Author: johanhburger

Creativity Needed in the Wine Industry

Anecdotal evidence points to the existence of a large number of wine estates in and around Stellenbosch that are in the market. Apparently one of the main reasons for this supply, and it is...

Respect is the Name of the Game

South Africa is a very young democracy.  We have come through centuries of either colonial rule or a rule by a minority where the majority was repressed. In the 70’s and 80’s we were...

The Ten Laws of Business

After thinking about business in general, I thought about the essence of success in business. This led me to identify the following “laws” of business success. One could probably add various other factors to...

Forgive Us Our Trespasses…

The Lord gave us his prayer in the Gospel of Matthew and in the Gospel of Luke.   Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be...

Branding Lessons

I have been driving around in my old VW Kombi for close to 8 years.  It was 11 years old, and although it had relatively low kilometres, I knew it was time to start...

Strategies dealing with duress

I recently had the good fortune to read James 2 in the Bible annotated by Max Lucado. In this chapter, Max refers to 4 strategies people undertake when they are under duress, in a...

17 Business Lessons from Sport

Having made the decision to take a bit of time out after a hectic year or two, I took the time to watch a lot of sport. This included a number of cricket games,...

The Power of Process

SAB was a “small” 26 million hectolitre beer brewery when it acquired Miller in the USA in 2002.  Miller was more or less double the size of SAB, at 52 million hectolitres brewing capacity. ...

Investing in Infinity

About a month ago I had the opportunity to visit the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad in India. It was my first visit to India, and I was quite impressed with the facilities...

The 4 Elements of Greatness

Successful business people share a number of similar character traits.  The 4 I would like to write about today, are about being visionary, having good judgement, being courageous, and having drive (or being driven)!...