My Background

I am a consultant and entrepreneur who is task-oriented and results-driven. I also pay attention to details while working on building sustainable wealth. I'm enthusiastic in finding new innovative solutions using a combination of managerial and technical skills.

I'm also an avid investor in small ideas, keen reader and social activist who is enthusiastic in finding new opportunities. I'm a strategist who is systematic in approaching challenges. This exposure lead me to be interested in human interaction and to appreciate what the human mind is capable of achieving. Through my vast interaction with different people, I am always working on increasing my personal network.

It has became clear to me at an early stage of my life that I have the ability to spot opportunities which made me by nature, an

entrepreneur:

noun
  1. defined as a person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change.


Favorite Quotes:

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities


If you just want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone! But if you want to Walk Far, Walk Together!


As an individual with a positive outlook towards my challenges, I'veembarked on the most interesting journeys in my life which I intend on documenting through my personal blog in order to assist future entrepreneurs. These are the glimpse of my trials and tribulationsbecause I believe that: "You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are...".. I was once told that: "If you don't have enough money then you haven't helped enough people yet". The road to riches is paved with acquisition of specific knowledge.

My Work:
Entrepreneur, Technician & Consultant

Previous Position(s)

Executive Director | Dihlakanyane Trading (Pty) Ltd.
Cullinan, South Africa | February 2012 - April 2016
Director of Operations | Dithokeng Cleaning Services cc
Cullinan, South Africa | August 2006 - December 2007
Managing Director | Keyamo Management Solutions (Pty) Ltd.
Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2003 - November 2016
Managing Member | Mamphake Office Supplies cc
Rayton, South Africa | July 1999 - February 2017

Proprietor | Documan Consulting
Rayton, South Africa | 2012 - 2017

Current Occupation(s)

MEP Digital Systems (Pty) Ltd. | Executive Director
Rayton, South Africa | 2017 - Present

My company specializes in facility and infrastructure planning as well as implementation using smart technologies, i.e sensors, actuators and other digital instrumentation.

Experience
My Skill(s):
  • Managerial:
  • I manage infrastructure projects and provide digital implementation strategies using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and Building Information Modelling (BIM). I do project estimates and evaluations, prepare bids as well as compile project programs. My consultancy service includes project planning, risk mitigation, evaluations, and presentations. I also prepare costing/estimates and condition reports. I supervise and manage processes as well as allocate resources and schedules. I do marketing, liaise with property developers and owners as well as assist in the development of new projects and improvement of existing products.

  • Technical:
  • I design infrastructure, prepare sketches, detailed drawings, and schematics using computer-aided draughting (CAD). I also design graphics in SketchUp and CoralDraw as well as provide supporting documentation. I program digital embedded systems in Python and Visual Basic. I design, install and configure smart infrastructure such as Fire protection, Security, Air-conditioning, Lighting and other digital control systems. I also design databases for modelling and urban planning using SQL server, including providing other support services. My main focus is in infrastructure planning, development and in providing sustainable solutions.


  • Conclusion - Managing my time is important to me. It is the only resource I can’t do anything to change. No matter who I am or how much money I make, there will still only be 24 hours in a day. For that reason I focus my energy on resources that I can easily reproduce and below you will find........

Monday, September 12, 2016

Managing Interruptions | Entrepreneurs

Excuse Me Friend: I'm Working..... As I'm working on an assignment, and I’ve blocked out a few hours to really knock it out. And just as I'm getting into the zone, my co-worker stops by to drop off some paperwork then continues to chat about next week’s schedule. My phone rings and the email dings. At that point, I'm facing one disruption after another and when I finally get back to my project, all of my brilliant new thoughts (not to mention motivation) are long gone....

 


Well, For me managing interruptions wasn’t as easy as closing my office door because I work everywhere or telling my co-workers well in advance to come some other time. (I gained a bit of a reputation for giving my death stare or not answering the phone when I was too busy to chat—let’s just say, not the best approach.) During my study break, I've learned that there are some simple and effective ways to refocus after interruptions or, even better, how to prevent them in the first place: 1) Let’s revisit my closed door scenario or death stare scenario: How will my colleagues know when I'm eating lunch versus finishing a grant application before a major deadline? Answer: I will tell them in future. In my working environment, I now will be resorting to sending around emails, sms or whatsapp messages that says, “I’m on deadline for this period of time—please only reach out via messages with items that are urgent.” I will clue in a few key people and that way they’ll be less likely to disturb me and can also help pass on the message to those headed my way. 2) I will also be taking advantage of customizable technology and setting up messages to let my colleagues know when I’ll be unavailable. For instance, I've also resorted to changing my Out of Office response to say that I’ll respond to emails on this date or time. I will be blocking out time on my Outlook or google calendar as “Unavailable—Name of Project or Assignment” so well-meaning colleagues won’t choose that time to stop by for a chat. Non-urgent messages will sit in my voicemail for a few hours or days, and if someone needs me, they’ll come find me while I'm on route. 3) Get use to my 'Go-To Phrase' when you approach and I say to you: “I’m in the middle of something right now—can I check back with you later?” or “I’m swamped right now, can you send me a meeting request?” This way, I will know that following up is on my to-do list , but that now’s not a good time. Of course, while I learned to minimize interruptions, I won’t always avoid them altogether, particularly when a time-sensitive issue arises. So how to quickly get back on track? 4) When interuptions of an urgent nature occurs, I will try to pause for 20 seconds and jot down a handful of key words so I won’t lose my ideas altogether. I find it’s helpful to include arrows of how my ideas connect or using any other symbols to jog my memory. It doesn’t have to look pretty or make sense to anyone else—all that matters is that I can piece together my thoughts when I get back down to work. One of the most frustrating things about being disturbed when I'm writing, or designing or planning is feeling like I had a rhythm and now I’ve lost it. Instead of expecting myself to pick up where I left off. I now set aside a few minutes to go back and re-read the last few paragraphs I’ve written for instance. Using this time to make mental notes of what I was thinking or where I was going next and let them guide me back on track. Unfortunately, interruptions happen, so it's how I deal with them that matters. Therefore lets be proactive and have some smart strategies to get back on track, and together we can be more productive my friends....

Mamphake Mabule
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