About the book


The Five Year Mark is a collection of personal stories and lessons that our founder, Mike Saunders, has learnt while building DigitLab. In short, easy to read chapters, the book covers a range of principles and lessons encountered during DigitLab’s first five years; including vision, leadership, operations, personal development, culture and more.

The book is organised into 6 sections that collectively cover 34 lessons.

LEARNING TO DREAM

Finding a dream to chase, distilling the vision and learning to live with significance.

CULTURE

Thoughts on finding the best people and creating an environment that brings the best out of them.

LEADING PEOPLE

Learning the subtle art of leadership and unlocking the potential in others.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

You cannot lead others until you can lead yourself. We dive into how to learn more about what you're capable of.

NUTS AND BOLTS OF OUR BUSINESS

Operations in business helps you fulfil your dreams. We did many things different to the norm and we learnt a lot about building a stable business that stands out from the crowd.

THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

All we know is that what got us to the five year mark may not help us to reach the next mark. We need to be open to dream bigger and learn faster.

Feel inspired to aim higher, think deeper and not be afraid.

– Keith Coats.

“Reading Mike’s book is like sitting down for a chat with a friend who is honestly relating his experiences in business because he wants you to do better.”

– Dave Duarte, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum

“The must have guide to anyone who has a business, runs a business or wants to start a business. The book is an easy read, with real take aways that that you can use in every day life.”

– Warren Harding, BBC Africa

Get Mike to speak at your event

There are a number of special packages available to get Mike to speak at your event and put a copy of The Five Year Mark in each delegates hands.

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