Five of South Africa's most influential thought leaders, strategists and trendsetters converged at Durban's ICC this morning for an executive breakfast sponsored by Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal. This partnership between TIKZN, GIBS and East Coast Radio boasted a stellar line-up of speakers who shared key insights under the theme Strategy, Transformation and Branding.
Jake White, Director of Rugby, Sharks Rugby, kicked off the session with his take on The Winning Edge. Jake shared the valuable lessons he has learnt and how these can easily translate from the sports field into boardrooms. "Innovation does not necessarily require money," he stressed as he regaled the audience with some behind-the-scenes snippets of SA and Sharks rugby. Multipliers: How the best leaders make everyone smarter, formed the crux of Nicola Tyler's address. As Chief Executive Officer of BRG, Nicola has a well-earned reputation of being one of SA's experts in the field of lateral thinking. Her address was a perfect combination of humour and insight as she touched on the importance of leading by example and how those at the forefront of business play pivotal role in crafting organisational culture. Peppering his time at the podium with humour and personal experience, Nick Binedell, Dean of Gordon Institute of Business Science, spoke about Developing Personal Strategic Leadership Capabilities. He illustrated his address by focusing on three key learnings: No Individual has more knowledge than a smart team; always have a plan, and if it doesn't look right make another one; be smart, be quick, be gone. Bernice Samuels, Chief Marketing Officer of FNB, shared her thoughts and learnings on Transformative Marketing - Building Trust and Credibility. Samuels touched on the importance of adapting strategy to the changing socio-economic landscape in South Africa. Innovation formed the core of her message. As Brand Director of Nike South Africa, Anwar Jappie rounded off the morning with Brand Sense: Managing Powerful Brands. Jappie shared his strategic insights into brand success, the risks involved and how to overcome challenges in the face of the changing nature of business in South Africa. In a first for the annual breakfast, representatives from one of the top schools in KZN were in attendance. The boys from Kearsney College got to interact with some of the most influential thought leaders and business figures and were absolutely delighted when Jake White, racing to head back to a training session, agreed to take a pic with them!
In addition to absorbing key learnings from some of the most prominent thinkers and strategists in business, the TIKZN/GIBS/East Coast Radio business breakfast provided the audience an opportunity to network, swop business cards and set up meetings.