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Ever thought you were in the wrong place? Or should be doing better than you are – no matter if in work or home?

Lorna Powe




If you’ve ever felt this, let me assure you that you aren’t alone. Even the most together and driven people can have doubts about where they are headed. One of things I do is work with people and businesses to help them through these things by working with proven strategies for emotional, business or technical and ‘Little Voice’ strategies. They work too. Let’s take me as an example:

I’ve always been one of those people who was able to do things, but never really thought I could – been there? I used to be shy, could not talk to people let alone sell anything… I had lots of dreams and at various stages I achieved them, but I was never really sure how.

They started with travel dreams – visiting South America, India, Africa… Career dreams followed– management accountant, business analyst, consultant, programme manager and CIO. Slowly, each dream was achieved. Only when I reached the ‘top’ did I realise it was not for me.

Do you know that feeling? This is not a sob story, I loved every stage of my personal and career growth. But I did realise that perhaps my dreams and goals were not actually right.

Figuring out where you want to go

Now I am at 50 finding the path of what I really want to do. I’ve done this through using the ‘Little Voice’ techniques I am now working with, and through using strategies to help me past the ‘stuck’ stage. But do you want to wait that long?

Do you want your dream sooner and to be able to leave a legacy? I’d like to increase the living standards of everyone in Cape Town by transforming the workplace. This is not about BEE. It’s about YOU. We have to do it ourselves.

Do you have a vision, but are frustrated you can’t make it into reality. Have you got so far with it and then – what? – stopped, got bored or are just in denial and want to move on? Maybe you just can’t get out of the chaos stage – can’t see the wood for the trees.

Do you have a franchise that you just don’t feel is supported right, or not enough training in certain areas? Your franchisor or manager is not in your world and does not understand what’s going on?

Everyone is different. So what can you do?

  • Learn about yourself:
    • Who are you?
    • What is your real goal or vision for yourself?
    • What is it that makes you passionate?

Most people have never stopped to think about it! I didn’t…

  • Learn how to be the person you want to be – don’t wait until you have millions in the bank – go out and get it!
    • Recognise that all great entrepreneurs and sales people have mentors, teams and coaching to get them to success.

Realise you are not Superman (or woman)… so don’t try to be. Odds are, you’ll fail.

  • Learn the ‘Technique of Reach’. Go out there into the market and find out what people want – then make sure your products or service meet that need.

Your little voice, sales and success

What is your ‘Little Voice’? It’s that voice in your head when you were reading earlier saying “what’s she talking about?” I have a whole choir! You need to learn to:

  • Ignore the Little Voice that tells you: “you don’t need to contact people” to be successful!
  • Challenge the Little Voice that tells you: “You’ve made your target” when you are only half way there because you can now cover your expenses.
  • Listen to the Little Voice that keeps your energy high!

Remember the toughest sale of all is the one to yourself!

Your Little Voice can be your biggest enemy or your greatest ally. But if you are unconscious about it, it will rule you and sabotage your best efforts. What most people fail to grasp is the gut wrenching, teeth gnashing, laying-in-bed-fretting roller coaster that comes with having a business.

Business is a personal development workshop that you can never walk away from… but the better you master yourself and your team, the more money you will make.

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What To Do When You Realise You Hate Your Job

Do you give in or get started on something new?




In this episode of Leaders Create Leaders, Entrepreneur Network partner Gerard Adams sits down with entrepreneur and influencer Dr. Mona Vand of Hot & Healthy. Vand trained to become a pharmacist, and throughout her education she was driven by that goal.

However, on her first day of work as a pharmacist, she suddenly realised that this path wasn’t for her. She cried when she got home, realising that she had tied herself to this career through her education, and that she might have to continue this for the foreseeable future.

Related: 11 Rebellious And Fun Songs For When You Hate Your Job

That realisation helped spur her to branch off and build a business that fit her better. Click play to learn how she did it.

Related: Branson: Know When To Quit Your Day Job

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7 Reasons Why Keeping The Job You Have Might Be Your Smartest Career Move

Leaving your comfort zone is not automatically a brilliant idea.

