Growth Dynamics (From seed to seedling to plant)

The following post arose from a conversation that I had with one of the people in my close network.

When you look at the growth process of a plant, you realise that it is as dynamic as the presence of water in a river. There is always growth and development, there are always a number of processes taking place at any one time and a stream never holds the same water twice. Its always someting new.

The is no point in time, when you can say that the growth or change process has become dormant. Even when the plant itself is dead there is a process of decomposition, as it is reassimilated into the ground from whence it came.

So growth takes place consistently, if growth is not taking place then the system is dying.

A seed may be the best seed in the bunch, but it can not remain a seed forever because it will shrivel and die. The support systems that are put in place for that period are only relevant for a season, after that either development takes place or the seed dies.

My good friend was boasting to me about how “structured” and conformed his days were, how he knew what to expect day after day and how he was really good at his job and how every day was exciting because he had a chance to prove himself and flex his muscles in the mirror.

To me, alarm bells were ringing left, right and center. Its not that I despise being good at what you do, what I was majourly concerned about was “the comfort zone”. Whereby a seed gets very satisfied with being the “chief seed” the “choisest” (if I may use such a word) of all.

It is critical to realise that nature and life itself never intended for things to remain the same, change is inevitable, but the level of discomfort that it will cause in your life depends on how ready and fluidly prepared you are to experience the transition.

From the moment we are born, change is the only constant, so the same thing applies to business. Conditions and the environment that exist will only last for a certain period of time.

There can be no assurances or guarantess that a marketing or sales strategy that worked for similar “company A”, will work for similar “company B”, because the external influences change at any given time.

It is also critical to realise that there exist such things as the business life cycle and this applies both seasonaly and in the long term.
What is key in this is that, it is imperative that you understand what phase your business is going through and adjust accordingly.

When planting a seed, growth homones and weaker fertilisers are required to ensure that growth takes place to the best of the seed’s capacity.

But the very same strategy that worked at seed level becomes irrelavant at seedling level, at growth, maturity and harvest there are different fertilisers (organic/inorganic), pesticides and support systems you have to put in place to ensure a successful eneterprise.

So it is an absolute shock to me when someone expresses comfort at consistency. The only comfort I personally feel a person should have is comfort in change.

Life is a continuously developmental cycle, but it is of utmost importance that you make sure that the change is structured towards development.

Constant change is not beneficial if it is perpertualy circling like a dog chasing its tail. Change has to be progressive.


Do not kill them,they are all we have

It is about midnight in Zimbabwe and most are probably fast asleep. Most are probably having sweet dreams with a proper roof above their head. However somewhere in South Africa is a family uncertain of what the future holds, somewhere in the shanty towns of South Africa is a man caught in the horns of a dilemma. Somewhere in South Africa is a fellow brother nursing a wound after being pushed out of a moving train. Indeed the world cup has come. As we draw closer to the final we celebrate teams that made it to this stage of the game. We celebrate teams that have worked hard to book themselves entry into the finals that are due in a few days to come. However one team shivers at the thought of the final whistle, one team trembles at the thought of the end of the final ninety minutes.

This is the team that worked day and night to put up the magnificent stadiums whose spectacle mesmerizes the world. I have no doubt that our fellow brothers and sisters are a part of that team that worked hard. Talk of Mbombela Stadium, Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Soccer City Stadium to mention but a few. It is a pity that some of our fellow countrymen and a host of other foreign nationals find themselves enveloped in fear as unscrupulous elements bay for the blood of foreigners in that country. Shakira sang “Waka-Waka” celebrating the time for Africa. So did the rest of the world. As Zimbabweans we sang along knowing that our time had come. We embraced the spirit of ubuntu as we stood united with our neighbours in this time of glory. We witnessed the kick off at soccer city. We marveled the festivities at soccer city as World Cup fever took its toll. Today l cannot help but shed a tear at the growing sound of brutality coming from that direction. Does ubuntu condone the killing of helpless people in search of a better life? Does ubuntu slaughter fellow brothers and sisters because of a differing click or dialect? Can ubuntu discriminate us according to our presidents? Honestly spare us the horror. Let Soccer City be Soccer City and not Killer City.

