Everyone saw the apple fall. Only Newton asked Why.

Being uncertain about the answer to the riddle below may be a pleasant reward-anticipating feeling when you know this will be revealed, but will turn into frustration if the answer is missing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-QtOcZHcOo Curiosity, the emotion that moved the cat. I wrote a little bit about how my own insatiable curiosity kept [...]

September 6th, 2019|

Business cannot remain as a Bystander in a System that gives them Permission to Be.

British historian Arnold Toynbee concluded his 25-year study of 21 civilisations with the observation that “Great civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” Toynbee observed that each civilisation—or cultural system—has within itself the seeds of its own change and destruction and that even the most prosperous and sophisticated civilisations are [...]

August 22nd, 2019|

Why Do Challenging Conversations Threaten Our Identity?

Most of my blogs are indexed to the reasons why I provide training for Courageous Conversations but I’ve seldom written directly about Courageous Conversations.  This blog is different. "Tough Conversations", "Challenging Conversations",  "Crucial Conversations", "Difficult Conversations" – there are a multitude of labels that suggest why communication can be fraught [...]

August 5th, 2019|

Want to Innovate, SpeakUP, Disrupt? You need Rebel Talent

This month, I’ve been humbled by being acknowledged by the Think: Act magazine as a Business Disruptor, Rebel WITH a cause and a Constructive non Conformist. What an honour and a privilege to be recognised this way, not only for myself, but for all whistleblowers. Click on the picture to access the [...]

June 27th, 2019|

Tethering Humility To Power

We’ve all encountered at least one. An individual in a position of power, or not, that ‘knows it all’.  They lead over people with the “tacit assumption” that life is fundamentally and always a competition.  That, as leaders, they are being paid for fixing problems rather than for fostering breakthrough [...]

June 2nd, 2019|

How the Dark Side of Charisma silences You

Imagine you’ve been working at a company for six months and you’re given responsibility for a demanding, high-profile project. After months of hard work, you present your ideas to higher-ups. You receive either a positive outcome  - “your project is so interesting to the senior management that you have been [...]

April 25th, 2019|

Rumbling with Vulnerability gets you to Courage

I learn so much when I'm invited to be a speaker by organisations and institutions.  Since I began speaking and training, common questions arise across international borders and cultures.  "Wendy, tell us how to become morally courageous in the moment".  On reflection, it surprises me that there’s an expectation that [...]

March 29th, 2019|

Culture Is What We Should Do. Climate Is What We Can Do

Imagine that you are a rising star at a medium-sized investment bank (B&B), and you are currently facing a decision to choose between loyalty to your roommate or to your company and boss. There exists a cult mentality at B&B in that those who stay at the company accept that [...]

February 28th, 2019|

Beware the Halo.”Our Organisation is so special we can get away with anything”

I recently returned from speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, at the invitation of the CFA SA. Even though South Africa is where I blew the whistle, it’s taken eighteen years to be invited back to share the lessons learnt from the LeisureNet disaster, aka "South Africa’s Enron". In comparison to [...]

January 17th, 2019|

A Failure To Act Can Never Be Undone

1. Have you ever had a romantic crush on someone, believing them to be ‘the one’ but feeling too shy to tell them how you feel, you never confessed your love? Now you’re left wondering how your life might have shaped out if you had told this person how you [...]

December 6th, 2018|