Tracy Maylett




With U.S. unemployment coming in at a healthy low of 4.10 percent last quarter, and better-than-average employment figures across the globe, job seekers have new choices. “Get a new job!” may be at the top of many resolution lists, but before you push “send” on that employment application, you might want to take a few things into consideration:

1. Finding a new job is not as simple as it appears

The number of people looking to ditch their current jobs and find other employment was estimated by some to be as high as 50 percent in 2017 (although our DecisionWise employee survey results show that figure to be less than 20 percent). Whether it’s 20 percent or 50 percent of the world’s population on the job prowl, competition may be steeper than one might think.

Now, further complicate this with the notion that millennials will make up 50 percent of the workforce in 2020. In the competition for the perfect job, there is a high degree of likelihood that your job-hunting competitor may be very similar to you when it comes to skills, experience or education. And, while you’re actively searching for that ideal job, you may not be giving your current role the attention it (and your employer) deserves.

Related: How To Optimise Your Productivity After Quitting Your Job

2. You will be starting over

While the possibilities of that new job and compensation package may be enticing, that move may be financially taxing. Many companies have benefits policies that do not kick in for a period of time.

The paid time off and vacation time you’ve previously earned won’t transfer across companies. In many areas, you will be starting over.

3. Job switching is stressful

Workplace adjustments like changes to a different line of work, changes in work hours or location or new work responsibilities can significantly impact personal health. The Holmes and Rahe stress scale ranks a change in employment as one of the most significant when it comes to life’s stressors. When the average workweek for many of us is 45-55 hours, some of us spend as many as half our waking hours at the office. That’s a significant chunk of one’s life to disrupt.

4. You’ll be the newbie

Remember those new employees that you were asked to train – all of those questions and mistakes? Well, now that’s you! For the first three months of employment, you’re more of a liability than an asset, regardless of how valuable you think you are. Mastery takes time. Yet, mastery has repeatedly been shown as one of the key factors in job engagement. Institutional knowledge that comes through tenure is highly valued by most organisations.

Are you ready to spend a good part of 2018 as an apprentice again, acting as the learner rather than the expert? Many employees tie a sense of self-identity and worth to the expertise, title and necessity of their job. That change may have more of a psychological impact than you realise.

5. Relationships take time

A new job means a new team, new customers and a new boss or subordinates. Connection to others around you continues to show up as a primary factor in employee engagement, not to mention the ability to get things done. All that effort to build relationships in your current job won’t be transferred to your new role.

Additionally, trust typically must be earned over time, and that absence of trust may impede your short-term effectiveness. Relationships and trust take time to build. Remember, you will likely be starting over.

Related: 10 Things You Must Do Before Quitting Your Job To Start Your Company

6. Growth often involves pain

When professional growth opportunities are absent in an organisation, you get stagnation, boredom and attrition. Those who remain in growth-impaired environments are operating on autopilot. They aren’t mentally present; their minds are not on their work. Errors happen and quality drops. Indifference sets in when work becomes routine. While a no-stress job seems ideal to some, challenges and growth are key components of employee engagement.

Growth most often occurs when we are stretched beyond our comfort zone. Yet, when some people run up against challenges, they take the easy way out by looking outside the organisation. Consequently, they never grow because the grass is always greener elsewhere. Which brings up the next point.

7. Maybe the problem is you

In 2017, employee engagement firm DecisionWise analysed more than 24 million employee survey responses gathered over three years. When it came to disengagement, the findings weren’t completely surprising: fully disengaged employees rarely turned the engagement corner. According to the study, if I’m disengaged in my current job, I’m likely to disengage in my future job.

Why are you thinking of making the switch? Is it the working conditions? Compensation? Bad boss? These are valid reasons. However, often it’s not just this job; it has become a pattern. What’s the common denominator here? Are most team members always doing less work than you do? Are all companies made up of tyrants? Will the people at your new job really value you more than those at your current job? Or, maybe… just possibly…is the problem, you? Look in the mirror. As they say, “wherever you go, there you are.”

