Currency weakness, plunging commodity prices, stock market volatility, global economic uncertainty and local labour unrest all add up to one thing for South African business leaders: how do we implement a strategy that will hold up in a climate of such uncertainty.
If ever there was a time for cool heads and clear thinking, it is now. For some local business leaders, though, expert help is at hand. David Silverstein, founder and CEO of global management consulting firm BMGI and author of the book ‘Three Steps Ahead’, is in South Africa next week to participate in a series of meetings and business breakfasts with senior corporate leaders on precisely this topic.
The breakfast discussions will be held In partnership with global executive search firm Heidrick and Struggles, with Silverstein leading discussions around planning and implementing strategy in times of uncertainty.
“South African executives face a particularly challenging operating environment right now and are looking to their peers and international leaders as to how best to forge through,” says Heidrick & Struggles, Partner Sub-Sahara Africa Robyn Imray.
“Both BMGI and Heidrick are global brands with a common interest in leadership. As an executive search firm we are seeing how today’s uncertain business environment is making it increasingly difficult for business leaders to think ‘Three Steps Ahead’,” she added.
In ‘Three Steps Ahead’ Silverstein proposes that ‘If we don’t think three steps ahead, we forfeit the opportunity to manage the future.’
His book addresses the questions, ‘How can we anticipate something unintended or unprecedented? How can we predict the thing that no one ever expected to happen? How can we navigate the law of unintended consequences?’
All these topics, and more, will be on the table for discussion by executives attending the breakfast sessions.