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When choosing between our range of world-class digital programmes, you can’t really go wrong. Each of our courses provides you with a unique edge in the new working world, thanks to our expert faculty and future-fit curricula – but which is YOUR perfect fit? Peruse our executive offering and pick your path to prosperity…

BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT

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Duration: 11 weeks
Weekly Commitment: 4-6 hours
Course Experts: Dr Jonathan Marks, Dr Dorothy Ndletyana, Justin Spencer-Young & Abdullah Verachia

Our Business and Management Development digital programme will transform you into a future-ready business leader who can find success under any circumstances. The programme is designed to develop your decision-making skills within complex and turbulent environments, and improve your ability to design and communicate actionable, integrated solutions across your business.

Course content is focused on building your understanding of business operations and common management challenges, as well as equipping you with a solid understanding of leadership, strategy and financial decision-making skills that will empower you to create the business that you envision. One of the highlights of the course is the elective module, which offers a choice between studying Corporate Innovation or Entrepreneurship – for success in whichever position you may find yourself.

Is This Your Match?

This is the perfect course for anyone looking to find success in the management and leadership spheres, whether you are an employee identified for the management pipeline or an entrepreneur ready to make your mark.

Not only will we equip you with a secure understanding of business operations and strategy implementation, but you will also have the opportunity to explore your own leadership abilities and prepare yourself for the challenges and stepping stones presented by the Fourth Industrial revolution.

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FINANCIAL ANALYSIS FOR INVESTMENT

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Duration: 6 weeks
Weekly Commitment: 4-6 hours
Course Expert: Justin Spencer-Young

This programme examines the dynamics of value creation in business through a close analysis of the financial data of a wide range of listed companies, allowing you to substantially improve your understanding of financial metrics and make the right investment decisions for your organisation. Furthermore, we will teach you the fundamentals of financial analysis for business in South Africa, including cash flow, statements, the meaning of ‘cheap’ and ‘expensive’ shares, and the accurate valuation of JSE-listed companies.

At the end of the course, not only will you be equipped to calculate and identify the levers of company value, but you will also be able to accurately interpret a business’ income statement and balance sheet, work with financial and investment ratios, and develop a list of promising investment candidates.

Is This Your Match?

The accurate and effective analysis of investment opportunities is an invaluable skill for anyone looking to succeed in today’s business world; not only will an understanding of value-creation metrics allow you to identify profitable investments, but you will also be able to assess the value of any business and identify ways to improve. This programme is particularly useful for anyone with training in accounting or finances who would like to deepen their understanding of the fundamentals of financial analysis. Furthermore, this is the perfect course for those looking to profitably invest in listed companies, in either a personal or professional capacity.

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NEGOTIATION SKILLS

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Duration: 7 weeks
Weekly Commitment: 4-6 hours
Course Expert: Lisa Botes

Daily negotiation is an inescapable part of life; this course equips you to wield persuasive power, effectively ‘sell’ your ideas, and enjoy fruitful negotiation for mutual benefit. You will be trained in proven negotiation processes and tools, organisational and interpersonal awareness, and the application of these skills in both the conventional and remote workplace. Furthermore, this programme will lead you in a journey of self-discovery as you tap into your own unique strengths and build the confidence needed to drive successful engagement. We will also examine the benefits of a human-centred negotiation approach, as well as levers of influence that you can use to create a win-win scenario for all parties.

Is This Your Match?

This course will open doors for anyone in business, no matter your field or experience level. This programme is particularly beneficial for those looking to get ahead in these times of disruption and uncertainty, as it will equip you to successfully pitch your ideas and gently persuade others to jump on your bandwagon.

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AI A PRACTICAL APPROACH

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Duration: 7 weeks
Weekly Commitment: 4-6 hours
Course Expert: Dr Manoj Chiba

Our AI a Practical Approach programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, tools and understanding needed to harness artificial intelligence for both individual and organisational competitiveness. We will start out with an exploration of AI itself, as well as the surrounding data and analytics, and then move into an examination of the ways in which AI is being used in the business realm. Importantly, we will also take a look at the metrics that should be used in measuring AI success, as well as the development of a business case for AI.

