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16 Jul: Creating a Climate for Resilience

The Da Vinci Institute’s faculty member, Philip De Kock shares his thoughts on creating a climate for resilience: Based on the Research of David Coyle, Author of “The Culture Code”… The need for resilience: With huge disruptions at an individual, business, and even societal level, the question of how to be resilient is currently on everyone’s lips. Further, what are those critical skills we need, to develop and sustain resilience? To address this question, the following notions emerge: There is a need to create the right psychological climate for resilience; additionally, to develop the skills related to active listening and engaging with people in a constructive fashion, thereby building and sustaining healthy productive relationships. This blog considers the development of a psychological climate for resilience, mainly because it is one of the central challenges for leaders at all levels of business. Research shows that resilience is enhanced when leaders create…

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15 Jul: The Conundrum we Face…

The conundrum we face as Covid-19’s third wave progresses in South Africa, with restrictions, as well as the current socioeconomic-related unrest: The Da Vinci Institute’s faculty member, Mixo Sweetness Sithole reflects…   The much anticipated and feared third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has taken hold in South Africa. More people are contracting the virus, with more recorded deaths scaling up on a daily basis, as hospitals and frontline workers are stretched to capacity. Presumably, one of the major causes of this may have been instigated by the absence of a faster and more efficient vaccine rollout in the country. Additionally, the widespread unrest that has erupted of late does no good to the slow rollout of the vaccine. Subsequent to that, the already challenged economy is further harmed. The government, spearheaded by President Cyril Ramaphosa, reintroduced stricter lockdown regulations to limit the spread of the virus – a restriction extended recently and remains in place until 25 July…

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28 Jun: Innovation During Turbulent Times

A word from our Dean of Innovation and Technology and Head adjudicator for tt100, Dr Dzingai Katsamba on his thoughts on innovation during turbulent times… Innovation has proved to be a messy process—hard to measure and hard to manage. Most people recognise it only when it generates a surge in growth. When revenues and earnings decline, during a recession, executives often conclude that their innovation efforts are just not worth it. Maybe innovation is not so important after all, they think. They may even think that their teams have lost touch. Some executives may even think that it is better to focus on the tried and true than to waste money on untested ideas. The global Covid-19 pandemic has left many leaders grappling for survival, as most organisations are suffering from acute financial hemorrhaging. The question is, whether innovation is important during economic turbulence? The contrary view, of course, is…

Youth day

15 Jun: Paying homage to the youthful warriors of 16 June 1976

Reflections by Lindo Maso, a staff member of The Da Vinci Institute This day in South Africa’s past marks a sad day of commemoration of the lives lost but also the courage that its youth showed in 1976.  Their energetic and brave willingness to stand up to the status quo, set out by the then political circumstances of the Apartheid regime, illustrated a determination to shift their educational experience and bring about true and meaningful change. On this day in history, youth were turned into warriors in school gear, as they pronounced with bravura against the order of the day and its education policies, including teaching and learning in Afrikaans. To the youth’s dismay, their pronouncements were met with immense disdain from police officers of the old-guard and the only response at hand was a pistol’s bullet clashing with human flesh. Thus, death carried that day. In fact, for those…

20 May 2021 Philimon

20 May: Student Showcase: Philimon Chitagu

Preceding any high-level academic achievement is usually hard work in tandem with dedication, both of which are emblematic to harnessing one’s remarkability. It therefore comes as something of great delight and expectation that one of our Doctoral candidates, Philimon Chitagu, is already on the remarkable side of the ledger – having recently been proceeded to graduation, by meeting all the Da Vinci Institute required conditions for completion of his Doctoral degree. Mr Chitagu has proven himself as a contemplative man – thoughtful and focused in his work, studies and community contributions.  He is a highly innovative and inquisitive thinker in all spheres of his life and all contributions made to society at large.  He took on this Doctoral journey with gusto and found it to be  a truly meaningful, immensely profound and stimulating path to completion. Mr Chitagu has this to share: “I wholly acknowledge that I did not walk…

