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Global Board Ready Women Initiative

Business Engage is pleased to announce that we have been appointed as a Partner to a new initiative – Global Board Ready Women - this is an international list of women who are qualified to sit on a board. This list has been compiled by the European Business Schools/Women on Boards Task Force in association with The Forte Foundation and the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club.


This is a closed group and Business Engage is mandated to recommend participation of suitable women from South Africa.
This group will provide a forum for all women aspiring to be on, or who are already on, a board to enable them to discuss boardroom issues and share thoughts, ideas and experiences, and to support each other throughout their careers.
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Conversations with Leaders : the Future of Diversity

MOTIVATION – Stuck Inside the Frame?

By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC – January 2013


An unknown author said “It is difficult to see the picture when you are inside the frame.”

Oh you know that this one brought a huge big smile to my face and it just about how apt my “Step away from the car” saying is.

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MOTIVATION – Just Take the First Step


By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC – October 2011


Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr said “Take the first step in faith.  You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”


Ironically, I had to give a speech the other day around the theme of liberty and chose the topic “Freedom from Fear”.


You see, as children we are fearless – well certainly we were when I was a child, growing up.  I remember hearing the scary stories around the table or the campfire – you know the ones I am talking about.  The ones that make you giggle and squirm deliciously whilst you try and show the grown ups (or grups as I called them then), just how brave you were.


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MOTIVATION – Be Willing to Improve Yourself

By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC – December 2011


James Allen says “People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves.  They therefore remain bound.”

This particular human trait was made quite prevalent during my holiday this year.  Here’s the story – I met this older man (let’s call him George), who has a real problem with acidity in his system. It’s really bad.  Not only does the poor old man suffer with arthritis but his legs are full of open sores that he then scratches badly in an attempt to stop the itching.  From what I can gather, he has been to several doctors and none can assist – I now know why.

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MOTIVATION – Strong Desire

By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC – January 2012


Napoleon Hill says “The starting point of achievement is desire.  Keep this constantly in mind.  Weak desires produce weak results, just as a small amount of fire produces a small amount of heat.”

I guess this means, more or less, the same as ‘you reap what you sow’ or ‘you get out what you put in’ and it certainly makes logical sense to me,  which is probably why I am often really surprised at the number of people who sit back and wait for stuff to happen for them and then when nothing happens they lament – loudly – about how unfair life is and that they didn’t get what they deserved.

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MOTIVATION – What Determines Your Destiny

By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC – February 2012


“It’s choice – not chance that determines your destiny” says Jean Nidetch.

It seems that I am on the warpath again!  It’s the whole thing about accountability and responsibility for the consequences of our choices and actions or non-actions.

There is this whole drive around education at the moment and like most people that I talk to – I get it!  I agree with it and quite frankly, I am on board.  Education is important and without it the youngsters of today are really going to battle.

At the moment though, there is this radio ad playing and despite all the good intentions, it gives the perception that the kid wasn’t ‘given a chance to get an education”.

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MOTIVATION – Do You Need Approval?

By Nikki Viljoen of N Viljoen Consulting CC – December 2012


Vernon Howard says “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.”

One of the most liberating moments of my life happened when I was still working in the Corporate world.  I took my power back!

I can hear many people saying “You did What?”  I’ll say it again – I took my power back!


For years I had been a doormat to bosses and colleagues alike who often took their frustrations out on me.  Work was taken away from incompetent employees and dumped on me and I just accepted it.  The more pressure that I was put under the more I just accepted it.


I can actually see a whole bunch of you reading this with absolute disbelief – you cannot even begin to imagine me being like that – well that is because I am a different person now – I took my power back.

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BUSINESS TIPS – From Employee to Entrepreneur

I have, of late, been mentoring several young ladies who are currently employed, but who dream of owning their own businesses.  The more I talk to them, the more I become aware of the huge mind shift change that has to take place.  And this is how this particular series was born.


Firstly, I would like to explore some of the differences between an employee and an entrepreneur – just so that we can all understand the basic differences and understand what we are getting ourselves into.

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