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Results-oriented leader with extensive global experience and a proven ability to drive revenue growth with innovative business strategies. Continuously improves performance and core business processes, streamlining workflows and delivering new capabilities. Turns underperforming operations around. Skilfully manages all facets of operations, driving profitable growth under challenging circumstances. Motivates staff, delivering results through improved individual performance. Andre has an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and is currently finalizing his PhD in Finance through the Swiss Management Center in Vervey.


By Aleka Thrash on September 20, 2017

When you think about leadership, what comes to mind? Calling the shots? A bigger paycheck? The corner office? The respect of others?

While all these things can be perks of leadership, these things must be earned. Leadership is more than simply a position or title. Leadership is about specific competencies. It’s about being a specific type of person and handling situations in particular ways.

These competencies and qualities aren’t genetic. Rather, they are carefully developed by taking specific, repeated actions.

If you want to be an effective leader, you should immediately begin developing these particular aspects of your life and work.


Professionalism is a highly variable term depending on your work culture. If you work in a loose culture, you may be able to wear jeans and a t-shirt to work. If you work in a bank, you may be required to wear a suit and tie.

Regardless, effective leaders develop an appropriate sense of professionalism. This shouldn’t be confused with being snooty or condescending. Rather, it means taking your work seriously, hitting deadlines, respecting others, asking others to respect you and more. It’s primarily a way of being as opposed to a way of dressing.

These attributes can be formed through the way you dress, speak, attend meetings, respond to requests and a host of other ways.

Management consultant Peter Barron Stark says:

It’s important to note that professionalism can be completely unrelated to competence. You may be the very best at executing on the technical competencies of your job, but totally lack any semblance of professionalism. Professionalism has less to do with what you do in your job (the results you produce) and a lot more to do with how you produce those results.

Growth step: Determine if there are any ways in which you are unprofessional. Don’t simply analyze the way you dress. Do you punctually attend meetings? Do you respond in a timely manner to your coworkers? Do you meet deadlines? Do you stay relatively and appropriately organized? These all represent ways to grow in professionalism.


Effective leaders understand that they don’t have the time or skills to complete every task. They also are keenly aware that scaling a business requires a team, not a solopreneur.

Leaders understand how to delegate. They don’t feel the need to micromanage every task or check in on their charges every twenty minutes. They ask key people to do tasks and then trust them to accomplish them. Yes, there will be a time for updates and status reports, but the person also needs the freedom to accomplish that task.

Business magnate Andrew Carnegie said:

You must be a lazy man if it takes you ten hours to do a day’s work. What I do is get good men and I never give them orders. My directions do not go beyond suggestions. Here in the morning I get reports from them. Within an hour I have disposed of everything, sent out all my suggestions, the day’s work done, and I am ready to go out and enjoy myself.

While this advice may be a tad extreme, it does show how a man made millions using delegation.

Growth step: Begin delegating small tasks immediately. If you’re not in a leadership position, begin asking for help from those on your team and then get in the habit of following up on those requests. This will teach you to delegate without actually delegating a task to someone whom is not your charge.


Leaders are able to see a goal and then chart a clear path toward that goal. They don’t set vague goals such as, “Get better at solving customer problems.” They establish clear objectives, such as, “Reduce the number of complaint tickets by 40% within 6 months.”

In addition to establishing goals, effective leaders map out the steps necessary to hit those goals. These benchmarks provide milestones for the team to measure progress. If the team is hitting the milestones, they know they’re on track. If not, they adjust accordingly.

Leadership guru Jim Rohn says, “Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.”

Growth step: Begin setting goals in your personal life. These goals should be concrete and have a set date by which you’ll achieve them. Monitor your progress on these goals closely. If you fail to hit them, determine why and then set new goals accordingly.


Failing to communicate clearly leads to massive problems for both leaders and those under them. Goals are missed, people are frustrated, problems are overlooked, misunderstandings are frequent and general chaos rules the day.

The ability to communicate clearly is absolutely essential for every leader. A leader should be able to communicate clearly in every medium, from speech to writing to even chat messages (such as Slack or Skype). Those who lack this ability often create more problems than they solve.

Again, to quote leadership expert Jim Rohn:

Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.

Growth step: Learn how to speak and write effectively now. End emails with simple questions—”Does this make sense?”, “Am I being clear?”—to ensure that the other person understands what you’re saying or asking.


Great leaders make time for those under their charge. They learn to make space for conversations about challenges people are having as well as how to offer helpful solutions to those problems.

