I have just visited Siki’s Koffee Kafe in Khayelitsha. I came across him and his story on Thundafund when I was looking at current crowdfunding campaigns that were taking place. Siki’s story is such an inspiring one and I knew that I had to meet him.
Sikelela Dibela has always wanted to make a difference in the community that he grew up in, Khayelitsha. Even though he never matriculated from school Siki had amazing drive which resulted in him moving up from a Vida Cafe dishwasher to store manager, whilst he was completing college. His drive and tenacity saw him being chosen to work in London for two years training new staff.
Siki explained that going to London was a major eye opener and part of his inspiration to come back home and really make a difference. Meeting Siki was a reminder for me that perseverance and hard work pays off and I believe that Siki is on an amazing journey to not only be a personal success but to take his community along the journey.
I am making a plea to everyone to check out Siki’s crowdfunding campaign and to contribute to his story. He is looking for a dream goal of R90 000 in order to get a mobile coffee machine and a vehicle in order to increase his reach. His tipping point is R30 000 and he is currently at R15 560. So halfway to the tipping point with 23 days to go!
To Learn more google him or better yet go and visit Siki’s Koffee Kafe.
Have you ever used the word Always or Never in a heated discussion? Have you ever has these words used towards you? How did it make you feel?
Speaking in absolutes is something that you should avoid and think twice about before using. I have made this a rule in my life and today while at a #sheinnovates festival I was reminded of this.
Does your partner really never change the toilet roll. Does your employee really always come late to meetings? The answer to these questions is most likely NO! By you stating that they always or never do something you immediate create a defense response from them and it does not create an environment that is conducive to rational discussion and debate.
This is a short piece of advice that you most likely know deep down inside. To avoid falling into the trap make a rule that absolutes are not allowed this standing rule will then allow the person to whom the absolute is expressed to say, “hey we don’t talk in absolutes”, reminding you of your rule and the diffusing the situation rather than causing a backlash. It sounds to simple but it really does work.
Create this rule today and improve your conflict management significantly! Or don’t that is also okay 😄
A Massive Transformative Purpose is essential for an organisation that wants to exponential, in fact I believe that it is vital for an organisation to thrive in the 21st century. Am MTP is more than a vision or a mission it is an aspirational statement that captures the hearts and minds of the people inside the organisation as well as the community that surrounds the organisation. This can be seen as the higher purpose of the organisation. Remember it is transformational and not transactional.
A powerful MTP has the Power of Pull, it creates a culture that people want to belong to and be a part of. A strong MTP is therefore beneficial when recruiting and retaining talent. In addition a powerful MTP results in an external impact focus rather than an internal politics focus and therefore results in a more productive organisation. A great MTP can have first mover advantage, as it is written in Exponential Organisations it is difficult for another company to come up against Google’s MTP and say well we are going to organise the worlds information just better.
The Purpose in MTP is vital and two why questions are described in the book as critical:
Firstly you may be asking yourself what is an idea meritocracy? This is an ideology and way of working that let’s the best idea win regardless of who the idea comes from. Successful companies such as Bridgewater associates and Pixar animation studios use such techniques to build a culture of radical transparency and this ensures that innovation continues to prosper.
A quick aside, I wrote this blog a few weeks ago sitting at the Amazing V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and then forgot to publish it. The picture below was taken on the day. ADVERT: Cape Town is an amazing place to start a business!
I first came across this idea from Ray Dalio’s book Principles and would highly recommend that you read this book. Bridgewater Associates which Dalio founded over 40 years ago runs on a radically transparent culture and is the number one hedge fund in the world. The stories in the book are amazing such as junior employees having the openness to tell Ray Dalio that his performance in a meeting was D- and that he was obviously unprepared. There are many organisations where this would be seen as insubordination but not at Bridgewater where honest feedback is valued and required.
This type of culture is not an easy one to follow as it is very different to what many of us know but I believe that it is a very good model to use to promote experimentation. Experimentation requires failure and honest feedback to improve. Where people are punished for failure experimentation is unlikely.
So what steps can you take to move to an idea meritocracy and a radically transparent company culture?
Have an open mind
Learn more about it by reading and studying other companies following this ideology
Discuss this with your team
Implement and know that you will make mistakes and have failures along the way. The important thing to remember is that as long as you are learning from these then you are moving forward
Always remember that you are an individual and that there is no one on this Earth with its 7.6 Billion people that have the same DNA makeup as you. There may be many people that are similar, with aspirations that may be the same but no two people are exactly the same. It is vital to remember that when it comes to the notion of success. You need to define what success looks like in your life. You can use others as inspiration but do not simply follow someone else’s success path because it looks as though they are living a wonderful life. A great place to start when determining what gets you out of the bed in the morning and what you need to strive towards to be successful is the Japanese Ikigai. It is a great tool that you can use to determine your purpose and therefore what you should work towards to have success.
There are 4 areas of life to look at, these are:
What you love
What you are good at
What the world needs and
What you can get paid for.
Where three areas intersect you can have a great life but there is something missing.
At the Intersection of What you love, What you are good at and What the world needs You have great fulfilment but you have no way of making money which we all need to live.
At the Intersection of What you love, What the world needs You and What you can get paid for. You have excitement although uncertainty as you are not good at what you are doing
At the intersection of What the world needs, What you can get paid for and What you are good at, you are comfortable but you do not feel fulfilled
At the intersection of What you can get paid for, What you are good at and What you love, you will feel satisfaction but purpose is missing.
The intersection of all four of these areas is your purpose.
Take time to look at these areas, try different things, fail, make changes and move towards your purpose. Something that is quite important to understand is that there may be variations of this or different areas of focus at different times in your life. Having said that I do believe it is important to have a personal MTP (Massive Transformative Purpose) and the Ikigai is a great tool to help you determine what it should be.