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15 December 2020
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Governance

365 Days of Activism Against the Abuse of Females (Women and Girls) by Males (Men and Boys) - a pandemic by any other name.

“In his speech on 11th January 2020, on progress in South Africa’s effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa reminded the nation that we are facing a second pandemic, that of gender-based violence and femicide. More specifically, he referred to the country’s efforts to end…
05 November 2020
popi
Legislation

Are you ready for POPI Act compliance?

With the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) in force from 1 July 2020 and the Information Regulator South Africa assuming full enforcement powers from 1 July 2021 now is the time to make sure you are ready for compliance with POPIA.
31 October 2020
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Leadership

Focus on stuff you "can control" in the face of a global pandemic

Is it possible to build the personal and team resilience needed to cope with the global and local response to the virus situation, while also maintaining the mindset required to ‘stay on task’? As we learn to live with the ‘COVID-19 global pandemic’ there are many organisations around the world who…
30 September 2020
Leadership Development Engagement Skills
Leadership

Leadership Development Engagement Skills in Times of Crisis

A good leader can make a success of a weak business strategy, and a poor leader ruin even the best business strategy. While all leaders have common leadership challenges, there are different leadership development programmes that can be used for different aspects of leadership, unique to each…

Working from home

04 Sep 2020 Change
Work from Home
Working from home is the new reality, and will be for the foreseeable future. It is also bound to have a profound impact on the way we work in the future. With…

Is retrenchment the only answer?

20 Jul 2020 Skills Development
retrenchment
A report released by Statistics SA in May 2020, found that one in three South African businesses are considering retrenchment to cope with the Covid-19…

Covid-19’s 4IR acceleration in Training & Education

12 Jun 2020 Skills Development
learning
2020 has taken the world by surprise with COVID- 19 dominating and impacting all economies. South Africa has not been spared and is only starting to see the…

4IR and what you need to know

28 May 2020 Marketing
4IR
The 4th Industrial Revolution is not new. Did you know that this concept was formalised by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic…

Is 5G the mother of Covid19?

06 Apr 2020 Coaching and Mentoring
5G Covid 19
The man who first made fire was most certainly ostracised by his tribe for trying to play God. Thankfully, it did not take long for humans to realise that…

The Leader's Walk

17 Mar 2020 Coaching and Mentoring
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Talk at the 30% Club on the 17th March 2020 Topic: What is the mental map of a creative fashion designer that you use to apply in the business world. Each of…

How we gauge that pressure has changed over the last 21 years.

05 Dec 2019 Leadership
21 year pressure pic
In 1998, the world was very different - dial-up modems still screeched through phone lines, France were poised to win the World Cup and NASA found water on the…

A car running on coal

13 Nov 2019 Leadership
Zero emission
Before you jump to your keyboard and send me some hate mail, I want to clearly state that I do support any initiative that would protect our little blue…

The Legislation of Dagga in SA - what you should know

17 Sep 2019 Legislation
Marijuana
South Africa has a problem of substance usage and the use of dagga has increased significantly in the past year due to the recent Constitutional Court judgment…

Where’s the value add in aligning company and personal values?

17 Jul 2019 Leadership
personal values
Organisational values are too often perceived as fluffy, nice ideas that offer no real bottom-line value. However, in today’s increasingly millennial-filled…

Change is a given – but can we make it stick?

01 Jul 2019 Change
change is a given
The contemporary organisation has become multifaceted and is highly dependent on its technological competence and the social skills of its people. It relies…

Generic Management Certificate Programme

25 Jun 2019 Skills Development
generic management
Litha-Lethu Management Solutions has been accredited by BANKSETA (BANK-LautL180420) to provide the Generic Management Certificate Programme (5), Qualification…

Organisational Design – Is a flattened and decentralised hierarchy really good for business?

25 Jun 2019 Organisational Design
Organisational Design
Modern business practices are a result of the strategy and structure of an organisation. The strategy takes into account various factors that can significantly…

Making change happen – isn’t that a job for HR?

25 May 2019 Change
making change happen
In competitive business environments, organisations strive relentlessly towards sustaining a superior advantage. This requires leaders to use proactive…

A look into EQ and its contribution to leadership in the workplace.

