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|

How Many Rights Does It Take To Make Up For One Wrong?

How often have you laughed at a joke knowing that it belittles, stigmatises or prejudices others? Ever high-fived a friend or colleague when they’ve shared their ‘off-colour’, perhaps even illegal actions with you? Do you find it easier to describe yourself, and others in negative, rather than positive ways? Ever [...]

October 30th, 2018|

In your Organisation, WHO is Speaking Up? Bitter Complainers or IN-standers?

Imagine you are in a public bus. A teenager comes in and puts her shoes on the seat across from you. Her shoes are muddy, and the next person to sit on the seat will most likely get his/her clothes dirty. Would you say something to the teenager? Or imagine [...]

September 27th, 2018|

Power Struggle Behaviours In Teams

The effects of power on individuals is different from the effects of power on teams. While power may make individuals feel empowered and lead them to pursue their goals, power within teams may actually make people more focused on their dependencies and vulnerabilities towards one another         [...]

August 30th, 2018|