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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

Welcome to The One-Eyed Man with Mike Stopforth

It's a messy, complicated world out there. We need better solutions to the problems around us, and better leaders to them. No one person has it all figured out, but in a quest to discover a more impactful brand of leadership, I'm having conversations with people who have at least some part of it figured out, and specifically in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, impact and technology.

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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

Welcome to The One-Eyed Man with Mike Stopforth

It's a messy, complicated world out there. We need better solutions to the problems around us, and better leaders to them. No one person has it all figured out, but in a quest to discover a more impactful brand of leadership, I'm having conversations with people who have at least some part of it figured out, and specifically in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, impact and technology.

    #056 Creating content for influence and impact — Erik Kruger

    #056 Creating content for influence and impact — Erik Kruger

    Erik Kruger is a prolific author, public speaker, podcaster, YouTuber, video creator, the guy is everywhere. And that's very intimidating to people like me who are in his industry, it also makes it virtually impossible to introduce.

    So I'll introduce him like this instead, Erik Kruger is also my friend, he is a person that I've come to know over the last couple of years as a profoundly authentic, accessible, interesting human being genuinely committed to personal well being personal mastery, and to finding ways to change the world for the better. And he really means it.

    Erik and I have been meaning to have this conversation for a very long time, and I thought it perfect to insert it towards the end of this Glenlivet original by tradition series.

    We talked about Erik's approach to modern leadership and how he helps company leaders, organizations, entrepreneurs, senior business leaders, reconfigure recalibrate their headspace around leadership and around change. We also spoke extensively about Erik's approach to producing content.

    And I think there are some incredibly valuable insights and gems in the practical tips, the approaches, the strategies that he shared, not just for individuals who want to build a personal brand, or create the same level of impact and network and influence that Erik has, but also for organizations for brands that want to replicate this kind of success.

    So often, we see brands creating really beautiful content, but creating it once and never been able to scale it beyond that. And Erik share some really great insights about how to avoid those pitfalls and mistakes.

    Yeah, this is a conversation that I love. It's filled with a lot of insight. It's filled with a lot of great experience. And I trust that you'll enjoy it as much as I did. If you do, please go straight from this conversation and follow Erik online.

    He's at ErikKruger.com

    • 54 min
    #055 Building an innovation city in the mother City — Kieno Kammies

    #055 Building an innovation city in the mother City — Kieno Kammies

    What are the conditions that need to be created to develop innovative thinking, innovative products, and innovative organisations? Is it about a type of space, or a type of structure, or a type of culture? Or is it a combination of all of those things?

    My guest on the One-Eyed Man podcast today is Kieno Kammies, a well-known media personality and broadcaster turned entrepreneur, innovator and teacher.

    We discuss a broad range of topics, and Kieno dropped a few nuggets pertinent to our #originalbytradition series.

    • 32 min
    #054 Can technology take the pain out of recruitment? — Francois de Wet

    #054 Can technology take the pain out of recruitment? — Francois de Wet

    Do you remember your first formal job interview? I do. It's not great memory. I did a horrendous job of representing myself and my enthusiasm for the position I was applying for.

    That's understandable if you consider the typical job interview setup. There's a young, uninitiated, nervous person being faced with a panel of influential decision-makers- people who appear to have it all together and literally hold your destiny in the palm of their hands. It's a bit hit and miss - and not necessarily an accurate representation of your capabilities at all.

    My guest on the show today felt the same thing. He had this problem in his professional capacity as an industrial psychologist and used that frustration as motivation to create a business that would solve his problem - wamly.io is the result. It's an innovative use of asynchronous video technology to solve a very old problem.

    As you know, that's the theme of the series that we're doing the Glenlivet - #originalbytradition is all about showcasing smart solutions to long-standing challenges.

    I look forward to your feedback, your shares, your comments, your ratings, as always.

    • 44 min
    #053 A better weigh to build a grocer — Dom and Sam Moleta

    #053 A better weigh to build a grocer — Dom and Sam Moleta

    And we’re back!

