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    Lessons Learned in 2016 - postcards from the industry

    Lesson Learned in 2016: It ain't necessarily so...

    Most of us have been on a flight and experienced turbulence in some way or form, whether this was quite dramatic or, mildly alarming. When your stomach feels like it has been put in a washing machine, it lurches and flips - throwing you off guard. Adrenaline pumps swiftly through your body, leaving your feet burning and tingling.

    For want of a euphemism, it can be best described as 'unsettling'.

    Safe to say that 2016 has been a turbulent flight. A lurching economy that has left our industry in the aftermath of recovery, the global political climate that has directly impacted the already volatile economy, reminders of the deaths of key individuals that made an impact on society and with their passing, leaving their legacy and footprint from which we can hopefully learn and grow, using their experiences to steer our course.


    And what of our learnings - specifically in 2016?


    We have experienced that what we see and hear is not necessarily so...
    From one angle, there is the undeniable fact that as industry leaders and pioneers, with many notches of hard earned experience on our belt, with time, some of us are truly blessed with wisdom and clarity.


    Then there is that little thing called TRUST - we need this in order to effectively engage and interact with people on a daily basis. In our interaction, we trust that their word is their deed. Just how much should we trust before we have built said trust?


    And furthermore, before said trust is earned? Know that the individual with whom you are engaging or interacting is going to put a spin on everything that they tell you. They will tell you what they think or assume you want to hear. It is called veiling. There seems to be a general lack of lucidity and candour and one has to dig even deeper to find the truth behind the veil. We know that everything we think we know to be true, is not true.


    Case in point: take Trump - why did he beat the odds? And the outcome? A classic blind side - he pulled off the biggest upset in presidential history.


    To take someone at face value is the belief that what that person is saying is the truth rather than looking for the hidden agenda, motive or meaning behind what they are saying. Face value means that there is no veiling and that digging deeper in this case, is not likely to reveal anything interesting.
    The opposite of this is to seek the hidden motives and objectives.


    When last did you experience anything at face value?

    As we close the chapter on the year that was, 2016, the year of turbulence, we look forward and purposefully into the new year, 2017, with a clear and direct vision - using our rapidly gaining wisdom and clarity as our steering advantage.

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