How crisis, challenge and cause catalyse organisational culture.

During 2012, I was privileged to spend a day walking around the city of Jerusalem with a Jewish woman by the name of Rachel. She was an archaeologist, which meant that the day was fascinating to say the least! We explored ruins, looked at old walls and ended the day by looking at artefacts that were discovered from all over …

Ball of connected colour strings

4 Ways To Create A Great Organizational Culture

My university Philosophy professor once posed an interesting question to the class. If you compare a jumbo jet and a jar of mayonnaise, one is a complex system and the other a complicated system. Which one is which? A basic mayo recipe only contains a few simple ingredients including egg yolks and oil, whereas a jumbo jet consists of thousands …

Thula Time

For most of us, the lives we currently lead are frantic and busy. We are faced with activity and information overload almost ALL the time.

Diversity (and its silent enemy, Shame)

When I was around the age of 8 or 9, I experienced shame. There was one thing about my dad that made me feel really uncomfortable and self-conscious. All my friends’ dads had a full crop of hair while my dad was bald.

Family vs. High Performing Sports Team

Many organisations use the term ‘family environment’ to depict the employee experience. These environments at their core value people and create warm and inclusive environments. They also look after their employees, include accessible and transparent leadership and deal with mistakes made by individuals as a collective.

The Power of Story

The American novelist Ursula Le Guin said, “Words are events, they do things, change things. Words transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it.”

I think this is most true when we use words to tell stories. Stories are events. Stories do things and change things. Stories transform both the storyteller and those who are listening…

The Culture of Conversation

2017 proved to be a significant year for me and my involvement in rugby. In preparing for my wedding my wife gave me two options, lose weight your way or lose weight my way. I didn’t bother trying to find out what her way was…

Bring the Mountains Home

This past festive season, I had the privilege of spending some time in the Drakensberg Mountains. The majestic peaks seem to absorb the fast-paced nature of everyday life.


On the 5th November, I had the enormous privilege of running the New York marathon together with my husband, David. I must confess upfront, that I definitely do not regard myself as a runner. What captivates me is the idea of participating in a big global race in a city as exciting as NYC and this provides the motivation required to put the training in!

Communication eats culture for breakfast

Peter Drucker coined the term ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’, suggesting that brilliant execution is more important than a brilliant strategy. In the same way, I believe that good culture has, at its core, healthy communication.