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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king Welcome to The One-Eyed Man with Mike Stopforth It's a messy, complicated world out there. We need better solutions to the problems around us, and better leaders to them. No one person has it all figured out, but in a quest to discover a more impactful brand of leadership, I'm having conversations with people who have at least some part of it figured out, and specifically in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, impact and technology.
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Aasiyah Adams is the inspirational founder of Abaguquli4IR and called herself the Gig Economy Driver. What does that mean? Well, few people are more passionate about equipping the unemployed, small and informal business owners and traders, and aspirant entrepreneurs with a platform to accelerate or incubate their businesses or ideas for business. S…
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Do you truly understand your customers? How seamlessly and effectively are you integrating customer feedback into your operations and strategy? Are you measuring success in CX? My guest on this week’s show is Michael Renzon. Mike is the CEO & co-Founder of inQuba which is a Customer Journey Management SaaS platform. Mike has built multiple successf…
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It's hard to know where to start on this one. Psychedelic-assisted therapy has been such a revolution in my personal health journey that it's really difficult for me not to sound like a zealot when discussing the topic. Could psychedelics be the revolution the mental health industry so desperately needs? Maybe. Are there dangers to be cautious of? …
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Do the names League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Dota, Fortnite, and Call of Duty mean anything to you? If not, you could be missing out on something massive. The global esports market was valued at $1.39 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach $3.96 billion in 2023. The global esports audience is expected to reach over 500 million in 2023. Esport…
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Today we are talking about mental health. If you follow me or if we follow each other online, you will have noticed that this is a topic that I care deeply about and have spoken about increasingly over the last couple of months and years, and it has been a feature of my entrepreneurial journey. It's been a feature of my life, really. But I've reali…
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2022 was a significant year in the world of crypto, the collapse of FTX being a watershed moment. But what does this mean for Bitcoin and crypto in general? Has anything changed? Could it be that all the negative press and naysaying is actually good for decentralised finance? I ask Simon Dingle, arguably SA's leading expert on crypto, these questio…
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What do we really mean when we call things artificially intelligent? Is AI significant progress or a significant threat? And when does SkyNet some online? My guest is Daniel Hulme. Daniel was a guest lecturer on my Master's program back in 2019 and by some distance, the most impactful certainly for me. The reason is that he covered in his talk the …
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Erik Kruger is a prolific author, public speaker, podcaster, YouTuber, video creator, the guy is everywhere. And that's very intimidating to people like me who are in his industry, it also makes it virtually impossible to introduce. So I'll introduce him like this instead, Erik Kruger is also my friend, he is a person that I've come to know over th…
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What are the conditions that need to be created to develop innovative thinking, innovative products, and innovative organisations? Is it about a type of space, or a type of structure, or a type of culture? Or is it a combination of all of those things? My guest on the One-Eyed Man podcast today is Kieno Kammies, a well-known media personality and b…
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Do you remember your first formal job interview? I do. It's not great memory. I did a horrendous job of representing myself and my enthusiasm for the position I was applying for. That's understandable if you consider the typical job interview setup. There's a young, uninitiated, nervous person being faced with a panel of influential decision-makers…
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And we’re back! This is the One-Eyed Man, my name is Mike Stopforth, and today we’re jumping head first into the second half of our #originalbytradition series brought to you by the Glenlivet. We took a short pause to extract and share some highlights from the first five episodes, and of course to give away some premium Glenlivet prizes, so if you …
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If you’re anything like me then many of your proudest moments as a South African are closely associated with sport. Whether it’s underdog victories or feats of individual brilliance that inspire us and give us hope, it’s hard to ignore how sport is inextricably woven into the fabric of the tapestry that tells the story of the proverbial new South A…
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My next guest in our Original By Tradition series brought to you The Glenlivet can only be described as superhuman. Imagine running two successful production businesses, maintaining roles on various industry boards and panels as a lobbyist and commentator, public speaking, mentoring and training up and coming talent, producing and appearing in a wi…
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"The only social responsibility of business is to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits. So long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say engages in open and free competition without deception, or fraud." - the words of famed economist Milton Friedman from his seminal essay on the topic of soci…
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In this second episode in our #originalbytradition entrepreneurship series, brought to you by The Glenlivet, I talk to Neo Moleko and Brad Symons from Manaka Coffee. What would make a couple of old school friends start a new coffee brand when the likes of Seattle, Vida and even Starbucks exist as competition already? Well, these two will tell you i…
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I am thrilled to tell you that we're partnering with the Glenlivet to bring you a series of conversations with innovative entrepreneurs over the next 10 episodes. The whiskey connoisseurs amongst you will know the Glenlivet as an award winning sought after collection of Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, just like that collection, this series of…
