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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

It's a messy, complicated world out there. We need better solutions to the problems around us, and better leaders to them. No one person has it all figured out, but in a quest to discover a more impactful brand of leadership, I'm having conversations with people who have at least some part of it figured out, and specifically in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, impact and technology.

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In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

It's a messy, complicated world out there. We need better solutions to the problems around us, and better leaders to them. No one person has it all figured out, but in a quest to discover a more impactful brand of leadership, I'm having conversations with people who have at least some part of it figured out, and specifically in the fields of business, entrepreneurship, impact and technology.

    #039 Playing Against Yourself (Leading on the Field Part 2) — Ashleigh Buhai

    #039 Playing Against Yourself (Leading on the Field Part 2) — Ashleigh Buhai

    This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com).

    At the tender age of 18, golf prodigy Ashleigh Buhai turned pro after breaking almost every amateur record in South Africa. She was the youngest player (14) to receive full African colours, the youngest player to win the Ladies South African Amateur Stroke Play and Match Play double, and the first player in 101 years to win the South African Open title three times.

    She went on to win three times on the European Tour, where she currently plays, and is a fantastic ambassador for young South Africans rising through the sport, not to mention the consummate professional in all aspects of her game.

    I spoke to Ashleigh about the unique challenge of playing a sport at the highest level where, unlike football, rugby or cricket, you really have nobody else to blame for your shortcomings other than you. You're out there alone on the golf course, and that means taking extraordinary levels of responsibility for your own readiness and performance. Not unlike, I think, the unique challenge of entrepreneurship or leading any organisation of significance, which can often be a very lonely job.

    A big thank you to the teams at Forwardzone and Platform45 for making this episode of the One-Eyed Man possible

    • 37 min
    #038 Pushing the Boundaries of Sports Leadership (Leading on the Field Part 1) — Enoch Nkwe

    #038 Pushing the Boundaries of Sports Leadership (Leading on the Field Part 1) — Enoch Nkwe

    Enoch Nkwe is the assistant coach of the South African national cricket team, the Proteas.

    This Leading on the Field series of conversations with key sporting personalities is brought to you by sports management specialists, Forwardzone (https://forwardzone.com).

    A former professional cricketer himself, Enoch's promising career was cut short by injury. Rather than be defeated by this setback, he reinvented himself as a successful coach in the franchise system, then in the Netherlands national team make up, and after a hugely successful stint at the coach of the Highveld Lions, settled into a new role with his beloved Proteas.

    We talk about the unique challenge of leading a national sports team, and how leadership influences in his early life shaped the philosophy he brings to the team today.

    Enoch's passion for his work is palpable, and I thoroughly enjoyed our discussion. I hope you do too, and if you do, please share it with your network.

    A big thank you to Platform45 (https://platform45.com) for their continued support of the podcast.

    • 57 min
    #037 WhatsApp and the real price of free social networks — Nerushka Bowan

    #037 WhatsApp and the real price of free social networks — Nerushka Bowan

    A big thank you to Platform45 (https://platform45.com) for making this episode possible.

    Should we be jumping the WhatsApp ship?

    In this episode I talk to Nerushka Bowan about the recent panic over - and exodus from - WhatsApp. Nerushka is an emerging technology law specialist and legal technology innovator, and has been one of the more balanced and lucid voices in the noise around this interesting development.

    • 45 min
    #036 A counter-intuitive approach to innovation in media and news — Styli Charalambous

    #036 A counter-intuitive approach to innovation in media and news — Styli Charalambous

    A big thank you to Platform45 (https://platform45.com) for making this episode possible.

    Styli Charalambous — Daily Maverick | CEO/Publisher

    The thinking behind the launch of print weekly DM168

    In this episode I talk to Styli Charalambous, the visionary CEO and Publisher of Daily Maverick. In the midst of a particularly unpredictable time for media businesses (and the world at large, to be fair), South Africa’s digital-first-and-only news publication drew international attention with its launch of a print weekly, DM168.

    We discuss the vision and motivation for this bold move, in context of a broader conversation about misinformation, disinformation, and the politicisation of media in general.

    • 54 min
    #035 Rethinking organisational design and effectiveness through CEOship — Rowan Belchers

    #035 Rethinking organisational design and effectiveness through CEOship — Rowan Belchers

    Rowan Belchers — Lockstep | Founder

    Dismantling and demystifying some widely held misconceptions about CEOs

    In this episode I talk to specialist CEO advisor Rowan Belchers about what being a CEO really means, why the role is more important than ever in determining organisational success, and how modern CEOs are having to revise their views on leadership to adapt and thrive.

    Rowan is the founder of Lockstep, which delivers customised leadership solutions to significantly impact business performance, and the creator of The CEO Project a programme specifically designed for leaders who sense they need a new blueprint for success in a rapidly evolving business and societal landscape.

    • 50 min
    #034 Inclusive service cultures are the key to impactful leadership — Ian Fuhr

    #034 Inclusive service cultures are the key to impactful leadership — Ian Fuhr

    Ian Fuhr — Hatch Institute | Founder

    How race relations and diversity are fueling business growth and prosperity

    In this episode I talk to Ian Fuhr, known to many as the dynamic founder of the Sorbet group, about his new project the Hatch Institute and its work in helping entrepreneurs build more inclusive, progressive and impactful businesses.

    Ian defines the work of the Hatch Institute with the phrase 'cultureneering'. His first business, K-Mart, catered to underserved black markets in the late 1970s and early 1980, deep in darkest years of segregationist Apartheid South Africa.

    In the early 1990s, Ian launched a labour consultancy, Labour Link, to assist businesses navigate race relations within their organisations during one of South Africa’s most tumultuous periods. Throughout his career Ian has remained convinced that, despite the complexity of the South African socio-political landscape, fostering working environments and cultures that revolve around a common purpose of obsessive customer service we will result in success.

    We talk about his passion for South African business owners, about the opportunities and challenges of our complex business landscape, and especially about the power of having difficult conversations.

    • 42 min

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