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Diversity Management & Inclusion- Core to People Management Strategy

I held a talk at PowerFM987’s midnight show, PowerZone, with the host, Mr Morio Sanyane, on the 9th January 2019. During and after the show I continued to reflect on the inputs from the callers. It became clear to me that Diversity Management & Inclusion ought to become the strategic intent of South Africa if we are to move the country forward. 
DISUNITY: South Africa is a complex and dynamic country with big ambitions but lacks structured approach to its disunity problem. This is a legacy problem from our Apartheid past. It continues to define the context in which we live, work, and function as a society. The time has come for us to face this ill head on as it is delaying us from progressing toward our dream future. We cannot stay in perpetual denial of our legacy problems like this one. Yes, is as a result of our history, especially Apartheid, but it must not define who we are to become.
ONE IDENTITY: Our new reality is our lack of the capacity at both individual and organizationa…

Youth Development Coaching during VUCA and 4IR times

Coaching the youth during the VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity) and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) times requires well thought through and designed Youth Development Coaching Programme.


The youth’s present and future world is turbulent. It is unfolding at a speed none of us could ever have imagined. They need to be assisted more in imagining their future world, and see themselves conquering it.


What distracts them is that they are inundated with too many stimuli from the current world. This is not supposed to be confusing them. In coaching nothing from our world is broken. It gives us valuable data to work with. That is the perspective we need to help the youth in mapping out their way forward. We celebrate this complexity, and help our clients (in this case the youth) to embrace it and befriend their fears. Out of this confusing world, through coaching intervention, we pull out our future stars. This is the most crucial role we as coaches and the global co…

Applied Professional Coaching: A Game Changer in Life-Long Holistic Human Capital Development

IN CONTEXT - Coaching always takes place in a particular context for the client and/or the sponsor. In Executive Coaching by the Client we refer to the Coaches, and the Sponsor. The contract is a three-party affair. But the Coach must never forget that the primary Client is the Coaches. He/she comes first. The Context we are referring to is that of the primary Client (the Coaches). That Context is to do with the Client’s Professional or Personal Development or the Circumstances in the Sponsor/Organization that requires him/her to respond in a particular way. But the focus is always forward int the Future, and we are always positive in our approach. It is about a shift from the Current State of Being (CSoB) to the Future State ofBeing (FSoB).
APPLIED - Yes, we all need the understanding of Concepts, Theories, Methodologies, Models, and Tools in Coaching. We learn all these in the Coaching Programmes and Courses. However, Coaching is an Applied Intervention. The real Coach shows up in ap…

Why Leadership Fails? – The Coach’s View

The world is experiencing weakness in leadership today than at any era in history. This is not due to the gap in leadership expertise and competence. It is due to the forever changing context, driven by new technologies. The situation is also made complex and dynamic as a result of growing need for transparency in leadership practices. Not everybody that aspires to become a leader becomes a successful. Most successful leaders are aware that it is not all within their capabilities to be successful. That is why leadership coaching is no longer a luxury but a necessity. It has proven itself to be the most critical human capital intervention that each leader must have. The coach is a strategic thinking partner that challenges the leader in line with the prevailing context and possible future scenarios.
Greed is one of the many reasons leaders are likely to fail. They may be greedy personally or on behalf of their organizations. Realistic thinking is a tactic that could be used to guard aga…

LEADERSHIP IN CONTEXT – The Coach’s View

The morale all over the world is low as a result of leadership disappointments experienced by the people. The leaders and people have lost each other. Even though the citizens of the world vote for the leaders, the leaders behave as if they are not accountable to the people. The civil movements that used to hold the leaders accountable are more than ever before, compromised. We are living in a fast changing world, dictated to by the new technologies. The Artificial Intelligence and 4th Industrial Revolution are the orders of the day. At the same time organizations, companies, communities, citizens and the countries are threatened by cyber crime. The governments are not investing enough in research to up the cyber security and develop experts to take cyber criminals head on. We require situational and proactive leadership that will function effectively in the digitalised world. That is the new leadership competence that the authors of leadership curriculum are slow to incorporate in th…

BUSINESS DIGITALIZATION (GOING ONLINE) AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT

Definition: "Digitalization is the integration of digital technologies into everyday life by the digitization of everything that can be digitized. The literal meaning of digitization gives an apparent idea of development and technology dependent world", IGI Global, a leading international academic publisher committed to facilitating the discovery of pioneering research that enhances and expands the body of knowledge available to the research community. 
Background:The future is secure with transition onto online platforms to service clients and the society at large. However, this does not happen on its own for the enterprises, big or small. It requires a decisive strategic intervention by the management and leadership, followed by financial Investment in the processes to effect this transition. The talk about the 4th Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence, and application of Online Business Platforms is a “sweet one” for those who are not running enterprises. It sound…

The Process of the LEKGOTLA Way Learning & Development Methodology

Step 1 - Arrival & Registration:The COMETSA team has secured a standing venue for the monthly LEKGOTLA, with secured parking and welcoming amenities. The registration takes place inside the LEKGOTLA hall. There are welcome drinks. The environment, by the time the guests arrive is prepared and appealing. A soothing music is on, COMETSA branding is prepared, and the names of the guests with their details are ready. They are invited to come forward to COMETSA banner for collector's item picture with COMETSA leadership and staff. The social media platforms are set. The online friends of COMETSA are being update throughout. This is just the continuation of daily interaction since the first day of sending the event announcements and invitation online. Step 2 - Voluntary Pre-LEKGOTLA Networking (1 x Hour):The LEKGOTLA officially starts at 09h00, but the venue is open at 08h00. This first hour is dedicated to the Voluntary Pre-LEKGOTLA Networking. It is COMETSA tradition to encourage t…