Optimum transitioning: It’s like herding cats

We all dream of the simple life, where minimal effort results in massive income with no stress and all the free time we want – although on some days, we will settle for just one thing to go as planned. We all know the well-worn metaphor, “It’s like herding cats”. It is a picture of…

Are you caught in a spider’s web?

spider's web

Spiders face an interesting dilemma. How do you live on a sticky web whose sole purpose is to catch and entangle small creatures? Most people rightly assume that spiders are somehow immune to the stickiness of the web. But this is only partly true; their feet have hairs and glands that reduce their chances of…

Having a master plan – lessons from pigeons and pirates

In the first article of this series, “The Cheshire cat’s question” (The Dairy Mail, November 2020), I suggested that we need to understand the ‘WHY’ behind our actions. This gives meaning and purpose to our endeavours and helps us get ahead. In addition, clear business goals give direction. A master plan is all about knowing…

The Cheshire cat’s question

Alice and the Cheshire cat

One day, Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.“Which road do I take?” she asked.His response was a question: “Where do you want to go?”“I don’t know,” Alice answered.“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.” LEWIS CARROL, ALICE IN WONDERLAND This story of Alice in Wonderland…

Of windmills, wheat, and wasted potential

windmill and wheat

No one knows who first decided to take the sails off a boat, bind them together around an axle, and create a windmill, but they have been around since the Persians (between AD 500 and AD 900). In 1888, Charles F Brush made a wooden windmill that could generate electricity, and as of the end…

Developmental planning and profitability

planning and profitability

“This year, I am 75 c/ℓ behind where I was last year, input costs are up 23 c/ℓ, and my milk price is down 52 c/ℓ compared to this time last year. So, what is it you wanted to talk about?”, to quote farmers from all over the country. It’s at times like these that…

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