Leadership Insights Blog by Peter Alkema

Strategic Planning Post-COVID

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The COVID pandemic and lockdowns around the world caused widespread disruption in numerous industries. Management teams have scrambled to find new strategies for growth and survival while workers struggled with lost income and blurred boundaries. In my article Coronavirus and the Zoom Boom I argued this was also an acceleration of digital transformation, something that …

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Sep 18 2018

FNB and Entelect: Skills Partnership for Business Value

FNB Business Banking serves nearly a million clients; these businesses are the lifeblood of communities and depend on our range of financial solutions. In addition to great products, our service sets us apart in the industry and is one of the reasons we have been voted Best Business Bank 5 years running. Whether a small …

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Sep 12 2018

ITU 2018: African connectivity for local solutions

Africa’s first hosting of the largest telecomms conference in the world was an important opportunity for the industry to showcase South Africa to the 91 attending countries. Not just Durban’s beautiful foreshore and local cuisine but the innovation of a sector that Nelson Mandela urged in 1995 to work towards “information riches” for all countries. …

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Sep 10 2018

“This is how we do things in South Africa” – President Cyril Ramaphosa opens ITU World 2018

In welcoming 91 countries to Durban, Ramaphosa has stressed the importance of bridging the digital divide to create an inclusive society. This builds on the theme of Nelson Mandela’s speech at Africa’s first ITU in Geneva during 1995 when he said that telecommunications can help developing countries become “information rich”. Ramaphosa also hopes that the …

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Sep 5 2018

Leaderex 2018: Agility, the future of banking and SME support

11000 people packed into the Sandton Convention Centre for Africa’s largest annual gathering of business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs. Featuring over 250 talks and exhibitions at this year’s event it is a market place of ideas covering venture capital, education, digital, insurtech, AI, banking and much more. During the day I presented a talk on …

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Aug 31 2018

FNB Portside hosts SA-UK Forum

The views of Table Mountain from the top floor of our Portside building in Cape Town are outstanding. Even more so when the British Prime Minister stood in front of them recently to open the SA-UK business forum. An historical, first ever visit to Africa for Theresa May she brought a high profile delegation of …

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Aug 16 2018

AI 2018: Lessons for humans, selfies with robots

ITWeb’s “Meeting of the Minds” Artificial Intelligence conference took place in Johannesburg recently. Keynote speaker and professor of ethics Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe called for future-proofing AI with responsible design. Named one of Netherland’s top 400 influential women she is driving ethical-robotics thinking through her research and foundation work. She cited examples of human fatalities …

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Aug 7 2018

“I Will” – A surfer’s code for a personal mission

World champion surfer and motivational speaker Shaun Tomson inspires thousands of people every year to take their next wave by committing to 12 simple and personal statements of intent. School kids, students, corporate teams and CEOs have all experienced the power of his message – one that was developed in the highs and lows of …

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Jul 17 2018

“A Disciplined Viewpoint” with Scott Ambler and Mark Lines

IndigoCube’s Business Agility 2018 offered expert insights from two leading Agile thinkers who have practiced their craft for decades with leading companies around the world. Building on their key roles in the Agile movement, they have developed and applied ways to help teams “Be Awesome”, especially in complex transformational journeys. Their Disciplined Agile framework drives …

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Jul 11 2018

[Book Review] “In Math We Trust – The Future of Money” by Simon Dingle

Ambitiously sub-titled “Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and the journey to being your own bank”, Dingle’s compact and very accessible book offers practical insights and a first-principles discussion of the “evolution of human trust”. Since the Bitcoin bubble of late 2017 most crypto-disciples have gone quiet – Dingle sees this as a natural inflection point in its unstoppable …

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May 9 2018

St Stithians Raising Boys and Girls 2018 – “Educating for the Future”

I recently presented at the Raising Boys and Girls 2018 conference at St Stithians; we looked at the latest trends in technology, how they are shaping the world of work and what the likely implications are for education. Formal employment creates demand for skills but if companies are being disrupted and jobs are changing or …

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May 4 2018

“Personifying Practices” – A theory of Agile teams, Part 2

My human-factors research on Agile software development teams is developing a theory about what is going on in their environment, specifically regarding the impact of management and leadership in large organisations. Part 1 – introduces the core category of “Personifying Practices” as a way of explaining certain human interaction Part 2 (this article) – constructs the theory in more …

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May 2 2018

“Personifying Practices” – A theory of Agile teams, Part 1

My human-factors research on Agile software development teams is developing a theory about what is going on in their environment, specifically regarding the impact of management and leadership in large organisations. Part 1 (This article) – introduces the core category of “Personifying Practices” as a way of explaining certain human interaction Part 2 – constructs …

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