It is with a heavy heart to note the recurrence of xenophobic threats to our fellow brothers and sisters in South Africa. It is rather unspeakable and indifferent from the apartheid that stung South Africa less than two decades ago. These are issues that l usually try to avoid but today l was pierced by a friend X on facebook who raised this issue in a way that fuels an orgy of hate speech. I believe it is the duty of every citizen of the world to promote peace and tranquility. It is the duty of think tanks to promote a language of love. Clearly we now live in a world of global interdependence where nations rely on each other in terms of trade and human resource. This does not mean legalizing crime or what is deemed illegal by the law. However where human subjects are involved measures should be taken to avoid a scenario where people’s lives are terminated in the name of job creation. Let us unite against Xenophobia.

Zimbabwe will rise again. She will once again be the breadbasket of Southern Africa if not that of Africa. She may be undergoing challenges at the moment but that does not mean her people are trash. Her people are endowed with a spirit of hard work that works harder even in tougher times. In any case Zimbabwe is on the road to recovery. The rains of reformation will fall so that her pastures will pierce the ground with greener grass. Zimbabwe’s Lands will make paddocks of peace that are free of attacks. Once again the children will play; songs of happiness will be sung as a new era dawns on Zimbabwe. It is possible and it begins with you and me taking the initiative to make our motherland a better place. May the good Lord protect the sons and daughters of Zimbabwe. May He protect them against swords and knives in foreign lands. They passed ports and borders with or without passports to fend for their families. Let no man harm them, let no man burn them, let no man kill them and let everyone say No to Xenophobia.

“The Money Tree”: Land Preparation – Part 2

When farming, it is essential that the land that is to be used for the production of crops be kept as free from rocks and stones and other impediments to growth as possible.

A growing, well prepared seedling can even fail wither and die if it meets a rock under a seemingly fertile ground. You will notice a wide difference between it and the surrounding crops and you are left
wondering why some growths appear to be strong and healthy whilst others appear to be failing yet the fertilizer was distributed evenly and even the pesticides applied the same.

You as the principal promoter has to take the initiative to instill the culture of thoroughness and preparation for the environment in which production is set to take place.
Stones or hindrances in the production process can be found in the case of bottlenecks in production or the transfer of one semi-finished component to the next stage in the cycle.

Plant layout should be made in such a way that components can be transferred from one stage to the next with the least amount of effort and time delay possible.

Smooth running is essential especially when dealing with huge volumes or a consistent flow of goods and services as any slight delay will be felt throughout the chain of production and output.
The losses realized from idle time in machinery, human resources and equipment can at times prove catastrophic.

I know of a construction project that required the use of a hired crane for which they were paying $15 000 per hour. Unfortunately the site where the construction was to take place was open without any
undergrowth vegetation, and it happened to rain just before construction could commence.
The engineers were forced to lay some several layers of rock on the ground so that it would be able to hold the crane. The loss was quite a lot, as the project hours for the day were extended for six to seven
hours, that means an extra $100 000 was spent.

The amount though huge, was far less than what would have been experienced if the crane had become wedged into the ground and had been stuck for two to three days as they search for another even larger
crane to pull the first one out.

So at times it may be necessary as we explained earlier to experience some losses in order to avert realizing an even greater loss later on.

Another approach that would also make sense if possible is to identify land that best suits your individual business. It is far easier to go into an environment that has already been altered and modified to suit the needs of your business.

In most cases, you find that there is considerably more expenditure on real estate areas on a continual cash flow basis on areas that have already been made suitable for the intended business, classified as
prime real estate areas, than what is spent on altering the state of the environment to suit the needs of the business.

When investing or in farming terms, sowing into your business, ensure that you make the land as fertile as possible. You can do this by creating sufficient and efficient support systems for the crops or
engines of the business to perform well.

For example in a law firm it would not make much sense to load a professional and exceptionally performing lawyer with tones of data entry work.
This job can easily be performed by another subordinate. If necessary where large volumes of work are involved a personal secretary may even be necessary.
You do not want a situation whereby every partner within the firm shares the same secretary and each one tries to prioritize their work.

It’s like several plants all fighting for the same nutrients, at the end of the day the plants will end up weak and produce very little output.

So such little support systems have to be put in place to ensure that efficient production takes place, though measures have to be put in place to ensure that the right resources are availed at the correct time. There is such a thing as over-fertilization, were too many resources are given to the employee
to such an extent that the firm begins to realize negative returns from the addition of further resources.
So you have to be careful that an optimal number of inputs are maintained at any one time.

