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Pushing Humanity Forward

23 Nov: Pushing Humanity Forward

Through their novel ideas and scientific breakthroughs, great innovators have propelled humanity forward. From the discovery of penicillin to the development of chemotherapy, we see how humanity’s greatest achievements have often occurred during times when life seemed most grim. Floods, wars, plagues and diseases have prompted cultural and medical inflection points that led to revolutionary discoveries strengthening humanity for generations. The challenges we face today—including access to healthcare, education and economic disparities, as well as cultural, social and governmental obstacles—provide us with another opportunity to push humanity forward. Current realities suggest that there is reason for hope. Humankind has always found a way to move forward despite challenges, and the current pandemic and social issues will continue this pattern. The world in which we were born no longer exists, and the world needs industry-specific thought leadership and workforce skills to thrive. Educational institutions are under pressure to adapt the curriculum…

Gaining Self-Confidence for Your Degree

08 Nov: Gaining Self-Confidence for Your Degree

Self-confidence. It helps people banish negativity and feel good about their lives and abilities. Those who are self-confident tend to try new things more often, bounce back from disappointment faster, and overcome obstacles more easily. As a result, they are more successful at handling stress, relating to others, and achieving their goals. From physical fitness and mental health to work and finances, to social interactions and education, self-confidence affects every aspect of life. The first steps to developing self-confidence take place in childhood, but it is possible to develop it on your own at any age. Finishing your degree is the perfect example of how you can achieve this. Adults can develop their self-confidence and social capital through tertiary education, as well as embrace their identity as learners. The following advice, activities, and strategies will help you overcome self-defeating patterns and gain newfound self-confidence. These are the kinds of traits…

VIGENTHREN PANDARAM

31 Oct: Vigenthren Pandaram: Turning The Tide Of Engineering Turnover

The Da Vinci Institute’s Master’s alumnus Vigenthren Pandaram has dedicated his life and career to engineering, a field in which he has an abiding passion. When tracing the start of his career trajectory in the field of engineering, Vigenthren Pandaram reminisces that working life for him began after graduating with a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering at ML Sultan Technikon (now called Durban University of Technology) in 1990. Following which, Vigenthren completed an apprenticeship in 1991. It was between 1991 and 1996 that “I worked in the gold mining industry as an underground fitter and later moved to the manufacturing industry as a fitter and turner”, Vigenthren says. With an engineering background and when a timely chance to make use for it came to pass, the year 1996 was a period in which Vigenthren decided to shift career gears and joined Eskom, where he was offered an opportunity to be…

Are Business Schools Addressing Social Challenges of the 21st Century

31 Oct: Are Business Schools Addressing Social Challenges of the 21st Century?

Are Business Schools Addressing Social Challenges of the 21st Century? In 2015, all United Nations Member States signed onto the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is a blueprint for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) that call on all countries, developed and developing, to work together in a global partnership. The United Nations (https://sdgs.un.org/goals) describes how they seek to realise the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality. The SDGs are integrated and indivisible and attempt to balance three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental). It also recognises that ending poverty, and other similar deprivations, to be imperative in devising strategies to improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur socio-economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. To a considerable extent, the state of the global position is encapsulated in the descriptions of the development goals. People…

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20 Sep: Ten Common Causes Of Failed Change Efforts: Raymond Toga

Reflections by Raymond Toga (DaVinci’s Programme Coordinator and Doctoral Candidate) on the reasons why change efforts fail   All organisations, no matter how well established or stable they may be, are subject to change. According to W. Edwards Deming, one must change in order not to be changed by the world around him. Organisational leaders must be aware of the complex environment in which their organisations operate and should pay close attention to developments both within their organisation and in the broader context. Organisational leaders must also be knowledgeable about how to implement the changes their employees need in order for the business to survive. Unfortunately, making effective organisational changes is difficult (Meaney & Pung, 2008).  Organisational change can be the result of an organisation’s growth, decline, or transformation (Aishu 2020). While one might assume that organisations are enduring structures in a changing society, the truth is that organisations themselves…

