In the recent months in South Africa, Corporate Governance has been brought in to the spotlight. Addressing those corporate governance challenges in SA has become and urgent needs for Corporates, State Owned Entities and citizens, alike. It is this urgent needs for such challenges to be addresses that has urged local and international media to seek out views, perspectives and insights in to addressing those needs. CNBC Africa recently invited me to provide my personal views as I serve both in corporate companies and State Owned Board at the same time. (Disclaimer: I provided my personal views and not on behalf [...]
Many believe that the existing versions of value-based leadership are to some extent cast in stone, and need to be very religiously adhered to. I have a different perspective and value-based leadership, and in fact most times I always have a different perspective, on these pre-established notions laid out by some people. Some may think it arrogant, but I strongly believe that with the current world that we live in and its dynamic environments and circumstances, leadership and other frameworks are in a constant state of evolution, to some extent a state of flux. Of course, flux seen in the positive [...]
This private dinner was held on 07 June 2014 at India House, Pretoria, by His Excellency Mr Virendra Gupta, High Commissioner of India and his wife Mrs Veenu Gupta. Honoured to have been only one of two South African couples invited to the prestigious evening! The Chief Minister was amazingly humble and warm on the freezing evening! :-) Exchanging a few words with Ajay Gupta again as usual was a great pleasure. I last chatted to him in 2007, when I had no idea who he was! He remains a very simple person who honoured all the elders at the dinner with [...]
Dr Terrence Kommal together with Emeritus Prof Marc J Roberts and Prof Tom Bossert who are global leaders from Harvard School of Public Health. Learning under the guidance of these two giants of healthcare policy and strategy had indeed been a privilege and honour. Update:I completed the ASELPH Fellowship programme in 2015, as one of less than 45 Fellows in the first cohort. A truly humbling experience. Since the posting of the above picture, Emeritus Prof Marc J Roberts has regrettably passed on.
On a usual evening as I had been half watching tv and browsing some medical blogs, I noticed an advertisement on a DSTV Indian Bouquet for the Washington Fellowship/Young African Leaders Initiative by President Obama and administrated by IREX. At first I wasn't sure what the ad was about as I was half watching. But then later that evening, during the prime time news on another channel, the full ad was shown again. My father who had been watching the same news raved that I must apply. This initiative by the US President is a very heart warming one. With a [...]
"......It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."- Nelson Mandela. I strongly believe that many love His words and ideals, but how many of you are able to full accept that commitment demands being able to give your life of the ideal? I KNOW I AM!..are You?
Dr. Terrence Kommal When your sit in a lecture by people telling you to find your calling outside of your current "career", yet they remain in theirs...the discussion becomes interesting. I HAVE found my niche, I AM where I SHOULD be, and this is where I am best in my element!! No, I'm not DEFINED by my professional training, but have expanded into where I make community work meet passion, and believe with SUCH dedication and focus, the UNIVERSE is CONSPIRING with ME!! It's NOT a "SECRET" anymore, have faith, work hard and pray hard, the universe will align [...]
I am currently sitting in a lecture by Dr Caren Scheepers (a Psychology PhD), based on the successes of the "Medupi Plan and the Medupi Way". She is keen to drive the 'pockets of success' that the Medupi project had based on a video that she had developed with staff of the JV at Medupi and Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Of course, the video was developed whilst she was (and still is) a consultant on the project, and suddenly, I feel a biased to the project. The ASELPH is a JV between University of Fort Hare, University of Pretoria, [...]
Meta-leadership is very unique and intense model and framework of understanding leadership in large scale. It was founded and developed by Dr. Leonard J. Marcus and Dr. Barry Dorn of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint program of the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Much of the key differentiating factor of the framework and learning directly under Dr Barry Dorn, is the immense experience and passion he brings to understanding meta-leadership. There is a great feeling being a part of a Fellowship of esteemed leaders in Healthcare both from South Africa [...]
A few months back I saw an advertisement for an Executive Leadership course jointly called the ASELPH. It was a multi-institutional course that was offered by Harvard School in Public Health, University of Pretoria, and University of Fort Hare. I was of course ecstatic, as being able to study Executive Leadership under the guidance of Harvard and South Africa universities was a dream come true. It has always been a dream to being able to study at Harvard. Thanking the opportunity of being on an Executive course was the cherry on the top. Prof Barry Durn is a member of the [...]