Podcasts

Episode 23: How to lead, manage strategy, and execute, with Dr. Alex Granger

Entrepreneurs must plan and execute their strategies all at the same time. How do they become excellent at leading themselves and their teams without losing sight of their vision? In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Alex Granger – a global speaker and leadership coach. Dr. Alex has been coaching leadership teams of companies for over 19 years and has worked with companies like Tsogo Sun, Standard Bank, governments, and other institutions. Our conversation is centred around how entrepreneurs can become conscious, dynamic, and visionary leaders while executing their plans. We also talk about practical tools that can help them do this.
Episode 22: How to spot new opportunities, with Kwame Bekoe

Entrepreneurs discover or create opportunities that ultimately lead to some of our favourite products and solutions to real pressing problems. But how exactly do they spot these opportunities in the first place? What is the mental alertness and type of thinking that allows entrepreneurs to continuously move the world forward? In this episode, I spoke to Kwame Bekoe who is an aviation professional, engineer, and the founder of a popular restaurant in Accra, Ghana – N8tive Food & Beverage Bar. Having been a former sales director at Airbus and traveled all over the world, Kwame decided to pursue multiple businesses in agriculture on the African continent.
Kwame has been recently recognised by the United Nations as one of Africa’s Most Influential People of African Descent in entrepreneurship and business. He was also named Ghana’s Top 40 under 40 most influential leaders in 2018.

Episode 21: How high growth entrepreneurs think with, Jito Kayumba
Have you ever wondered why one business can stay the same for 10 years while one gets listed on the stock exchange in 10 years?  High growth entrepreneurs grow their businesses rapidly and they have a different mindset. I spoke to Jito, partner at Kukula Capital – a Private Equity firm based in Zambia –  on the mindset of creating high growth enterprises. Jito sits on the boards of both listed and privately owned firms in Zambia, Kenya, and South Africa. He has led multiple investments in high growth enterprises across the continent.
Jito is a leader is a thought leader in his field and is one of our guests from our collaboration with Eagle Wings Consulting.
Episode 20: How to deal with rejection in business
There is an old saying that goes champions eat “no” for breakfast. It is true for entrepreneurs. I recently spoke at an incubator celebrating the entrepreneurs who had graduated from that incubator. I was encouraged by these entrepreneurs that despite having so much on their plate, they had put in 3 months to work on their businesses.  And yet, after all their hard work, they will still encounter much rejection in business. So, this episode is about 3 things to do when you hear “no”. I hope you feel motivated. 
Episode 19: How to become an entrepreneurial leader, with Charles Washoma
Entrepreneurial leadership is about infusing innovation into your business while managing risk. It is a type of leadership that motivates people to spot new opportunities in achieving the business’s purpose. I spoke to Charles Washoma, a seasoned board director and CEO on how entrepreneurs can lead their businesses and how large organizations should be thinking about culture and entrepreneurial leadership

Episode 18: Staying motivated as a change agent
Many entrepreneurs are change agents whether it is they are creating new markets or working on a social issue. But how do they manage to keep themselves motivated when their path is not always a straightforward one? In this episode, I spoke to Zukiswa Mqolomba who is a socio-economic change activist and pioneer. Zukiswa has worked for the World Bank, African Development Bank, and held many directorships in government departments. She is also an entrepreneur. Listen to this episode to hear more about how to stay motivated and keep yourself grounded when working in a space filled with so much complexity. 
Episode 17: Season 2 Trailer
Season 2 is all about exploring different facets of how entrepreneurs think. It is to bring consciousness to your days as you go about building your business. We have loads of exciting guests to help you do this! Listen to find out more! 
Episode 16: Igniting your entrepreneurial drive
It’s the start of a new year and it’s time to ignite your entrepreneurial drive and get ready to accomplish all that you have set for yourself. If you are like me, you had to convince your brain to switch on. I looked for inspiration from an entrepreneur who founded what is now a $30 billion US Dollar Market Cap business. This entrepreneur found himself in similar circumstances to ours this year. I was surprised to see that very few people talk about this Japanese entrepreneur. Listen to his story and be inspired!
Episode 15: How to develop a disruptive and innovative mindset, with Dr. Nik Eberl
Developing an innovative and disruptive mindset is important for entrepreneurs. There are certain tools that entrepreneurs and their teams can use to help them practice and ultimately develop consistent innovative thinking. In this episode, we speak to Dr. Nik Eberl who is a scholar and practitioner in innovation. He is the founder of many global companies including The Unicorn Disruptovator, The LinkedIn DealMaker, and Clients for Life. In our conversation, we learn from entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs as well as start-ups like Uber and eBay.

Episode 14: The history and future of entrepreneurship in Africa, with Dr. Charles Sinkala
Very little is known about the first form of trade and entrepreneurship in Africa.  Today the African continent is one of the poorest continents in the world. But history shows that trade and entrepreneurship happened in Africa in the early 500s. In this episode, we explore the mindset of entrepreneurship that existed in Africa in the early 500s and we trace it to the entrepreneurial mindset that exists in the 21st Century. 
 I spoke to Dr. Charles Sinkala who is an international political analyst and lawyer by background. He is a former member of Parliament in Zambia and the 2021 Presidential Candidate in Zambia. He is the President of Africa 55 States – an advocacy group that drives free-thinking in Africa. 
 We end our discussion on how Africa can emancipate the thinking of her people such that her entrepreneurs can thrive. 

