My life is filled with wonderful encounters!

I meet a lot of CAs(SA) every week. Being in the career advisory space I often encounter clients who are stuck – they just don’t quite know which way to go.

Using a few searching and hard-hitting questions it becomes apparent that usually they are avoiding that one thing that needs to be done.

What do you think you are being called out to do right now?


So I ask them – what is the one thing you are avoiding that can break you through to the next level?

Now I’m not talking about tidying your office draws or cleaning out your brief case. I’m referring to the big stuff  –  the risky stuff.

So what would that be for you right now? What are you pretending not to know?

If you poke around you’ll find it.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Confront that staff member that is coming in late every day.

2. Tackling your boss on something he did that was not okay!

3. Facing that colleague who always takes pot-shots at you in meetings

4. Standing up to audit manager who is too big for his boots

5. Handling the CEO’s secretary who treats you like a child

6. Dealing with the grumpy old warehouse manager who always makes you           feel inferior

7. Starting that presentation at Exco that you have been wanting to do but             have been avoiding

8. Doing that report you could write that would highlight valuable changes

And more.

We all have our own unique issues that we need to break through to get to the next level.

By not taking action now, you land up accusing yourself of being ineffective.


This does not do much to nourish confidence levels. And there is always that other person who looks like they can handle anything and make you feel ‘shown up’.

It is this mind-set that really gets in the way of personal development.

You can pretend that no one notices.

But here is the bad news. . . . your boss notices.

So in 2016 what’s it going to be?

. . . . . stepping up or stepping away?




About the author:                                                                                                                  

 Clive a CA(SA) with over 20 years’ experience as an executive director in both listed and unlisted companies.

Clive brings some interesting perspectives to the field of management. Having been involved at Director/Board level, he offers a wealth of wisdom on both the people and business front.

Clive is the CEO of GREEN MIND CAPITAL (Pty) Ltd. The company focuses on assisting executives, especially emerging young CA’s, in maximizing their potential and fast-tracking their careers.

Clive has been involved with coaching and self-development since 1994. He has a particular interest in Cognitive Awareness Technology (CAT) and has completed a number of advanced courses on the topic including The More To Life Training, Way of The Warrior, The Power of Self Esteem, The Power of Purpose, The Power of Connection, The A & B Phase Mentor Training, The I Am Training, Joy Spring, and is in the process of completing the world-renowned ORSC Corporate Coaching Course.

Clive’s mix of years of practical executive experience coupled with his own personal self-development journey brings together a unique method of Transformation Coaching. He has hundreds of hours of one-on-one coaching to his credit.

Clive Kaplan is a prolific writer on LinkedIn PULSE. He has written over 50 articles on various topics from financial management and operations to job search and confidence building. He is also the author of the winQs series (pronounced ‘winks’) which appears regularly on the LinkedIn network. 

Clive is also a ORT Jet mentor and works closely with the More To Life Program, both on a voluntary basis.

In his personal life, Clive is an avid walker and swimmer both of which he does most days throughout the year.

He has a passion for SA history, specifically around the Anglo-Boer War era and collects books relating to this period. He also has a tongue-in-cheek fascination with the President Paul Kruger’s hidden treasure (commonly known as the Kruger Millions) and is somewhat of an authority on the subject.  

Clive spends a lot of his spare time in the bush and has a special interest in photography. 

Clive is married to Adrienne and has two young children – Bianca aged 14 and Daniel aged 10. He lives with his family in Johannesburg, South Africa.   



About the author:

Clive Kaplan, is a CA(SA) having studied at both Rhodes and UCT. With over 20 years experience as an executive director in both listed and unlisted companies. Clive offers a wealth of wisdom on both the people and business front. He is the CEO of Green Mind Capital. The company focuses on assisting executives, especially emerging young CA’s, maximize their potential and fast-track their careers. Clive has been involved with coaching and self development since 1994. Green Mind Capital is an emerging leader in the field of personal development and self-actualization.