With deepest gratitude to Chinamanda Adichie and how we think of A Better Africa

The danger of a single story is the title of Chinamanda Adichie’s TED talk given in 2009, which a friend just shared. Adichie talks of the many single stories told of Africa where as a continent we’re thought of as a collection of poverty stricken, war torn regions waiting for the west to save us from ourselves.

  • Nov. 25 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

Understanding the biology of the business ecosystem and survival of the most collaborative

Let’s start with the definition of ecology, which is the study of the interactions between living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) things.

  • Nov. 8 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

Why entrepreneurs have a big appetite for collaboration, while big business finds it less palatable

I write this sitting on a plane having just left Bali en route to Singapore and then back to Johannesburg. I’ve just attended the Entrepreneur Institute Crystal Circle Conference at Vision Villas in Bali under the mentorship and facilitation of Roger Hamilton, creator or Wealth Dynamics and the Millionaire Masterplan.

  • Oct. 27 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

Beware the lone ranger! High performing people who damage collaborative culture.

 

Collaborative culture works for organisations whose leaders adopt by example and demonstrate the practice and the ethos. Does this mean that everyone has to agree and work together? Not at all. Competition and collaboration are not enemies and can co-exist very healthily, but lone rangers are damaging.

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  • Oct. 21 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

Why collaborate?

Many enterprises and organisations are managing just fine without collaboration. They continue to deliver value to shareholders and many continue with market dominance or sector leadership. So why would they invest time and money to build a collaborative culture?

  • Oct. 14 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

Big Business – are you collaborating or will you have to play catch-up?

Meaningful business decisions in the digital era will no longer be made by leaders behind closed doors, but via engagement across collaboration channels. That’s the view of Altimeter Group founder and CEO, Charlene Li.

  • Oct. 7 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

Government’s poor ability to collaborate is killing our tourism industry

While I have more or less followed the debate on the new visa regulations over the past months, an interview on 702 with David Frost of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, really highlighted the damage being caused and the impact on job losses, not only to the tourism sector directly but to the broader sectors that benefit.

  • Sep. 29 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

Famous collaborations - feature one How the US won the space race

In April 1961 teams at NASA were reeling. The Soviets had put the first man in space. Yuri Gargarin became the first cosmonaut to go into space on April 12. During the years of the cold war, supremacy in every area was critical for both the US and the USSR.

 

 

  • Sep. 24 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

Collaborative cities can be great cities

The concept of Connected Citizens is not new. It’s gone through multiple iterations over the years as to what it means. 

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  • Sep. 16 2015
  • Janice Scheckter

The social intranet – a place to incubate your organisation’s innovation

Intranets since their inception have been through a number of iterations, which initially saw the launch of employee document repositories and gradually became a dumping ground for employee information, evolving into the self-service space around areas such as HR, among others. 
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