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Lesley Waterkeyn and Dawn Nathan-Jones (you may recognise Dawn as one of the investors from Shark Tank SA) have a vision for economic growth by inspiring and supporting entrepreneurs to start and grow successful and impactful small businesses. They provide resources in the form of training, coaching and business tools through Over The Rainbow (www.…
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In the wake of a series of protests, riots and lootings across South Africa and especially in KZN, many of us are trying to make sense of what we saw and experience. Those of us fortunate enough not to be caught in the middle of the unrest juggled misinformation, panic, a limp government response, and the visible and visceral impact on thousands of…
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We're back from a brief hiatus, in the midst of a trying time for South Africa and South Africans. Well, a more trying time - it feels like being and believing has been an uphill battle for years now. In this episode talk to Bridget McNulty about grief. About loss. About how we think about loss, respond to loss, and live with it rather than get ove…
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Chris Loker is the founder of https://Moksha.biz, a company that had its genesis as a wellness business encompassing a yoga studio, clothing line, retreats, international teaching, teacher training and workshop, and has evolved in time to an advocate and provider of the concept of “Leadership Yoga”. Leadership yoga has been advocated by Rosabeth Mo…
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Wayne Zwiers and Vutlhari Rikhotso are the CEO and CTO of Basalt - a leading South African fintech solutions builder (https://www.basalt.co/). Having spent decades watching clients and their agencies fumble over complex digital integrations and transformations, I'm always intrigued by service providers who seem to do things differently. I've known …
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Ryan Bacher is the co-founder and MD of https://NetFlorist.co.za one of South Africa's earliest and now leading online businesses. Starting off as an online florist and enjoying significant success in the early days of e-commerce in SA, NetFlorist has continued to grow and innovate, and diversify its offering to adapt to changing consumer needs. Ry…
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This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com). Kaitano Tembo is the current Head Coach of PSL club SuperSport United. He took up the position in 2018 after ten years in the club's leadership ranks, following a career that sa…
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Thanks to sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com), and software development geniuses Platform45 (https://www.platform45.com/) for their continued support of the One-Eyed Man podcast. Desiree Ellis is the coach of the South Africa women's national football team, Banyana Banyana. She was awarded Confederation of African F…
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This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com). At the tender age of 18, golf prodigy Ashleigh Buhai turned pro after breaking almost every amateur record in South Africa. She was the youngest player (14) to receive full Afri…
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This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com). Enoch Nkwe is the assistant coach of the South African national cricket team, the Proteas. A former professional cricketer himself, Enoch's promising career was cut short by inj…
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A big thank you to Platform45 (https://platform45.com) for making this episode possible. Should we be jumping the WhatsApp ship? In this episode I talk to Nerushka Bowan about the recent panic over - and exodus from - WhatsApp. Nerushka is an emerging technology law specialist and legal technology innovator, and has been one of the more balanced an…
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A big thank you to Platform45 (https://platform45.com) for making this episode possible. Styli Charalambous — Daily Maverick | CEO/Publisher The thinking behind the launch of print weekly DM168 In this episode I talk to Styli Charalambous, the visionary CEO and Publisher of Daily Maverick. In the midst of a particularly unpredictable time for media…
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Rowan Belchers — Lockstep | Founder Dismantling and demystifying some widely held misconceptions about CEOs In this episode I talk to specialist CEO advisor Rowan Belchers about what being a CEO really means, why the role is more important than ever in determining organisational success, and how modern CEOs are having to revise their views on leade…
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Ian Fuhr — Hatch Institute | Founder How race relations and diversity are fueling business growth and prosperity In this episode I talk to Ian Fuhr, known to many as the dynamic founder of the Sorbet group, about his new project the Hatch Institute and its work in helping entrepreneurs build more inclusive, progressive and impactful businesses. Ian…
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Charlie Quirk — Google | Consultant Director of Strategy Why Kung Fu Panda should be in every leader's resource bank "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it. In this episode I talk to one of my favourite internet friends, Charlie Quirk, about our mutual passion for cinema, the lessons we can all learn from the Hollywood, and p…
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Robert Mtshali — MobiWashSA | Founder Discussing perseverance and passion with Alexandra's Robin Hood "In this episode I talk to the self-proclaimed Robin Hood of Alexandra township, Robert Mtshali (and who am I to argue?). Robert is a serial entrepreneur who reached out to me on Twitter because he believed his story would resonate with you, and wo…
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I just ended a 13 year relationship... with Facebook. Now, before you laugh (ok, you can laugh), this was a bigger deal for me than I'd like to admit. For over a decade I ran a social media business that relied heavily on the existence of Facebook - and its impact on companies and customers - to grow and thrive. Much of my reputation and self worth…
