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LATEST ARTICLES

Post Covid Blog by Dr Dzingai WEBSITE
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…

FELLENG WEBSITE
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Dr Felleng Yende

Alumni Talk: Meet Dr. Felleng Yende, who is at the helm of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&MSETA), and our remarkable alumnus   (Image supplied) Dr. Yende is on the rise – her patience, perseverance, resilience and humility give her the momentum to move forward.  In addition, she also attributes her remarkable strides largely to the helpful liveliness of those she is closely associated with. That is, family and her supervisors, as well as The Da Vinci Institute’s team, for always being there throughout her research journey when needed. Dr. Yende’s academic curiosity and journey undertook a critical reflective work-based challenge, as articulated in her thesis, after having realised that the nexus of leadership and the 4th Industrial Revolution have been under-researched within the context of organisational adaptability – thus her thesis titled: “Enhancing public sector leadership in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution…

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16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Henriette van Twisk

ALUMNUS ALERT: Henriette van Twisk, Da Vinci Institute’s Master’s Degree Alumnus (2021)   (Image supplied) Henriette, through dedication and commitment has uniquely placed herself as an expert aspiring to make a long-lasting contribution to the field of education, a crucial area towards sustainability. Now armed with a master’s degree from The Da Vinci Institute, and even prior to her having obtained the mentioned qualification, Henriette has been confronting some of the burning issues in recent times – conundrums within the education sector and specifically at the college level. Her dissertation, a diagnostic study, is titled: Summative Evaluation of a Foundational Learning Programme for Technical and Vocational Colleges in South Africa. Henriette states that its chief aim “is to answer the question: Can a foundational learning programme create a learning foundation that will facilitate better pass rates when students enrol at TVET colleges?” A corollary to this question is, “to design,…

MARCUS WEBSITE
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Marcus Desando

Marcus Tebogo Desando: The Man and His Work We are joined today by The Da Vinci Institute’s Masters alumnus and Doctoral candidate, Marcus Tebogo Desando – the outgoing CEO of Arts & Culture Trust. Now, newly appointed as the Director of Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam). He is a constant fixture of South Africa’s cultural and operatic scene.   (Image supplied)   In briefly tracing back the origins of Marcus’ artistic journey, he began as a chorister, thus an operatic singing career inevitably ensued, usually a path not abnormal among choral singers, especially here in South Africa. As the years passed, Marcus started to consider charting a career path in operatic stage directing, following advice from his mentor Prof. Angelo Gobbato, to which he moved apace and, over-time, an artistic occupation he became renowned for in the country. He was first an assistant to local and visiting international directors, where he…

DaVinci Book Talk
16 Nov: Virtual Book Talk: Prof Ben Anderson & Jared Diamond

Join The Da Vinci Institute’s Virtual Book Talk, with our Executive Chairperson Professor Ben Anderson! We are delighted to invite you to The Da Vinci Institute’s Book Talk hosted by Professor Ben Anderson and featuring a book by American geographer, historian, and ornithologist – Jared Diamond. The Institute seeks to foster curiosity within our community. We encourage this through our series of book reviews/talks, with the purpose of motivating others to delve into selected literature and probe these texts. Diamond’s book being reviewed is titled: “Upheaval”, and largely based on “how nations cope with crisis and change.” We look forward to you joining us to hear Professor Anderson himself discussing his chosen book, as well as some leadership thoughts thereof. EVENT DETAILS Thursday 2 December 2021 15:30 to 16:30 REGISTER: https://zurl.co/66Wt

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02 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Ansie Prinsloo

We celebrate with our alumnus, Dr Ansie Prinsloo by sharing her journey to remarkability (Image supplied) Dr Ansie Prinsloo is a Da Vinci Doctoral Degree holder who embraces the notion of seeking her truth and treads the path of remarkability, by continually thinking outside the box and garnering her own relevant truths, in her quest to make abundant improvements within the healthcare sector. On speaking of her Doctoral thesis, Dr Prinsloo explains that her thesis, titled, Enhancing healthcare delivery through a framework that integrates inclusivity and quality improvement science, “describes not only my academic work as it plays out in practice but also my passion. The research journey started as an academic inquiry about efficiency and effectiveness in my workplace. At the onset, I thought of myself as the author and creator of the content and learning. During the journey, my perfunctory understanding transcended and grew into an increasing awareness…

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02 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Mr Notius Tarisai

It is with great excitement and pride that today we showcase the remarkability of Mr Notius Tarisai, a Master’s alumnus of The Da Vinci Institute. His is a tale we would like to share as he is one of our paragons at the home of remarkability – a place he speaks fondly of. Notius attributes his learning journey at The Da Vinci Institute as being an intellectual metamorphosis for him. He states that, “prior to my enrolment at The Da Vinci Institute, I understood the role of technological innovation in various industries and sectors; through The Da Vinci Institute, however, I was educated on social innovation. I then applied the theory I had learnt to bridge the gap between rural farming systems and commercial farming methods and reconnected the learning outcomes with my rural upbringing and influences in my dissertation.” Having work experience that spans over three decades, says Mr….

