On Leading from the Front (or not)

By |May 18th, 2017|

By Dr. Anton Verwey

Over the past few months I have had the privilege of working with a small family owned business on what is effectively a business rescue and turnaround journey. Over and above the more “technical” aspects that need to be addressed, such as standardisation of business processes, introduction of fit-for-purpose technologies, clarity […]

Nurturing Leadership Talent

By |August 23rd, 2016|

Rebecca Ray, Senior Vice President at The Conference Board and co-author of the report is of opinion that “Building a culture that supports engagement, employee training, leadership development, and high performance is something companies can control, and is making the difference between growing market share and simply surviving in 2014. Moreover, if the focus […]

Important considerations for spotting leadership talent

By |August 23rd, 2016|

In a world that is complex, uncertain and fast paced, finding true talent that is capable of dealing with such volatility and complexity is key. Within these ever complex and changing organisational contexts, finding and developing leadership talent has become much more than an empty buzzword; it has become a strategic and operational tool […]

Integrated Leadership Dvelopment

By |May 31st, 2016|

A while ago we had a conversation with one of our clients. They implemented a well thought through leadership development approach for their senior leaders. The programme included participation in a social learning networks, reflective leadership journaling and utilised an inquiry-based team process (an ongoing cycle of inquiry: question, investigate, reflect, and improve). Excellent […]

Polarisation and Perception : Thoughts of a highly confused South African

By |February 19th, 2016|

Some years ago, I was fortunate enough to be exposed to some of the thinking and writing of Jamshid Gharajedaghi. In 1999 he wrote “The third generation of systems thinking (design) responds to the triple challenge of interdependency, self-organization, and choice in the context of sociocultural systems”. For the purposes of this blog, I […]

On Privilege, Gratitude and Guilt : Thoughts of a highly confused South African

By |February 3rd, 2016|

A week or so ago, listening to my favourite radio station while travelling, an interview was being held with someone on the topic of privilege. I was quite stunned when the interviewee suggested that she was privileged to be middle-class, to be healthy, to have had good schooling, and so forth. Since listening to […]

On Education : Thoughts of a highly confused South African

By |January 18th, 2016|

December 2015

In this festive season, let me admit that my family is enormously blessed. Both of our children have successfully completed studies at university towards professional qualifications (both up to master’s degree level, and both all of their degrees cum laude). Both managed to fund their studies (varsity fees) through academic bursaries based on […]

Do Small Businesses do their Bit?

By |January 18th, 2016|

As a really small South African company, we have over the last four years decided to adopt specific business practices based on a very clearly articulated set of principles and values. These are, amongst others:

We exist to add value to every individual or company we have the privilege to engage with;
We will conduct business […]


By |January 15th, 2016|

2 September 2015


This morning, on a gloomy what is supposed to be a bright Spring Day, I read an article about Target (a USA retailer) deciding to not have “boys” and “girls” sections in their toy department any longer. This decision was taken n support of a more “gender neutral” approach being advocated globally. […]

Creating Culture

By |November 24th, 2015|

September 2015


“The culture of any organisation is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate” (Gruenter & Whitaker, undated, source unknown).


There is a significant volume of literature, academic and popular, on the role of leaders and leadership in creating organisation culture. The above quote, accessed via LinkedIn, resonated with me as […]