Before you rush out to fulfill that job-change resolution in 2018, consider the above. Maybe that switch isn’t what you want after all.

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Business Travel Is Alive And Paying Off

The rise of conference calls and video conferencing systems like Skype and Google Hangouts may seem like the end of face-to-face business encounters, but experts don’t agree.

Kulula Work



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A number of business leaders and industrial psychologists reckon that there’s no substitute for meeting someone in person, especially at critical junctures in a business relationship, like introducing yourself or closing a deal.

So how do you make business travel easier and worth your while? Dawn Weir, Head of kulula work, suggests the following:

Maximise the business benefits

Business travel can benefit the individual traveller and their business, whether it’s a small enterprise or a multinational conglomerate. kulula work for example, guarantees you the best fares of the day on and British Airways (operated by Comair), and you won’t pay booking or flight change fees — only the difference in fare and the airport taxes. You can now also earn and redeem Avios loyalty points whilst flying with Not only will earning more Avios graduate you to higher tiers where you can, for example, get cabin upgrades and access to business lounges, but you can also use the points to, say, take your family on a business and leisure holiday
with you.

Related: How To Take The Hassle Out Of Business Travel With Kulula Work

Go paperless

Get rid of unnecessary paperwork that can weigh you down and store your boarding pass on your smartphone wallet app when you check in 24 hours ahead of departure.

Take a breather

Airport lounges provide a haven from the hubbub of departure lounges, but not all are equal by any means. The best ones have space for some work, fast WiFi, a good selection of food, a decent wine list, and facilities to shower and freshen up. The Slow Lounges at a number of South African airports have these facilities. There’s even one at the Radisson Blu Hotel opposite the Sandton Gautrain station, SLOW in the City that provides boardrooms, lounges, and can arrange for quiet areas to do media interviews. A new lounge called SLOW XS, has also opened at Lanseria International Airport and has, among its many attractions, wine tastings offered by local drinks specialists Winesense.

Add some colour

Many business travellers will go to great lengths to ensure they only travel with cabin luggage, but if you do have to check luggage into the hold, take a moment to familiarise yourself with bag-drop arrangements and any restrictions on the size of cabin luggage. Also, many travellers find it helpful to mark their luggage with a brightly-coloured tag of some sort that makes it readily recognisable on the conveyor.

Stash it all

So, you have your boarding pass on your smartphone and you’ve stashed keys, wallet and change in your carry-on baggage, to save you time passing through the metal-detectors at the security checkpoint. If you’re travelling internationally, you may have opted to wear slip-on shoes and to pack your belt in your carry-on luggage to avoid having to take them off and put them back on again at security. We’ve all stood behind fellow travellers who arrive at the checkpoint with coins and keys in every pocket, and electronic devices in the bottom of a suitcase. There’s not much you can do about that, but you can make your own passage through the metal-detectors easier.

Related: Kulula: Erik Venter and Gidon Novick

Remember to rest

Many business travellers tend to put in more working hours when away from the office and home. Rather than thinking that every mail in your inbox must be answered immediately, get some work-life balance by taking a walk or a run, or just a nap.

To make sure you are on time — every time — comfortable, refreshed, organised and stress-free when you seal your next deal, use kulula work to take care of your travel arrangements. Our team includes professionals dedicated to your account who will assess your business travel needs so that you have a healthy combination of work and play, on your road to success.

The following is exclusively available when your next business trip is booked via kulula work:

  • Best fares of the day on and British Airways (operated by Comair)
  • Flexible flight changes (only the difference in fare and taxes will apply)
  • No booking fees
  • Competitive car hire rates with Europcar and Avis
  • Great hotel rates with Protea Hotels and City Lodge Hotel Group
  • Invoicing and reporting
  • Account management
  • Access to our qualified Corporate Reservations team. *

For that work-life balance you’re after contact kulula work on +27 (0)11 285 3050, email or visit

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