Archive for January, 2018

Roger Federer’s tears of gratitude.A great human being.

Posted on: January 30th, 2018 by Rob Opie No Comments




” Gratitude reciprocates. The universe conspires to help those who conspire to help others”    



Anyone watching The Australian Open final ceremony on Sunday must have realised it was something special.

Sport is special.

It dramatises life. It speeds up winning.It speeds up losing. It speeds up learning.

It’s transparent. And it consumes our human emotions.

None more so than observing 36 year old  Roger Federer’s stunning career resurgence , resulting in him lifting his 20th grand slam trophy – more than any other man.

Roger Federer is human great – defined as achieving :

 Sustained Success and Significance

He could not hold back the tears as he received a lengthy standing ovation from a packed Rod Laver arena – and I’m pretty sure millions standing in front of their televisions around the world.

It was one of those magic moments in sport – magic moments in life.

The fact that he has now, after Novak Djokovic’s period of dominance, turned it around at the age of 36 and won three Slams in the last 12 months is one of the most extraordinary sporting stories I have ever heard about  : BBC Sport commentator David Law

Roger Federer features in my latest book THE GAME CHANGERS – Chapter Eight: An Attitude of Gratitude

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Go Great in 2018

Rob Opie is Brand Strategist, Speaker, Author and Performance Coach to teams and individuals. For more insights and inspiration, visit  where you can also book Rob to talk to your team on his recently published book: THE GAME CHANGERS – how to achieve your greatest potential.



Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by Rob Opie No Comments





South Africa is renewing itself :  Cyril Ramaphosa in Davos, Switzerland


As many of the World’s Leaders meet in Davos, including Cyril Ramaphosa, windows of opportunity are opening up for a ‘renewed’ Brand South Africa – opportunities for us to accelerate on a path from:

Good to Great to Greater.

If you require any further motivation to see what’s possible for BRAND SOUTH AFRICA – watch this two minute video which pays tribute to South Africa’s sporting greats. Power players on the world stage.

( music courtesy of Paul Almeida at Hot Fm , production by Dan Wessels at Plume Productions)

Please do share it with your team.

Read on below to see how we can help your team to power up in 2018.


Invite Rob to share insights , innovation and inspiration with your team :


Rob recently put together an online development programme for MY PLAYERS – that’s the 984 professional rugby players in South Africa today .

This dynamic online programme is now the basis of his latest eBook ( available on Amazon ), and his 2018 POWER TALK:

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The talk takes you inside the game plans of the Great Champions of Business & Sport –  taking you on an inspired journey from Good to Great to Greater .

the great champions know, yet coaches seldom teach !

It’s the stuff of Champions , the stuff that you cannot Google, the stuff you will not find on the Internet, and the stuff they do not teach you at Harvard!

Rob’s talks are unique in that he coaches LIVE throughout the talk.



Here’s more on his book and his talk  :

If you want to be the best  – you must learn from the best


THE GAME CHANGERS: foreword by John Robbie

Achieve your own greatest potential in life

The book is kindly sponsored by Cell C in the interests of  “Growing South Africans Great”,  and putting the power in your hands .Thank you Cell C.

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The Game Changers presents that everyone can find the key to real achievement in life. Finding real purpose need not be random. It is an awesome proposal and one that must be investigated by anyone who fears being ordinary – John Robbie : Radio and Television personality and host  


Rob shares 11 game- changers from the world of the great champions of business, sport and life:

Here they are: (this will give you a sneak preview of the talk )

Game Changer No.1: Mindset matters most

Game Changer No.2:  Step inside Great

Game Changer No.3:  Branding is Everything

Game Changer No.4:  The One Thing

Game Changer No.5:  Conquer. Never Fight

Game Changer No.6:  The Power in the Peloton

Game Changer No.7:  Turn Adversity into Advantage

Game Changer No.8:  An Attitude of Gratitude

Game Changer No.9:  Measure it. To improve it

 Game Changer No.10: No Health. No Wealth

 Game Changer No.11 : Don’t chase the game. Live the Journey



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Here’s more about Rob Opie :



For more than two decades Rob Opie has explored HUMAN GREATNESS (and human implosion) in search of Insight. Innovation and Inspiration. To date he has written five books on the subject.

