Workplace April 2016You might think that confidence is innately ingrained in your personality.  While it may come more naturally to some people, confidence (believe it or not) is a skill, it can be learnt.  Being confident is essential if you want to succeed in any business interaction.  And if you aren’t feeling confident, don’t let it show!

Jules’ new article published in the Star Workplace mentions some tips and tricks on how to build killer self-confidence.
Have a squiz here.

Santam Emerging FarmersThrough a series of consumer education training programmes, driven by South African short-term insurer Santam, more than 600 emerging farmers from villages and rural town countrywide were empowered to start the process for successfully converting their subsistence farming into commercial farming. Santam imparted much needed financial and business skills to the farmers.

“Most emerging farmers often live from hand to mouth and don’t have the resources to be able to invest in themselves. These farmers may have great technical farming skills, but the financial skills are tougher to acquire.” says Jules Newton.

Avocado Vision and Santam have partnered together, and the support of these programmes really helps farmers come to grips with their financial issues and enables them to make better decisions about how to manage their money.

This article has been published in both English (through BizCommunity) and Afrikaans (through NWK Arena magazine)

Check out the Afrikaans version of the article here.

To read the English version click here.

Avoid the BurnoutIt has been two decades since Jules Newton had a vision, an Avocado vision. From humble beginnings, the core focus of the business was training. In essence, empowering people to develop their full potential. Avocado Vision has stood the test of time. It has evolved and as it has grown, it has embraced the principles of transformation. For two decades, Jules and her Avo Team have been part of a transforming revolution, providing organisations with the tools to embrace, integrate and meaningfully participate, in a Transforming South Africa.

In 20 years you can imagine how many lessons are learned, and in our latest article published in TFM magazine, Jules walks us through just a few of those lessons she has learned over the years.

These little pearls of wisdom can be picked up by anyone in any business.

Don’t believe me? Check it out here.

Empowering Change

Slow Empowering ChangeThis week Jules’ new article was published in the Slow (Skyways) Magazine.

Empowering Change is the perfect summary of Avocado Vision and how it came to be, all through the vision of Jules Newton. By empowering people with the life skills required to maintain South Africa’s growth, Jules has become a 21st century entrepreneurial success story, and an inspiration to women all over South Africa and the world.

Before the 20th century, entrepreneurship was seen as an extremely male-dominated pursuit. Today, however, many of the world’s most successful, memorable, and inspirational entrepreneurs are women.

Included in the article are Jules’ five top tips on entrepreneurship.  Have a quick read and check out the article here.

YourBusinessWhat you have to say can make or break your brand, but it’s not only “what” you have to say that you need to be aware of…

No man, they say, is an island, and this means that in order to get anything done, you have to work with and through people.  Naturally when you introduce people with their own individual communication styles to the mix, there can be misunderstandings.

Body language and word choice is vital when it comes to effective communication, and Jules’ new article, that has been published in the YourBusiness Magazine, speaks to these topics beautifully.

Read the full article here!

SAB E-Leaders

SABFinancial education might arguably be one of the most important life skills in this day and age.  As part of a new Money Mondays initiative, a team of volunteers from SAB recently shared their skills and knowledge at a workshop in Alexandra township.

Fifteen volunteers from the finance department joined the first Money Mondays workshop at the Thusong Youth Centre in Alexandra, spending two hours with 30 learners eager to learn how to manage their money.  It is only through education that society can be lifted out of poverty, and SAB is proud to continue leaving a legacy for future generations.

This is just another small step to improve the live of South Africans one person at a time. Check out the article here.

TFM Article JulyWe all strive to grow within our careers, but how do you deal with all the complications that come with “moving up the ranks”? How do you deal with a mate who has been newly promoted to manager?

Promoting deserving ‘Champions’ should be a celebration. However, there is a careful road to travel for the organisation, for the newly structured team and for the employee who embarks on managing previous team members.  It is important to remember that the mark of a great leader is the ability to walk the tricky path and inspire their team to walk with them instead of behind them.

TFM magazine has published Jules’ new article, which chats about what to expect and how to transition from Mate-to-Manager.

Have a read here.

BigPartnersM&GIsn’t it about time David and Goliath just got along??

The National Development Plan for 2017 has made it clear that the small business and cooperative sit at the centre of the war against unemployment.  Where does your organisation sit, do you have your own plan to help fight the scourge of unemployment in South Africa?

Jules has always had a passion to help train and educate the grass-roots communities of SA, but big business is where the resources are, and in partnering together with the SME’s there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Check out the article published in the Mail&Guardian here.

Go-GetterThe Global Entrepreneurship Monitor describes the level of entrepreneurial activity in South Africa as alarmingly low.  What do you think?

The South African entrepreneur climate is impacted heavily by limitations around education, skills development and culture. Without the right levels of education, skills are not developed to the necessary standards.

Jules chats to Mail&Guardian about some of the reasons and possible solutions for the crisis. Check it out here.

TFM Puzzle of ProcurementThis is such a wonderful article, I encourage all of you to read it.

We need to shed light on the importance of organisations taking time to educate their decision-making teams on the objectives, principles and guidelines of real transformation, as “it is more than simply a ‘Black and White’ issue.

BBBEE can be used to your advantage as an organisation, the problem is that most companies lack the basic knowledge and understanding of how it really works to utilise it correctly, and to leverage off its potential power.

TFM Magazine has published Jules’ latest article and we want you to check it out here.


Building and delivering training solutions that empower people with skills and insight to make better choices and live bigger lives. Being brave enough to take on the challenges at a scale that makes a significant impact in SA and beyond

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