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Walking Tribe Member, Dr Estelle. South Africa.
Walking Tribe Member, Dr Estelle. South Africa.

A Virtual Tribe can be a Powerful Force for Good

As the founder of the Global Walking Tribe, I am utterly convinced that a virtual tribe can be a powerful force for good.

My conviction has been cemented by reaching the Jubilee – 50 thirty-day challenges of the Walking Tribe. We are a virtual community of women who walk wherever we are in the world for 30 minutes a day, posting photos of our walks on the monthly theme, to a Facebook group.

It didn’t start as a tribe. It started as my personal quest for health and fitness. Just before my 50th birthday, I made a promise to myself: to walk 30 minutes a day for 30 days, early each morning and, to hold myself to account, I posted my intention on Facebook.

Early the next morning I set off for the first of my thirty walks. The air was crisp, and colourful parrots were searching for titbits amongst the craggy rocks high about the Georges River in the south of Sydney.

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Stop Backbiting. Start Collaborating.

Imagine my surprise when I walked into the lunchroom at work in Sydney one day to hear women gossiping about their colleagues: how this one behaved, how that one dressed, how the other one wore her ‘Greek hair’, who wore hijabs and why. There was all manner of nastiness about skills, personalities, appearance and behaviour. It was all about backbiting and elbowing for position.

It shocked me that these were women talking about women. Listening to the stories of women I coach and groups I facilitate tells me this is not unusual in corporate settings, in not for profits, small business or social environments (and, of course, online). Surely there are enough obstacles for women who work – balancing their caring and professional roles, finding a supportive and encouraging partner, and earning well enough. Whether we are employees, executives, entrepreneurs or solopreneurs, the last thing we need is other women bringing us down.

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The Solopreneur’s Best Temporary Income Strategy

When I exposed the best-kept secret of woman solopreneurs – that they often don’t draw an income – a host of wonderfully honest conversations ensued. Women wrote to me privately, they commented on threads, and they stopped me in the street to talk. Each woman said that she thought her situation was unique and that it was hard to admit she wasn’t drawing an income.

Many thought they were failures and everyone else was doing just fine.

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When a Collaborative Book is a perfect Triple Win

I’ve just had the privilege of being one of 100 authors published in The Better Business Book, Volume 2. The story behind this project is a great example of Triple Win thinking in action. In fact, I was so taken by the concept that I arranged an interview with the chap who put it all together to understand what he was thinking when he created this set of wins.

Let’s go back a moment. When I heard of this collaborative project, I signed up for a discovery call with the head honcho from Authors Unite….

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Umvoto Africa reports hosting the Book Launch of The Mentor Within

In January 2017 Umvoto Africa hosted the book launch of The Mentor Within. This wonderful earth sciences consultancy, founded in 1992 still run by Rowena Hay, does important work in South Africa and around the world. What struck me when I was first invited to a meeting by Tracey Saunders who works there, is the wonderful atmosphere in their gorgeous offices set up in a Sir Herbert Baker building in the beach suburb of Muizenberg in Cape Town.

Getting to that planning meeting had been quite a journey. I had mentioned on Facebook that I was hoping to celebrate my book, launched eight months before in Sydney, when I visited Cape Town in December 2016 and January 2017. I had been perusing the venues in Cape Town where I could run a workshop or event to do this, and had saved a tab of a perfect workshop room in Muizenberg, at a place called Umvoto. Just then I received a message from someone I hadn’t met before who is part of my global Walking Tribe, a group of women who walk together (virtually) all over the world and post to a group on Facebook. Tracey had been a member of the Walking Tribe for a while, and said that she admired my work, loved the sound of my book, and wanted to celebrate it by hosting an event in Cape Town for me. She said she worked in a gorgeous Sir Herbert Baker building – and the name of the place was Umvoto.


The serendipity was just perfect. And I focus on Serendipity, Opportunity and Choice in the book – so it felt just right. The opportunity was there, and I made the choice instantly to thank her for her kind offer and go ahead site unseen.

