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LATEST ARTICLES

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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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06 Jul: Book Review Insights: Alumnus Ross Saunders

Dr Heather Goode provides some insights into Da Vinci alumnus, Ross Sauders book, titled: This is not what I signed up for: A survival guide for first-time managers Of course, no company intends to promote someone incompetent or to promote someone until they are incompetent in their new position (the Peter Principlei), nor is it any managers intention to promote someone likely to fail. At least not usually, and if it does happen, there’s a story to tell. The sad truth is, that being an accountant doesn’t actually prepare you to manage accountants. That being a good programmer doesn’t prepare you to manage programmers, projects or diverse multi-skilled teams. Similarly, no one works for promotion in order to fail in their new role. And yet, research conducted by CEB shows that 60 per cent of new managers fail within the first 24 months of their new position. In today’s increasingly dynamic time,…

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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…

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23 Jun: A catch up with Dr Dzingai Katsamba, Dean of Innovation & Technology and Head adjudicator for tt100 Business Awards

Recently, we had the pleasure of catching up with one of our faculty members at The Da Vinci Institute – Dr Dzingai Katsama who has just been nominated as a working group member/committee member for SABS (South African Bureau of Standards), a national standardisation authority.  Dr Katsamba is a global entrepreneur, an astute agile leader and a philanthropist. As a businessman, his flagship business has 15 branches in 15 African countries where they lead with innovation and technology. A noted academic, he specialises in innovation, and offers his academic time to various institutions across the world where he supervises both MBA and PhD students.  Dr Katsamba holds a PhD, an MBA, a BBA in Marketing Management, and an Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He has demonstrated the importance of the fusion of academia and entrepreneurship in changing the economic situation in Africa and the world over.  When asked about his decision to join The Da Vinci Institute as a faculty member, Dr Katsamba states that he has “always been…

ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

Ross Saunders
06 Jul: Book Review Insights: Ross Saunders

Dr Heather Goode provides some insights into Da Vinci alumnus, Ross Sauders book, titled: This is not what I signed up for: A survival guide for first-time managers Of course, no company intends to promote someone incompetent or to promote someone until they are incompetent in their new position (the Peter Principlei), nor is it any managers intention to promote someone likely to fail. At least not usually, and if it does happen, there’s a story to tell. The sad truth is, that being an accountant doesn’t actually prepare you to manage accountants. That being a good programmer doesn’t prepare you to manage programmers, projects or diverse multi-skilled teams. Similarly, no one works for promotion in order to fail in their new role. And yet, research conducted by CEB shows that 60 per cent of new managers fail within the first 24 months of their new position. In today’s increasingly dynamic time,…

Avesh Sundarlal
15 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Avesh Sundarlal

His measured personality exudes a serene quality about him, touched with a deep humbleness – this is how we describe our experience of Avesh Sundarlal’s character during his research period at the Home of Remarkability. Beneath the quiet demeanour in him is an unquenchable obsession for research, and his analyses are of a careful and even painstaking nature. These, perhaps, may be the sorts of qualities that could be associated with a mind that is constantly engaged in abstract matters of an academic kind and, by his own admission: “I love to learn … [and I am constantly] listening in to new ideas and simultaneously augmenting my own.” According to Mr Sundarlal, a day in his life without any learning engagement or new experiments is an opportunity wasted. The love for learning and the intellectual wherewithal that Mr Sundarlal possesses is something made evident in his research project titled: “A…

Yusuf Adeojo
15 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Yusuf Adeojo

Researching for, but not limited to, a Doctoral Degree, and timeously having it completed, is the culmination of years of toil and is no easy feat. The trepidation that comes with it, nonetheless, may also be the much-needed occasional reminder and motivation for the researcher to keep on track with the researching momentum, as the journey evolves and ideas flow over time. This is the process that one of our newest Doctoral graduates, Dr Yusuf Adeojo underwent, and was rewarded at our recent 2021 graduation ceremony when he was conferred with his Doctoral degree from The Da Vinci Institute. The path to the attainment of his apex qualification may have not been a walk-in-the-park, but Dr Adeojo marched on and saw the journey leading through to its ultimate maturity and fruition. Dr Adeojo likens his PhD journey to the DNA sequencing process that fellow researchers and scientists often use when…

Reginah Masete
15 Jun: Alumni Showcase: Dr Reginah Masete

Today we celebrate with one of our own, recent Doctoral graduates, Dr Reginah Masete. Dr Masete describes herself as a highly inspired and focused person, who has a tremendous zeal for whatever projects she takes on. She is also passionate about seeing those around her harness their remarkability, leading to their successes in both their lives and careers, as well as in Academia. Dr Masete’s passion and pride for education make her an ideal encouraging force to her own community, motivating those in her circle to further their studies, as part of their continuous learning and development. Today, however, is about Dr Masete, as we share her own stride in education. Having completed her apotheosis qualification, as one of The Institute’s newest Doctoral graduates. Upon completing her Doctoral thesis, Dr Masete in her own words expounds that she is “so excited and can finally be at peace with my [curious]…

Ntokozo Mahlangu
09 Jun: Alumnus/Vice-Chairperson of Council – Ntokozo Mahlangu

In 2017 Ntokozo Mahlangu graduated with a Master’s degree from The Da Vinci Institute. Little did he know at the time that two years down the line, after he had graduated, he would be appointed as The Institute’s Vice-Chair of The Da Vinci Institute Council. Sometimes meaningful engagements with brilliant souls tend to take their own direction and move swiftly at their self-regulated momentum – remarkably abiding, as it were, to their own accord. This, in fact, was how The Institute’s relationship with Mr Mahlangu began and over the years soared, and continues to do so, to this day. In his own words, “I [still] treasure my connection with The Da Vinci Institute”. The Home of Remarkability is a safe space, where all diverse minds merge in unity as one – as fellow Davincians. Mr Mahlangu’s energy and charismatic character have always led to wonderful and robust co-creations at The…

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