Management Tips From People Practioners



Managing people is hard. In this podcast, people practitioners share leadership, and people management insights that lead to business growth.


  • Dr. Matthew Neale - Game-based assessments: their transformative possibilities and potential pitfalls

    08/09/2021 Duración: 01h12min

    Game-based technologies are a transformational development in psychometric assessment. However, if psychologists do not do the required work in order to provide the scientific rigour of these methodologies, such as accumulated evidence on its reliability, validity, and measurement equivalence, its potential might be left as a fad. We are excited to speak with Dr Matthew Neale, Vice President of Assessment Products at Criteria Corp and expert on the scientific rigour required to develop game-based psychometric assessments.Dr Neale holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology and is a practising industrial-organisational psychologist. He is the immediate past state chair of the APS College of Organisational Psychologists in Queensland, where he led the profession of Organisational Psychology in the state. He has a passion for people and organisational development projects informed by scientific research in industrial and organisational psychology.

  • Paul Spector - Using surveys in organisational settings

    02/08/2021 Duración: 01h13min

    In this episode we interview Professor Paul Spector about survey design within organisations and more broadly conducting research within organisations. Professor Spector has designed many well-known and globally utilised surveys dealing with anything from job satisfaction to workplace conflict. We were fortunate to pick his brain in this regard and some of the topics covered in this episode are concerned with good item construction, new methodologies/platforms when conducting surveys, ethical issues around dealing with data as well as how to go about communicating results in an effective way to key stakeholders. Paul Spector is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. He has an interest in both research methodology and in how organisational factors, work-nonwork interface, and personal characteristics interact to affect employee health, safety, and well-being.His methodological interests focus on the connection between design, measurement and statistics and in the nature of sci

  • Dr Xander van Lill - The value of personality test in predicting workplace outcomes

    28/04/2021 Duración: 57min

    There has been a recent resurgence in questioning the predictive validity of personality assessments. These concerns have been consistently addressed in academic circles and have laid to rest any questions about whether we can use personality assessments in selection procedures. With this in mind, we talk to Dr Xander van Lil to better understand the historical debate as well as consider what it is that personality predicts when it comes to important outcomes in the workplace.

  • Cherylene de Jager - The power of creative intelligence at work

    08/02/2021 Duración: 58min

    In this episode, we speak to Cherylene de Jager, Chief Imagination Officer from CheHan Ideaneers and author of CQ@Play: Shaping your Future in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Cherylene discusses the power of creative intelligence in the workplace.Creativity has long been viewed as the exclusive domain of writers, artists, musicians,and actors. The shift in thinking is that everyone is creative. Creativity can be developedby acquiring and utilising creative thinking and problem-solving methodologies,frameworks, and techniques. Creativity and original thought ensure competitiveadvantage. Design thinking ignites creativity and innovation.Contact CheHan IdeaneersLinkedin:

  • The Rocket Model: Building High Performing Teams with Dr Gordon Curphy

    30/11/2020 Duración: 01h20min

    In this episode, we speak to Dr. Gordan Curphy. Dr Curphy helps C-suite, business unit, and functional leaders develop business strategies; implement major change initiatives; hire, develop, and promote leadership talent; and build high performing teams. Author of the 2012 book The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams Taking a scientist-practitioner approach to leadership, Gordan has spent the past 30+ years researching, teaching, practising, and providing consulting advice on leadership. In this interview we discuss:- The Rocket Model: Practical Advice for Building High Performing Teams- Teams and leadership - The role of inclusion and diversity in high performing teamsContact Dr Gordon Curphy on LinkedIn:

  • Rob Jardine - Getting diversity and inclusion right using a neurological lens

    29/10/2020 Duración: 50min

    In this episode, we speak to Rob Jardine. Rob Jardine is an Industrial Psychologist who holds Masters Degrees from the University of Johannesburg and University of Valencia. He has consulting and work experience in Europe, North America and Africa. He is a thought leader in the South African NeuroLeadership context and has been featured on SABC, ENews, 702, Entrepreneur Magazine and the Sunday Times. He is a regular conference speaker and contributor to SIOPSA.He is currently the Head of Research & Solutions at the NeuroLeadershp Institute South Africa. They are a global research-driven leadership institute based out of New York City. They work with 40% of the Fortune 100 and are purpose-driven by making organisations more human using science.We cover the following topics and many more:• Organisational effectiveness and neuroscience• Are South Africans ready to accept neuroscience solutions within the organisational setting?• The payoff of having diverse teams• Is there a dark side of diversity and inclus

