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A case study in team culture. #SAvNZ, World Cup 2015.

Obviously I'm gutted. There were tears. There were heart palpitations. There were screams of joy. There were also screams of pain. That New Zealand vs South Africa semi final was one of the best cricket games I've had the honour of watching. You can "if and but" this all you like - we were outplayed. Just. What makes me a little sad, is that if this Protea team had gone on to win the World Cup, there would have been books and case studies written on what an amazing job they've done with building team culture. Now that they lost in the semi, the truly remarkable side of that unit will probably not be talked about. You can see how tight that team is. You've been able to see it for years now. Michael Hussey even commented on it when he was doing is consulting stint. No ego. Team centric. Respectful. It's not only on the field, but in how they talk to the media. Always taking accountability, always praising the bowler before or the batsmen before. Selfle

ZA Tech Show. We’re baaaaaaack… [PODCAST]

After too long off the mic and several false starts, the ZA Tech Show resumes this week (this week being a little while ago, but hey - AH). Brett Haggard and Andy Hadfield ( who’s now plying his entrepreneurial prowess at forgood ) talk about why there’s been a delay in the show coming out and where you can now find it. More importantly, they dive into a discussion about: Fibre in Parkhurst; Toby Kurien’s uber-smart R1200, solar-powered, load-shedding solution; Andy’s involvement in forgood ; and The Greek finance minister (he used to work at Valve Software). Our technology picks of the week are: Andy picks #rak15 and News24’s ‘ grid-watch ’ web-app; Brett picks OpenEmu and Beersmith 2 Podcast:  Play in new window  |  Download  (Duration: 1:05:07 — 59.8MB) | Embed Subscribe:  iTunes  |  RSS

Introducing the Official Proteas Supporters Club (OPSC)...

There's usually one common theme throughout great cricketing nations: fanatical fans. The sea of blue that met us in the Indian World Cup 2015 game. The stories everyone tells of the passion of the West Indies fan base, no matter how small the island they reside on is. The ferocity of the English Cricketing Media (where passion is executed through criticism, not always the best). The Barmy Army. The fact that Australia can fill a 90k seater stadium regularly. However tough the World Cup is turning out - and even though the ups and downs of cricket make an HBO series look tame (that's why we like it). We need to remain fanatical fans. With the enormous amount of sport on TV at the moment, I've doubled down on cricket. There just isn't enough time to watch everything. So cricket it is. And therefore I'd like you, dear Reader, to make yourself a fanatical fan and support the #ProteaFire. Here's some info on the newly launched Official Proteas Supporters Club.