Videos & Podcasts
The subversive power of servant leadership
Ian Fuhr’s life journey has been a series of entrepreneurial ventures, each started in new and unfamiliar industries. The most important lesson he has learnt, he says, is the power of servant leadership—the counter-intuitive idea that the purpose of work is not to make money, but rather, to serve. In this talk, delivered at TEDxJohannesburg 2015, Ian takes us on a hilarious tour of his ventures. He stops at key moments that mark important epiphanies. Each revelation demanding that he make choices that have elegantly combined into a leadership philosophy that could only have come out of the unique soup of socio-political conditions that is South Africa. That philosophy is a useful recipe for anyone who wants to succeed as a leader at a time when the world desperately needs to design for greater accountability, diversity, and creativity. In business and in society.
Why good leaders make you feel safe
What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety — especially in an uneven economy — means taking on big responsibility.
Forget the pecking order at work
Organisations are often run according to “the superchicken model” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It’s a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”
Millenials in the workplace
Excerpt of Simon Sinek on Millennials from an episode of Inside Quest.
5 ways to lead in an era of constant change
Who says change needs to be hard? Organisational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today’s constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centred around putting people first, for turning company reorganisation into an empowering, energising task for all.
Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume
Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, human resources executive Regina Hartley always gives the “Scrapper” a chance. As someone who grew up with adversity, Hartley knows that those who flourish in the darkest of spaces are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace. “Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose,” she says. “Hire the Scrapper.”
Are you a giver or a taker?
In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organisational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.
4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines
In the face of artificial intelligence and machine learning, we need a new radical humanism, says Tim Leberecht. For the self-described “business romantic,” this means designing organisations and workplaces that celebrate authenticity instead of efficiency and questions instead of answers. Leberecht proposes four (admittedly subjective) principles for building beautiful organisations.
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Why a Resilient Mindset is such a vital factor in the wellbeing of every member of our nation
Jamie Ford of Foresight Learning speaks to Jesse Mulligan on Radio New Zealand 20 February 2017
How to grow a resilient mindset
Jamie Ford of Foresight Learning speaks to Simon Pound at The Spin Off June 2017