  • Natasha Winkler-Titus - Interview with New Incoming SIOPSA President

    30/09/2020 Duración: 54min

    In this episode, we speak to Dr Natasha Winkler-Titus who is the new incoming SIOPSA president. Dr. Natasha Winkler-Titus was awarded the 2019 Organizational Psychology Practitioner of the year- South Africa and was awarded Best paper at the 2018 British Academy of Management (BAM) Annual conference in Bristol, UK. Natasha believes in using her influence and platforms to empower others toward significance and drive societal change and transformation.Natasha holds a PhD in Organisational Psychology and is registered with the HPCSA and successfully worked at a strategic level with the executive teams of multinational organisations in South Africa and abroad.

  • Ingra du Buisson-Narsai - Myth and Meaning of Neuroscience in South Africa

    27/07/2020 Duración: 43min

    In this episode, we talk to Ingra du Buisson-Narsai, the co-founder and Director of NeuroCapital Coaching and Consulting, which consults to some of South Africa’s leading and most admired companies. She has 20 years of executive-level experience in corporate South Africa and is a Registered Organisational Psychologist in private practice.She is also the author of the best-selling book “Fight, Flight or Flourish: How neuroscience can unlock human potential”. Ingra actively pursues the increasing visibility of neuroscientific methods and diagnostics in the study of organisational behaviour.To get your copy of Fight, Flight or Flourish or #chooseFlourish resources visit the website To buy the book locally: on amazon:

  • Chris Steel - Communication in times of crisis and beyond

    22/04/2020 Duración: 54min

    In this episode, we speak to Chris Steel a senior adviser with Fletcher Advisory, a small, globally experienced strategic communications firm specialising in working with boards and EXCOs both locally and internationally. Chris advises on business-critical situations such as a licence to operate issues, shareholder value and employee engagement.This episode covers the following topics:- What is a communication strategy- The need for company’s to develop a communication strategy- Elements to remember when developing a communication strategy- Do’s and don’ts of communication- Communicating in a time of crisis

  • Dr Chris Jacobs - The impact of personality on virtual work

    09/04/2020 Duración: 50min

    In this episode of the Ukwanda Podcast, we speak to Dr Chris Jacobs, an industrial-organisational psychologist, Human Capital practitioner and PhD academic. His research interests feature employee performance, digital technology, business process services and its impact on organisational human capital.Chris discusses the effect of understanding personality on managing teams during the COVID-19 lockdown as virtual work becomes a reality for many companies. This interview is centred around the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) theory of personality. What is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? in this episode:* Personality and Virtual Work* Communicating preferences* Stress and virtual work

  • Kevin Distiller - The role modern assessments play in the future of work

    22/10/2019 Duración: 52min

    In this episode, we speak to Kevin Distiller, the new managing director of OMT subsidiary company Odyssey Talent Assessments. Kevin focuses on assessing the skills required to successfully enter the working world. He spends most of his time assessing individuals in the lower levels of organisations, identifying hidden talent, assessing work readiness, rolling out online assessment solutions and identifying the key levers to unlock performance at entry levels. Some questions asked in this interview:- What is the value proposition of assessments for business?- Why do you focus on identifying talent in entry levels?- When it comes to identifying and leveraging talent at this level, what are companies doing right and what are they failing to do? - What is the current state of Psychological Assessment in SA?- When it comes to Gamification are we doing enough in the gamified assessment space here in SA or should be dazzled less with its promises?

  • Brad Ross - The modern rules of leadership in Africa from a Coca-cola Executive

    16/09/2019 Duración: 30min

    In this episode, we speak to Brad Ross who is the Marketing and Commercial Leadership Director, Coca-Cola West Africa Business Unit. We speak to Brad about his unique leadership style, some modern rules of leadership in the African context, his role in the FIFA Soccer World Cup, the effect of consumer behaviour and the role of data as a business imperative.Brad also shares with us what it took to lead a team taking the Fifa Soccer World Cup trophy around the world, over 300 000 km, 42 time zones and 90 countries within 9 months.To find out more about Brad, follow him on LinkedIn:

  • Kirsty Angerer - The understated value of ergonomics in the workplace

    14/08/2019 Duración: 35min

    In this episode, we talk to the ‘travelling ergonomist’ Kirsty Angerer about the understated value of ergonomics in the workplace. Included are some practical tips you can use to improve your well-being at work today. Kirsty is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, Frequent Flyer, Workplace Wellness Advocate, Fitwel Ambassador and Self Confessed Ergonomics Nerd.She has worked in the areas of ergonomic program development and training for managers and employees for quite some time now, with a global client base. Travelling the world regularly, she strives to make it a more healthy and comfortable place

