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Is talent a prerequisite for success? Read more in Destiny Man – December 2014

2014-Dec-DestinyMan-IssueDo you believe talent is a prerequisite for success?

Do you look at opportunities, challenges, options and say to yourself ‘well, I don’t have a talent for that’ and let this opportunity slip?

To realise later, that someone with no talent at all become successful with it?

If so, you might enjoy my article in the December 2014 issue of Destiny Man. It’s available now!

The human factor in Governance, Risk and Compliance – Meet me at ITWeb GRC conference in March 2014, Johannesburg

itweb_logo_smlIf governance, risk and compliance (GRC) initiatives are perceived as ‘policing’, people will always find a way to get around rules and regulations.

“This makes for an often daunting stand-off between the GRC ‘troops’ and ‘the rest’ within your business,” says Axel Rittershaus, executive and leadership coach at The Executive Coach.

“If the mindset of people, from the lowest level up to the C-suite, truly supports GRC, it won’t be a big deal. But GRC will never work if it’s an additional project. It has to start with the way people are encouraged by their managers to speak up, and end with the goals the business defines for its employees.”GRC2014-top-image

Employee resistance when it comes to actively engaging in GRC initiatives is a significant issue in South African companies, says Rittershaus. “One of the key issues is a catch-22 situation: since almost everyone needs to work hard to gain market share and win clients, how do you treat the company’s super-star who brings in major deals – but always works on the edge of compliance. This ‘role model’ is seen everywhere by everyone, and the thinking is, ‘well, if he doesn’t care, why should I?’”

Rittershaus, who has worked with numerous companies locally and abroad, says the three critical success factors in any coaching intervention aimed at getting staff to buy into and support GRC within the business are full transparency, total personal responsibility and zero tolerance on all levels.

Employee resistance when it comes to actively engaging in GRC initiatives is a significant issue in South African companies, says The Executive Coach’s Axel Rittershaus.

He will present at the upcoming ITWeb GRC Summit 2014, to be held in Johannesburg in March 2014. He will focus on the practical steps required to create the right mindset among staff towards GRC.


The Art of Delegation in “Destiny Man Magazine”

DestinyMan2014-Jan-FebIf you are an executive, entrepreneur or C-Level-Member, delegation is one of your most important day to day tasks. There are only 24 hours in a day, and some people achieve more than others during this given time.

What might sound easy at first sight often has it’s challenges – and in many cases all parties involved make delegation a successful or a miserable experience.

Destiny Man ( interviewed us regarding the topic of delegation and we happily replied.

You can read our tips in the January-February 2014 edition.

Contributing to the Silicon Cape Initiative

We’re happy to announce our contribution to the Silicon Cape Initiative, Cape Town.

Silicon Cape Initiative for Entrepreneurs in the ICT industry, Cape Town, South Africa

The Silicon Cape Initiative is a non-profit, community owned and driven movement, that aims to improve the environment in the Western Cape to create more and better startups as well as increase access to capital.

We will assist this movement with monthly expert columns regarding leadership, entrepreneurship and business development in the ICT industry

Read our ICF global guestpost: Fifty Shades of Grey – Marketing Lessons for Coaches

The ICF, International Coach Federation, just published our guest post where we highlight some lessons, coaches could learn from the success of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book.

No, I’m not talking about the content of the book – that’s not the topic ;)

Coaches can learn a lot from how this “overnight success story” happened and apply it to their own marketing approach.

We hope you like it and please leave a message…


Read our COMENSA-Article: Executive Coaching for Results

Do you know, that Executive Coaching is somehow very similar to a GPS?

First and foremost: Executive Coaching is a tool to take you to your destination – a business target or a personal goal.

Read more about how Executive Coaching can assist Executives in our article for the Newletter of COMENSA, South Africa: