December/January 2018

The art of being present As South Africans we are blessed to live in a beautiful country with great weather. Especially now that summer is here, we can spend our free time outdoors to soak up the sun. Unfortunately, what’s been happening in our business world and with our down-spiralling economy and ever-weakening rand has not been giving us much reason to rejoice … So it’s not surprising to learn that as a nation we are not considered to b...More


It seems that nowadays there’s a headline every day about business and political leaders that are involved in unethical acts. This shows a lack of integrity and morality which is pervasive in the day-to-day business dealings in South Africa. And these headlines are costing individuals and organisations the trust of not only their stakeholders but also of the public at large. Trust consists of three main characteristics: technical competence to per...More

Artificial Intelligence: Harnessing the true potential of this revolutionary force

By Ankur Prakash, Vice President, New Growth and Emerging Markets, Wipro Limited 30 October 2017 As we race towards an uncertain future, one thing’s for sure: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here to stay. We cannot know exactly how it will reshape our work, our businesses, and our lives in general, but there are some fascinating and exciting potential outcomes. We’ve already seen the first iteration of AI in the workplace and in our daily...More

October 2017

In the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, one new force changed everything. And according to McKinsey, today our world is undergoing an even more dramatic transition as a result of the union of four fundamental disruptive forces – urbanisation, accelerating technological change, an ageing population and greater global connections – any of which would rank among the greatest changes the global economy has ever seen. ...More

September 2017

Rebuilding Trust If you look at the traits of the great leaders of our time, there is one that stands out: they are all highly trusted. As a CA(SA) you know that no matter how captivating your vision is, how great your strategy is, how effectively you communicate, or even if you have a team of A-players – if your people (or other people) don’t trust you, you will not get the results you want. But you only have to open a newspaper or switch on...More

August 2017

When you type ‘Why do women __’ into Google Search, the first term that comes up is ‘wear makeup’. The second is ‘need men’, the third ‘pull away’. There is even one that says ‘play hard to get’. Clearly, some Googlers have issues … Interesting is how these terms resonate with other misperceptions about women floating around. In general, the worst stereotypes about powerful female bosses are that they’re icy, touchy, emotiona...More

July 2017

Why good leaders make you feel safe I recently listened to a Simon Sinek TED video in which he talks about what makes a good leader. He says it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staff into a circle of trust. But creating trust, cooperation and safety – especially in an uneven economy – means taking on big responsibilities. Trust, cooperation and safety are all feelings (not instructions), so you have to instil thos...More