Episode 13: The mindset of transitioning from corporate or employment to entrepreneurship, with Adi Kaimowitz
Many employees are starting to think about how to transition from full-time employment to entrepreneurship or freelancing. In this episode, we talk to Adi Kaimowitz who is the co-founder and CEO of Virtual Actuary on the mindset required for people to transition from employment to entrepreneurship.
 Virtual Actuary is a platform that connects professional actuaries across the world to clients in banking, insurance, ICT, and other sectors.
Our conversation covers the practical things that transitioning employees need to do and the thinking and behavior they have to adopt to help be successful entrepreneurs. 
We talk about how consortiums can be used to help ease the financial burden of being a start-up entrepreneur. 
Episode 12: How entrepreneurs should be thinking about technology in their businesses
Technology is changing the world in an unprecedented way. In this episode, we talk to Lindelwa Skenjana about how entrepreneurs, who may not be technology entrepreneurs, should be thinking about digital technologies both to enable their businesses and to transform them. Lindelwa Skenjana is a digital adoption strategist and holds an MSc. in ICT for Development from the University of Manchester. She was named in the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young People to watch in 2019 for her work on this topic. 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. 

Episode 11: How entrepreneurs should be thinking about global change, trade, and tensions – with Bongivangeli Buthelezi
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.
Episode 10: Increasing your creativity, brand consciousness, and telling your story – with Joanne Augustin
Creativity is one of the gems that enables entrepreneurs to spot new opportunities. Creativity is essential to brand development and telling your story in a way that builds resonance with your audience. In this episode, I spoke to brand and content strategist, Joanne Augustin, on how creativity fuels entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs can tell their stories a lot better. Joanne is the founder of United States based “All things Content” – a brand and content strategy consulting firm. She has 10 years’ experience in working with major brands such as Del Taco.
Episode 09: How data and mathematics enhance entrepreneurial thinking – with Mathematician, Edzai Zvobwo
Some of our listeners have been interested in how they can overcome some of their cognitive biases as they grow their businesses. In this episode, we talk to Edzai Zvobwo who is the founder and CEO of MathsGee.com on how data science and mathematics can be used to overcome cognitive biases that are common to entrepreneurs. He is a mathematician by training and is an executive data science coach.

Episode 08: A psychologist’s view on entrepreneurial wellness with Clinical Psychologist, Batetshi Matenge
In this episode, we are joined by a clinical psychologist and a dear friend, Batetshi Matenge. We will talk to her about the entrepreneurial mindset, cognition, and emotions in entrepreneurship. Batetshi has a Masters in Clinical Psychology (Cum Laude) from the University of Cape Town.

Episode 07: Hearing from an entrepreneur on Wellness – Sipamandla Manqele Founder and CEO of Local Village Foods
In this episode, we have a meaningful conversation with the founder and CEO of Local Village Foods on maintaining wellness as an entrepreneur. Local Village Foods is a pan-African conscious food brand that specializes in organic products that are locally produced across the African continent. Local Village Foods supplies over 13 large retail stores and restaurants such as Jacksons’ real food market, The Spar Group, and Faithful to Nature.
Episode 06: Emotions in entrepreneurship – managing your emotions for better outcomes
In this episode, we talk about the various ways in which emotions impact entrepreneurial or business outcomes. I suggest ways in which entrepreneurs can increase their mindfulness with regards to their emotional wellness.

Episode 05: If the environment impacts how entrepreneurs think, is South Africa conducive for entrepreneurs?
We celebrate Heritage Day in South Africa on the 24th of September each year. But do we really have a heritage that allows entrepreneurs to thrive in their thinking? If you are listening from any country that is not South Africa, I would like you to reflect on the culture in your own country and determine if it enables or impedes entrepreneurial thinking.
Episode 04: Maintaining entrepreneurial thinking and wellness in a time of crisis
The firms that survive any crisis are those that spot new opportunities and adjust their strategies to exploit these opportunities. In this episode, we talk about how entrepreneurs need to harness their thinking in this time of change while paying attention to their emotional wellness.
Episode 03: Entrepreneurial team thinking and its benefits
There is power in harnessing multiple perspectives when starting your business. This increases your chance of success. In this episode, we unpack what entrepreneurial team thinking is and the various aspects that relate to the success of a new venture.

Episode 02: Why building an entrepreneurial team is important
Research shows that successful ventures usually have more than one founder and have teams that collectively undertake new venture creation. Investors also to prefer to finance a team of founders. That is not to say that successful new ventures cannot occur with just one founder. In this episode we talk about the importance of building a team when starting a new venture. Entrepreneurial team thinking emerges from co-founders and increases the probability of success when the team is diverse.
Episode 01: Introduction to Wellness for Entrepreneurs
Wellness for entrepreneurs is a space for founders and their teams to share how they make sense of the world in identifying new ideas and opportunities. It is also about how they manage their overall wellness while creating new ventures.

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2 thoughts on “Podcasts

  1. Hi Mathebe,

    Thanks. I found this very insightful especially dealing with the founder’s cognitive bias. I just employed an external CFO company to assist me with this and also offer a “team “ feel to my venture.
    I look forward to your next podcasts.

    Warmest regards,
    Tshire

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