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organisations

Navigating a new era for organisations

A look into refreshing, innovative ways of working in a postmodern world We live in a world that is still largely dominated by hierarchical constructs from the Industrial Age that birthed the large corporations still operating in today’s world. These companies crave independence and have an obsession with owning everything in the value chain. It […]
conscious parenting

Conscious parenting

Our children don’t need perfect parents – they need conscious parents, aware of their influence. A lifetime’s worth of experiences are stored in our subconscious mind. And, whether we like it or not, these experiences have conditioned us to respond and react in specific ways. This isn’t necessarily wrong – and becoming aware of them […]
Conscious Parenting

Conscious Parenting

In this webinar on Conscious Parenting, Sue Schreuder unpacks what may or may not be serving you and your family. One of the greatest needs a person has is to be loved and to matter. And the most influential relationship that springboards this is the relationship between a parent and child. To what extent are […]

The Healthy Brain of a Leader

What is the bio-chemistry of the organisation, community or family that you are influencing?  Is it flooded with cortisol and fear or pumping with dopamine, trust and motivation? We now know that we can directly influence this chemistry, by managing our own.’ – Dr Tara Swart Our brain and body function as one sophisticated and […]

Reimagining Education for a New World of Work

Reimagining Education Research suggests that Africa needs to quintuple its Higher Education student numbers just to match the world average rate of education at this level. In this, slightly different take on our regular Self-Investment Session,  Lead with Humanity associate, Frank Thompson, takes a look at the challenge for Africa in reimagining formal education and […]

Five assumptions to stop making in 2022

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in. Author, Isaac Asimov, had a very good point. When we view the world through outdated or tainted lenses, the assumptions we make, could be, largely, and quite frankly, wrong. Adam Grant alerts us […]

Critical Thinking: Self-Investment Webinar

The World Economic Forum has identified 25 job skills for the future. In this Self-Investment Session, Asger Daugbjerg explores why Critical Thinking made this list. While many of us might believe we think critically, Asger asks just how considered and rational our thoughts actually are as we hurtle through our face-paced lives.
being

Finite vs Infinite Leadership: Self-Investment Webinar

Lead with Humanity Associate, Mick Fynn, otherwise known as ‘Umbuyazi’, brings a unique perspective to leadership development. He uses an eclectic mix of African metaphors and bush law, together with local and international models to challenge individuals to find inner meaning, or their leadership ‘roots’ and unlock their leadership potential or ‘fruits’. Enjoy his latest […]
Spiritual Intelligence

12 Principles for Spiritual Inteligence

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.  We are spiritual beings, having a human experience.  – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. We spend much of our life focusing on the Physical and Intellectual Quotients of life. Yes, we have to live; it is a basic function. And we need to learn, develop our knowledge […]
meta-competencies

Why should leaders (show they) care?

Leadership competencies are a fallacy. It is the more subtle meta-competencies that leaders need to take stock off. The Oxford Dictionary defines meta-competencies as the overarching competencies which facilitate agility and flexibility. They include interpersonal skills that include learning, anticipating, creating change. Great leaders are highly ‘meta-competent’. They are intuitive, creative and compassionate – they […]
Purpose

Leading on Purpose and other lessons from 2020

 ‘A dizzying disorientation brought upon by the rapid arrival of the future.’  Alvin Toffler, in his book, Future Shock, used these words when describing a psychological condition brought on by the accelerating pace of technological changes. It is a perfect description of what many of us must be feeling. It’s been said hundreds of times. […]

When the leader becomes the coach: A new style of management for a new world.

