The Mentorship Challenge, with Marc Wainer connects people across geographical, cultural and industrial boundaries. And this is all thanks to the time, talent and wisdom of the mentors featured on the show and online. We wanted to unpack their insights more fully than the television show allows. Because ultimately, it’s all about the meetings, moments, … Continue reading The mind of a mentor: Get to know Nolitha Tshabalala as she elaborates on her business and trucking experiences.
We live in troubled times. You don’t need expert analysis to know that there are seismic shifts on the global front, and that locally we are facing what can only be called a crisis of leadership. And at the root of it all is a fundamental breakdown of human relationship – the relationship between governments … Continue reading Mentorship in an age of uncertainty
For education to flourish in South Africa, we need to think holistically, and seriously unpack the role that leadership has to play. Indeed, education is rooted in leadership. The word ‘education’ is linked to the Latin verb educere, which means to ‘lead out’. This struck a deep chord with me – education has everything to … Continue reading Education, above all else.
One of my guests on The Mentorship Challenge talk show, John Nicolakakis, made an important distinction between management and leadership: “Leadership is the future, and management is the here and now.” A good leader needs to be both – rooted in the present, but looking to the future. You need to get down to a … Continue reading Good leadership.
As we approach the festive season, it seems to me that leaders need to understand the need for leisure time and self-renewal. I’m reminded of a recent TV advert. It opens on a funeral service and a eulogy. The speaker describes the deceased as a workaholic. His immediate family are sitting in the front pew, … Continue reading Leaders at leisure
I recently read an interesting monograph on the future of global leadership over the next thirty years, but, gazing into the crystal ball, what lies ahead for leadership in SA? Globally, the talk is all about disruptive technologies, seismic social shifts and constant flux and change. I’m not too alarmed by all these dramatic postulations … Continue reading Quo vadis, SA’s leaders? Think like a millennial.
‘Human capital development’ is such a clinical, impersonal phrase for what is essentially a matter of the human heart. In absolutely every single business, whether you’re a software giant or a sock manufacturer or a spaza shop owner, human capital is your single greatest asset. But it’s not something you can easily quantify or put … Continue reading Putting the ‘human’ back into human capital development.
Ethics are essential in business. As a result of the poor leadership of the past few years, a permissive culture of corruption has been created. We have to counteract this corrosive trend, and save South Africa from the slippery slope of unscrupulous and unsavoury practices. We have to remind ourselves that ethics in business cannot … Continue reading Counteracting corruption and modeling mentorship in business.
Land really matters. It’s a highly emotional issue, and, in our collective reverie, land means home, dignity, wealth and opportunity. Land redistribution is long overdue, but we need immediate clarity from government on the processes and protections that will be put in place to safeguard this important period of land redistribution and restitution. And, as … Continue reading Land matters… and mentorship.
As property owners and managers, we’re invested in a very concrete way in the places we operate. In effect, we’re rooted in the soil – we’ve literally laid foundations in these places. And so, it would be irresponsible not to make a difference in these locales and in the communities in which we do business. … Continue reading What’s on my mind? Business should do more, more effectively.