The highlight of the programme is undoubtedly the chatbot application assignment, in which you will design, develop and deploy an AI-powered chatbot, along with the business case thereof.

Is This Your Match?

You may be worried that you will be unable to keep up with this programme without a solid, working understanding of AI technology… Fear not! This programme is specifically designed to develop your understanding and demystify artificial intelligence, no matter your experience in technology or your level within an organisation. This is the perfect pick for anyone who is intrigued by the opportunities presented by the corporate implementation of AI, as well as those who would like to enjoy a comprehensive, supported introduction to the workings and development of AI technology.

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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: A PRACTICAL STRATEGY

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Duration: 7 weeks
Weekly Commitment: 4-6 hours
Course Expert: Nishan Pillay

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution continues to roll through the world, digital transformation is the name of the game. If you want to keep yourself and your organisation relevant and competitive, you need to become comfortable with the technological developments underway and be able to adapt your business accordingly. Our Digital Transformation programme will equip you with an understanding of the leading theories of digitalisation, as well as practical strategies for implementing future-fit solutions across your company.
In addition to learning about what global technological change means for business, you will also be taught design thinking principles, data strategies, the importance of aligning people, data and technology, and how to be agile in placing the customer at the centre of your digital transformation.

Is This Your Match?

If you would like to equip yourself to lead business into the future, this is the course you have been looking for. Understanding the workings of relevant technology and transformation is a sure way to become an asset to any business, particularly if you hold any type of leadership position. This programme is particularly beneficial for all leaders responsible for driving and implementing initiatives concerning IT, data, technology and innovation.

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FINTECH: AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISRUPT

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Duration: 7 weeks
Weekly Commitment: 4-6 hours
Course Expert: Dr Morris Mthombeni

Recent years have seen the financial services industry booming with technological innovation, particularly with regards to financial technology (FinTech). It can be difficult to determine, however, if FinTech solutions are a threat to your company, or a passage to increased efficiency and profit. This programme examines the extent of FinTech disruption in the financial and technological sectors, and explores opportunities for harnessing FinTech for corporate success.

Along the way, you will examine FinTech regulations, the origin of FinTech, strategies used by FinTech players, strategies used by BigTech companies, potential solutions offered by FinTech, and how to best leverage FinTech in your corporate strategy.

Is This Your Match?

This is the ideal course for all individuals who operate in the financial and technology sectors, as well as those whose business can be enabled by FinTech solutions. This programme serves to provide a comprehensive overview of FinTech, as well as an in-depth guide to the navigation of FinTech disruption. As such, this course is perfect for all those who are interested in leveraging financial technology, no matter your level of technological experience. If you have recently entered the field, this is sure to set you apart as one-to-watch. Furthermore, if you are a manager, executive director, entrepreneur or supplier in an impacted industry, this will give you the competitive advantage you’ve been looking for.

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STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

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Duration: 7 weeks
Weekly Commitment: 4-6 hours
Course Expert: Professor Caren Scheepers

It is essential for current and future business leaders to understand the dynamics of effective leadership, and to be able to identify both strategic opportunities and risks needing mitigation. This course equips you with the tools, theories and guidance necessary to understand the ‘organisation-in-the-mind’ of the leader, allowing you to cut across traditional business silos in order to create networks that stretch across disciplines, and even organisations. Furthermore, you will gain insight into the risks of global expansion for local business, allowing you to stand your ground in the face of formidable competition.

Along the way, you will build a deep self-awareness of your own strengths and leadership qualities, allowing you to develop a cognitive competence for leading strategically and powerfully connecting with your team.

Is This Your Match?

This is the perfect programme for anyone looking to make their mark in the brave new world and lead their business to the forefront. You will be equipped to shift your company’s focus from today’s problems to tomorrow’s opportunities, allowing you to act proactively to implement strategic solutions that will benefit the organisation as a whole. Furthermore, this course will give you insight into business issues and build your working knowledge of strategy formulation and implementation, preparing you for growth in your organisation.

