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Brain Gain Without Strain

Brain Gain Without Strain

Apr. 11 | RELAXED: but on the move No pain, no gain. I grew up with that slogan and it seemed to work pretty well when I was a kid. When I aged a bit, however, the pain sometimes lead to injuries instead of gain, so after several long recovery periods I...

State of Mind

State of Mind

Apr. 4 |   Many people these days seem to be so busy they don’t have time to think. I’m very glad that I do not fall into that category, although I suppose it is possible I sometimes think too much. Anyway, one of the things I think about is happiness...

Full Time Work

Full Time Work

Mar. 28 | ATTENTION: difficult, but necessary and rewarding Sunday is Mothers Day so this week I’m going to talk about raising children. That’s right, I want to write about parenting in a business column, and I don’t even intend to concentrate on...

Drop Dead Money

Drop Dead Money

Mar. 21 | Have you ever wanted to tell your boss to get stuffed? I suspect many of us get that urge on a regular basis but we usually don’t follow through – even when we are sure it’s justified – because we don’t want to get fired. We need money...

Fire Wood Worries

Fire Wood Worries

Mar. 14 | NATURAL: cooking on an open fire Conservation is a good thing, but like anything else, I think it can be taken too far. For example; I like trees. I like them when they are alive because I enjoy walking, camping and fishing in natural settings, but I...

Go With the Flow

Go With the Flow

Feb. 28 | RHYTHM: it’s not just in the music That photo is a joke. There aren’t any ‘headphone-user’ warning signs on the streets of London. I agree it is a funny picture, but just because that isn’t an actual traffic sign I don’t think the message...

Guess Work

Guess Work

Feb. 21 | SPIN: nothing is exactly as reported The spirit of the athletes I have been watching compete in the Winter Olympics has inspired me to really challenge myself this week. They seem to be willing to try anything including triple flips with a few spins thrown...

One Step Too Far

One Step Too Far

Feb. 14 | FINE: but even workouts can be overdone Believe it or not, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. I suppose that’s because when we start to get into something that appears to be good for us, we often loose sight of the big picture and allow...

Looking to the Future

Looking to the Future

Feb. 7 | Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. That famous saying comes from a letter American statesman Benjamin Franklin wrote to a friend way back in 1789. Here’s the whole thing: Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance...

Big Game Business & Policing the Police

Big Game Business & Policing the Police

Jan. 31 | CORRUPTION: Who will blow the horn? There have been some big changes to the economic climate in recent years. Some have been good, like value added diamond operations moving into Gaborone; others have been bad, like slumping mineral prices; and the value...

Attitude Maintenance

Attitude Maintenance

Jan. 24 | LIFT: the sunrise can get you up I think I need to work on my outlook. One reason I say that is I’ve been feeling sorry for myself lately so I haven’t been a whole lot of fun to be around. The other is that I’ve realised I always need to work on...

Christmas Card Crisis

Christmas Card Crisis

Dec. 20 | CUTTING BACK: A gift for the whole family So many choices, so much stuff… but what do I really want to give to the people who matter the most to me this year, and how will I pay for it? Christmas is just a few days away and the advertising world is...

Celebrating Christmas

Celebrating Christmas

Dec. 13 | OPPORTUNITY: Christmas is good for business By the time this issue hits the streets, Christmas will be less than two weeks away so it’s time for me to get into the spirit. I may have been a bit cynical in past years about the way advertisers and retailers...

Cell Phone Bummer

Cell Phone Bummer

Dec. 6 | CONNECTED: in a bent way Time is an important commodity. As a matter of fact, for people who trade time for an hourly wage it would be fair to say time is money. That’s one of the main reasons I think it is important for us to give some conscious thought...

Point of View

Point of View

Nov. 29 | SHAKY: will WBA hold onto Berahino? It would take West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino five years to earn what Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure takes home in a week. Five years. That’s not an original lead sentence; I pinched it from an...

Rush Hour Blues

Rush Hour Blues

Nov. 22 | MERGING: fear and relief Some people love their cars and couldn’t be happier than when they are driving. I’m not one of them. As a matter of fact, I go out of my way to avoid driving, especially when there are lots of other cars on the road. I think...

Call for Discipline

Call for Discipline

Nov. 15 | CONNECTED: but is there a cost? Sometimes I think nothing ever changes, but at other times I realise nothing ever stays the same. When President Khama took office in April 2008 he used his first official address to the nation to stress the need for discipline...

Positive Thinking Flip

Positive Thinking Flip

Nov. 1 | FAIL: no parking on the sidewalk Positive thinking can be good, and confidence in your own abilities can be good… some of the time. Sometimes, however, like in the case of the student driver pictured above, those qualities are not all they are cracked...

Up to No Good

Up to No Good

Oct. 18 | HOOTER: an honest lie Deceptive advertising can be quite funny… but usually it isn’t. I didn’t see that advertising board pictured above but I did come across one that said ‘FREE’ on one line and then ‘BEER’ on another in great big letters...

A Matter of Choice

A Matter of Choice

Oct. 11 | QUIET-TIME: helps deal with change It seems to me the only thing that stays the same is that everything keeps on changing. That’s a good thing, I guess, because without change our lives would be incredibly boring, but changes can also be a problem when...