This episode is just a video follow up to the blog post, “The Nature Of Legacies – Remembering People“. The biggest difference between the two is input from friends. There are comments and questions I found helpful. You might too. Without going into too much detail watch the video below. I’d love to know your … Continue reading The Nature of Legacies And How We Remember People [VLOG: Episode 02]
It’s about a year since Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada passed away. Kathy fought apartheid alongside icons like Nelson Mandela. Mandela, South Africa and the world at large held Kathy in high esteem. I write this shortly after reading breaking news of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela‘s passing. Winnie fought apartheid. Her and Nelson were married at some point. She was 81.
For some reason I was thinking about the anniversary of Kathy’s death when I saw the news about Winnie. Hence the references to them. When Nelson Mandela passed away I thought about what makes a great legacy. I wrote some of my thoughts here. Thinking about Kathy and Winnie, again, made me think about the nature of legacies and how we remember people.
It’s embarrassing to admit that I sometimes find myself getting frustrated by that I can’t find my car keys or socks and can’t Google to locate them. (Google, if you’re reading this can you do something about the locating my socks?) Technology is a great enhancer and enabler. Apps and devices are great tools. Like … Continue reading The Things Technology Can’t Do For Me
When I heard the sad news of Nelson Mandela’s passing, my thoughts were occupied with his legacy. One of the reasons I write is to process my thoughts. Sometimes I do it to find out what I think.
At the time of Madiba’s passing, I was reluctant to write anything because the media, and a lot of other people would be doing the same. I’m weary of trying to assess how genuine people are when they cover icons like Mandela at their passing. I don’t struggle with truth, but motives. Are the papers pushing sales and Internet shares and views?
That aside, I couldn’t help but keep thinking about the legacy Nelson Mandela has left. Media spoke about him, his life and contribution incessantly. This forced me to keep thinking. Now I’m at a point where I have to write, because Mandela has left a legacy that is worth learning from. There are valuable lessons for both life in general, and leadership.
Because I do a fair amount of reflection through writing I now think aloud on the anatomy of a great legacy – lessons from Nelson Mandela:
Was in bookshop and I see Mandela’s book has been re-branded / re-packaged . My guess: interest in the legend Madiba is going to pick up all the more. A reminder that the way we live our lives speaks and impacts the world (or not) in our lifetime or beyond us. Some lessons we teach from … Continue reading Long Walk Book Rebranded