DaVinci Curiosita
29 Oct: Curiosita Colloquium’s in 2021

Curiosita is one of the Da Vinci principles referring to “an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.” (Gelb, 1998) ABOUT The Curiosita forum is a monthly colloquium for contemporary thinking on the Management of Technology, Innovation and People in a Systemic context, hosted by The Da Vinci Institute. The forum takes the form of a robust and vibrant round-table discussion that consists of two parts. Firstly, a Doctoral student who is also a business leader in his/her own right presents their research to those in attendance, with the aim of receiving input through debate on their research. Then a guest speaker for industry who is also a societal influencer engages the audience on a particular topic, which connects to the TIPS™ Managerial Leadership Framework. The various speakers’ insights and thought-provoking ideas provide our audiences with an engaging experience. Topics discussed are transdisciplinary in nature,…

DA VINCI EVENTS

DaVinci Book Talk
16 Nov: Virtual Book Talk: Prof Ben Anderson & Jared Diamond

Join The Da Vinci Institute’s Virtual Book Talk, with our Executive Chairperson Professor Ben Anderson! We are delighted to invite you to The Da Vinci Institute’s Book Talk hosted by Professor Ben Anderson and featuring a book by American geographer, historian, and ornithologist – Jared Diamond. The Institute seeks to foster curiosity within our community. We encourage this through our series of book reviews/talks, with the purpose of motivating others to delve into selected literature and probe these texts. Diamond’s book being reviewed is titled: “Upheaval”, and largely based on “how nations cope with crisis and change.” We look forward to you joining us to hear Professor Anderson himself discussing his chosen book, as well as some leadership thoughts thereof. EVENT DETAILS Thursday 2 December 2021 15:30 to 16:30 REGISTER: https://zurl.co/66Wt

DaVinci Dimostrazione
03 Nov: Dimostrazione: 28 October 2021

The Dimostrazione is a round table opportunity for our business leaders to give expression to their voices as a topic is presented and debated. It offers business leaders, who are also Da Vinci alumni, the platform to present, argue and debate the innovations they put into practice, and what they have learnt from their implementation. Dimostrazione is about learning from experience. This is about cultivating one’s own independent, original thought and thus it offers the panelists the opportunity to share their experiences so that others may learn from them. Our panelists who sat around the virtual table and debated the theme were: Dr Premie Naicker; Bram Meyerson and Tharshan Moodley. Dr Premie Naicker Dr Premie Naicker has over twenty-five years’ experience in the IT industry and has experience across a range of various senior executive roles for multinational technology, software and cloud services companies. Premie holds an MBA with a…

DaVinci Curiosita
29 Oct: Curiosita Colloquium’s in 2021

Curiosita is one of the Da Vinci principles referring to “an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.” (Gelb, 1998) ABOUT The Curiosita forum is a monthly colloquium for contemporary thinking on the Management of Technology, Innovation and People in a Systemic context, hosted by The Da Vinci Institute. The forum takes the form of a robust and vibrant round-table discussion that consists of two parts. Firstly, a Doctoral student who is also a business leader in his/her own right presents their research to those in attendance, with the aim of receiving input through debate on their research. Then a guest speaker for industry who is also a societal influencer engages the audience on a particular topic, which connects to the TIPS™ Managerial Leadership Framework. The various speakers’ insights and thought-provoking ideas provide our audiences with an engaging experience. Topics discussed are transdisciplinary in nature,…

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02 Dec: Da Vinci Unlock Lockdown Webinars 2020

The Da Vinci Institute in conjunction with the tt100 business innovation awards programme, hosted six, one hour, webinars. The weekly webinars explored how to overcome the challenges we all face in the next 18 months, by unlocking your ability to become more agile, aligned, engaged leaders and enhancing business performance. The webinars explored topics and frames that will catalyse you and your business to emerge from this pandemic re-ignited and re-imagined. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/Eds7wCoMWn4  We had the opportunity to be joined by the talented Lita Currie from 3Stickmen.com, who drew visual maps of each webinar. 18 May 2020 25 May 2020 1 June 2020 8 June 2020 15 June 2020 22 June 2020

