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Breaking the mould: How to step out of your comfort zone

Friday, 24 November 2017

We have learned from experience that our brains are wired to repeat what has been previously done, and that results in us staying in our comfort zones. When a challenge arises, our natural response is to “pull a known solution from [y]our memory," says Art Markman, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Austin, Texas and author of Smart Thinking (Perigee Trade, 2012). ... (Read More)

10 interesting facts about SA tech gurus, Elon Musk and Mark Shuttleworth

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

When it comes to technology, there’s always something new on the horizon, and we at Auto & General can’t help but wait and wonder what technological marvels are coming next. While we wait, we enjoy learning about the key players in the field of technology. Two such players hail straight from South Africa, and they have made ground-breaking inventions and contributed to quite a few ‘first’ for both South Africa and the world at large. ... (Read More)

Five core values inspired by Esther Mahlangu’s traditional yet modern art.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

In a world where tradition is slowly starting to fade away, Mama Esther Mahlangu has preserved the breath-taking art of Ndebele wall painting for well over 70 years. This heritage month, Auto & General would like to pay homage to the experiences of Esther Mahlangu, the first woman commissioned to create a BMW art car. This marvellous achievement makes her the only African woman to collaborate with the car brand thus far.... (Read More)

Is lifelong learning an experience worth pursuing?

Monday, 14 August 2017

At Auto & General, we believe that learning is about using the experiences you’ve gathered along your journey to reach your full potential. Lifelong learning is also about preserving your personal desire to obtain new knowledge outside of the formal education system. Developing an attitude where you are constantly learning is the most practical way of ensuring success in the fast-paced environment which we live in today.... (Read More)

How does sport shape our experiences?

Thursday, 20 July 2017

For many of us, our parents probably encouraged us to play games and sports as often as we could and from a very young age. Yes, playing sports positively contributed to our fitness levels and physical strength, but it was also a way for us to learn life lessons on winning with humility, losing with dignity and persevering when things got tough. ... (Read More)

Read about the top four qualities of a mentor

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Experience is the best teacher, and to be successful in any field, aspiring leaders require role models and guidance. Mentorship provides an extraordinary opportunity to facilitate a mentee’s personal and professional growth by sharing the knowledge gained through years of experience by the mentor. At Auto & General, we consider ourselves as mentors in the insurance industry because of the many millstones we’ve achieved. ... (Read More)

How experience fosters great leadership

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Our life experiences create the personal capacity we need to be effective leaders. Almost all of our experiences shape and make us, and these experiences have a profound effect on our view of the world and how we engage with everyone we come into contact with. The power of experiences to shape a leader’s mindset and perspective is immense. ... (Read More)

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