ActionCOACH Lindie Malan's BLOG

Buckle Up!

The past two weeks, in particular, only perhaps equaled by a two-week period after the looting and rioting of last year, I’ve found myself at the center of conversations with negative, depressed, stressed, and very emotional people.  With the very odd exception, people...


The 3 R's to building resilience for 2022!

The past year, 2021, has been an interesting ‘ride’…that is, depending on one’s perspective!

For many this year has been an uphill struggle to stay afloat with pressures on sales, cash flow, team morale, and business in general. Some sectors that have been the most adversely affected by the global pandemic are hospitality, restaurants, retail, construction, and smaller players in the manufacturing sector.

On the other hand, many other sectors...

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The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Business Coaching

The idea of working with a business coach is becoming more and more considered and acceptable. There are many reasons for this from the recent global pandemic and forced lock downs to the very volatile, disruptive nature of business.  It has become critically important for all business owners and leaders to invest in the continuous learning and developing of business skills and knowledge. 

‘Business’ is certainly not for the ‘faint hearted’, the ill-informed or those lagging in creativity, agility and ability to adapt!

Succeed At The Infinite Games of Business

This blog is inspired by Simon Sinek’s recent book called, The infinite Game Of Business. What a great read for all business owners and leaders in business, especially during the interesting time we find ourselves in business!

We have all been globally challenged as business owners and entrepreneurs over the last 18+ months by the Covid-19 pandemic causing exponential change, volatility, complexity and the speed and scale of disruption experienced in the world of business is unprecedented – also referred to the VUCA world of business (Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous).

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The Age Of Exponential – What It Means For Business

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence—it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” —Peter Drucker

The current and future business reality, also referred to at the 4th Industrial Revolution, is complex - driven by exponential change and digital disruption.

A great explanation on how our business world has changed, is with the Cynefin Framework by David Snowden:

F.R.E.E.D.O.M – it’s a choice

As a business owner, do you truly believe you could have or even deserve freedom? Do you know what real freedom actually tastes like? As a business coach for more than a decade, I have more often than not, discovered when talking to a new client—a business owner—that...

The Power of the Pride.

I had the privilege to attend a presentation of Ian Thomas, well-known international speaker, tracker and author.

Ian has studied lions at close quarters for more than thirty years. He has a unique understanding of how lions raise such potent individuals and then combine them into...

Become a Joan of Arc in business.

I was recently asked to reflect on my life as a serial entrepreneur thus far…what are some of the lessons that I learned?

Upon reflection, an image of the well-known Joan of Arc came to mind. Joan of Arc, a peasant girl, believing that she was acting under divine guidance, led the French army at a tender age of 18 to...

Become unshakeable!

Become unshakeable…!

Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? Of course, we all want that!!

NOW more than ever!

Especially given the brutal reality of the global CV-19 pandemic and the significant global change experienced on a daily basis. Economic stability, stable trading conditions, customer loyalty, predictable consumer behavior

A Winning Mindset is EVERYTHING!

To succeed at anything in life and business requires a winning mindset. Our thoughts, the lens through which we see life around us, how we choose to respond, etc. The internal dialogue with ‘self’ determines what we say (our words), how we act, the decisions we make and subsequently the results we see in our lives and businesses.

A brilliant read on...

Real growth in business takes time…

The growth cycle of a Chinese Bamboo Tree is a great metaphor for that of any business.

Why do I say this?

Well, after planting the seeds of a Chinese Bamboo Tree, it takes the best part of 5 years of irrigation and nurturing with nutrients before the first leaves appear above the ground. During the next 5 to 6 weeks, some types grow to over 90ft!

During the 5 year period, an extensive root...

Real business lessons learned

Let me tell you a story…

This story is about a specific women’s journey in business. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Personnel Management and started her career as a personnel officer at Iscor HQ, Pretoria.
Half a decade later, disillusioned about losing ‘self’ in endless, mindless meetings, challenges with filing paperwork on deadlines for payroll and the ‘joys’ of climbing the corporate ladder, she made an...

Redefining your success story in business…do whatever it takes?!

Life is a journey and by choosing ‘business’ as your vehicle of choice may prove to be the ultimate challenge, especially in the current South African economic reality!
Some interesting facts about the current economic reality is that there are 5,6 million SMME’S in South Africa of which 3,3 million can be regarded as ‘survivalist businesses’… they are barely surviving, cash flow is poor, and...

Does your business have a sell by date......?

In other words, a sell by date is ‘a time after which something or someone is no longer considered desirable or effective’.  In the current digital age, change is a constant and the ways we always conducted ‘business’ are long gone past.

Such as:

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again

A new year always brings with it a sense of reflection on the year gone past as well as a need to review and define goals for 2019.
We’ve all heard Albert Einstein’s famous line: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” 

Some good questions to answer are:

The Team Is Everything!!

“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare” – The Five Dysfunctions of a team, Patrick Lencioni 

Building an effective team that despite individuals, collectively operate with synergistic results is inarguably for most business owners the biggest challenge. I recently...

I have been thinking a lot about success in life.

I have been thinking a lot about success in life…what does it mean? How does one become successful with a sense of achievement?  Why do some of us become successful and achieve some significant goals while many others don’t?  Does luck come into the equation with some people that seems to be luckier than others?  I have realised that some answers to the above comes back to ActionCOACH’s formula for success in life namely:

Being able to manage your time!!!

I so often, in coaching business owners, hear the following:
“I am so busy, do not know if I am coming or going…!” or “Have not been able to focus on any of the work we agreed on, I have been running around like crazy..!”
“Help coach, I am drowning, feeling totally overwhelmed!”

The majority of business owners have huge challenges on their ability to manage and master their time.  It does help to accept that we will never have...

So, I was invited to address a group of business owners.

So, I was invited to address a group of business owners and members of the Goldfields Chamber of Business in Welkom today, the 30th June 2017….yes, you heard right…Welkom, in the heart of the Free State!  This occurrence can be regarded by anyone reading my blog as ‘just another event in the life of a coach’! Sure….But, for me personally, this event was VERY special for the following reasons:
Today, exactly a year ago...