An Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ) Master Class was held with Dr. Dumisani Magadlela at Da Vinci House in Johannesburg on Thursday 23 July 2015.
An Overview of the Master Class
“Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ)” refers to one’s capacity and awareness to connect to others and to make personal, business and general decisions that are informed more by serving the greater good than by self-interest. It speaks to the essence of our humaneness and our ability to realise our humanity in connection with other beings.
Today’s organisations can be like the proverbial jungle, ruled by the old Darwinian principles of ‘survival of the fittest’ and a ‘winner-take-all’ approach. It has been scientifically proven for many years now that human beings have an innate capacity to connect to fellow humans and even with other natural beings.
Every employee in an organisation has the capacity to contribute massively towards building the organisation they desire to be a part of and to serve through. This session offers you a fresh perspective on human behaviour within organisations. It taps into ancient African and global wisdom of human connection that has been neglected which is making a powerful return into many organisations across the world.
By “integral” TCC means the developmental capacity to look at how self, others, cultures and systems (environment) show up (are expressed) in the way we feel, think, and act; the capacity to integrate disparate elements into a comprehensive whole; and the capacity to be inclusive yet also hold distinctions.
In this presentation attendees learn’t about:
• What are the concepts of Ubuntu and Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ)?
• Unpacking Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ) in organisations: An old-age systems theory put into practice.
• The Integral and Systems qualities of Ubuntu and Ubuntu Intelligence (UbuQ).
• Learning and unlearning innovative ways to tap into our inherent wisdom of connection.
• The power of new Mind-Sets and introducing the concept of “Heart-Sets” for UbuQ.
• Common characteristics of Ubuntu Activators: We all have it. How to cultivate and harness it!
• And much more!
About Dr. Dumisani Magadlela
Dr. Dumisani Magadlela’s work and business journey has taken him from being a cattle herder in a rural village through university teaching for over six years, to multiple senior management roles in the public and private sector. He has worked in the United Nations (UNDP) both as a consultant and an employee. He currently supervises and examines Masters and PhD students in universities across South Africa. Dumisani has recently worked as a knowledge management specialist, internal coach and organisational culture driver in the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). He is the Lead Coach and Founder of Ekhaya Consulting and is a senior member of faculty at The Coaching Centre (TCC). Together with Dr Paddy Pampallis, he founded the TCC Ubuntu Coaching Foundation. He is one of the founding Board members of the Africa Board for Coaching, Consulting and Coaching Psychology (ABCCCP), which is led by Dr Mongezi Makhalima. They have published the first issue of an African Coaching Journal.
Congratulations to Da Vinci PhD student Mary Ritz who successfully completed her PhD thesis Oral Defense on Friday 24 July 2015. The Oral Defense took place with Mary Ritz using Skype to video conference in from USA.
The panel that was present at Da Vinci House included Mary’s Academic supervisor Prof Bennie Anderson, Key Account Manager for Post-Graduate studies Simon Gathua and Registrar Mrs Carin Stoltz-Urban. Also present were external guests including Shannon Nel and Darlene Kalonji who are friends of Mary and are also fellow PhD students at Da Vinci.
Mary’s topic for her thesis is tilted, ‘Customer Management: Creating a sense making framework for developing economies.’
Well done on this great achievement Mary and we look forward to seeing you at the Da Vinci Graduation.
On the 22nd of July 2015, a launch of a new title was held at Knowledge Resources Headquarters in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
The new book titled, ‘Organisational Change and Development: An African Perspective’ was written by Dr Rica Viljoen. The launch allowed a narrated approach as Dr Viljoen shared with attendees, an overview of what the book entails. By walking through the various chapters of the book, Dr Viljoen called up the respective authors to elaborate on the structure of their contributed chapter.