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02 Dec: tt100 Business Innovation Awards Event: 12 November 2020

The tt100 Business Innovation awards event took place on Thursday, 12 November 2020, at The Da Vinci Institute located in Modderfontein, Johannesburg. The tt100 programme seeks to identify role models within the Management of Innovation and Technology domains who have demonstrated their excellence in co-creating new workplace realities. For 29 consecutive years, the tt100 Business Innovations awards programme has cultivated an awareness of the role of technology and innovation in South Africa. Moreover, it serves to showcase organisations who have excelled in demonstrating their excellence in the Management of Technology, Innovation, People, Systemic Thinking, and Sustainable Performance. Endorsed and powered by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), The Da Vinci Institute and PwC, this year’s awards programme highlighted success stories of how innovative and disruptive organisations, through tenacity and perseverance overcame the challenges of 2020, and yielded positive results on their journey of technological and innovation excellence. Here are…

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02 Dec: Da Vinci Graduation 2020

In October and November, The Da Vinci Institute showcased and celebrated the achievements of Davincians who had completed their qualification and had successfully graduated. In remaining agile, the Da Vinci Institute had innovated how our graduation ceremonies flow, so as to align with the Covid-19 Protocol. At these remarkable ceremonies, we are reminded of the hard work, passion and perseverance required in order to reach one’s dreams and successes. By harnessing our remarkability, we cultivate our curiosity and embrace our passion for learning, and in doing so co-create new realities. Congratulations on walking this journey where you have connected and collected the diverse multi-coloured dots that represent new realities. You are truly remarkable!

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19 Aug: Inaugural Lecture: The Sport Governance Conundrum by Prof Paul Singh

The governance of sport in South Africa in the democratic era has been plagued by bad governance. Numerous scandals, shenanigans, power struggles and boardroom challenges involving managers and directors at various levels of the sport hierarchy have brought the noble values associated with sport into question. The very integrity and sustainability of our sport is at risk. In the context of the current challenges, the VUCA world demands for innovation and change, the Covid-19 pandemic and emerging challenges to the governance of sport at national level requires a fresh, scientific, context-specific, agile response and visionary and ethical leadership. Issues of gender equality, doping, sexual harassment and the need for safeguarding participants, financial mismanagement, stadium safety, high turn-over of coaches, legal issues, marketing and sponsorship challenges is viewed through the lens of the Da Vinci TIPS™ Framework by a practitioner, academic, and researcher with over 40 years of experience in the…

ALUMNI IN THE NEWS

Felleng Yende
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Dr Felleng Yende

Alumni Talk: Meet Dr. Felleng Yende, who is at the helm of the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&MSETA), and our remarkable alumnus   (Image supplied) Dr. Yende is on the rise – her patience, perseverance, resilience and humility give her the momentum to move forward.  In addition, she also attributes her remarkable strides largely to the helpful liveliness of those she is closely associated with. That is, family and her supervisors, as well as The Da Vinci Institute’s team, for always being there throughout her research journey when needed. Dr. Yende’s academic curiosity and journey undertook a critical reflective work-based challenge, as articulated in her thesis, after having realised that the nexus of leadership and the 4th Industrial Revolution have been under-researched within the context of organisational adaptability – thus her thesis titled: “Enhancing public sector leadership in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution…

Henriette van Twisk
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Henriette van Twisk

ALUMNUS ALERT: Henriette van Twisk, The Da Vinci Institute’s Master’s Degree Alumnus (2021)   (Image supplied) Henriette, through dedication and commitment has uniquely placed herself as an expert aspiring to make a long-lasting contribution to the field of education, a crucial area towards sustainability. Now armed with a master’s degree from The Da Vinci Institute, and even prior to her having obtained the mentioned qualification, Henriette has been confronting some of the burning issues in recent times – conundrums within the education sector and specifically at the college level. Her dissertation, a diagnostic study, is titled: Summative Evaluation of a Foundational Learning Programme for Technical and Vocational Colleges in South Africa. Henriette states that its chief aim “is to answer the question: Can a foundational learning programme create a learning foundation that will facilitate better pass rates when students enrol at TVET colleges?” A corollary to this question is, “to…

Marcus Desando
16 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Marcus Desando

Marcus Tebogo Desando: The Man and His Work We are joined today by The Da Vinci Institute’s Masters alumnus and Doctoral candidate, Marcus Tebogo Desando – the outgoing CEO of Arts & Culture Trust. Now, newly appointed as the Director of Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam). He is a constant fixture of South Africa’s cultural and operatic scene.   (Image supplied)   In briefly tracing back the origins of Marcus’ artistic journey, he began as a chorister, thus an operatic singing career inevitably ensued, usually a path not abnormal among choral singers, especially here in South Africa. As the years passed, Marcus started to consider charting a career path in operatic stage directing, following advice from his mentor Prof. Angelo Gobbato, to which he moved apace and, over-time, an artistic occupation he became renowned for in the country. He was first an assistant to local and visiting international directors, where he…

