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Clive Simpkins
Johannesburg South Africa
Apprentice on the spiritual path.
Interests: Reading, thinking.
Recent Activity
Are you copying all and sundry on email as a ‘cover your arse’ (CYA) precaution? Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Clive Simpkins
This is a mixed bag of tips intended to help kids avoid attack, abuse or getting lost. This is not intended as an exhaustive list. But rather as some trigger points to stimulate a change in possibly well-intended, but overly-cautious... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Clive Simpkins
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I'm capivated with the new Pope. Even as a non-Catholic, I feel excited about the potential for him to move the Roman Catholic church in a direction that will align it better with modern society. Is there an option? Not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at Clive Simpkins
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Couple of suggestions: (I may add to this from time to time as new ideas strike me) 1) Start force-wide psychometric testing to identify potential loose cannons. 2) Make an extreme example of cops who engage in gratuitous brutality. 3)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Clive Simpkins
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So, Justin Bieber's having meltdowns, according to The HuffingtonPost. Here's the link. Is it hormonal or brilliant brand re-positioning? I suspect the latter. As he grows older so does his target audience. The androdgynous "pretty boy" look had a limited... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Clive Simpkins
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A short post. What is it, I wonder that's feeding the destructive, hyper-critical trend in social media to demean, muckrake and otherwise do damage? Pope Francis had hardly left the balcony in St. Peter's square after greeting the world, than... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Clive Simpkins
My interview on the Marikana mine, Lonmin crisis in the South African platinum mining world. With Alec Hogg. Text and audio, whichever suits best. http://www.moneyweb.co.za/mw/content/en/moneyweb-safm-market-update?oid=595132&sn=2009+Detail Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at Clive Simpkins
If you want some really fresh perspectives on personal branding and marketing, this will be the book to deliver them. Here's the review I wrote for RISKsa magazine. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2011 at Clive Simpkins
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The global financial downturn of 2009 had many organisations and individuals wonder whether looking smarter and better groomed would make a difference to how people behaved and how companies performed. There's been a re-focus on appearance. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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In or out? This is a question many organisations have to face. It's about whether they put a toe into the Social Media pool or dive in at the deep end. Both approaches can be disastrous. The crux of the issue though is – there's little option but to engage. It's not a question of 'if' – but 'when, where and how?' Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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I don't know who it was that said, 'the only time you want to get even with someone is when they've done something good to you.' A beautiful sentiment and one which we can apply to both social and business advantage. Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
Posted today and it took me twice the usual time. I *hate, hate, hate* what you've gone and done. Cutting and pasting a footnote from a previous posting results in total loss of formatting and colour. When one highlights a word to create a link, the old editor automatically inserted that word and one merely had to put in the URL. Now we have to put in both. You've gone *backwards* folks. Your name is Not Mark Zuckerberg and this isn't facebook. We pay for this service. If you must create 'improvements" for goodness' sake ensure they're not a retrograde, counter-intuitive hash like this. Someone should be fired for this debacle.This is not acceptable business practice.
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Excerpted from Clive Simpkins' book: Media Appearance Secrets Many people regard a media interview in the same light as a medieval torture chamber. With a bit of simple preparation it needn't be of course. Former British journalist and Economist editor,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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Anger is the result of frustrated desire. I often hear people say, "He made me so angry!" or "I couldn't help being livid!" or "It just happens before I even know it!" These statements put the blame for becoming angry on someone else, or on circumstances. The good news is that you can, if you wish, minimise anger almost immediately. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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Being able to deal well with criticism from colleagues, friends or those you love is a sign of emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) and maturity. The single most common effect of criticism is that it can easily and negatively impact on your sense of self worth Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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You're 'your own person', right? You make your own choices, decisions and you don't get bullied or pressured into doing anything you don't want to. Like changing an opinion. Or do you? Let's see. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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In answer to the question, 'is the media the architect of its own misfortune' I wrote the attached article for the Mercury newspaper in Durban, South Africa. It was published 16th August 2010. Here it is. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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Have you examined lately, how your customers and clients might be feeling about you, your staff and your business? It's never too late to start making small changes that make a big difference. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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As we regularly use social media, it's easy to forget that what we post or tweet is instantly and pretty much irretrievably in the public domain. It affects, sometimes immediately - and at other time incrementally, our reputation. Freudian slips, bad jokes, racist overtones, discriminatory comments, injudicious posts or tweets can come back to haunt us. They're there for future clients, customers, employers, friends and others to see. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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A black South African man in his mid-thirties in my social circle says that discussion centering around the topic of 'foreigners' is a big one among the poor, unemployed and as he puts it, 'people on the ground. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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I've experienced a rising apprehension during the weeks of the #WC2010. Almost despite our national low self-esteem expectations it's been a great success. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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If there’s a gateway to the resolution of problems or issues, it’s good listening skills. Something we males are notoriously short of. There’s no doubt that listening requires a non-competitive state of mind. Something also not easily found in your average male. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
Was asked to write this for Property Professional Magazine. Here it be. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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Thought for the day: We were given two ears and one mouth. The lesson should be obvious. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2010 at Clive Simpkins
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Nestlé was once associated with all that was nutritious and healthy. The brand values might have been decribed as high-quality, utterly dependable, inherently good-for-you products. No longer in my opinion. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Clive Simpkins