Rob Opie  (B.Business Science : University of Cape Town) is the founder of a specialist brand consultancy:THE GAME PLAN , a Brand Strategist, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author and Life Performance Coach to both teams and individuals.

He helps teams and individuals to achieve their greatest potential in life – and in health.

A Corporate Entrepreneur at heart, Rob has worked extensively in the dynamic South African FMCG business environment – for both leading South African companies, and global companies – in both Brand Development and Sales Directorship roles.

Running in his blood as a Professional and Personal Performance Coach is branding and people – and helping both teams and individuals to reach the next level of Performance, Growth and Contribution.

One of the parts of his life that he is most proud of , is the non-profit work he does through his cancer resource site at

His game –changing , life changing THE GAME PLAN METHODOLOGY is helping people all around the globe – to do life better.



Email  ROB on for a NO commitment discussion on your EXACT needs, and to see how his  ‘THE GAME CHANGERS’ performance talk will help you and your team to reach the next level of great. 


 What others are saying :


 Life- Changing. Thank you for your great presentation and especially the perspective of what you present – I found it incredibly informative, thought provoking and refreshing – it’s a Game Changer not only for business but for life..!

Al Karacki. Bizmix Network. 93.8 FM


Well done Rob !  An inspirational experience.  Please keep doing what you’re doing for Brand South Africa –  your ‘Growing South Africans Great’ initiative is what we need more of as a nation .

Gary Player


Just a short note to thank you for sharing your vision in leadership with our group at our annual conference. It is not often that I see 100 of our execs sitting on the edge of their chair and ‘soaking it in’ as they did in your presentation. You stepped up our conference title from ‘Good to Great’ and made it ‘Great to Incredible.’ Game Plan, Set & Match! Much appreciated Rob and my sincere thanks once again,

Gavin Varejes: Executive Chairman. Richmark Holdings


Thanks for sharing game changing insights, innovation and inspiration .You have a unique talent when it comes to deconstructing complexity, and opening up the road to individual and team greatness . 

Clinton Irwin. Bata SA : Group Operations Manager

Thank you for sharing such powerful insights in our professional and personal lives. 110 ladies went home with new thinking on how to reach that next level up in their lives .  #UPYOURGAME.

Tina Cartwright. KZN Woman in Business: Chairperson


I have worked with many coaches and leaders at international level ,and Rob has by far championed our destiny to a higher level .

Luisette Mullin. Executive  Head D.A.V


Well done Rob . You have an unique ability to deconstruct complexity, and unravel daily constraints in people’s professional and personal lives  . Inspired to live ! 

Gavin Baudinet.  Managing Director. AEI Group

Thanks for much for taking time out to chat to the lads.Your insights were relevant, informative, inspiring  and perfectly pitched to our young athletes.We would welcome you back any time.Kind regards

Graham Bennetts.Deputy Head. Maritzburg College 

Who’s THE SHEPHERD’S SHEPHERD. SA CEO’S in the spotlight.

Posted on: January 15th, 2018 by Rob Opie No Comments

 ”Integrity must be the foundation of all competitiveness” : Jack Welch   


A fine line exists between ‘Growth Hungry’’ and ‘’Growth Greedy’’.

While Steinhoff shareholders brace themselves to find out the true extent of the accounting irregularities behind Steinhoff’s aggressive growth path, what is abundantly clear, is that SA CEO’s have the ability to create and destroy massive market value.

There can be no doubting that it’s lonely and tough at the top. Napoleon Hill was quoted as saying the ladder of success is never crowed at the top. There’s good reason for that, so the question that begs asking is:

Who’s the Shepherd’s Shepherd?

