Rob Rose Editor: Financial Mail

Every year when Discovery holds its leadership summit, the company’s CEO Adrian Gore opens the event. In most years, even amid the stellar cast (no doubt hired at vast expense), he is often the most impressive speaker on the day. Gore, 54, is as sharp and combative as ever — perhaps partly due to a punishing schedule, which begins with him getting up at 5am every day for a cycle or gym session, followed by answering all his e-mails by 8am. To blow off steam during the day, he runs up and down the stairs. Again, it was Gore’s counterintuitive message at the Sandton Convention Centre last week on why, based on facts not sentiment, it would be foolish to believe the narrative that SA is sliding into infamy. One of Gore’s central points was that in our private lives, we have something of an optimism bias in which we believe, often for no good reason, that our lives will improve. (Gore believes this too, even though he says that at his age his best days may be behind him.) But when it co...

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