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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.
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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 […]
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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 […]
leadership

Is our world over manipulated and under led?

By Pete Laburn The world is filled with masquerading leaders, driven by personal agendas and selfish ambition.  At the same time, it truly appears to be leaderless.  It is a sad reality and it is not serving us well. Much consideration is given to why this is the case.  But the efforts are misplaced, because […]
Shadows

Have you met your shadows?

Have you ever turned down an opportunity for fear of failure?  Or not shared your opinion for fear of being judged? Have you ever been triggered by someone’s behaviour or thought; ‘I would never do that?’ Have you ever said or done something, on impulse, that you later regret?   Yes?   Maybe?   If this sounds, at […]
Gandhi's Sins

Seven Sins for Humanity

One of the most insightful summaries of the way Mahatma Gandhi lived his life can be found in his identification of seven deadly sins for humanity.  He had a deep commitment to Satyagraha, meaning ‘instance on truth’, and this underpinned each of these philosophical instructions. Gandhi said that there should be no wealth without work, […]
Wealth without Work

Wealth without Work

Whilst growing up, my father always reminded me that ‘the only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary’. I wasn’t sure what he meant until it was my turn to earn a salary, run a business, pay bills and care for a family.  My respect for that statement increased 10-fold. But today, […]
Pleasure without Conscience

Pleasure without Conscience

For as long as I have been old enough to notice, or perhaps, to care, the world seems consumed by pleasure-seekers. The pursuit of pleasure without regard for conscience or moral obligation is an all too common, yet quite clearly, obvious, sin.  As I’ve explored the relevance of Gandhi’s seven sins for humanity in today’s […]
Science without Humanity

Science without Humanity

A definition of humanity: “The quality of being humane and benevolent”. And qualities which make us human – the ability to love, have compassion, be creative, and have faith in the collective. We sit, as a human collective, on the cusp of enormous global change. What we might previously have viewed as entertaining science fiction […]
Knowledge without Character

Knowledge without Character

The trolley of refreshments would be waiting just outside the classrooms of the Global Leadership Center. Neatly stacked on its two stories would be jugs of fresh water, bowls of mints, and on Fridays a few chocolate treats to indulge the taste buds of the delegates. Behind that trolley, if we were lucky, would be […]
Politics without Principle

Politics without Principle

Very early in my career I was a consultant at a global strategy consulting firm. It was my first professional job and I had a lot to learn. I was justly excited when my first assignment saw me being allocated to a government case. I was the most junior person in a highly skilled team […]