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The 7 Important Steps of Strategic Management Process

The Strategic Management process is an approach to business which dictates everything from planning to execution and ensures that strategic thinking is at the forefront of all operations.

If everyone buys into the Strategic Management process, things in the business will align and stand the chance of running much smoother.

What are the 7 Steps of Strategic Management?

Identify the mission statement

One of the first things a business should focus on is developing and building on its mission statement.

The mission statement of the company describes exactly what the company does and offers insight and understanding into the values and essence of the organisation.

As a foundation for all planning, the mission statement acts as the basis for the strategic management process. With a sound statement in place, all planning that follows should be aligned with the mission of the company. This ensures consistency and maintains a steady brand image.

Think of the vision and the prospective future

A mission and a vision statement should go hand in hand when looking at planning strategically. The mission describes what the company is all about and the vision looks at the future and sets goals and plans for the future.

Strategic management requires a prospective future in order to guide operations. The vision statement takes thinking ahead to what you want the next one, three, five and twenty years of the company to look like. From there, setting realistic objective helps guide the plans and puts strategic goalposts in place to hit.

To fully capture what you want the future of your business to look like, write out a vision statement as a clear, concise one-liner and prioritise that as your base point for all plans, pivots, and projections.

List your core values

The core values should dictate your company’s way of operating. The values, demonstrated by the principal guidelines, direct how the employees work and how the brand engages with the public.

In developing a strategic method of management, it’s essential to outline and communicate and consistently refer to the core values to instil employee habits.

Consider long-term goals and reasonable objectives

Before acting, planning what the goals are is essential in a strategic management process. Over and above goal-setting, it’s important to outline a plan of action to achieve them. When building out a plan, identify strategic ways to attain the results you want to achieve. The long-term goals, which goes with big-picture thinking, are crucial in developing short-term, which refers to the fine details of the company.

Develop a roadmap with detailed timelines

An action roadmap is a helpful way to guide agendas and action plans for your company. With high-level priorities in place, a roadmap can determine when and how things quickly move and puts incentives in place to reach deadlines. Roadmaps also offer a snapshot of past actions, which is helpful in developing future plans and setting realistic deadlines.

Build a communication plan

Internal communication is an essential component in the strategic Operations Management process. How do you communicate internally in your company? It’s important to determine a method of communicating clearly within the company to achieve the most fruitful operations and avoid any wasted resources from unclear messaging.

Establish an execution and implementation plan of action

The final step in developing a Strategic Management process is in the action. To tie the process altogether, the final implementation of planning needs to run smoothly. Using a programme manager or quality director helps ensure that the strategic plans in place are carried out successfully. The entire team involved in the action plan should be prepared and aware of what needs to happen to have consistency in execution.

What You Need to Know About the Project Management Process

Project management as a process is not simply overseeing assignments or projects in place. Instead, the project management process is a crucial aspect to ensure that the systems in place are running efficiently and effectively, and that final results are achieving the initial goals set out before execution.

Therefore, the project management process needs a particular method and strategy to manage deadlines and resources. The process should contain documentation, methodology, planning, information and analysis and necessary briefing and workshopping.

What is the Project Management Life Cycle?

The project management life cycle refers to the different components, or phases, of a project. A project, which is spearheaded by a project manager, has a fundamental starting point that undergoes important steps before coming to a close. If you ensure that you have studied the fundamentals of project management for successful implementation.

What are the Four Phases of Project Management?

The project management process can be broken down into the four-phased life cycle, which follows the following steps:

  1. Initiation,
  2. Planning,
  3. Execution, and
  4. Analysis.

1. Initiation

Before anything, you need to consider the needs of the business, research the problem and identify an opportunity. From there, it’s essential to brainstorm how you can meet the need or offer a solution to enable the best systems for the company. During the first phase of the project management life cycle, you discover whether the project is viable and realistic. If it is, you will be able to determine realistic deliverables and consider what might be worthwhile pursuing.

2. Planning

If a project is given the go-ahead, it takes a step into the planning phase of the project management life cycle.

