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Confirmation: Fireplace of Conversation – 19th of June 2014

THANK YOU FOR CONFIRMING YOUR ATTENDANCE TO The fireplace of conversation Date: 19th June 2014 Time: 5.30pm-8.30pm Venue: Mike’s Kitchen Bryanston, 298 Main Rd Dress code: casual/ informal To assist us in preparing for the evening kindly check your details as per the below form and complete title, organization and special dietary requirements:

Systems Thinking for Busy Managers in the Public Sector

The world of work today is in constant and rapid change. As a result, the success and viability of any company is dependent on the ability of its managers to learn and to respond to the changing environment. In the words of Revan, ‘for an organisation to remain viable the rate of learning internally must […]

Dr. Martin Reynolds

Biography Dr Martin Reynolds received his BSc (Hons) in Liberal Studies in Science at the University of Manchester in 1978, and later his PhD in International Development at the Institute for International Development Policy and Management (IDPM) at the University of Manchester in 1998. In the interim he taught Science at senior secondary schools in […]

Change Management

Organisations today face unprecedented and rapid change. From retrenchments to restructuring as well as mergers and acquisitions, managers are having to deal with enormous anxiety that often accompanies change. While the rational processes that happen in the board rooms are important for the successful management of change, it is the management of the emotional processes […]


Increased activity does not necessarily translate into effectiveness. Indeed one of the signs of stuck organisational systems is hyperactivity. Efficiency also does not always lead to more effectiveness. Using well tested methodologies like the viable systems model by Stafford Beer, we work with organisational leaders to diagnose the system for viability and for effectiveness. Critical […]

High Performance

How do I get my team to work together towards high performance? Managers often make the assumption that putting star performers together into a group will result in high performance teams. A casual observance of national soccer teams for example will reveal that many times, even with star performers, the group does not necessarily become […]

Effective Collaboration

One of the challenges of the modern world of work especially with the use of teams is the emergence of silo thinking and practices. It is not uncommon then to find teams in the same organisation working in isolation and even at times competing with each other to the detriment of the overall business. Systems […]

Sustainable Practices

Organisations are starting to learn that sustainability can be a key driver of competitive advantage. Sustainability then ceases to become a burden on the bottom line and becomes the central driving force of the strategy of the business. Sustainability then also ceases to be what an organisation does and instead becomes the core of an […]

Systems Thinking for Effective Business

Sometimes the drive for profits gets reduced to numbers. However, while in the short run meeting targets may be fulfilling, the pursuit of numbers often leads to competitive behaviours which undermine the long term viability of the organisation. Using frameworks from approaches such as the viable systems model, the course works with organisational managers to find creative and innovative means of doing business sustainably. The course includes a systemic approach to the issue of sustainability which moves beyond simply talking about ‘green issues’ to also finding ways of taking care of the context while remaining profitable. Sustainability then becomes a key competitive advantage for the business entity.