My Of Course You Can! book was first published in 2015 and the 2nd (revised) edition was published in mid-2017.
At the suggestion of a few people who had read the book, I started presenting workshops based on the book in September 2017. The content of the book has been split into two workshops – Of Course You Can! – Setting Out On Your Unique Journey and Of Course You Can! – Building a Great Business. The workshops are either presented as two stand-alone one-day workshops or as one workshop held over two consecutive days. Details are set out in the “Shop” section of this site.
In 2017 I read the book for Tape Aids for the Blind and the audio version is available through their national network. The commercial audio book will be available by end-2018.
I love the cover of the book and it is perhaps important to spell out the meaning of the figure on the cover. Of the five characters, the four newspaper characters are the “normal” people who choose not to take the leap and start their own business. The shweshwe character is differentiated because he/she has been bold enough to step out and start their own enterprise. This character is also at the centre of the picture. The shweshwe character is on the same level as, and is holding hands with the others is because I believe in servant leadership and reject elitism.
I was born in Cape Town and educated at Rondebosch Boys’ High School, the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and UNISA. After a career as professional soldier in the South African Defence Force where I served in a number of command and operational posts, I left in 1992 with the rank of Colonel, to take up a senior position with a major South African listed company in KwaZulu-Natal. In 1996, some colleagues and I were offered the opportunity to undertake a BEE management buy-out and establish our own enterprise; and I’ve been managing my own businesses ever since. I’m passionate about sharing the lessons that I’ve learnt – often the hard way with like-minded fellow South Africans.