Episode 12 – How entrepreneurs should think about technology in their businesses

If you are an entrepreneur in more traditional sectors such as farming, tourism, fishing, and others, you may be wondering how you can start to take advantage of technologies shaping the Fourth Industrial revolution and digitalization.

I believe technology presents an exciting opportunity for all entrepreneurs whether they are already in the technology sector or they are in more traditional sectors. But, what are the factors that entrepreneurs should be thinking about to help them to use technology in a more transformational way?

In this episode, I spoke to Lindelwa Skenjana, who is a digital adoption strategist and has an MSc. ICT for Development from the University of Manchester. She has helped many businesses adopt technology and think about it in a way that can result in an enabling and transformational way.

You may watch our interview here:

Our conversation covers the use of various digital technologies; how entrepreneurs can overcome the fear associated with using technology; and how entrepreneurs from developing countries can think deeply about digital technologies to help them gain competitive advantage.

You may also listen to our interview on any of our platforms by following this link: https://linktr.ee/Wellness4Entrepreneurs

I hope you find this conversation useful.

Episode 11 – How entrepreneurs should be thinking about global change, trade, and tensions – with Bongivangeli Buthelezi

Entrepreneurs have to constantly assess the changes around them and determine the most appropriate strategy to follow. On Tuesday, 3 November 2020, the United States held their elections where nationalism went head to head with multilateralism.

In this episode, we talk about global trends that have created uncertainty and perhaps some anxiety for entrepreneurs and businesspeople around the world. We talk to Bongivangeli Buthelezi, a political and economic commentator, on global trade, multilateral institutions, recent events around the world involving China, the United States, Russia, and other countries and their implications on entrepreneurship and innovation. We also talk about changes brought about by Covid-19, technology shifts, and climate change and what they mean for entrepreneurs.


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Episode 10: Increasing your creativity, brand consciousness, and telling your story – with Joanne Augustin

Creativity is a competitive advantage in entrepreneurship, and yet it remains a fluid concept for many people. In this episode, I spoke to creative entrepreneur, brand, and content strategist, Joanne Augustin. She is the founder of “All Things Content” – a brand content strategy firm based in Atlanta, United States.

We spoke about the concept of creativity, how entrepreneurs can improve their creativity, and ultimately how they can tell their stories a lot better. Brand consciousness and communication is linked to the economic outcomes that so many entrepreneurs look for.

Ultimately, increasing your creativity and how you tell your story requires a number of factors and skills from entrepreneurs. These are existing domain knowledge and superior cognitive processes that allow entrepreneurs to see patterns and connections in multiple domains/areas. Additionally, factors such as your motivation, the work environment, and your overall mental wellness play a large role in determining the level of your creativity.

What is quite strange about creativity is that often, it requires society to approve and legitimize its brilliance. In art, there must be a consensus that Leonardo da Vinci‘s Mona Lisa is a masterpiece. Likewise, in entrepreneurship there must be consensus of novelty and innovation of certain products. Communication, brand positioning, and telling your story as an entrepreneur becomes extremely important in this regard.

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Episode 09: How data and mathematics enhance entrepreneurial thinking – with Mathematician, Edzai Zvobwo

Have you ever wondered how you can improve the assumptions you make in key areas of your business? It goes without saying that we live in such an uncertain time fueled with so much change both technologically and behaviorally. As entrepreneurs we require stable frameworks and models to help us in our day to day decision-making.

In this episode, I spoke to mathematician and data scientist, Edzai Zvobwo, on how entrepreneurs can improve their decision-making process.

We spoke about how entrepreneurs can use data to better understand their environments and to dream up new value propositions. We make reference to counter-factual thinking and how the best performing entrepreneurs use this type of thinking to simulate alternative realities and outcomes based on data and imagination.

You may listen to the video interview here:

The audio version is available on the Website, Spotify, and Apple iTunes here: https://linktr.ee/Wellness4Entrepreneurs

Episode 08: A psychologist’s view on entrepreneurial wellness with Clinical Psychologist, Batetshi Matenge

Entrepreneurs often do not have the resources to commit themselves to long term psychotherapy. This could be resources either in time, money, or both. In this episode I interviewed a dear friend and a clinical psychologist on the importance of psychotherapy, mindfulness, and self-reflection for entrepreneurs.

We spoke about how entrepreneurs who have had tough life experiences can develop new experiences to develop lateral thinking and expand on the repertoire of their skills.

We spoke about how psycho-therapy opens a plethora of choice for responding to various situations and how this is important for entrepreneurs to spot new opportunities.

You may watch our video interview below.

My greatest take-away here was that we are only using 2% of our minds and that 98% of our responses are based on our sub-conscious thoughts. This is significant for entrepreneurs as we are the innovators and heroes of our modern-day society. By truly exploring various avenues of our minds, we expand the probability of increasing our creativity, our people skills, and making new connections that ultimately lead to better outcomes for our businesses, society, and ourselves.

