At the beginning of the year, social media and newspapers are swamped with photos of kids starting school, looking both cute and odd in their oversized school uniforms. Matric results are revealed and the high achievers reach front page while everyone else searches frantically for their names in the papers. But did you know that a shocking 25% of government school grade 1’s in South Africa, don’t even make it to matric? What is more shocking is that about 80% of matriculates who actually graduate fail their first year at varsity. This is according to a Finweek article: Building a New Generation to Outsmart Google.
News24 states that Capetonians are experiencing the worst drought in Cape Towns’ recorded history. Level 6B water restrictions are effective as of from 1 February 2018. This means that less than 50 liters per person should be used per day at home and at the office. There are some experts who believe that day zero is inevitable. They predict that the water in the Western Cape will run out by April 2018 before the plans that were made are properly put into place. The fact is that although our leaders are trying to resolve the water issue, it remains the responsibility of our businesses and citizens to help fight this crisis. They are communicating the crises, we need to listen and act.
Leadership evolved so much over time and in such a way that it underwent a total paradigm shift. From being the person with the most brute strength or the person striking the most fear into people’s hearts in mid-evil times, to that of the new age leader; a person who is the kindest and most empathetic one investing more into others. A leader today is someone who is creating followers through mutual respect and teamwork rather than with force and fear.
But how much is the right leadership and great managers contributing to the business and its actual growth? With the world rapidly changing around us, great leaders should stay on top of new trends and developments in order to sustain growth and profitability in their organisations.
Everyone has a story to tell. This is a story of the everyday people, frustrated and irritated road users overlook or don’t even take note of, on their daily trips. This is a story of PT Operational Services (Pty) Ltd who implemented their Phambili Campaign, by partnering with The Mindspa Institute as a training partner, to motivate and make a difference in the lives of their employees, through a series of motivational workshops.
Yes we are talking about lives of ordinary, hardworking South Africans who are toll-gate operators, route patrol drivers, comms clerks and other operational staff. The Phambili Campaign was a set of motivational workshops, developed, and implemented to invest in the motivation of the operational staff mainly to increase productivity, customer relations and job satisfaction.
Stress is part of our daily lives. It is also called ‘the silent killer’. It’s hard to focus on everything, multitask and to stay at the top of your game day in and day out. Everyone always says it is important to live a balanced lifestyle, but how? Maybe all you need to do is to go back to the basics. For you to enjoy life and take off the edge both personally and professionally, start with this one thing. Start by delegating. Delegation is a useful tool in time management to relieve stress, but it is underutilized.
To delegate means that you assign certain responsibilities like tasks or activities to another person. You are in fact empowering that individual to make decisions. Don’t be fooled though, you as the person who delegated the work is still held accountable should this task be a failure or not completed. It, however, lightens the workload tremendously if assigned and monitored correctly. So the real question is whom to delegate to and how to manage the delegation of the tasks needed to be performed.
New research by the company Korn Ferry Hay Group in Los Angeles showed that women are better in applying the various essential soft skills that they obtained for effective leadership to increase business performance. They determined that women outperform men in 11 of the 12 key emotional intelligence competencies.
Someone recently had coffee with me and while we were talking, she suddenly, out of the blue looked at me and said “when I am around you, I immediately feel energized and positive. I can be in such a depressing state of mind, but after spending a few minutes in your conversation, I feel uplifted and ready to take on the world”. What a nice compliment and what a feeling to know that you are the reason why someone feels charged up to stand up and walk tall.
the pitfalls for Exco members failing to adjust their skillsets
Often, a person becomes the manager because they are technically the best. So basically their technical skills enabled them to reach the level of managing others. Most of the time there is no mentoring of the individual so overnight they’ve become the manager and suddenly everything they knew technically is not as relevant.
Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.”
– Timothy Gallwey
To understand a day in the life of a mentor, you need to know what mentorship means. According to Wikipedia, mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The website goes on to say that “Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the ‘amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the protégés and mentors engaged’”.
There is an old African Proverb that says “it takes a whole village to raise a child.” Investing in our youth is up to all of us.
The 16th of June marks Youth Day 2017. Every year we celebrate Youth Day to recognize the role the youth played and still plays in South Africa. In light of this theme, The Mindspa Institute, a soft skills training company, decided to give something back. “The youth will be our future leaders, it is our responsibility to guide them, to help them and to lead them to greatness”, Elmarie Pretorius, Managing Owner at The Mindspa commented.
Where do you eat your dinner at home? Most will reply “in front of the TV”. It seems that a lot of families have done away with having dinner at the dinner table as a family. But what if we told you that dads can prepare their kids for their future careers by just simply having dinner together without any TV or other distraction? Will you do it? Will you make the extra effort?
It took a few years of experience in top executive positions in South African-owned businesses, to realize that women have a kind of pizzazz… a sort of flair that they bring to any business. Even more so does the South African women. When you think about what our women of this great nation endured, the struggles and fights for equality, it is amazing to know that we as South African women are rated amongst the best in business.
HIV/AIDS is a reality for all South Africans. Statistics show that HIV/AIDS influence the economy and affects businesses nationwide. There is a definite need for educating people in the workplace. Ag-Chem Africa (Pty) Ltd, situated in Silverton, Pretoria, is part of the Rolfes Holdings Ltd Group that develops and manufactures agricultural products. They partnered with the well-known soft skills training company, The Mindspa Institute, to formulate and present such a workshop on Human Sexuality and HIV.
Your mom was right! Mothers have a sixth sense. As a child at home, you become aware of this from an early age. Before she can even catch you in the act, she says: “don’t even think about it”! Who can relate?
The skills moms gain from having kids definitely make them smarter and sharper businesspeople. Some of our best entrepreneurs are mothers. Mothers negotiate constantly with the children and solve problems on a daily basis, while multitasking. Mothers warn their kids to stay out of bad crowds. They warn about negative social influences and try to teach kids how to act in situations that are uncomfortable. When you think about it, mothers teach their kids various social skills which make them either emotionally intelligent or not.