Every one of us needs inspiration when we are going through a tough time. Even more so, if we are in a crisis of epic proportions and our livelihood is at stake. Covid-19 has caused unparalleled levels of volatility, complexity and uncertainty that few of us have seen in our lifetimes. The future is unclear, we don’t have a playbook, nor can we draw from similar experiences in the past. For an entire generation, the actions we take now will define our future wellbeing. Although we don’t have the power to change our fate, we have the power to think further, choose our mindset and develop scenarios that will give us the best chance to prevail. The purpose of this communication is to share some guiding principles that could help you navigate through the complexity and uncertainty of Covid-19 and beyond. Although this is a Marathon Consulting communication, it was sent to all our clients and contacts in our [...]
"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails." John Maxwell My first-born finished school this year and is heading to university in 2020. Thirty-three years ago, I was in the same boat. I will never forget my first Statistics class, when the professor told the story of two mice who arrived at the campus. Shortly after their arrival, both fell into a bucket of milk. The one mouse gave up and drowned. The other one decided to keep on kicking and after “three years” the milk turned into butter and he climbed out. The mice fable is a story of hope, resilience and courage and it helped me to be steadfast in my true north and what I wanted to achieve in life. I am sure all of you have similar stories of inspiration that have shaped your lives. South Africa has so many “wicked” problems, and the mice fable is so relevant to our context. The depth and width of state capture have stunned every South African and we all feel the impact [...]
When the winds of change blow, some build walls, whilst others build windmills. ‘n Chinese spreekwoord Elke dag ontwrig nuwe besigheidsmodelle die bestaandes. Ontwrigtende veranderinge is nou die nuwe normaal. Binne 'n sake-konteks is dit goeie nuus, want dit skep meer waarde vir klante. In die politiek is onlangse ontwrigtende veranderinge verdelend – van Brexit tot Trump tot Zuma. Die vraag is, hoe lei ons in 'n verdelende en verdeelde wêreld waar die retoriek van nasionalisme, stamgebondenheid, faksievorming en eiebelang meer mure as maatskaplike gebondenheid/sosiale kohesie bou? Deel jy die siening dat die oplossing daarin lê om anders te dink oor verandering en vooruitgang? Ek was onlangs bevoorreg om 'n bestuurs- en leierskapsprogram saam met 38 afgevaardigdes van 17 lande by te woon. Drie indrukke het my bygebly:
The poem is written by Rabindranath Tagore, 1913 Nobel prize winner for literature. It represents Tagore’s vision of a new and awakened India. The poem is written in the form of a prayer to God, the Almighty for true freedom for his country. Tagore reveals his own concept of freedom throughout the poem. When you read it, please do so from an outside in perspective. Visualise your own country as you step back and reflect.
Every day, new business models disrupt established ones. Disruptive change is now the new normal. Within a business context this is good news as it creates more value for customers. In politics, however, recent disruptive changes have been divisive - from Brexit to Trump to Zuma. The question is how do we lead in a divisive and divided world where the rhetoric of nationalism, tribalism, factionalism and self-interest are building more walls instead of more social cohesion? Do you share the belief that the solution lies in thinking differently about change and progress? I recently had the privilege of attending a management and leadership programme with 38 delegates from 17 countries. Three things stuck with me:
A roller coaster year… Since 1994 the South African nation has achieved so much in some areas, but so little in others. We have much to be proud of, but our country still needs a great deal of hard work and learning. The past year was a “tipping point” for many South Africans - they realised South Africa will never be the same again. In our 2016 year-end message we wrote about the so-called “land between”, a desert experience and a time of hardship that challenges us at various levels. While uncomfortable, the “land between” can also be fertile ground for reflection, personal growth and for developing new perspectives, beliefs and habits. 2017 has certainly been a year of reflection, more so than 2016. We need a grander vision for our country, we need a different mindset to address the legacies of the past and build a united future. So, what can leaders do?
‘n Mallemeule-jaar… Sedert 1994 het Suid-Afrika se mense só baie op sommige terreine bereik, maar só min op ander. Daar is baie waarop ons kan trots wees, maar ons land kort nog baie harde werk en daar is nog lesse te leer. Die afgelope jaar was ‘n kantelpunt vir baie Suid-Afrikaners – hulle het besef Suid-Afrika sal nooit weer dieselfde wees nie. In ons jaareinde-boodskap vir 2016 het ons geskryf oor die sogenaamde “niemandsland”, ‘n woestyn-ervaring en ‘n tyd van swaarkry wat ons op verskillende maniere toets. Dit is ongemaklik, maar die “niemandsland” is ook vrugbare teelaarde vir oorpeinsing, persoonlike groei en om nuwe perspektiewe, oortuigings en gewoontes te kweek. 2017 was beslis ‘n jaar van oorpeinsing, meer so as 2016. Ons het ‘n omvangryker visie vir ons land en ‘n ander kopruimte nodig om die nalatenskap van die verlede aan te pak en ‘n verenigde toekoms te bou. Dus, wat kan leiers doen?
The wise man will always build his house on a rock… so that it can weather the storms of life! It is no different in business. Only when a business has a solid strategic foundation, will it be able to compete and achieve its goals in a sustainable way. So what are the key components that support the core foundation of a business?