The Good Things Guy is on a mission to change what the world pays attention to. Brent Lindeque believes there's good news all around us & the 100's of stories he receives every day are his proof. Brent spends his time hunting down & reporting on the best Good News stories from South Africa, and the world. In Good Things Guy, you'll meet these everyday heroes & hear their incredible stories!
Purpose vs Profit: How has business changed in our 'new normal'?
For the past 50 years, the primary role of business in society has been to maximise shareholder return, a consequence of Milton Friedman's seminal article in the New York Times in 1970 in which he stated that "any other use of shareholders money was irresponsible".
Given the current state of the world, the pandemic, with climate change, global warming, depletion of our natural resources, over population, catastrophic pollution and growing inequality to name a few, it feels like the idea of business being a force for good, and playing a bigger role in society beyond financial maximisation, is the obvious thing to do.
Unfortunately, many business leaders don’t see it this way.
The world of business is about making money and “purpose” is often seen as getting in the way of making money. It’s perceived to be a “feel good” distraction that takes the eye off the ball, costs money, and erodes the carefully crafted and sought-after profit number. This number is the sole purpose many businesses exist, and it is the most significant factor that business leaders are judged on.
So, when business leaders see the word “purpose”, their immediate assumption is that it is going to cost them money, making their profit number that much more difficult to achieve.
Mike Middleton - Founder and CEO of Marty McFly - and Andrew Ross - CEO of Chaos Theory - have joined Brent Lindeque to chat about where business is going in our 'new normal'.
Driving Hope during COVID-19
#DriveHope was created from a desperate cry for help in a post on Facebook. When Karen Denny, Divisional Executive for Liberty’s Digital Marketing team, first read it, her heart sank. An elderly woman had anonymously poured her heart out, searching for help after she was sexually assaulted by a relative. The woman’s family and friends couldn’t offer her the support she needed, she had lost her job because of the COVID-19 lockdown, and her Unemployment Insurance Fund payments were still outstanding.
Reading the post was an emotional rollercoaster – the sadness surrounding the woman’s situation, the outrage over her suffering and inability to find help, and finally knowing that the Liberty #DriveHope Squad could somehow assist.
“I remember when I first called her, she couldn’t stop crying. I told her – I promised her – that we were going to help,” said Denny.
The physical distance created by the national lockdown was a challenge, but she and Liberty’s #DriveHopeSquad, a team of internal colleagues – knew that at the very least, they could help the woman get medical attention, both physically and psychologically, and provide her with food to sustain her until she could get back on her feet.
This was just one of the hundreds of random acts of kindness that the squad has undertaken since the campaign began. Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque chats to Karen to find out more about the #DriveHope initiative.
A look back: Some Good Things in 2020!
2020 has been filled with so much trauma. We've lost loved ones, businesses, incomes, health, faith in our leaders and every ounce of what we used to call normal. COVID-19 - caused by a virus with unprecedented deadliness and voracious contagion - brought the world to a standstill. As we struggle to process the pandemic's rising death toll and reel from its economic impact, we can't move or gather together freely. Our normalcy is gone. Coronavirus anxiety is everywhere. The future is uncertain, and the outlook feels bad.
It's been tough, I know! But I also know that there have been many moments this year that have stood out above the rest and need to be celebrated. So I put a call out on social media for you to send one good thing that happened to you this year and good grief, I have been left completely hopeful and inspired.
All the feels… have a listen here.
Forget about Black Friday - Giving Tuesday is a WAY better global trend!
#GivingTuesdaySA is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Following the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesdaySA will take place on Dec 1, 2020 and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
And Laura Parker joins Brent Lindeque to tell us why Giving Tuesday matters more now, than ever!
Mandy Wiener and the Whistle Blowers
Mandy Wiener is one of the country’s best known and most credible journalists and authors; she’s worked as a multi award-winning reporter with EWN; appeared on all sorts of radio stations and she’s been crowned as The CNN African Radio Journalist of the Year.
Mandy Wiener has also earned a reputation for her work exposing South Africa’s deepest darkest Underworld.
This incredible South African specialises in investigative reporting and legal matters, having extensively covered both the corruption trial of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi and the infamous Brett Kebble murder trial.
Mandy Wiener's new book, The Whistle Blowers, shines a light on the plight of this special class of justice-seeker, advocating for changes in legislation, organisational support and social attitudes in order to embolden more potential whistle blowers to find the courage to step up.
And she's joined the Good Things Guy Brent Lindeque (again) to figure out how all of this could possibly be a good thing.
Rozanne McKenzie on life, love and lockdown!
Johannesburg-based news anchor, presenter, MC, actress, voice over artist, wife and mom, Rozanne McKenzie recently started a media company called Rozanne McKenzie Media and is currently producing her first TV show about good things!
The entire show is based around the Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels, which is featured on Breakfast with Martin Bester every Wednesday morning.
"Omgee-engele is a revisit of some of the incredible stories that listeners have heard on Good Morning Angels over the past few years. Presented by Martin and Dianne Broderick, the TV show goes back to the beneficiaries to see how it’s going with them now and how their involvement with Good Morning Angels has changed their lives.
Rozanne joins Brent Lindeque to chat about the show; about being a mom and fighting for body positivity online.
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