Author: Dr. Roze Phillips

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Learning a new language is difficult, but very rewarding. It is like lifting the veil on a new world previously closed off to you. That is what leading and engaging with empathy is meant to do – learning someone’s figurative language – allowing yourself to step into their world, their context, their experiences, their framing, […]

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This week my grandmother passed away at the age of 104. Yes, 104! She said her thank you’s, gave some final words of wisdom, said her final good byes, listened to her final prayers and closed her eyes in peace, never to open them again. Her passing reminded me of the following quote: “When we are […]

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How we use and view office space now vs before COVID deserves reflection. Where you rank in the organisational hierarchy determines where you get to sit in the office building. The top floor reserved for the c-suite. Where you rank in the organisational hierarchy determines where you get to sit at the boardroom or any […]

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“Learn.Unlearn.Relearn”. Alvin Toffler’s quote has become a global meme. Organisational cultures and strategies are built around these now famous words. But while we focus a great deal of effort nowadays on learning and relearning, we don’t really know what unlearning requires from us.   Adam Grant, Professor of Organisational Psychology at Wharton, said it best: “It […]

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On Friday 24 September, South Africans celebrate Heritage Day. We celebrate our rich, vibrant and diverse cultures; remembering our heritage; remembering our roots. But we cannot just focus on where we come from – on who we come from. We must also spare a thought for where we are going – who we are becoming. […]

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Children’s books are often so profound in their simplicity. Today I am listening to one of my favourites,  ‘Winnie the Pooh’.  “What day is it?”, asks Pooh. “It’s today” squeaks Piglet. “My favourite day!” says Pooh. Today, here, now – is the only moment you are actually experiencing. Everything else is either a memory or a plan. Please […]

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We spend an inordinate amount of our money and resources protecting our personal belongings. Locks, safes, banks, security guards, electric fences, alarms, storage lockers, insurance – to name but a few. Yet the things that we should be protecting, namely our attention, our time, our energy – these we leave largely unguarded and exposed, waiting […]

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#DearWorld Once a quarter it was my mother’s turn to host her fellow church sisters for the all important discussion on community fundraising efforts. The highlight of the afternoon was always the stories that flowed as freely as the tea and seemed to taste sweeter than the pastor’s wife’s famous milk-tart. As good humouredly as […]

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South Africa is slowly exiting COVID wave 3. Many are dusting off the old office access card or replacing the permanently misplaced one. Hopefully our commute back to the office is a trip back to a future and not to the past. Hopefully there is recognition that COVID has changed us. We have learnt to […]

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Display cabinets come in all shapes and sizes. My grandmother had one. My mother has one. It is where all the beautiful crockery and ornaments go on display. You know a possession is prized when it has pride of place in the display cabinet. It never gets used, except on special occasions when an aunt, […]

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