Author Archives: Vaughan Granier

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The spirit of a Great Heart…

As an African, there is a saying: “I was not born in Africa… Africa was born in me”. I know that no matter where we are from, we each feel a huge affinity for the land of our birth, but … Continue reading

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My Christianity and Gay Marriage

What the Supreme Court has said (and this is only important to us because the world seems to follow America’s lead) is that the right to marry anyone, is institutionalised as fair and just in terms of the law of … Continue reading

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Integrity

Had a very interesting discussion yesterday about values, specifically “integrity”. This morning, an article in my email feed talked about Integrity being the number 1 corporate value. But what, actually, is a value? I have found that this is often … Continue reading

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The Dragon called “Me”…

I have written this series using the allegory of a sailor sailing rough seas, and encountering Dragons, as depicted on those old nautical maps where the untraveled cartographer needed an excuse for his cluelessness; and I have offered thoughts about … Continue reading

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The Dragon called Vindication and the Helmet of Humility

As colours go, black and white are very simple. Put next to each other, there is no confusing anything. This one, white. That one, black. And here is the line between them. Very nice, very organised. Very good. People aren’t … Continue reading

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The Dragon called Desperation and the Dagger of Discernment

It was hard to find an apt name for the Dragon this time, but not hard to recognize the feelings it evokes when it stirs. Conflict in the workplace – conflict anywhere, in fact – evokes an age old response. … Continue reading

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The Dragon called “Politics” and the Scabbard of Sincerity

A scabbard is the sheath for a sword. Made out of shaped wood and leather and worked metal, they are beautiful and functional, but play a lesser role to their glorious partner the sword. There is a legend, though that … Continue reading

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The Dragon called “Solo” and the Cloak of Cameraderie

Every sportsperson knows that beyond the weekend hacker level, no matter how solo your sport “looks”, there is a team seeing you through to victory. My favourite sport is tennis, and within that, singles. It’s like a chess game, played … Continue reading

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The Dragon called “Naiveté” and The Shield of Slightly Cynical Wisdom

Many HR discussions that take place do so where the stakes are high, and at the same time they take place when privacy is an important concern. The stakes are usually high for the employee involved, and less so for … Continue reading

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The Dragon called “Average” and the Sword of Knowledge

Although his life and achievements are discredited professionally, there is no doubt in my mind that Lance Armstrong remains one of the most dedicated, hardworking athletes this world has ever seen. While the use of drugs taints his every memory … Continue reading

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