When I arrived in Cape Town I bumped into Tracey, quite by chance, on my very first evening there and she introduced herself as the person who was going to run my launch. It all fitted together perfectly. However, I only had a few books with me – the workshop I had run in Pretoria at South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) had almost cleaned me out of the few copies I had with me. What followed was a series of events that led to me finding someone who could print my books for me over the Christmas season when, traditionally, all printers are closed. They arrived just in time, and the event happened complete with catering, videography, music, photography, great support from the Umvoto team and from people all over who helped.

Francis (my husband and MC for the event) and Jethro, my son, experienced Cape Town’s warmth and hospitality, and the resourcefulness and innovation of everyone we meet there. The event was packed with social entrepreneurs, friends in the media, people from the non profit world I used to move in, and people who are doing tremendous work in South Africa, not least of all the staff of Umvoto. My two living South African mentors, Marjorie Mbokoma and Esther Lategan, gave the attendees a taste of their wisdom, and we celebrated my mother, my third mentor I mention in the book. Zapiro, my brother Jonathan Shapiro, spoke of his illustrations and how he, himself, could use some of the advice offered in the book.

A few weeks later Umvoto published a piece about the event. Here it is.

00Book Launch – The Mentor Within by Rosemary Shapiro-Liu

The Retreat for One – part two

My Retreat for One is one of the most popular items on my coaching and mentoring menu. It is a one-day retreat where I provide an opportunity for one client at a time to reframe, refocus and re-energise.

Andrew Griffiths attributes much of his success to time alone reviewing, celebrating and planning. He is the Mayor of Smallville and Australia’s number one small business author, with a lot on his plate. To keep it all in check and to think and plan, he regularly takes himself off to some beautiful and isolated place, armed with A4-sized post-it notes, markers, books and notebooks.

I asked Andrew why his solitary retreats are so successful and how he connects with his Mentor Within to guide him on his journey of great decisions and powerful action.

This is what he said:

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Schooltermpreneur – is it possible to be true to the name?

The school term is over, once again. For my kid it’s another set of achievements, peppered with the odd hat parade, awards ceremony, parent-teacher meeting, and first experience on the SRC. It’s also a time of navigating conflict in the playground, noise levels in class, the joy of a healthier lunch-box, and sticking to the where-we-can-run and where-we-can’t-run at school rule. For me it’s yet another two weeks of stopping my business to be mum. Full-time mum.

I first wrote about the idea of stopping work in school holidays in a blog on my Triple Win website a year ago. I called this kind of business owner or entrepreneur a Schooltermpreneur. At the time I realised that the idea of working through the holidays was not a win for me, not a win for my child, and not a win for all those around us.

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You can turn a customer complaint into a Triple Win

No business enjoys receiving a customer complaint. If the customer contacts you directly rather than bad-mouthing your business on social media, be grateful. Believe it or not, the complaint is an opportunity to create a Triple Win.

Let’s say you requested a service while you are taking an extended overseas break. You don’t want the full service, you just want a quick mini-clean, or mini-pool service, or mini-garden cleanup a couple of times in your absence.

When you return, you discover that the company has chosen, without checking with you, that they will do full services while you are away, and have charged you accordingly.

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Rosemary Shapiro-Liu is a regular contributor to Smallville, a platform for small business owners who think big.

Exercise your ethics muscle: be honest at the self-service scanners

Coles and Woolworths trust us, their customers, to allow us to scan and pay for our own purchases. They trust that we know what to do, we know what is right and we want to do the right thing.

We can always argue we don’t know what to do (‘oh, was that a RED capsicum: I thought it was a green one’ which was half the price), or that we don’t know what is right (‘well I presumed that if it didn’t go through the first couple of times it wasn’t my problem’) or that we don’t want to do the right thing (‘the big supermarkets rip us off all the time, so it’s not my problem if I take a teensy bit from them sometime’).

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Rosemary Shapiro-Liu is a regular contributor to Smallville, a platform for small business owners who think big