  • Egbe Adeoye - "Decolonising HR"

    14/08/2019 Duración: 41min

    Egbe is an Organizational Effectiveness practitioner with over 20 years of corporate experience as a business analyst, talent strategist, and learning and leadership development expert. She is also an executive coach. Her focus has always been on leaving the system better than she found it and encouraging others to do the same. Her full career profile can be accessed via this link:

  • Ismail Lambat - Navigating the waters of uncertainty as a manager

    03/07/2019 Duración: 46min

    In this episode of the Ukwanda podcast, we talk to Ismail Lambat, the executive finance business partner and CFO at Eskom as he shares insights on how to deal with uncertainty as a manager and navigate others through difficult times.Topics discussed: - Eskom - Leadership paradigms - Team dynamics - People focus vs task focus - Performance - Communication - Managing self

  • Spencer-Rae Kerr - Reimagining the SA workplace: A psychologist’s perspective

    27/05/2019 Duración: 51min

    In this episode of the Ukwanda podcast, we speak to Spencer-Rae Kerr, an organisational psychologist and change management practitioner. His passion lies in applying behavioural science knowledge to the workplace in a way that maximizes human potential and flourishing. Spencer gives us his insights into the role of psychologists in the South African workplace or whether we should leave it to HR and MBAs Topics covered in this episode:- Contribution as a psychologist in his current organisation- Employee centricity/Org culture- Employee wellness and strategic/competitive advantage- 4th Industrial RevolutionIf you are a people practitioner and would like to share your own insights, please contactAndrew Morris - de Beer -

  • Nicola Taylor - The dynamic makeup of a future-fit leader

    12/04/2019 Duración: 25min

    Welcome to the JvR Africa Group, Ukwanda podcast.In this episode, we speak to the Director of research at the JvR Africa Group, Dr Nicola Taylor. She uncovers the unique qualities needed by a leader or manager operating in the future world of work. This episode will cover the following topics:- What is changing in the world of work- What does the future world of work entail- What does the future employee look like- What is expected of a leader in the future- The makeup of a future-fit leader

  • Erik Kruger - Thinking your way to peak performance

    20/03/2019 Duración: 53min

    Welcome to the JvR Ukwanda podcast, in this episode we speak to Erik Kruger a Mental Performance Coach with a Masters degree in Business and Executive coaching through Wits Business School. He is the founder of the Mental Performance Lab, is the author of Acta non Verba and is a highly regarded professional speaker on the topic of high performance amongst others. His mission is to help executives and companies better understand their performance and thinking in relation to their performance. Four years ago he founded BetterMan, South Africa’s largest online community for men dedicated to personal and professional development. He now releases a podcast dedicated to Mental Performance and has a subscriber base of +/-18,000 emails which he was sending out every day until recently. The daily email touches on the topics of leadership, decision-making, strategic thinking and execution. My clients include executives, high-level entrepreneurs, celebrities, and sportsmen. Over the years he has been featured in GQ,

  • Nathan Rogerson - Millennial Burn Out

    21/02/2019 Duración: 35min

    Welcome to the Ukwanda podcast! In this episode, we speak to Nathan Rogerson a qualified clinical psychologist and mental wellness coach. Nathan speaks to us about the following topics:- a phenomenon called millennial burnout and its relation to digital over-consumption and information overload. - the "failure to launch phenomenon" in millennials- neurotoxicity of gaming - importance of down-time and digital detox- is there permanent damage to neurogenesis from digital over consumption?- how digital overload affects empathy and relationships

  • Nathan Rogerson - Digital Technology & Performance

    20/02/2019 Duración: 36min

    Welcome to the JvR Ukwanda podcast! In this episode, we speak to Nathan Rogerson a qualified clinical psychologist and mental wellness coach. His Master's dissertation was on social media addiction and was the first study of its kind in South Africa. He has maintained a clinical and research interest on the impact of digital technology on mental health ever since. Nathan has spent most of his work life in private, specialist clinics in South Africa and overseas. He has over 7 years of organisational experience in senior management in the Health Care sector.Recently he returned from Ireland with his family and opened a private practice and consulting business in Jeffreys’s Bay.In his consulting role, he helps individuals, teams and organisations increase their productivity through improved focus. He enjoys running, reading and good coffee shops that don’t have screens

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