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17 Nov: Innovating your business for agility post the Covid-19 pandemic

Innovating your business for agility post the Covid-19 pandemic: Reflections by our Dean of Innovation and Technology, and Head Adjudicator of the tt100 Business Awards, Dr. Dzingai Katsamba. The Covid-19 pandemic has left many companies seeking to adopt new ways of working at speed. Executives are also interested in transforming to flatter, non-hierarchical structures, assuming more radical approaches to decision making and ways of executing work. The old norm of waiting around for best practices to emerge can no longer yield any results. Business leaders recognise the compelling need to shift from adrenaline-based speed during COVID-19 to speed by design and for long-term survival. The real winners are now experimenting boldly. Outlined below are eight actions to unleash sustainable speed through organisational innovation. Delegate decision making with agility The pandemic has demonstrated that it is possible to make decisions faster without destroying the business. This, therefore, compels leaders to assume…

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24 Sep: We celebrate our Heritage Day

The month of September, a period where we tilt in the direction of our cultural heritage in South Africa has arrived. It is further signified by our celebration of the actual day of heritage (September 24), which serves as a part of the many values inculcated into South Africa’s public life by the democratic order. In the process, inevitably implying unity amongst all people. This is a time when the cultural quintessence that forms as a part of our rainbow nation – its unique eleven official languages, ethnic diversity, thus varied traditions and celebrations – reverberate in remarkability. In such a propitious time as this for culture, we appreciate the diverse lexicon of dialects that South Africa is enriched with, as such is arguably intelligible beyond South African borders. Think of Setswana from Botswana, Sesotho from Lesotho, or Swazi from Eswatini (and other languages such as Ndebele). Crossing, as it…

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23 Sep: What does it mean to have an agile mindset…?

some reflections by our Executive Dean Academic: Dr Franzél du Plooy-Cilliers In the current epoch in which we find ourselves, there have been multiple realities we have had to navigate. The global pandemic and the resulting socio-economic crisis that the world is facing, has seen a quagmire of disruptions to the micro-, meso-, macro- and exo systems of the entire eco-system. In some instances, individuals and organisations faced many challenges that threatened their survival, and many people are experiencing additional stress and even threats to their livelihoods. However, in other cases, some very innovative entrepreneurial endeavours have emerged, and several companies came up with creative solutions to some of the challenge that they were facing that changed the way in which they do business. Regardless of the circumstance, it has certainly been a time of evolution, deep reflection and a time of self-reflection. One of the things that I have…

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23 Sep: Book review insights: Tshepho Langa

Dr Heather Goode provides some insights as she delves deeper into Tshepo Langa’s book entitled, “The ADI Model: What am I Thinking?”   Hidden between the pages of Tshepho Langa’s book is a Richard Templar quote from his book “The rules of management”, who once said “being creative is about finding new and different ways to solve problems”[i]. Therefore,  a challenge in leadership is finding ways to shift your thinking, adapt to changing contexts, improve your problem-solving skills, and approach old problems and new contexts with new ideas. Tshepho Langa, who is a faculty member at The Da Vinci Institute, sought to engage with this essential aspect of personal development when he wrote, “The ADI Model: What am I Thinking?”. Tshepho describes writing this book as being “about inspiring intentional mindset change towards a meaningful success and contribution to others.” The book initiates by detailing Tshepho’s own experiences and shifts…

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15 Sep: Impact of long Covid on the Workplace and Higher Education

by Ntokozo Mahlangu, Alumnus/Vice-Chairperson of Council Together with the shift to working from home, delivery modes for higher education have also shifted, embracing technology. Such changes are roundly embraced as the “new normal”. In many respects, this may not be a bad situation depending on how you envisage both the workplace and higher education structures of the future. In terms of higher education, I believe a trend toward partaking in shorter programmes has emerged and may arguably be a very concerning trend when considering long-Covid victims. Long-Covid patients are experiencing significant, and possibly, permanent cognitive loss. It also appears that these effects have been somehow under reported and not thoroughly on public discourse and seem to have slipped under the radar of higher education institutions. Cognitive ability (mental agility) in my opinion, is the heart of teaching and learning. Consider for a moment, a colleague or researcher who has had…

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15 Sep: Some thoughts on South Africa’s unemployment

A faculty member at The Da Vinci Institute, Mixo Sweetness Sithole reflects… Unemployment continues to be a crisis in South Africa, and we should be wary about its negative effects on people and society in general. Socio-economic impacts society at the micro, meso, exo and macro levels.  Melinda Du Toit, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Social Development in Africa (University of Johannesburg) indicates that, “[u]nemployment has both individual and social consequences that require public policy interventions. For the individual, unemployment can cause psychological distress, which can lead to a decline in life satisfaction. It can also lead to mood disorders and substance abuse. Unemployment can affect one’s social status ascription as well, which manifests through stigmatisation, labelling, unfair judgement, and marginalisation.” Furthermore, unemployment can result in increased crime rates, as well as socio-political unrests – as witnessed recently in South Africa. According to a recent publication by…

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05 Sep: Student Showcase: Mr Wenzel Kotze

  It’s a journey . . . that I propose . . . I am not the guide . . . nor technical assistant . . . I will be your fellow passenger . . . (A Journey – By Nikki Giovanni)   Wenzel originally comes from the construction industry, where he co-created for several years. Over time, according to Wenzel, “I was afforded an opportunity to start a new venture in Europe”, and for almost two decades, I then decided that my time rather be divided between Europe and my manufacturing operation in South Africa.” In the year 2016, he reinvented himself again and decided to concentrate all his energies on a management-development consultancy. It was through and during that process that his keenness for furthering his education became palpable – The Da Vinci Institute was his first option. Then the journey began, and Wenzel kept his head high…

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26 Aug: Inaugural Lecture by Prof HB Klopper: Adapting Higher Education for Lifelong Learning

On 18 August 2021, Prof HB Klopper, CEO & Executive Dean: Research and Institutional Partnerships at The Da Vinci Institute, presented an online Inaugural Lecture titled, “Adapting Higher Education for Lifelong Learning.” “…In my address, I approach lifelong learning as a broad concept, founded on the theoretical principles of andragogy and later heutagogy. Considering the scholarly discourse on the topic, it is almost impossible to give justice to the volume of available literature and research that has unfolded since the early 2000s. Hence, I tried to categorise the main thoughts and ideas of heutagogy, as we continue our learning journey into the future. To illuminate the most important aspects related to a lifelong learning ecosystem, we must begin with what we are hearing from the new consumers of education, whereafter we must move into the predicaments and barriers holding their problems in place, before concluding with solutions and revealing the…

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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…