South African CEO’s have a preference to build powerful inner circles of trust, but this type of insular approach can bite back hard, as we have recently seen in both business – and in politics.

American CEO’s opt for a different approach,  preferring to take on support from the outside in the form of  performance coaches  –  none better than Anthony  Robbins, who has earned his reputation as ‘The CEO Whisperer ‘’.

When 90 % of a company’s wealth is at risk, it seems a no- brainer for CEO’s to invest in further supporting themselves.

It’s common practice in sport to take on a performance coach – when you’re No.1. in the world.

Human Greatness is

Sustained Success and Significance

– and that is where performance coaches play an ever increasing and important role.

While Steinhoff appears to have fallen into the ‘Growth Trap’ from an accounting perspective, the main challenges originate from a ‘Brand Values’’ perspective.

How closely are the CEO’s personal brand values (Purpose, Priorities and Performance Goals) aligned with that of the company brand – and what shareholders expect.

Brand values act as one’s compass in good times – and one’s scaffolding in challenging times.

Bill Gates is a fine example of the optimal alignment of personal and professional brand values.

His personal purpose: ‘to empower people to do more’, is closely mirrored by that of Microsoft – and his charity foundation.

The greater the alignment of brand values – the greater the chance is for sustained success and significance.

Famed American billionaire investor, Warren Buffet shares the following sage advice:

My Advice. Invest in yourself’

South Africa is blessed to have some of the greatest business CEO’s in the world.By taking a leaf out of the book of their American counterparts, let’s hope they will take it to the next level of great in 2018.

For more on Branding. BRANDING IS EVERYTHING .Click here.

For a free instant digital download of Rob’s latest book: THE GAME CHANGERS. Click Here

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Make 2018 Great

Rob Opie is Brand Strategist, Speaker, Author and Performance Coach to teams and individuals. For more insights and inspiration, visit  where you can also book Rob to talk to your team on his recently published book: THE GAME CHANGERS – how to achieve your greatest potential.



Cyril’s greatest opportunity beckons. Halala Brand South Africa.

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by Rob Opie No Comments

” André, be careful with your decisions. André, be careful with your words. André, be careful with your relationships. André, we must all live our lives carefully.”  Nelson Mandela




Welcome back. Happy New Year. Here’s THE GAME PLAN’s first bit of inspiration for 2018.

Nelson Mandela’s chance meeting and wise words spoken to Andre Agassi resound. At age 25, Agassi was world number one, but by age 27, his professional and personal life had all but imploded – his world ranking slumping to 141.

Eighteen months later, Agassi reclaimed the No.1 ranking in the world, earning himself the nick name ‘The Come- Back Kid’.

Nelson Mandela was a genius at helping so many to :

 re-set their moral compass

Recently asked what he would choose if he could bring something back to life, Agassi answered:

The spirit of Nelson Mandela– which seems to be extinct

From the challenges facing our universities, to our state owned enterprises, and recently through to the top echelons of corporate boardrooms in South Africa – we have been on the slide – for too long.

Cyril Ramaphosa’s greatest opportunity for BRAND SOUTH AFRICA to move forward is:

 to re-set the moral compass – to set the tone right for the way things should be done

It’s time, but it’s a repositioning job that he cannot do alone.

We all need to show up for practice – and play our part.

Let’s hope all South Africans will re-unite behind Cyril Ramaphosa.

We could well see one of the biggest come backs since ” the Apollo 13”.

Halala Brand South Africa.

As Jack Welch once said:

Integrity must be the foundation for all competitiveness

Go Great

Rob Opie is Brand Strategist, Speaker, Author and Performance Coach to teams and individuals. For more insights and inspiration, visit  where you can also book Rob to talk to your team on his recently published book: THE GAME CHANGERS – how to achieve your greatest potential.