“Between now and the 21st century, millions of ordinary, psychologically normal people will face an abrupt collision with the future,” – Alvin Toffler, Future Shock The future is not arriving lineally as we might have expected. It is being announced in numerous ways through ideological clashes, political conflict, economic turmoil, environmental degradation, and technological revolution. […]

New leaders and new minds in a new world: Organisational Ecology

There is something fascinating about the seamless interactions within natural ecosystems.  Like the plants that absorb the sun’s energy and provide a significant source of food for a variety of species.  Or the giraffe that eats the foliage that other animals cannot reach, thus promoting growth for themselves and other smaller animals. Have you ever […]
foxes

Foxes with DragonFly Eyes

There is a 2,700 year old saying about foxes and hedgehogs written by an ancient Greek poet, that paints a profound analogy of leadership styles today. A fox knows many things, but the hedgehog, only one important thing.  This fragment from Archilochus’s poetry, was made famous, in the 1950s, by Isaiah Berlin’s philosophical writing. The […]
Tracking

Lessons in the Sand

Tracking has been described as the oldest science known to man. It is a science because it relies on memory and it insists on rigorous procedure. There is a logical and rational process to be followed in a pursuit of patterns and probability. Things can be measured, and if we are not sure of the […]
Lincoln

Lessons from Lincoln

It may not be apt to compare our current turbulence, to the enormous challenges faced by Abraham Lincoln, in the transformation of America.  However, there is indeed much to learn from his extraordinarily courageous leadership as we attempt to transform our own leadership capabilities in the uncertain world in which we live. Doris Kearns Goodwin, […]
CEO

What kind of CEO are you?

The title Chief Executive Officer or CEO sounds really grandiose.  Almost godlike, sadly. It is as though anyone who has reached this title in their career is at the pinnacle of their success, with little more to aspire to. Most who find themselves on the lower rungs of the corporate ladder will yearn for and […]
Heritage

How Heritage influences Humanity

How does your heritage impact the way you lead through your life? In reflection of South Africa’s celebration of its colourful diversity, in the shape of National Heritage Day, I wonder how many people have ever truly taken the time to appreciate the significance of their history on the way in which they live and […]
Spring

Pondering the possibilities of spring

Well, I can confirm it really is true. Johannesburg simply does have the most liveable climate on the planet. The veracity of this was confirmed by the astonishing beauty of a walk along the Braamfontein Spruit this morning. Mere weeks ago spring on the Highveld was just a promise, heralded by hardy early blossom and […]
Trust

On trust

By Frank Thompson The most powerful forward-looking emotion is hope. If we are able to face whatever lies ahead with hope, then there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.  The opposite is also true.  If we are hopeless about what lies ahead then every obstacle is insurmountable. Hope is personal and internal. But, trust […]
Giving

Leadership is about Giving

By James Lewis There is be a global tendency to believe that positions of power are platforms that entitles one to take from the world. It is little wonder we have bred generations of narcissistic autocratic management that manifests toxic cultures that suck the enthusiasm and spirit from those with the desire and talent to […]
Followers

Followers change things, Leaders don’t

By Pete Laburn  If you think you are a leader, but nobody is following you, you are really just talking a walk.   Entrenched in history and still permeated in modern leadership theory is the notion that people holding positions of authority are extremely important, and followers matter far less.  In most academic literature on the […]
Choice

Leadership is a choice, not a birth right

By Sue Schreuder Nobody is born genetically encoded not to lead. Everybody is born with the potential to create influence, but whether we do or not, is a choice.  And its not always an easy one. Thinking back over your life to date, have you experienced a person who inspired you?   What about a person […]
Blessing

Blessing in Bhambayi

By Steve Hall A tribute to Blessing Nyoni, founder of GOLD CO and human rights activist in Bhambayi, Durban. With the food for the stomach settled, now it was food for thought And the lessons we learn from Blessing, are gems which cannot be bought Surrounded by Leaders who’ve influenced their world, Leaders who’ve shown […]
Influence

Leadership is about influence, not control

By Frank Thompson For many with a 20th century mindset the notion of leadership paints a picture of command and control vividly demonstrated in the pervasive warfare of that era. Here, leadership stems from positional authority in the hierarchy of an organisation. In war it may be argued that this is necessary, and that other […]
being

Leadership is a state of being

By Mick Fynn There is much debate on how leaders should be behaving in these extraordinary times. Hundreds of theories, more than most unproven, pose more confusion than they do solace, because the truth is that nobody is sure. Perhaps a far more interesting question has arisen during this forced, and largely unwelcome, pause.  Take […]