Business schools must start producing activists and stop enabling the prevailing elite

Daily Maverick, 24th October 2022 Business schools have a choice: they can be thermostats, regulating and maintaining the status quo and the temperature, which is going to cook us in any case. Or, they can be change accelerants, developing business leaders who are activists. Nelson Mandela broke the law. So did Mahatma Gandhi, here and…

A just organisational culture is not just good for business, it’s good leadership

27th September 2022 Daily Maverick If there’d been a just culture in place at companies like McKinsey and Bain, or at Transnet and South African Airways, maybe State Capture would have been nipped in the bud. In Christianity’s Book of Revelations, the four horsemen of the apocalypse — disease, famine, war and death — are…

Chilling in the Artic Circle is a great way to defrag the mind – but you can (and must) do it at home

The Daily Maverick 2 August 2022   JON FOSTER-PEDLEY THE HARDEST part of anything is letting go. A digital detox is no different. We have become addicted to our digital devices, just like the developers intended. The extent of the addiction is often worse for those who have to be always on, always connected –…

Its not the big things that kill us, its the little unpredictably predictable little things that create the catastrophes

JON FOSTER-PEDLEY WHEN WE STARTED this journey of fighting COVID-19, we were all uncertain. There wasn’t a playbook so we all did what we are wired to do as humans; we managed what we could see, touch – and rationalise – in between getting distracted, going down rabbit holes and sometimes becoming overwhelmed. In the…

Zondo reports: We have the facts, we have the names, we have the analysis – now we need executive action

JON FOSTER-PEDLEY THE SECOND instalment in the three-part Zondo Commission into State Capture report has been released /  https://www.statecapture.org.za/and as we digest the findings of this instalment and speculate on what the final one will contain when it is released at month end, the biggest question in the room is stark: Will any of it…

Having an opinion or an idea doesn’t make you a thinker — thinking is a journey of discovery

Daily Maverick, 16th November 2021 JON FOSTER-PEDLEY WE ARE AWASH in ideas but sadly, very little thought. Just as living in an era of the greatest access to information has rendered us incredibly uninformed, it would appear – anecdotally at least – that our cognitive abilities have suffered exponentially too. Just as everyone has an…

The human chain: Dealing with employees who are anti-vaxxers or vaccine hesitant — you can keep them out of your workplace

Dean Jon Foster Pedley, The Daily Maverick, 9th September 2021. No one in South Africa can be forced to have a vaccine. They have the right to refuse based on religious, constitutional or medical reasons. But businesses also have the right to only allow vaccinated people in the workplace.   Most ethical leaders are guided…