When planning, the tasks of the project are broken down into smaller chunks and investigated how best to prioritise particular elements with resources and schedules in place. Smaller assignments are created to cater to the bigger goals and agendas and checklists are incorporated into the project.

The smaller tasks offer achievable results which promote productivity which ultimately yields higher success of the project overall.

3. Execution

Once the full process of planning has been completed, the project management process moves to action. In the execution phase, all planning of the project is implemented and the project manager ensures the right tasks are conducted by the right team members within the allocated time frame and using the resources required. If work goes according to plan in the execution phase, it means planning has been successful and that strategies to combat any potential roadblocks have maintained a smooth workflow.

4. Analysis

Once the work has been actioned and execution has come to a close, the project has one more phase before conclusion.

In the analysis phase of the project management process, a full analysis and debrief is needed to determine what went right, what could have been better, how things can be improved, and what success can be repeated in the next project. The analysis phase is crucial in the life cycle to refine systems. While the evaluation of the project is often skimmed over before a new project enters the initiation phase, it is a crucial wrap up in the process and should be treated as such.

Have You Taken the 3 Tests for Success?

We all know that knowledge is power, and one of the first steps to success is knowing yourself. This means being aware not only of your strengths, but also of your weaknesses. It also means knowing how to make the most of the unique combination that ultimately makes you you. While this will by no means be a comfortable process, there are, thankfully, ways to streamline the process.

A good starting point is taking the three tests that have become known to unveil a broad spectrum of traits, namely the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Cap Style Assessment and DiSC profiling. Below is a short summary of the three respective tests that we highly recommend you do to understand how to best work on your weaknesses and capitalise on your strengths to achieve the business and career stress you deserve…

1. Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, this test will be able to determine your personal and professional personality type in no time! It’s a quick, free online test that will group you according to 16 personality types and should help you understand yourself (and others) better without judgement – especially when working in a team.

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2. Cap Style Assessment
We all wear different caps at different times and around different people. We are, after all, only human – each with unique talents, needs and attributes. With the Cap Style Assessment, you won’t often find someone who is 100% suited to one Cap Style (although it’s not impossible!). Most people tend to lean towards two dominant styles, for example Blue-Green. There are four types of caps, namely the Red Cap (The Army General), Blue Cap (The Bookkeeper), Yellow Cap (The People Pleaser) and Green Cap (The Innovator).

3. DiSC Profiling
DiSC is an acronym that stands for the four main personality profiles described in the DiSC model: (D)ominance, (i)nfluence, (S)teadiness and (C)onscientiousness. DiSC profiling helps you get to the heart of who you are and how you learn. We all learn differently and this, in turn, affects how we perform. For example, if you know your learning style, then you are better equipped to select the right type of learning method for your unique needs.

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Using any of the above-mentioned tests will undoubtedly equip you, your family or your colleagues to better understand yourself and others – how you think, how you approach life, how you learn, work, react and so much more. Why not delve into one of these tests and challenge those around you to do the same? It should make for some fascinating conversation and be educational at the same time!

“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.”
-Socrates

Increase your chances of achieving success by signing up for our world-class Negotiation Skills short course today! It’s designed to help you gain self and organisational awareness, wield influence, and negotiate with confidence and persuasive power.

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A conversation with Dion Shango, CEO of PwC Africa

Join interim dean at GIBS, DR Morris Mthombeni, in the latest GIBS Flash Forum video as he interviews PricewaterhouseCooper’s first black CEO, Dion Shango.

Dion Shango joined PwC fresh out of school, way back in 1999, and worked his way up to become one of South Africa’s most-admired CEOs. Dion is, undoubtedly, a man who truly believes that ‘the people make the company’, and delves straight into his decision to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of PwC’s people in the early days of the pandemic.

Regarding remote working and whether or not it is ‘working’ for them, he says that about 80% of their employees are happy to work from home, and were able to be effective in doing so (although personally, he is an advocate of people collaborating in person – at the office – at least from time to time). He feels it is still a critical part of how they as a company achieves success. He also talks about delivering value to a client and how that has had to change and adapt to the effects the pandemic has had on the world.

