The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is upon us and it’s here to stay! For us in South Africa the effects of this most moment on the economy and in the jobs market has been absolutely breathtaking! Less than 5 years ago, the idea of 4IR and its mention in the public discourse, gave the impression of yet another other “pie-in-sky” movement that will excite just a few. However as 2019 comes to a close, with thousands of jobs lost to date, at that hands of 4IR in less than 24 months, we are now finally awoken to the fact that the 4IR is a powerful force that cannot be ignored! Continue reading
“We talked the same language but we were all saying different things.”
This is the verbatim comment of an HR Executive at a tech company. We worked with this client to give their future growth plans wings, co-creating a leadership blueprint aligned to strategy, backed up by metrics and succession plans. The exec went on to tell us:
“I think we did not realise how misaligned the team was, and how far we were from the common goal.”
This work struck a real chord with us. We have been wondering exactly how many potentially game-changing leadership teams fall short of amazing impact because of the challenge of ‘talking the same language but saying different things’.
Are you talking the same language yet saying different things in your leadership team?
The following statement sounds incredibly much like common sense. Persistence and effort only deliver returns when we truly believe that we can make change happen. You have to be in it to win it. Your own assumptions about what you can achieve, also called your mindset, have profound implications on how you navigate your path and as a result how much you will flourish in the future. At LGIT Smart Solutions, we believe that as the Fourth Industrial Revolution rolls on, the right mindset will be critical for not being left behind. Let’s look at this concept of mindset in a bit more detail.
According to Dr Carol Dweck, a world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, there are two types of mindset. Each has the power to light up or disable the dreams and goals we set in life and at work. The first type of mindset is the fixed mindset. As the title implies, this mindset is shored up by a core belief that our abilities are relatively static and stable, and will not change significantly over time, no matter what we do. Abilities, talents and intelligences are all seen much like a hand that is ‘dealt’ in life. Achievements or right answers are proof of your talents. Failures show you up for what you lack. Because you don’t believe that you can change your hand much, ‘failures’ can have a crippling effect on the positive sense of self. The core belief ‘I cannot change anything’ may lead to a fear or avoidance of new experiences and risky situations. People with a fixed mindset may feel as though they constantly need to prove themselves to others. Continue reading
Instead of a “Gap Year”, attend our “Mind the Gap” programme and get clear on what you want to do with your life.
Matriculants from all over South Africa will receive their results on 5th January 2018. Today the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has reported a 98.76% matric pass rate for 2017. Yet the unemployment of the youth in South Africa is an endemic problem despite the improving matriculation rate.
Today the decision on what to do after matric seems like an overwhelming decision for many matriculants.
At LGIT Smart Solutions our “Mind the Gap” programme is aimed to help young adults get clear on their purpose, ensure that their career / study choice is aligned with their values, and gain workplace readiness skills.
For programme details or to register online go to www.lgit.joburg/gap.
Microsoft recently conducted a survey of 1,100 partners and customers tracks compensation in Azure environments. Survey results : EAs and developers own the space. Continue reading
It’s quite amazing, how a lot of things can change in 5 years. It’s even more amazing when a government policy over 5 years about, gets reversed in dramatic fashion. I should know as my career in ICT took a dramatic turn in 2012 when Government announced a sweeping policy to ditch Microsoft technology and rather embrace open source technology. That policy has now been reviewed and re-visited, leading to unbelievable results! Continue reading
Product development methodologies have evolved over the past few decades from the old days of ‘waterfall’ to now cutting-edge ‘agile’ methodologies. Religious use of such methodologies has resulted in development of some of the world’s best software products. What if we could apply such lessons to self improvement?
Today Microsoft founder turned Philanthropist and Public Health Activist Bill Gates, turned 61! Congratulatory messages came in from all around world and all walks of life containing best wishes for one of the most celebrated man on the planet, a man who through Microsoft and his philanthropy work has touched the lives of millions of people around the work. Here are a few surprising facts about Bill Gates: Continue reading
South Africa’s higher education system is burning, technology could be the solution!
The South African higher education system in 2016 has experienced an assault of epic proportions, which has literally “split” the nation along several lines, if you will. The jury is still out on how the government will and should solve the problem, however the people at the losing end in all this are the students themselves. Universities find themselves stuck in the middle, in an ideological battle between students and the government. Universities in such a situation, cannot do much, until the warring parties reach an agreement. However, what if, universities possessed a powerful weapon that would guarantee learning to continue, for interested and committed students (who are clearly the majority), while conflict resolution mechanisms continue? I think technology can provide the answer! Continue reading
Microsoft exam season is well underway. The stakes are high and the glory that awaits is equally amazing too. The exam season this year in particular has been quite devastating, with few passes recorded. Perhaps the winning formula lies in understand how the exam is prepared. Here’s is how its done! Continue reading