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TIME TO TAKE THE AGILE JOURNEY? Agility is a term you’ll hear in the boardrooms and corridors of just about any progressive organisation these days. Originally it meant the ability to change one’s body position efficiently using a combination of balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, strength, and endurance. Amplify that to the organisational context and it refers to the ability of an organisation to adapt quickly and effectively to challenges in today’s era of disruption. In a recent survey, two-thirds of companies described themselves as either ‘truly agile’ or busy pursuing the adoption of agility. In her Agile video series, Topco Training Partner Belinda Doveston unpacks the power of agility for strategy and leadership. Watch the first video here – and see below for details on how Belinda can help you activate your organisation’s agile journey.    Belinda is an educator, business architect and writer – and founder of Apian Learning, an online learning platform for fun, meaningful and high-growth e-learning experiences. She is also the host of a podcast called Show Me the Honey, which focuses on people, teams and organisations. Her consultancy, Building Teams, uses Lego® Serious Play® (LSP) and other facilitation methodologies to build teams and unlock the capacity to achieve meaningful purpose. Through her interactive and practical two-day Agile training course, Belinda helps organisations to build an agile strategy and ensure their leadership team is equipped for...

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CULTURE: THE POWER TO REPAIR At our 2018 HR Awards on 19 July, Greg Solomon – CEO of McDonald’s SA – gave a frank and heartfelt Keynote Speech that resonated with all present long after the night, as it articulated the power of culture to build unity in both business and our society. Greg’s speech in full: “So let’s start off with the world we currently live in. As we face economic and social difficulties, as we confront the harsh realities of change and as we grapple to balance competing needs, our national unity is starting to fracture, our identity is starting to fade and our society is starting to polarise. These fractures manifest themselves in different ways; sometimes race and religion, sometimes it’s rich versus poor; sometimes it’s the ruler and the people and sometimes it’s the students and teachers. As we shout at one another, as we hurl insults, humiliate each other and inflict pain the cracks grow wider, the differences become more glaring and the bonds that have held us together weaken. It often not one thing, it’s the thousand little things that don’t get our attention. The point of leading is not to cross the finish line first. It’s to take people across the finish line with you. And as employers and organisations we are no different – except that we are a smaller ecosystem of a...

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More and more, big organisations are realising the value of the one thing that can bond their thousands of employees to each other and to the organisation – culture. A meaningful culture that employees genuinely buy into, live and promote is more than a nice to have; it is fundamental – and can be clearly linked to organisational performance statistics, recruitment and retention success and consistently positive public brand image. When McDonald’s launched its Culture Evolution globally, McDonald’s South Africa decided to apply it with a relevant and inspiring local spin. So was born KULCHA CLUB, which incorporated a...

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CREATING LEGACY IN EAP BUSINESS The South African approach towards employee assistance By Professor Lourie Terblanche Book review: Employee assistance programmes (EAPs) are holistic workplace initiatives designed to assist employees with a range of work- and personal-related problems that may affect their job performance as well as their overall wellbeing. Traced back to beginnings in the 1930s, when the earliest crude EAPs tackled alcohol problems, EAPs are widely used by large organisations today to help maintain a happier, healthier workforce. EAPA-SA is the official voice of the Employee Assistance (EA) profession in South Africa. Now approaching its 20 th...

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LEADING THE AFRICAN E-LEARNING REVOLUTION 118, 467 Learners trained every month, across 868 sites in eight countries. Click PLAY on the future of education and upskilling – then get to the Future of HR Summit from 12 – 13 June 2019 to speak to LESSONDESK at their exhibition stand, about how they will make e-learning fun, agile and effective for YOUR...

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