While major auditing players such as PwC have been criticised for being largely self-governed (there have been calls for greater regulations in the industry), Dion feels motivated to contribute and be at the forefront of restoring trust in the industry at large. According to Dion, despite people regarding auditors (especially those in public practice) to be ‘in it for the money’, they are, in fact, actually working with the public’s interest at heart.

“We are there to ensure there’s trust in the capital markets, and that people can rely on the work that is performed by auditors. And so, there is simply no room for anyone to doubt the quality of the work, to doubt how we fulfilled our duty – we complied fully with the international standards. This is something that is fundamental for me, that we need to go back and teach those who have joined our profession differently, and certainly address how we are interacting with schools and universities as an organisation. We want to influence how students at universities are taught about what auditing is about – we want to influence the curriculums – we think it is a critical part of the recipe of how we improve and enhance the mindset of quality in this profession.”

This fascinating conversation covers just about everything you’d want to know about Dion and the thinking behind the CEO – from ethics and trust in business, to cultivating a good work culture, the importance of business values, and how he went about navigating the COVID-19 crisis as an organisation that has over 400 partners throughout Africa.

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Must-read Business Books for a Post-Covid World

What will the business landscape look like in a post-COVID 2021? What changes will you need to continue to implement in order to adapt to these strange times? If you’re struggling to transition or want to get yourself (and your business) ready for the year ahead, our top holiday reading picks are a good starting point!

South Africa Beyond Covid-19 by Pieter du Toit

In the aftermath of the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, 31 of South Africa’s top analysts, economists, academics and journalists – including Adriaan Basson, Koos Bekker, Pieter du Toit, Adam Habib and Thuli Madonsela – try to chart a way forward, identifying our biggest stumbling blocks and offering solutions for when the virus subsides.

Beyond CORONAVIRUS: 7 Keys to Embrace Change and Create Your ‘New Normal’ by Debra Guttas

Want to overcome anxiety, uncertainty and fear of the future? Feel overwhelmed by all the changes in your life? Need help coping with stress? The solution in dealing with anxiety is to understand how your emotions work and apply specific techniques to ensure you manage them as effectively as possible. Beyond Coronavirus provides you with a step-by-step process to deal with negative emotions so you can live a happier, more fulfilling life.

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire by Rebecca Henderson

Renowned Harvard professor Rebecca Henderson provides fascinating insight into her understanding of how change takes place, combined with in-depth stories of companies that have made the first steps towards reimagining capitalism. Together with rich discussions on the important role of government and how the worlds of finance, governance and leadership must also evolve, Henderson provides a pragmatic foundation for navigating a world faced with unprecedented challenges, but also with extraordinary opportunity for those who can get it right.

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

For the first time, Netflix Cofounder Reed Hastings reveals the unorthodox culture behind one of the world’s most innovative, imaginative and successful companies. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with current and past Netflix employees from around the globe and never-before-told stories of trial and error from Hastings’s own career, No Rules Rules is the fascinating and untold account of the philosophy behind the rise and rise of Netflix.

The 8 Step Dream Business Plan: Achieve Your Dream Life & Business by Randy McCord

Borne out of the desire to empower our advisors, The 8-Step Dream Business Plan was initially a few scribbles on a notepad during a National Best Financial Network leadership meeting. One of the easiest ways for new advisors to focus on their career paths and overcome the challenges of building their businesses is to have a comprehensive business plan to refer to whenever the going gets tough. That’s where the 8-Step Dream Business Plan comes in.

The Making of a Manager by Julie Zhuo

Good managers are made, not born. Top tech executive Julie Zhuo remembers the moment when she was asked to lead a team. She felt like she’d won the golden ticket, until reality came crashing in. Like most first-time managers, she wasn’t given any formal training, and had no resources to turn to for help. It took her years to find her way, but now she’s offering you the short-cut to success.

Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins, arguably the most recognisable life and business strategist and guru, is back with a timely, unique follow-up to his smash New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game. Market corrections are as constant as seasons are in nature. There have been 30 such corrections in the past 30 years, yet there’s never been an action plan for how to not only survive, but thrive through each change in the stock market. Building upon the principles in Money: Master the Game, Robbins offers the reader specific steps they can implement to protect their investments while maximising their wealth.