The Money tree: Part 1 Seed ~ Reliable Supply

This is a continuation of  “The Money Tree” series, you are advised to read the preceding posts uin the series before continuing as it will prove more beneficial, but, it is possible to grasp the concepts in this post alone.


As we earlier alluded, clients place a high degree of trust and
confidence in a supplier of a product, especially if the product
relies heavily on repeat sales, which is what virtually forms the
cornerstone of all serious business models.
The strength of a firm is heavily dependant on the confidence of the
clients on the stability and the consistency of supply of the product
by the firm.
No right thinking individual would like to become dependent or reliant
on a firm to supply a product and makes plans with that in mind would
be pleased to discover that the firm can no longer maintain
a consistent supply.
More than just an exchange of goods/services and cash takes place
when a sales transaction takes place. It is as if a silent gentleman’s
agreement is made between the two parties.
The buyer trusts and believes that he is purchasing a good that will
meet a stated or implied need to the best possible ability of a good
in that category for the stated value.
And the seller is of the confidence that the buyer is purchasing the
good with good intent and will further promote the growth of the firm
by repeat sales or spreading the goodwill of the firm by word of mouth
or other and will not spoil the reputation of the store by engaging in
otherwise negative behaviour.
So the two enter into an unstated relationship that is expected to be
strenghtened with time in a good business relationship.
However the said relationship can be spoiled from no intention of the
firm by a failure in the supply of the seed input by their source.
This has the ripple effect of causing the firm to break the supply
chain to the consumer, thus breaking the sacred trust entered into by
the two parties.
A case of such broken trust may be so intense that repairing it may
prove too hard a task to be achieved within one lifetime. For example
a small town pharmacy which is the sole supplier of asthmatic medicine
fails to restock on this medicine and someone in the town suddenly has
an asthmatic attack and the individual is out of his prescription.
Such a case may be fatal, and regaining the confidence of the family
or the entire town for that matter may be something that will take
generations to achieve even though the failure to restock may have
been as a result of no fault of the pharmacy.
That is why you find in the developed world, a firm can actually sue a
supplier for damages incurred by failure to supply. A household might
not sue a bakery for failure to supply bread, but they may label that
bakery as unreliable after spending a morning lacking bread and switch
to another and advise any of their friends and family to do likewise
thus ruining the reputation of the firm.
Thus concludes my argument on the need to ensure a reliable supply of
your seed input. Please join me in the next blog on how to assess the viability of  a supplier as a going concern as we take a look at simple indicators that a firm may be liable to face supply problems in the not too distant future

Know yourself

There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending 10% of your time doing something that you do not particularly like because it is your duty to perform this task. Howvever this is subject to the condition that you spend at least 70% of your time doing something that you do like. Then the 10% that you dislike can be easily “swept under the carpet”.

On the other hand, if you spend 10% of your time doing the tasks that you dislike and the other 70% trying to figure out ways to avoid doing the things that you dislike or even worse stuck in a job taht you have no care for for an unforcastable amount of time, then i have to say you are in trouble.

That is the source of chronic depression amongst most adults in this era. The poison that sinks into men’s very livelihoods and threatens to wipe out the very fabrick of their existence.

Anyway the goal of this discussion is not to glorify the objects of our lives that make living life a nightmare brought to life, but to direct the participant towards a purposeful way of living that will ensure that he achieves the goals that he sets out to accomplish and never loses hope in his destiny.

Know thyself, know what you like, what you love and what you have a relentless and undeniable passion for. What you can spend hours at time doing and feel cheated when you have to stop to do another task or duty.

Dont just vagely have an idea of your passion,, but give it time to grow and mature in you. Associate yourself with people that have a similar passion or need within their hearts. Feed it nurture it you may be surprised how in the end your passion will inevitably lead you to your destiny.

Not to say that you will be immediately the grand master of the object of your passion, but given time and effort, you will accomplish tasks that may far exceed your expectations.

God has equiped us with an inert ability that is just waiting to be triggered that we may achieve great things. Same as the lord Jesus Christ sojourned the earth for thirty years before He began His work, after a process of self realisation and purpose orientation in his 40 day fast.

So have we to seek out the time at which we are appointed to carry out the purpose for which we have been placed on this earth.