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Ronen Aires — CEO | Student Village How society and business is taking a new look at psychedelics In this episode I talk to Ronen Aires about the future of psychedelic medicine and innovation. I am admittedly ignorant on the topic, but have kept a keen eye on Ronen's journey into the subject over the past decade and wanted to hear more about how le…
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Kristia van Heerden — JustOneLap.com | CEO Uncovering why so many people have a dysfunctional relationship with money In this episode I talk to financial wellness evangelist and crusader Kristia van Heerden about her work on JustOneLap.com - a free online money university for traders, investors, and just about everyone else. Kris hosts the popular …
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Gidon Novick — Entrepreneur How to innovate in the face of disruption and unpredictability In this episode I talk to Gidon Novick about his decision to launch a new airline in the midst of a global pandemic. Gidon is a well known entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, and in his own words, a big believer in the potential of South Africa. He is …
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Jeff Large — Comealivecreative.com | Founder Is podcasting a bubble or a business? — Jeff Large (Comealivecreative.com | Founder) In this episode I talk to Jeff Large, purveyor and producer of profitable podcasts (my title, not his) about the burgeoning business of podcasting, and whether it's a viable marketing and sales strategy, or just hype. Je…
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Bronwyn Williams — Flux Trends | Partner Fixing the world and breaking echo chambers In this episode, my friend and speaking colleague Bronwyn Williams and I finally get around to solving all the world's problems, and in only 45 minutes or so. Bronwyn is a futurist, economist and trends analyst with over a decade’s experience in strategic managemen…
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Lee LeFever — CommonCraft.com | Co-founder In this episode I talk to Lee LeFever, co-founder of Common Craft and author of the freshly released book Big Enough. I've been following Lee since my earliest social media (ad)ventures, and deeply respect the quality of Sachi (Lee's wife and partner) and his work, their articulation of purpose, and their …
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Dr Louise van Rhyn — Symphonia | Founder In this episode, I talk to Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder of Symphonia.net and the visionary behind the wildly successful and impactful Partners for Possibility programme. Louise holds a doctoral degree in organisational change, has 25 years' experience as a change practitioner with a focus on large scale chang…
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Ntsiki Mkhize — MentHer | Founder In this episode I talk to Ntsiki Mkhize about her journey to social entrepreneurship and her passion for mentorship and the role it plays in uplifting and empowering young women in South Africa. Ntsiki previously achieved success as a finalist in the Miss South Africa pageant, and as a published author(My Hall of M…
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Phila Msimang — University of Stellenbosch | Lecturer In this episode I talk to Phila Msimang about misinformation and fake news, the need for trustworthy, reliable institutions, and then we veer into a conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement and the importance of having difficult conversations if we are to advance society. I met Phila a…
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Pierre du Plessis — Speaker and Author In this episode I talk to author, speaker and self-proclaimed 'dissident preacher' Pierre du Plessis about his book Train Naked, his work as a speaker, facilitator and coach, and the power of belief. Pierre recently launched a new project called Palaestra - a community of practice that encourages its members t…
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Dr Aisha Pandor — SweepSouth | Co-founder In this episode I speak to Aisha Pandor about the tech start-up and funding ecosystem in South Africa, about the unique challenges of running highly scalable platform businesses, and about how her partners and team have navigated some of the unpredictability of the last 6 months. Aisha holds a PhD in Human …
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Duke Malan — Africa Works Ventures | Partner In this episode I talk to Duke Malan about his broad ranging experience in the South African corporate world, his decision to move to Hong Kong, and the lessons he's learned along the way. We cover his worldview around innovation and social impact, the power and importance of mentorship, his vision for e…
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Gavin Weale — Digify Africa | Founder and CEO I speak to Gavin Weale about how critical practical experience is in fast-tracking new digital talent into the workplace, and how they've solved this massive challenge with Digify Africa and its partners. Digify Africa has its roots in publishing and has always been known for giving disenfranchised yout…
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Karidas Tshintsholo — Khula! | CEO Josh Adler — ALA | VP In this episode I talk to Karidas and Josh about the importance of nurturing entrepreneurial and leadership talent on the African continent as early as possible. Josh Adler is the Vice President of Growth and Entrepreneurship at the African Leadership Academy. One of the ALA's more successful…
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Max Pichulik — Impact Amplifier | Co-founder In this episode I talk to impact pioneer, mindfulness expert and social entrepreneurship thought leader Maximilian Pichulik. Max has decades worth of experience navigating the scale and complexity of the social impact space in South Africa and beyond our borders. He has a thoughtful, balanced view of the…
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Aunnie Patton Power — Intelligent Impact | Founder I talk to Aunnie Patton Power about innovative and creative ways to redesign finance - and specifically venture capital - to improve access to funding, build more sustainable organisations, and deliver better impact. Aunnie was one of the stand out lecturers from my Masters programme at LSE in her …
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Tom Fels — Animarem | CEO I talk to Tom Fels, branding expert and conscious capitalism advocate about his mission to create a new movement of business leadership in South Africa and beyond. Tom is the founder and CEO of Animarem, a boutique impact advisory that powers visionary, purpose-driven growth for their corporate clients. Tom is an old colle…
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