Why does Women’s Day fail?

I attended a presentation by Professor Piet Naude, the director of the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and I was really interested in his take on Women’s Day.

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Who owns you?

The concept of who owns the cells in your body may seem like a no brainer, but actually the issue is more complex than many of us realise. In a recent parliamentary portfolio committee meeting, doctors representing the South African Medical Association (SAMA) said that it is unclear who holds the rights to human tissue used in research.

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The Turning Point.

In what turned out to be an inspirational day, I had the chance recently to hear Dr Mamphela Ramphele talk on South Africa’s turning point, post-Marikana.

Dr Ramphele pointed out that in the Marikana massacre we have come face to face with our Tunisia moment. There is an urgent need for a social compact going forward. Citizens are now awaking to the irresponsibility they display by not getting involved.

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State of the Nation.

The state of the nation is something that is uppermost in many of our minds at the moment, so I was particularly pleased to have the opportunity to hear two separate presentations by two of our top commentators.

The first was by political commentator Justice Malala, and his first statement was a shocking, if somewhat amusing statistic. Continue reading

We are all connected.

When I did my Masters thesis on Systems Thinking, I was fortunate to have Professor Tom Ryan who heads the Executive MBA program at UCT as a sponsor and overseer. He flamed my passion for systems thinking in the early 1990’s while I was at AMA, a health administration company which was a subsidiary of Southern life, a listed JSE company.

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Simplicity is what grows.

I mentioned last time that I had spent some time with Jeremy Barty. He is an expert on change and transformation, and his unique way of tackling the issues is encapsulated MyCube4Change system which has been used successfully to help individuals and groups deal with change and transformation.

We had some really interesting discussions about simplicity.

It is surprising how complicated simplicity can be! The process and the intention may seem simple, but actually implementing simplicity into an organisation is not as easy as it looks.As humans, we seem to naturally gravitate towards complexity. Think about it, even something as simple as a sponge cake has layers!

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What About the People?

Some of you may already know that change, and the way that we manage it, is one of the aspects of business life that I find particularly fascinating. So, as you can imagine, I really enjoyed being able to spend some time with Jeremy Barty recently.

Jeremy is an expert on change and transformation, and his unique way of tackling the issues is encapsulated MyCube4Change system which has been used successfully to help individuals and groups deal with change and transformation.

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Mapping the future of Africa

A recent discussion I attended at UCT’s Graduate School of Business reminded me of how much I enjoy engaging with someone who is a forward thinking strategist. The speaker was Graham Sinclair, investment strategist and global project leader, and he was sharing his insights on the State of Sustainable Investment in Africa.

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