The One-Eyed Man with Mike Stopforth

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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

Welcome to The One-Eyed Man with Mike Stopforth

It's a messy, complicated world out there. We need better solutions to the problems around us, and better leaders to them. No one person has it all figured out, but in a quest to discover a more impactful brand of leadership, I'm having conversations with people who have at least some part of it figured out, and specifically in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, impact and technology.

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#044 Does your business need a "fixer"? — Chris Loker

Chris Loker is the founder of, a company that had its genesis as a wellness business encompassing a yoga studio, clothing line, retreats, international teaching, teacher training and workshop, and has evolved in time to an advocate and provider of the concept of “Leadership Yoga”.

Leadership yoga has been advocated by Rosabeth Moss Kanter who specialises in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change at Harvard Business School.

Interestingly, Moksha also offers interim executive services, something that I was particularly intrigued about in our conversation.

Chris is a wise, thoughtful, considered leader and I really enjoyed our connection and discussion. Connect with Chris on LinkedIn

#043 Why big tech projects fail, and how to make sure yours doesn't — Wayne Zwiers and Vutlhari Rikhotso

Wayne Zwiers and Vutlhari Rikhotso are the CEO and CTO of Basalt - a leading South African fintech solutions builder (

Having spent decades watching clients and their agencies fumble over complex digital integrations and transformations, I'm always intrigued by service providers who seem to do things differently.

I've known Wayne Zwiers for many years and have watched him grow from a client service executive to a powerhouse entrepreneur. Wayne and his partner VT have been recognised for their passion and execution by being awarded the prestigious Technology Company of the Year award at Africa Tech Week. They reached out recently, wanting to share a little of their story and what they believe is the secret to their success, and I was thrilled to host them on the show. Connect with Wayne Zwiers on LinkedIn Connect with Vutlhari Rikhotso on LinkedIn

#042 The secret to e-commerce success in South Africa — Ryan Bacher

Ryan Bacher is the co-founder and MD of one of South Africa's earliest and now leading online businesses. Starting off as an online florist and enjoying significant success in the early days of e-commerce in SA, NetFlorist has continued to grow and innovate, and diversify its offering to adapt to changing consumer needs.

Ryan and I sat down on e-commerce day (10 March) to discuss what makes their business so special, how they have dealt with the rollercoaster ride of COVID-19, his principles for leadership and success, and their ongoing plans for the months to come.

#041 Pursuing the goal of leadership perfection (Leading on the Field Part 4) — Kataino Tembo

This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (

Kaitano Tembo is the current Head Coach of PSL club SuperSport United. He took up the position in 2018 after ten years in the club's leadership ranks, following a career that saw him perform for top Zimbabwean club Dynamos, the Zimbabwean national team and SuperSport United.

In this conversation we talk about his meticulous and calculated approach to leadership, both in terms of his own leadership philosophy and in terms of what he expects from technical staff and his team. Kaitano's passion for the development of the sport in Africa is palpable, and I'm sure you'll enjoy learning from his wealth of experience as much as I did.

Thank you also to Platform45 ( for their continued support of the show.

#040 Building a winning team (Leading on the field part 3) — Desiree Ellis

Thanks to sports management specialists, Forwardzone (, and software development geniuses Platform45 ( for their continued support of the One-Eyed Man podcast.

Desiree Ellis is the coach of the South Africa women's national football team, Banyana Banyana.

She was awarded Confederation of African Football Women's Coach of the Year in 2018 after the team finished second place in the African Women Cup of Nations and qualifying for the Women's World Cup for the first time. During her club career she played as a midfielder for Spurs Ladies among other teams, but tragically, as I was to discover early in our conversation, now supports Manchester United ;)

We talk about her journey through the professional game, the many influences over her leadership style, her hopes and dreams for our national team, and some of the challenges they've had to overcome over the last year.
Forwardzone Platform45

#039 Playing against yourself (Leading on the field part 2) — Ashleigh Buhai

This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (

At the tender age of 18, golf prodigy Ashleigh Buhai turned pro after breaking almost every amateur record in South Africa. She was the youngest player (14) to receive full African colours, the youngest player to win the Ladies South African Amateur Stroke Play and Match Play double, and the first player in 101 years to win the South African Open title three times.

She went on to win three times on the European Tour, where she currently plays, and is a fantastic ambassador for young South Africans rising through the sport, not to mention the consummate professional in all aspects of her game.

I spoke to Ashleigh about the unique challenge of playing a sport at the highest level where, unlike football, rugby or cricket, you really have nobody else to blame for your shortcomings other than you. You're out there alone on the golf course, and that means taking extraordinary levels of responsibility for your own readiness and performance. Not unlike, I think, the unique challenge of entrepreneurship or leading any organisation of significance, which can often be a very lonely job.

