Attitude is Everything

By: Catherine Wijnberg


There was a recent article in the Sunday Times called “Speaking about speaking out” (9th April 2017). It quoted different business leaders on their position about politics, which ranged from the belief that politics and business are separate and should not be mixed, to one that business leaders have a moral responsibility to speak out.

It called to mind Martin Luther King Jnr, whose belief was “the measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”, and reflects the great discomfort of many business leaders today who realise that in times of turmoil, logic says keep your head down and do what you need to do to survive… but one’s conscience pricks when the world around seems so immoral and filled with greed.

This issue of The Catalyst provides a balance to this external turmoil – by reminding us of the importance of caring for our inner world, and the world within our control – that of our own selves and our staff. It is a reminder that everything begins with our attitude.

I particularly love the article about Chris Bertish, who found the resilience and determination to paddle across the Atlantic ocean on the strength of his belief in ‘the attitude of gratitude’, and the beautiful article about goal setting from Fetola’s Isabel du Toit that shares how small steps can transform your life in big ways.

More gritty is the challenge to view our attitude on entitlement which, having just read Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers”, is a really pertinent call to all of us who grew up in the luxury of a first world, wealthy (as opposed to poor) home to look beyond our own set of beliefs to the other side.

Lastly, keep a look out for the interesting infographic on the value of thanking employees at the bottom of the “Five ways to get a return on gratitude” article.

Lots to read and enjoy in this edition – the perfect antidote to what feels like endless political insanity around the world!

Signature CW copyCatherine Wijnberg
CEO and Founder of Fetola