Archive | February, 2011

Winemaking across the world: viva la france!

After I had finished my winemaking studies at Stellenbosch, I dived into the wine industry armed with new-found knowledge. During the first few years, I’ve learned a lot about winemaking and also about the South African wine industry in general. But when you open a bottle of French or Italian wine you always wonder: What […]

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Yoghurt Custard with Fresh Berries (Gluten-free)

An indulgent Good Food Diet treat Loads of delicious fresh berries spooned on top of a thick, creamy vanilla-flavoured yoghurt (yogurt) custard. What a way to end a dinner or start a brunch! Spoil yourself and your friends, knowing that this delectable treat is good for you. Berries are a rich source of natural antioxidants (more […]

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Natural phases of Team growth

I recently experienced the “honeymoon phase” and the subsequent “post-honeymoon” phase in a new team and this reminded me of the natural phases a team goes through to become a high-performance unit. Bruce W Tuckman, American educational psychologist, identified the five phases a team goes through as forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. As a […]

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Don’t drink cappuccino at a place that can’t spell it

If cappuccino is spelt correctly on a menu, the chances of you getting an excellent cuppa is good. If it is spelt incorrectly, get up and go to another coffee shop.Why? If a restaurant can’t even take care of its menu, how will it take care of you? I’m a sucker for a good coffee […]

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7 tips to “go viral” with your message (Part 2 of 4)

Everyone seeks a video, blog post or news announcement that can “go viral”. Here are the next seven letters of my ABC of viral messages. When most people talk about “viral videos”, they usually refer to videos circulating on the internet and being watched by millions of people. Every advertiser’s dream. Hit the influencers You […]

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Growing through organisational change

In this article, I will unpack how an organisation going through change can create a safety net for employees who have to risk letting go of their security and venture into the unknown. This net will help to prevent injuries and, more importantly, help people to grow through the experience. I will use the metaphor […]

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