8 September 2022

07 Sep: Strategies to deal with fear of innovation: Dr Dzingai Katsamba

Strategies to deal with fear of innovation – by Dr Dzingai Katsamba, Dean: Innovation and Technology   In the previous article (Overcoming the fear factor as a human barrier to innovation), different types of fears that are detrimental to the success of innovation were unpacked. Today, we investigate strategies to deal with fear of innovation that tranquilises most people to such an extent that none of their ideas see the next sunrise. Leaders know that they need to innovate. When leaders assess technology, the differences in generations, and growing market demands, they often learn that their association must change, but how do they develop this rare character of being more risk tolerant and less afraid of failure?   | The strategies below cement the solidity of understanding ways to conquer this fear of innovation failure. Determine a Safety Zone Where exactly are leaders willing to take risks? Is there an…

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27 Jul: Raymond Toga: DaVinci Programme Coordinator and Doctoral Candidate

Don’t underestimate or relegate those that are academic to ‘just academia’, writes Raymond Toga – DaVinci Programme Coordinator and Doctoral Candidate   The writer is of the notion that it should be considered that not every researcher is destined for academia. In fact, with a combination of Mode 2 knowledge production ushered in the 4th Industrial Revolution and is still relevant as we go into the 5th Industrial Revolution, coupled with the double helix Innovation system that establishes a mutually beneficial relationship between academia and industry, there is indeed evidence that the academics who are developed in this type of learning environment (such as the one we have at The DaVinci Business School) are able to utilise their knowledge in situated contexts and enhance business performance in many cases. This is because this type of knowledge production ensures a focus on the creation of knowledge that is transdisciplinary in nature,…

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20 Jul: Dr Dzingai Katsamba: Overcoming The Fear Factor

Dr Dzingai Katsamba, Dean: Innovation and Technology, reflects on overcoming the fear factor and views such as a human barrier to innovation…   With all the pandemics, economic hardships and the rapid changes in technological growth and implementation – concerns about failure, criticism, and career impact have been holding back many people from embracing innovation. Thus, the discussions below outlines some of the ways to create a culture that accounts for the human side of innovation.   There is a story that I read about Alex Honnold. The story says that about five years ago, Alex Honnold ascended and braved the sheer face of the 3,000-foot El Capitan escarpment alone and with no ropes, and he was the only known person to have achieved such a great feat. Great skill and discipline were key to Honnold, but he is also endowed with a special brain. It was proven through an…

7 June 2022

06 Jun: Anthony Letsoalo-Mphogo: The need for agility

The need for agility in building a sustainable culture of business innovation, writes Anthony Letsoalo-Mphogo, DaVinci’s Business Development Manager Apart from its disastrous effects, the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically influenced a number of organisations to recognise the importance of embracing agility. This being a crucial ingredient if organisations are to start developing a sustainable culture of innovation. For some organisations, innovation may have been a relatively daunting concept to tap into. While for others, it may have been mentioned in passing without being strategically and purposefully implemented or advanced to its fullest capacity. Yet, over the last two and a half years, organisations and people have had few options but to embrace the discovery of new ways of being, doing, and leading. Therefore, allowing for innovation to gain a foothold in more novel and creative ways that may have a greater impact on organisational growth, sustainability, and operational efficiency. Clearly…

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12 Apr: Dr Dzingai Katsamba, Dean: Technology and Innovation, On Creativity as being the crucible of sustainable innovation

Creativity, the crucible of sustainable innovation   Organisations have been grappling with applied innovation, yet the starting point is managing creativity. Without creativity, ideas cannot be generated, and the term innovation itself becomes just another buzzword devoid of practical solutions to the growth and sustainability of any organisation. It is, therefore, within the bounds of creativity that ideas are generated, and if incubated, can become implementable solutions that can be commercialised. Creativity can be viewed from the perspectives of creative confidence, creative risk-taking, and creative action, which allow for the emergence of creative outcomes. It is in the creative outcomes that the crucible of sustainable innovation is found.   Creative Confidence Confidence remains one of the greatest abilities to apply when thinking and generating ideas to solve a crisis. Confidence has been seen to play an important role in migrating from creative potential to creative action. Belief in confidence also…