Tag: Communication

Race In SA

By Adriaan Groenewald Let’s address the elephant in the room in a simple analogous manner.  Please read to the end – this article is not just for white South Africans – I’m also writing it from a position of my own personal experience. We all know what a Recovering Alcoholic is.  And we all know […]

Leaders on Leadership
A Listening Perspective

Not long ago we had a leadership conversation with Bernard Swanepoel – a leader that built Harmony into one of the largest gold companies in the world. His final leap was an attempted hostile takeover of Goldfields, which dominated business headlines for weeks and months, but ultimately failed. During this conversation we asked Swanepoel what […]


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 […]

Successful Leaders Confront Three Common Challenges

As I begin this article, I am sitting in the offices of one of our clients where we have been tasked to give one last big push to assist the executive team to try and save the operation before aggressive, even desperate, measures are taken to turn it around, or a “shut it down” will […]

Models, Principles, and Behaviours
Leading In Uncertain Times

Over the last few years we have witnessed and been affected by a series of issues and events that have left us, and the rest of the world, uncertain and unclear about our individual and collective futures. Millions of people lost money they were assured was secure during the 2008 global financial crisis.  We had […]

Models, Principles, and Behaviours
The Language We Speak

Recently during a consulting session with one of our mining clients, the leader I was speaking to shared that he had been struggling to convince one of his seniors to reconsider a policy that is in place that is affecting their ability to be productive.  In some ways he felt that his senior was being […]

Q&A with Brian Molefe – CEO Transnet

BRLP:  The foundation of your value system comes from where?  Family life? Molefe: Family life yes.  I grew up in the Anglican Church – very strict regime, but later on I developed different views. The foundation of my values come from the time I spent in the ANC – ideas like liberty, equality, fraternity – […]

Models, Principles, and Behaviours
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

This article takes a brief look at the vast impact that spoken words may have on our life style and our development as leaders.  Last week we used the old saying ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me’.  As is the case with many slogans, this one is only […]

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