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We’re Catalysing Change

Reflecting on my year in Catalyst, I notice something interesting in how we approach our work and client relationships. Different from how I experienced management consultants in my past life as a corporate employee. On the one hand, we don’t want to work with the same clients, on the same work, for years on end. On the other hand, […]

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Changing the Conversation

As artist Linda Lamb once said “One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever.”

I believe we can change the world one conversation at a time. Which one? The one we’re in right now. Too often, business is so caught up in achieving bottom-line growth that people are inadvertently treated as brains-on-sticks. Their humanity an irrelevance, sometimes even […]

The CAT in Catalyst

I have to confess that by nature I am not a CAT lover. I guess some people are more dog people and others cat people. Which one best describes you?

Sometimes, in a fun, non-scientific manner, I utilise different animal traits to broadly describe personality types. If one thinks of cat qualities, they could include (amongst others):

C –  Curious

A – […]

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    Breaking barriers with Talent Management at the Imperial Group

Breaking barriers with Talent Management at the Imperial Group

We’ve been on an exciting journey for the past 10 months, working as the strategic talent partners for the Imperial Group. We’re on a journey to embed an effective Talent Management framework with the goal of mitigating people-related risk and optimising opportunities of matching key talent to high leverage roles. We do this by ensuring the right people, with the […]

Optimising personal and career empowerment at TFG

Catalyst was appointed by TFG to facilitate I am Talent Workshops as part of their Learning Academy. The objective of these sessions was to empower employees to optimize their own talent and potential in order to achieve their personal and career aspirations in today’s world of work.

Realigning the HR Strategy at On the Dot

On the Dot identified the need to realign their HR strategy and energize their HR team. Catalyst developed and implemented a process to: Drive and improve HR team engagement; energize the team towards future strategy; Reignite the team’s passion to succeed; Reinforce values and leadership behaviours and a culture of accountability; and Encourage cross-team collaboration.

Creating a high-performance culture at HEINEKEN SA

On 28 July 2015, Diageo and Heineken announced that it will prematurely end the distribution joint venture in South Africa. As expected, this decision brought exciting opportunities, new challenges and multiple changes to Heineken. A new management team took control of the reigns in February 2016. Having witnessed the impact culture has on organisational performance, they appointed Catalyst to develop […]

Strategic Alignment for Paramount Industrial Holdings

Earlier this year we facilitated a strategic and leadership alignment session for 40 of the senior leaders in the Paramount Group to assess both the external and internal environment and develop strategic plans to respond proactively to these trends, threats, risks and opportunities. We adapted a strategic conversation approach from The Fox Trilogy and used some of the tools from […]

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    Turnaround intervention for dysfunctional teams by John Gatherer

Turnaround intervention for dysfunctional teams by John Gatherer

Debbie Craig and I co-authored an article recently, titled Leading Teams which was our approach towards the quest for high performance and effectiveness in teams. It analysed the cardinal elements within the three main drivers in high performance teams from the perspective of a practical model and toolkit that we have taught in our consulting assignments across many client organisations. It […]

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    70:20:10 and beyond- How to create an effective learning environment..by Jen Taylor

70:20:10 and beyond- How to create an effective learning environment..by Jen Taylor

Research reveals that when 70% of our learning is experiential, this delivers more ROI on learning, translating into real behavior change and sustainable performance enhancements.