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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king Welcome to The One-Eyed Man with Mike Stopforth It's a messy, complicated world out there. We need better solutions to the problems around us, and better leaders to them. No one person has it all figured out, but in a quest to discover a more impactful brand of leadership, I'm having conversations with people who have at least some part of it figured out, and specifically in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, impact and technology.
 
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And we’re back!This is the One-Eyed Man, my name is Mike Stopforth, and today we’re jumping head first into the second half of our #originalbytradition series brought to you by the Glenlivet. We took a short pause to extract and share some highlights from the first five episodes, and of course to give away some premium Glenlivet prizes, so if you m…
 
If you’re anything like me then many of your proudest moments as a South African are closely associated with sport. Whether it’s underdog victories or feats of individual brilliance that inspire us and give us hope, it’s hard to ignore how sport is inextricably woven into the fabric of the tapestry that tells the story of the proverbial new South A…
 
My next guest in our Original By Tradition series brought to you The Glenlivet can only be described as superhuman.Imagine running two successful production businesses, maintaining roles on various industry boards and panels as a lobbyist and commentator, public speaking, mentoring and training up and coming talent, producing and appearing in a wil…
 
"The only social responsibility of business is to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits. So long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say engages in open and free competition without deception, or fraud." - the words of famed economist Milton Friedman from his seminal essay on the topic of soci…
 
In this second episode in our #originalbytradition entrepreneurship series, brought to you by The Glenlivet, I talk to Neo Moleko and Brad Symons from Manaka Coffee.What would make a couple of old school friends start a new coffee brand when the likes of Seattle, Vida and even Starbucks exist as competition already? Well, these two will tell you it…
 
I am thrilled to tell you that we're partnering with the Glenlivet to bring you a series of conversations with innovative entrepreneurs over the next 10 episodes.The whiskey connoisseurs amongst you will know the Glenlivet as an award winning sought after collection of Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies, just like that collection, this series of …
 
Lesley Waterkeyn and Dawn Nathan-Jones (you may recognise Dawn as one of the investors from Shark Tank SA) have a vision for economic growth by inspiring and supporting entrepreneurs to start and grow successful and impactful small businesses.They provide resources in the form of training, coaching and business tools through Over The Rainbow (www.o…
 
In the wake of a series of protests, riots and lootings across South Africa and especially in KZN, many of us are trying to make sense of what we saw and experience. Those of us fortunate enough not to be caught in the middle of the unrest juggled misinformation, panic, a limp government response, and the visible and visceral impact on thousands of…
 
We're back from a brief hiatus, in the midst of a trying time for South Africa and South Africans. Well, a more trying time - it feels like being and believing has been an uphill battle for years now.In this episode talk to Bridget McNulty about grief. About loss. About how we think about loss, respond to loss, and live with it rather than get over…
 
Chris Loker is the founder of https://Moksha.biz, a company that had its genesis as a wellness business encompassing a yoga studio, clothing line, retreats, international teaching, teacher training and workshop, and has evolved in time to an advocate and provider of the concept of “Leadership Yoga”.Leadership yoga has been advocated by Rosabeth Mos…
 
Wayne Zwiers and Vutlhari Rikhotso are the CEO and CTO of Basalt - a leading South African fintech solutions builder (https://www.basalt.co/).Having spent decades watching clients and their agencies fumble over complex digital integrations and transformations, I'm always intrigued by service providers who seem to do things differently.I've known Wa…
 
Ryan Bacher is the co-founder and MD of https://NetFlorist.co.za one of South Africa's earliest and now leading online businesses. Starting off as an online florist and enjoying significant success in the early days of e-commerce in SA, NetFlorist has continued to grow and innovate, and diversify its offering to adapt to changing consumer needs.Rya…
 
This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com).Kaitano Tembo is the current Head Coach of PSL club SuperSport United. He took up the position in 2018 after ten years in the club's leadership ranks, following a career that saw…
 
Thanks to sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com), and software development geniuses Platform45 (https://www.platform45.com/) for their continued support of the One-Eyed Man podcast.Desiree Ellis is the coach of the South Africa women's national football team, Banyana Banyana.She was awarded Confederation of African Foo…
 
This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com).At the tender age of 18, golf prodigy Ashleigh Buhai turned pro after breaking almost every amateur record in South Africa. She was the youngest player (14) to receive full Afric…
 
This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com).Enoch Nkwe is the assistant coach of the South African national cricket team, the Proteas.A former professional cricketer himself, Enoch's promising career was cut short by injur…
 
A big thank you to Platform45 (https://platform45.com) for making this episode possible.Should we be jumping the WhatsApp ship?In this episode I talk to Nerushka Bowan about the recent panic over - and exodus from - WhatsApp. Nerushka is an emerging technology law specialist and legal technology innovator, and has been one of the more balanced and …
 
A big thank you to Platform45 (https://platform45.com) for making this episode possible.Styli Charalambous — Daily Maverick | CEO/PublisherThe thinking behind the launch of print weekly DM168In this episode I talk to Styli Charalambous, the visionary CEO and Publisher of Daily Maverick. In the midst of a particularly unpredictable time for media bu…
 
Rowan Belchers — Lockstep | FounderDismantling and demystifying some widely held misconceptions about CEOsIn this episode I talk to specialist CEO advisor Rowan Belchers about what being a CEO really means, why the role is more important than ever in determining organisational success, and how modern CEOs are having to revise their views on leaders…
 
Ian Fuhr — Hatch Institute | FounderHow race relations and diversity are fueling business growth and prosperityIn this episode I talk to Ian Fuhr, known to many as the dynamic founder of the Sorbet group, about his new project the Hatch Institute and its work in helping entrepreneurs build more inclusive, progressive and impactful businesses. Ian d…
 
Charlie Quirk — Google | Consultant Director of StrategyWhy Kung Fu Panda should be in every leader's resource bank"One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it. In this episode I talk to one of my favourite internet friends, Charlie Quirk, about our mutual passion for cinema, the lessons we can all learn from the Hollywood, and par…
 
Robert Mtshali — MobiWashSA | FounderDiscussing perseverance and passion with Alexandra's Robin Hood"In this episode I talk to the self-proclaimed Robin Hood of Alexandra township, Robert Mtshali (and who am I to argue?). Robert is a serial entrepreneur who reached out to me on Twitter because he believed his story would resonate with you, and wow,…
 
I just ended a 13 year relationship...with Facebook.Now, before you laugh (ok, you can laugh), this was a bigger deal for me than I'd like to admit. For over a decade I ran a social media business that relied heavily on the existence of Facebook - and its impact on companies and customers - to grow and thrive. Much of my reputation and self worth i…
 
Ronen Aires — CEO | Student VillageHow society and business is taking a new look at psychedelicsIn this episode I talk to Ronen Aires about the future of psychedelic medicine and innovation. I am admittedly ignorant on the topic, but have kept a keen eye on Ronen's journey into the subject over the past decade and wanted to hear more about how lead…
 
Kristia van Heerden — JustOneLap.com | CEOUncovering why so many people have a dysfunctional relationship with moneyIn this episode I talk to financial wellness evangelist and crusader Kristia van Heerden about her work on JustOneLap.com - a free online money university for traders, investors, and just about everyone else. Kris hosts the popular Fa…
 
Gidon Novick — EntrepreneurHow to innovate in the face of disruption and unpredictabilityIn this episode I talk to Gidon Novick about his decision to launch a new airline in the midst of a global pandemic. Gidon is a well known entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, and in his own words, a big believer in the potential of South Africa. He is in…
 
Jeff Large — Comealivecreative.com | FounderIs podcasting a bubble or a business? — Jeff Large (Comealivecreative.com | Founder)In this episode I talk to Jeff Large, purveyor and producer of profitable podcasts (my title, not his) about the burgeoning business of podcasting, and whether it's a viable marketing and sales strategy, or just hype.Jeff …
 
Bronwyn Williams — Flux Trends | PartnerFixing the world and breaking echo chambersIn this episode, my friend and speaking colleague Bronwyn Williams and I finally get around to solving all the world's problems, and in only 45 minutes or so. Bronwyn is a futurist, economist and trends analyst with over a decade’s experience in strategic management …
 
Lee LeFever — CommonCraft.com | Co-founderIn this episode I talk to Lee LeFever, co-founder of Common Craft and author of the freshly released book Big Enough. I've been following Lee since my earliest social media (ad)ventures, and deeply respect the quality of Sachi (Lee's wife and partner) and his work, their articulation of purpose, and their d…
 
Dr Louise van Rhyn — Symphonia | FounderIn this episode, I talk to Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder of Symphonia.net and the visionary behind the wildly successful and impactful Partners for Possibility programme. Louise holds a doctoral degree in organisational change, has 25 years' experience as a change practitioner with a focus on large scale change…
 
Ntsiki Mkhize — MentHer | FounderIn this episode I talk to Ntsiki Mkhize about her journey to social entrepreneurship and her passion for mentorship and the role it plays in uplifting and empowering young women in South Africa. Ntsiki previously achieved success as a finalist in the Miss South Africa pageant, and as a published author(My Hall of Me…
 
Phila Msimang — University of Stellenbosch | LecturerIn this episode I talk to Phila Msimang about misinformation and fake news, the need for trustworthy, reliable institutions, and then we veer into a conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement and the importance of having difficult conversations if we are to advance society.I met Phila at …
 
Pierre du Plessis — Speaker and AuthorIn this episode I talk to author, speaker and self-proclaimed 'dissident preacher' Pierre du Plessis about his book Train Naked, his work as a speaker, facilitator and coach, and the power of belief.Pierre recently launched a new project called Palaestra - a community of practice that encourages its members to …
 
Dr Aisha Pandor — SweepSouth | Co-founderIn this episode I speak to Aisha Pandor about the tech start-up and funding ecosystem in South Africa, about the unique challenges of running highly scalable platform businesses, and about how her partners and team have navigated some of the unpredictability of the last 6 months.Aisha holds a PhD in Human Ge…
 
Duke Malan — Africa Works Ventures | PartnerIn this episode I talk to Duke Malan about his broad ranging experience in the South African corporate world, his decision to move to Hong Kong, and the lessons he's learned along the way. We cover his worldview around innovation and social impact, the power and importance of mentorship, his vision for ed…
 
Gavin Weale — Digify Africa | Founder and CEOI speak to Gavin Weale about how critical practical experience is in fast-tracking new digital talent into the workplace, and how they've solved this massive challenge with Digify Africa and its partners. Digify Africa has its roots in publishing and has always been known for giving disenfranchised youth…
 
Karidas Tshintsholo — Khula! | CEOJosh Adler — ALA | VPIn this episode I talk to Karidas and Josh about the importance of nurturing entrepreneurial and leadership talent on the African continent as early as possible. Josh Adler is the Vice President of Growth and Entrepreneurship at the African Leadership Academy. One of the ALA's more successful p…
 
Max Pichulik — Impact Amplifier | Co-founderIn this episode I talk to impact pioneer, mindfulness expert and social entrepreneurship thought leader Maximilian Pichulik. Max has decades worth of experience navigating the scale and complexity of the social impact space in South Africa and beyond our borders. He has a thoughtful, balanced view of the …
 
Aunnie Patton Power — Intelligent Impact | FounderI talk to Aunnie Patton Power about innovative and creative ways to redesign finance - and specifically venture capital - to improve access to funding, build more sustainable organisations, and deliver better impact.Aunnie was one of the stand out lecturers from my Masters programme at LSE in her co…
 
Tom Fels — Animarem | CEOI talk to Tom Fels, branding expert and conscious capitalism advocate about his mission to create a new movement of business leadership in South Africa and beyond.Tom is the founder and CEO of Animarem, a boutique impact advisory that powers visionary, purpose-driven growth for their corporate clients. Tom is an old colleag…
 
Arthur Attwell — Electric Book Works | MDI talk to entrepreneur and innovator Arthur Attwell about the publishing industry and the social impact of better access to information, lessons learned from the successes and failures of his entrepreneurship journey, and a range of other topics.Arthur is the co-founder and managing director of Electric Book…
 
Prof Vasti Roodt — Univ Stellenbosch | Dept of PhilosophyIf you could press pause on society, how would you redesign it?In this episode I speak to Professor Vasti Roodt about a theory of justice (fairness) that might be the key to building a better world for everyone, regardless of their social standing or resources. Vasti is an associate professor…
 
Dean McCoubrey — MySociaLife.com | FounderExpert lessons in parenting digitally enabled tweens and teensIn this episode I talk to Dean McCoubrey about how to be a better parent to digitally connected children. Dean is a successful media entrepreneur and the founder of MySociaLife (www.mysocialife.com), an education company that examines the invisib…
 
Andrew Blades — EPA Victoria | Manager, Risk and ComplianceA deep dive into complexity with a leading 'uncertainty navigator'Can you tell from the title of this episode that I've been watching a LOT of Frozen 2 while on lock down? In this episode I talk to Andrew Blades, an uncertainty navigator and polymath, about how to lead in a VUCA (volatile, …
 
Rapelang Rabana — Rekindle Learning | Founder and ChairHow technology is leading the learning and personal development revolution"In this episode I talk to Rapelang Rabana about the education and edtech revolution, digital transformation, and how crises can be an opportunity to radically re-calibrate corporate vision and strategy.Rapelang is the fo…
 
Richard Mulholland — Missing Link | CEOWhy some companies (and leaders) thrive in a crisis, and why many don'tWhy do some companies thrive in a crisis, and others fail? Why does uncertainty bring the best out of some leaders, and leave others completely ineffective?In this episode of the One-Eyed Man I talk to global speaker, serial entrepreneur an…
 
Richard Wright — Speaker, Author, Endurance AthleteWe're all terminal, to a greater or lesser degree. So what do you do now?The conclusion to my three-part discussion with Richard Wright - the metaphorical marathon portion of our show - tells the story of his journey to today. How he dealt with his second cancer diagnosis, his athletic victories un…
 
Richard Wright — Speaker, Author, Endurance AthleteStrong. Feeling good. Strong. Powerful. A mantra that beat cancer.Episode two of our three-part series takes us further into Richard's first cancer diagnosis, using the metaphor of an Ironman triathlon. We hit our first transition, and embark on a grueling 180 km cycle together. Richard bares all a…
 
Richard Wright — Speaker, Author, Endurance AthleteLessons in how to survive and thrive uncertainty and adversityImagine what it takes to run 42 km. A full marathon.Now, imagine doing so after cycling non-stop for 180 km. Now, imagine doing both after a 3.8 km swim. This is the journey every aspiring endurance triathlete must take to earn the covet…
 
Simon Dingle — Inves Capital | CEOA deep(er) dive into Bitcoin and blockchain technologyIn this episode I talk to Simon Dingle, CEO of Inves Capital and Lettuce, about the philosophy of money, incentives, the dysfunction of the central banking system, the pros and cons of cryptocurrencies and more.Simon is a dear friend, someone who has been a rock…
 
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