Ansie Prinsloo
02 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Ansie Prinsloo

We celebrate with our alumnus, Dr Ansie Prinsloo by sharing her journey to remarkability (Image supplied) Dr Ansie Prinsloo is a Da Vinci Doctoral Degree holder who embraces the notion of seeking her truth and treads the path of remarkability, by continually thinking outside the box and garnering her own relevant truths, in her quest to make abundant improvements within the healthcare sector. On speaking of her Doctoral thesis, Dr Prinsloo explains that her thesis, titled, Enhancing healthcare delivery through a framework that integrates inclusivity and quality improvement science, “describes not only my academic work as it plays out in practice but also my passion. The research journey started as an academic inquiry about efficiency and effectiveness in my workplace. At the onset, I thought of myself as the author and creator of the content and learning. During the journey, my perfunctory understanding transcended and grew into an increasing awareness…

Notius Tarisai
02 Nov: Alumni Showcase: Mr Notius Tarisai

It is with great excitement and pride that today we showcase the remarkability of Mr Notius Tarisai, a Master’s alumnus of The Da Vinci Institute. His is a tale we would like to share as he is one of our paragons at the home of remarkability – a place he speaks fondly of. Notius attributes his learning journey at The Da Vinci Institute as being an intellectual metamorphosis for him. He states that, “prior to my enrolment at The Da Vinci Institute, I understood the role of technological innovation in various industries and sectors; through The Da Vinci Institute, however, I was educated on social innovation. I then applied the theory I had learnt to bridge the gap between rural farming systems and commercial farming methods and reconnected the learning outcomes with my rural upbringing and influences in my dissertation.” Having work experience that spans over three decades, says Mr….

Shannon Nel
26 Aug: Alumni Showcase: Dr Shannon Nell

In women’s month we continue to showcase some of our remarkable female alumni and today we profile one of our recent Doctoral graduates – Dr Shannon Nell This work is dedicated to nursing leaders – whoever and wherever you may be. I honour you. By Dr Shannon Nell Dr Nell comes from the health fraternity and has been a nurse for four decades. She has co-created in a multitude of clinical areas, including maternity, paediatrics, adult intensive care, and paediatric oncology, as well as in nursing education. Currently, Dr Nell serves as the Director of Nursing and Nursing Education at Netcare, a position she has held for the last seven years. We salute our remarkable Davincian, for all that she has done and continues to do on the frontline in our country, giving daily of herself to the betterment of others. Besides her extensive experience, Dr Nell also holds several…

Estie Serfontein
26 Aug: Alumnus Showcase: Dr Estie Serfontein

A shining star in the Da Vinci Galaxy is our Doctoral Alumnus Dr Estie Serfontein, an agile, aligned and engaged managerial leader in the aviation industry. Dr Estie Serfontein is a dynamic and remarkable female leader of the aviation industry, and a Doctoral alumnus who flexes her academic muscles with her research output.  Dr Serfontein is also a self-motivated leader with passion and resilience in abundance and extensive experience in the aviation industry. She is the quality assurance manager for Execujet Aviation. Her skills have led her to successfully manage teams and processes as a strategic driver of programmes that allow for continuous quality improvement and efficiency through audits and special projects. Through her experience, Dr Serfontein has amassed a breadth of knowledge in analysing data and orchestrating project implementations, as well as ensuring compliance with local and federal regulations. Ever a consistent high achiever, Dr Serfontein not only successfully…

Zain Reddiar
09 Aug: Alumni Showcase: Zain Reddiar

“We are entering a changing world of expatriation and international human resources management that will never be the same. The only way forward is the presentation of online solutions to a dynamic global mobility issue” – by Zain Donnovan Reddiar It always is an exhilarating moment when one of our remarkable student’s gets to fulfil a lifelong learning journey. Today it is one of our recent remarkable Doctoral alumnis and Council member Dr Zain Donovan Reddiar that we profile. Dr Reddiar explains that, “the journey was a mixture of excitement and trepidation.” He confesses to have experienced some, “highs and lows, but what a phenomenal journey it has been.” He concedes that, “there were times when I felt energised and on top of the world, as well as times when I felt completely confused.  The confusion spurred me to dig deeper, to read more, and I soon found my path.”…

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