Earlier in the day a seminar was held at KR Headquarters on Organisational Change and Development where the following issues were explored:
Organisational change and transformation in the new world of work
Spiral dynamics for Africa – Creating productivity at the bottom of the pyramid
Organisational development in practice – Influencing societal dynamics in an integral manner
Alternative OD modalities
Strategy and organisational change and development
The link between organisational change and development and consulting psychology
World Café exercise – conceptualizing the future of OCD in Africa
Through the optimalisation of individual functioning, leadership capacity can be built, and ultimately business decision-making can be optmised. Focused organisational change and development (OCD) interventions can significantly contribute to enhance individual dynamics, to increase functionality in teams and rewire organisational strategies, structures and practices to ensure congruence between what is happening inside the organisation and outside the system. An in-depth understanding of the social containing system in which the organisation is operating, ensure relevant and appropriate reactions to external impacts.
Organisational Change & Development (OCD) is designed to capture leading-edge thinking about OCD in organisations as it merges with traditional African wisdoms. It manifests in issues that differ from organisational effectiveness efforts to a highly individualised craft of catalyst practitioner.
In an attempt to provide a solid conceptualisation of the field of study, a framework of inclusivity that can be followed, case studies and OCD methodologies, this book strives to combine some of the practices into reality.
Format: +-250pp (Soft cover) | E-version (available)
Publication Date: 30 June 2015
Get your copy of Inclusive Organizational Transformation: An African Perspective by accessing the link below:
(A Kindle-edition will also be available soon.)
As part of our strategy for this year, we will be profiling our winners from 2014 and are pleased to introduce PTIP who were awarded the Management of System award In 2014.
The company PTIP Innovations, 2014 TT100 winner of the award for the Management of Systems in the medium size category was founded in 2005 and is headed up by Professor Vivian Alberts. It is involved in the research, development and production of thin film PV modules and systems.
It was founded to facilitate the commercial exploitation of intellectual property (IP) and know-how related to novel and innovative semiconductor process technologies in the field of thin film photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The new and improved PV technology has been developed over a period of more than 20 years at the Department of Physics at the University of Johannesburg. The key strategic objective of the company is the world-wide licensing of turnkey PV plants and related products. Furthermore, the company also aims to facilitate the development of a highly trained and professional PV workforce in South Africa that will form a basis for the establishment of a competitive local PV industry.
The TT100 adjudicators awarded the Management of System award to this innovative company with this accompanying comment: “From a small university laboratory size breakthrough to a full-size pilot plant, this company is now a recognised global leader in solar voltaic technology. Together with local and global partners, they have been able to develop a fully integrated manufacturing process in which the full process from raw materials to final solar panels and waste removal have been integrated. The elegance of their process includes the downstream application of their products, which includes solar farms, roof top systems and a unique application for off-grid electrical energy supply and reticulation. This is systems thinking at its best. “
The values of the leadership of a business always shapes its success and CEO of PTIP Innovations, Professor Alberts had the following answers to the questions as outlined below:
What is your favourite saying about innovation?
“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old” – Peter F Drucker
What is your motto in life?
Passion for Innovation
Who is your technology role model?
Is there a current innovative project or idea that stands out to you in life?
Modern energy storage innovations such as the grid-scale liquid metal batteries (LMD).
What top 3 values are important to you?
Innovation, Teamwork and Excellence
How do you drive these values in your organisation?
Innovative research and technology excellence is constantly pursued by a committed team that has extensive experience and a broad knowledge of technology and industry. The technology and commercial challenges are approached with dedicated international partner(s) that follows similar visions and values. Since our main business is about technology and product excellence, we continue to invest in technology improvements and internal training programs for all our staff. We constantly promote the highest level of professionalism and personal integrity amongst our employees.
Other awards that PTIP Innovations have won include 2014 Frost & Sullivan, South Africa Solar Photovoltaic Technology Innovation Leadership Award. PTIP Innovations entered the TT100 Awards programme in 2014 to benchmark their technology and company against other industry/business leaders, and promote the company’s image internally as well as externally to potential customers of their technology and related PV products.
They are a business that are going places and would like to stand out as a company that are providing internationally competitive technology that develops products and services in order to improve the quality of life for people, both locally and internationally.