A big thank you to the teams at Forwardzone and Platform45 for making this episode of the One-Eyed Man possible
Forwardzone Platform45 Connect with Ashleigh on LinkedIn

#038 Pushing the boundaries of sports leadership (Leading on the field part 1) — Enoch Nkwe

This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (

Enoch Nkwe is the assistant coach of the South African national cricket team, the Proteas.

A former professional cricketer himself, Enoch's promising career was cut short by injury. Rather than be defeated by this setback, he reinvented himself as a successful coach in the franchise system, then in the Netherlands national team make up, and after a hugely successful stint at the coach of the Highveld Lions, settled into a new role with his beloved Proteas.

We talk about the unique challenge of leading a national sports team, and how leadership influences in his early life shaped the philosophy he brings to the team today.

Enoch's passion for his work is palpable, and I thoroughly enjoyed our discussion. I hope you do too, and if you do, please share it with your network.

A big thank you to Platform45 ( for their continued support of the podcast.
Forwardzone Platform45 Connect with Enoch on LinkedIn

#037 WhatsApp and the real price of free social networks — Nerushka Bowan

A big thank you to Platform45 ( for making this episode possible.

Should we be jumping the WhatsApp ship?

In this episode I talk to Nerushka Bowan about the recent panic over - and exodus from - WhatsApp. Nerushka is an emerging technology law specialist and legal technology innovator, and has been one of the more balanced and lucid voices in the noise around this interesting development.
Nerushka's website - book her talks! Nerushka on Twitter Platform 45

#036 A counter-intuitive approach to innovation in media and news — Styli Charalambous

A big thank you to Platform45 ( for making this episode possible.

Styli Charalambous — Daily Maverick | CEO/Publisher

The thinking behind the launch of print weekly DM168

In this episode I talk to Styli Charalambous, the visionary CEO and Publisher of Daily Maverick. In the midst of a particularly unpredictable time for media businesses (and the world at large, to be fair), South Africa’s digital-first-and-only news publication drew international attention with its launch of a print weekly, DM168.

We discuss the vision and motivation for this bold move, in context of a broader conversation about misinformation, disinformation, and the politicisation of media in general.
Platform45 48h — My new social media crisis communication consultancy Halo brand agency The Daily Maverick Connect with Styli on LinkedIn

#035 Rethinking organisational design and effectiveness through CEOship — Rowan Belchers

Rowan Belchers — Lockstep | Founder

Dismantling and demystifying some widely held misconceptions about CEOs

In this episode I talk to specialist CEO advisor Rowan Belchers about what being a CEO really means, why the role is more important than ever in determining organisational success, and how modern CEOs are having to revise their views on leadership to adapt and thrive.

Rowan is the founder of Lockstep, which delivers customised leadership solutions to significantly impact business performance, and the creator of The CEO Project a programme specifically designed for leaders who sense they need a new blueprint for success in a rapidly evolving business and societal landscape.
Lockstep Consulting The CEO Project

#034 Inclusive service cultures are the key to impactful leadership — Ian Fuhr

Ian Fuhr — Hatch Institute | Founder

How race relations and diversity are fueling business growth and prosperity

In this episode I talk to Ian Fuhr, known to many as the dynamic founder of the Sorbet group, about his new project the Hatch Institute and its work in helping entrepreneurs build more inclusive, progressive and impactful businesses.

Ian defines the work of the Hatch Institute with the phrase 'cultureneering'. His first business, K-Mart, catered to underserved black markets in the late 1970s and early 1980, deep in darkest years of segregationist Apartheid South Africa.

In the early 1990s, Ian launched a labour consultancy, Labour Link, to assist businesses navigate race relations within their organisations during one of South Africa’s most tumultuous periods. Throughout his career Ian has remained convinced that, despite the complexity of the South African socio-political landscape, fostering working environments and cultures that revolve around a common purpose of obsessive customer service we will result in success.

We talk about his passion for South African business owners, about the opportunities and challenges of our complex business landscape, and especially about the power of having difficult conversations.
The Hatch Institute

#033 Master Oogway's timeless lessons for leadership — Charlie Quirk

Charlie Quirk — Google | Consultant Director of Strategy

Why Kung Fu Panda should be in every leader's resource bank

"One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it. In this episode I talk to one of my favourite internet friends, Charlie Quirk, about our mutual passion for cinema, the lessons we can all learn from the Hollywood, and particularly, the wisdom of the Kung Fu Panda animated movies. I've been trying to find someone keen to have this discussion with me for ages, so I'm disproportionately excited about this show :)

Charlie Quirk describes himself as a global strategy director, cinephile, failed clarinetist, doting dad. He's worked with a broad range of companies including Google, Microsoft, HP, Chevrolet, PayPal, Samsung, AT&T, Visa, Symantec, Zillow, MetLife, Best Buy, Grant Thornton, Dickies, Adidas, Nissan, Qatar Airways and others."
Charlie's website The Furious Curious podcast. Charlie and Britton Rice go into unreasonable depth discussing the weird and wonderful of modern culture. Charlie's tremendous Hollywood insights deck.

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