Effective leaders also learn to listen well. They don’t jump to solutions before they fully understand the problem, nor do they dismiss problems as unimportant. If leaders don’t listen, they won’t be trusted. When people don’t trust their leader, the work suffers dramatically.

Time management expert Stephen Covey offers this helpful insight: “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

Growth step: Begin honing your listening skills with those around you. If you’re already a leader, begin setting aside specific times only for conversing with those under you. If you’re aspiring to leadership, ask your fellow employees if there are ways you can help them on the job. Listen intently to their problems before thinking of replies.


Few things are more demoralizing than achieving something notable and not having anyone notice. This is even more painful if it occurs on the job and your superior doesn’t thank you or appreciate what you’ve accomplished.

Effective leaders recognize the achievements of those under them. They honor them both in private and in public (in appropriate ways). These honors don’t have to be extravagant—even a simple thanks or encouragement is often enough. It’s the recognition that matters more than anything.

Sales expert Zig Ziglar says, “Research indicates that employees have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company” (emphasis added).

Growth step: Begin immediately recognizing the achievements of those around you. These achievements don’t need to be large to be worthy of recognition. Something as simple as hitting a deadline is worth complimenting.


Too often, leaders are intense and overly serious. Yes, there are objectives and goals that must be hit. Yes, work should be taken seriously, and those who don’t often create problems.

But the best leaders also maintain a sense of joy in the way they go about their work and lead others. They understand that all work and no play makes for a dull, uninspiring workplace. Effective leaders take steps, both small and large to bring happiness to those under them.

Karen May, VP of People Development at Google says:

Imagine a world where most organizations were the best place to work. Imagine what we could be getting done on the planet if it were true…it’s less about the aspiration to be number one in the world, and more that we want our employees and future employees to love it here, because that’s what’s going to make us successful.

Growth step: Consider how you can begin encouraging the happiness of those around you. These steps don’t need to be extravagant. Something as simple as bringing bagels to the office several times can have a dramatic effect.


Effective leadership skills must be built. Leadership that does not flow out of someone’s character is typically ineffective and often downright disastrous.

The good news is that if you take specific, small, concrete actions, you can begin developing these leadership skills immediately. You don’t even need to be in a position of leadership to develop work on honing these attributes.

Yes, leadership must be earned, but the skills learned make it worth the effort.


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 Crowdfunding can be incredibly thrilling, right?

You’ve been dreaming about something for months, maybe even years, and now you finally have a chance to bring it fruition. And so you carefully put together your Kickstarter campaign, estimating how much it will cost and when you’ll be able to ship it.

Hold on. Don’t take it live yet. There is something you need to know.

A huge number of Kickstarter projects are delayed:

study in 2012 found that a whopping 84% of Kickstarter’s top 50 projects shipped late.

Before you launch your project, you need to know why so many projects ship late so you can know how to avoid those mistakes.

Here are 10 common problems that cause Kickstarter projects to ship late.


#1 – You’re Way Too Confident

Why so many crowdfunding projects get delayed


When you’re in the initial stages of creating a product and preparing for your Kickstarter launch, it’s hard not to be excited. Confident. Thrilled. You’ve seen the early results and know that you’re onto something big. You can already see that this is going to change things.

When you’re in this state of mind, you usually feel incredibly confident. Confident that you can make everything work. Confident that you can get the product to market in time. Confident that you can navigate all the challenges.

But when you actually get into the process of turning your initial idea into a mass produced reality, you suddenly realize how complex everything is. You have to deal with supply chains and backorders and power outages.

You have to figure out how to ship everything to your backers as well as stay on top of any issues that arise. A single break in any of these links can cause your Kickstarter project to go off the rails. Before you know it, you’re delayed weeks, maybe even months.


#2 – You Didn’t Price Your Rewards Correctly

You might think that pricing is easy.

You simply add up the cost of the materials, assembly fees, and any other obvious fees.

But when productions actually begins, you may find that you didn’t leave enough room for yield losses (example: damaged products that didn’t make it the whole way through the assembly line) or design changes.

When complications arise, you usually only have two options:

  1. Eat the losses
  2. Delay shipment

It’s hard to stomach these types of losses, which is why many creators choose, or more often are forced by their circumstances, to delay their shipments.

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 #3 – You Sold Way Too Many

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Sounds like every creator’s dream, right?

You hoped to sell 1,000 and end up selling 10,000. And while this certainly can be exciting, it almost always leads to significant delays.

Several reasons for this:

  • Problems are discovered when producing initial large batches, which then need to be scrapped, which then eats up money.
  • Supply chain issues arise because you didn’t anticipate the volume of parts needed.