No One’s Listening and It’s Your Fault: Get Your Message Heard During Organizational Transformations by Pam Marmon

Leading change at your organisation can be a daunting proposition while you face mounting pressure for growth. In her book, Pam Marmon shares a refreshing and radical truth: with the proper process, change is not hard. She unpacks the practical framework of implementing change to help you get your message heard during organisational transformations.

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

In his Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller, Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. Black Box Thinking is a new approach to high performance – a means of finding an edge in a complex and fast-changing world. It is not just about sport, but has powerful implications for business and politics, as well as for parents and students. In other words, for all of us.

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Our Top 10 Holiday Reads

The year is drawing to a close and it’s almost time to relax, unwind and catch up on some well-deserved reading! We’ve compiled our top 10 list of must-read books to get you motivated so you can take new year by the horns! Whether you want to grow in a personal or professional capacity, we’ve got you covered with both local and international bestsellers that are bound to inspire you to take 2021 to a whole new dimension! Without further adieu…

1. The 5AM Club by Robin Sharma

An oldie but a goodie. Legendary leadership and elite performance expert Robin Sharma introduced The 5AM Club concept over 20 years ago, based on a revolutionary morning routine that has helped his clients maximise their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity. Get ready to discover the early-rising habit that has helped so many accomplish epic results while upgrading their happiness, helpfulness and feelings of aliveness.

2. The Upside of Down by Bruce Whitfield


Read up on the bright side with The Upside of Down: How Chaos and Uncertainty Breed Opportunity in South Africa. In a world of fake news, deep-fakes, manipulated feeds of information and divisive social media agendas, it’s easy to believe that our time is the most challenging in human history. It’s just not true. A robust mindset is the one common characteristic Bruce Whitfield has identified in two decades of interrogating how South Africa’s billionaires and start-up mavericks think differently.

3. Virus-proof Your Small Business by Douglas Kruger


An absolutely essential read for any small business owner in this challenging time. Right now, owners of small businesses need every smart-cut they can find. Business coach and author Douglas Kruger provides actionable answers on what small businesses can do to survive the Covid-19 crisis, with a list of 50 practical ways your business can survive – and even thrive – during this time of uncertainty.

4. The Asian Aspiration by Greg Mills, Olusegun Obasanjo, Hailemariam Desalegn & Emily Van Der Merwe

What can the great continent of Africa learn from Asia? In 1960, the GDP per capita in South East Asian countries was nearly half that of Africa. By 1986 the gap had closed, and today the trend is reversed, with more than half the world’s poorest now living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why has Asia developed while Africa lagged? The relevance of Asia’s example comes as Africa is facing a population boom, which can either lead to crisis or prosperity.

5. What’s Your Moonshot? by John Sanei


As of today, more than 3.5 billion people are connected to the internet. By 2023 that number will be around 7 billion. People no longer want to pay for content, but they will pay to be emotionally invested in a product if it prioritises personalisation, convenience, trust and brand recognition. In What’s Your Moonshot? trend and innovation strategist John Sanei invites you to prepare for this brave new world by understanding the digital, networked age we have entered and learning how to future-proof your business.

6. The Soul of Sorbet by Ian Fuhr, Johanna Stamps Egbe


This book takes a look at health and beauty conglomerate Sorbet, the fastest-growing beauty franchise business in Africa. In just 10 years the business has gone from being mistaken for an ice-cream shop to being a household name. By 2019 the company is projecting a group turnover of R1 billion. The dramatic growth of Sorbet over the last five years has driven business leaders to question: “What is so different about Sorbet?” As this book shares, Sorbet is a fundamentally different type of business – at its very soul it looks like no other business in South Africa.

7. The CEO Next Door by Elena Botelho, Kim Powell & Tahl Raz


Everything you thought you knew about becoming a CEO is wrong. The CEO Next Door is crammed full of myth-busting and counter-intuitive insights into what it really takes to get ahead. Discover the way actual CEOs of top companies think and behave, and the kinds of traits to develop if you want to make your ambitions a reality and take your career right to the top.

8. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson


Jordan Peterson has helped millions of people aim at a life of responsibility and meaning. Now he can help you. Drawing on his own work as a clinical psychologist and on lessons from humanity’s oldest myths and stories, Peterson offers 12 profound and realistic principles to live by. Deep, rewarding and enlightening, the Sunday Times bestseller is a lifeboat built solidly for stormy seas.

9. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek


The New York Times-bestselling author offers a bold new approach to business strategy by asking one question: are you playing the finite game or the infinite game? In The Infinite Game, Sinek applies game theory to explore how great businesses achieve long-lasting success. He finds that building long-term value and healthy, enduring growth – that playing the infinite game – is the only thing that matters to your business.

10. Christo Wiese: Risk and Riches by TJ Strydom


Christo Wiese has never shied away from a risky business deal. Since acquiring Pep Stores, he has built an impressive business empire which includes Shoprite and a number of other companies. He has tried his hand at politics and has bought diamond mines, banks and wine farms. Fifty years of risk-taking in the business world paid off and made him the richest man in the country – until he overplayed his hand with Steinhoff and lost a huge part of his fortune…

And we threw in one more, just because, well… one can never have too many books!

11. Limitless by Jim Kwik


For the last 25 years, Jim Kwik has helped everyone from celebrities to CEOs to students improve their memory, increase their decision-making skills, learn to speed-read and unleash their superbrains. In Limitless, readers will learn Kwik’s revolutionary strategies and shortcuts to break free from their perceived limitations. They’ll learn how to supercharge their brains with simple, actionable tools to sharpen the mind, enhance focus and fast-track their fullest potential.

Once you’ve drawn some inspiration from these riveting titles, why not get inspired to elevate your future by checking out the world-class online courses available at GIBS?

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Solidify Your Success in 2021

To say that this year has been a rollercoaster ride for most entrepreneurs and business owners would be putting it lightly. The onslaught of economic and financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated many businesses and enterprises, and continues to do so. There’s no doubt that you, as a business owner or entrepreneur, have had to sweat through some trying times over the past months, whether it be having to retrench staff or take out loans to keep the ball rolling. So the question arises – how will you protect and grow your business in 2021?

Keep your head up and stay passionate

You’ve sweated through some of the most trying times a business owner can face this year. Now is the time to gear yourself up with a positive attitude and get ready to make 2021 a year for success! While it may be easier said than done, according to local business author Pavlo Phitidis, passion is vital…

“If your passion is not entwined with your purpose as a business owner, you risk it turning on you,” he shares.

There are few things that we have control over, but one of them is our attitude. So keep your head up and shoot for the stars, even if times are still trying.

Jump on the scale

Your key strategy for re-energising your business in 2021 should be scaling. People often mistake growth for scaling. But what exactly is the difference between the two? When a business grows, it increases its revenue equally as fast as it adds new resources to enable that increase. On the other hand, when a business scales, it adds revenue at a faster rate than it takes on new costs. Your costs should not grow at the same rate as your revenues. Don’t be afraid to break and rebuild structures in your business that are no longer working. Adapting to achieve a business that scales (and not just grows) should be your end goal. Think about ideas to scale your business. How will you increase revenue while also increasing efficiency?

“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” – Warren Buffett

Whether you decide to increase your customer reach by increasing your online presence or investing in better software systems that will save you spending on outsourcing services, ensure that you stick to your scaling strategy and success should follow.

Share your 2021 strategy

This rings especially true if you have employees working for you. People follow systems, and they need to know if the current system is changing. So if you have big plans (or even just a few small tweaks) for your business in 2021, make sure you share your strategy with the team.

“It’s your business and you need to be in control, so you start by defining the business, and then you seek to get the business running smoothly,” says Phitidis in his book, Sweat, Scale, Sell.

If you’re looking to upskill yourself with the tools needed to future-proof your business for the year ahead, look no further than the range of world-class Digital Programmes available at GIBS Online. You’ll be equipped with the latest trends, thinking and training designed by industry leaders to set you and your business on the path of success.

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