of stories about the politics on a Valiant's back seat!!! These are words I have just read in a book I have just finished. It is called: On the back roads Encounters with people and places. by Dana Snyman This is a great book about random places and people around this country. There is a great mixture of i...

Choices and Change- where to live?

As I celebrated my 50th birthday, I realised that I was entering a new season of my life and that there were some important decisions I needed to make. The most important was, where do I want to live? I realised that I had opportunities available to me, that I did not have before. My children have both married and are living outside of South Africa. I manage my own business and spend the bulk of my time working from home in Johannesburg. I was starting to feel fearful about taking early mor...

Building Bridges

I have a dream To build bridges in South Africa For all South Africans This is a dream bigger than any one of us, yet I know that it is a dream I share with many. How do we ensure that these dreams become reality? How do we build a people and a nation that we can all feel proud of? Is this even possible? I live my life with the glass half full, so I will do whatever I can to hold onto the view that this dream IS indeed possible. As a fifty-something South African woman, I am constantl...

Disaster Management Strategy

This past week I visited Ground Zero where the greatest man made disaster of all time occurred. I also visited Patong Beach, Phuket 3 months after the Tsunami. The greatest naturel disaster to hit the world this century. I am amazed at the human power that emerges after such an event. What would our world be like if we cared enough to change lives every day rather than wait for a disaster?

Spiritual Capital – Wealth we can live by

I have just finished reading a book called Spiritual Capital by Dahah Zohar and Ian Marshall.A great book for any leader wanting to understand top level leadership for the 21st century. Here is an extract from the book. I believe that global business has the money and the power to make a significant difference in today's troubled world and that by making the difference it can help itself as well as others. I envision business raising its sights above the bottom line.I envision business becomi...

Wise words from Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight, Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The g...

Halftime by Bob Buford

I have just finished reading a book called Halftime by Bob Buford. This is his own personal journey of how he moved from success to significance. This book is an excellent guide on how to address this process. There are 2 points that stand out for me in this book. 1. If you do not start to address the issue of change before you are 50 you may find it more difficult to do the older you get. 2. Some men will move from success to significance later in life by choice. Many women move from ...

Hired hands or Hired Hearts?

In a company where the leader has an autocratic style of leadership there is not enough concern for the growth of the humans working within that organisation. The main purpose is the bottom line . I believe that in this kind of structure one mainly will have Hired Hands. They come to work, collect their pay cheque but very seldom do you get true buy in. With a servant leadership style the main purpose is the growth of the people working within the organisation. What amazes me is that in this ki...