Speaking of his own experiences with Kickstarter, Triggertrap creator Haje Jan Kamps writes:

[Some companies can’t handle] the adequate orders of magnitude: A company that is an expert on designing a product that will be manufactured in a quantity of 30 units at a price point of around £1,000 is not necessarily good for a production run of 1,000 units at £30: They are completely different skill sets.

Ideally, you’ll be able to start a bit smaller and then ramp up as all the problems get ironed out. This will allow you to ship on time.

As CNN noted:

Over and over in our interviews, the same pattern emerged. A team of ambitious but inexperienced creators launched a project that they expected would attract a few hundred backers. It took off, raising vastly more money than they anticipated — and obliterating the original production plans and timeline.

The timeframe you estimated for shipping during your campaign was based on a smaller order volume, it normally takes more time–often a lot more time–to process larger orders. In many cases, the factory you talked to during your initial planning won’t be able to handle the larger order and you’ll lose time finding a new manufacturer.


#4 – You Over Promised

One of the great temptations with crowdfunding is to promise too many features.

You’re excited, and you can’t wait to show people what your product can do. And, you really want to get people on board with your campaign. This often leads to promising way more than you can actually deliver.

It’s far better to start simple and make sure you can deliver.

Start with your core, most powerful features, and then slowly expand over time. With each iteration, you can add in something else. Rather than promising everything at the start, promise one great thing.

Yes it’s cliché, but you can better ensure your Kickstarter success when you underpromise and overdeliver.


#5 – It’s Difficult To Scale Your Prototype

Challenges of Scale when Crowdfunding Successfully


Many prototypes are made in homes. You create your own mold, buy some supplies, and figure out how to do everything yourself. It hardly costs you anything and doesn’t take a crazy amount of time. You then estimate overall costs and delivery time based on your very small efforts.

However, when you start to scale, you realize that there is no way you can mass produce your product using your original process.

Suddenly you need to bring in experts and factories and large suppliers. Costs rise, production time increases, and all your initial estimates go out the window. Your only option becomes delaying shipping.


#6 – You Encounter Cultural Barriers

When you outsource some or all of your production overseas, you may find yourself encountering unexpected barriers.

Communication challenges can cause confusion, different expectations can create tension, and a lack of knowledge about importing and exporting can seriously delay things.

In order to avoid this, do research about the manufacturing process in the specific country your product is being made.

Know what you’re getting into so that you properly estimate the ship date.


#7 – You Underestimate Lead Times For Components

The “lead time” is how long it takes for component manufacturers to actually get the components in your hands. It’s incredibly easy to underestimate how it will take to have components delivered.

When it comes to securing the components, you usually have one of two options: go straight to the manufacturer or use a distributor.

If you’ve done your research and know the lead times involved for you product, you can usually use a manufacturer, which will be much cheaper than going with a distributor.

When you use a distributor, you’ll be able to get the components much more quickly but will end up paying more, which can quickly burn up your cash.


#8 – Your Scope Keeps Getting Bigger

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What happens if you are shooting for $10,000 and end up raising $150,000?

Sounds like a dream, right?

You’ll probably start adding on stretch goals and hire more people to speed things up.

But adding stretch goals means you have more to deliver and hiring more people means you have a bigger staff to manage. Both of these things can end up significantly delaying your product.

Even more, with more options available for your backers, the complexity of your shipping compounds:

For example, when you have customized items for each backer–a common stretch goal perk–and/or multiple different sized rewards that will all be shipped in the same package because then your shipping price may increase unexpectedly beyond your estimates due to things like volumetric/dimensional weight rules that most shipping carriers enforce.


#9 – You Hire The Wrong People

Sometimes you hire people who are completely wrong for a job. You contract a manufacturer who makes big promises, only to completely drop the ball. This happened with the Kreyos Smartwatch, which raised $1.5 million out of a $100,000 goal.

Creator Steve Tan wrote of the manufacturer:

What I don’t understand till now is, with the success of Kreyos, and the amount of money we paid him, why didn’t Pro [CEO of Viewcooper Corp] invest in talent or hiring the right people. The total amount of people working on Kreyos from his end was only around 4 people, some of whom we realized are just working part time. We wouldn’t have minded him pocketing so much money if he at least delivered something that we can fix for our backers and customers and continue selling for a few more months until we conceptualize a new and improved version.

Tan’s mistake ultimately ended up killing the entire project.


#10 – You Run Out Of Money

Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, you simply run out of money.

You run into massive production problems or encounter cross-cultural assembly issues you never expected. Maybe you discover a design flaw and have to scrap a large batch. You’re only option is to throw money at the problem and try to fix it.

