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

JUNE 2017

When times are getting tougher and every day more inexplicable stories start to appear in the media, we all wonder about the paradox of it all. This reminded me of a Huffington Post video in which Jay Shetty, a motivational philosopher, talks about how Albert Einstein famously remarked in a conversation with Werner Heisenburg, ‘You know in the West we’ve build a beautiful ship, and it has all the comforts. But actually the one thing it doesn’t ha...More

MAY 2017

Hitting rock bottom We’ve all heard the phrase ‘wake-up call’ before – either while growing up, or in articles, the news, movies or even songs. I’m sure we’ve all experienced a wake-up call in some way or another – the one where you know that you can’t ignore the signs any more – it’s time for a change. This wake-up call is when we hit rock bottom. In a way our country also hit rock bottom in the past few weeks with our sovereig...More

April 2017

Today we continue to find ourselves on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. It’s already been termed the Fourth Industrial Revolution and in its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation brought about by it will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, says that we do no...More