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So far Mish Middelmann has created 8 blog entries.

Beyond diversity: Full inclusion

Situation Several thousand high-end professional employees in blue chip financial services business. Overall demographics more or less matching those of South Africa, and generally positive relationships in the firm. And top leadership is concerned about inclusion: People work together, yet go home to divided communities where inequalities are stark The higher in the organisation [...]

2019-04-22T13:59:56+02:00Apr 22nd, 2019|Org Case Study|

What it really takes for smart collaboration

Business cases for smart collaboration abound, yet genuine creative collaboration in business is remarkably rare. As Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School Heidi Gardner PhD points out in her forthcoming book Smart Collaboration, people need to collaborate across a variety of specialisations as well as personal and cultural differences for them and their businesses to [...]

2019-04-27T14:45:08+02:00Apr 20th, 2019|Organisation, Team|

Constellations – the language of human systems

Last week it was brought home to me just how important constellations are as the language of relationship systems (relationship system = an interdependent group with common purpose or identity). A group of relatively new ORSC practitioners was meeting on Skype, coming from a variety of dimensions of our world – working in the [...]

2019-05-02T10:23:17+02:00Apr 20th, 2019|Organisation, Team|

Lessons from the person who bought my business

Just over ten years ago, I sold my shares in the hi-tech business I had co-founded, and stepped out of the founder-CEO role. Recently I asked the buyer (who took over as CEO) to look back on the time of negotiating my departure and his takeover. Since then he and his team have [...]

2019-05-02T10:22:52+02:00Apr 20th, 2019|Individual, Organisation, Team|

Ubuntu’s roots go back a long way

We grew up in an era dominated by individualism and competition. These human traits have driven the accumulation of wealth, power and technological advancement and taken the world to a place where we stare into an abyss of global inequality and conflict. Many decisions are still being made on the assumption that it is [...]

2019-05-02T10:30:18+02:00Apr 20th, 2019|Individual, Organisation, Team|

Pensioning off the concept of “retirement”

October 2014: I heard an investment ad for on the radio this week "you only get 480 paycheques in the average lifetime - followed by 300 paydays with no paycheque." What a crazy idea! This model is OVER and it is time to align our thinking and life planning for 21st century realities. If you [...]

2019-04-22T13:16:09+02:00Oct 11th, 2014|Individual|

Burning off the fluff

January 2011: I’m just back from five nights alone in the hills of Retief’s Kloof in the Magaliesberg mountains and feeling deeply refreshed, energised and alive to new possibilities. There is something about alone time that burns off the fluff, helps get down to what is really important, and flushes out some of the chaotic [...]

2019-05-02T10:30:46+02:00Jan 22nd, 2011|Individual|