When you have to throw a lot money at problems, there’s a good chance you’ll burn through all your raised funds. In that case, you’ll have to look for outside funding if your project is ever going to ship. The best case scenario is that you get those funds and ship late. The worst case is that you have to scrap your entire project.

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Kickstarter is an amazing platform that allows creators to create amazing projects.

However, it’s also a swamp that is full of potential pitfalls. Successfully taking a project from prototype to being shipped takes skill.

  • Do your research.
  • Ask the right questions.
  • Figure out what some projects are delayed and then plan for those types of delays.

In the end, when you do things correctly up front, you’ll be spared innumerable headaches down the road.

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Cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated at picking our virtual pockets. And most of us remain woefully unprepared.

According to a 2016 survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, organizations rank cybercrime as the second most reported type of economic crime, up from fourth place. (It’s worth noting that most cybercrimes go unreported.)

In the survey, 32 percent of organizations admitted they had been a victim of cybercrime and 34 percent expected to become a victim in the next two years. Only 37 percent had a plan to respond to these incidents.

Such stats indicate widespread denial in the face of a growing problem. Online crime has way beyond teenage hackers pushing boundaries and into elaborate worldwide syndicates that are well organized and use sophisticated tools. They steal personal data, passwords and other information, then use it to blackmail businesses or scam consumers. Or they might sell it on the black market, where others can use it to steal identities and run up credit card charges.

Here are 10 of the most notable cybercrimes, either by size or significance. They illustrate the growing threat to businesses, consumers and governments.

Rarely a week goes by without news of another data breach at another corporation. And cyber thieves are taking different types of data and doing more things with them.

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This year, about 137.4 million Americans are expected to head out and participate in the Thanksgiving shopping frenzy. Traditionally, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest U.S. shopping days, with customers splashing billions in cash to kick off the holiday shopping season.

This year, apparel tops the list of items in demand. According to research from Nielsen, 61 percent of U.S. consumers are planning to purchase some form of apparel item this year. Consumer electronics and video games are also hot properties this year, with 56 and 43 percent of customers respectively planning to purchase them.


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Before You Build Your New Website…

Every entrepreneur knows they need a website to promote and showcase their products and services.

Build It And They Will Come!

This seems to be the general mind-set of almost all entrepreneurs starting out.  However, it’s only after their new website has been launched that the reality sets in. Apart from family and friends no one cares and no one VISITS.

Don’t feel bad, this happens to EVERYONE and this is why. Take a look at what happens EVERY 60 seconds on the Internet.

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Did you notice that there are 571 new websites created every minute?

This translates into 34K per hour, 822K per day or 24M per month being added to the already 1 billion website already there!

There Are Many Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Site

1. Social

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Indeed, there are many ways you can get traffic to your website. Simply share your web address with family and friends and across your social media accounts. This is good for an initial launch but realistically, you’ll be very disappointed by the results. Why? well when was the last time you responded to this method to visit someone’s website? And, did you ever go back a second time?

2. Advertise

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Alternatively, you could create ad campaigns on Facebook, Google, Bing or any other platform, but be prepared to spend upwards of $5 per click depending on your choice of keyword. Whilst this is a sure way of driving traffic to your site, it’s amazing how quickly you can blow $100.

3. Organic


Saving the best for last, organic keyword searches are most certainly the holy grail. Indeed, this is the best kind of traffic because it’s FREE, but let’s face it, everyone knows that and everybody wants it. So how can you claim your share of the organic search traffic?

Without getting technical, let’s review how Search Engines decide which websites are relevant, because if they get it wrong, they’re out of business like Altavista, Excite and Aliweb, but if they get it right like Google, Bing and Yahoo, they can become the kings of the world.

It all comes down to your website being authentic and congruent with your keywords. There’s no room for error, sleight of hand or fancy maneuvers, unless you genuinely deliver on your keyword promise, you will simply not feature.

There is too much at stake and the days of tricking the Search Engines in to believing that your site is the most relevant are over! You simply have to be the MOST relevant, there is no alternative.

If you want that organic traffic you will have to be laser focused on appealing to users searching for very specific key terms. Each of which will have to be tightly integrated into the DNA of your website. You will have to convince the mighty Search Engines that your site is truly the most relevant for those keywords. In essence, it all comes down to a well crafted message built around laser focused keywords which have been tightly integrated into the design fabric of your website. And only then, will you stand a chance of being noticed by the search engines.


So before you jump in head first into your web design project, pause. Take a  moment (in reality a week or two) to do your keyword research and then figure out how  you will weave these keywords into the very DNA of your website. And only then are you ready to start designing your website.

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