    This is the One-Eyed Man, my name is Mike Stopforth, and today we’re jumping head first into the second half of our #originalbytradition series brought to you by the Glenlivet. We took a short pause to extract and share some highlights from the first five episodes, and of course to give away some premium Glenlivet prizes, so if you missed that, please follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram – you’ll be the first to hear about future updates and giveaways.

    I’m really excited about this show. It’s hard to think of a better example of entrepreneurs challenging traditional industries with original solutions than my two guests, Sam and Dom Moleta of the Refillery, an eco-friendly, plastic-free grocery store. Both their online and real world offerings have grown significantly over the last few years (which is saying something in itself), in no small part due to a really beautiful brand and product design and a crop of loyal, passionate customers.

    The secret behind their success will be obvious when you hear them talk about this project. I was deeply inspired by their vision, intention and work ethic. I’m sure you will be, too. If you’d like to watch the conversation, catch it on my YouTube channel.

    Off we go.

    • 54 min
    #052 How to capture the soul of a nation — Nick Dreyer

    #052 How to capture the soul of a nation — Nick Dreyer

    If you’re anything like me then many of your proudest moments as a South African are closely associated with sport. Whether it’s underdog victories or feats of individual brilliance that inspire us and give us hope, it’s hard to ignore how sport is inextricably woven into the fabric of the tapestry that tells the story of the proverbial new South Africa.

    One such moment recently was seeing our athletes – their broad smiles hidden behind masks but not from their eyes - entering the stadium under our flag during the opening ceremony of the ill-fated Tokyo Olympics.

    Perhaps it was my surprise that the event went ahead at all in the midst of multiple disruptions, or the fact that it came at a time when my national energy was at an all time low but the sight of our beautifully and eclectically dressed athletes reinvigorated me with all of those feelings that I’m almost certain are unique to the experience of being South African.

    One of the most noticeable aspects of those outfits were the brightly soled Veldskoen shoes that each athlete wore. These weren’t just veldskoene with a small V, there were Veldskoen, with a big V, the now internationally famous footwear and lifestyle brand born out of SA, for the world, and inspired by the traditional footwear.

    These comfortable, rawhide shoes, rumoured to date back to 17th century Dutch settlers who were in turn influenced by the traditional Khoisan footwear of the same period from the DNA of an incredible story of entrepreneurship. Now funded by notable international venture capitalists the likes of Mark Cuban, Veldskoen and their flip flop off-shoot, Plakkie, are a product, a brand, and a story we can all be very proud of.

    Talk about doing something original with something traditional!

    The 5th episode of our #originalbytradition series, brought to by The Glenlivet, is a conversation with Nick Dreyer, one of the co-founders of Veldskoen.

    Easily one of my favourites so far, and I know you’ll feel the same.

    • 49 min
    #051 Unpacking innovation in media and broadcasting — Relebogile Mabotja

    #051 Unpacking innovation in media and broadcasting — Relebogile Mabotja

    My next guest in our Original By Tradition series brought to you The Glenlivet can only be described as superhuman.

    Imagine running two successful production businesses, maintaining roles on various industry boards and panels as a lobbyist and commentator, public speaking, mentoring and training up and coming talent, producing and appearing in a wildly popular and impactful TV show, and raising a family, all in a normal work day.


    Somehow, Relebogile Mabotja does this, and does it exceptionally. This series as you know is all about inspiring entrepreneurs who spend their time finding original and creative solutions to challenging problems and Relebogile embodies that more than most.


    Having come from a very traditional broadcast and media background, she is constantly innovating and reinventing this tremendously exciting space with a fresh approach to content and engagement that we can all learn from.


    We spoke about a broad range of topics, but I could easily have spent another hour or two tapping into her experience and wisdom. Again, I’m really grateful to the Glenlivet for making conversations just like this one possible, and look forward to your feedback on this one in particular. Enjoy!

    • 46 min

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Great stories and insights on what it takes to lead

Mike is a superb storyteller and narrates his learnings of what it takes to be a leader today into insights that even I can understand. Always top quality guests and I look forward to each new release.

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