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The Seeing Eye

There was a legendary character in the world of South African retail by the name of Ernst Loebenberg. He would scour the stores of Woolworths for men’s size sixteen and a half white collared shirts, and his neatly pressed white glove would leak the secrets of any residual dust on the shelves. Dirt was just […]

Agility: The Ingredient that will Define Next Generation Leadership

Today’s organisational leaders are facing accelerating rates of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, all of which are showing no signs of slowing down. Whether it is the continuing digital revolution or expanding global markets, our current environment requires a constant state of innovation. For companies to continue succeeding, next generation leaders must be able to […]

A Carwash kind of Question

A carwash is not a carwash is not a carwash. Just like Leadership comes in multiple shapes and forms, so too do many seemingly menial things like a simple carwash. In the smart and sublime suburbs of Sandton, they may be fully automated with a Seattle coffee thrown in as part of the deal. Housewives may […]

Lead with Humanity Coaching Reflections September 2017

It is sometimes so difficult to put an experience into words and then do that experience the full justice it deserves. I think our week together was one of those experiences. Coaching is very much part of the thinking of how and what makes any system ‘work’, and the energy that generates that system to […]

The Importance of Neuroscience in Leadership

So what kind of expertise do leaders need? They need sustained, continuous practice in the underlying skills of leadership:  Be able to focus their attention.  Change that focus when required.  Reflect critically on their thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.  Manage themselves so they can mobilize their will power, persist in adversity and calibrate their attitude to risk […]

The power of Insight and the Subconscious

Coaching was embedded into the Essence of Humanity program to support each delegate’s journey of self-discovery and to turn some or all their insights gained during their immersion to sustainable actions and possibilities in their lives, both personally and professionally. “Insight might be defined as the active principle of intelligence operating in any sphere of […]

The Insignific-Ant

I was reading a little about ants, and I learned a lot about nature – possibly even Human nature ! According to Mark Carwardine in his book “Extreme Nature”, it is estimated that ants make up 15% of the planets total biomass, with biomass being the mass of all living matter in a given geographic […]

The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert

“The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert talk about the two “hungers”. There is the Great Hunger and there is the Little Hunger. The Little Hunger wants food for the belly; but the Great Hunger, the greatest hunger of all, is the hunger for meaning… There is ultimately only one thing that makes human beings deeply […]

How Trees Heal People

Where trees breathe New life is born Where each branch reaches out to me I know myself held in the arms of purest generosity Where the leaves fall I am blessed with a giving back that nourishes the roots of my soul For the trees reflect who and how I can be Standing tall, true, […]

One More Time – a Letter to Cherished Delegates

The radio crackled through and a voice found purchase between the dust and the distance of an evening drive. This usually means something exciting has been seen, and at times like this we say a silent prayer that what has been spotted is indeed spotted. And so it was. A Leopard. The energy ratcheted up quicker than […]

Sarvodaya –Well being for all

This is the name of Mahatma Gandhi’s house. The one in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, on the outskirts of Phoenix nestled amongst the bustling settlement of Bambayi. It was burned down in 1985 in the wake of the politically charged Inanda riots, but has been rebuilt and now serves as a largely undiscovered haven of […]

Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Pope Francis

The institution of marriage as it’s been traditionally defined is under pressure from changes in demographics and modes of human reproduction, the rise of feminism, and the broad cultural acceptance of gay people. At the invitation of the Vatican, in a couple of weeks, an unusual gathering of world religious leaders will convene in Rome […]

Précis of Leadership 2030

Massive global forces will radically reshape the way we do business in the future, as well as the way we lead people and organisations. Based on research conducted by Hay Group, a global management consultancy, and Z_punkt, an international leader in strategic foresight analysis, Leadership 2030 pinpoints six converging mega-trends driving global change at the […]

Why You Lead Determines How Well You Lead

One of the most telling questions you can ask someone in any kind of leadership role is what motivates them to be a better leader. Some will say it’s to enhance their personal effectiveness, or that leading is an expected part of their professional development. Others may say that they lead because of a sense […]

Guiding Principles

Some Penned Thoughts By Steve Hall I have been blessed with many special relationships in my life and I enjoyed a memorable dinner with one of them recently in Cape Town’s new Local Grill restaurant in Salt River. Like all great meals, there is always something more to it than just the food or service. […]

‘How will you measure your life?’

By Clayton M Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon For the past 12 years I have been facilitating leadership development programs that have endeavoured to help delegates grow their understanding of who they are, their life purpose and how this might reflect on their ideal approach to leadership. I have battled to find the ideal readings to compliment our program and have used […]

Lean Back – 6 Post Macho Management principles

By Don Peppers Several years ago the nature of management’s future was driven home to me in a flash, as I shared the stage with my co-author and business partner Dr. Martha Rogers. It was the heyday of the dot-com boom, and we had just done an hour-long joint presentation for an audience of thousands, […]

Humility in Leadership

By Keith Coats This is a well written article by my colleauge Keith Coats on humility in leadership.  Too many leaders today are operating without humility, choosing rather to function with an over-confident and arrogant approach.  The leaders of tomorrow are, as Keith explains, those who practice humility in their approach to leadership… Think Big, Act Small by Jason Jennings is a […]

11 Things Smart Leaders Know, Do and Live

By Keith Coats My colleague at Tomorrow Today, Keith Coats, recently published this excellent article about the 11 things that smart leaders know, do and live.  I believe that these below points offer a solid foundation on which to build your own leadership skills and experience. Charlie Parker, a genius when it comes to the […]

When Nobody (and Everybody) is the Boss

By Polly LaBarre As a reverse fairy tale for the CEO set, the reality television program Undercover Boss is fascinating, not so much in the witness-to-a-train- wreck mode of the rest of the genre, but because it is so revealing of our conflicted relationship with “the boss.” The premise of the show–that the only way […]

Without a Job, WHO AM I?’

Précis of Abraham J Twerski Rebuilding your self, when you’ve lost your job, home or life savings ISBN 978-1-59285-832-3  / Getting your identity from your job When we meet a new person, we are most likely to introduce ourselves in terms of what we do for a living. Usually, we assign a certain level of status and […]

Mad About Leadership

By James O’Toole  James O’Toole, author of more than a dozen leadership and management books, and coeditor of Good Business: Exercising Effective and Ethical Leadership, introduces an excerpt from The End of Leadership, by Barbara Kellerman, that takes the leadership industry to task. Barbara Kellerman has every right to be mad as hell. Indeed, as […]

The End of Leadership

A précis by Pete Laburn I recently read an outstanding book on the ‘state of leadership’ and the ‘leadership industry’ written by Barbara Kellerman of Harvards’ Kennedy School of Government entitled “The End of Leadership”. Kellerman pulls no punches in her critique of both what is being cited as leadership and what is being taught […]

Hard Work vs Long Work

An insightful article by Seth Godin on the difference between Hard Work and Long Work  Long work is what the lawyer who bills 14 hours a day filling in forms does. Hard work is what the insightful litigator does when she synthesizes four disparate ideas and comes up with an argument that wins the case–in […]
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