I hope you enjoy this episode. You may listen to the audio version in the link below and on other platforms such as Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Audio Link: https://wellness4entrepreneurs.com/podcasts-episode-08-a-psychologists-view-on-entrepreneurial-wellness-with-batetshi-matenge/

Love and light,

Mmathebe

In conversation with Sipamandla Manqele on wellness – uncut video

In Episode 07, I spoke to the founder and CEO of Local Village Foods on wellness and entrepreneurship. We had so much to talk about that I decided to share with you our full conversation in an uncut video.

What remains clear to me is that inspiration is everywhere. It mainly requires an alert entrepreneur to look and notice. There is a school of thought that says opportunities exist whether or not they have been found, they exist. The opportunity for for air travel existed long before the Wright Brothers discovered it. Of course, certain shifts in the market and advances in technology enable different value propositions as they occur. That is exactly why alertness is required in entrepreneurship. Alertness is about systematically searching your environment and having a moment of insight. We can summarize this as a “eureka” moment.

Sipamandla talks of her “eureka” moment that led her to ultimately establish Local Village Foods.

In conversation with Sipamandla Manqele on wellness – uncut video

In Episode 07, I spoke to the founder and CEO of Local Village Foods on wellness and entrepreneurship. We had so much to talk about that I decided to share with you our full conversation in an uncut video.

What remains clear to me is that inspiration is everywhere. It mainly requires an alert entrepreneur to look and notice. There is a school of thought that says opportunities exist whether or not they have been found, they exist. The opportunity for for air travel existed long before the Wright Brothers discovered it. Of course, certain shifts in the market and advances in technology enable different value propositions as they occur. That is exactly why alertness is required in entrepreneurship. Alertness is about systematically searching your environment and having a moment of insight. We can summarize this as a “eureka” moment.

Sipamandla talks of her “eureka” moment that led her to ultimately establish Local Village Foods.

Episode 07: Hearing from an entrepreneur on Wellness – Sipamandla Manqele Founder and CEO of Local Village Foods

I am excited that in this episode that I had an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with the founder and CEO of Local Village Foods.

She is someone that I admire both as an entrepreneur and a dear friend. Our conversation made me realize the value of reflection as an entrepreneur. This is the practice of taking time out to understand the environment we start businesses in and to understand the value that we bring to society.

Our businesses are not just about us, they are about the staff that work in our businesses, the lives we transform, and the new economic value that we bring to our countries and the world.

Reflection truly is the key to unlocking opportunities in our businesses and society.

Please click on the link below to listen to our conversation:

https://wellness4entrepreneurs.com/podcasts-episode-07-hearing-from-an-entrepreneur-on-wellness-sipamandla-manqele-founder-and-ceo-of-local-village-foods/

Episode 06: Emotions in entrepreneurship – managing your emotions for better outcomes

Today, we launched our first Thursday of the month feature on emotions, fear, and entrepreneurship. In this episode, we gain an understanding of all the different ways in which our emotions impact our thoughts and ultimately business success.

There are enough tools to help entrepreneurs think through technical aspects of their businesses, but few tools that help entrepreneurs understand themselves emotionally and mentally.

Emotions are entrepreneurs’ greatest asset as they regulate motivation, creativity, and behavior. Please click on the link below and share some of your thoughts on how you manage the most intimate aspects of your entrepreneurial journey.

Celebrating Heritage Day – Episode 05: If the environment impacts how entrepreneurs think, is South Africa conducive for entrepreneurs?

Today marks the celebration of Heritage Day in South Africa. Heritage Day is about celebrating the diverse cultures within South Africa. Celebrations typically include a flamboyant display of cultures through dressing followed by a day of “braaiing” or barbequing with family and friends.

My reflections on this day include assessing whether South Africa has the right environment for entrepreneurs to thrive. Does our culture or heritage truly empower entrepreneurs in their thinking? In this episode, I unpack the various dimensions of culture according to Hofstede and analyze whether we indeed have a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. I encourage listeners of this podcast who are not from South Africa to apply the same framework in their own countries.

I conclude by saying that even though we are a nation of risk-takers that values individual creativity, expression, and individual freedoms. These values are fundamental to entrepreneurship and a culture of innovation. However, we are an unequal society that emphasizes the need to acquire material wealth with less focus on purpose and the quality of life. Our short term thinking ultimately limits our entrepreneurs’ ability to stay the course and own established businesses. This is a loss to our entrepreneurship outcomes as a nation as our policy frameworks emphasize entrepreneurship as a key economic driver. I challenge us to rethink our need to see short-term results and quick wins and to rather adopt a future focused mindset.

Please click on the link below to listen.

https://wellness4entrepreneurs.com/podcasts-episode-05-if-the-environment-impacts-how-entrepreneurs-think-is-south-africa-conducive-for-entrepreneurs/

I would love to hear your thoughts and whether you agree with me.

Happy Heritage Day!