Author Archives: Maurice Kerrigan Africa

Elections 2019 – Why SA Politicians and Leaders are Missing their Mark

South African Elections 2019 - Maurice Kerrigan Africa

On the 8th of May, the Rainbow Nation went to the polls for the 6th democratic national elections in a year plagued by a poorly performing economy, government scandals and load shedding. There seemed to be an air of general dissatisfaction over the elections this year, and I personally noticed a rise in apathy and […]

Is Your Communication Style Hurting Your Career?

Maurice Kerrigan Africa Your Communication Style

Our communication style and approach speak volumes about how we view ourselves and others.  It also reveals important clues about our sense of worth, power and ability to lead and manage effectively.  Let’s have a look at some examples of communication problems that may be hurting your career and possible solutions. Mismatch in communication styles […]

Knowledge is Power – But it’s How You Put it to Work that Really Matters

Knowledge is Power Maurice Kerrigan Africa

We’ve all heard it before: “Knowledge is power”. It’s the driving force behind all levels of education, from learning our ABCs as toddlers to the emphasis on continued learning and upskilling in the workplace. Learning is a natural part of who we are, and never accepting the limitations of our knowledge is the single most […]

Want Those New Year’s Resolutions to Stick?

Want Those New Year’s Resolutions to Stick MK Africa

The Key is in Knowing Yourself It’s the New Year and there’s simply no escaping the message that now’s the time to turn over that new leaf, take on the world and write our name in the stars. “New year, new you” bombards us from every billboard, email and social media platform, from retailers selling […]

What I Learned Attending a Personal Mastery Training Course

Personal Mastery and Emotional Intelligence Maurice Kerrigan Africa

Today’s blog is a little different – a little more personal and with a different perspective to the usual information on training courses which, let’s face it, can be somewhat dry. Recently, I was privileged enough to be invited to attend a personal mastery and EQ training course at our training company in Randburg. I […]

5 Questions to Ask Before Deciding on a Training Company

Deciding which training company to use isn’t as easy as it sounds – after all, you have budgetary requirements and you need to make sure that the money is well-spent. Here are some questions to ask to ensure that you find a high-quality training partner who can deliver. How can your training programmes meet my goals? You’re going […]

Spring Clean Your Career – Update Your Skills to Stay Ahead

Spring is a season of renewal and energy, a season where we dust out our homes and welcome new life and new challenges. Whether you’re hitting the gym or CrossFit yard to tone up for the summer, finally creating that healthy eating plan you’ve been thinking about since you first broke your New Year’s resolution, […]

How to Manage Conflict Effectively in the Workplace

The workplace is expected to work like a well-run machine, with each part seamlessly performing its role in a complex system in order to achieve the best possible outcome. The reality is a bit different and conflict can easily occur – we’re all human, after all. While this is natural, it’s important that conflict is […]

What Can You Expect from a Personal Mastery & EQ Business Training Course?

Personal Mastery EQ Business Training Course Maurice Kerrigan Africa

The workplace is a truly unique environment where a huge range of elements have to be brought together seamlessly in order to achieve specific goals. Factors like cultural diversity, language barriers, different personalities and leadership styles need to be managed effectively in an often high-stakes and high-pressure environment – and this is what personal mastery […]

How to Prepare for a Business Negotiation

Prepare for Business Negotiation

For top negotiators, preparation is key to their success – no matter the size or complexity of the deal at hand. With the right preparation, negotiators know how to manage the other party, how to read the room, and what the most important aspects of the agreement are for each party. Here are some essential […]

Become a Persuasive Person – The Top 3 Negotiation Skills for Influencers

Become a Persuasive Person Negotiation

Negotiation skills are an important part of our everyday life, determining how we interact with colleagues, business partners and clients, as well as how we act within our personal relationships. How we manage these interactions impacts on the success of these relationships – and how effective we can be in getting what we want out […]

Instructor-Led Training vs. E-learning – Who Gets the Best Results?

Public Speaking Training Maurice Kerrigan

For South African businesses, skills development is a strategic priority, as investing in training programmes allows businesses to access the skills in high demand by their industry, recruit from within, retain top talent and support their employee’s career goals. It’s also vital for those businesses seeking to adhere to the standards set by the revised […]

Take Charge, Be Heard and Be You

Confidence Take Charge Maurice Kerrigan Africa

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland It’s a cliché, but every one of us is unique. We each have our own individual view of the world, of our place in it and how we can contribute. We each want to make an impact […]

Can Fitness Culture Help Us Become Better Leaders?

Fitness Culture Leaders Maurice Kerrigan Africa

The health and fitness industry in South Africa is thriving, there’s no question about it. According to The Economist, we have the highest fitness club revenue in the world, generating a massive R12.5 billion a year. From large gym chains to competitive CrossFit clubs, South Africans are pushing their bodies to the limit – and […]

Lessons From Steve Jobs That Will Help You Conquer the Stage

Steve Jobs Stage Lessons Maurice Kerrigan Africa

Steve Jobs is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential and inspiring business leaders of his generation. Even after his passing 7 years ago, he is still one of the most powerful faces of Apple and the tech industry. However, it wasn’t just his business-savvy, competitiveness and vision that created his iconic status – […]

The Cape’s Worst Drought – A Lack of Water.. and Authentic Leadership

Cape Town Worst Drought 2018

It’s almost impossible to glance at a newspaper, news website or a social media feed without seeing something about the drought in Cape Town. Often noted as “the worst drought in 100 years”, there are dozens of opinion pieces, articles and groups focussing on everything from water-saving initiatives to the date the taps will run […]

New Year’s Resolutions to Make your Training Career Shine

New Years Resolutions 2018

It’s 2018 and that means it’s time for us all to make New Year’s resolutions that – hopefully – we’ll stick to! Whether you’re aiming to reach the peak of achievable human fitness at your Crossfit box, challenging yourself to take on that new industry tech, or determined to teach your dog to fetch you […]

What Binge-Watching Great TV Shows Teaches You About Negotiation

Binge-Watching TV Shows MK Africa

It’s the age of digital television, and for many of us, there’s nothing better than flopping onto the couch with the dog and a bowl of popcorn after a long day, and watching half a season of our favourite award-winning show. While this sounds like exactly the type of couch-potato behaviour that our mothers warned […]

Communicating for impact – How to influence change and progress in the business environment

Communicating for impact MK Africa

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes James Humes isn’t wrong – all we have to do is look to the great leaders of today in business and politics and we can see the power of what they say and how they use their well-honed communication skills to inspire, impassion and […]

Facts tell – Emotions sell

Microphone Public Speaking Selling Maurice Kerrigan Africa

2300 years ago, Aristotle wrote down the secret to being a persuasive speaker, the secret which forms the basis for nearly every public speaking book written since then. Do you know the secret? It is simply ‘ethos’ which is your credibility; ‘pathos’ which is your emotional connection to your audience; and ‘logos’ which is your […]

Looking Through the Customer Lens

Customer Glasses MK Africa

Customers are feeling pressure to get more done with less, so many of them are reducing the number of companies they do business with. At the same time, companies are urging their salespeople to increase sales to present customers. Unless we nurture our existing customer relationships, it will be increasingly difficult for salespeople to succeed.Salespeople […]

Customer Diversity – One size does not fit all

Customer Diversity_MK Africa

Whether you are working in a customer-service call centre serving a global audience, or staffing the customer service desk in a local retail store, you will most certainly be working with a broad range of customers. You will encounter different languages, cultural backgrounds, age groups, genders, and communication styles. Almost everyone you interact with will […]