Welcome to the Da Vinci Institute: School of Business Leadership

Da Vinci Byte from full-time Faculty member, Mr Tshepho Langa.

“The Covid-19 pandemic poses to us one of the greatest challenges of our time. This pandemic indeed springs the reality of the VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) world. In times like this we shall, unfortunately see downward spirals of countries and economies. Very sadly, we cannot avoid the mortality of lives, the rising of unemployment and worsening of poverty. However, in the earthly life there are always 2 sides of the coin.

The pandemic is evidently a crisis to the globe, but a crisis propels creativity and accelerates innovation. Things will not be the same anymore. Agile businesses will rise to the innovation challenge. There will be a lot more technology use, stemming out of the “lockdown” period that many countries find themselves in. Managing people will become interesting, as the leaders and HR partners of organisations will have to shift management styles after having tested the ‘working from home’ concept.

I can almost say with certainty that the “lockdown” will not be 21 days in South Africa, as it was set out to be. To effectively curb the spread of the virus, a longer “lockdown” period is inevitable. My advice is that let us adapt our minds quickly in order to embrace the near future. May we acquire knowledge of what is available to us, understand the times that we find ourselves in, to enhance our wisdom for the life ahead. Keep safe and embrace hope.” – Tshepho Langa