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Category: Leader Profiles & Insights

Leader Profiles & Insights
A Country Of Presidents

Are we (leader-managers) sleepwalking towards disaster? I had this epiphany-like question emerging in my mind whilst listening to Mr Trevor Manual addressing a hall filled with leaders at the recent Die Burger and Kaapstad Sakekamer Business Leader of the Year event. He prefaced this epiphany by referring to South Africa’s presidential oath and with an […]

Business
Earning more is not easy

Most would agree to earn a lot of money in today’s world is not easy, and you need bundles of it to follow your dreams and secure your family’s financial future. To earn really well you either have to work your backside off in a large corporate to get to the top where few earn […]

Business
Making Something From Nothing

As I go about my job of interviewing top leaders and experts, including futurists, it is very clear that in South Africa difficult economic times are upon us and projections are that it won’t improve much in the medium to long term. We are all sensing the reality of this. The tax burden is cumbersome; […]

Business
Herman Mashaba

In February this year I wrote this article about Herman Mashaba. It is a good read and may just be coming true. Businessman turned politician – or as Herman Mashaba himself stated on our Cliffcentral Leadership Transformation Platform – “I am a civil servant”. He is a man on a mission, exuding energy and confidence, […]

Business
Culture

The great leadership question First impressions Have you had the experience of walking into a company’s offices and within a few minutes you tangibly feel the organisational climate around you? Sometimes a positive feeling is triggered by an enthusiastic and competent receptionist and follow-up people we meet. Sometimes the feeling is one of a disjointed […]

Business
The Leader – The Critical Bridge

On our weekly leadership master class we discussed the role of the leader to be the critical bridge between his/her organisation and its context out there. Listen here To connect their organisation and followers effectively to the context so that they fit the context with its demands and requirements, leadership has to fulfil certain Contextual […]

Leader Profiles & Insights
Be Aware Of The Concurrent Waves !

Leaders should strive to always be aware of “another side” to situations. In this article I share examples and will refer to the underlying principle as the “concurrent wave”. We became a democracy and many situations had to and still have to transform. Not only did we have to level the political playing field but […]

Mteto Nyati – CEO MTN South Africa

We had a leadership conversation with MTN SA CEO Mteto Nyati this week – listen here. MTN has always been a remarkable South African success story, but Nyati concurred that something had gone wrong; the proud vibe on the MTN campus changed over the years to that of strikes and different forms of commotion.  Fortunately every success story […]

Celebrity
Lessons Learnt From Gareth Cliff Spectacle

Any outstanding leader cannot stomach being surrounded by leaders who are weak and don’t speak their mind, or are not willing to go out on a limb and say what needs to be said for the good of the organisation, even at the risk of offending colleagues around the boardroom table. A leader that tolerates or […]

Political
Is Maimane A Leader To Be Reckoned With?

Following on from my previous article (read here) in which I concluded that “supporting the ANC – as opposed to the DA or EFF – is probably the shortest route to a more successful South Africa, but it is also the quickest and shortest route to a dismal failure”, it is only fair to also […]

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