ISSUE 7 – APRIL 2017 Roger Maitland & Brett Anderson-Terry As a seasoned marketing executive, Zara had designed and implemented successful marketing initiatives that had become best practice across the multinational corporation. Despite her finely honed technical and leadership skills, she found herself struggling to keep her head above water with the chronic uncertainty that […]
ISSUE 6 – JUNE 2015 Roger Maitland & Brett Anderson-Terry It is often said that time is your scarest resource as a leader. The confounding reality for many leaders is that the barrage of information in fast paced digitally networked environment has had a detrimental effect on the average attention span of a leader. One […]
ISSUE 5 – FEBRUARY 2015 Roger Maitland & Brett Anderson-Terry For over three decades there has been a recognition that we are increasingly operating in a VUCA world. Coined by the U.S. military, VUCA signifies a world characterised by Volitility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (Johansen, 2007.) This is a world where life happens despite our […]
An executive commented recently to me ‘people who work too hard don’t make money.’ At first glance this seemed similar to the ‘work smart, not hard’ adage; deeper reflection revealed something even more important. If we are brutally honest, how much of what we do is really important? McKeown (2014) argues that most of the time we are caught up in the non-essential, living under the illusion that these tasks are essential.
A glance at the origin of the word management, to ‘control a horse,’ is a reminder of the traditional command-and-control legacy of management. The Great Recession has reshaped the business landscape and resulted in a more closely integrated global economy, where knowledge has become the source of competitive advantage (Birkinshaw, 2012.) In an economy where knowledge has replaced capital as the scarce resource, businesses require managers to prioritise the development of talent and knowledge.
They used to say knowledge is power. The tremendous accessibility of information through the internet should be increasing the quality of a leader’s thinking and decision making, but the wealth of information at our fingertips, warns Carr (2010), seems however to be making us into shallow thinkers, and changing the structure of our brains.
Is strategic planning keeping up with the complexity and pace of business? The average business makes a mere 4.1 important strategic decisions per year, that is, decisions that had at least a 10% impact on profits. What is interesting is that important decisions seem to happen, for many businesses, outside of formal strategic planning processes (Mankins & Steele, 2005.)
In an increasingly uncertain and complex business environment, is our approach to decision making keeping abreast the ambiguous terrain that business leaders continuously grapple with? Are 4.1 important strategic decisions per year enough to keep ahead of the pack?
At LifeLab we know that change takes more than words, sometimes it requires us to take a stand and to say the difficult things that are not being said. Advocacy and public awareness campaigns on key social issues such as HIV/AIDS form an important aspect of our work at LifeLab. Take a look at […]
Brett is the managing director of LifeLab. His speciality is leadership coaching designed to optimize performance in complex strategic environments. He is a member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa) and is accredited by the American Board of Neuro-linguistic Programming (ABNLP) as a Master NLP Practitioner and Coach. The emphasis is on self-awareness […]
Roger is a founding member and director of Lifelab. He practices as a leadership coach and as a consultant to create “learning organizations” that wish to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. Roger has gained considerable experience of corporate culture at the highest level with big brands and in diverse industries. His coaching […]
Coach / Consultant Charmaine brings a unique blend of coaching called ‘Action Value’ Coaching. Her Project Management experience and Business Administration expertise are combined into a coaching framework that assists corporate clients with benchmarking desired outcomes and creating organisational change. ‘Action Value’ Coaching is a combination of on-the-job Project Management skills transfer and coaching for […]
Coach / Facilitator and Innovation Practioner Dave is passionate about developing innovation within organizations and achieves this through a combination of coaching, facilitating and training. Dave’s corporate career in Marketing and Business Development has spanned a wide variety of categories and industry segments including prescription pharmaceuticals, consumer FMCG and consumer healthcare. He has a track […]
Registered Psychometrist Ms. Paizee holds a BA from the University of Cape Town and an Honours degree (Cum Laude) from the University of South Africa. She is a registered Counsellor (PRC.0003964) & Psychometrist (PMT.0077593) with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. After specialized training in conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation, she is an Accredited […]
Coach / Coach Supervisor Ezelle is a qualified coach, coach supervisor and psychologist with 7 years experience in developing people, businesses and organizations. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Rhodes University, a Higher Education Diploma from UCT, and certificates in Coaching Skills and Coach Supervision Skills from Coaching Development (ICF accredited), as well […]
HIV/AIDS Consultant Faghmeda Miller is the first Muslim woman in South Africa to have publically disclosed her HIV status. She is an HIV/AIDS activist and educator and has been working in the corporate and public sectors for over a decade. Faghmeda was awarded the Femina “Women of Courage” Award in 200, and was nominated for […]
Coach / Consultant Gavin Shaskolsky has been working as an executive coach and facilitator for since 2004. He holds B.Bus.Sci and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town, is an admitted Attorney of the High court of South Africa and has a Diploma in Life and Business Coaching through the Coaching Centre. He is […]
Jenny le Roux Coach / Consultant Jenny is a Leadership Coach who has worked in the financial services industry for 27 years, more than half of this time in a leadership position. She has completed the i-Coach Academy’s Certificate in Coaching at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Jenny’s interest is in leadership and life […]
HIV/AIDS Consultant Karin is an experienced HIV/AIDS Consultant and is an Occupational Therapist with a further qualification in Adult Education and Training. She has been actively involved in training and development for the past 11 years. After working for the Department of Health and then PPASA (Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa), she become further […]
Coach / HIV/AIDS Consultant Megan specializes in team leader and team coaching. “Interaction Coaching” is a process that enables team leaders and team members to gain awareness and understanding of self and others and how we interact and relate to one another. Insights and learning from this is used to develop a new sequence of […]
Coach / Consultant Reinhard coaches leaders and managers to optimize innovative thinking in managing change to create new levels of success. In support of Albert Einstein’s belief that “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”, Reinhard facilitates his clients to explore the “why not’s, “what if’s” and “how else […]
Coach / Consultant Pam has a total of 18 years’ experience in Human Resources and Strategic Planning in blue chip companies (Syfrets Trust Ltd – Nedbank, SABMiller Ltd, Tiger Brands Ltd). This includes 5 years at divisional director level. Pam holds a MBA (University of Cape Town) and a BA (Hons) (Exeter). For the past […]
Coach / Coach Supervisor Sally is passionate about partnering people into possibility. She brings to her coaching an inherent understanding of and insight into people, informed by 22 years of psychology background and practice. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Business and Life Coaching (The Coaching Centre, Cape Town) and a Masters Degree in Clinical […]