25 Apr 2019 Leadership
a look into eq
Whilst the fundamentals of leadership will not change, future leaders will succeed with a different skill set than those of today. In today’s rapidly changing…

Competency Assessments: The value add in the modern recruitment process

25 Mar 2019 Skills Development
competency assessments
Attracting, securing and retaining talent in the market has become a increasingly complex and costly task in modern times. A recent global survey revealed that…

Looking at clouds from both sides: POPI and cloud services

01 Mar 2019 Legislation
popi
Introduction When legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released her hugely successful album “Clouds” in May 1969 little could she have guessed…

POPI: To opt in or opt out: a guide

01 Feb 2019 Legislation
POPI new
Introduction Previous legislation and regulations prior to the arrival of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) in 2013 required organisations…

How unions will respond to AI

25 Jan 2019 Change
unions respond
Robotics, automation and artificial intelligence are transforming everything from retail to banking and the provision of medical care. Along with the emergence…

Governance matters for POPI and PAIA Act Compliance

01 Jan 2019 Legislation
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The foundation of good governance lies in assigning responsibilities for activities that will contribute to effective governance. It is no different for…

Performance Management and Monitoring

18 Dec 2018 Skills Development
performance
The ability to phone, email, write an essay, take a picture or work on a spreadsheet, at any time or place, on a device small enough to fit in your pocket has…

The Modern Workplace: A Cross-Generational Discussion

25 Nov 2018 Leadership
modern workplace
In today’s workplace it has become common for people from three different generations to work simultaneously together. The most prominent of which are: Baby…

Top 10 Tips For Popi Act Compliance Checklist

01 Nov 2018 Legislation
What you need to do to become and remain POPI Act compliant.
POPI ACT: Protection of Personal Information Act No.4 of 2013

Turning the POPI Act into a benefit not a burden: the Case of Downes Murray International

01 Oct 2018 Legislation
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Most of us would probably agree that the last thing most companies need, particularly when it comes to fundraising, is more red tape, complex rules and legal…

10 Steps To POPI Act Compliance Checklist

01 Oct 2018 Legislation
POPI new
Almost all organisations are faced with the challenge of achieving and maintaining compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act No. 4 of 2013…

The Facebook debacle – maybe it’s time to take the PoPI Act seriously?

25 Sep 2018 Legislation
facebook debacle
The revelations of Mark Zuckerberg’s congress hearing on 11 April 2018 put the spotlight on privacy restrictions and the value of one’s personal data. However,…

Automation, looming threat or a blessing in a disguise?

10 Sep 2018 Skills Development
automation
In our modern, globalised economy, businesses are under more pressure than ever to differentiate, evolve and adapt to stay relevant. From Finance to Sales and…

Personal protection of information starts with you

01 Sep 2018 Legislation
popi
The Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act has been imminent for some years, and was finally signed into law in November 2013. In principle, the…

Women in the Workplace, Where to from #metoo

29 Aug 2018 Leadership
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In modern democratic South Africa progress has been made towards gender representation however, we still have a long way to go. Recent statistics from StatsSA…

Are you POPI compliant?

02 Aug 2018 Legislation
POPI new
So where is the “stick and carrot” for POPI? Think about how broad the definition of “personal information” can be: customers, beneficiaries, employees,…

Flying in Formation - Lessons from Geese

01 Dec 2017 Leadership
geese formation
Geese fly in a 'V' formation for two specific purposes: (i) it conserves their energy and (ii) the shape makes it easy to keep track of every bird in the group.

Organisational Change and Transformation

30 Nov 2017 Change
change transformation all orig
Much has been written about what transformation is and isn't, what the difference is or might be between change and transformation, and what strategies and…

Significant change impacts

03 Oct 2017 Change
Change Management Infographic
A good illustration of the change management processes overlaid by the cycle that individuals go through when there is significant change.

Burnout - a necessary evil?

02 Mar 2017 Skills Development
Burnout
Business relies on cohesive and productive teamwork. What happens when the pressure is more than some can bear, with individuals 'falling by the wayside' due…

Too much pressure?

02 Mar 2017 Leadership
CCS pressure
Too much pressure and resultant burnout is more common than we realise in today's harsh and demanding business environment. Take time to read this this article…

Change Management isn't only for companies

09 Oct 2015 Change
time for change
How do you respond to change? Do you roll with the punches or, dig your heels in until the last moment? How you manage change in the workplace may well impact…

POPI - Another Bureaucratic Headache or Real Safety Measures?

09 Oct 2015 Legislation
popi
For those businesses who are service providers to Government and other SOA's and SOE's, have you started adapting your internal processes to comply with POPI…

You never know where learning a lesson can come from

15 Sep 2015 Leadership
We heard about an interesting story from Skip Prichard in one of his Leadership Lessons posts about Market Basket. Most business schools today teach that the…

Social Media Marketing vs Content Marketing

21 Aug 2015 Marketing
Social vs Content
This article is submitted by Irene Pilavachi of KINGSWAY MARKETING. I enjoyed this post from the Content Marketing Institute's website even though it is two…

The Nature of Change

20 Jun 2015 Change
New time for change 2
LITHA-LETHU came across an article recently about Change Management which they believe is a worthwhile share. Written by Rachel Thompson from the Mind Tools…

SCARF - A Neuroleadership Model

20 Jun 2015 Leadership
In a world of increasing interconnectedness and rapid change, there is a growing need to improve the way people work together. Understanding the true drivers…

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