20 May 2021

20 May: Student Showcase: Khumela William Malapa

It is with great pride and joy that we celebrate alongside our Da Vinci Doctoral candidate – Khumela William Malapa, who has recently met The Institute’s prerequisites towards graduation. To paraphrase Sigmund Freud: One day, in retrospect, the years of your toil on your Doctoral journey will strike you as the most remarkable! Originally from the rural area of Vuwani (Venda) in the Limpopo province, Mr Malapa relocated to the Gauteng province for work. It was in the telecommunications industry that Mr Malapa found his vocation, where he has been working for over 20 years. He has certainly experienced the myriad of telecommunications conundrums and shifts where he now co-creates as a project manager. It is through these transformations in the telecommunications sector, as well as an insatiable thirst and quest for knowledge that ultimately led Mr Malapa to enrol with The Da Vinci Institute for his Doctoral degree –…

Mark Fuller out the box blog

13 May: Free Your Mind – Burn the Box – by Mr Mark Fuller

A common phrase used in today’s VUCA world is “THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX”. Often it is used when managers or leaders require others to be more creative and innovative. HOWEVER, do we really know what is being asked of others or ourselves? When we talk about “thinking inside the box”, we usually mean that our thinking is logical, circular, and rigid. Shelton and Darling (2001) suggest that this type of thinking is language-based, linking words and phrases together. It is challenging to make illogical connections and random links because the words and phrases must link together logically to make sense. For this reason, it is very difficult, perhaps impossible, to hold two contradictory or opposing ideas in our brain at the same time using “in the box” thinking. The result is not being able to identify or consider potential solutions and opportunities. This structured, “in the box” deductive reasoning comprises…

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13 May: Education for the 5th Industrial Revolution – by Dr Heather Goode

After the volatility of the last 12 months, many leaders are speculating what we can expect in the next few years for health, work, business, and innovation and whether they should be studying further or not. When considering the technology and social shifts in the past year, there’s no doubt that in 2020 the pandemic and its effects have accelerated and built momentum to some aspects of change that have emerged (Swab, 2016) and are emerging. The impacts of integrating devices into our daily lives (e.g. cell phones, migrating online, new technology, digital access, and literacy) are penetrating more deeply than before. One of the large areas of ongoing debate is how these effects affect us as human beings, how we keep up with the changes and how we interface with technology. Impacts of the Industrial Revolutions Recently Pratik Gauri[1] (2019), reviewed some of the thinking emerging around the 4th  and…

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03 May: Staff Showcase: Dr Mario Landman

Recently, we had the pleasure of catching up with one of our own, Dr Mario Landman…  Presiding as the custodian of the design department at The Da Vinci Institute, is Dr Mario Landman – a deep thinker and certainly a person that cares deeply for people, for he always ensures that those with whom he co-creates are always treated with empathy and respect.  Dr Landman’s position as Dean of Design is multi-faceted and requires continual co-creation. He elucidates that his primary responsibility is “to manage and guide the design and development of courseware in all its many guises through the application of quality management processes at every stage of development: from the contribution to the design of the programme, the recruitment of the developers, and ultimately the publication of the completed courseware set on our Learning Management System (Moodle).”  Furthermore, there is a crucial leadership element to Dr Landman’s job, which is to lead, “a team that is responsible…

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22 Apr: Student Showcase: Doctoral candidate Daud Taranike

The Da Vinci Institute recently engaged with Daud Taranike who has just defended his Doctoral degree with The Institute.  Those who have embarked on this journey of a Doctoral qualification, often regard it in metaphorical terms as sailing through an undiscovered territory sometimes through rough seas and sometimes through calm shallows but always an exploration. Daud Taranike sailed through the storm and chartered his way through the examination process and oral defense by presenting his unique contribution to the field.    Being a Davincian, according to Taranike, means being associated as, “a member of a remarkable community [The Da Vinci institute] that is committed to achieving the highest possible academic standards, and the ability to resolve current and pressing challenges within my community and society at large. As such, this [affiliation] has made it possible for me to positively impact people in different spheres of life thereby helping them to enjoy the fullness…